If your name is on the front of your bag and you are known to shoot sub-par rounds, or you routinely contend in your club championship, the new TaylorMade PSi Tour irons could be a good fit.
“With this one, we really set out to make a B-Spec club,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s director of iron product creation, referring to smaller, tour-specific versions of irons TaylorMade has made. “We just said, ‘Let’s make something for the Tour and if people want to buy it, we’ll sell it.’ ”
Designed with feedback from PGA Tour stars such as Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer and Jason Day, the PSi Tour irons are designed to appeal to golfers who demand the control and feel associated with muscleback blades. The clubs are forged from 1025 carbon steel for enhanced feedback at impact and have minimal offset and an extremely thin topline to deliver the look at address that many better players prefer.
Some material was removed from the backside high in the toe and heel, and redistributed to the area behind the center of the face to make impact feel more solid.
However, there was something Bystedt and his team really wanted to change.
“I was frustrated that our Tour pros were not taking advantage of our technologies, especially the sole slots and the face slots,” he said.
To make the pair of slots in the face less obtrusive to better players, TaylorMade thinly milled them. The face slots are allow the hitting surface to flex more at impact, like those found in the standard TaylorMade PSi irons and last season’s RSi irons. On the sole of the 3- through 7-iron, players will find another slot that TaylorMade calls a Speed Pocket.
“The slots on the PSi Tour are purely there to provide a touch of forgiveness,” Bystedt said. “It’s not a lot, basically a yard or two, max, in terms of what it’s going to save on a toe hit or a heel hit. But that small difference for a Tour player can be huge.”
Because many accomplished players like to work the ball left, right, up and down, TaylorMade designed the PSi Tour irons to have a progressive center of gravity (CG) location. It’s lower in the long irons to help players get the ball up in the air more easily and create a steep angle of descent, and the CG rises through the mid and short irons so players can knock down the ball and curve shots more effectively.
“The guys loved the sole in the Tour Preferred MB, so we brought it over into this iron,” Bystedt said. “We did modify it a little because the MB’s sole is pretty flat, so we gave the PSi Tour’s sole a little more camber.”
Bystedt noted that Jason Day won the 2015 PGA Championship using a set of TaylorMade RSi TP irons that had slots in the sole and face.
“Those were great golf clubs, but there were still some guys that didn’t feel like they were for them,” he said. “Without excluding the guys we already have on board, the PSi Tour irons were designed to attract more of the guys to our technologies.”
The TaylorMade PSi Tour will be available December 20 for $1299 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 steel shafts.