Each Monday this month, we will be comparing iron models from the top manufacturers in the game. These comparisons are designed to give you the information you need while shopping for your next set.
We start with two of the hottest irons on the market for distance and forgiveness, the Callaway Epic irons and the TaylorMade M2 2017 irons. So, how do they stack up head to head? We take a deeper look at how the technology in each club sets it apart.
Callaway Epic vs TaylorMade M2 2017: Technology
Technology in both models help your game. One iron boasts new, break-through technology while the other improves on the previous generation. We begin with the former, Callaway’s Epic iron.
Callaway Epic Iron
The Callaway Epic irons start out with Callaway’s 360 Face Cup technology. The face wraps around the edges of the club before it’s welded to the back, creating a cup. This construction technique allows an increase in ball speed on shots across the face. In layman’s terms, off-center shots are penalized less (read forgiveness).
Callaway puts its Internal Standing Wave technology from its fairway woods inside the Epic irons. A tungsten-infused weighting in the sole of the irons resembles a wave. The position of the wave varies from club to club, optimizing the CG. The CG is low in the long irons and higher in the short irons, resulting in the best launch conditions. The body of the irons
An Exo-Cage chassis makes the body of the Epic irons stable. The chassis allows the face cup to flex as much as possible without sacrificing the integrity of the club. Does this idea sound familiar? It’s the same principal behind the Epic drivers. While there aren’t “jailbreak” bars in the irons, the Exo-cage still gives your shots the most ball speed and distance.
TaylorMade M2 2017 Irons
With the 2016 M2 irons, TaylorMade hit a proverbial home run in distance and shot height. For the M2 2017 irons, TaylorMade focused on lowering CG to improve forgiveness, sound, and feel.
The first change was the re-introduction of the face slots on long and mid irons, first featured in the RSI irons. These slots, like Callaway’s 360 Face Cup technology, allow for more ball speed and forgiveness across the face of the irons.
The face slots require some additional reinforcement. Therefore, some weight was saved elsewhere and moved for support. TaylorMade designers place sound ribs on the top line to save the weight. Besides the weight savings, the sound ribs improve the sound of the irons at impact. The geocoustic badge on the back of the M2 2017 irons also gives the club confidence-boosting sound.
Returning in the M2 2017 irons is the speed pocket on the sole. The speed pocket helps shots hit below the center to still travel. Combining speed pocket technology with face slots give these clubs exceptional distance.
Finally, the hosel on the M2 2017 irons is fluted. Redesigned from 2016, the new hosel frees up more weight to lower the CG further. The lower CG launches the ball higher, giving your shots more carry and letting them land softer.
Summary of Callaway Epic vs TaylorMade M2 2017 Irons
Here is a quick overview of each iron:
- 360 Face Cup Technology for ball speed and forgiveness across the face
- Internal Standing Wave Technology optimizes CG in each iron for the best ball flight
- Exo-Cage frame for stability and distance
- Face slots and speed pocket on the sole give ball speed, distance, and forgiveness
- Geocoustic badge on the back produces improved sound and feel
- Sound ribs on the top line improve feel and sound. They also save weight to reinforce the face slots.
- Fluted hosel shaves weight in order to lower CG
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