Titleist has made improvements to the sole, leading edge and hosel of the new CB and MB irons for smoother ground interaction and a more confident visual at address
“Through advanced computer modeling and extensive player testing we’ve been able to really fine tune these new designs and provide more performance,” said Steve Pelisek, general manager of Titleist golf clubs.
“The new CB and MB models allow players to work the ball high and low and left and right with a solid blade feel and now they look better at address and perform even better through the turf,” he added.
Forged from 1025 carbon steel, the new Titleist CB and MB irons feature constant blade lengths with minimal progressive offset for better workability. Compact shapes with precise centre of gravity locations and traditional tour are in place for improved flight, feel and shot-making confidence.
The new CB irons feature an optimized shallow cavity-back design with an inner cavity muscle behind the impact area for solid blade feel. MB is a muscle back forged iron, with weighting positioned behind the sweet spot for better feel.
The sole design of both CB and MB features a pre-worn leading edge for crisp ground contact and less digging at entry, and a smooth sole width progression as you move through the set to enhance ground interaction.
The slightly wider CB sole now features increased front-to-back camber for better turf release and playability from a variety of attack angles.
“The feel of an iron isn’t just about the feel at impact. An often overlooked component is how the iron feels after impact, going in and out of the turf,” said Dan Stone, vice president of Titleist golf club R&D.
“For most tour players the ball has already left the face by the time the club enters the turf, but how the club goes through the turf can significantly affect what the player feels. One of our main goals with the new CB and MB irons was to make that turf feel smoother and easier,” said Stone.
The new CB and MB models have an improved address profile with a slightly straighter leading edge to promote a square set-up and a new hosel-to-leading edge blend is designed to create less visual offset.
“The type of player that plays CB or MB does not want to see any offset,” said Marni Ines, director of Titleist irons development. “We’ve been able to reduce the appearance of that offset in the new models by better blending that transition from the hosel to the clubface.
“We’ve really taken our designs to a new level using CAD technology by creating formulas that drive the shapes and proportions we want to achieve. As a result, we have more consistent shapes and more consistent performance through each set,” said Ines.
The profile in the CB eight, nine and P irons has also been modified by reducing the heel height for a more compact shape.
CB and MB feature a satin finish to reduce glare and accentuate the toe and topline profile for easier alignment of the face and confidence at address.