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Taylormade UDI in depth review


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I'm starting this thread prematurely because I don't have range feedback to give you just yet.   You see, I received my Taylormade UDI 3 iron today, fresh in its unopened packaging.   Cost me $133 and since I'm a driving iron proponent and frequent user, I was salivating at the chance to put this club through a workout.   Sadly, my 20 degree Ultimate Driving Iron no. 3 measures just 39.5" with its KBS C taper shaft.  Well my 17 degree Speedblade 3 iron, which has a bigger face and is stupid easy to hit, has a 40.5" shaft.

 

In fact, this UDI 3 is half an inch shorter than my Speedblade 4 iron with the same 20 degree face!   I can see absolutely no point in comparing a "custom driving iron" against my set four iron, can you?  For what it's worth, I hit the SB 3 iron about 230 to 250 and the 4 iron about 215 to 220.   What's this small headed short UDI possibly gonna do? 

 

So I'm not even going to take the plastic off, I'm going to re-sell it and look for a UDI 2 iron, which should spec a little closer to the SB 3 iron.   When I do, I'll resurrect this thread and re-post.   In the meantime, if any of you want to chime in with your thoughts on the UDI or on driving irons in particular, feel free.

 

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(In fairness, I've learned that my SB's measure about 1/2" over the currently posted specs on TMag's website.   I swear I bought them stock standard, but now it seems that they are "long".)

bag - SunMountain Synch with Ogio Synergy X4 cart
driver - :callaway-small: Optiforce 440, Paderson Kevlar Green stiff 46.5"
fwoods - :taylormade-small: Jetspeed, 3HL regular
irons - :taylormade-small:  Speedblades 3-8, 85g stiff steel, 2 up
wedges - :edilon-small: Scor 40, 45, 50, 54, 58
putter - :ping-small: Ketsch 35" slight arc, SuperStroke 2.0 mid-slim
ball - :titelist-small: ProV1x

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  • 2 weeks later...

In the strange of coincidences, I sold my UDI to a fellow MGS member -- Ifixclubs. He didn't know it was me selling it!

 

I asked him if he would continue the review in this thread and he said he would as soon as he re-shafts it.

 

 And btw, he won it for a few bucks less than I paid for it!

bag - SunMountain Synch with Ogio Synergy X4 cart
driver - :callaway-small: Optiforce 440, Paderson Kevlar Green stiff 46.5"
fwoods - :taylormade-small: Jetspeed, 3HL regular
irons - :taylormade-small:  Speedblades 3-8, 85g stiff steel, 2 up
wedges - :edilon-small: Scor 40, 45, 50, 54, 58
putter - :ping-small: Ketsch 35" slight arc, SuperStroke 2.0 mid-slim
ball - :titelist-small: ProV1x

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I had a UDI one iron.  I was disappointed it did not come in a graphite shaft.  Really wanted it set up that way.  I found when playing it back in my stance and trying to hit a low flighted "stinger" type shot I could really smoke it.  However, with a standard swing it seemed to balloon and not go anywhere.  I didn't find it very versatile because of that and ended up selling mine as well.

Driver:         Taylormade SIM 8^  Shaft: Evolution III 6X

3 Wood:      Titleist  TSi3 13.5^   Shaft:  Project X Smoke Black RDX 6.5

2 Hybrid:     Callaway Mavrik Pro  Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Black 85X

3/5 Hybrid: Titleist 816 H2            Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Whiteboard 85X

Irons:           Taylormade P790      Shaft: UST Recoil 110 S (6-PW)

50 Degree: Taylormade P770       Shaft: UST Recoil 110 S

55/60:        Cleveland RTX Zipcore    Shaft: DG Spinner Tour Issue

Putter:        Bettinardi MK Armlock

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My 17 degree Speedblade 3 with a 40.5 inch shaft doesn't go very high for me and I can't really get it airborne off the turf.   But off a tee it gives me that low screaming straight flight that you want a driving iron to have.   It has such low spin that I'll get 3 yards of roll out if I keep it in the fairway and it's often longer than my 3 wood as a result.   But if it were to get up at all, what's the point?

bag - SunMountain Synch with Ogio Synergy X4 cart
driver - :callaway-small: Optiforce 440, Paderson Kevlar Green stiff 46.5"
fwoods - :taylormade-small: Jetspeed, 3HL regular
irons - :taylormade-small:  Speedblades 3-8, 85g stiff steel, 2 up
wedges - :edilon-small: Scor 40, 45, 50, 54, 58
putter - :ping-small: Ketsch 35" slight arc, SuperStroke 2.0 mid-slim
ball - :titelist-small: ProV1x

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