Hi. New to the forum. I’m a retired engineer, low handicap player, and a club making/repair hobbyist for about 30 years. I also help with junior golf instruction.
Today I came within minutes of pulling the heads off of my irons to reuse the XCaliber shafts, which I really like, when by an act of God I came across this:
Ironically, the picture at the top of that web page contains my current Dynacraft iron (lower left). I love that head, but it has a terrible finish (not durable) and is not on the USGA approved list — which will probably be a requirement for me next year. I thought I might replace the heads with the TS-1, but now there could be a much better fit …
Been waiting for years to see a component forged iron head with the following characteristics:
- Little to no offset. (I do believe that long irons should have ZERO offset. Think hybrids and metals, which have ONSET.)
- Thin top line.
- Thin sole, especially in the short irons.
- Lofts closer to traditional.
- Unitized hosel. (OEMs tend to use tapered hosels for blades, i.e., heads that would not typically be shafted with graphite.)
I would gladly give up forgiveness (perimeter weighting) if it meant getting the above, but these days, with advances in materials and construction, that should not be necessary.
With the TS-4 I think we may finally have it, but I’m not sure. Is this head still in the works for 2023? Is it a traditional forging or a polymer-filled flex-face design?
The lofts I’ve found: 3-20, 4-23, 5-26, 6-29.5, 7-33, 8-37, 9-41, PW-45.5, GW-50. Those are better, but still a tad strong. At least they can be bent to spec without appreciably hurting the bounce angle. (That’s a problem with loft creep). This is certainly better than the TS-1, and enough for me to wait until next year if the TS-4 is a better match. I suspect the top line will be thinner on the TS-4 as well. Pictures of the TS-1 make it appear that there is more offset than the specs.
Any specs possible to share? Offset, bounce, blade length, sole width, weight. Sole camber? Appearance at address?
I have been really impressed by the finish on Maltby irons and wedges, and that just seems to be getting better and better. I will be pushing them within our village as soon as they can displace the Dynacrafts. I have a TE-forged set, but the short iron sole is just something I’ve never been able to like. Takes feel away from the ball when the sole seems heavy going through the turf. In my view, what you feel and then see in ball flight is the feedback mechanism for grooving a swing, and that’s more important than forgiveness.
Thanks in advance.