TaylorMade’s new Qi irons are built to help mid-to-high handicappers boost their distance and increase their launch while hitting straighter shots that find their target with more frequency.
These irons actually offer a slight draw bias to reduce the penalty of slicing the golf ball, an ailment that strikes most weekend warriors.
TaylorMade Qi Irons Review
How do the Qi Irons look and feel?
Regarding looks, the Qi shares much with last year’s version of the popular Stealth irons.
The Cap Back Design provides a wraparound black insert along the side and back of the club head. The thick topline gives the iron a muscular look that helped instill confidence in shots over 175 yards.
A wide sole offers smooth turf interaction that cleanly moves through the grass for crisp, clean contact.
Concerning feel, the Qi irons are solid, sturdy, and very responsive.
Shots don’t feel thin with these irons, primarily because of the club head’s shape, size, and weight, something common with game-improvement iron sets.
I loved how I could feel shots coming off the toe with the Qi’s, helping me practice more on hitting the sweet spot to get the results I wanted.
What handicap is best for the Qi Irons?
As I’ve mentioned, I highly recommend these irons for experienced high and mid handicappers who need slice correction with their iron play from inside 175 yards.
These irons produce tighter dispersion on entry shots into the green with spin, something that can definitely help golfers with handicaps that hover around 15 and more.
Mid-handicappers looking to advance to the next level need consistency with their iron play, something the Qi set can provide by delivering predictable ball flight that flies high and straight.
Improving shot quality is paramount for high handicappers, and the Qi set offers an easy launch with extended carry that can help lower scores.
How does the Qi Irons perform?
I took these new Qi irons out to the course for multiple range sessions followed by full 18-hole rounds.
Playing with the 4-PW configuration with the KBS Max 85 MT stiff shafts, I found the irons offered refined power with their larger footprint.
The feel and responsiveness of the Qi’s are quite crisp at impact, helping build your confidence with impressive results. The irons are long with quick, high launch that produces a steep landing angle with high spin rates.
Due to the shape and design of the irons, I really couldn’t work shots from side to side, but if you are in the market for an iron set that delivers long and straight, the Qi’s are certainly golf clubs you should consider.
If I had a chief complaint, it would be about yardage gapping. Unless you are highly skilled, you can expect the final yardage for each iron to vary wildly at times. This seemingly goes double for golfers with high swing speeds.
Since I have a high swing speed, I found if I caught a flyer with my scoring irons, I would typically find the back of the green.
Overall, the Qi’s are high performers, built for distance and slice correction. However, you’ll have to sacrifice tight yardage gapping, something that most golfers won’t care about with their game.
How does the Qi Irons compare to the Stealth Iron Set?
As with the Stealth set, the Qi’s are a blunt instrument. Like most game-improvement irons, these new Qi’s are hard to dial in consistent distance.
Let’s say you take a swing with the 8-iron, for example, and you might hit the golf ball 150 yards with one effort and 170 yards with the next swing.
There’s no real difference in feel or sensation between the two shots, but if you catch a flyer with one of these game-improvement irons, it can cause you to fly the green.
But these are the chances you take with these types of irons to get the launch and distance your game needs.
All of the top features of the Stealth irons, including the cap back design, speed pocket, and HYBRAR echo dampers, carry over to the new Qi set.
Their inclusion here with the new Qi’s is certainly welcome and provides better ball speed, feel, and responsiveness.
The Qi’s are sleeker and more sophisticated than the Stealth set. And while I believe they are longer and higher than last year’s set, there are no noticeable differences between the two iron sets.
TaylorMade Qi HL Irons
Best Game-Improvement TaylorMade Irons for Mid Handicappers
If you are looking for an alternative Qi iron set that caters to high handicappers and beginning golfers, then look no further than the TaylorMade Qi HL irons.
Crafted with increased lofts and an ultralight design, the HL irons are built to increase the distance of golfers with slow to moderate swing speeds.
Featuring a thick topline that instills confidence through power, the HL irons might carry a large footprint at address, but they pack quite the punch if you want more ball speed and length from the fairway.
The HL also produces high, straight ball flight with plenty of spin to help you hold greens.
My TaylorMade Qi Irons Verdict
TaylorMade designed the Qi irons to produce high, straight ball flight for golfers who struggle with slicing the golf ball.
Since most misses are to the right for amateurs, the Qi’s are quite successful in providing the forgiveness you need by dramatically minimizing side spin.
Featuring the Cap Back Design that the company introduced in the Stealth set, the new Qi irons deliver a remarkably solid job of tight dispersion with plenty of spin. The high launch also creates a steep landing angle that helps you hold the greens.
From inside 175 yards, these irons improve performance for golfers who need it the most.
While these irons will benefit mid handicappers who need a boost in accuracy, high handicappers will also improve their shot quality by playing this modern, innovative iron set.