OLD vs. NEW: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC 2011 irons vs. My … – GolfWRX

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The golf club market can be a confusing place for consumers, no matter their skill level. The latest and greatest products that are designed by modern manufacturers are usually the best performing options when properly fit to your swing. The only problem is, new clubs are also typically the most expensive options.
In a sport that’s already quite expensive, is making the investment on new clubs always worth the high price tags?
Here at GolfWRX.com, we believe that whether you’re buying expensive new equipment or more affordable used options, you should get a proper club fitting from an expert fitter. Factors such as club length, loft, lie angle, overall design, weight settings, shaft flex, shaft weight and even grip size can all make a drastic impact on how the club feels and performs to the individual golfer. It’s not easy trying to figure out all of that by yourself, so working with an expert is imperative.
Now, when it comes to deciding on buying old versus new clubs, the conversation becomes a little more personalized to your specific budget and performance needs.
When you look at the clubs that are being used on the PGA Tour, most professional golfers opt to use the newest equipment possible, or they have clubs that are customized and prototyped to their exact liking.
That’s not always the case, however. Sometimes, PGA Tour players use golf clubs that were released several years ago, and they are still available on the current market for a more affordable price. Although the clubs are older designs, some Tour players still find benefits because the designs have managed to withstand the test of time.
I call these clubs the “Modern Classics.”
The benefit for consumers when it comes to these Modern Classics is that they’re currently available on the market for a fraction of the cost of new equipment, but they’re still viable options to use – even on the PGA Tour.
For our new 8-part club testing series in partnership with 2nd Swing Golf, I chose 8 classic golf clubs that are still used on the professional level, and each club can still be found online at 2nd Swing Golf’s website, or at 2nd Swing Golf retail outlets. Although these used clubs can be found at other third-party retail sites, as well, we chose to conduct this testing at 2nd Swing because, in my personal opinion, they have one of the largest selections of used equipment on the market, and they certify the quality of each club that they sell.
Also, the 2nd Swing store in Scottsdale has over 15 fitting bays that are equipped with launch monitors, and they have a team of expert club fitters to help analyze the numbers.

The first club that I chose to test in this 8-part video series was a TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC 4-iron that was first released to the public in 2011. As we’ve discussed at length at GolfWRX.com, PGA Tour player Daniel Berger still uses a set of TaylorMade TP MC 2011 irons.

For this specific test, I pitted a used TaylorMade TP MC 2011 4-iron (22 degrees) against my current gamer 4-iron (24 degrees) from my set of golf clubs; each club was shafted with an extra stiff steel shaft. I hit 5 shots with each club, using a high-end tour golf ball. We deleted any outliers, and then we analyzed the numbers with the help of 2nd Swing expert fitter Cliff Walzak, who’s a well-respected and longtime club fitter in the industry.
In the video at the top of the page, we break down the entire test, the launch monitor numbers, and then I assign a value rating to the club. Just a heads up, not every club tested in the series will score such a high rating, but we happened to start off with an especially top-tier Modern Classic.
If you’re interested in testing/purchasing the TaylorMade TP MC 2011 irons for yourself, they’re currently available on 2nd Swing’s website for $84.99 for an individual iron, or $339.99 for an entire set.
What other 7 clubs do you think I chose for this Modern Classics video series?
*Credit to Saeyae for the video production.
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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men’s Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.
Nadia Comaneci
Jan 18, 2023 at 5:28 pm
Good video, but what is nine-point-four?
Jan 17, 2023 at 2:16 pm
Original Callaway Apex Pro irons should be on this list in my opinion. They’ve certainly withstood the test of time with some pros still gaming the longer irons from that 2013/14 release.
Joey Horn
Jan 17, 2023 at 1:29 pm
Am I missing the comparison data? All I see is numbers for the 2011 TM TP MCs. What are we comparing this too?
Jan 17, 2023 at 12:54 am
Forgive me for being blunt, but unless you are testing clubs with matching specifications (SW, grip make and size, shaft make and flex, loft, etc.), nothing of value will be learnt here.
This type of test is best suited for mainstream golf publications catering to the uneducated. The GolfWRX readership is not well served by this.
wrx staff lol
Jan 21, 2023 at 5:49 pm
Haven’t you seen that is basically what wrx is from their staff… They can be torched quite easily by a good amount of people on here…
Tom K
Jan 16, 2023 at 6:25 pm
Didn’t want to sit through the video. How did the old irons tack up?
Branson Reynolds
Jan 16, 2023 at 6:10 pm
From the looks the drivers are GBB, g400, ‘16M2, fairways are rocketballz, nike vr, taylormade burner, with an Adams idea pro hybrid
Jan 16, 2023 at 1:02 pm
Testing the Taylormade R1 vs. Stealth 2 would be great as well.
The others I would love to see are player distance product, since there is the “tec” involved. Something like P790 vs. Mizuno H5?
Jan 16, 2023 at 11:56 am
Gotta test the Stensons. Both the 3wd and shovels
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On Tuesday, Titleist announced that a new lineup of Scotty Cameron “Super Select” putters are coming soon in 2023. There will be 10 new Super Select putter models in total, but the release is happening in two waves:
Compared to Scotty Cameron’s previous “Special Select” putters, which came out in 2020, Titleist says the new Super Select 2023 putters have new blade and mid-mallet model designs, revamped neck styles, refined shapes, new milling techniques, improved multi-material construction, and “cutting-edge” weight distribution. Scotty Cameron, of course, works closely with tour professionals week-in and week-out, so naturally there’s been a number of changes throughout the lineup since the previous 2020 release.

Overall, there are four major changes you’ll see throughout the Super Select 2023 putter family:
Here’s what Scotty Cameron himself had to say about the 2023 lineup:
With the new Super Select putters, the name just fits. I’ve been creating putters for a long time, and after each line rolls out and gets played, new ideas emerge. There’s always a better way. I try to make all the refinements I can to bring more performance to players, to give them more confidence and, in the end, hopefully more success.
“Key to the 2023 Super Select family are the new ‘Plus’ models, which I introduced on Tour last year, then crafted into a few limited release models to really showcase this new higher-MOI blade design. Now, we have three new ‘Plus’ options in a few of our most popular designs. Additionally, I’ve brought back the GOLO name and shape in a new size. Familiar models like our Newport, Newport 2, Squareback 2, Fastback 1.5 and Del Mar all have our new dual-milling for a great feel off the face that combines the feel of a deep mill with the consistency across the face of mid-mill. Inspired by putters made for tour professionals, I have introduced new I-beam necks and various cosmetic upgrades to the finish and graphics. I’ve tried in every way to make these Super Select putters live up to their name.”

Each of the new Scotty Cameron Super Select putters are slated to sell for $449 apiece (MAP; Minimum Advertised Price), and they come stock with two customizable weights. The blade-style putters come equipped with a Pistolini grip, while the mid-mallets are equipped with a comparatively larger Pistolero Plus grip.
Here’s how Titleist describes the Super Select putter aesthetics:
“New 2023 Super Select stainless steel putter heads all undergo Scotty’s silver mist process for a near-permanent, radiant, yet glare resistant, appearance and texture. The 6061 aircraft grade aluminum components have been misted and anodized in a clear, bright aluminum finish. Scotty’s familiar three-dot theme carries through to the back cavities as unpainted, raw circles milled into the stainless steel. The engravings and sight lines are painted asphalt gray, except on the soles where Scotty Cameron and the ‘+’ symbols on Plus models are accented in cherry red translucent paint.”

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Cleveland Golf has just announced its new Frontline Elite putter line.
The eight models are designed to improve forward weighting and face technology, which aim to help golfers hit straighter putts with consistent speed and distance. The Frontline Elite putters are slated to launch February 22.
Frontline Elite Putters were carefully made to reduce adverse effects of off-center strikes and help players make more putts, regardless of stroke type.
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“For the Frontline Elite Putter, we used more than 30g of metal injection molded tungsten across the striking area to move weight as far forward as possible,” said Casey Shultz, Product Manager at Cleveland Golf. “In a forward-weighted putter design, face rotation is significantly reduced on off center strikes. So, even if you miss-hit your putt, your ball will stay more on-line, and at the desired speed for more scoring chances.”

After computer simulation/calculations comparing forward-weighted Frontline Elite against rear-weighted competitors, the results revealed 38-percent improved accuracy when struck off-center, according to Cleveland.
Frontline Elite also features counterbalance weights beneath each putter grip and sole weights in each head. This weighting approach is intended to help maintain a consistent swing feel. To help with alignment consistency, Cleveland Golf’s patented 2135 Technology is featured on all mallet models. Every model uses either a simple, or high-contrast alignment line designed to best accommodate a slight arc or straight stroke type.
Key Innovations Inside the Frontline Elite Putters
Premium Options
Retail Information and Pricing:
Frontline Elite Putter with Standard Shaft: $249.99
Frontline Elite Putter with ALL-IN shaft: $299.99
Frontline Elite Models:
Blade: Frontline Elite 1.0, Frontline Elite 8.0

Mallet: Frontline Elite ELEVADO Slant Neck, Frontline Elite CERO Slant Neck, Frontline Elite RHO Slant Neck, Frontline Elite ELEVADO Single Bend, Frontline Elite CERO Single Bend, and Frontline Elite RHO Single Bend.

U.S. Retail Launch Date: Feb. 22, 2023
Bridgestone’s new e9 Long Drive will be the Official Ball of World Long Drive. The longest ball in the Bridgestone lineup, the e9 Long Drive was designed in collaboration with WLD professionals.
The e9 Long Drive is a 330-dimple two-piece ball with an injection molded seamless Surlyn cover. It features a gradational core that is softer in the center and firmer toward the exterior. Not surprisingly, the ball is designed to be high launching and low spinning with maximum carry.

“It was great to work with the athletes from World Long Drive to develop the new e9,” said David Vogrin, Bridgestone’s Director of Marketing. “Innovation that leads to advanced performance is always our focus, and with over 900 Polymer engineers on staff and pioneering technologies like our gradational core and seamless cover, we’re confident this new golf ball will provide exceptional distance for professional long drivers but more importantly for recreational golfers. This is the ball you will take out for the long drive hole in a scramble and end up using for the entire round.”
Bridgestone believes non-long drivers who are looking for higher launch and carry distance will be drawn to the e9 Long Drive.
“Long drive competitors and recreational golfers alike play in a variety of turf conditions, some of which don’t allow for much roll,” said Elliot Mellow, Golf Ball Marketing Manager for Bridgestone Golf. “Through our work with WLD contestants we determined that the e9 Long Drive would need to promote maximum carry for optimum performance, as well as less driver spin. Our engineers combined Bridgestone’s gradational core design with our aerodynamically superior 330-dimple pattern to develop an impressive package.”

At retail: March 2023
MSRP: $29.99/dozen
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