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January 06, 2014

First Look: TaylorMade Tour Preferred irons

Posted at 3:54 PM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Irons, TaylorMade

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Photo: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC iron (Credit: Michael Chini)

TaylorMade extended the company's iron line Monday with the introduction of three new models aimed at highly skilled players -- Tour Preferred MB ($1099), Tour Preferred MC ($999) and Tour Preferred CB ($899).

“We don’t believe you can call yourself a great iron company unless you create irons that great players want to play. Irons that meet a Tour pro’s requirements for look, feel, sound and workability,” said Sean Toulon, Executive Vice President. “That’s why these clubs bear the name Tour Preferred. The head has to look right from every angle. The leading edge and sole have to react a certain way with the turf. We’ve taken each of these things into careful account to make these irons especially appealing to better players.”

The Tour Preferred MB (muscleback), which was played by Dustin Johnson at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, is a traditional forged iron with a compact shape, thin topline and very little offset. Minimal sole camber allows better players to hit a variety of shots from all types of lies. 

The Tour Preferred MC (muscle cavity) also features a traditional shape but incorporates a small cavity into the design to add a bit more forgiveness. In addition the 3- through 7-iron feature TaylorMade's Speed Pocket technology that creates higher ball speed on shots struck low on the face and more consistent distances across the entire clubface. The MC has a slightly longer blade length, thicker topline, and a bit wider sole than the MB. 

The Tour Preferred CB (cavity back) features a full cavity back design but still maintains a traditional shape and look. Unlike the MB and MC, the CB is built with Speed Pocket technology in the 3- through 7-irons that includes micro-slots to promote faster ball speed across the face for higher launching shots and more distance. The short irons in the set are more compact and have less offset while the rest of the set features slighly larger heads and progressive offset. 

All Tour Preferred models are available in 3-PW and come standard with KBS Tour steel shafts. 

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