Taylormade Stealth Vs. Taylormade M4 Irons Comparison Overview
It’s fun to compare older clubs to newer clubs – especially ones from the same manufacturer. That’s because you really get to see and feel how the clubs have improved – or regressed – over the years. We had one such opportunity recently when we tested the Taylormade Stealth irons against the M4’s.
Of course, the Taylormade Stealth irons are much newer than the M4’s but newer doesn’t always mean better. In the following overview, we highlight the key differences between these two iron sets and give our opinion as to which is better.
Taylormade Stealth Irons Overview
The new Taylormade Stealth irons see Taylormade continuing to try new things and take left turns.
The Taylormade Stealth irons build on the Cap Back design that originated with the SIM2 irons. This time, the cap bleeds into the toe and cuts mass from it. That mass is then repositioned in the sole right under the middle of the face.
We really liked how easy it was to launch the ball with these irons but it is clear that the Taylormade Stealth irons are yet another set in Taylormade’s long list of game-improvement irons. The Inverted Cone sweet spot and Speed Pocket really make these irons more forgiving than anything else.
That’s good news if you are a beginner or high handicapper; but for more advanced players, the Taylormade Stealth irons won’t offer much.
Taylormade M4 Irons Overview
The Taylormade M4 irons sport a traditional cavity back and the Speed Pocket undercut that has made Taylormade clubs famous.
When we tested the M4 irons, we were reminded of what makes Taylormade clubs so desirable for beginners and high handicappers. Ball speed was effortless in the long irons of this set. In fact, they kept up surprisingly well with the much newer Taylormade Stealth irons.
To give you an idea, we were getting 177 yards on average with the 4 iron of the M4 set and 1812 yards with the same iron from the Taylormade Stealth set. And as you can imagine, an M4 set will not cost nearly as much these days as a new Taylormade Stealth set.
In most respects, these iron sets were interchangeable. Where the Taylormade Stealth irons shined a bit brighter than the M4’s was on short approaches. It was much easier to launch the ball higher with the Taylormade Stealth irons than the M4’s.