Takomo 301 CB Vs Takomo 201 Irons Comparison

Takomo 301 CB Vs Takomo 201 Irons

I tested the Takomo 301 CB and Takomo 201 irons side-by-side.

Find out how each iron fared in the following comparison overview.

Takomo 301 CB Irons Overview

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“The Takomo 301 CB’s are billed as player’s cavity back irons and they certainly live up to that classification.”

What I mean is the blades are short and the offset is moderate. But there is still good forgiveness in these irons.

Not only do you get forgiveness from the cavity back design; but the Takomo 301 CB’s are perimeter weighted as well.

Despite the short blade length and the 1.8mm of offset in the 7-iron, I was still able to hit straight shots.

I may have lost some yardage due to the relatively weak lofts; but if you’re a mid handicapper, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Takomo 201 Irons Overview

“The Takomo 201 irons have slightly stronger lofts and, curiously, slightly more offset than the Takomo 301 CB’s.”

The blade length of the 201 irons is also slightly longer than the 301 CB’s. I could tell that the 201’s were built for distance.

They produce a piercing trajectory and their faces are exceptionally reactive and fast thanks to the rear milling.

There is no perimeter weighting but the low CG and longer blade lengths make up for some of that lost forgiveness.

The added iota of offset is barely noticeable at address; but it did help keep my  divergence tight with my 5-iron.

“I got better distance out of the Takomo 201 irons but I felt that the short irons were less accurate and controllable than the short irons of the Takomo 301 CB set.

The Takomo 301 CB’s may lack some distance; but they’re better if you’re looking for a more well-rounded mixture of accuracy, workability and forgiveness.”

Takomo 301 – First Impressions

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“Both of these irons look beautiful and deliver what they promise.”

The feel of the forged S20C carbon steel rivals the feel of any Srixon or forged Taylormade clubs.

While not as forgiving as most Taylormade irons, the Takomo 301 irons delivered in terms of forgiveness and workability.

In fact, I was surprised at how workable the Takomo 301 CB irons were.

Ostensibly, they should be the more forgiving and less accurate of the two versions – and they are.

But there is still a good amount of control in them for the right kind of player.

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 301 Selling Points

  • Forged from S20C carbon steel
  • The MB version has a pre-worn leading edge
  • The CB version has perimeter weighting
  • Both versions come with KBS Tour shafts
  • Both are very affordable

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

Who Are the Takomo 301 Irons for?

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“I wouldn’t recommend the Takomo 301 MB’s or even the Takomo 301 CB’s to straight up high handicappers.”

Because even the CB irons require an accurate swing path and they can punish inconsistency.

But the Takomo 301 CB’s would be great for mid to low handicappers while the Takomo 301 MB’s are best for single-digit to scratch players.

Both versions will appease bargain hunters though. A complete set of either Takomo 301 iron versions will cost less than $700.

The Takomo Family of Irons

The Takomo 201 irons have slightly more offset and longer blades than both the Takomo 301 CB or MB irons.

But they are still forged from S20C steel. The Takomo 201 also have perimeter weighting so they would be best for mid handicappers looking for a mixture of forgiveness and exceptional feel.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 97/100

Forgiveness: 96/100

Feel and Control: 97/100

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Overall Score: 96/100

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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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