Since 1979 TaylorMade’s mission has been to create products that help players, of all skill levels, reach their potential, and to produce the best golf equipment in the world. They continue that commitment with their latest M CGB Irons.
The M CGB line combines several of TaylorMade’s most successful technologies, from the past fifteen years, into a single set of irons. A fluted hosel from the 2015 M2 line, a speed pocket from the 2012 RocketBladez irons, face slots from the 2014 RSI irons, Tungsten weights on the heel and toe from the 2008 R7 CGB offering, and TaylorMade’s Inverted Cone Tech which first appeared in R500 driver series in 2002, all come together to form TaylorMade’s version of a “best of the best” set of clubs.
TaylorMade M CGB Irons Review
• Gets the Ball in the Air Quickly – The rear center of gravity and tungsten weights along the back provide ample height, even on balls hit somewhat thin.
• Forgiving on mishits – The inverted cone shape on the face of the club adds forgiveness on heel or toe mishits.
• Increased Distance – Thanks to lighter shafts and speed pockets, the average player should see more distance across the entire range of clubs.
• Great Feel – The M CGG Irons feel well balanced, and the Hybrar damper limits vibration which leads to the feeling of solid contact even of balls struck off-center.
• Sweet Sound – Every shot sounds like a solid strike.
• Not for accomplished players – Better players, especially those with shot shaping ability, will find these clubs lacking the desired feel for their advanced skills.
Speed Pocket Technology increases “flex and rebound” across the entire club face. This, in turn, promotes faster ball speed and longer ball flight. TaylorMade research suggests that seventy-two percent of all golf shots are hit below the club face center. Their engineers found that incorporating a Speed Pocket reduces spin and adds distance on these types of mishits.
TaylorMade Face Slot Technology improves contact on heel or toe mishits and leads to better consistency.
An advanced Hybrar damper, a 3D sound-managing badge, and a precision-shaped head work together to dampen vibrations, soften feel, and provide the sound of solid contact on every shot.
The three-hundred-and-sixty degrees Fluted Hosel, and a three-hundred-and-sixty degrees undercut redistribute discretionary weight for optimal center-of-gravity contact and improved distance.
TaylorMade’s patented “Off-center Inverted Cone” forms a larger sweet spot which generates faster ball speeds across the entire face of the club.
Milled Tungsten Micro Weights give the M CGB’s high tech look, ideal balance, and great feel on every swing.
Distance from set to set often depends on the loft of the club in hand as different manufacturers attach slightly different lofts to the same number club. A 9-iron, for example, could have as much as a four-degree swing (45 degrees on the low end and 48 degrees on the high end) from one set to the next. Overall though, players can expect an average bump of about ten yards per club across the entire set from clubs with the same loft.
As with any “game improvement iron,” the M CGB Irons incorporate forgiveness as one of the main selling points, and forgive, they do. Balls hit thin jumped almost as well as those hit squarely. The heavier club head and rear center of gravity seemed to power the clubface through on shots that caught a little too much turf. Heel and toe mishits also tended to straighten themselves out surprisingly well. The Hybrar damper and sound-managing badge gave poorly hit balls the same sweet sound and feel as those hit dead center.
Better players may not find these clubs to their liking on pitch shots inside of a hundred yards or green side chips. While the center of gravity placed in the back of the club helps send the ball high and land soft, it also works against the feel and control that better players rely on for precision. Intermediate level golfers, however, will most certainly enjoy the added height and distance achieved throughout the set.
TaylorMade offers customers quite a few choices when it comes to customization. Along with the typical left/right, steel/graphite, and men’s/women’s options, buyers can also choose from four different grip makers, various lie and loft combinations, seven different shaft brands, and seven different flexes (depending on the shaft manufacturer and material). The stock sets with standard lie and loft, TaylorMade Dual Feel grips, Nippon steel or UST graphite shafts, and an appropriate flex option should suit most players just fine though.
How do the Taylormade M CGB compare to other TaylorMade Irons?
The original TaylorMade 2017 iron lines featured the new M1 irons and redesigned M2 irons. More of a “players” iron, the M1 line sports a smaller head, for better control, than the M2. TaylorMade created these clubs with better golfers in mind. The redesigned M2 irons added several new features from last year’s model - such as “Face Slot Technology,” an improved fluted hosel, and sound and vibration dampening. The new M2’s, aimed at a broader audience, offer mid and high handicappers more distance and better forgiveness than last year’s version, or the new M1’s. Then in September of 2017, TaylorMade built on the M2 line by moving the center-of-gravity to the back, adding Tungsten Weights, and enlarging the face slightly. They also tweaked the lofts a bit. They added one-and-a-half degrees loft on the M CGB long irons, (4 - 8), and strengthened the loft on the shorter irons (9 – SW). These modified lofts, coupled with the lighter overall weight of the M CGB Irons, combine to help seniors and players with slower swing speeds achieve better launch angles on long shots, and extra distance from closer in to the green.
In a larger context, the M CGB irons fit into the TaylorMade lineup as THE BEST TAYLORMADE GOLF CLUBS for Beginners:
That's not why you buy these irons
Excellent, any shot is possible with these irons
Very Good Ball Strikers
Not much, but more than the P730s
Workable, but not as much as the P730s
Aspiring Good ball strikers
Good bit of forgiveness
Still Workable, Great Distance Control
Mid - Single Digit Handicaps
Most Forgiveness in the Player's Lineup of Irons, Produces High Launch
Very little workability, Very good distance control
High Single Digit Handicaps
No workability, but decent distance control
10 - 20 Handicap Range
Maximum Forgiveness with very High Launch
No workability, Distance Control is Lacking.
15 - 20 Handicap
This is basically a full set of Drivers
This is the maximum forgiveness you will find
Not going to happen. But your not buying these clubs to hit fades and draws.
Beginners & High Handicaps
How do the TaylorMade M CGB irons compare to other manufacturers irons?
Other manufacturers make similar super game improvement irons but, as yet, no one has incorporated as much technology, into any club, as TaylorMade has with the M CGB’s. Callaway’s Steelhead XR set, for example, features a Steel-Infused Polyurethane Layer, 360 Face Cup Technology, a progressive center of gravity, and a hollow Bore-Thru Hosel design. When it comes to forgiveness, distance, and ball flight, these clubs match up well against the M CGB’s. For new players that need a lot of help, Cobra makes the Cobra King Oversize. They have the largest head and sweet-spot available of any offering in the Cobra family. Contact made anywhere on the face usually results in good height and decent yardage. It’s a great club for those that struggle with ball striking. Unchanged for 2017, Ping makes one of the best game improvement irons on the market, the Ping G. It’s well rounded and competitive in forgiveness, feel, length, looks, and control. It’s forgiving but looks and feels more like a player’s iron.
What Type of Player is Right for this Club?
Newer players - who struggle to get the ball in the air, often make poor contact, don’t get reasonable distance, or have moderate to extreme slices – will find a friend in the TaylorMade M CGB irons. Mid-handicappers, however, may also take advantage of the higher ball flight, softer landings, and increased distance that these clubs provide. While highly skilled players would prefer the smaller head and simpler construction of a player’s club, they would certainly appreciate the sweet sound and solid feel of proper contact using an M CGB iron.
Along with many of their most advanced technologies, TaylorMade has put a great deal of thought into the M CGB Irons. These clubs perform as advertised and then some. The lower center of gravity helps get the ball up quickly, the curved face corrects mishits, and the sound dampening badge provides a sense of solid contact even on relatively poor contact. These clubs could make the difference in whether a novice player finds the game impossibly frustrating or an enjoyable pastime.