Jamie Kennedy
By Jamie Kennedy

Many amateurs prefer to use equipment they see being used on Tour, whereas Tour players prefer to use equipment that will perform and fit their eye. The new 2014 TaylorMade Tour Preferred irons are geared towards both sets of players.

Similar to the launch of their TP CB, MC and CB irons back in 2011, TaylorMade have released three new Tour Preferred heads for the 2014 season. Each offers slightly different levels of forgiveness, feel and distance, all in a Tour Preferred look.

TaylorMade Tour Preferred Clubheads

“We don’t believe you can call yourself a great iron company unless you create irons that great players want to play. Irons that meet a Tour pro’s requirements for look, feel, sound and workability,” said Sean Toulon, Executive Vice President.

“That’s why these clubs bare the name Tour Preferred. The head has to look right from every angle. The leading edge and sole have to react a certain way with the turf. We’ve taken each of these things into careful account to make these irons especially appealing to better players.”

Here's a breakdown of each model:

TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons

The TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB or Cavity-Back irons are the largest, most forgiving iron in the set. They look very like the recent SpeedBlade iron, but are slightly more compact, meaning they will suit a slightly lower handicap range.

The key to the forgiveness is the Speed Pocket in the sole. Featured in the 3 to 7 iron, the slot in the sole extends 10mm into the sole and is filled with a polymer material designed to keep out debris. The slot helps the face to flex at impact, promoting faster ball speeds, especially on shots hit low on the face.

TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons

Each iron is made from a cast and the set features a subtle but progressive head design throughout the set. The short irons are compact with very little offset, but the longer the club in the set, the larger the head size and offset becomes.

The TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB irons are available now in an eight piece set from 3 to PW for £749.

TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC Irons

The MC or Muscle-Cavity irons combine the shape and look of a better player's iron with a shallow "muscle cavity" that increases the forgiveness and launch.

As with the CB irons, the MC's 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 irons feature TaylorMade's Speed Pocket. So whilst the look and satin-chrome finish give the appeal of a better players iron, the Speed Pocket provides the additional ball speed and forgiveness many players want.

TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC Irons

The length of the clubheads along with the width of the topline and sole are slightly larger than the Tour Preferred MB set. Whilst the long irons are cast, the 8 iron through PW in the MC set are forged, which again adds to the feel that the game's better players desire.

The TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB irons are available in an eight piece set from 3 to PW for £849.

TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Irons

The TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB or Muscleback irons are TaylorMade's classic blade style iron. Forged from a soft, carbon steel, they offer the workability and feel that Tour players prefer.

TaylorMade consulted several members of their Tour staff to design the MB irons and thus the shape is compact and traditional with a thin top-line and very little offset. Players also asked TaylorMade's R&D team to produce a sole design that has less camber.

TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Irons

The TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB irons are available from January 20th in an eight piece set from 3 to PW for £899.

All three of the Tour Preferred models come fitted with the latest KBS Tour shaft in either X-Stiff, Stiff or Regular, along with TaylorMade Tour Velvet grips. As is the case with all of TaylorMade's new equipment, custom shafts and grips are available also.

TaylorMade Grips

To see videos of the new Tour Preferred irons, including first reactions from Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Martin Laird, head over to our TaylorMade Zone.

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TaylorMade Tour Preferred Irons - Product Details

Launch UK20 January 2014
Launch USA20 January 2014
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
MaterialSteel
FinishChrome
Shaft NameKBS Tour
Shaft TypesSteel
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff
DesignBlade, Cavity Back
Set Makeup3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW
Manufacturer's WebsiteTaylorMade Website

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