TaylorMade has introduced three new and different models of forged irons, including the TPMB (Tour Preferred Muscleback), TPMC (Tour Preferred Muscle Cavity) and TPCB (Tour Preferred Cavityback).
The three new models incorporate technologies with specific performance needs in mind. The TPMB and TPMC are created with a shaping process and six-step forging procedure with feel the objective, while the TPCB has a multi-material construction with a forged face and cast body.
“Forged irons are typically devoid of performance technologies,” said Bret Wahl, senior director of iron, wedge and putter development.
“Their compact and solid construction with thin sole, thin topline, high CG location and little to no offset forces a very specific type of impact parameters to hit a good shot, with virtually no margin for error,” he added.
“The reward for that sacrifice is unparalleled feel and workability. We took a long, close look into the makeup of forged irons to determine if we could advance the performance with the use of technology, and we found that we could.”
With clear lines, a compact player’s shape and minimal offset, the TPMB is designed for pur feel, feedback and workability.
“This is the iron that many of our Tour Staff pros been waiting for,” said Keith Sbarbaro, TaylorMade’s vice president of tour operations. “The lines are clear and clean from every angle, and the pure feel of the ball on the forged face at impact is as good as it gets.”
The six-step forging process is used to produce a more precisely shaped and finished head. A thin topline, thin sole, straight leading edge, minimal offset and tapered hosel work in conjunction to promote pure face-to-ball connection.
The TPMB incorporates TaylorMade’s new precision-weighting port in the back of the clubhead. In the past, clubmakers have installed cartridges of varying weight in the hosel to ensure that each iron in the set is of uniform swingweight.
TPMB’s precision-weighting port is designed to offer precise swingweights, while ensuring maximum and consistent centre of gravity location in every clubhead.
“The precision-weighting port proves that it is, in fact, possible to innovate and improve the performance of a true, forged blade,” said Brian Bazzel, manager of iron and wedge creation.
The TPMB also incorporates a USGA-conforming groove design to promote more spin and control from the rough.
The standard shaft and grip properties were chosen with input from TaylorMade tour staff professionals, and include True Temper Dynamic Gold shaft and Tour Velvet grips.
TPMC irons are designed with a clean, classic and maneuverable player’s shape that offers the blend of feel, workability, and forgiveness by incorporating a compact, shallow cavity.
“We worked obsessively with our tour staff to shape the TPMC irons into something that looks perfect to the better player’s eye, while at the same time incorporating feel, workability and stability,” said Bazzel.
The end result is a shape with a thin topline, straighter leading edge and less-cambered sole. Like the TPMB, the creation of the TPMC starts with the six-step forging process.
The sole is moderate to narrow in thickness and less cambered to prevent deep digging. The leading edge features minimal heel-to-toe radius with an amount of camber to cut cleanly and precisely into the turf with little resistance.
The groove design is in place to promote more spin and control from the rough.
TaylorMade’s precision-weighting port is incorporated into the TPMC for precise swingweights, while ensuring consistent centre of gravity location in every clubhead to promote better ball flight in the long, middle and short irons.
The TPMCs come with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts and Tour Velvet grips.
TPCB is a multi-material, forged cavityback that’s designed with a two-piece head. The TPCB’s advanced construction melds a forged face with a cast body that incorporates an undercut cavity to deliver the feel of a forged iron and the forgiveness of a deep cavityback.
“Uniting a forged face with a cast cavity allows us to deliver the best of both worlds – the soft feel of a forging with the stability and forgiveness of a deep undercut cavity,” said Wahl.
The TPCB boasts the highest moment of inertia of the three new irons. That, combined with its Inverted Cone Technology (the only iron of the three with ICT), which promotes faster ball speed on off-centre hits, is designed to offer forgiveness and consistent distance.
The TPCB also features a precision-weighting port and the same new, advanced groove design to promote more spin and control from the rough.
The TPCB iis the only model of the three being offered in both steel and graphite shafts.
The steel is a new, 110-gram, mid-flight True Temper Dynamic Golf XP. The graphite shaft options, developed by Fujikura, are offered in 90-gram stiff flex and 80-gram regular flex. Tour Velvet grips are also standard.