The folks at MacGregor Golf have been making golf equipment for 110 years. Recently, some profitability issues, ownership changes, and some rather bland product lines have made them almost an afterthought in today's golf equipment world.
Happily, those days seem to be in the past with the release of their new MT line of clubs that include drivers, woods, hybrids, wedges, and five new iron sets. So come along as we peruse all that MacGregor Golf has to offer.
MT 460 Drivers
The new MT 460 driver is a traditional pear-shaped head and features MacGregor's Cup Face 360° technology which they claim makes the entire clubface a sweet spot so even off-center hits still get good distance. The beta titanium cup face is plasma welded to a titanium body and there are no face inserts or face welds. Not sure about the technical aspects of that but I'll gladly take a larger sweet spot, thank you very much.
The MT 460 driver comes in two flavors with you having the choice of a neutral or draw/offset bias. The neutral bias MT 460 comes in 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, and 11.5° and features either a Aldila DVS or Mitsubisihi Bassara for shaft options and comes with a Golf Pride DD2 grip.
The MT Offset driver comes in 11.5° and 13.5° options and is 0.5° closed. A MacGregor MT graphite shaft rounds out the Offset driver. You can add either version of the the MT 460 to your bag for about $300.
MT Fairway Woods and Hybrids
The MT Fairway Wood utilizes the same Cup Face 360° technology found in the MT 460 Driver but comes in a stainless steel head that also is plasma welded like the MT Driver. The MT Fairway Wood features internal weighting that has a neutral to slight draw bias as well as "two slightly pronounced rails along with it's carefully sculpted sole helps to minimize turf drag."
The MT Fairway Wood comes in 13°, 15°, 16.5°, and 18° with a MacGregor MT graphite shaft and a Golf Pride DD2 grip and will cost you about $180.
The MT Hybrid features the same technology, construction and sole as the MT Fairway Woods but feature a deeper face "for more confidence at address than with long irons." The same Cup Face 360° technology makes the entire face of the MT Hybrid a sweet spot making off-center hits more tolerable to your game.
The MT Hybrid will come in 17° (2), 20° (3), 23° (4), 26° (5), and 29° (6) and comes standard with a MacGregor MT graphite shaft and a Golf Pride DD2 grip. Other options include different lie configurations as well as Senior and Women's versions.
The MT Hybrids will be sold either individually or as long iron replacements in the MT-OS iron set and will run you about $150.
The MT line also boasts two new wedges, the MT DW Pro and the MT EZ-Out (I like that name!). The MT EZ-Out is an oversized, cavity-backed wedge that has the same general shape and profile of the MT Pro but with a lower center-of-gravity. Toss in the "super-wide radius sole" and you should have no excuse in not getting out of the bunker in one shot. The MT EZ-Out comes with a MacGregor MT graphite shaft (on a wedge?) and comes in either a 56° and a 60° and will run you about $100.
The MT DW Pro were designed by Hall of Fame clubmaker and legend Don White who has been fitting various professional Tour players for over three decades. That expertise is now available to the rest of us now in some really nice looking wedges. The MT DW Pro wedges are forged from 1025 carbon steel and feature a "slightly onset, curved leading edge" as well as a "classically high toe."
The MT DW Pro comes in two finishes, satin chrome and the sinister (and quite nice) looking gun metal and come in a variety of lofts from 50° to 60° with a Dynamic Gold Wedge Flex shaft and a Golf Pride DD2 grip. You'll be able to add either the gun metal or satin chrome MT DW Pro to your bag for around $110.
To say MacGregor overhauled their irons lineup would be a mild understatement as they are releasing a grand total of five sets for 2008 (with some additional variations on the MT OS line).
For those golfers who love a traditional looking muscle back, the MT Pro-M might be just up your alley. Featuring a compact profile, a flatter sole, CNC flat milled faces, square grooves and forged from 1025 carbon steel, the MT Pro-M are one of the nicer looking irons on the market today (and the limited-run gun metal version looks extremely nice). The Pro-M come in 3-PW with either True Temper Dynamic Gold or Nippon NS Pro 1150 GH shafts with Golf Pride DD2 grips. These beauties will set you back about $800.
The MT Pro-C basically are the MT Pro-M's but feature a cavity back that gives you more forgiveness yet still maintains the workability of the MT Pro-M's. Shaft options are the same as the MT Pro-M's with the ever present Golf Pride DD2 grips.
For those of you who remember the VIP series (I still have a set of VIP V-Foil 1025 C's that I keep in my basement that feel oh so smooth when struck well), the MT Pro-C's are a nice updated version of that line. The MT Pro-C will also set you back about $800. If you like both the MT Pro-M and Pro-C and have a tough time making a decision on either, rest easy as a blended set is available for you as well.
The MT Irons are a classically shaped forged iron that feature the Cup Face 360° technology to help with distance and accuracy. The face is plasma welded to the sole, hosel and body to give you a much bigger sweet spot. The head is slightly larger than more traditional looking blades that hide "a slightly greater offset and a wider sole to provide jaw-dropping forgiveness.
The undercut cavity provides low weight and is inset towards the face to move the center of gravity (CG) forward to enhance trajectory control. The raised wedge design on the Cup Face optimizes power and feel at impact while the club's weighting allows the lofts to be strengthened for added distance without reducing trajectory."
The MT Irons come standard in 3-wedge with Nippon NS Pro 950 steel shafts with Golf Pride DD2 grips. A gap wedge is also available. Individual clubs go for about $100 with a eight-club set costing you about $800.
For those who want the looks of the MT Irons but could use a bit more forgiveness, the MT MID irons might be what you are looking for. Featuring the same Cup Face 360° technology of it's forged brother, the MT MID has a bit more game improvement technology built in with a shallower profile, medium offset and a wider sole with a deeper cavity, which lowers the center of gravity to give you a higher ball flight.
The MT MID irons comes in a 4-wedge set with a gap wedge included. A sand wedge is also available to round our your set. The MT MID comes standard with a lightweight micro-set shaft with Golf Pride DD2 grips. A set of MT MID irons will run about $600 with the sand wedge costing you $75.
Finally, the MT OS irons, which fit squarely in the game improvement category, are available for golfers as well. Featuring the same Cup Face 360° technology as in the MT and MT MID irons, the MT OS feature a "deep undercut channel for optimal weighting combined with a wider sole and slightly thicker top line, maximizes the depth of the center-of-gravity while minimizing the CG height to launch the ball farther."
The MT OS come as a combo-set of hybrids with the four and five irons replaced by hybrids with 6-wedge being irons. A gap wedge comes with the set and a a sand wedge is also available. The MT OS comes standard with a lightweight micro-set shaft with Golf Pride DD2 grips. The MT OS will set you back about $800 with the sand wedge being around $100.
To say that the past few years at MacGregor Golf has been rocky would be a slight understatement and some of the recent offerings have been quite awful looking in my opinion but I must say, the MT line looks fantastic. Classic styling while utilizing their Cup Face 360° technology should make this line successful.
I have a couple of sets of MacGregor's including some great looking blades and persimmon woods from the 1970's that were my dad's so perhaps my view is a bit more sentimental for this company that has been around for 110 years and is synonymous with the rich heritage of the history of golf. It would be great for golf to have MacGregor back as one of the major players in the equipment arena. Only time and great products will see if they can make it back.
Hopefully you will give the "new" MacGregor Golf a shot while out looking for you next set of clubs. I know I will.