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The TaylorMade Stealth irons are high launching, long and forgiving. Captivating looks and wonderful feel.
With so much attention being given to the new TaylorMade Stealth drivers [full reviews HERE], it would be easy to overlook the new irons. But, as I discovered, that would be a big miss. I guess that epitomizes their Stealth name – irons that fly under the radar.
Regarding looks, I was never a fan of the SIM series. So first off, a round of applause for the new TaylorMade Stealth irons and their great overall appearance. Sure, there’s still thickness to the top line and a modest amount of offset, but that’s expected with game improvement irons. The beauty lies in the cavity aesthetics.
In the bag, the Stealth irons have a clean, modern look. The geometric shapes and parallel lines in the cavity design offer harmonious balance. The swath of carbon fiber weave provides technological intrigue befitting the Stealth name. And the font created for the Stealth family is picture perfect.
Sound & Feel
I have to jump to feel first, because the TaylorMade Stealth irons are amazingly soft. The feel was so unexpected I had a few other golfers hit some balls just to make sure my hands weren’t deceiving me – and they weren’t. That “forged iron feel” is produced by what TaylorMade dubs the Echo Damping System. Hidden inside each club head, an imbedded strip of soft polymer absorbs vibrations, creating a soft tactile feel.
On the sound front, the Stealth irons produced a pleasant ‘snap’ with decent contact. The sound lost some crispness when strikes wavered towards the edges of the face.
Looking over my field notes in writing this review, the first entry was “high – late peak.” Granted I was hitting into a blustery wind, but the “high” aspect was applicable to all the Stealth irons as I moved up and down the set. For a more controlled test, I visited Club Champion to gather empirical data and, sure enough, launch angle and height were impressive. But unexpectedly, the distances were also strong.
If you are a frequent reader of Plugged In Golf reviews, you know manufacturers typically strengthen lofts to promote distance gains. At 28°, the loft on the Stealth 7 iron is no different. What is different is that TaylorMade was able to engineer high launch by moving mass from the toe to the sole. For me, that combination resulted in near 6 iron distance with 8 iron height.
One other noteworthy aspect of having the mass positioned along the sole is forgiveness on thin shots. I’ve been working on not lifting my upper body through the strike zone, but when I didn’t make that happen, the Stealth irons still got the ball into the air. To help maintain ball speed on the low face mishits, TaylorMade continued with their time tested Thru-Slot Speed Pocket design. The face flex technology begins with the 8 iron as shown in the photo above.
The stock regular flex graphite shafts at 66 grams were a bit lighter than what I game, contributing to plenty of opportunities to evaluate non-centered strikes. A good reminder to pay attention to shaft specs – and even better, get fit. But most importantly relative to performance, the TaylorMade Stealth irons exhibited above average forgiveness.
If you want forgiveness with draw bias, check out the Stealth HD irons HERE
After testing the new TaylorMade Stealth irons I have to agree with the opening tag line on the Stealth irons web page: “Expect better shots more often.” Add in the bonus of wonderful feel and the TaylorMade Stealth irons deserve a few minutes of time for anyone in the market for new game improvement or SGI irons in 2022.
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