TaylorMade-Adidas was formerly known as TaylorMade. It is one of the most renowned brands used in golf. The brand started out in 1979 by Gary Adams. To date TaylorMade is used extensively in tournaments of the golfing circuit across the world by some of the top golfers. In 2012, it recorded a worldwide sales of about Euro $1.3 billion, making it the largest golf equipment and apparel brand globally.
TaylorMade for your best performance
Back in 1979, TaylorMade was established through its innovative metal drivers which is still what the brand is known for. The Burner Bubble franchise grew the company further in the 1990s and it would grow to become one of the best places to work in the United States. From a small setup when it was first established, TaylorMade now has a full-fledged facility which is headquartered at Carlsbad, California in the United States.
When Adams started TaylorMade, he rented a facility in McHenry, Illinois with only 3 employees. Then, he only managed to sell one 12-degree loft metalwood club he invented. That was then called the Pittsburg Persimmon where he used steel to replace persimmon as the primary material used in drivers then. This would then go on to become very much the de facto standard used in most of the modern drivers today.
By 2006, TaylorMade reached the billion dollar mark in terms of sales revenue. Salomon S.A, known for its foray in the outdoor sporting segment bought TaylorMade in 1984 and when Salomon was bought over by Adidas in 1997, TaylorMade became a subsidiary of the German sporting brand which would then propel it to compete with the big brands of the sport.
From then on, TaylorMade became known for its drivers. It would go on to become the top driver manufacturer in the sport in 2005, further strengthening its foothold in this industry. Although TaylorMade has been known to produce great drivers, its other equipment are very well received as well.
Who uses TaylorMade?
It has been reported that most top golfers like to wear TaylorMade clothes and use the equipment. In 2014, TaylorMade sponsored 6 out of the top 20 players in the worldwide rankings. This includes the likes of Justin Rose from England, American Dustin Johnson, Australian Jason Day, German Martin Kaymer and Spain’s very popular Sergio Garcia.
TaylorMade’s drivers are undeniably the best in the market. However, it is known to design and manufacture some of the best performance hybrids and wedges too. TaylorMade’s M2 irons have been rated as among the best while the company is involved in other accessories too.
Besides that, golfers around the circuits are seen wearing TaylorMade’s attire which are designed for both men and women. Other products by TaylorMade include fairways, rescues putters and golf balls.
Meanwhile, TaylorMade’s “Tour Truck” is a 42-foot semi-trailer which provides equipment adjustments and production for golfers on tour. This ensures that the golfer’s games can be customized based on the equipment that they are using. Such equipment can be identified by the unique serial numbers that starts with “T”.
TaylorMade Burner Plus Irons
The name TaylorMade needs very little introduction as it is already a mainstay in the golf sport among the pros, amateurs and even beginners. Any equipment that comes engraved with this name will give you the impression that you are in for some top-class service.
Made for performance
What makes the TaylorMade Burner Plus so impressive is that you get to improve your game (or start playing it) and need not have to burn a hole in your pocket. For the Burner Plus, you will get a large clubhead. The idea is that your shots can launch higher and gets more elevation. It has a bigger top edge and has a wider sole too.
Why is the Burner Plus so impressive?
The Burner Plus is priced about RM1,000 and that is one of the more economical ones in the market today. In fact, 2019 has seen a lot of new clubs and irons but are priced at least twice that price. This is one club which is perfect for the beginner but this does not mean the pros don’t like it. Designed to offer you better swings, you will surely get nicer shots too.
In other words, it takes almost no effort to get a good swing with this one. That would be a major confidence-booster for any beginner who is taking up this game. It has very good forgiveness while offering you a much straighter trajectory with a higher launch. For this range, it would surely be one of the best ones around which also gives you excellent stops in the greens.
Like many of the clubs in this segment, it might not be suitable for low handicappers as well while the appearance is blander than many others. But if it is the price that you are concerned with without much compromise on the quality of your game, then the Wilson D200 would surely be your first option.
TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons – Function over Form
Priced at almost US$800 for the steel version and another US$100 more for the graphite piece, the TaylorMade RocketBladez irons come with a slot in the sole of the iron that will project more speed a much higher launch. This version was introduced back in 2012 and has become quite a mainstay with many golfers ever since.
Designed by golf experts
The RocketBladez comes with the Inverted Cone design which has been enhanced and pretty much lives up to the expectations that come with it. There have been some reservations about this when it was first released where some said that the lofts were too strong. But then again, game improvement irons today are pretty much in this mold.
The TaylorMade RocketBladaz irons might not be that suitable for those who have ball-striking issues or those with more than 30 handicaps because they do not have wide soles as one might expect. Having said that, practicing would pretty much do the trick as you could get used to like them.
What worked and what didn’t?
The RocketBladez is very much a straightforward club if you want a no-frills club. It is, after all, made by one of the top golf club makers, TaylorMade. That said, some areas did work out well and some might need imrpovements.
The good thing about the RazorBladez irons is that it is a lot more playable and easy to use as compared to other game-improvement irons of its class. It has the looks of a blade which makes it a lot smoother to swing. It has good overall strength and a nice short-iron feel to it.
The head is slightly bigger and might not be what some testers might like. Basically, this iron has a larger head, a thicker skull and does lack in the feedback department. Otherwise, it is quite alright where the performance pretty much makes up for that.
The TaylorMade RocketBladez irons are made for a balance performance golfer. This is a club that gives you the power you need in your swings, the distance that goes quite far. Pretty much a performer but not too much a looker!
TaylorMade M2 Irons – Coming from a family of top-notch clubs
Feel: Unlike other clubs in this class, you might not feel a poor hit with this one. The grip is firm, the shaft steady and the clubhead is always ready to play!
Look: This club is handsomely designed. It has that macho look to it which is slightly thicker than others.
Old School Iron with might of steel
Price: At RM3,200 for the steel and another RM400 more for the graphite, this iron is a medium-ranged club that can be quite value-for-money.
Key Technologies: You will like its low and deep hits especially since it is very light through the undercut cavity and fluted hosel.
Playability: These irons get you to hit the ball high. Perfect if you are those who like to give the ball more height than range.
Forgiveness: Read elsewhere and you get the feeling that the TaylorMade M2 is the epitome of forgiveness. It gives your ball the alignment it needs, even when you have a poor hit.
Distance Control: You need to give the ball a full whack if you want to get a good distance with this.
Cons: Perhaps the thickness can be quite boring. Colors are not its strongest points. If you aim for perfection in your shots, this might not be the best club for you.
Summary: At RM3,2000, these irons achieve what it was made for. It is a no-nonsense club that delivers. But it is slightly heavier though. The TaylorMade M2 Irons has that overall look which accords every golfer. It is old-school but in its own way a bit dull. You’d like the performance bit of the club and not its design because that would not be its strongest point here.
TaylorMade M4 Irons
The TaylorMade M4 surely has large shoes to fill since the company’s M2 irons did make a lot of inroads in its own segment. This is one iron that needs a lot of emphases considering that it has a name known for quality and performance.
Cool features and appearance
If anyone should know, the TaylorMade M4 Irons is designed for looks, impression and performance for sure. It would sit above the rest of the pack just for its look and feel alone.
Behind the TaylorMade M4 Irons
You will notice at first glance the class that comes with the TaylorMade M4 Irons. What you get in this really is its tungsten sole weighting which gives you better launch and a lower center of gravity. In other words, you will like its stability in this one. Meanwhile, the RIBCOR frame technology is where the sound comes from and that is when you will hear the crack which provides the satisfaction in every swing (and hit).
On top of that, there is the speed pocket technology used by TaylorMade to give you the crack it needs especially when you strike it low. With this one, you will see the thinnest ever leading edge of the top line and this would be the club for you if you are looking for good forgiveness. The design comes with High-MOI head which means the ball gets the great height and longer distance in every way. For comparison, it is higher than the previous M2 irons. The outlook is sheer class and many have even called it the most forgiving irons that the market has now. The ease in the swing is just simply amazing because, at one point, you will find that it is almost effortless even for the most novice of players.
TaylorMade SLDR Driver – Probably the best from TaylorMade in recent years
The TaylorMade SLDR Driver is perhaps one of the most all-rounded and balanced Driver to have come out from TaylorMade in the past few years. If first impressions make a lot of difference, then this Driver surely has a firm advantage and a good headstart.
Excellence in Performance and distance
The SLDR is among the models to have enjoyed the makeover that TaylorMade had undertaken in recent years where it comes with a more powerful sliding mechanism and a lot easier to use. After all, TaylorMade has called the SLDR Driver the ‘best Driver ever produced’ and such a claim comes with a reputation and perhaps some baggage.
However, the TaylorMade SLDR Driver performs excellently and impeccably where it gives you the feeling that it is one of those products that comes around once every few years which becomes somewhat legendary. In fact, you can bet your last dollar that the TaylorMade SLDR Driver will surely be a mainstay for many years to come. In terms of performance, the SLDR gives your swing a faster ball speed with a lower spin where the balanced result does give you an impression that this could well be the best Driver ever to roll out from TaylorMade’s supply belt.
What we liked and what we did not
This Driver comes with a lower center of gravity and compared to all other Drivers from the company, it is more forward which is why you get to see a higher ball launch and lesser spin. This Driver is easy to adjust so that you can modify it to suit your style and game.
The biggest setback about the TaylorMade SLDR Driver is that it might not suit every golfer. It comes with an adjustability function which means you need to customize it.
The TaylorMade SLDR Driver is a pretty good Driver. In fact, it is one of the best in any class and to come from TaylorMade. Enough said.
TaylorMade SIM Series
Every now and then, top golfing brands like TaylorMade releases a new series of golf clubs and it gets everyone talking. The brand is no stranger to top-quality golf clubs catered for any golfer at any skill level. But their SIM series did create such a wave, it got everyone wanting!
Enter the SIM Family
They were not joking when they launched it as a family because you get everything you need within one product line. The new TaylorMade SIM series is generally made up of:
- SIM Drivers
- SIM Fairways
- SIM Rescues
- SIM Irons and
- SIM DHY/UDI
Uniquely made for everyone
Each category of clubs has their own set of specialties and they come in different weights, sizes and designs. Suffice to say, it really depends on your gameplay and what you are looking for. Let’s spell them out.
- SIM Drivers – You can choose between the SIM Driver, SIM Max Driver/SIM Max Women’s Driver and SIM Max D Driver/ SIM Max D Women’s Driver
- SIM Fairways – Comes either in SIM Fairway, SIM Max Fairway (and SIM Max Women’s Fairway) and SIM Max D Fairway.
- SIM Rescues – Options include SIM Max Rescue or SIM Max Women’s Rescue
- SIM UDI/DHY – Stands for Ultimate Driving Iron and Driving Iron-Hybrid
- SIM Irons – Choose among SIM Max Irons (and SIM Max Women’s Irons), SIM Max OS Irons (and SIM Max Women’s OS Irons), SIM Max and combos.
What do we think?
With this family of clubs, any golfer would have it sorted out. SIM, which stands for ‘Shape in Motion’ is what has been spelled out to be. TaylorMade has put in a lot of thinking into this. The embossed SIM words stand proudly in all the clubs which builds for consistency.
The fact that they have included the women’s version for all the crucial clubs means that they are serious about improving your game. In other words, there is something for everyone in this series. Among the highlights you might notice:
- Drivers – They have given the driver a new look and design that improves speed and distance.
- Fairways – Their V-Steel sole is designed to give the ball more launch by pushing CG lower.
- Rescues – This series is built to get you out of hazards with better interaction with the turf.
- UDI/DHY – The perfect clubs for in-between shots.
- Irons – The hit is wonderful with this one which has been enhanced so that you a nicer sound (and hence a lot more satisfaction).
So, what is so exciting about the SIM Series besides having everything? The technology behind it would surely be the attraction factor. The Drivers, Fairways and Irons come in 3 levels which are the standard, the MAX and MAX D respectively which means you are looking for different skill levels.
The cost might be an influencing factor but that is the type of price point you will be looking at if you want quality and more importantly, consistency. These clubs will elevate your game to a different level and that is what really matters.
TaylorMade P790 Irons
Its hard to describe the feeling when you swing a TaylorMade and that is just what they have given to you with their latest P790 Irons.
Every golfer’s dream
To be honest, the TaylorMade P790 gives you the impression that it is made with a lot of thought process. In fact, the aesthetics itself is something that will attract you to buy it once you have seen it. And that is before you even know what it is made of.
The TaylorMade P790 Irons make up
Using Speed Foam technology, TaylorMade has put in a feel which is totally world-class. You will know it when you feel it. You will feel it more when you swing it. Using 4140 Carbon Steel to wrap the face, you will surely feel the forged iron as you grip it harder. And that is not all. You will also notice their tungsten weighting which means you get higher MOI for sure. If that is not enough, you will like the faster ball speed and better forgiveness too.
What about the TaylorMade P790 Irons?
Some call it the most complete golf club in the market this year but you will definitely need to know this for yourself. What the irons bring is its playability and we have not even spoken about the sound yet. Giving you a strong swing means that you will like its speed. But fastball speed might not be everyone’s cup of tea as it means you need a lot more control with this club. The look and feel of it, as mentioned, is simply marvelous to look at. So, if you are not so much about the performance, having this in your bag will send out the right signals for sure.