New TaylorMade PSi irons review

An initial test and review of the brand new TaylorMade PSi irons

TaylorMade's new PSi and PSi Tour irons

A morning on the range trying out the new TaylorMade PSi iron left me impressed enough to want to investigate things further…

Day 2 of the big TaylorMade September 2015 product launch in Connecticut saw us spending much time up on the range at Lake of Isles Golf Club testing out the new products including the new M1 driver, woods and hybrids plus the PSi irons.

I spent a long time trying out the new TaylorMade PSi irons, although with very limited supplies of the smaller-headed Tour model, it was mostly the PSi model that I hit, before spending time in the afternoon chatting with its creator, Tomo Bystedt.

How the new TaylorMade PSi irons evolved

How the new TaylorMade PSi irons evolved

I’ve used various types of irons over the years, from relatively deep cavities to more slender-headed clubs, and the new TaylorMade PSi is designed to sit more towards the “players’ club” end of the spectrum, while offering a larger blade and greater forgiveness potential than the Tour model.

The new TaylorMade PSi and PSi Tour irons

The new TaylorMade PSi and PSi Tour irons

That was one of the main things that struck me as I tested it – that my minor mishits seemed to get better results than with my current irons, the Adams Idea CMB.

That is perhaps understandable, as there is a deeper cavity on offer with the PSi and perhaps a slightly wider sole too, which also resulted in a higher ball flight.

Sadly, I didn’t have access to launch monitor data on this test, but my feeling was that not only was the 6-iron, which I spent most time hitting, flying higher, but also longer too, although the fine weather conditions and 90˚+ heat may also have had some bearing on that.

Cutaway section of the new TaylorMade PSi iron

Cutaway section of the new TaylorMade PSi iron

Nevertheless, the higher flight was of particular interest to me, as I’m currently playing my home golf at Holtye Golf Club in Sussex, where the greens are small and elusive, and the ability to flight the ball a little higher could be of considerable benefit, especially in firm summer conditions.

The multi-material badge in the rear cavity is designed to edge the feel on offer closer to that of a classic forged iron than a cast cavity back, and there is no doubt that the ball comes off the blade with a softer feel and sound than you would perhaps expect from an iron of this type.

My best results came with a Dynamic Gold S300 shaft, and the whole experience left me pondering whether now should, indeed, be the time for me to move away from a relatively slender-headed iron, and accept the offer of a little more forgiveness, plus the higher ball flight, that the new TaylorMade PSi iron seemed more than willing to give me.

Further testing required back in the UK!

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...

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