STEALTH IRONS: TaylorMade release details and sleek new images
Updated: Jan 22, 2022
TaylorMade Golf Company, have released details and sleek new images of their new Stealth™ game improvement irons - powered by the all-new Cap Back™ Design with toe wrap construction.
The irons build on the Cap Back Design in SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons, which used the concept of a multi-material hollow body construction. The Stealth irons are engineered with the aim to improve face flexibility and deliver fast ball speeds with a confidence-inspiring shape.
According to TaylorMade the Stealth irons were designed to push the limits of game improvement irons and also contemporise what a game improvement iron looks like. The timeless clubs provide the golfer an iron that looks visually appealing in their bag, and importantly, at address.
LETS GET TECHNICAL
With SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS, TaylorMade engineers created the multi-material Cap Back Design by utilising the concept of the hollow iron but replacing the steel back with a low density, polymer composite cap. This construction improves the face’s ability to flex, delivering ball speed and forgiveness, without compromising the centre of gravity (CG). Cap Back Design supports the entire topline from heel to toe with the strong, lightweight polymer material spanning the entire cavity to provide additional rigidity in the upper part of the face.
Working in unison with the flexible Thru-Slot Speed Pocket™, it created a larger unsupported area of the face, translating to a larger and more intelligently positioned sweet spot.
TaylorMade engineers not only wanted to continue the momentum of Cap Back Design, but also accelerate it to continue to push the limits of game improvement irons. When the engineers explored designing more performance into a game improvement iron, one thought was at the forefront of their minds: place iron performance where the game improvement golfer needs it the most – lower.
Enter toe wrap construction. The toe wrap is an advanced engineering feat that shifts substantial mass from the extreme high toe of the head and repositions it in the low in the sole of the iron. This redistribution of mass lowers the centre of gravity by up to 0.8 millimetres. The result is an increased launch angle producing a towering ball flight, long carry distances and heavy stopping power.
“When we were thinking of the next level of Cap Back Design, we centred our thinking around the fact that the majority of golf shots happen at centre face or lower. In order to drive performance lower in the club face, we needed to drive the centre of gravity lower in the club face because where CG goes, the sweet spot follows.
"With the addition of toe wrap construction and the ability to move weight lower in the club, Stealth irons provide a perfect harmony of technology and design for the golfer who is looking for a performance advantage on the course.”
Matt Bovee, Product Creation, Irons
Stealth irons continue to feature core TaylorMade iron technologies that have been engineered to integrate within the new-for-2022 designs.
Hidden inside the Cap Back Design, the ECHO® Damping System spans the full face from the heel to the toe and uses multiple contact points on the face to absorb unwanted vibrations. TaylorMade say this gives the Stealth iron a solid feel as the ball explodes off the club face. Each damper has been designed for each individual iron, as ribbed structures align with the contact area and Inverted Cone Technology surface featured in each club.
Progressive Inverted Cone Technology is located heel-to-toe in the 4-PW of Stealth irons. The 450 stainless steel face has a positioned sweet spot that spans the most common impact points, said to deliver explosive ball speeds and consistency in all the right places. The long irons are designed with slightly more draw-bias than the mid-irons, which in turn have slightly more draw-bias than the short irons. This design element is intended to provide the most accurate ball flight for all levels of golfers.
360 Undercut Technology with stiffening topline ribs in the 4-7 irons promotes face flexibility and ball speed in these core lofts while maintaining desirable sound and feel.
Additionally, a fluted hosel design promotes lower and deeper CG placement for improved launch characteristics while providing a clean, confident look at address. Hosel bending notch technology is again incorporated to allow for easier lie and loft fitting, allowing every golfer to easily achieve their ideal custom set-up.
SPECIFICATIONS, AVAILABILITY & PRICING
The irons have been available to preorder since 4 January 2022 in the US and at retail beginning 1 April. The Stealth irons ($999 steel/$1,099 graphite) will be offered in 4-PW (7 pc. set with AW, SW & LW also available) and come equipped with KBS Max MT 85 steel shafts (S, R) or Fujikura’s Ventus Red graphite shafts (7S, 6R & 5A).
For women, the Stealth irons will come equipped with the Aldila Ascent Ladies shaft. Stock grips for men are Lamkin’s Crossline 360 48.5g (Black/Red) and Lamkin Ladies Sonar 38g (Grey/White).