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2014 newest TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons Review

Do you know, the TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB irons 2014 are another solid iron from TaylorMade? My handicap has remained the same – I’m not playing as much as previously so look forward to when I can get back properly! With a slightly chunky top line they still look good behind the ball and the head shape is nice.

The sole is a little more chunky than the other TP irons thanks to the undercut cavity of the cast head, but that is what gives the CB irons their forgiveness and high MOI. The head includes a forged face insert and combined with the sound management badge does make these irons feel very good indeed.

This is a little surprising as the heads are oversized with a little more offset than the TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC irons 2014, so you would expect all the usual game improvement characteristics, but no. The flight was a little higher but still penetrating and the long irons in particular were very easy to hit.

I guess, Mid-handicappers may want to blend a few of the MC short irons into their set, but otherwise the CB irons are well worth considering.

Control Trajectory by Varying Golf Ball Position

One of the many things that set tour pros apart from amateurs – even very good ones – is the ability to control the ball’s trajectory.

This is an important factor in windy conditions, but also when playing to different pin placements with TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons 2014, carrying distant hazards or hitting a shot that runs after landing.

There’s no real magic to altering the height of your shots. It’s largely done by changing the ball’s position in your stance, which determines the club’s effective loft at impact. As a simple rule, the farther up in your stance you play the ball  with TaylorMade SLDR Driver for sale – toward the left foot, for a right-hander – the higher it will fly. Play it farther back, or to the right, to produce a lower flight.

It’s important to keep the hands ahead of the ball and the shaft leaning toward the target on iron shots. The farther back you play the ball, the more the shaft will lean.

Taylormade tour preferred cb irons 2014 Review

Of the three new Tour Preferred irons that TaylorMade has released, the cavity-backed Taylormade tour preferred cb irons 2014 is the most player-friendly, forgiving set of the bunch.

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This CB iron is designed fairly similarly to the TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons in terms of the performance package. Typically on an iron, the bottom is very rigid and there is a lot of lost ball speed when you hit it there. The new Speed Pocket design is really flexible, so you get a lot of extra ball speed on shots hit lower in the face.

TaylorMade said the inclusion of the slot gives the Tour Preferred CB irons a larger sweetspot and helps players maintain ball speed across a greater portion of the hitting area. That should lead to more consistent distance control, something every accomplished player wants. The challenge was to create a club that performed like a game-improvement club, but that really looks like a better-player product.

Bystedt and the other designers at TaylorMade know they can cram all the performance and feel in the world into a set of irons, but it they don’t look right, finicky Tour players and accomplished amateurs won’t consider them. The company said it spent considerable time ensuring the aesthetics of the Tour Preferred CB irons are just right.

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2014 newest TaylorMade Tour Preferred irons Review

Taylormade unveiled its new Tour Preferred MB, Tour Preferred MC and Tour Preferred CB 2014. They are favoured by highly skilled players.

Dustin Johnson is debuting the Taylormade Tour Preferred MB irons 2014. It is an authentic muscleback player’s blade, precisely forged of soft, 1025 carbon steel. The shape is classic and compact, with a thin top-line and minimal offset

Tour Preferred CB irons 2014
is one of the longest player’s irons. It is a full-fledged cavity back that maintains the shape of a player’s iron and the elegant look of a blade when set-up behind the ball. Short-iron heads are compact with minimal offset, while the long and middle iron heads are slightly larger with progressive offset for more stability and easier launch.

Tour Preferred MC irons 2014 combines a player’s shape with a shallow “muscle cavity” to boost MOI, creating an unparalleled blend of beauty, feel, workability and stability. The clubhead’s length, top-line and sole-width are all slightly larger compared to the Tour Preferred MB.

Irons that meet a Tour pro’s requirements for look, feel, sound and workability. That’s why these clubs bare the name Tour Preferred.

The new TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB irons 2014 Released

The Taylormade company has come out with Tour Preferred CB, MC and MB 2014 lines. You might not expect it, but these TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB irons 2014 have already made it into the bags of PGA Tour players and weekend hackers alike.

In terms of technology, the Tour Preferred CBs are more of a refinement than a reinvention. The SpeedPocket, introduced last year and filled with a 3M polymer, is back with a few twists. Still present only in the 3- through 7-irons, it has been expanded, with thicker pockets towards the heel and toe.

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In terms of the performance package, this iron is designed fairly similarly to the TaylorMade speedblade irons for sale. The difference is that this is a more compact head shape, so this will require a little more precision from the player in terms of ballstriking. The slot designed into the sole of the Tour Preferred CBs extends about 10 millimeters into the head. It’s covered with a polymer, so dirt and debris do not get into the club. Its function is to create a hinging mechanism that lets the face bend more at impact, especially on shots hit low in the face.

Another key feature is feel, so TaylorMade gave the Tour Preferred CB irons three vibration dampeners. There is a badge bonded to the back of the face that soaks up shock created at impact, as well as a vibration-reducing material positioned inside the chamber of the club’s lower cavity. The polymer that covers the Speed Pocket also helps reduce unwanted vibrations.

I noted in my review of the Taylormade burner 2.0 irons that they were very grey-heavy, which is a design choice that TaylorMade has continued with the Tour Preferred line. I don’t mind that; they certainly look classy. The über-chrome finish is evocative of Mizuno’s MP line, which is not a bad target to aspire to.

The cavity is styled very similarly to the TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Irons 2014, with the “TaylorMade” script on the muscle and a plastic sticker in the cavity. The words “Tour Preferred” are written in white and red, with “CB” in white closer to the heel. The undercut cavity extends to the hosel of the club, where a small cutout has been made, presumably to remove weight from the heel of the club.

Justin Rose’s SLDR driver and Tour Preferred CB Irons 2014

Here’s a sneak peek inside Justin Rose’s new TaylorMade Tour bag ahead of this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. The reigning US Open champion is currently playing TaylorMade SLDR driver and Tour Preferred CB Irons 2014.

The SLDR, more for the mid to low capper, features a weight mechanism that can sort out just about any flaw in the swing and it’s also quicker and easier to adjust unlike the cheap TaylorMade R1 Driver before it. I personally believe you can be much more precise with your tuning this time around as the SLDR generates more than double the influence on a driver’s CG than the R1’s moveable weights.

My testing proved the SLDR edged the JetSpeed on carry but the TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver ran out further on total distance, partly due to its lower spin rate and lower vertical launch. Launch angle was higher with the SLDR and there was generally a much more penetrating ball flight. SLDR was the much straighter of the two drivers for me.

SLDR was longer for carry but a little shorter in total distance, yet I’d certainly give up a few yards on average – three as it proved to be – in return for finding more fairways. At the end of the day, however, both drivers are high launching, low spinning drivers.

The TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons 2014 is a full-fledged cavity back that maintains the shape of a player’s iron and the elegant look of a blade when set-up behind the ball. The Speed Pocket in the 3- through 7-iron features “micro-slots” to promote faster ball speed across the face and higher launch, which promote more distance.

That helps make the Tour Preferred CB one of the longest player’s iron that TaylorMade has ever created. Short-iron heads are compact with minimal offset, while the long and middle iron heads are slightly larger with progressive offset for more stability and easier launch.

Adam Scott opens with 3-under 69

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Playing Augusta National for the first time in competition as a Masters champion is something Adam Scott never will forget, especially the reaction he got from fans around the course during an opening-round 69 on Thursday.

“It was a thrill, really,” said Scott, who trails leader Bill Haas by a stroke. “The reception into every green and almost every tee box was incredible, and the best one, the memory that will stick with me forever, was walking up the 12th tee and everyone getting out of their seats as I approached there. It was great.

“The level of respect that everyone has for this golf tournament and what happens here … but then I went and hit it in the water.”

He did, with his taylormade tour preferred mb irons 2014 approach from 158 yards finding Rae’s Creek en route to a double-bogey 5.

But that was the only blemish on the scorecard for Scott, 33, who also had five birdies to match his opening-round score of a year ago, when he went on to win in a playoff over Angel Cabrera.

“I was really very happy with the way I played taylormade tour preferred cb irons 2014 today tee to green,” he said. “It was really how you would hope to come out and play at any major, and especially the Masters. I was really solid.

“I hit one poor shot on 12, which obviously cost me a couple of shots. But very pleased to get off to a good start, and there’s no doubt winning the Masters last year had me a little more comfortable on the first tee than I’ve ever been in the past.

“I didn’t have the legs shaking and nerves jangling for six or seven holes like usual, so that was enjoyable for me today. But I’m very pleased with my opening round.”

Scott birdied the first, sixth, eighth and 10th holes to lead, then ran into trouble at the 12th. He got a stroke back with a birdie at the 14th but failed to birdie either par-5 on the back nine despite hitting both greens in two shots.

New gear: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB and CB Irons 2014

TaylorMade has annouced the launch of three new TaylorMade Tour Preferred TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB irons 2014 are an authentic muscle-back blade forged from soft, 1025 carbon steel with a classic and compact shape, a thin top line and minimal offset. The 3- 7-irons feature TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket to promote increased ball speed in the lower portion of the clubface and more consistency across the entire face. The head, top-line and sole-width of the Tour Preferred MC are all slighty larger than those on the Tour Preferred MB.

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TaylorMade consulted several members of their Tour staff to design the MB irons and thus the shape is compact and traditional with a thin top-line and very little offset. All three of the Tour Preferred models come fitted with the latest KBS Tour shaft in either X-Stiff, Stiff or Regular, along with TaylorMade Tour Velvet grips. As is the case with all of TaylorMade’s new equipment, custom shafts and grips are available also.

The TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB irons 2014 is a complete cavity-back which combines the shape of a player’s iron with the look of a blade at set-up. The Speed Pocket in the 3- 7-irons feature micro-slots for fast ball speeds across the whole face, as well as higher launch for more distance. TaylorMade claims the Tour Preferred CB is one of the longest player’s irons it has ever created.

The heads of the short irons are compact with minimal offset, and long and middle iron heads are a touch larger with progressive offset, offering more stability and easier launch. Each iron is made from a cast and the set features a subtle but progressive head design throughout the set. The short irons are compact with very little offset, but the longer the club in the set, the larger the head size and offset becomes.

The TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB, Tour Preferred MC and Tour Preferred MC come in 3-iron to pitching wedge with a satin nickel-chrome finish. All three models come with KBS Tour steel shafts and tour velvet grips.

TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB irons 2014 Review

While the TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB irons 2014 is the direct replacement for the RBladez Tour, the new irons have been completely redesigned.  The CB is more than just RBladez Tour 2.0. It’s new. It’s different. It’s better (and yes…TaylorMade always says that).

The new design features an open-channel cavity (similar to what others call a slot cavity or pocket cavity), and as you might expect, retains TaylorMade’s now signature goo-filled Speed Pocket sole design. TaylorMade said the inclusion of the slot gives the Tour Preferred CB irons a larger sweetspot and helps players maintain ball speed across a greater portion of the hitting area. That should lead to more consistent distance control, something every accomplished player wants.

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By now you should all be familiar with TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket, and its reported benefits, but it’s worth mentioning that, like TaylorMade’s distance RocketBladez irons, the CB’s Speed Pocket is also engineered to produce more consistent shots, higher launch, and, yup, more distance.

The feature that makes the Tour Preferred CB irons play similarly to the Taylormade SpeedBlade irons is the inclusion of a slot that TaylorMade calls a Speed Pocket in the 3- through 7-irons. The slot designed into the sole of the Tour Preferred CBs extends about 10 millimeters into the head. It’s covered with a polymer, so dirt and debris do not get into the club. Its function is to create a hinging mechanism that lets the face bend more at impact, especially on shots hit low in the face.

“Typically on an iron, the bottom is very rigid and there is a lot of lost ball speed when you hit it there,” Bystedt said. “The new Speed Pocket design is really flexible, so you get a lot of extra ball speed on shots hit lower in the face.” Anchored by a 46° pitching wedge, I suppose the CBs qualify as strongly lofted, although it should be pointed out that the strong lofts aren’t simply about cheating the distance equation. The lower loft actually help create the desired ball flight at the specified length.

Short irons are compact with minimal offset. Middle and long irons are slightly larger, with progressively more offset as the clubs get longer.

New Offering: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Irons 2014

Without question, the Tour Preferred MB  the sexiest of the new iron offerings. As they have with the TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons 2014, TaylorMade has thankfully dispensed with the previous incarnation of the MB’s Precision Weight Port. In terms of functionality, the PWP was damn near brilliant, but as far as fitting in with the desired aesthetic of a true muscleback…meh.

What about new technology? Here’s the reality: a blade is a blade, and well, if we’re being totally honest here, that means there really isn’t any. Instead the focus is on refinement. TaylorMade has improved the overall shape of the iron, smoothing lines and, at the request of their Tour pros, reducing camber. Did I mention they ditched the weight nuts?

Frankly, the more I see the TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Irons 2014, the more I wish I had decided to give them a try instead of the MCs. Not that I have any business playing blades, but seriously, they’re just so damn pretty (said with the acknowledgement that it’s difficult to screw up a blade). Let’s be honest again…pretty isn’t a word which one normally uses to describe TaylorMade irons.

For the Speed Pocket averse, I should probably specifically mention that from the 3-iron to the pitching wedge, the Tour Preferred MB is a true blade, You’re not going to find any cavities or goo here. The MBs are a 100% forged set from end to end.

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