Killing some time today and wanted to try these 2 irons. Since everything seems to be more of the same, I really wanted to see what was up with hollow body and foam filled offerings. Both were 7 irons with the DG105 shafts. I currently play the Ping i-e1 with a Modus 105 so I figured it'd be great hitting the same weight shaft as my own irons.
Taylormade was ok. Looked good at address, top line and head size reminded me of the TM CB irons. Ball flight was just what I expected for a 7 iron...not high, not low. Sound...clicks a bit. I hate now they say forged on them...because that is not a forged feel when it's not one solid piece. Didn't care for the shaft...I don't know why.
Ping was worse. Blade was long looking at address with a bit more offset than the TM but not bad at all. Ball flight was so high that I didn't see the first 2 I hit. Not in the "window " I was looking in. Stupid high. Also a lot of high and rights...really hated the whole package. Again...really disliked the shaft.
Just for the heck of it I went in and grabbed a TM 770 7 iron with. KBS 120. Like night and day with what I was just hitting. Lovely feel, everything either straight or a tiny draw like I wanted. Effortless...now you would think the SGI irons would be no brainers but it was the opposite. I'm thinking maybe head weight is different with the SGI heads because my own Pings with a 105 gram shaft feel fine...then again...it's a Modus3.
I Was hoping the Ping and TM would shine but not for me.
You only should "throttle back" if the shot zone with your driver is too dark to hit it. Meaning there is too much danger in the egg for you to risk hitting it, things like thick trees, OB, water, knee high grass, etc. The shot zone with your driver will be the widest, because it's longest club in the bag. Just because the fairway is only 25 yards wide and your shot zone is 40 yards wide, doesn't mean you shouldn't hit driver.