Best TaylorMade Irons for High Handicap Golfers

With their constant release of new golf clubs, it's easy to get yourself a nice deal on some very forgiving irons to bring that handicap down to the low teens. Wouldn't that be nice going back to your teens? 

Along with Callaway, TaylorMade are one of the most popular choices for forgiving irons. Let's have a look at the irons aimed at you so here are the best TaylorMade irons for high handicap golfers.

Are TaylorMade golf clubs good?

  • Big sweet spot
  • Perimeter weighted cavity back clubheads
  • State of the art materials
  • Wide sole to stop digging into the turf
  • Offset club head design for square impact
  • Feedback from off-center hits feels like a good shot

Most Forgiving TaylorMade Irons


For straighter shots and more distance

TaylorMade Stealth Irons

The TaylorMade STEALTH are aimed at the golfer with slower swing speed below 90mph with the driver. If you need a boost in distance to keep up with the guys in your group, the STEALTH are an excellent distance iron. 

If you have an older set that you're losing distance with, the TaylorMade STEALTH will increase your distances for sure. The lofts are strong as with most game improvement irons and have a big wide sole for smoother interaction with the turf. 

TaylorMade STEALTH irons make the game more fun for the average golfer. Besides helping you get the ball into the air easier, they also look good in the bag. One of the most tragic part about game improvement irons from TaylorMade is they usually make them ugly as sin.

The STEALTH actually look like nice clubs when sticking out the top of the bag. They are.a vast improvement on the TaylorMade SIM range which were unattractive. What I found a bit difficult was chipping the ball with the 8 9 or pitching wedge. 

I prefer bump and runs and the face just seems to lack feel for these shots with the STEALTH irons. While you will also pick up major distance, the downside is a slightly lower launch than a lot of other game improvement irons in the range, they I notice they went further than the Ping range which is very very impressive. 

Pros

  • Better than SIM2 irons 
  • The best looking Taylormade irons in recent releases
  • Very solid feel when holding the clubs 
  • Some of the longest hitting irons Taylormade makes 

Cons

  • Low launching compared to other game improvement irons 
  • Difficult to chip with the hot faces of lower irons

Taylormade SIM Max Irons

These cavity back SIM 2 MAX look semi traditional and are a little older but play and feel excellent. Because they're older, the price is quite good and will suit high handicappers or casual players who want to upgrade to a more modern set without blowing the college tuition.

SIM Max irons will give you a big distance boost if you're tired of playing your 10 year old set of clubs. You'll see a distance boost and with that, a massive forgiveness enhancement. They make golf more fun and make you want to get out there as soon as possible.

Hitting long irons with these clubs is so easy, it feels like cheating. The club face is BIG for a juicy sweet spot. The top line of the club at address is BIG. The cavity in the back is BIG for more forgiveness. The sole is BIG to get through the turf. Even the short irons heads are BIG so you hit more greens!

All of this BIG is what makes you hit it further, straighter and with more confidence.

Pros

  • Very straight hitter - just wants to go straight
  • Mishits still get you very close to your target - good strikes feel like butter in your hands
  • Very big heads and thick top line give extra confidence
  • Head size stays large throughout set
  • Very deep cavity back for total forgiveness

Cons

  • Not as effective in counteracting slices
  • Short irons club head look very big

Good for slow swings or those playing with really old clubs

Taylormade SIM 2 Max OS Combo Irons

Combo sets are great for you if you struggle with long irons. Most high handicappers have the issue of trying to get the long irons into the air with some additional help. 

The opposite is actually true as you need to have a descending blow on the ball. The hybrids replace the longer irons in this set and the irons have oversized heads with huge sweet spots.

It's a simple equation currently in the world of Super Game Improvement irons. Hybrids are better than long irons. Big clubheads with large sweet spots and low center of gravities, mean the ball is easier to launch and MUCH easier to hit.

Big fat soles on the bottom of the club help with the interaction of the club and the turf so they don't dig into the ground on shots where you hit the ground SLIGHTLY before the ball. 

Pros

  • Hybrids are much easier to hit which replace the longer irons
  • Big soles help to glide through the turf instead of diggin
  • Very big heads and thick top line give extra confidence
  • Large sweet spot that you almost can't miss
  • Partially enclosed cavity backs increase super forgiving clubs for high handicappers 

Cons

  • Strong lofts give the impression of massive distance gains

Old model that works and looks good - like Cindy Crawford

TaylorMade P790 golf irons

This is the ultimate Super Game Improvement iron. They’ve got the hollow Speed Pocket behind the face to allow the face to flex and give you more distance anywhere you hit it on the face - the iron reacts like a fairway wood when striking the ball!

The sweet spot extends almost the entire groove area and since the club head is one of the biggest around, that's a lot of sweet spot.

It's the iron set the high handicap golfer has been dreaming of. They increase shot height and hit it a looong way. The short irons get up quickly and mid irons are so forgiving, you'll think they're wedges. With their thick sole and large club face, they ensure a good result every time.

Pros

  • Look very sleek
  • Creates high launching bombs that fly for miles
  • Mishit shots travel longer than you would expect from other clubs
  • Imposing size of club head over the ball - looks strong
  • Very macho color scheme

Cons

  • Loud at impact
  • Extreme high pricing

FAQ

Are TaylorMade M2 good for beginners?

Yes. If you can get your hands on a set, the Taylormade M2 are some of the best and most forgiving irons Taylormade has ever made for the beginner or high handicap player. The only other older model iron I would recommend above the M2 is the RSi2 by TaylorMade. A piece of art.

Are TaylorMades for you?

It's clear from the information above, TaylorMade have focused on making distance irons that go far even on mishits. They've focused on the mid to high handicap golfer by making the clubs as forgiving as possible and forgiveness is the main priority for high handicappers.

So if you're after distance with your forgiveness, try TaylorMade out or go get a fitting and order yourself the irons you like the feeling and look of after your fitting.

It's always best to get fit by a professional and be sure of what you want as a set of irons is an expensive affair and finding the right irons can mean five to ten years of joy and elation on the golf course. Nothing feels better than hitting good shots that impress your playing partners and and show you that you're making progress. Good luck and report back on your progress!

Last Updated on May 10, 2022 by Matt

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