TaylorMade Qi Irons Review

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The TaylorMade Qi10 irons are extremely long.  Strong draw bias in the long irons.  Solid feel.  Mid-low spin.  Strong lofts.

Introduction

“The straightest distance irons in golf” is how the TaylorMade Qi irons are billed.  The forums can quibble about this tagline – these irons are built with a heavy draw bias – but one thing that’s inarguable is that TaylorMade knows how make a distance iron.  From the game’s most popular iron, the P790 [review HERE], to the recent Stealth, bagging TM irons is a sure way to take less club into the green.  The Qi irons are no exception.

Looks

In the bag, the TaylorMade Qi irons have a very sleek look, centering a large carbon fiber piece inside a sliver of matte silver and a larger frame of chrome.  The branding is minimal with a white “Qi” near the toe and a TaylorMade logo along the top.  You may also notice that the 4-8 irons are distinct from the scoring clubs in that they have Speed Pockets on the sole and some material removed from their hosels.

At address, the Qi irons look the part of anti-slice irons with their generous offset.  The offset is progressive – greater in the long irons than the short irons – but even the A Wedge has a healthy amount.  Additionally, the top lines are medium-thick, and the face is large to give golfers more confidence at address.  In a small nod to traditionalists, the rear of the club is not visible beyond the top line.

Sound & Feel

The TaylorMade Qi irons feature the continued evolution of TM’s Cap Back design.  This iteration also feature HYBRAR Echo Dampers which are designed to reduce unwanted vibrations.  But you don’t need to know the tech to appreciate the benefit: the strong, solid feel of impact.

In addition to delivering a robust feel in the hands, the Qi irons are quiet.  Hollow body irons used to be synonymous with loud impact sounds, but that isn’t the case here.  Striking a urethane-covered ball produces a staccato knock that sounds wooden and enhances the solid feel.  The sound does get louder as you move into the long irons but is never much above average in volume.

In addition to being satisfying to hit, the TaylorMade Qi irons also give players quality feedback.  Through the hands, there’s a sweetness to centered contact that turns dull on mishits.  Similarly, shots off the heel or toe sound a little less full.  Mishits with the Qi irons won’t sting your hands or pain your ears, but they are clearly different than pure contacts.

Performance

Let’s get this out of the way up front: the lofts of the TaylorMade Qi irons are very strong, just as in the Stealth irons [review HERE].  You’re welcome to discuss that in the comments section or read more about iron lofts HERE.  For the purposes of this review, I’m only going to speak about these irons relative to the number on the sole, because that’s all 99% of golfers know or care about.

I started my testing of the Qi irons with the wedges, and the first thing that jumped out to me was how straight they flew.  If I hit a shot more than a couple yards offline, it felt like a big miss.  The ball was also flying on a penetrating trajectory thanks to TaylorMade’s FLTD CG which puts the CG higher in the higher lofted clubs, lower in the long irons.

As I moved into the mid irons, the distance is what grabbed my attention.  Due to low spin and elite ball speed, the 8I was carrying 15 yards longer than my gamer 7I.  After I got over the shock of the 8I flying well over 170 yards, I honed in on the draw.  In this section of the bag, it was still very playable – about 6-7 yards on good strikes.  I should also note that my swing naturally moves the ball right-to-left, so this is a modest bias in the scoring irons.

In the mid and long irons, the draw bias really comes to the fore.  This makes sense as most players who slice have more difficulty with their long irons than their scoring irons.  My first few shots were launched well left of the target, but I was able to adjust to create a pronounced but playable draw.  The FLTD CG also stands out here, giving the long irons slightly higher launch and more spin.

Overall, the TaylorMade Qi irons have strong forgiveness.  The Speed Pocket, featured in the 4-8 irons, does a good job elevating thin strikes.  Ball speed is strong across the face keeping distances consistent from pure strikes to mishits.

While we always advise fitting, I would make that suggestion even more strongly with the Qi irons because of the strong lofts.  There are some players for whom this set will gap perfectly, right out of the box.  For me that wasn’t the case, but I’m not the target audience for this set.  With the 5I at just 21 degrees, you may find that your playable gaps end at the 6I or 7I.

Conclusion

If you want a set that can help you hit it longer while also providing targeted slice busting, the TaylorMade Qi irons are it.  These irons will have your playing partners asking, “You hit what into that green?!?” while admiring the sweeping right-to-left ball flight.

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12 Comments

  1. Thanks for the review! Curious about turf interaction? As an aging golfer I am looking for more distance and forgiveness but have always stayed away from thick soles due concerns about turf interaction. Your thoughts?

    • Matt Saternus

      Mike,

      What are your concerns about turf interaction?
      These are fairly wide soles, so they’re going to resist digging more than thinner soles, but I didn’t have any problem taking a divot with them.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. How can a 7i at 28 degrees be classed a 7i

  3. Charlie Rouse

    I’ve always struggled to hit my irons high and with enough spin. As a result, I don’t imagine these irons would work for me given their low spin. Last year, I went to the Mizuno JPX 923 High Launch irons and they have dramatically improved my ability to hold greens. Another issue I have with strong lofted irons is so many have started to have 5 to 6 degree gaps in the scoring clubs. I would rather see another wedge included and the standard set be 6, 7, 8, 9, pw, gw, aw. Of course, if you hit the ball too high and with too much spin, these Taylormades might be just the ticket.

  4. Of course they are extremely long, The 6 iron is really a 4 iron, 24°. They are just changing the labeling on the clubs..

  5. another unnecessary offering from TM–just buy P790’s and put the correct shaft in them–same result and a better looking less thick toppling

  6. Thanks Matt! I have a misconception that thicker soles dig more than thin and hence my question. I am a picker with a shallow divot. Thanks for the reviews and reply

  7. They look virtually identical to my old M2 2017 irons, which have had almost all of the faces start to collapse, or alternatively in some the urethane inserts have become mislodged. No more TM products for me.

  8. Thanks Matt!
    Nice work as always.
    I see again, the loft police…up and arms looking over the spec sheet, but the reality is that
    When everyone understands that any discussion around static loft that ignores peak height and descent angle isn’t worth having.
    As many have said on several occasions, static loft is nearly meaningless. A slew of dynamic variables contributes to the flight of a golf ball.

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