Takomo 101T Irons Review – Are They Good for High Handicappers?
Takomo as a company has been quietly releasing high-quality, low-price golf clubs that rival the flagship models of bigger brands.
The Takomo 101T irons in particular are a good mix of playability and forgiveness…with some premium features thrown in for good measure.
Takomo 101T Irons Overview
“The Takomo 101T irons are muscle back hollow-body irons that should appease the needs of a wide variety of players.”
Basically, if your handicap is anywhere in the 14-22 range, you will get good use from these irons.
To start with the top line and soles are just a bit on the thin side. They aren’t razor thin; but there they are scant enough to give the look of control at address.
The offset is also limited to complete the sleek look and give better players more control over flight and trajectory.
The Takomo 101T’s are built from 431 grade stainless steel and feature a hollow-body design.
In addition, the face has been precision milled to maximize ball compression and increase speed.
I really liked the hollow-body design in conjunction with the milled face. The combination helped me exceed my usual ball speed with my 5-iron.
With the hollow-body design and thin face architecture, I was surprised at the sound of these irons.
I was expecting a pretty thin “clink.” Instead, what I hear on off-center and flush shots was a beefier “whack.” The sound was satisfying but I do have one complaint.
Based on sound alone, I couldn’t tell when I was mis-hitting or hitting face-center. This isn’t a deal-breaker for me and I imagine it won’t be for most players.
But don’t expect the sound to inform you of how well you’re hitting on any given day.
Overall though, I really liked the looks of these irons. The sleek muscle back is reminiscent of recent Titleist models.
They also straddle a comfortable line between compact and game-improvement profile.
Are the Takomo 101T Irons Forgiving?
“The Takomo 101T’s are about as forgiving as irons of this size can be.”
I mentioned that the offset is minimal; but more accurately, it is relatively minimal. The Takomo 101T’s aren’t tiny.
The blade length is 75mm in the 7-iron which is shorter than your average game improvement irons.
So with respect to their size, the offset is minimal. But it’s progressive which is something I really love.
You get 3.3mm of offset in the 4-iron which shrinks down to 1.9mm in the 9-iron.
So the long irons offer a lot of help if you struggle to hit the ball straight. The short irons – not so much.
But the hollow-body design and consistent architecture of the face will do a lot for you if you struggle with distance.
If nothing else, my shots played long. My ball speed stayed high whether I missed the sweet spot or not.
Are the Takomo 101T Irons Good for Beginners and High Handicappers?
“I would not recommend these irons to beginners.”
But as a 22 handicapper? No problem.
The best thing these irons have to offer high handicappers is consistent distance and ball speed that doesn’t drop off much when you miss face-center.
The lofts are fairly weak too so I found it very easy to get the ball up in the air with very little effort.
I was also getting steep descent angles so stopping the ball on or near the target was very easy.
Should you Buy the Takomo 101T or the Takomo 101’s?
“The Takomo 101 irons are definitely better for high handicappers.”
The Takomo 101’s feature a longer blade length, thicker top line, thicker soles and more offset.
Of course, you lose some workability so the Takomo 101’s aren’t for mid or low handicappers.
But if you’re looking for more forgiveness, the Takomo 101’s are the way to go.