TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB, CB, MC irons

Since they were released in late 2010, the TaylorMade Tour Preferred Muscleback (MB), Cavity-Back (CB) and Muscle-Cavity (MC) irons have been among the most popular irons for the company's staff pros. Nick Faldo, a six-time major championship winner, was involved in the design of the clubs.

With each refinement and new version, Faldo warmed to the clubs until he finally liked the way the hosel blended into the face, the thinness of the topline, the way the sole worked through the turf.

The Tour Preferred Forged CB was designed with an 8620 carbon steel cast body and a slightly firmer, forged, carbon steel face. The cavity and perimeter weighting make this club more forgiving, but the softness of the face gives accomplished players a lot of feedback. A carbon composite badge on the back of the face helps to dampen the impact sound and further enhance feel. These clubs are ideal for consistent players who like to work the ball, but are looking for a touch of help on mis-hit shots.

The Tour Preferred Forged MC irons feature a slightly smaller head than the CB, a thinner sole, less offset and are made from 1025 carbon steel for an even softer feel. Like the CB, the MC has a carbon composite badge on the back to enhance sound. However, there is no undercut behind the hitting area in the MC like there is in the CB, so the clubs are slightly less forgiving but allow for more shotmaking.

But when it comes to the ultimate in shotmaking, TaylorMade offers the Tour Preferred Forged MB. This is a classic blade, with no badge behind the hitting area or perimeter weighting. It is designed for elite players and and golfers who demand control above all else.

The MB irons have the least offset of the three Tour Preferred models and the smallest par area (where the hosel transitions into the face). TaylorMade says these features appeal to accomplished players who have a discerning eye when it comes to their gear.

The TaylorMade Tour Preferred irons come standard with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts for $899. Through custom order, golfers can blend different irons together to create a composite set.

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