Pros: Exceptionally long and forgiving players irons. They have thinner top lines, less offset and shorter blade lengths than TaylorMade’s RSi 2 irons, and feel noticeably softer at impact.
Cons: Performance is about the same as TaylorMade’s RSi 2 irons.
Who they’re for: The PSi irons target golfers with handicaps from 0-13 who want more distance and forgiveness from their irons.
Performance is a relative term in iron design, particularly for the amalgamous category of clubs called “players irons” that TaylorMade’s new PSi irons occupy. Some players irons promise better performance in the way of more distance and forgiveness, while others boost the ability of golfers to manipulate trajectory.
TaylorMade’s PSi irons seek to bridge the gap between those two types of irons, with a revamped construction that maintains the performance that made TaylorMade’s RSi 2 irons a leading performer in our 2015 Gear Trials: Best Players Irons list, while addressing the look, feel and size concerns that led golfers to consider offerings from other companies.
To test the PSi irons, we took them to the Launch Pad at Carl’s Golfland, where its team of Trackman Master Club Fitters hit them against TaylorMade’s RSi 2 irons. Both irons were tested in their stock configurations, with standard lofts, lie angles, and S-Flex shafts. For the PSi irons, the stock shaft is KBS’ C-Taper 105, while the RSi 2 irons used KBS’ 105 shafts.
If you don’t speak launch monitor lingo, know that the results above are quite similar. So chances are, if you’re playing a set of RSi 2 irons and decide to purchase the PSi irons, you’ll see similar results as well. But there’s a lot to the PSi irons that won’t show up in launch monitor testing.
First of all, the PSi irons look different than the RSi 2 irons — not radically different, but different. The top lines are thinner throughout the set, and the composition is more progressive. What that means is that the long irons are comparatively larger than the rest of the PSi irons.
If you’re coming from a set of RSi 2 irons, you’ll notice that the size of the 3 and 4 irons is about the same, but the PSi mid irons and short irons have progressively shorter blade lengths and less offset. These changes will fit the eye of better golfers, especially those who want top-level distance and forgiveness from their long irons, but don’t need as much help with their scoring clubs. The change should help golfers hit the specialty shots they need from short range to setup more birdie chances.
Maybe the most important difference between the two sets of irons is the sound of the PSi irons at impact. They use a new multi-material Dynamic Feel System as part of their construction that creates a softer, quieter sound at impact that golfers tend to equate with better feel and more control.
Something particularly interesting for golfers torn between TaylorMade’s PSi and PSi Tour irons is a new TaylorMade design initiative, which was aided by a new Speed Pocket — a handle bar-shaped slot in the sole of the irons. The Speed Pocket was moved farther forward on the sole PSi irons, and cuts into the cavity of the irons. It creates a launch angle that’s roughly the same as the smaller, fully forged PSi Tour irons, which will be the irons of choice for many of TaylorMade’s PGA Tour staff players.
For the first time in recent memory, however, the combination of the more forward Speed Pocket and the desire to match the launch angles of the PSi and PSi Tour irons resulted in a set of irons that uses weaker lofts than its predecessor. While the PSi 7 iron is 2.5 degrees stronger than the PSi Tour irons, it’s 0.5 degrees weaker than the same RSi 2 club.
Another important upgrade for PSi is TaylorMade’s expanded custom shaft options, which allows golfers to upgrade to many of the most popular, taper-tip steel shafts at no extra cost. This is made possible because of TaylorMade’s decision to produce both taper-tip and parallel-tip versions of the PSi iron heads, which makes it easy for golfers to order combination sets of PSi long irons and PSi Tour short irons.
Keep in mind, however, that the tech-laden PSi irons will fly considerably farther than the PSi Tour irons, and loft adjustments could be needed to either the shortest PSi iron or the longest PSi Tour iron to create consistent gapping.
The PSi irons create outstanding distance and forgiveness, in line with TaylorMade’s award-winning RSi 2 irons, but offer better looks, feel and expanded custom options. For that reason, they’re a top choice in the players iron category for golfers who want more yards, as well as better players who want to explore the possibilities that TaylorMade’s most advanced irons to date can bring to their games.