TaylorMade announced on Monday the release of its newest driving iron, the Tour Preferred UDI, a day after Justin Rose won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open with one in his bag.
The UDI, which stands for Ultimate Driving Iron, was introduced to the pros in early July at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club. Rose, now No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, put a 20-degree Tour Preferred UDI 3-iron in his bag that week and promptly won that PGA Tour event.
Outwardly, the Tour Preferred UDI looks very similar to the TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC long irons, which feature a small cavity behind the face. However, the UDI is a hollow-bodied iron made from 455 Carpenter steel and is available only in 1-iron (16 degrees), 2-iron (18 degrees) and 3-iron (20 degrees) versions.
All three UDIs feature a slot cut into the sole that allows the face to flex more at impact, especially on shots hit low in the hitting area. The flex promotes ball speed.
The club is designed to provide distance off the tee while keeping the ball lower than with fairway woods and hybrids. In windy conditions, such as those typically associated with links courses, some accomplished players prefer driving irons because they create shots that stay under the wind and tend to roll more in the fairway.
TaylorMade said 2009 Open Championship winner Stewart Cink had a Tour Preferred UDI 2-iron made with Royal Liverpool in mind. Ryan Moore and John Huh also received UDI irons.
At retail, the Tour Preferred UDI will come standard with a KBS C-Taper Lite shaft for $199. TaylorMade said the club should start arriving in pro shops this week.
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