The TaylorMade R7XD irons have really got my attention. It looks like TaylorMade has just about packed every bit of technology that they can think of into these clubs. And that’s something a geek like me just HAS to pay attention to.
The r7 XD combines the Tuned Performance Cartridge (which has been a feature of TaylorMade’s irons for several years), with the Inverted Cone Technology which makes their woods and drivers so forgiving.
The club also seems to have a separate body and face—similar, I’d guess to the Ben Hogan CFT that was out a couple of years ago.
The CNC-milled titanium clubface is supposed to promote higher initial ball speed, and thus carry and distance. It also allows TaylorMade to save weight and reposition the center of gravity lower and deeper, which also makes the club more playable.
I liked the two-piece design of the CFT when it came out, although after playing with a demo set decided that they weren’t for me. But the truth is that I’ve been wondering why someone else hasn’t pursued the two-piece design. It makes so much sense. After all, drivers, fairway woods and hybrids have thin faces welded to hollow bodies. Why not irons?
I’d love to give a set of these a ride. I’m going to have to keep my eyes open to see if anyone at the club has a set in their bag.
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