Expert Review: TaylorMade Stealth Combo SetPublished on 05/16/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the combo set, which I tested in August of 2022.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the combo set, which I tested in August of 2022.
The TaylorMade Stealth Combo Set is one of the best combo sets on the market. These clubs are crazy consistent and fly off the face in a hurry. I would highly recommend these to a beginner or someone who is competing at a high level.
About the club I own/tested
- Model: 2022 Taylormade Stealth Combo Set
- Loft setting: 7 iron - 28 degrees Offset 4.1mm / 3 Hybrid 19 degrees
- Shaft type: Irons - Steel KBS MAX 85 MT / Hybrid - Graphite Fujikura Ventus Red
- Shaft flex: Regular
- Average score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Left-Handed
- Typical ball flight: High
- Golf ball used: PRO V1
- Club swing speed: 97mph
- When I bought the club: August 2022
- Days tested: 2
- Where I’ve used it: Simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: Inside Simulator
How it performs
What I was looking for
My Taylormade Rac OS irons are 14 years old. I can’t give them up but recently have been looking to make an upgrade. I heard about Taylormade’s new Stealth set and had to give them a try. Boy, I’m glad I did; I almost walked out with new irons after 5 swings!
Why I chose this club
These irons and hybrids are one of the most consistent, forgiving irons I have swung. I was consistently hitting the ball straighter with a high draw and carrying the ball 10 yards further than my old set. Even when I would feel the ball come off the toe, it still was traveling straight and landing within 10 yards of my “pure” iron shots.
What I love about it
- Distance: The distance is crazy! 10 yards easily were added to each iron I tested. My current 7 Iron is dialed in at 170, and I was carrying the ball consistently at 180-181 with the Stealths.
- Forgiveness: One of the most forgiving irons on the market. They advertise a new 3D cap back design that allows forgiveness all along the face, and it checks out. Contact in the middle and off the toe had very little disparity.
- Feel: These irons and hybrids on contact feel soft and let me know where I connected with the ball on the face. They are lightweight, and golfers can tell when they really connect on a pure shot.
- Workability: I was able to move the ball left to right with a high draw pretty consistently, so I was pleased with the workability they have to offer.
- Adjustability: The adjustability of this iron is straightforward. I don’t need anything fancy – I prefer standard stock items, so I was happy with how they performed.
- Shaft Feel: The shaft is lightweight, sturdy and allows for an easy swing to be created
- Aesthetic Appeal: The sleek, simple design with the shiny silver glimmering off the lights / sun makes it a sharp-looking iron. Also, the cavity back design wraps into the toe so the Taylormade Stealth logo is highlighted from behind at address.
- Launch Angle: The launch angle is a little high, but I hit a draw, so I actually preferred that the ball went higher so it lands softly onto the green.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Sound: This iron has an average sound as it doesn’t thud off the face. Nothing super exciting like other irons that “ting” off the clubface on contact.
- Shaft Performance: These irons felt great; the hybrid shaft was set at regular flex, so for those who are considering the hybrids, make sure it is properly fitted for the correct shaft that matches individual swing speed.
- Grip Feel: The grip feel is standard. I like custom grips on my irons, so I would replace them with new grips once purchased.
- Spin: The spin rate was slightly higher than I would have liked. I was hovering around 8,000 RPMs with a 7 iron but lowered it slightly as I hit more balls.
Best shot with this club
First shot into the simulator, I struck it pure. I was hitting a 7 iron and looking to be around 165-170 carry, and to my amazement, it was 180.1 yards. These irons are ridiculous when it comes to distance and continue to hover around the 180 mark with my 7 iron on the following swings.
Value for the money vs. other options
The combo set runs at $1,299.98 retail. I think this is an amazing buy if someone is looking to upgrade their irons and hybrids. Most top-end iron sets are above the $1,000 mark alone, and when hybrids are added, they start pushing over $1,500. These irons stay within a price range that I believe to be affordable for someone who is really looking to improve their overall game.
The clubs unlock crazy distance and consistency. The sleek design drew me in, and once I started hitting bombs, I wanted everyone to know these clubs are the real deal. So anyone looking to break 90 or compete in their club championship, I would give these irons and hybrids a try!