TaylorMade has introduced the Stealth game improvement irons with a new Cap Back Design with toe wrap construction.
With SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS, TaylorMade engineers created the multi-material Cap Back Design by utilizing 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.
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, longer carry distances and 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,” said Matt Bovee of Taylor Made’s product creation, irons, department.
“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,” he said.
The aesthetic of Stealth drew inspiration from TaylorMade’s P·700 series in hopes to provide the golfer an iron that looks visually appealing in their bag and at address.
“Every golfer of every skill level wants an iron that looks great in the bag and delivers the performance they demand. With Stealth, the look of forgiveness has changed. Stealth delivers incredibly high launching distance and forgiveness in a players inspired, technically elegant design package,” said Bovee.
Stealth irons continue to feature core TaylorMade iron technologies that have been engineered to integrate seamlessly 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, giving the Stealth iron a solid feel as the ball explodes off the club face.
Each damper has been uniquely 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 an intelligently positioned sweet spot that spans the most common impact points, delivering 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 and Pricing
Available for preorder on January 4 and at retail beginning April 1, the Stealth irons ($1,299.99 steel/$1,399.99 graphite Cdn.) 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).