First things first… the RAC TP is geared towards the better player and only a good ball striker will benefit from this club. Sure there is a cavity but I don’t think the TP will ever be accused of being a “forgiving” iron. TaylorMade calls the iron a “muscle-cavity”… which means that there is a cavity but additional weighting fills up some of it. This weight bar gives the iron the playability of a blade. The club is forged of S25c carbon steel and this material gives the iron great feel… something that a better player is looking for. There are other “players irons” traits here too… the thin top line and sole, reduced offset, cambered sole and solid stock shafts (True Temper Dynamic Gold steel). The center of gravity is higher than most game improvement choices but is still a bit lower than other “players” irons.
It’s tough to find enough testers that really appreciate a club like the RAC TP. An average player wouldn’t like these irons because they lack forgiveness and a low center of gravity. Better players really enjoyed the feel and playability that these irons provided. The iron is very soft and the extra weighting towards the center of the cavity makes it easy to control the ball. The RAC TP is a beautiful looking club… TaylorMade’s coin-forged process has really turned out some nice looking clubs in the past and this one is no different. There were a few negative comments that we heard again and again though. The first had to do with the ball flight. The TP’s hit the ball a bit higher than other “players” irons and some of our testers mentioned that it was a bit difficult to control the ball in certain situations. A different shaft should help with this problem and I have talked to players that use Rifle Project X shafts to keep the ball down in this case. The other comment we heard had to do with the “clicky” sound when the ball met the club… especially on miss hits. I guess you have to take the good with the bad here… the club will perform on a miss hit but the feel and sound will be much better on a well struck shot… that’s the deal with a “players” club. If you are a solid ball striker and are looking for new irons consider the TaylorMade RAC Forged TP… what they lack in forgiveness, they make up in performance.
Overall Rating – 80%
Target Handicap – 10 and below
Ball Flight – Mid to Low
Offset – Minimal
Finish – Chrome
Construction – Coin-forged S25c Carbon Steel
Stock Shafts – True Temper Dynamic Gold steel