Launched in 2008, the TaylorMade Tour Preferred Irons are a fairly recent addition to the golf iron market. They are stylish, nice looking clubs, aimed mostly at mid to low handicap golfers.
Despite the target group the clubs are mainly aimed at though, they are designed to be irons that are quite easy to hit.
The club heads are designed with the aim of giving the iron impressive reliability and forgiveness, along with solid stability at impact. While also giving a player full control of the golf ball when attempting to shape their shots.
Various shaft options are available to select from. The Tour Preferred irons that we tested were equipped with the True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts in regular flex.
If you would like to know more about the shafts available, and the specifications of the Tour Burner irons, then you can find out more at the TaylorMade website.
The clubs are overall a reasonable weight, you don't really notice them being any heavier or lighter than most other irons. Along with that they also set up quite well behind the golf ball, and look pretty good at address. They have a relatively thin top line and quite a short length at the sole from heel to toe.
The Tour Preferred irons certainly did not take long to get used to, after about 8-10 shots you do begin to get a pretty feel for the clubs. As mentioned they were designed to be quite easy to hit, and they achieve that from what we saw.
Whether it's a slower or a faster swing that you make, hitting the sweet spot shouldn't be too difficult for most golfers, not just the target range of mid to low.
Admittedly a few miss-hits can be there to be seen, but the punishment is never too severe with these TaylorMade Tour Preferred irons, due to the reliable forgiveness.
In fact these clubs are a lot more forgiving than most people would assume with the target market being mid to low handicappers. Higher handicap players should definitely not overlook these clubs in our opinion.
The forgiveness is there all the way through the set, even the longer irons are pretty consistent, and not far off being even as reliable as the more lofted irons in that respect.
Another good thing is that no distance what so ever is given up in order to deliver the forgiveness. Whether it was a pure strike or a miss-hit, these irons always seemed to carry a shot impressively far.
It's probably not an exaggeration to say that the TaylorMade Tour Preferred irons are probably one of the longest irons on the market just now.
The ball flight is just so penetrating, if you're playing in a heavy wind, then these are possibly the perfect irons that you would want in your bag. They really rocket through the air on well struck shots.
Despite offering decent forgiveness, working the golf ball was surprisingly quite easy with these clubs. With some irons it can be easier to draw or to fade than the other, but both can be achieved in equal ease with the TaylorMade Tour Preferred irons.
It doesn't take a huge amount of effort to manipulate the flight of the golf ball. And good capable golfers should certainly be able to achieve some good results.
For a blade-like iron that is seemingly even more forgiving than some cavity back irons at times. The TaylorMade Tour Preferred Irons are clubs that are hard to beat.
We would recommend these clubs to higher handicappers as well as mid to low, even they could benefit from the TaylorMade Tour Preferred irons from what we saw.
At present in 2012, these clubs are not too expensive in comparison to many other sets of irons. Brand new they usually cost around £250 or $400 for steel shaft models, and around £300 or $480 for graphite shaft versions.
|Easy To Hit||8/10|
|Value For Money||8/10|