Taylormade Qi Irons Review – Are They Forgiving & Good for High Handicappers?

Taylormade Qi Irons

“The new Taylormade Qi irons have arrived and I took them for a round of testing to give you an idea of their merits and advantages.”

Taylormade Qi Irons Overview

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“Taylormade has made their bones with game improvement irons so players can expect much the same from the Taylormade Qis.”

The Taylormade Qi irons feature a hollow cap back design which Taylormade claims is better for high handicappers because it positively impacts face deflection.

The hollow cap back design allows for bonded badges and a more solid impact.

This reduces the amount of face warping that occurs during impact and imparts side-spin on the ball. The whole idea behind the Taylormade Qi irons is straight distance.

By developing an advanced variable face thickness architecture, Taylormade has made the face deflection of the Taylormade Qis more uniform.

The heel of typical irons recovers quicker than the toe area simply because it is smaller and has less mass to manage.

With the Taylormade Qi irons, additional mass was placed in the toe area so that it recovers from deflection nearly as quickly as the heel.

The result? A set of irons that will help you eliminate right-side bias  and find the heart of the fairway.

Are the Taylormade Qi Irons Forgiving?

“If you have trouble getting straight flight out of your long irons, you will love the Taylormade Qis.”

The Taylormade Qi irons are designed to fly straight and eliminate your right-side miss.

With a progressive CG design and bonded badges, they produce solid impact and less warping across the face. This means straighter flight and more distance.

Are the Taylormade Qi Irons Good for High Handicappers?

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“The Taylormade Qi irons were made with high handicappers in mind.”

The toe-side, right-flying miss is one of the most common among high handicappers.

So the Taylormade Qi irons utilize variable face thickness and  a lower CG in the long irons to promote a truer swing path. This is a great combination for high handicappers.

On top of that, the Taylormade Qi irons offer a 13.9% increase in the sweet spot size compared to the Stealth irons.

How Do the Taylormade Qi Irons Look?

The Taylormade Qi irons have the same monochromatic aesthetic that the Stealth irons have.

The bonded badge cap back design also gives them a uniform, sleek look in the bag. Behind the ball, you are greeted by a moderate top line and a sole that barely pokes out the back in the long irons.

Graphics are kept to a minimum besides the “Qi” labeling in the cap where the cavity should be.

Should You Buy the Taylormade Qi Irons or the Taylormade Qi HL Irons?

That will depend mainly on your swing speed.

If you’re swinging your 7-iron in the 70-75 MPH range, you would probably do better with the Taylormade Qi HL irons because they launch higher.

At a slower swing speed, you will actually gain distance from weaker-lofted irons like the Taylormade Qi HLs.

Taylormade Qi Irons

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Category: Game Improvement

Taylormade Qi First Impressions

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“I really liked the clean looks of these irons right away.”

There is nothing busy or flashy about them. And they look plenty forgiving too. They strike a good balance of face  depth and blade length but they aren’t bulky and cumbersome.

After a couple of warm-up swings, I was finding the right tempo for these irons which usually takes me longer to do.

I attribute this to the moderate blade and head shape. And of course, the Taylormade Qi irons feature the Speed Pocket which covers your low-face mis-hits.

And as a player who hits the ball thin more often than I like to admit, this is a game-changer for me.

I was also impressed with the effortless stability of these irons. Without much of an adjustment period, I was seeing lower than average side-spin rates and my cut spin was all but eliminated.

So I was getting straighter than normal flight with almost no adjustment to my swing.

The progressive CG (lower in the long irons and higher in the short irons) allowed for excellent stopping power on approaches and at least adequate distance off the tee.

Taylormade Qi Selling Points

  • Speed Pocket
  • Progressive CG
  • Variable face thickness
  • Bonded badge design
  • Hollow cap-back system
  • Strong-lofted

Taylormade Qi Loft & Lie

Club Loft Lie
4-iron 18.5 61.5
5-iron 21 62
6-iron 24 62.5
7-iron 28 63
8-iron 32 63.5
9-iron 37 64
PW 43 64.5
AW 49 64.5
SW 54 64.5
LW 59 64.5

Who Are the Taylormade Qi Irons for?

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The Taylormade Qi irons are excellent for high handicap players who typically find themselves 20 yards or more to the right of the target.

They were designed to correct possibly the most common type of mis-hit among high handicappers and beginners and they do a great job of it.

By helping to dampen the effects of high, toe-side misses, the Taylormade Qi will also help players who are losing out on total distance because they are diverging too far to the right.

The progressive CG and the hollow cap back design will also help you squeeze more distance out of the long and mid irons.

This means that the Taylormade Qi irons would also be good for players who are struggling to get adequate distance out of their longer irons.

The Qi irons are the latest from Taylormade so they currently retail for $1,100 for a complete set.

The Taylormade Qi Irons Family

Keeping with the modern trend of offering higher-lofted versions of new irons, the Taylormade Qi irons also have an HL version.

The standard Taylormade Qi irons are strong-lofted while the Taylormade Qi HL’s have weaker lofts to help the kinds of players that struggle to get the ball in the air.

They may also be more forgiving for players who have slower swing speeds.

Distance: 96/100

Accuracy: 97/100

Forgiveness: 97/100

Feel & Control: 97/100

Taylormade Qi Irons

Overall Score: 97/100


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