Expert Review: TaylorMade Stealth DHY Utility IronPublished on 04/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the club, which i purchased with my own money in July of 2020.
All photos courtesy of Alvin Laster
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the club, which i purchased with my own money in July of 2020.
Is the TaylorMade Stealth DHY an iron? Is it a hybrid? It’s actually both. The driving hybrid is designed for a low to mid-ball flight with power and distance without sacrificing forgiveness.
- Average Score: 81
- Handicap: 8
- Experience: 25 years of golf
- Dexterity: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: High fade
- Golf ball used: Callaway Supersoft
About the club I own
- Model: TaylorMade Stealth DHY (4)
- Loft setting: Standard
- Lie setting: 2° flat
- Shaft type: Adila Ascent Black
- Shaft flex: Regular
- When I bought the club: July 2020
- Days tested: 5
- Where I’ve used the club: Sewailo Golf Club, Tucson, AZ
- Weather conditions: Mid 70s, very little wind
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a hybrid at the top of my bag to use off the tee as well as the fairway. I wanted a club that would provide me with easy launch and distance. I was also intrigued by the way this club was designed. It has a low-profile face like a hybrid, but at address it looks like a long iron.
Why I chose this club
I chose the TaylorMade DHY because I loved the way it looked at address. The shaping gives me confidence over the ball, and I know the ball will do what I expect it to do. The turf interaction is great, and the ball jumps off the face with precision.
What I love about it
- Distance: This club is sneaky long. As I get older, I'm looking for a way to maintain or increase my distance. I hit this club (including roll out on fairways) about 15 yards longer than my previous hybrid. It just keeps going and going.
- Forgiveness: I love how forgiving this club is. I play a fade, but this ball just stays on its line even if my strike isn't pure.
- Feel: The feel is awesome. I know when I hit it pure. Even if I'm a bit on the toe with my strike, I don't feel any vibrations.
- Sound: When it comes to sound, I usually focus only on sounds that are out of the ordinary. Some clubs are very loud and annoying. But I didn't experience any annoying sounds with this club. The sound is very crisp and pleasing to the ear—even if it is a mishit.
- Shaft Feel: The Aldila Ascent Black is a great shaft for this club. Lightweight and high-launching shafts are what work best for me. This shaft does exactly that. There are two weight choices: 65g or 75g. I chose 65g, and with barely any effort, the ball jumps off the face nice and high.
- Aesthetic Appeal: When I look down at a club at address, it needs to look good to my eye. It needs to inspire confidence. This club does that for me. It has a nice, clean look at address. This makes it easy for me to aim down my target line.
- Launch Angle: To me, this was one of the top attributes of this club. It is so easy to launch my ball high and straight. One of the best feelings I get when playing golf is getting the ball airborne on the trajectory I want.
- Spin: Since I have average to above-average swing speed, spin is my friend. Again, this club hit the mark for me. It offers plenty of spin, which aids in getting the ball airborne and staying there. This has helped improve my carry distance by about five yards on average.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: Workability is limited in my opinion. I can hit small draws and slight fades with this club. That being said, the ball will move right or left, depending on my natural shot shape. But what I found works best is to take dead aim at the target and fire away.
- Adjustability: This club doesn't offer any adjustability.
Favorite moment with this club
Playing a par 5, I was out of position because of a bad tee shot. So I really just wanted to lay up, and I ended up just short of the green because the ball just kept on going.
Value for the money vs. other options
Some people say you get what you pay for. I believe this club is worth every penny. Titliest, Cobra, and Mizuno have similar utility irons for the same price that perform well. However, those clubs require the player to have a higher swing speed than what is required from the TaylorMade DHY. In my opinion, that's what sets this club apart.
I couldn't be happier with my decision to purchase the TaylorMade DHY. It has opened up so many options for me off the tee and on long approach shots. I believe players with average swing speeds will benefit by putting these clubs in their bags.