TaylorMade’s slogan for their r7 Draw series of irons is “Say Goodbye to the Right Side of the Golf Course.” While I can’t say that I’ve completely broken off my relationship with that half of the course, I can say that these have been some of the best irons I’ve played in a while.
For the past 10-15 years I’ve played some sort of game-improving club or another. My first real set of clubs were Tommy Armour 845s, about 15 years ago. I played those until just a few years ago when I started playing Nike Slingshots. After still having a push or slice that I couldn’t easily correct, I decided to look at some irons that might help with the end goal of keeping it straighter down the fairway, and the r7 Draw Irons ended up being the next clubs in my bag.
The r7s take some of the weight off the back near the toe, and focus more down towards the heel, in an effort to bring the clubs back to a closed position at address. This helps in cutting down on slicing, and ultimately is supposed to encourage a draw shot on a more consistent basis. For the most part, I have experienced a reduction in slicing, but I will still push it to the right when I drop my shoulder, or swing away for the fences and lose my form altogether. Initially, I didn’t enjoy hitting the r7s — they seemed a little harder to hit than my Slingshots, but within a week or so I had developed a feel for them, and started feeling more comfortable having them in the bag.
Nearly three months after getting the irons, I had something happen I haven’t experienced before. On a narrow approach to a slightly elevated green, I swung down on my ball with my 9 iron, and felt a strange sensation on my follow through. Turns out the sensation was my 9 iron striking the back of my head. As I pulled the club around, I realized that something was funky in my hands, and then saw that the shaft of the club had literally snapped inside the grip area.
The good news was that my shot still somehow managed to land on the green about 10 feet away from the hole. The bad news was I had a broken 9 iron in my hand. Having purchased them at the local Sports Authority, I took it back to the store and was told that it would have to go back to TaylorMade to make sure it had been broken during normal play, and not due to abusing the club. They sent it out immediately and told me they’d let me know what TaylorMade decided after they got it. Thankfully they called back in a couple days and said they were going to repair it and be sending it back, and then another few days later, the club was back to the local store. All in all I was without the club for about 10 days, and then received back the club with a new shaft installed. Haven’t broken the replacement one yet!
Thumbs up for the r7 Draw irons, they are some of the best clubs I’ve played as a high teen handicapper. And another thumbs up for TaylorMade’s excellent customer service as well. If you’re looking for some new forgiving clubs, take a look at the r7 Draw Irons.