Takomo 301 Irons Review – Are They Good for High Handicappers?

Takomo 301 Irons

The Takomo 301 irons are affordable and boast features of much more expensive clubs.

They come in CB (cavity back) and MB (muscle back) versions. In the following review, we will be talking about the performance, forgiveness and merits of both versions.

Takomo 301 Irons Overview

“Profile-wise, there is only one real difference between the Takomo 301 CB and Takomo 301 MB irons.”

And that’s that the Takomo 301 CB irons have a slightly wider top line. However, each version is forged from S20C soft carbon steel.

The 7-iron blade length of each version is 71mm and the  offset profile is also identical.

At address, the Takomo 301 irons look stunning. They look like the Titleist T series irons.

The offset is a bit noticeable in the long irons but it shrinks up nicely in the short irons where you’ll need more precision.

They also have a very soft and smooth feel. On impact, I felt the club absorb all shock and could precisely tell where I made contact by feel alone. On mis-hits, I wasn’t jolted by the shock.

The faces of these irons are also pretty consistent. I got similar spin numbers on face-center strikes as I did with off-center strikes.

However, heel-side mis-hits still produced a slice so you still have to be careful with these irons.

Takomo 301 CB Specs

Club 4 5 6 7 8 9 PW
Loft 23 26 30 34 38 42 47
Lie 61 61.5 62 62.5 63 63.5 64
Offset 2.4 2.2 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.3

Takomo 301 MB Specs

Club 4 5 6 7 8 9 PW
Loft 23 26 30 34 38 42 47
Lie 61 61.5 62 62.5 63 63.5 64
Offset 2.4 2.2 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.3

 What Handicap Are They for?

“As you would expect, the Takomo 301 MB irons are for scratch players while the Takomo 301 CB irons are recommended to low to scratch players.”

However, I think the Takomo 301 CB irons would work well for mid handicappers based on my testing.

They have fairly wide soles and more importantly, perimeter weighting. I found it easier to keep my shots on-line with the Takomo 301 CB irons than the MB’s.

And according to my launch monitor data, my off-line divergence with the Takomo 301 CB 7-iron was only 6 yards compared to 8.2 yards with the MB irons.

And I wasn’t changing my swing very much with the Takomo 301 CB irons. They felt comfortable, had a low CG for higher flight and were very reasonably forgiving for blades of this length.

I could definitely see that the Takomo 301 MB irons are more suitable to low handicap and scratch players.

The CG doesn’t feel as low as the CB irons so they were clearly made for players who like to keep the ball low.

They also have a cleaner look at address. Just looking at them, I got the sense that I could affect any shot shape I wanted because of the thinner top line and limited offset.

But I mis-hit more with the Takomo 301 MB’s. With the MB’s I had to adjust my swing more to get the same kind of accuracyI was getting from the Takomo 301 CB irons.

Should you Buy the Takomo 301 MB or the Takomo 301 CB’s?

“The Takomo 301 CB irons are definitely more forgiving while the Takomo 301 MB irons offer better control and accuracy.”

Another thing to consider is that  the Takomo 301 MB irons are forged from a single billet of S20C soft carbon steel.

This gives them a more controlled feel and the ability to take on tough chips and flops with better control over spin and launch.

Single-digit handicappers will surely love the control that the Takomo 301 MB’s afford.

But if you are not quite as concerned about your short game as you are with getting down the fairway (and staying on it) the Takomo 301 CB’s are a good alternative.

Takomo 301 Irons

Takomo 301 Irons1

Category: Player’s Cavity and Muscle Back Irons

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 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

Who Are the Takomo 301 Irons for?

Takomo 301 Irons

“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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