Genesis Invitational

Riviera Country Club



Why We Like It

TaylorMade’s P-series irons have long overshadowed its game-improvement offerings, but that’s changed over time. The Qi is the latest leap. The iron incorporates a “cap back” that replaces the steel back of the clubhead with a composite badge. The badge provides the necessary reinforcement for the thin, flexing face, along with a pleasant sound and feel. The badge also reduces mass, allowing weight to be moved to dial in the proper center-of-gravity location. To assist sound, a damping system uses a softer polymer blend and multiple contact points across the face to channel away those pesky unwanted vibrations without slowing ball speed. The nickel-chrome plating adds a touch of class, too.

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Characteristics

  • A “speed pocket” through the 8-iron enhances ball speed.
  • The shorter leading edge and longer blade length support the face and increases its stability.
  • A dual 360 undercut harvests weight that is moved to enhance forgiveness.
  • 7-iron: 28 degrees; PW: 43 degrees

Highlights

  • Top 5 softest game-improvement irons, middle-handicaps

Price

$157 per iron

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HOT LIST SCORE

The aggregate star rating of all three categories rounded to the nearest half star.

5.0
Performance
5.0
50%*
Innovation
5.0
30%*
Look / Sound / Feel
4.5
20%*

HOT LIST PLAYERS FEEDBACK

Ratings are based on players’ assessments in three key performance areas.

Sensory
Soft Feel
Firm Feel
Ball Flight
Lower, More Roll
Higher, More Carry
Playability
Workable
Forgiving

Reviews

Why Impact Is Critical to Your Iron Play

Consistent shot shape requires one skill above all others: the ability to make flush contact with the ball. It’s the No. 1 fundamental in golf, and without it, this game can be an eternal mystery. Here, Sean Hogan, one of Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Florida, helps you improve your impact from tee to green.

From the manufacturer
TaylorMade Qi10

The Qi irons are designed to be the straightest distance irons in golf. Unlike other game improvement irons that actually favor a right miss, ours are meticulously designed for precision and control because straight distance is the best distance. An integrated system design allows us to optimize each individual iron head. Driven by organic face geometries, Cap Back Design™ and the Speed Pocket™, this comprehensive approach tunes the performance of each head to promote ideal gapping, exemplary ball speeds as well as consistently straighter shots throughout the set. In addition to optimizing mass properties, it works in unison with the HYBRAR Echo® Dampers to reduce unwanted vibrations and deliver a satisfying sound and feel.

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