I was in Golf Galaxy today and hit the Titleist T-MB. Very nice feel, and good looking head. I am a 13 index, and hit the T-MB well with 105g steel shaft. I have been contemplating making a set of TS-2 irons, which have a higher MPF than the Titleist T-MB: Maltby TS-2 = 701+ while T-MB = 558. At the stratospheric cost of the Titleist, I will not be buying those, and I prefer making clubs vs OEM. I currently play some older Snake Eyes 695 form-forged cavity backs and a set of Maltby KE4-S’s. Question: How do the TS-2 compare to the Titleist T-MB in terms of forgiveness, sole width (I see no data on that at Titleist site) and overall playability for a 13 index golfer. My sense is the Maltbys will be a tad more forgiving, and perhaps a bit softer feeling given they have a thin, forged face. Looking forward to some feedback.
The MPF will tell you that the TS-2 will be more forgiving. As far as a softer feel, I do not know the exact material the Titleist is made from. I would say that all else being equal the feels could be similar. Difficult to say as everyone “feels” things differently. Because of the MPF being higher, the TS-2 should feel better on off center hits. Sole widths are similar. A little more offset in the TS-2.
Of course my opinion will be biased, but the MPF is a great guide to go on with regards to forgiveness. The TM-B is a great club with mass a dimensional characteristics that do put it in the Game Improvement category. The TS-2 is also a great club that is in the Super Game Improvement category. If you are a consistent ball striker and hit most of your shots in the center of the face, you might not see much difference in performance. If you miss hit some shots, the formula tells us the TS-2 will be more forgiving. You should hit the TS-2 a little further as well because it has 2 degrees stronger lofts.