Taylormade R11 Vs Taylormade R7 Irons Comparison Overview
It had been quite a while since the last time we tested the R11 irons and we must say, we got excited all over again. One of the best adjectives to describe these irons is exciting. The Taylormade R11 irons are exciting in more ways than one.
But how have they held up after all these years? We wanted to figure that out so we went out and re-tested them against the Taylormade R7 irons. Take a look at what we found in the following comparison overview.
Taylormade R11 Irons Overview
The Taylormade R11 irons are the best of both worlds if you’re talking about distance and short game precision.
First of all, the Taylormade R11 irons have tuning port which was a very common feature for Taylormade clubs about a decade ago. The tuning port can be adjusted to achieve the CG and the face angle you most desire.
The tuning port also affects swing weight so these irons would be great for a wide variety of players with different swing speed. These are cavity back irons with moderately wide soles that glide through the turf very well.
Off the deck these irons feel great and even the short irons perform well from the cabbage. Distance was comparable to that of the Taylormade R7 irons; but the R11’s don’t naturally play as long.
Taylormade R7 Irons Overview
The Taylormade R7 irons are definitely purer game improvement clubs.
The grooves in the short irons aren’t as tight as the Taylormade R11 irons so the short game spin and precision is very much limited with the R7 irons. But they can easily add about 8 yards to each of your irons.
Since there isn’t much short game spin to think of, we think it would be a really good idea to keep a 3 or 4 (or both) R7 iron in your bag for your long game. The long irons produce incredible launch and steep descent angles so they are great for attacking fast greens from distance despite the lack of spin.
With inverted cone technology being the most advanced feature on these irons, they aren’t too technically advanced but they are great distance/GI irons.
The R11 irons are definitely more well-rounded and provide better greenside precision. But if you are looking for distance and to straighten your shot, the Taylormade R7 irons are also a good call.
Taylormade M2 – First Impressions
The M2 have been extremely popular since their release in 2017 and set the blueprint for the modern Sim 2 Irons that we see on the market today.
The heads on the M2 clubs are smaller and more compact than traditional Game Improvement Irons and they are built for distance more than forgiveness.
The incorporate technology like a face slot for forgiveness on off center hits and a speed pocket to maximize ball speed.
Tungsten weighting lowers the COG of the irons making it easy to get an effective launch angle.
These Irons are perfect for improving players to get maximum distance while also having tremendous feel for high to mid handicappers.
TaylorMade R11 First Impressions
A sleek looking game improvement iron from TaylorMade that is still just as good today as it was when released in 2011.
These irons have it all for anybody just starting out in the game and needing maximum assistance in their iron striking.
While they don’t look quite as big and bulky behind the ball as the also popular R7 irons, they still offer a swathe of game improvement technology which includes still sporting the inverted cone technology which stretches the sweet spot along the club face.
The irons sport a precision weighting port on the back of the club and another weight in the shaft for a larger sweet spot while maintaining a more precise feel in the smaller face.
The blade is more player friendly than the R7’s too and the top line is progressive which gives more workability where it counts in the shorter irons.
The irons will suit a slightly better player than a pure beginner, or a beginner who strikes their irons well.
The R11’s will go down as a major step in the right direction for the brand.
M2 Irons – Selling Points
- Compact Heads
- Tungsten Weighting
- Defined Leading Edge For Workability
- Face Slots For Forgiveness
- Speed Pocket For Ball Speed
- Competitive Price ($500 For The Set)
- Progressive Top Line For Forgiveness And Workability
- Inverted Cone Technology For Distance And Forgiveness
- Optimal Weight Placement For Straight Shots
- Sleeker, More Workable Blade
- Beautifully Designed
- Available Cheap Second Hand
- A Major Step Forward For TaylorMade Irons
Who Are The M2 Irons For?
The M2 are going to be perfect for Mid Handicappers that are looking to pick up a bargain.
The irons are primarily built for distance but they also have forgiveness and easy launching built in.
The well defined leading edge, ensures quality turf interaction given these irons the feel need for better players.
Overall, if you’re looking to improve your game and get straight distance, the M2’s are going to be a great option
The Family Of Irons
The M2 started the M series which is the backbone for the irons we see today. The M4 and M6 offered significant new features like the speed bridge and added more forgiveness but the M2’s still easily hold their own.
Feel And Control: 92/100
Overall Score: 93/100
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Who Are These R11 Irons For?
The R11’s are still considered game improvement but have a smaller head than previous R irons.
This will make them perfect for anybody looking to transition from a high handicapper to a mid handicapper.
The irons are also progressive, meaning they become more workable as you get closer to the short irons for shot shaping.
The R11’s can be picked up at a bargain price as well, making them a great budget choice for those looking to improve their game.
A big step in the right direction from Taylormade with a game improvement iron that boasts a more player friendly feel.
Feel & Control: 93/100