Review: TaylorMade M CGB irons

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For the golfers who want maximum distance and forgiveness, this model should definitely be considered writes equipment editor James Savage...

Our TaylorMade M CGB irons review took place at the Golf Shack at Moor Allerton in Leeds.

We hit shots using a Foresight GC Quad launch monitor thanks to PGA professional James Whitaker.

TaylorMade M CGB irons review – First impressions

TaylorMade M CGB irons

It’s immediately obvious where these irons fit in TaylorMade’s iron line-up.

In order from smallest to largest and most forgiving it goes P730, P750, P770, P790, M1, M2 and then keep going up for a while until you get to the new M CGB.

We’ve seen CGB (centre of gravity back) irons from the brand before but this is an all-new model, part of the M family.

There’s lots of visitble technology which we will talk about in a moment but they are fairly chunky with lots of offset.

There’s a nice bright chrome finish and the visible technology does give these irons a lot of shelf appeal for those looking for helpful irons.

TaylorMade M CGB irons review – The technology

TaylorMade M CGB irons

We caught up with TaylorMade’s head of irons Tomo Bystedt to talk about the technology in these clubs.

He explained that there is pretty much every piece of technology that TaylorMade have used in the game-improvement irons over the last five to 10 years.

We’ve got the speed pocket, face slots, 360˚ under cut, tungsten weighting, and a fluted hosel to name just a few!

These clubs are all about maximum distance through the set. In sets like the M2 there will be maximum distance in the long irons but then progressively the faces will become a bit slower and more playable as you get into the shorter irons.

With the M CGB the COR on the face (bounciness) is right at the legal limit through the set.

TaylorMade say having a set of these will be like having a bag full of drivers…

TaylorMade M CGB irons review – The results

TaylorMade M CGB irons review

These are very easy to hit and fill you with plenty of confidence at address as you would expect.

There’s a surprisingly nice sound and feel off the face which you wouldn’t expect from an iron of this nature.

I didn’t quite get the extra distance I was hoping for. The carry was around 150 with a 7-iron which is pretty normal for me.

The grouping and front to back dispersion was excellent though – a good sign of forgiveness as I hit it all over the face.

One area which concerned me a little was the low spin – 5,500rpm to 5,700 – which is a bit low for a 7-iron so I’d be a bit worried about them running out quite far.

TaylorMade M CGB irons review – NCG verdict

TaylorMade M CGB irons

There’s no doubt these irons are going to help a lot of golfers – they look cool and are fun to play with.

I’m guessing that with a better shaft I could have got better performance – this was a regular flex and I’d normal use stiff or Project X 6.0.

But for an off-the-shelf product in a random spec – the performance seemed decent enough.

I personally wouldn’t opt for an iron this large but for the golfers who want maximum distance and forgiveness, this model should definitely  be considered.

Details

SRPs: £849 (7 piece set with Nippon NS Pro 840 steel shafts)

£1,099 (7 piece set with UST Recoil 460 ES graphite shafts)

AW and SW also available.

On sale: October 16, 2017

More information is on the TaylorMade website.

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