Takomo 201 Vs Takomo 101T Irons Comparison

Takomo 201 Vs Takomo 101T Irons

In the following overview, we will be comparing the forged Takomo 201 irons to the cast Takomo 101T irons.

Takomo 201 Irons Overview

“The Takomo 201 irons are marked by a shorter blade length and less offset compared to the Takomo 101T irons.”

They are forged from S20C carbon steel which gives them a remarkably soft feel.

The offset starts at 2.5mm in the 4-iron and closes up to 1.7mm in the 9-iron and PW. The blades are 73mm long.

They have a cavity back design but are still more accurate and precise than your average cavity backs thanks to the compact design and forged response.

Takomo 101T Irons Overview

Takomo 101T Irons

“The Takomo 101T irons are cast from 431 stainless steel and marked by a hollow-body design.”

The Takomo 101T irons were made for distance, forgiveness and little else.

The offset starts at 3.3mm in the 4-iron and shrinks to 1.9mm in the 9-iron. The blade lengths are 75mm.

The Takomo 101T irons played longer than the 201’s with very little effort. But it was harder to affect fades and draws at will.

“The Takomo 101T irons will help if you have trouble staying in the center of the fairway.

The Takomo 201’s are better for players who could use better accuracy and shot-shapability.”

Takomo 201 – First Impressions

“The Takomo 201’s look stunning.”

We were first smitten with the looks which are akin to forged irons at twice the price. They look amazing in the bag and the appearance behind the ball will likely appeal to mid/low handicappers. You can feel how well these irons were made after your first swing too. They give you that soft feedback that you get from premium forged irons.

That all being said, be aware that the milled lines on the backsides of these irons can gather chunks of dirt, turf and grass. They are a bit difficult to clean because the grooves are so narrow.

Takomo 101T – First Impressions

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“I loved the sleek looks and how the Takomo 101T’s occupy a nice middle-ground between players performance and game improvement.”

I’ve talked a lot about forgiveness so far but one of the first things I noticed about these irons was how workable they are.

I was able to affect different shot shapes so long as the lie was favorable. That brings me to another, less fun point.

The turf interaction wasn’t great with these irons. The leading edge is a bit blunted so you really have to keep yourself from digging.

But that’s really the only weakness that stuck out to me during my testing session.

Overall, the Takomo 101T irons look great and they perform consistently.

I could tell right away that these irons would be great for anyone who wants to increase the distance on the fairway or from the tee.

Takomo 201 Selling Points

  • Perimeter weighted
  • Forged from S20C carbon steel
  • Graphite and steel shafts available
  • KBS shafts used for stock steel builds
  • One-piece forged
  • Cambered leading edge

Takomo 101T Irons – Selling Points

  • Hollow-body design
  • Precision-milled face
  • 431 stainless steel construction
  • Multiple shaft options
  • Workable
  • Forgiving
  • Good ball speed

Who Are the Takomo 201 Irons for?

Now let’s talk handicap.

After our testing we concluded that the Takomo 201 irons are best for players in the mid to scratch handicap range. The perimeter weighting does help to cover up slight mis-hits; but overall there is not enough practical forgiveness to make these irons viable for 20+ handicappers.

But that makes perfect sense because high handicappers aren’t who these irons were designed for. If you are a mid to low handicapper that wants soft, clear-feeling irons that allow you to work the ball as needed, the Takomo 201’s would be perfect for you.

Takomo 201 Specs

Club Loft (degrees) Lie (degrees) Length (steel)
4-iron 22 60.5 38.5”
5-iron 25 61 38”
6-iron 28 61.5 37.5”
7-iron 32 62 37”
8-iron 36 62.5 36.5”
9-iron 41 63 36”

Distance: 96/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Accuracy: 98/100

Feel & Control: 98/100

Overall Score: 97/100

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Who Are the Takomo 101T Irons for?

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“The Takomo 101T irons would be good for 15-22 handicappers who are chiefly concerned with distance.”

That’s because all but the most severe mis-hits go virtually unpunished.

There wasn’t significant drop-off in ball speed between my perfect strikes and those struck closer to the heel.

The hollow-body design and milled face go a long way towards making sure the ball gets launched far.

And yet, there is a good amount of workability in these irons for mid handicappers.

The blade is small enough and square enough behind the ball to allow for accurate shot manipulation.

Plus, the Takomo 101T irons cost less than $600 for the entire set so they would be good for players on a budget as well.

The Takomo Family of Irons

If you have a bit more experience under your belt you may want to look at the Takomo 201 irons.

They are forged, have shorter blades and less offset than the Takomo 101T’s.

Distance: 97/100

Accuracy: 96/100

Forgiveness: 96/100

Feel and Control: 96/100

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Overall Score: 96/100

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