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Players distance iron shootout! TaylorMade vs. PXG vs. Takomo

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When I head to the range, I usually pack a golf bag to the brim with different clubs and driver shafts to ensure that I can hit a plethora of options. This week, I loaded up my bag and grabbed the Full Swing KIT launch monitor and a few of the players distance irons that I have been using this season. Out on the course the PXG 0311T Gen5, TaylorMade P770, and Takomo 101T have been really solid, and I have enjoyed my rounds with them. I never really do launch monitor comparisons, but I figured it would be fun to see what the differences in numbers showed me. Take a listen to the Club Junkie podcast for the full discussion on my time with these irons on the range!

The driving range I go to is close to my house but nothing you would consider the “ultimate golf club testing facility.” I was hitting off a mat and using two-piece range balls that surprisingly were in very good shape for this time in the season. Typically, most range balls have seen better days at the end of the summer and are struggling to hold on to the few dimples they have left. Most of the balls in my basket looked very new or like they had never been hit, so I was a little more confident in what I was seeing from the launch monitor. I hit six very good shots with each iron and did dump a couple of outliers that either went way left or that I might have caught a bit of mat first before contact with the ball. 

Carry Distance: I knew this metric was going to be close because I had played quite a few rounds with each of these sets, but I didn’t know it was going to be this close. Between the three sets of irons, there was a total of two yards difference between them all. For my swing, the PXG 0311T Gen5 was the longest of the group at 162 yards, followed up by the TaylorMade P770 at 161 yards, and finally the Takomo Iron 101T at 160 yards. So that means that out on the course they all play the same for me! At my skill level (9.7 handicap as of this writing) a mere two yards isn’t something that I can notice — especially when you throw in course conditions like wind, green undulation, and temperature. 

Spin: This was the metric I thought I would see some variation but my pre-shot rankings of what irons would spin the most and the least was 100 percent wrong! The highest spinning iron for me was the TaylorMade P770 at 6,531 rpm. Before hitting them on the launch monitor, I thought the P770 might be the lowest spinning iron of the three, but I was way off on that. The Takomo Iron 101T came in with an average of 6,374 rpm, and the PXG 0311T Gen5 was the lowest at 6,118 rpm. Now, remember that these are low-spin range balls, but a 400 rpm difference between the three is so close it isn’t very noticeable. None of the shots had any sort of ballooning shape to them and all hit their apex on a fairly steep trajectory. There is also a chance that a higher quality ball could even tighten that spin number up a bit as well.

Ball Speed and Smash Factor: In this category of “players distance” irons ball speed has become a bigger factor and most companies have been trying to help increase that number for golfers. The ball speed numbers on all three irons seem high and these for sure have more speed to them than the one-piece forged CB’s that I used to love to play. The Takomo Iron 101T took the top spot here at 117.8 mph and 1.40 on average with the PXG just being edged out at 117.3 mph and 1.37. The TaylorMade P770 came in a very close 3rd at 116.8 mph and 1.35. Again all very close and I love the fact that irons like these keep that ball speed number close even when you don’t find the center of the face. 

Launch and Apex: This one is usually pretty important to me as I don’t hit a typically high ball with any of my clubs. Added launch is my friend and allows me to have better distance control and get the ball to stop on the green without worrying about calculating the amount of release on the ball. For me the TaylorMade P770 launched the highest, by a few degrees, at 20 degrees and hit an Apex of 81 feet. The PXG 0311T Gen5 was the next highest at 16. degrees and hit an Apex of 75.5 feet. The Takomo Iron 101T was the lowest launching and flattest flying at 16.1 degrees and rising up to 73.5 feet at its apex. This was very noticeable on the range as the TaylorMade could easily be spotted as the highest launching. I also think that added launch is what gave the P770 the added distance even though its ball speed was a little lower.

Overall, it shows me how good this players distance category is and how many players probably fit very well into it. I like all three iron sets and will continue to rotate them through my rounds.

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I have been an employee at GolfWRX since 2016. In that time I have been helping create content on GolfWRX Radio, GolfWRX YouTube, as well as writing for the front page. Self-proclaimed gear junkie who loves all sorts of golf equipment as well as building golf clubs!

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  1. Delbert

    Sep 27, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    I tried distance irons that look like blades. No consistency. Put those irons up and went back to my old Mizuno blade. Went out and broke par for the first time in a year.

  2. Mike Hunt

    Sep 27, 2022 at 10:55 am

    How can you write an article about 3 different clubs and and NEVER mention what specific club.number your are referencing ?

    Do better. Or get a better editor.

  3. Tommy Gibbs

    Sep 26, 2022 at 11:43 am

    PXG most xtreme iron out there bro. I know this becuase of the guy yelling in the commerical

  4. Joejoe

    Sep 26, 2022 at 6:22 am

    Looks like Tacoma wins overall because they cost half of pxg and TaylorMade.

  5. Mnw

    Sep 26, 2022 at 2:35 am

    You didn’t state the club number you were hitting nor the most important fact: loft of each club and offset.

  6. Karsten Solheim

    Sep 25, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    And in a late addition to the field, the winner, Ping Eye 2

    • Brian

      Sep 25, 2022 at 5:37 pm

      Winner for ugliest iron ever made, perhaps.

    • Brian

      Sep 25, 2022 at 7:07 pm

      Winner for ugliest ironever, maybe.

    • Brian Posted twice lmao

      Sep 26, 2022 at 6:55 pm

      Winner of the “get some of these and never spend money on Chinese junk again” award.

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Danny Lee WITB 2022 (November)

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Driver: Callaway Epic Max LS (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 60 TX

3-wood: Callaway Rogue ST LS (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

5-wood: Callaway Rogue ST LS (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 8 TX, Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: Callaway Rogue ST Pro (4), Callaway X Forged CB
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Forged (50-10, 54-12), Callaway Jaws Raw (52-10S, 56-10S), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-K)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Design La Grange RS

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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2022 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide presented by PGA TOUR Superstore

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It’s that time of year again, GolfWRX members, the moment we start filling our wish lists with the golf gear we want this holiday season.

The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and hopefully receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet.

This year, we’re proud to partner with PGA TOUR Superstore to showcase the gifts golfers really want.

Golf Clubs

Callaway Great Big Bertha Irons

Callaway says: This is the titanium iron reinvented–Callaway’s first ultra-premium multi-piece, titanium design. We are combining driver-like power with the precision of an iron. By combining our titanium face and body with up to 145g of tungsten, we’ve reached a new level of speed, forgiveness, and overall performance. This multi-material construction creates lightweight power for effortless distance and control.

Price: $3,149.99 ($449.99/iron)

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XXIO Twelve Premium Complete Set

XXIO says:  As a female player, you take your game as seriously as any competitor on the course. We do the same. Individually developed components and carefully tuned clubheads make XXIO 12 Ladies the ideal club set for any women with a mid to high handicap. As with every club XXIO develops, individually engineered grips and shafts for the Irons, Hybrids, Fairways and Drivers fine-tune your performance from club to club. Modified shaft flex profiles and two stunning colorways are guaranteed to perfectly suit your swing and your style. XXIO 12 Ladies is a women’s set unlike any other because we’re more dedicated to your game than any other. With this unique set—along with exclusive pride of ownership—you’re likely to experience your best on-course performance to date.

Price: $2,999.99

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Titleist TSR3 Driver

Titleist says: Built on everything that made TSi3 a Tour favorite, TSR3 is a player’s driver that plays as pure as it looks. Dial in your performance with precision-tuned speed and watch your driving game take flight. If you are a player with a consistent impact location, then Titleist TSR3 is your ticket to maximum driving performance. The new Speed Ring Face Technology creates a focused point of pure speed that can be precision-tuned to match your point of contact.

Price: $799.99

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LAB Golf Mezz.1 Putter

LAB says: Looks are important, but so is science. That’s why MEZZ.1 looks pretty much like a normal putter. But unlike normal putters, MEZZ.1 actually helps you hole more putts. Like all L.A.B. Golf putters, MEZZ.1 is 100% Lie Angle Balanced to make putting easier and more fun. It feels like magic… but it’s just science.

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Bushnell Pro X3 Rangefinder

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Price: $599.99

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Full Swing KIT Launch Monitor

Full Swing says: Designed to be portable, durable, reliable, easy to use and above all, trusted to bring you an experience that elevates your practice. The most innovative Radar technology, patented to get the most accurate readings in a more compact design at a lower cost. Dedicated processors for Radar and media to allow our data to process faster and more efficiently.

Price: $4,999.99

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TAG Heuer Connected Calibre Golf Edition Smartwatch

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Price: Starting at $2,650

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Garmin Approach R10 Portable Launch Monitor

Garmin says: Work on improving your game anywhere and any time of year. Approach R10 is easy to move from inside your home to the backyard and even to the driving range. The included phone mount clips to your golf bag, letting you view and interact with the Garmin Golf™ app on your compatible smartphone between swings.

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Price: $164.95

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Nike NikeCourt Dri-FIT Victory Tennis Top

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Price: $40.00

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G/FORE says: The ultimate Cross X trainer fit to perform on or off the course, the MG4X2 is a multi-functional shoe that takes you from the street to the course with ease. Featuring a one-piece engineered waterproof G/DRY knit upper for unbeatable comfort, and auxetic lattice midsole for all-day support, a sawtooth traction pattern for grip, and finished with our staple triple-density foam cushion footbed for an unbeatable massage with every step.

Price: $225.00

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Daily Sports Britt Long Sleeve Quarter Zip Pull Over

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Eric Cole WITB 2022 (November)

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Driver: PXG TD prototype (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X Even Flow Riptide LX Proto 70

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X Even Flow Riptide LX Proto 70

5-wood: PXG Gen5 0311 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 95 TX

Irons: PXG Gen4 0311T (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (50-12F, 54-10S), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG 1WCS
Grip: Odyssey

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

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