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5 hours ago, FromRightToLeft said:

Great reviews guys, they seem like some damn good irons for the money. 

for $399, you get a great set of hot faced clubs and why would you spend another $800 on a comparable set from another manufacturer? Take that $800 and take a trip or use it to buy whatever else you may need for golf.

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I apologize for a lack of updates this week, I've had a sick dog that got into some xylitol and between vet visits and work, I was only able to get out for nine holes last weekend. She's doing well, but the vet visit traumatized her.20190915_173358-01.jpeg

I'm currently working to finish my stage 2 review, the editing to keep it around 2000 words is a lot of work. I remember in school a 500 word paper was a chore, but when talking golf I want to just keep rambling. It reminds me of a book signing I went to for the release of a Patrick Rothfuss book where he talked about obsessing over going back into his works and finding uses of the word "that" and removing them where he could. I'm planning on having it up by tomorrow night, so stay tuned.



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Finally got a chance to catch up on this thread. Looks like they hold up their end of the distance bargain.

@sirchunksalot, I agree a custom shaft option could be a great move. From what I can tell, the XP 85 is a "made for" shaft. Did anyone find the specs on it? I wonder what another high launch shaft with a slightly heavier weight would do for me. 

Of all of the more affordable iron sets out there, this one is gorgeous in my opinion. I could totally see these in my bag.

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Finally got a chance to catch up on this thread. Looks like they hold up their end of the distance bargain.
[mention=80128]sirchunksalot[/mention], I agree a custom shaft option could be a great move. From what I can tell, the XP 85 is a "made for" shaft. Did anyone find the specs on it? I wonder what another high launch shaft with a slightly heavier weight would do for me. 
Of all of the more affordable iron sets out there, this one is gorgeous in my opinion. I could totally see these in my bag.
Here's what I could find on the XP 85 shaft. Granted it's not the true spec sheet, but I couldn't find it on the True Temper website so I pulled the information from Golf Galaxy. Screenshot_20190921-174727_Firefox.jpeg
Really, it's a great shaft and works well for my swing, but I know that just one shaft option can be a problem for us here at MyGolfSpy.

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1 hour ago, sirchunksalot said:

Here's what I could find on the XP 85 shaft. Granted it's not the true spec sheet, but I couldn't find it on the True Temper website so I pulled the information from Golf Galaxy. Screenshot_20190921-174727_Firefox.jpeg
Really, it's a great shaft and works well for my swing, but I know that just one shaft option can be a problem for us here at MyGolfSpy.

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Interesting that it's considered medium spin. I would have thought it would be more in the vein of the KBS Tour 90s, which (I'm pretty sure) are classified as high launch/high spin.

Thanks for the info. I think these clubs are definitely targeted at more beginning golfers. That's not to say better players can't play them, but, as you said, a sole shaft choice is a tough sell here on MGS . 😀

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16 hours ago, sirchunksalot said:

My stage 2 is live!

 

Great Stage 2! Excellent job. I agree with you on the shaft point that you made, I did see an Atomic 7i in the fitting bag at DSG with a Recoil in it, so you'd think there would be graphite shafts in these irons someplace. 

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1 hour ago, russtopherb said:

Great Stage 2! Excellent job. I agree with you on the shaft point that you made, I did see an Atomic 7i in the fitting bag at DSG with a Recoil in it, so you'd think there would be graphite shafts in these irons someplace. 

They had graphite shafts as an option at our local Dicks so there definitely is an option available. 

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On 8/9/2019 at 3:00 PM, sirchunksalot said:

Tommy Armour Atomic Irons
Official Forum Member Review
By sirchunksalot
9/21/19
I would like to thank each and every one of you who have either read or participated in our review of the Tommy Armour Atomic Irons. I would also like to welcome you all back as we all talk about our experiences with these clubs.
 

 

 

Great job and I enjoyed following along during your testing! 

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4 hours ago, russtopherb said:

Great Stage 2! Excellent job. I agree with you on the shaft point that you made, I did see an Atomic 7i in the fitting bag at DSG with a Recoil in it, so you'd think there would be graphite shafts in these irons someplace. 

 

2 hours ago, ole gray said:

 

 

Great job and I enjoyed following along during your testing! 

I appreciate the kind words @ole gray and @russtopherb. Y'all have me wondering now if the graphite shaft might be an option in store only. Our local DSG only had one Atomic in the fitting boxes, but did have three of the Max heads with two steel and one graphite shaft. I didn't think to ask about whether or not the graphite was an option, I just went by what I've seen you can order online. 

 

 

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I appreciate the kind words [mention=67397]ole gray[/mention] and [mention=78359]russtopherb[/mention]. Y'all have me wondering now if the graphite shaft might be an option in store only. Our local DSG only had one Atomic in the fitting boxes, but did have three of the Max heads with two steel and one graphite shaft. I didn't think to ask about whether or not the graphite was an option, I just went by what I've seen you can order online. 
 
 



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On 8/9/2019 at 3:00 PM, sirchunksalot said:

Tommy Armour Atomic Irons
Official Forum Member Review
By sirchunksalot
9/21/19
I would like to thank each and every one of you who have either read or participated in our review of the Tommy Armour Atomic Irons. I would also like to welcome you all back as we all talk about our experiences with these clubs.
Since the day that the long, brown box showed up at my door, I have been able to play 14 rounds and make 5 trips to the driving range. Thank you to the guys over at the Lynx review for inspiring me to make one of those rounds an iron only experience, I’m looking at you @blackngold_blood. I appreciate you taking the risk and inspiring me to do the same.  
Tommy Armour was once a major player in the golf industry, especially with their 845 irons and are looking to make a comeback. Have they been able to accomplish this? Let’s find out.
 
Looks
 
To me, this is the most subjective part of the test to really quantify, but I will do my best to let you all know how I think the Atomics look in the bag.  
They really compare in shape nicely to the Cobra F8 irons I have been gaming for the better part of the last year. The one difference I see is that the head of the Atomics stands a little bit taller than the Cobras.  
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Looking at the long irons, you know these are unapologetically game improvement clubs. They have a thick topline and you can see the back of the club at address. I like this, I feel confident they will launch the ball as easy as a hybrid. I've taken my 3 wood out of play for the duration of this test and instead opted to use the 4 iron for my fairway shots.  
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If I could change anything about the looks of the Atomics it would be to change the back of the wedges to look different from the rest of the set like Cobra did.
 
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The back of the clubs feature black badging with the Atomic name underlined in red and the Tommy Armour signature beneath that. On both sides of that, there are raised dots on the cavity portion that give these clubs a bit of a retro feel. The numbers are featured on the tungsten that is placed in the toe and are really easy to pick out in the bag.

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I went back and looked at the photos of the irons that were tested in the MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Game Improvement category, and this is where the Atomics underperformed. If I were just the Average Joe looking at irons I would probably pass these up comparing them on looks alone against other similar irons. Mizuno, Cobra, Bridgestone, Ping, Titleist, and Srixon all beat them on looks.  
 
One of the unique things I like about the Atomics is the duller color of the titanium face. There is no sunlight reflection off these, and that’s a good thing. I can’t handle sunlight, always wear sunglasses outside, and love the lack of the sun bouncing off and hurting my eyes.  
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I have been told that these are good looking irons by the people I have shown them to, but no one has come up on the course or the range and asked me about them. In other words, they’re a good looking set of irons but not to the point they draw a crowd.
 
(Looks 7/10)
 
Sound & Feel
The Atomics definitely have a discernable click to them, especially when you hit the sweet spot and with short shots around the green. The first few times I hit them, it was a little loud and different from the Cobras, but over time it became a reassuring sound of a pure strike. I can see where it might be a turn off for players who are affected by sound, but I have grown accustomed to it.  
 
The Atomics feel hot! It feels like the face is just cradling the ball momentarily before launching them into the sky.
 
For GI clubs, I think they do a great job transmitting the feel between a good and bad strike. They’re definitely more harsh when you blade one, but not bad enough to make your hands hate life for your bad shot.  
 
(Sound & Feel 9/10)
 
Basic Characteristics
 
While I don’t believe there is a club that is just point and shoot, the Atomics are the closest I’ve hit. I still miss a lot of greens, but with them my misses are closer. The long irons tend to fade a bit, while the mid irons seem to want to draw. The wedges are definitely the straightest to the point I’ve had a couple of longer shots I thought were going to go in the hole.  
 
The big feature that Tommy Armour Golf was able to fit into these clubs is the distance. I’ve gained pretty much 10 yards overall. My only discrepancies are with the 7 and 9 irons. If it wasn’t for trees, the 7 iron distance would be better, but it seemed to like to hit them on a couple of par threes… religiously. The 9 iron I just can’t figure out, I’ve actually seen a drop of 7 yards. It might just be that I have not used it as much as some of the others (15 shots). Also, one of my biggest concerns is the fact that they are too tightly gapped toward the top of the bag with only an 8 yard difference between the 5 and 7 irons.  
 
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Don’t let the strong lofts fool you into thinking that you can’t get them airborne, they hit the ball high. I can even launch the 4 iron into the sky, to the point where it has become more reliable off the turf than my 3 wood.  
 
I’m not the most consistent ball striker. Remember that click I told you about earlier on good hits? I can tell you I only hear it a few times a round. I have hit the entire face of these clubs (I call it being thorough) and I’ve still seen decent distance and accuracy. It’s not perfect, but neither is my swing. For my skill level, I’m happy with the performance I’m seeing with the Atomics.
 
For the most part, these clubs start out on the line I intend them to go. I struggled early in the review with a severe over the top swing that you can see in my stage 1 video. I’ll occasionally revert back to it if my concentration falters. This led to a lot of pulls and pull hooks that I probably would have deducted for, if I hadn't noticed it.  
Are these clubs workable? I can see the potential in them to be, but I just can’t do it. I just play the stock shot shape with whatever club I’m hitting and go from there. I have tried in the past to hit fades and draws, and let’s just say it wasn’t pretty.
 
Basic Characteristics (17/20)
 
On Course Performance
 
Now we’re getting down to what really matters, how the Tommy Armour’s did on the course. Looks, sound, feel, and all the little things are important, but performance is king.  
 
I play more for fun than anything, I’m just not to the point where I feel my game is good enough to compete. Most of the pressure I’ve dealt are the tee shots on a few holes that provide certain challenges.
 
The first is #1 at Waterville. Most of the time the middle tees are just in front of the blues and it’s a straight shot to the fairway. Lately, the tees have been moved closer and to the right. The problem? The fairway has trees down the right side that are now directly in front of a good shot. I’ve tried to go over them, but haven’t been able to pull it off. Most of my shots have been pulls that still find the fairway, but aren’t getting within range for a short pitch shot.
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The second hole is #5 at Waterville. It’s a straight shot over a pond. I’ve actually navigated it pretty well by only skipping one into the drink during the irons only round. I’ve also hit my longest drive with the 4 iron here that travelled 207 yards.
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The last one is the 10th at Chatata Valley. It has a narrow fairway with trees bordering the left side and a pond on the right. I HATE this hole, with a passion. If I play this course and have to start on the back, I know I’m in for a bad day. I’ve only played this hole once during this review and ended up in the pond.  
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I did play one round with only 4 clubs (thanks CCC#3 guys for the inspiration!) and that had my heart skipping. I took only the 4, 7, and AW from the set and my putter. I shot 52 and walked away happy with the results. Looking back, I wish I would have opted for the 5, 7, and PW, but that was just not optimal planning on my part.  
 
When I started testing my Arccos handicap was 19.6 and have lowered it to 16.2 overall while having an 18.6 handicap with all my rounds with the Cobras excluded. Can’t figure that one out, but Arccos has it’s mysterious ways.  
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My first couple of rounds with the Atomics were an emotional roller coaster. I shot 104, 89, 103, 63 (9 holes), and 108. It’s settled down since then and I’m playing some of the most consistent golf of my life. Three of the eight full rounds with the Atomics have been below 90, and three of the six 9 hole rounds have been 45 or better.  
 
Tommy Armour Golf has definitely changed my impression of them. Being a DSG/Golf Galaxy brand shouldn’t deter some golfers from giving them a try.  
 
On Course Performance (28/30)
 
Miscellaneous
 
The clubs arrived packaged well, each individually wrapped and surrounded by paper. They definitely take care to assure your new clubs arrive looking good.
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The tech they packed into these is just mind blowing. Low CG, tungsten weight, cup face, brazing, and premium quality DAT 55 titanium in an extremely affordable price is a plus in my book.  
 
I would like to see more shaft selections, even if it’s just a graphite shaft like in the Atomic Max. I know the price ($399) doesn’t scream custom fitting, but the original MSRP of $799 does. Other than that, they are winners.  
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Miscellaneous (9/10)
 
Play Them or Trade Them
 
I’m definitely keeping the Atomics in the bag. After the initial “getting to know you” phase, I have been playing consistent, better golf. The extra distance, accuracy, and forgiveness has helped my scores drop.  
 
I am going to continue to play some rounds with the Cobras to see if I can replicate the results since I’ve been working on more consistent contact with my irons and they were custom fit. This alone keeps the Atomics from getting a perfect score in this category.  
 
The price is a steal, the performance is great, and I’m having fun playing the Atomics. My issue is fitting, the shaft/head combo works for me, but could it be better? This has nagged me the entire review.  
 
I think these irons are worth a look for golfers who are looking for more distance and forgiveness. Did I mention the price? There are irons out there that don’t offer the same benefits that cost twice as much. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a long, forgiving iron set to at least hit these before making a decision.  
 
Play Them or Trade Them (19/20)
 
Conclusion
 
Tommy Armour is back! The Atomic irons are long, forgiving and fun to play. They are packed with features of a premium club with an affordable price tag. They have lowered my scores and made iron play a joy. They’re not at the top of the looks scale, but good cooking beats good looking all day long. I think anyone who bypasses them as being a “house brand” might be missing out.  
 
Thank you again to MyGolfSpy, Tommy Armour Golf, my fellow testers, and everyone for following along for joining us for the ride. You guys are what makes this the best golf community on the planet!
 
Final Score (89/100)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

great job @sirchunksalot!  I just got back from a weekend trip and read your report. It seems we have a lot of similar takes on what these irons are all about. one thing that stood out is what you said about consistency with the clubs. These seem to work for you in that regard. for me, it was a mixed bag because of the wedges.  But over all the GI aspect works great.   Nice job on everything. I enjoyed reading your posts

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great job [mention=80128]sirchunksalot[/mention]!  I just got back from a weekend trip and read your report. It seems we have a lot of similar takes on what these irons are all about. one thing that stood out is what you said about consistency with the clubs. These seem to work for you in that regard. for me, it was a mixed bag because of the wedges.  But over all the GI aspect works great.   Nice job on everything. I enjoyed reading your posts
I appreciate it@Tsecor! It has been a pleasure reading your thoughts on these clubs and you've done an excellent job.



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On 8/9/2019 at 3:10 PM, Tsecor said:

Stage Two - The Review - 8/27/19 

Official MGS Forum Review Tommy Armour Atomic Irons by Tim Secor

As stated in Stage 1, the adjustment from a 712 CB to this iron was initially a struggle. I fail to see the game improvement aspect when it comes to score and that is the main issue with over the top marketing and the golf industry as a whole. Sure, these clubs will help you get the ball in the air, but who is your target audience? With the low price point on these irons, maybe the marketing should be geared towards getting NEW golfers into the sport. One of the issues with this great sport is the price. To play and get started with new, or I should say, nice equipment, it can be well over $1000. Nobody wants to be on the course with an unmatched set of clubs from the 70’s. Maybe the industry should look for that type of demographic and change marketing forever. This Iron could lead the way. A good looking, high quality, low cost iron for the beginner to the 15 hdcp. Sounds like we may be on to something. Nobody really markets irons for a new golfer with too much success. Dicks has that far reaching ability to do so.

 

You guys are doing an awesome job with your reviews!  Well done!!

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On 8/10/2019 at 7:00 AM, sirchunksalot said:

Tommy Armour Atomic Irons
Official Forum Member Review
By sirchunksalot
9/21/19
I would like to thank each and every one of you who have either read or participated in our review of the Tommy Armour Atomic Irons. I would also like to welcome you all back as we all talk about our experiences with these clubs.
Since the day that the long, brown box showed up at my door, I have been able to play 14 rounds and make 5 trips to the driving range. Thank you to the guys over at the Lynx review for inspiring me to make one of those rounds an iron only experience, I’m looking at you @blackngold_blood. I appreciate you taking the risk and inspiring me to do the same.  
Tommy Armour was once a major player in the golf industry, especially with their 845 irons and are looking to make a comeback. Have they been able to accomplish this? Let’s find out.
 
Looks
 
To me, this is the most subjective part of the test to really quantify, but I will do my best to let you all know how I think the Atomics look in the bag.  
They really compare in shape nicely to the Cobra F8 irons I have been gaming for the better part of the last year. The one difference I see is that the head of the Atomics stands a little bit taller than the Cobras.  
20190726_125819-01.jpeg.4993c7f2bae4e4592981301a1e2e294d.jpeg
Looking at the long irons, you know these are unapologetically game improvement clubs. They have a thick topline and you can see the back of the club at address. I like this, I feel confident they will launch the ball as easy as a hybrid. I've taken my 3 wood out of play for the duration of this test and instead opted to use the 4 iron for my fairway shots.  
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If I could change anything about the looks of the Atomics it would be to change the back of the wedges to look different from the rest of the set like Cobra did.
 
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The back of the clubs feature black badging with the Atomic name underlined in red and the Tommy Armour signature beneath that. On both sides of that, there are raised dots on the cavity portion that give these clubs a bit of a retro feel. The numbers are featured on the tungsten that is placed in the toe and are really easy to pick out in the bag.

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I went back and looked at the photos of the irons that were tested in the MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Game Improvement category, and this is where the Atomics underperformed. If I were just the Average Joe looking at irons I would probably pass these up comparing them on looks alone against other similar irons. Mizuno, Cobra, Bridgestone, Ping, Titleist, and Srixon all beat them on looks.  
 
One of the unique things I like about the Atomics is the duller color of the titanium face. There is no sunlight reflection off these, and that’s a good thing. I can’t handle sunlight, always wear sunglasses outside, and love the lack of the sun bouncing off and hurting my eyes.  
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I have been told that these are good looking irons by the people I have shown them to, but no one has come up on the course or the range and asked me about them. In other words, they’re a good looking set of irons but not to the point they draw a crowd.
 
(Looks 7/10)
 
Sound & Feel
The Atomics definitely have a discernable click to them, especially when you hit the sweet spot and with short shots around the green. The first few times I hit them, it was a little loud and different from the Cobras, but over time it became a reassuring sound of a pure strike. I can see where it might be a turn off for players who are affected by sound, but I have grown accustomed to it.  
 
The Atomics feel hot! It feels like the face is just cradling the ball momentarily before launching them into the sky.
 
For GI clubs, I think they do a great job transmitting the feel between a good and bad strike. They’re definitely more harsh when you blade one, but not bad enough to make your hands hate life for your bad shot.  
 
(Sound & Feel 9/10)
 
Basic Characteristics
 
While I don’t believe there is a club that is just point and shoot, the Atomics are the closest I’ve hit. I still miss a lot of greens, but with them my misses are closer. The long irons tend to fade a bit, while the mid irons seem to want to draw. The wedges are definitely the straightest to the point I’ve had a couple of longer shots I thought were going to go in the hole.  
 
The big feature that Tommy Armour Golf was able to fit into these clubs is the distance. I’ve gained pretty much 10 yards overall. My only discrepancies are with the 7 and 9 irons. If it wasn’t for trees, the 7 iron distance would be better, but it seemed to like to hit them on a couple of par threes… religiously. The 9 iron I just can’t figure out, I’ve actually seen a drop of 7 yards. It might just be that I have not used it as much as some of the others (15 shots). Also, one of my biggest concerns is the fact that they are too tightly gapped toward the top of the bag with only an 8 yard difference between the 5 and 7 irons.  
 
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Don’t let the strong lofts fool you into thinking that you can’t get them airborne, they hit the ball high. I can even launch the 4 iron into the sky, to the point where it has become more reliable off the turf than my 3 wood.  
 
I’m not the most consistent ball striker. Remember that click I told you about earlier on good hits? I can tell you I only hear it a few times a round. I have hit the entire face of these clubs (I call it being thorough) and I’ve still seen decent distance and accuracy. It’s not perfect, but neither is my swing. For my skill level, I’m happy with the performance I’m seeing with the Atomics.
 
For the most part, these clubs start out on the line I intend them to go. I struggled early in the review with a severe over the top swing that you can see in my stage 1 video. I’ll occasionally revert back to it if my concentration falters. This led to a lot of pulls and pull hooks that I probably would have deducted for, if I hadn't noticed it.  
Are these clubs workable? I can see the potential in them to be, but I just can’t do it. I just play the stock shot shape with whatever club I’m hitting and go from there. I have tried in the past to hit fades and draws, and let’s just say it wasn’t pretty.
 
Basic Characteristics (17/20)
 
On Course Performance
 
Now we’re getting down to what really matters, how the Tommy Armour’s did on the course. Looks, sound, feel, and all the little things are important, but performance is king.  
 
I play more for fun than anything, I’m just not to the point where I feel my game is good enough to compete. Most of the pressure I’ve dealt are the tee shots on a few holes that provide certain challenges.
 
The first is #1 at Waterville. Most of the time the middle tees are just in front of the blues and it’s a straight shot to the fairway. Lately, the tees have been moved closer and to the right. The problem? The fairway has trees down the right side that are now directly in front of a good shot. I’ve tried to go over them, but haven’t been able to pull it off. Most of my shots have been pulls that still find the fairway, but aren’t getting within range for a short pitch shot.
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The second hole is #5 at Waterville. It’s a straight shot over a pond. I’ve actually navigated it pretty well by only skipping one into the drink during the irons only round. I’ve also hit my longest drive with the 4 iron here that travelled 207 yards.
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The last one is the 10th at Chatata Valley. It has a narrow fairway with trees bordering the left side and a pond on the right. I HATE this hole, with a passion. If I play this course and have to start on the back, I know I’m in for a bad day. I’ve only played this hole once during this review and ended up in the pond.  
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I did play one round with only 4 clubs (thanks CCC#3 guys for the inspiration!) and that had my heart skipping. I took only the 4, 7, and AW from the set and my putter. I shot 52 and walked away happy with the results. Looking back, I wish I would have opted for the 5, 7, and PW, but that was just not optimal planning on my part.  
 
When I started testing my Arccos handicap was 19.6 and have lowered it to 16.2 overall while having an 18.6 handicap with all my rounds with the Cobras excluded. Can’t figure that one out, but Arccos has it’s mysterious ways.  
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My first couple of rounds with the Atomics were an emotional roller coaster. I shot 104, 89, 103, 63 (9 holes), and 108. It’s settled down since then and I’m playing some of the most consistent golf of my life. Three of the eight full rounds with the Atomics have been below 90, and three of the six 9 hole rounds have been 45 or better.  
 
Tommy Armour Golf has definitely changed my impression of them. Being a DSG/Golf Galaxy brand shouldn’t deter some golfers from giving them a try.  
 
On Course Performance (28/30)
 
Miscellaneous
 
The clubs arrived packaged well, each individually wrapped and surrounded by paper. They definitely take care to assure your new clubs arrive looking good.
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The tech they packed into these is just mind blowing. Low CG, tungsten weight, cup face, brazing, and premium quality DAT 55 titanium in an extremely affordable price is a plus in my book.  
 
I would like to see more shaft selections, even if it’s just a graphite shaft like in the Atomic Max. I know the price ($399) doesn’t scream custom fitting, but the original MSRP of $799 does. Other than that, they are winners.  
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Miscellaneous (9/10)
 
Play Them or Trade Them
 
I’m definitely keeping the Atomics in the bag. After the initial “getting to know you” phase, I have been playing consistent, better golf. The extra distance, accuracy, and forgiveness has helped my scores drop.  
 
I am going to continue to play some rounds with the Cobras to see if I can replicate the results since I’ve been working on more consistent contact with my irons and they were custom fit. This alone keeps the Atomics from getting a perfect score in this category.  
 
The price is a steal, the performance is great, and I’m having fun playing the Atomics. My issue is fitting, the shaft/head combo works for me, but could it be better? This has nagged me the entire review.  
 
I think these irons are worth a look for golfers who are looking for more distance and forgiveness. Did I mention the price? There are irons out there that don’t offer the same benefits that cost twice as much. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a long, forgiving iron set to at least hit these before making a decision.  
 
Play Them or Trade Them (19/20)
 
Conclusion
 
Tommy Armour is back! The Atomic irons are long, forgiving and fun to play. They are packed with features of a premium club with an affordable price tag. They have lowered my scores and made iron play a joy. They’re not at the top of the looks scale, but good cooking beats good looking all day long. I think anyone who bypasses them as being a “house brand” might be missing out.  
 
Thank you again to MyGolfSpy, Tommy Armour Golf, my fellow testers, and everyone for following along for joining us for the ride. You guys are what makes this the best golf community on the planet!
 
Final Score (89/100)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Brilliant @sirchunksalot, I've really enjoyed reading your adventures with the Tommy Armours 👏👏😁😎.

PS I like the way you took a little inspiration from our little CCC3 thread. The 4 club was pretty much my favourite challenge 🤩😁🏌️

 

In my :titleist-small: cart Bag:

Driver:    :cobra-small: King F9 9° - LH - Atmos Blue TS 6 Stiff
Woods:   :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 3/4 Wood - Atmos Blue 7 Reg
               :srixon-small: Z U85 2 Iron
Irons:     :titelist-small: T200 4 Iron AMT White S300
  :titelist-small: T100S - LH - 3-48* - AMT White S300
Wedges:               Indi FLX- LH - 52° 56° 60° - True Temper Spinner Wedge shafts
Putter:    :rife-putters-1: 2 Bar Hybrid
Ball:        :titelist-small: Pro V1x

Tracked By: :Arccos:

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On 9/22/2019 at 9:52 AM, sirchunksalot said:

Here's what I could find on the XP 85 shaft. Granted it's not the true spec sheet, but I couldn't find it on the True Temper website so I pulled the information from Golf Galaxy. Screenshot_20190921-174727_Firefox.jpeg
Really, it's a great shaft and works well for my swing, but I know that just one shaft option can be a problem for us here at MyGolfSpy.

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I hadn't heard of the XP85 but I've used the XP95 in my last two sets of irons. It's a shame they don't have more shaft choices but I suspect that helps keep the price down.

 

In my :titleist-small: cart Bag:

Driver:    :cobra-small: King F9 9° - LH - Atmos Blue TS 6 Stiff
Woods:   :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 3/4 Wood - Atmos Blue 7 Reg
               :srixon-small: Z U85 2 Iron
Irons:     :titelist-small: T200 4 Iron AMT White S300
  :titelist-small: T100S - LH - 3-48* - AMT White S300
Wedges:               Indi FLX- LH - 52° 56° 60° - True Temper Spinner Wedge shafts
Putter:    :rife-putters-1: 2 Bar Hybrid
Ball:        :titelist-small: Pro V1x

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3 hours ago, Nunfa0 said:

I hadn't heard of the XP85 but I've used the XP95 in my last two sets of irons. It's a shame they don't have more shaft choices but I suspect that helps keep the price down.

IMO, with these clubs having many shaft options would be counterproductive to the demographic these are meant for.  Way before club fitting became the norm, people bought iron sets out of the back of golf digest based on brand recognition and many people shot the same scores they did when club fitting became so popular.  I just think over complicating this set would be a mistake. 

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Brilliant [mention=80128]sirchunksalot[/mention], I've really enjoyed reading your adventures with the Tommy Armours .
PS I like the way you took a little inspiration from our little CCC3 thread. The 4 club was pretty much my favourite challenge
Thank you@Nunfa0! I really enjoyed reading about the 4 club challenge and how you all broke the courses down and planned accordingly. It was an excellent insight into course management, which is something I'm not good at.

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I was thinking DSG and Tommy Armour should consider designing a UTILITY club for this set. Given the length off the tee with the 4I or even the 5I, a utility club would be a natural fit with this set.

Also, the prices of the 790's and the U500's cost almost as much as this entire iron set. If they offered a $99 utility Iron for this set, it might sell like hot cakes!!

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I was thinking DSG and Tommy Armour should consider designing a UTILITY club for this set. Given the length off the tee with the 4I or even the 5I, a utility club would be a natural fit with this set.
Also, the prices of the 790's and the U500's cost almost as much as this entire iron set. If they offered a $99 utility Iron for this set, it might sell like hot cakes!!
I think a utility iron would be a great idea, especially with all the tech they build into these irons. I'm telling you, if you haven't read the article on the MyGolfSpy home page, do it, it's impressive and better explained than I ever could do it.

I could imagine a utility iron off the tee would be a beast! I played today and both the 4 and 5 irons continue to impress. First the 5 iron. Screenshot_20190927-191706.jpeg

4 iron
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Another thing about the 4 iron is how much better it is hitting fairways. With driver, I'm hitting 37% of my fairways, so I'm not the most accurate of the tee. The Atomic 4 iron has me at 50%.
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On 8/9/2019 at 3:12 PM, josmi15 said:

Welcome back to my review of Tommy Armour Atomic Irons.  It has been a thrilling ride.  I tried to put these through every test I could think of to make sure I do My Golf Spy proud.  I believe that I've done a thorough job on this review, so bear with me.  I've posted videos on my Twitter "Josmi15" and I also tagged My Golf Spy . I apologize in advance, everytime I tried to add it to the reviews I failed. I even had my teenager assist.  Dicks hit a hole in one with this product.  I didn't want to use a baseball phrase here. This is golf, this is serious business!  With without further delay, here's my review.


Looks 8/10

The graphics did take some getting used to.  I thought they were too clunky, I was wrong!  I really was amazed at how well these things looked when I took them out on the course.  They won me over, and that's a hard sell. I really liked the larger Iron designation the Tungsten i thought was a bit much.  
 

Sound & Feel:  17/20
These Clubs felt great. When I hit a shot, the ball seemed to jump.  The 7 Iron had some moves. It actually felt that the ball was just scared and it seemed to know when I was pulling Iron.  Below are some results that I did during my side by side comparison.  I used a 7 Iron from my Pings against the 7 Iron from the Tommy Armour Atomics.  As you can see it was close, but the Atomics outperformed.  


Club  7 Iron    Swing Speed    Ball Speed    Carry Distance    Total Distance    Offline

Tommy Armour    72.3        98.3        155.8        161        11.3    
PING        70.5        95.9        145.2        156.3        6.5

Tommy Armour    68.3        92.8        145        157        5
PING        67.4        91.6        142        153        3

Tommy Armour    67.7        92        151        159        11.3
PING        65.8        89.5        149        157        -2

 


On-Course Performance:  26/30

Hitting outdoors, i perform better than the indoor information shows. I guess it's my nerves.  I recently hit the 7 Iron 160 pin high.  If only I hadn't pulled it just a tad I'd have my first hole in one. Then we'd be talking about how these are the greatest things since sliced bread.  I posted that Video on my Twitter. Again, needing my teenager to step up her game and figure out what I'm doing wrong.  These clubs did inspire confidence. I took them out numerous times to more than just 1 course.  I wanted to see how they performed at my favorite courses and my go to course, when it's just me.  

Miscellaneous: 18/20

I feel that these Irons would help any golfer out there improve their score.  Who is against shooting a better score?  So, if a weekend player can go out and get a set of these and save some strokes so be it.  When you start seeing the scores drop you'll come back and want to play more often.  I was able to see extra yardage with these clubs. Thanks again for My Golf Spy for affording me this opportunity.  If you're thinking of getting fitted for a new set of Irons, make sure you add these into the rotation.  I gave these an honest run and they have performed for me.  I'm happy with the outcome of these Irons.  


Game Bag material 17/20

Honestly, I'm still debating if these will replace my Pings.  If they don't they're still a great option if the Pings start letting me down. I do like to have a set for backup just in case.   These Irons will help you improve your game.  The performed very well on the range and on the course.  

Overall:  86/100

These are the real deal. Figurative and literal.  For those that are looking for a new set of irons, or a first timer out there new to the game and looking to buy their first set of irons. You won't be disappointed in the Tommy Armour Atomics!

 

 

 

 

Well done Josmi15 !     Doing a review is tough work and you guys are making us proud 👏

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On 8/10/2019 at 8:08 AM, sirchunksalot said:

To be honest, I've been struggling a bit recently with my game. My scoring has been the worst it's been in a long time and my poor wife has had to listen to me talk about how bad I am at golf.

Just take a stroll over to your fireplace mantle and ooh and aww over that HRC trophy 🤣.

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Welcome back to my review of Tommy Armour Atomic Irons.  It has been a thrilling ride.  I tried to put these through every test I could think of to make sure I do My Golf Spy proud.  I believe that I've done a thorough job on this review, so bear with me.  I've posted videos on my Twitter "Josmi15" and I also tagged My Golf Spy . I apologize in advance, everytime I tried to add it to the reviews I failed. I even had my teenager assist.  Dicks hit a hole in one with this product.  I didn't want to use a baseball phrase here. This is golf, this is serious business!  With without further delay, here's my review.

Looks 8/10
The graphics did take some getting used to.  I thought they were too clunky, I was wrong!  I really was amazed at how well these things looked when I took them out on the course.  They won me over, and that's a hard sell. I really liked the larger Iron designation the Tungsten i thought was a bit much.  
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Sound & Feel:  17/20
These Clubs felt great. When I hit a shot, the ball seemed to jump.  The 7 Iron had some moves. It actually felt that the ball was just scared and it seemed to know when I was pulling Iron.  Below are some results that I did during my side by side comparison.  I used a 7 Iron from my Pings against the 7 Iron from the Tommy Armour Atomics.  As you can see it was close, but the Atomics outperformed.  
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Club  7 Iron    Swing Speed    Ball Speed    Carry Distance    Total Distance    Offline
Tommy Armour    72.3        98.3        155.8        161        11.3    
PING        70.5        95.9        145.2        156.3        6.5
Tommy Armour    68.3        92.8        145        157        5
PING        67.4        91.6        142        153        3
Tommy Armour    67.7        92        151        159        11.3
PING        65.8        89.5        149        157        -2
 
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On-Course Performance:  26/30
Hitting outdoors, i perfom better than the indoor information shows. I guess it's my nerves.  I recently hit the 7 Iron 160 pin high.  If only I hadn't pulled it just a tad I'd have my first hole in one. Then we'd be talking about how these are the greatest things since sliced bread.  I posted that Video on my Twitter. Again, needing my teenager to step up her game and figure out what I'm doing wrong.  These clubs did inspire confidence. I took them out numerous times to more than just 1 course.  I wanted to see how they performed at my favorite courses and my go to course, when it's just me.  
#5 at Garrett Country Club.  Garrett, IN  Stuck the green.
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Rock Hollow, Peru IN.  Missed green short, but par was saved!
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and my pulled 160 pin high New Haven, made my par.
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Miscellaneous: 18/20
I feel that these Irons would help any golfer out there improve their score.  Who is against shooting a better score?  So, if a weekend player can go out and get a set of these and save some strokes so be it.  When you start seeing the scores drop you'll come back and want to play more often.  I was able to see extra yardage with these clubs. Thanks again for My Golf Spy for affording me this opportunity.  If you're thinking of getting fitted for a new set of Irons, make sure you add these into the rotation.  I gave these an honest run and they have performed for me.  I'm happy with the outcome of these Irons.  

Game Bag material 17/20
Honestly, I'm still debating if these will replace my Pings.  If they don't they're still a great option if the Pings start letting me down. I do like to have a set for backup just in case.   These Irons will help you improve your game.  The performed very well on the range and on the course.  
Overall:  86/100
These are the real deal. Figurative and literal.  For those that are looking for a new set of irons, or a first timer out there new to the game and looking to buy there first set of irons. You won't be disappointed in the Tommy Armour Atomics!

 
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Excellent review@josmi15! I'm glad to hear they have performed well for you. I will say that I'm just the opposite, I hit better numbers on the simulator than the course. I guess it's nerves, there's not any consequences of a bad shot into a screen. Not saying the Atomics haven't performed, they have impressively. I've enjoyed watching your progress here and on Twitter and hopefully you can get some video to post here soon.

Just take a stroll over to your fireplace mantle and ooh and aww over that HRC trophy .
I love that trophy.

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On ‎8‎/‎9‎/‎2019 at 3:12 PM, josmi15 said:

Welcome back to my review of Tommy Armour Atomic Irons.  It has been a thrilling ride.  I tried to put these through every test I could think of to make sure I do My Golf Spy proud.  I believe that I've done a thorough job on this review, so bear with me.  I've posted videos on my Twitter "Josmi15" and I also tagged My Golf Spy . I apologize in advance, everytime I tried to add it to the reviews I failed. I even had my teenager assist.  Dicks hit a hole in one with this product.  I didn't want to use a baseball phrase here. This is golf, this is serious business!  With without further delay, here's my review.


Looks 8/10

The graphics did take some getting used to.  I thought they were too clunky, I was wrong!  I really was amazed at how well these things looked when I took them out on the course.  They won me over, and that's a hard sell. I really liked the larger Iron designation the Tungsten i thought was a bit much.  
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Sound & Feel:  17/20
These Clubs felt great. When I hit a shot, the ball seemed to jump.  The 7 Iron had some moves. It actually felt that the ball was just scared and it seemed to know when I was pulling Iron.  Below are some results that I did during my side by side comparison.  I used a 7 Iron from my Pings against the 7 Iron from the Tommy Armour Atomics.  As you can see it was close, but the Atomics outperformed.  

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Club  7 Iron    Swing Speed    Ball Speed    Carry Distance    Total Distance    Offline

Tommy Armour    72.3        98.3        155.8        161        11.3    
PING        70.5        95.9        145.2        156.3        6.5

Tommy Armour    68.3        92.8        145        157        5
PING        67.4        91.6        142        153        3

Tommy Armour    67.7        92        151        159        11.3
PING        65.8        89.5        149        157        -2

 

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On-Course Performance:  26/30

Hitting outdoors, i perfom better than the indoor information shows. I guess it's my nerves.  I recently hit the 7 Iron 160 pin high.  If only I hadn't pulled it just a tad I'd have my first hole in one. Then we'd be talking about how these are the greatest things since sliced bread.  I posted that Video on my Twitter. Again, needing my teenager to step up her game and figure out what I'm doing wrong.  These clubs did inspire confidence. I took them out numerous times to more than just 1 course.  I wanted to see how they performed at my favorite courses and my go to course, when it's just me.  

#5 at Garrett Country Club.  Garrett, IN  Stuck the green.

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Rock Hollow, Peru IN.  Missed green short, but par was saved!

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and my pulled 160 pin high New Haven, made my par.

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Miscellaneous: 18/20

I feel that these Irons would help any golfer out there improve their score.  Who is against shooting a better score?  So, if a weekend player can go out and get a set of these and save some strokes so be it.  When you start seeing the scores drop you'll come back and want to play more often.  I was able to see extra yardage with these clubs. Thanks again for My Golf Spy for affording me this opportunity.  If you're thinking of getting fitted for a new set of Irons, make sure you add these into the rotation.  I gave these an honest run and they have performed for me.  I'm happy with the outcome of these Irons.  


Game Bag material 17/20

Honestly, I'm still debating if these will replace my Pings.  If they don't they're still a great option if the Pings start letting me down. I do like to have a set for backup just in case.   These Irons will help you improve your game.  The performed very well on the range and on the course.  

Overall:  86/100

These are the real deal. Figurative and literal.  For those that are looking for a new set of irons, or a first timer out there new to the game and looking to buy there first set of irons. You won't be disappointed in the Tommy Armour Atomics!


 

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great Job @josmi15I think we have similar games and our reviews are pretty much in line with one another.  I think you did a great job!!!

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Hello Spies.

I want to apologize to all of you for the delay in posting my stage 2.

Thank you to MGS and DSG for the chance to review and test these wonderful irons.

My stage 2 link, Stage 2 Tommy Armour review

         Grip n Rip it

Chicks dig the LONG ball

In my :callaway-small: staff bag

:cobra-small: King F7+ Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 60 - Graphite Tour X-Stiff

:755178188_TourEdge:  CBX 13.5 3 Wood

:1332069271_TommyArmour:  Atomic Irons 4-AW (reviewing)

:cleveland-small: CG16 Satin 52*

:cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0 56* and 60*

Sentio Sierra 101-M Putter

 

Proud tester of the Tommy Armour ATOMIC Irons 

 

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Stage Two – Tommy Armour Atomic Irons

by BigtazzGOLF Oct, 2019

Hello Spies, let me start off that I would like to apologize for the delay in getting my stage 2 posted for you guys. I’d like to thank MyGolfSpy and Tommy Armour (DSG) for the chance to review these irons. I started off hoping not to make it a competition between what I currently gamed, TM Speedblades, and these, but it just didn't happen. A month into the test and I was putting them against each other. Sadly to say I loved them equally and can’t pick a winner.

I will say with 100% honesty that these clubs are very nice and I think anyone from 10ish handicap up would really like these clubs and at the price point, you really can’t compare them.

 Looks (9 out of 10 points) 

I really love the look of these irons from the top. If you look at the bottom, you’ll notice a wide sole that may put you off. So to fix this, I didn’t swing the club upside down

In my opinion you can’t see it from above or when addressing the ball.

For looks I give it 9 only because the sole will be noticed when the club is in your bag and it may make you think bad things, like why is this shovel or hybrid in my bag.

Rest easy, you’ll be fine.

 Sound & Feel (8  out of 10 points)

These irons sound crisp when hitting the sweet spot and as expected, off center hits have a different sound. Not clicky just not the pure sound you are supposed to hear. They are forgiving on these mishits and feel really good during the swing. The club feels well balanced to me and if you ever sliced butter with a knife, then you know how these clubs feel on well hit shots.

Basic Characteristics (17 out of 20 points)

When I first started testing these irons, short irons were the first ones to get dialed in and to be honest I’m still having issues with the long irons, 4-6 but that isn’t the irons, that’s me. I injured my knee at the beginning of the season and since then I’ve swung the club to try and protect and guard against the pain and not put so much torque on my knee. This has caused a bad over the top path and we all know what happens then.

Distance, I had a mixed bag. I figured with the jacked lofts it would mean and increase in all my irons, but it didn’t happen that way. I did see an increase in some and none in others.

My trajectory is usually high because of a flaw in my swing and I’ve learned to play to it. I didn’t see any difference in the ball flight compared to the Speedblades. Just nice high long shots that would go a certain distance then drop from the sky like a duck shot during the season. Some will understand that metaphor.

At my skill level, working a ball and controlling a ball are accidental not purposeful. But I’d like to say that once I got used to how the ball would react I could depend on the flight and dare say “control” it.

Maybe you noticed my post earlier about making a bird from 103 yds with the wedge down at Ole Miss.

I’ve had on more than one occasion some very nice shots. Was it the club? Me? Ball? Dumb luck?

Who knows?

 On-Course Performance (25 out of 30 points)

This is where it all matters; I’ve mentioned the good and what to me could be bad. Playing with confidence is part of golf and if you have it then you’ll likely play better. After a week or so in my hands I was oozing confidence with these irons and didn’t worry about what would happen.Sometimes with new clubs you’re hesitant on pulling the trigger to use it in a pressure situation. With the Tommy Armour irons, I wasn’t worried. I just pulled the trigger and let it go. 

With these irons, what pleased me the most is the ease of getting used to them and how smooth they feel when playing from various lies. On the other end of the spectrum is the lack of customization. I mean you get what you order and ordering options are very limited. Here lies the curse of a big box store selling golf equipment. You really can’t have it your way, you have to have it their way for the most part.

Final Performance Comments:
  • Overall, how did it perform? 

These irons performed great for me and I really enjoyed hitting them

  • Did it help improve your scores? By how much?

Not really improve, but with new sticks in your hands, it didn’t hurt me either

  • How, if at all, did this product change your overall impression of the OEM?

It really opened my eyes to Tommy Armour and I could only imagine how clubs built by them  really performed during the companies peak.

  • What feature would you change or eliminate from the next generation of this model?

Find a way for the consumer to get them ordered with more options, ie grips, shaft options.

  • What features do you really like, and would most like to see continued or evolved in future models?

Love it as is, don’t change a thing except to give the golfer some options

 

Miscellaneous (5 out of 10 points)

Here is where DSG is lacking and needs to improve, but the lack of grip or shaft options really hurt in my opinion. Then again, maybe these irons are marketed for golfers who care about this and stock is good for them. If that’s the case, then one of us doesn’t know the golfing audience like we think we do.

Play it or Trade it? (17 out of 20 points)

I will play these irons for the time being and will continue my search for a grip I like. Then will re-grip these again (3rd time) and hopefully the last time until the grips are actually worn.

 Conclusion

My conclusion on these irons if you read nothing else is if your a mid capper or high capper and are looking for something new that won’t bankrupt you, then really look hard at these irons. You will be surprised and if able to demo them, please go do so and compare them to your own.

Final Score: (81 out of 100)
Great job@BigtazzGolf, I really enjoyed reading your stage 2. Hopefully you can find some grips you like. I've got to agree with you, I feel more confident with these irons in my hands than any other I've ever hit, they're just fun to hit.

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