TaylorMade expands Stealth iron line with Stealth Bomber Driving Iron
While the trend the last few decades has been to decrease the number of long irons in the bag and replace them with easier to hit, more forgiving hybrids and even high-lofted fairway woods (like a 7-wood), sometimes for some players a long iron is the best solution. But not just any long iron. The ideal long iron is plenty forgiving with a face that flexes like a driver. Enter TaylorMade with the introduction of its Stealth Bomber Driving Iron.
The black aesthetic frames a strong-lofted iron built on the same design platform as TaylorMade’s Stealth irons. Like the Stealth irons, the Stealth Bomber Driving Iron features a polymer “cap back” design that wraps about the back cavity and into the toe. Compared to a fully hollow iron or traditional cavity back designs, this saves weight that’s redistributed low in the sole while at the same time providing the structural support that a hollow iron features. That means better stability on mishits, more support for the thin face design and a lower center of gravity for easier launch. The sole features a cut through slot for increased flexibility. Internally, the iron features a polymer bar that spans from heel to toe with multiple contact points on the back of the face to control unwanted vibrations and improve feel.
Clearly targeting better, faster-swinging players (it’s only offered in X- and S-flex versions of UST Mamiya’s Recoil DART shaft), the Stealth Bomber Driving Iron uses only a 17-degree loft and 40-inch shaft to make this club an option off the tee on tighter driving holes and faster, firmer conditions. (By comparison, the regular Stealth game improvement iron’s 4-iron spec is 18 degrees with a 39.125-inch shaft.)
The Stealth Bomber Driving Iron uses a bomb emoji in place of the number on the sole of the iron. It also includes its own headcover. It will sell for $250 and is only available on TaylorMade’s website.