TaylorMade Irons by Year: 40+ Years of History

TaylorMade irons are renowned for their forgiveness and distance. That is part of the reason they are still so well-loved after first turning out in 1980. More than four decades later, they are still doing the business.

Though, they didn’t start out with irons. Gary Adams founded TaylorMade Golf a year before that and the only product offered was a metal driver with 12 degrees of loft. One year later,  TaylorMade iron history began with a design inspired by Ken Venturi.

So, let’s take a look at the TaylorMade irons by year – it will be a trip down memory lane. We will also look at how the irons have changed over the years and how you can use these changes to your advantage.

List of TaylorMade Iron Models by Year

We took a trip through the TaylorMade archive to find a list of every iron released by the company:

TaylorMade iron Year released
KVD (Ken Venturi Design) 1980
PR1 1980
EL-1 1982
Technician 1984
Tour Preferred F 1985
Iron Cleek 1986
Tour Preferred TD 1987
ICW 5 1991
ICW 11 1991
ICW Mid Tour 1992
Burner Mid Size 1993
Burner Double Oversized 1996
Burner Bubble Tour 1996
Burner Bubble LCG 1997
Ti Bubble 2 1997
Supersteel 1999
Firesole Tour 1999
Firesole Forged 1999
300 Forged 2000
300 Series 2000
360 Series 2000
RAC LT 2002
RAC OS 2002
RAC MB 2006
RAC TP MB Forged 2006
RAC CB 2006
RAC CGB 2006
R7 2006
R7 Draw 2007
R7 TP 2007
R7 XD 2007
R7 CGB 2007
R7 CGB Max 2007
Burner Plus 2008
Burner XD 2008
Tour Burner 2008
Burner 2009
Tour Preferred TP 2009
R9 2009
R9 TP 2009
Burner Super Launch 2010
Burner 2.0 2010
R11 2011
Tour Preferred CB 2011
Tour Preferred MC 2011
Tour Preferred MB 2011
Rocketballz 2012
Rocketballz Max 2012
Rocketbladez 2013
Tour Preferred CB 2013
Tour Preferred MC 2013
Tour Preferred MB 2013
Speedblade 2014
SLDR 2014
RSi 1 2015
RSi 2 2015
PSi 2015
PSI Tour 2015
M2 2016
M2 Tour 2016
M1 2017
M2 (2017) 2017
P790 2017
P770 2017
P750 Tour Proto 2017
P730 Forged 2017
M CGB 2017
M3 2018
M4 2018
P760 2018
P790 Black Finish 2018
M5 2019
M6 2019
P790 2019
P790 Ti 2019
P7TW (Tiger) 2019
M Gloire 2019
SIM Max 2020
SIM Max OS 2020
P770 2020
P7MC 2020
P7MB 2020
SIM 2 Max 2021
SIM 2 Max OS 2021
P790 2021
Stealth 2022

Will There Be New TaylorMade Irons in 2024?

taylormade stealth irons

Yes, TaylorMade is just about to release new irons for 2024. The Stealth HD irons will be released in retail February 17th and will cost $999.99. The focus of the new irons is to deliver high launching distance in addition to a draw bias so golfers can expect better shots more regularly.

Read more: The Best TaylorMade Irons

Top TaylorMade Irons Over the Years

TaylorMade Irons from the 2010s

M2 Irons


The M2 irons came out in 2016 and are built for distance. At the same time, they allow you to hit peak trajectory too. That is helped by the thick-thin fluted hosel where 3g of weight in the hosel is redistributed as low as possible in the club head to decrease the CG. Therefore, it has a higher launch and more ball speed.

Read more: Taylormade M2 vs M6 Irons: Which Holds up Better

P790 Irons

The P790 irons aren’t just some of the best irons made across this decade, I think most golfers would agree they are some of TaylorMade’s best ever irons. Released in 2017, they were the first irons to come with the SpeedFoam technology to improve sound and feel while enabling distance at the same time. They were and are highly forgiving and the lightweight design suits those with a high handicap.

P7TW Irons

Launched ahead of the 2019 Masters and designed for Tiger Woods, the P7TW irons are a thing of beauty. To suit Tiger’s needs, they have a longer blade length, a thinner top line, and a progressive face height. Additionally, they are the first clubs to have a milled ground sole to promote consistent turf interaction.

TaylorMade Irons from the 2020s

SIM Max Irons

The SIM Max, released in 2020, is designed for forgiveness whilst maximizing distance. It has a lovely forged-like feel too thanks to the improved Speed Bridge and ECHO Damping System.

SIM 2 Max OS Irons

Also released that year was the SIM 2 Max OS. It is the longest and most stable iron that TaylorMade had produced upon creation. That is helped by the oversized construction and a sweet spot that accounts for the most common impact points.

Stealth Irons

Imagine a nice forged-feeling club that is both fast and forgiving. Open your eyes and you have the Stealth irons. The new CG placement makes it easy to launch high to provide long carry distance too.

Read more: Callaway Drivers By Year (List Provided)

How TaylorMade Irons Have Evolved and Improved


It’s no secret to anyone that the history of TaylorMade irons has seen dramatic change. Looking at the first KVD iron, they weren’t too thick but it is unlikely that they would have been as mobile as the irons of today. Obviously, technologies promoting distance and forged feel wouldn’t have been available too.

1980s & 1990s

In 1987, the Tour Preferred TD irons featured hollow cavity in the shorter irons, allowing for more forgiveness but less vibration and movement of the club head.

In the early 90s, two sets of irons catered to players of different handicaps. The ICW-5 was for those with a lower handicap and ICW-11 was for those of a more average ability.

Perimeter weighting became involved in 1993 with the Burner Mid Size as the club heads were filled with foam. This enabled a larger sweet spot for a better connection with the ball.

1997 saw the launch of the Ti Bubble 2 irons which had a decreased CG in the club and allowed for a higher launch angle thanks to tungsten and copper weights.


In 2000, the 320s came out and were slightly larger than clubs that had gone before them. This helped with a higher launch angle and more forgiveness.

RAC irons then began to change the game in 2002, which is why they were so popular. The RAC LTs had vibration control with a better feel than ever before. The RAC OS irons included a lightweight cartridge so 32g of weight could be relocated in the club head, and the RAC HTs had bigger club heads and wider soles for launch and distance.

Distance irons became prominent in 2009 with the Burner 09’ which was very popular. A year later, the Burner 2.0 irons had a super thin face and more specific weighting to add more feel and playability to the distance.


When did the TaylorMade RBZ irons come out? The TaylorMade RBZ irons’ launch year was 2012. The Rocketbladez’s sole had a slot for greater distance and launch.

In 2014, golfers now had a choice of iron that was a middle ground for those wanting a distance iron and a player’s iron. It was a slim iron that still enabled maximum performance. To do so, TaylorMade redesigned the Speed Pocket to continue through the head to the main cavity so the club head was more flexible in providing ball speed. That also allowed for a higher launch angle too.

Two years later, the M2 came, which set the precedent for the longest flying there had ever been, thanks to a very low CG. Since then, we have seen the M1, M3, M4, M5, and M6 all with their own adaptations.

New technologies were still on the rise for TaylorMade at this time. The 2017 the M2s came with Face Slot technology to help your poor shots not be as detrimental. The M3 welcomed RibCOR technology which transfers more energy to the ball to better ball speed and the straightness of your shots.


The M4 combined RibCOR and Speed Pocket to encourage face flexibility, and the M5 saw the Speed Bridge come in to back up the super thin club face for more distance and faster ball speeds.

In 2024, TaylorMade is only improving by using differing technologies to cater to different types of golfers in each iron. For example, the Stealth HD irons feature an ultra-low CG that progressively increases during the set. The irons also alter from traditional cavity backs to Cap Back Design for better forgiveness, feel, and distance.

Tips for Choosing the Right TaylorMade Iron Set for Your Game

Be Mindful of Your Handicap

Your handicap can be a good indication of what TaylorMade iron will suit you. Higher handicappers will be better off using game-improvement irons that are designed for forgiveness and distance. The Stealth and the Sim Max irons are suited to beginners and high-handicappers.

If you are of a lower handicap and looking to improve, the finer details in your game players’ irons will probably be for you. They suit those primarily looking for distance control, workability, and feel. Clubs like the P770 with longer blade length and a thinner top line will work well for you.

If you are of a higher handicap, that doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to look at irons to suit better-quality golfers or aspire to play with them. With your current ability, you would probably find it tougher to get the best out of them so you should suit game improvement irons more.

Don’t Go Over Budget

You need to consider how much you will spend on new irons. You could have found a set of irons that, on paper, look and read like they will enhance your game ten folds but they cost $999 and that may be out of your budget and it is not worth going over that.

Even if it looks and feels right for you, don’t force it if it is too expensive. There will be cheaper alternatives that you can buy that can be very similar. Additionally, if you really wanted a specific club but didn’t want to pay the premium price, it may be worth looking at where you can get used TaylorMade clubs instead.

They Need to Look the Part in Your Eyes

If your new TaylorMade irons look the part, you will probably feel the part too. What I mean by that is if you are very pleased with the look and design of your new irons, it will bring about confidence that you are going to play well in them and enjoy using them.

For example, if you are a high handicapper and have a thick topline in your club, it may provide some comfort knowing that it is more forgiving than other clubs. This will only contribute positively to your game.

Otherwise, if you just have some irons you aren’t encouraged by with a design you aren’t very keen on, you may lack confidence in your setup, which could impact your swing and connection with the ball. One thing leads onto another.

Final Thoughts

Now you know about both new and old TaylorMade irons. You are aware of the history of the irons, how they have changed, and which clubs you can use to help you now.

So, whether you take away some facts to tell your golfing friends or spend more time choosing the right iron for you, we hope you have found it useful.

Perhaps we will return in another four decades to recount the TaylorMade irons by year then too…


When Did TaylorMade Make Burner Irons?

Burner irons first came out in 1993. They were the Burner Mid Size and then came the Burner Double Oversized (1996), Burner Bubble Tour (1996), and the Burner Bubble LCG (1997). Further Burner irons were released in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

How Long Do TaylorMade Irons Last?

TaylorMade irons will last a similar length of time to other irons on the market. A rough time frame is around 8 - 12 years or 300 games of golf. The irons will last a shorter length of time if you play twice per week and if they aren’t looked after too, this could impact their lifetime.

Read more: The Best TaylorMade Drivers

Jack was inspired by his Grandad Ron’s golfing and grew up playing this great game. Jack has a handicap index in the 30s and plays with the PING K15 driver and irons. Jack has written more than 40 articles on GolfSpan since 2022. Jack is always looking for ways to find the edge on the course to share with readers and played monthly at High Legh Golf Club near his home in Warrington, Cheshire. You can connect with Jack on X and LinkedIn.

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