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TaylorMade

Stealth

Hot List Gold 2022

Our Review:

WHAT IT DOES: This iron borrows the multimaterial “cap-back” design (which is 7.5 times lighter than steel) from the SIM2 Max that allows the face to move more freely but does so in an updated fashion. The cap-back now wraps around the high-toe area to reduce weight, making the club easier to square at impact. A slightly wider sole drives the mass—and therefore the center of gravity—low, but the topline and blade length remain relatively compact. The speedy 450 stainless-steel face gets as thin as 1.6 millimeters, or the same as the SIM2 Max, for the distance boost every golfer craves.

WHY WE LIKE IT: The Stealth driver is likely to be the most-talked-about club of the year. Look for this iron to draft off that success with good reason. The Stealth doesn’t feature the carbon-composite technology of the driver, but it nonetheless has a sleek, futuristic styling with a satin finish that is sure to appeal to the lower-handicap segment of the game-improvement category. A cut-through “speed pocket” helps mitigate the loss of ball speed on strikes hit low on the face, and a rib on the toe is used to support the upper portion of the topline to prevent any sound issues. Read more >>

Price: $143/per iron
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Ratings
Performance

45%*

Innovation

30%*

Look / Sound / Feel

20%*

Demand

5%*

* Percentage of total score

Player Comments
Low-Handicapper

"It’s like a Swiss Army knife. Nothing it couldn’t do. Everything came off high, straight and accurate. Ball never varied unless you wanted it to."

Mid-Handicapper

“It has everything you want in a club regardless of handicap level. It’s not big. Sleek looking. Super energetic at impact with a soft feel off the face.”

High-Handicapper

"It has a very macho sound and feel off the face. It just exudes power. Gets through the turf very easily without digging. Mis-hits you get the feedback but it still goes."

Club Specs

Lofts

7-iron: 28 degrees; PW: 43 degrees

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From the Manufacturer
Description

Stealth irons, featuring Cap Back™ Design with toe wrap construction, are the new look of game improvement irons. The revolutionary Cap Back Design is even better by adding toe wrap construction, an advanced engineering feat that shifts mass from the extreme high toe of the head and repositions it in the sole to create an extremely low CG. It expands the distance, forgiveness and feel benefits, delivering an iron that is easy to launch. Stealth irons were designed not only to push the limits of game improvement irons, but also to contemporize what a game improvement iron looks like.

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