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Takomo 301MB irons review

What's new? How much do they cost? And how do they perform? Jack Backhouse brings you the low down on Takomo's new 301 MB Irons

How do Takomo’s new traditional muscle-back blade irons perform? Find out in our Takomo 301 MB irons review.

Takomo 301MB irons review: NCG Summary

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4.5 star review

These irons are a proper set of blades. They have a small enough profile to strike fear into your playing partners but offer enough forgiveness on slight miss hits not to be impossible to use. These irons come with serious bag appeal, and club golfers will not be able to walk past without having a look.

These irons are perfect for good ball strikers looking to upgrade their irons without breaking the bank. These irons feel and look fantastic, so iron purists will not be disappointed.


  • Out the centre, the contact feels amazingly soft
  • Really easy to manipulate flight
  • Stunning behind the ball


  • Not forgiving for inconsistent ball strikers

Takomo 301MB irons

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First Impressions

Taking the wrapper off these irons was a fairly exciting experience. I love blade irons, and having a shiny new set glisten in my bag makes me want to drive to a links course and beat balls from sand-based turf for days on end.

I love the clean, simple design of these irons; they have a thin sole and minimal offset, which gives you a real player’s feel. The top line, however, isn’t super thin, so at address, you do feel like you’ve got a chance of hitting some good shots.

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NCG Verdict

The blade iron should be the easiest, but I think can be the most difficult iron to design and release from manufacturers. There’s not a great deal of technology that can be included to make them loads better than another blade, but there’s also a whole cohort of golf traditionalists who are looking to discredit your irons as not ‘pure’ enough.

I can attest that these irons are, in fact, the real deal.

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If we can first get the only possible downside about these irons out of the way, I will then get into the good stuff about why I love these irons. Blades are not for everyone. Most players will get better performance out of a cavity back iron and shouldn’t consider using blades. The Takomo 301 MB irons fall into this category and will not suit everyone.

Now that we have that out of the way let’s get into the good stuff. These irons are forged from 620C steel, which provides a really soft contact feel. When you use a blade, your primary concern is control, so you don’t want a strike that feels at all fiery from the face.

flightscope data

The Takomo 301 MB irons have fairly traditional lofts compared to many current irons. 34 degrees on a seven iron would be considered fairly weak, but they are not short by any standard. You don’t buy blades looking for more distance, but you do want good distance control.

In the test, I found the yardage to be fairly reliable. I don’t want any surprises from a good strike and generally want a misstrike to drop short of that. The front-to-back dispersion with the 9 and 5-iron was pretty good, and with the 7-iron, I had a few miss-hits which is why the distance drops off slightly.

I found controlling the flight in terms of trajectory and shot shape really easy with the Takomo 301 MB irons. I love hitting it higher and lower and attempting to work shots into different flag positions on the green. This isn’t always the most sensible approach to golf, but it makes it loads of fun, and the Takomo’s amplify this.

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I’ve had the Takomo 301 MB irons in the bag for two months now, and I absolutely love them. I used a half set for a few rounds in the depths of winter to keep the bag light and loved the shot-making capabilities of them.

These irons are excellent for any golfer in any condition, and they have travelled to some exciting venues with me. I took them to Sawgrass to play both the Stadium and Dye’s Valley course. I drove them over to Hillside for a game on the links and even had the game of my life at my home club Sand Moor and shot 62!

Something else that works well with these irons is how well you can make a combo set with them with Takomo’s 301 CB iron. Not everyone wants to look down at a blade 4 and 5-iron, so having the added help and forgiveness from the CB is a brilliant option.

These are now my regular gamers and will likely be so for the end of the year.

Takomo 301MB iron review: The Details

Available: Now

RRP: £540

Lofts: 4i-23°, 5i-26°, 6i-30°, 7i-34°, 8i- 38°, 9i-42°, P-47°

Shafts: KBS Tour – R,S,X

Grip: Lamkin Crossline

More information: Takomo Website

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Jack Backhouse

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Jack is a PGA Golf Professional who specialises in coaching, teaching golf to beginners and top-level amateurs for 10+ years. He also loves his golf equipment and analysing the data of the latest clubs on the market using launch monitors, specialising in blade irons and low-spinning drivers despite having a chronically low ball flight.

Although Jack has no formal journalism training, He has been reading What's In The Bag articles since he started playing at 12 and studying golf swings since his dad first filmed his swing to reveal one of the worst over-the-top slice swings he reckons has ever been recorded, which set him off on the path to be a coach. His favourite club ever owned was a Ping G10 driver bought from a local top amateur with the hope that some of the quality golf shots would come with it (they didn't), and worst was a Nike SQ driver he only bought because Tiger was using it.

Jack is a member of Sand Moor Golf Club and regularly gets out on the golf course to prepare for tournaments. Jack uses a TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver, a half set of TaylorMade P7MB irons, MG4 wedges and a TaylorMade TP Reserve putter.

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