TaylorMade has launched the all-new Stealth HD irons in an unconventional approach to help developing golfers find more success in the game.
The original Stealth iron featuring the Cap Back design excelled in improving all golfer's performance in general and it will continue to be TaylorMade's best game improvement iron.
The Stealth HD welcomes a wider breadth of golfers to Team TaylorMade with a more forgiving, easy-to-launch max game improvement option.
TaylorMade wanted to create an iron like no other in the brand's history. Engineers surveyed golfers in the max game improvement demographic to find out what they need, how they play the game and gather data on their performance.
Stealth HD was engineered to deliver performance where this type of player needs it the most. An ultra-low profile head shape in the long irons drives the centre of gravity lower to help the ball into the air.
Progressive head size means that each club is uniquely shaped and gets incrementally larger from 5-iron through the pitching wedge. This helps to optimise the performance of each iron.
An increased sole radius and step-down design along the bottom of the club round out the all-new shape. Testing confirmed that increasing the sole arc from heel to toe led to more shots high on the face. The step-down sole is designed to boost playability by reducing the amount of surface area that hits the turf.
An asymmetric draw bias face was incorporated in response to golfer interviews. High COR and fast ball speeds are an added benefit of the new face construction.
TaylorMade increased loft throughout the Stealth HD iron set to correspond with the findings from a proprietary simulation tool. This factors in relevant design variables to optimise carry distance, launch angle and spin at slow to moderate swing speeds.
"In working with players in this category, we exhausted all optimisation tools to determine the ideal loft for each iron in the set," said Matt Bovee, Director of Product Creation Irons.
"Incorporating higher lofts was done purposefully and with intent. Our goal was to provide as much launch and spin as possible without sacrificing distance, and what we found was this design strategy often led to increased carry distance for the developing golfer when compared to traditional super game improvement irons with stronger lofts.
"By combining this totally unique construction with our existing technologies, we created a high launching, easy-to-hit iron with surprisingly exceptional feel."
Here is a summary of the TaylorMade Stealth HD irons which are available to preorder on January 10 and at retail on February 17.
Price: £129 per iron (steel), £143 per iron (graphite)
Specs: 5-PW with AW, SW and LW (RH Only) available
Shafts: Stock shaft offerings include KBS Max 85 MT (steel) and Fujikura NX Red/Silver (graphite), with a variety of custom shaft options. Stealth HD irons come stock with the Lamkin Crossline Black/Red grip (47g).
Stealth HD Women’s Irons offering includes the Aldila Ascent Ladies shaft and the Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip (38g).