What's it like to hit a modern 1 iron? TaylorMade UDI Testing Thread

aturskyatursky Members Posts: 699 ✭✭
edited Jul 14, 2014 in Equipment #1
Here's the first post in what's sure to be a fun thread. Five GolfWRX Featured Writers and myself received the new TaylorMade UDI 1 iron built to our specs for this testing thread.



We're here to answer your questions the best we can, so fire away!



My new 1 iron



The UDI has a hollow body and a Speed Pocket that measures the same size as seen in the SpeedBlade irons from TaylorMade. This allows the face to flex efficiently and consistently and encourages a high launch. The weight of the club head was moved low and forward due to its engineering, also helping with forgiveness and high launch. The clubs also have a thicker topline than seen in the Tour Preferred MC irons, and the face has a lower profile as well.



Dare I say this club actually does what TaylorMade says it does? The answer is yes.



It's available in lofts of 16 degrees (1 iron), 18 degrees (2 iron) and 20 degrees (3 iron), with the lower lofts probably better left to golfers who are looking for a club to hit off the tee. While I didn't have the opportunity to test the 3 iron, my guess is that it's going to be a great 3-iron replacement for golfers who play TaylorMade's Tour Preferred CB, MC or MB irons, or similar-sized players irons from other manufacturers.
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  • bjrapperbjrapper Members Posts: 452
    Very interesting. What was the length of the 1 iron?
  • OneTime16OneTime16 Members Posts: 629
    Any comparison to the 712u's?
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  • tkgolf5tkgolf5 Members Posts: 61
    Really nice write up. Would be curious to see the comparison with the nike driving iron when it is released.
  • aturskyatursky Members Posts: 699 ✭✭
    bjrapper wrote:


    Very interesting. What was the length of the 1 iron?




    +.5 inches from std. length. So, 40.25 inches.
  • aturskyatursky Members Posts: 699 ✭✭
    OneTime16 wrote:


    Any comparison to the 712u's?




    I've never tested one. Hopefully one of the other testers can answer this!
  • Indy GolferIndy Golfer Members Posts: 272 ✭✭
    Nice writeup!



    It's a great club, I think it will do well
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  • gprubesgprubes twit: @shaeggy Members Posts: 815 ✭✭
    Nice write-up. Can't wait to try one of these myself!!
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  • Ed SettleEd Settle #InsideTMAG ClubWRX Posts: 6,051 ClubWRX
    edited Jul 14, 2014 #9
    Could be the club that propels Justin Rose, Jason Day or Dustin Johnson to victory.



    Read today that Dustin went with a graphite shaft in his.



    Any thoughts on graphite vs steel shaft?







    Seems this is treated more as an iron as opposed to a hybrid.
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  • Jamboy72Jamboy72 Powered by the old school Members Posts: 5,959 ✭✭
    Here are some pics of my 1 iron -



  • Jamboy72Jamboy72 Powered by the old school Members Posts: 5,959 ✭✭
    atursky wrote:

    OneTime16 wrote:


    Any comparison to the 712u's?




    I've never tested one. Hopefully one of the other testers can answer this!




    I found the UDI to be a bit more forgiving than the 712 - That was the most noticeable difference for me...launch was maybe a bit higher as well...
  • Zach HeusserZach Heusser Marshals Posts: 5,154 mod
    edited Jul 14, 2014 #12
    Andrew I'm sure you kill that UDI. I can't wait to see / try one!
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  • DickieThonDickieThon Members Posts: 1,100 ✭✭
    I'm curious to know if there's any difference between this 1 iron and one of the other driving 2 irons bent strong, i.e. I have an MP Fli-Hi bent to 16*
  • KaneCKaneC Featured Writer Posts: 10
    Photos of my 1-Iron



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    Like Andrew, I received my 1-Iron on Friday and headed to the range about 20 minutes after the packaged arrived. I also got to the course over the weekend and put it in play. Built at +1/4" and 1up, I went with the KBS C-Taper Lite in S-flex (I have the same in my SLDRs).



    Let me start by saying I'm no where near as long as Andrew... he's crazy long! Alright, I had to get that out of the way.



    My gut reaction looking at this club is that it doesn't look like a traditional 1-iron. There is plenty of meat behind the face and at 16º with the way it sits behind the ball, you still get the feeling you will be able to launch shots in the air. Basically, I felt like I actually had a chance to get shots off the ground.



    Even with the visual confidence, I was really curious how it would launch. It did not disappoint. Like Andrew, I had no problem getting the ball in the air. The launch was a little lower than my SLDR 4i, flew for days and rolled out nicely. Like I said, I don't have his distance, but I was flying shots on the range 235 with significant rollout from there. Same on the course. For me, this club sits between my 3-hybrid and fairway wood. What I like though, is that I didn't have a single shot get away from me like a fairway or even a hybrid could. I can overcook both those clubs, putting me in trouble, but all my solid hits with the 1-Iron had a nice straight to tiny draw shape to them that would keep me in even the narrowest fairways. Even though I launch my hybrid a little lower than some, this 1-Iron was even a bit lower. It got up easily, but not too far up and when it hit the ground it rolled for days.



    Don't get me wrong, I can and did mishit this club. As expected, more mishits and less distance off the turf than off a tee. Toe hits were more penalizing for me and distance dropped to the 200 mark on the worst of them (extreme toe side) with more right to left movement as expected. Still in the fairway, but that distance is pretty short. That was the extreme. Subtle mishits were very forgiving, surprisingly so for a 1-iron.



    I really liked the feel off the face, which reminded me more of the solid hit of my 4i than what I expected a 1-iron to feel like. Very powerful and springy off the center and plenty of feedback.



    I went into the test with an open mind and left very impressed. This club is staying in the bag, but I do want to test the 2-iron and really compare the performance, weighing total distance against any additional forgiveness a couple more degrees might offer. I plan to use this primarily off the tee in place of a hybrid or fairway when I really need to keep the ball in play, so I'll stick with either the 1 or the 2-iron.
  • longbal30longbal30 Members Posts: 2,500 ✭✭
    edited Jul 14, 2014 #15
    Review UDI



    Thank you Taylormade Golf and Golfwrx for including me in this testing. Love this site and love giving back to the community.





    First and formost I want to tell you guys I am a fan of driving irons. I have the Callaway from a couple years ago and also a R9TP 2 iron that I shafted with a Fubuki Axe. That R9TP has served me very well over the last 2 years. I play a quite a few tournaments per season and it has been my fairway finder on some of the tighter venues. The Callaway always left me with a feeling of something lacking. Never really liked the ballflight, and really never liked the fact you can see the cavity bump out from address.



    This leads us to my experience with the new Taylormade UDI 1 iron. I got mine from Taylormade shafted with a Steelfiber 110 stiff shaft, playing at a length of 39.5", standard lie and swingweighting at D1. I received it today and have not get to play with it yet. I will be taking it out tomorrow morning. I did however get to have a session in my garage utilizing my Forsight GC2. Before we get into that I would like to go over the appearance of the club. Taylormade has hit this one out of the park. Perfect size heel to toe, meaty top line for some confidence (I mean we are talking about a 16* 1 iron here), and limited offset. I love the set up, less offset then my R9TP,  but roughly the same size. You can not see the cavity bump at all from address. It really is a beautiful golf club.



    Now down to the data. I warmed up with some shots going up through the bag. After 50 or so balls, I got to the UDI. I have tried the Steelfiber before with limited sucess, usually fight a bit of a hook with the shaft. I'm just not too keen on the feel of the shaft. Don't really like how it releases, kick point etc. the numbers show this as well. I hit my R9TP with a little better ballspeeds, usually around 145-146. With that said, I am still pretty impressed with 142 ball speed with this club set up, especially when the spin is sub 3000. I was hitting off a short tee, basically the same as I would for any iron off a tee. I found that heel shots lost around 4-5 miles per hour while toe shots lost about 2-3. Shots low on the face seemed to perform very well, as I only saw a 2-3 mph drop on ball speed there as well. I was actually pretty surprised with the launch angle, I was consistently getting numbers around 11-14*, very good for a 1 iron. With the carry numbers I was getting which were in the mid 230's, I would expect to hit this a total of 260ish with the spin numbers where they are. We will see tomorrow.



    I will be reporting back tomorrow in this same post after my round. I will let you guys know how it plays in real world golf.
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  • BIGDUB512BIGDUB512 The Woodlands, TXMembers Posts: 283 ✭✭
    How was the turf interaction when hitting a stinger shot? Were you able to keep it as low as you wanted when trying to hit that kind of shot?
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  • Jamboy72Jamboy72 Powered by the old school Members Posts: 5,959 ✭✭
    BIGDUB512 wrote:


    How was the turf interaction when hitting a stinger shot? Were you able to keep it as low as you wanted when trying to hit that kind of shot?




    I had no problem keeping it low - I basically just took a 3/4 swing and played it a bit back in my stance and played it kind of like you'd play any other knockdown shot...great wind ball!
  • KaneCKaneC Featured Writer Posts: 10
    BIGDUB512 wrote:


    How was the turf interaction when hitting a stinger shot? Were you able to keep it as low as you wanted when trying to hit that kind of shot?




    I thought it cut through the turf nicely, especially for a 1-iron. To be honest though, I likely won't pull it from the bag off the ground as much as off the tee. I could flight shots low and high pretty easily, with my low stinger shot flying where I would expect it to.
  • PuppetmasterPuppetmaster Members Posts: 15,019 ✭✭
    KaneC wrote:


    Photos of my 1-Iron

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    I went into the test with an open mind and left very impressed. This club is staying in the bag, but I do want to test the 2-iron and really compare the performance, weighing total distance against any additional forgiveness a couple more degrees might offer. I plan to use this primarily off the tee in place of a hybrid or fairway when I really need to keep the ball in play, so I'll stick with either the 1 or the 2-iron.




    I've seen my fair share of hybrid/driving irons and that looks really nice in the address position, really nice. Also, I'm curious to see how the 18* would fare too, I'm not sure I have the swing for a 16* iron.
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  • PuppetmasterPuppetmaster Members Posts: 15,019 ✭✭
    Stingers? My full swings with the 16* would be unintentional stingers. image/biggrin.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' />
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  • BIGDUB512BIGDUB512 The Woodlands, TXMembers Posts: 283 ✭✭
    haha im a moon ball hitter. thanks for the responses guys, will be heading to the tmag performance lab to check one of these out in the coming weeks. Pretty confident it will be going in the bag as I have been searching for hybrid replacement.
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  • GoldenhawkGoldenhawk Members Posts: 3,241 ✭✭
    From the write ups, the UDI is a lot more forgiving than it looks. So when do us GolfWRX mortals get our hands on one?
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    Goldenhawk wrote:


    From the write ups, the UDI is a lot more forgiving than it looks. So when do us GolfWRX mortals get our hands on one?




    Absolutely! Really more forgiving than people probably think initially...I'd love to give the #3 UDI a run!
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    I have the MC's, and have grown tired of people on here who talk about the feel of the cast 3-7 irons, when they haven't really played the clubs.



    These irons, as a result of either the softer cast material or the slot (or combination of both) feel as good as any irons I have ever played.



    As for the UDI, I may consider the 2 iron, but to paraphrase a statement used by NRA members about their weapons, you will have to pry my cold, dead fingers off my MC 3 iron and 4 iron. They might be my favorite clubs in the set!
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  • BAlberstadtBAlberstadt GolfWRX Staff Writer United StatesMarshals, Media Staffer Posts: 126 mod
    edited Jul 14, 2014 #25
    Hello, all. Your intrepid Featured Writer and occasional lightning rod here.



    I know I bear the scarlet "L" of forum lurker, but be assured that this post marks my start of, well, actually posting (which I'm sure at least two or three of you may actually be excited about).



    Anyway, I was lucky enough to get the not for UDI testing and received a 16-degree 1-iron in the mail Friday. The 1-degree upright beauty is equipped with a KBS TOUR C-Taper Lite shaft (stiff).



    My colleagues have all detailed club performance in as good of detail as I could ever hope to, so I just want to share a few observations.
    • As a lover of the Mizuno Fli-Hi, this club was right up my alley. If you're a blade-and-woods-only purist, a "driving iron" is conceptually repugnant. Even if the concept turns your stomach, this club is worth test driving not because of its function out of the fairway, but because of the combination of distance and moderate forgiveness off the tee which my fellow writers have outlined. Simply, this UDI will replace your hybrid off the tee and maybe your 3-wood as well, depending on how you hit that club.
    • TMag hits the note of balancing the appearance of an iron at address without looking like a horrifying butter knife from the 1970s. As you can see from the photos the top is brushed, but there is the faintest site of the chrome-ish rear of the club, so its confidence-inspiring at address without having a game-improvement look.
    • The most coherent thing I can say about feel is that it's very similar to the RocketBladez with more vibration on mishits. Well struck shots feel like the combination of a pured hybrid and RocketBladez mid-iron (go figure).
    • Obviously, in my case, the shaft's color contributed to the overall iron-ness. Basically, I felt like I was standing over my 3-iron...the ball just flew 30 yards farther.
    • I think what players are looking for with this club is something that's more accurate than a hybrid or wood and flies a little lower with decent workability to use primarily off the tee. To this end, TaylorMade has hit a note.
    • As of now, I've only hit the club in a session at GolfTec, which I'm happy to share more about. However, I assume you'd all rather hear more from the better players. (I did not carry my 16-degree UDI 230 yards off the mat, more like 200 or 210).


    I have more (inane) thoughts about the club, which I'm happy to share in the morning when my brain is hopefully a bit more functional.



    Photos from my UDI unboxing below.
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    Every time is see a pic of this thing I feel my pocket getting lighter. I'm going to dump my dhy for this thing. I've knocked TM in the past but this year I ended up with an SLDR and TP Wedges
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  • TaylorMadeLuvTaylorMadeLuv Members Posts: 602 ✭✭
    OneTime16 wrote:


    Any comparison to the 712u's?




    Easier to get in the air and also more forgiving.
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  • TaylorMadeLuvTaylorMadeLuv Members Posts: 602 ✭✭
    DickieThon wrote:


    I'm curious to know if there's any difference between this 1 iron and one of the other driving 2 irons bent strong, i.e. I have an MP Fli-Hi bent to 16*




    I have both. The fli hi is big and by design flights much higher and does not get the ball speed or forgiveness of the UDI. The UDI is a much cleaner look and while not forged still gives you a great feel when hit anywhere on the face. It's really really good. Knocked my dHy out of the bag in 3 swings.
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  • jonn443jonn443 Jonnystx Members Posts: 4,622 ✭✭
    This looks like it would be a good battle against the new Nike MM prototype driving iron, that one looks very promising as well. Any chance of a driving iron battle in the future?
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  • Jamboy72Jamboy72 Powered by the old school Members Posts: 5,959 ✭✭

    DickieThon wrote:


    I'm curious to know if there's any difference between this 1 iron and one of the other driving 2 irons bent strong, i.e. I have an MP Fli-Hi bent to 16*




    I have both. The fli hi is big and by design flights much higher and does not get the ball speed or forgiveness of the UDI. The UDI is a much cleaner look and while not forged still gives you a great feel when hit anywhere on the face. It's really really good. Knocked my dHy out of the bag in 3 swings.




    Other than aesthetics, etc. I think the biggest difference with the UDI is the blazing ball speeds...pound for pound, the UDI will probably be a bit longer
  • Arizonalefty59Arizonalefty59 Members Posts: 7,413 ✭✭
    I really don't like Taylormade, but this club has my attention.
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