Antoine de Saint-Exupéry famously wrote in “Airman’s Odyssey” that
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
That adage holds true in many things, especially irons intended for golf’s elite players. With the release of the Tour Preferred MB irons, TaylorMade does not espouse distance gains or new technologies. Instead, the story is about giving accomplished players the tools they demand to control the ball more effectively.
“With the Tour Preferred MB, we really wanted to work on the workability, feel and aesthetic appeal for the better player,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s director of product creation for irons, wedges and putters. “We know that players who play a muscleback really values these things more than anything else.”
To maximize feel, TaylorMade forged the Tour Preferred MB irons from 1025 carbon steel. The blade lengths are short, the overall head sizes are compact and the offset is minimal. These factors should help premiere ballstrikers hit draws and fades more effectively.
- Read about the new TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB right here.
- Read about the new Taylormade Tour Preferred MC right here.
Bystedt said TaylorMade picked the brains of many of its top staff pros – including Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose – throughout the prototype phases of the Tour Preferred MB’s development. With their input, TaylorMade gave the Tour Preferred MB irons minimal camber.
The bottom line is there is almost nothing to stop the sensations of impact reaching the golfer’s hands.
While the new Tour Preferred MC and CB irons feature long- and mid-irons with a slot cut into the sole, none was designed into the MBs. The slot, which TaylorMade calls a Speed Pocket, helps to create a higher launch angle, but the players TaylorMade targets with the MB prefer to control ball flight with their swing.
“The MB is really for the accomplished golfer who is very consistent in his ball striking,” Bystedt said. “This will not have a very big sweetspot, but it will be workable and have solid feel.”
The TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB irons come standard with KBS Tour shafts for $1,099 and should arrive in stores immediately.