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TaylorMade r7 CGB MAX

The r7 CGB Max irons have every bell and whistle TaylorMade has to offer, including Inverted Cone Technology, borrowed from its drivers, to increase ball speed on off-center hits. They have an elegant look and feel, too. The topline of the stainless steel clubhead inspires confidence and blends smoothly with the offset. Tungsten weights on the heel and toe help steer shots toward the target. They’re pricey, but the technology makes for high-handicap heaven. $1,560/graphite, $1,376/steel. Call 800-888-2582 or visit taylormadegolf.com.

Hot Stix Stats

Center Ball Speed (mph): 115; Launch Angle (degrees): 16.1; Spin Rate (rpm): 4,478

Toe Ball Speed (mph): 108; Launch Angle (degrees): 16; Spin Rate (rpm): 4,664

TaylorMade Burner XD

These irons feel eerily similar to the r7 CGB Max, but they have a slightly thinner topline, a lower toe and a longer blade length. They’re very easy to hit. The ball really rockets off the 2.5-millimeter-thin titanium clubface, which is press-fit to an oversize stainless steel body. Forgiveness is also a staple here, as it is among all of the latest game-improvement irons classified as high-MOI models. That means shots off the toe will likely still find their way down the fairway. $1,344/graphite, $1,104/steel. Call 800-888-2582 or visit taylormadegolf.com.

Hot Stix Stats

Center Ball Speed (mph): 114; Launch Angle (degrees): 16.6; Spin Rate (rpm): 4,866

Toe Ball Speed (mph): 106; Launch Angle (degrees): 16.1; Spin Rate (rpm): 5,035

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