Fourteen Golf TC-7 Irons Review
Little Details Create Big Performance
This is my official review of the Fourteen Golf TC-7 Irons.
I’ve been using this new set of irons for 7 rounds now and they do so many little things well that it all adds up to great performance.
These are my overall thoughts on the experience and performance of the TC-7 Irons.
The Fourteen Golf TC-7 Irons have a deep cavity. However, it doesn’t look deep at address because of the split cavity and thin top line. This creates the allusion of compact, while having a thick deep perimeter. Within the cavity is another split of mass which is in the lower hemisphere of club. This creates that low mass for launch and power. The rest of the cavity is carved out nicely too for great looks yet ample forgiveness. All in all it looks clean and simple, yet really helps these irons perform like a players iron with forgiveness like game improvement irons.
The Fourteen Golf TC-7 Irons have a great shape at address. They have a minimal offset so that better ball strikers don’t look down at this huge gap in the transition from hosel to leading edge; yet just enough to help square up the club at impact. The beveling along the top line makes them look compact and the overall head shape is very”players” iron. It doesn’t really matter if you are looking down at the 4-iron or the PW they look ready to hit. I’ve been a fan over the years of minimal offset because it looks good to the eye and I strike the ball better. These dropped into my bag seamlessly and confidently on the first swing.
The Fourteen Golf TC-7 irons have slightly stronger lofts which will help pick up a few extra yards. I liked that they were about 5 yards longer than my standard yardages per club. The sole has a nice “rounding” to it in all directions so that turf interaction is crisp, but not dangerous. You can dig into the turf if you get aggressive, but they certainly won’t get stuck either. You will take nice small divots. The combination of lofts and sole grind means great consistent distance that is a little bit longer than traditional lofts. (I know most clubs are jacked lofts so what standard or traditional are now is subjective).
The Fourteen Golf TC-7 irons are forged and they feel fantastic. Fourteen has been forging irons for quite some time and these are as good as any. They feel great at impact, almost blade like, even though they have a pretty thick cavity back. This is a testament to the design that retains exceptional forged feeling, while adding in the forgiveness and length of a cavity back. I went with the slight upgrade to the Nippon Pro Modus 3 120 stiff shafts. These have been such good performers in my irons. I love the feel as well as the launch and spin control of these shaft which has worked very well for my game. The stock Fourteen Lamkin grips are really nice. They have just a slightly unique pattern on them, but still feel and grip very well.
At the end of the day, the real story with the Fourteen Golf TC-7 Irons is the performance. All the little details you’ve read about above, show up on the course. Every club from 4-iron through PW performs consistently and accurately. I had so many looks at birdies on par 3s and 4s. They don’t fix a massive swing flaw, but they help with some forgiveness. They don’t work the ball in drastic ways, but they allow you to control the flight pattern a little if you want to turn it over one way or the other. The 4-iron can hit lasers off the tee, while the PW can drop dimes from the rough. The mid irons are exceptionally consistent in terms of yardage and dispersion. It didn’t seem to matter if it was a long iron or a short iron, green were hit with accuracy.
Fourteen Golf TC-7 8 Iron Stats
Data from Flightscope Xi Launch Monitor
➜ Spin: 7789 rpms
➜ Launch Angle: 27.3*
➜ Dispersion: 2.6 yds
➜ Club Head Speed: 88.3 mph
➜ Ball Speed: 116.8 mph
➜ Total Distance: 157.1 yds
➜ Carry Distance: 153.6 yds
Fourteen isn’t a major OEM in the US, but their quality and performance is as good as anything out there. If you are looking for a true players iron that allow you to hit all the shots yet have some forgiveness, these are irons you should check out. They look amazing, feel great and perform even better on the course. It is all the small details of these irons that add up to the big performance.
For more information: Fourteen Website
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