TaylorMade PSi Irons Review – The Players Iron

TaylorMade PSi Irons - 4 Perspectives

Here I’ll be fully reviewing the TaylorMade PSi iron.

It’s one of TaylorMade’s latest better-player offerings and is designed to provide “everything better players demand from an iron” – superior sound, feel, workability and ball speeds.

Is the PSi iron worth the buy? What are its strengths and weaknesses? How does it differ from the previous generation RSi 2?

Read on to find out what you need to know about it to make an informed purchase.


Quick Verdict

Rating: 4.7/5 (Excellent)

Classification: Better-Player

Pros

  • well-balanced feel makes for an enjoyable swing
  • distance and ball speed forgiveness are exceptional
  • very workable and playable out of a variety of lies
  • look and impact sound are appealing to many   

Cons

  • many feel it’s not enough of an improvement over the RSi 2 to justify the greater cost
  • mishit feedback is soft and could be more useful

Best Suited For

The PSi irons are recommended for low-to-mid handicaps (single digits or teens) who could benefit from a higher ball flight, although some higher handicaps will surely appreciate them as well with their distance and forgiveness.

Best Places To Buy Online

Right now, I would discourage you from buying on Amazon; they’ve gone downhill in terms of being a good source of golf clubs in my opinion.

Now that this model is a few years old, there are two places where you can get it at a really good discount.

The first is eBay, which is a fantastic source for new and used sets. The second is Global Golf, which offers many attractive deals and programs that make for a smooth buying process.

Want a high-resolution look at the PSi irons? Click on the composite image at the top of the page and navigate the photos on the left-hand side of the screen.


What are the reviews like?

The PSi irons have been received extremely well.

They have average user ratings of 4.9/5 on Global Golf, 4.9/5 (100% recommended) on TaylorMade’s official website, 5/5 on Amazon and 5/5 (100% recommended) on Golfsmith, in addition to generally positive verdicts from professional critics.

What People Like

  • exceptional ball speed forgiveness (especially with respect to thin shots)
  • well-balanced feel throughout the swing
  • solid feel at impact
  • competitive distance
  • great accuracy

The PSi’s forgiveness is similar to that of the RSi 2 and perhaps even slightly better, making it an attractive option to higher handicaps.

What People Don’t Like

  • a lot of people would like a better impact feel and more distinguishable mishit feedback
  • many feel that the PSi iron is too similar to the previous model RSi 2 with not enough innovation

What are the features?

Like the RSi 2, the PSi has a more traditional head shape that is ideal for low to mid handicappers.

Dynamic Feel System

The PSi iron has what TaylorMade calls a “Dynamic Feel System”, which consists of a multi-material badge and dampening HYBRAR compound that reduces vibrations across the face at impact.

This combines with carefully-placed tungsten weighting in the long irons (optimal ball flight and distance gaps), as well as short iron forging (designed for maximum control and optimal feel), to deliver much improved sound and feel throughout the set.

Re-Designed Head Geometries

The PSi iron has classic lines and carefully-considered shaping (discussed more later in the review).

Progressive Spec Package

The top line thickness, blade length and offset all decrease gradually from the long irons to the wedges.

This is designed to provide optimal performance throughout the set: more forgiveness with the long irons and more feel and control with the short irons.

TaylorMade labels the PSi as delivering “consistent distance without compromise” through:

  • a new cut-thru sole slot (Speed Pocket) in the 3-7 irons. This allows the face to flex more at impact (particularly for thin shots), increasing ball speeds and ball speed consistency all across the face.
  • a thin sub-2mm face that increases COR and hence further improves ball speeds.
  • face slots in the 3-8 irons. The face slots are designed to preserve ball speeds on toe and heel strikes.
  • a new 360° undercut that lowers the center of gravity (CG) and produces a ball flight more desirable by better players.
  • “Inverted Cone Technology” which effectively expands the COR zone, increasing ball speeds over a larger area of the face around the sweet spot.

Stock Info

The stock shafts offered are the KBS C-Taper 105 steel shaft (R, S, X) and the MRC Kuro Kage 80-100 (R, S, X).

The stock grip offered is the TM Lamkin UTX REC.

Full specifications for the PSi iron can be found below:

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Loft19°21.5°24.5°27.5°31.5°35.5°40.5°45.5°50.5°55°
Lie60.5°61°61.5°62°62.5°63°63.5°64°64°64°
Offset4.8mm4.4mm4.0mm3.6mm3.2mm2.8mm2.4mm2mm1.6mm1.4mm
Bounce01234.56.58.510.511.512
Length38.75"38.25"37.75"37.25"36.75"36.25"35.75"35.5"35.5"35.25"
Swing WeightD2D2D2D2D2D2D2D3D3D4

How do these irons perform?

Distance

The PSi irons generally produce excellent distance results that can definitely compete with the best that’s out there.

TaylorMade’s thin, high-COR face appears to do a great job, but I wouldn’t call it a massive improvement over previous offerings. My own test yardages were very similar to that of the RSi 2 and perhaps a few yards longer.

Many PSi users have reported gaining half of a club to a full club more in the way of distance over their previous irons. Do keep in mind that exact distance results will depend on the individual.

Forgiveness

The PSi irons have exceptional ball speed forgiveness in particular.

The Speed Pocket combined with the face slots in the 3-8 irons make thin shots, heel shots and toe shots behave impressively similar to pure strikes in terms of ball flight.

Many people have found the PSi irons to be tremendously forgiving both distance-wise and direction-wise, but again, satisfaction will depend on the individual.

I personally found forgiveness to be slightly improved over the RSi 2 in all respects.

Playability/Trajectory

The low CG of the PSi tends to produce a mid-to-high straight ball flight with with both long and shorts irons. In the case of the short irons and wedges, this allows precise and soft landings into the greens.

The clubhead glides through the turf with ease and does well out of the rough. Golfers who historically struggle with low trajectories should see more desirable results with the PSi irons.

Workability is great, which is to be expected from a players iron. Capable golfers should have no problems engineering the shots they want.


What about look, sound & feel?

The Look

The PSi irons look very similar to the RSi 2 irons, with fairly thin top lines, identical offsets (progressive), slightly weaker lofts and similar sole widths — surprisingly compact given how forgiving it is.

Starting from the 8-iron going through the wedges, the Speed Pocket and cavity back disappears and is replaced by a forged head with slightly better feel.

The design and colour scheme is quite clean and minimalist, although personally I think the darker grays around the logos are a bit overused.

Single-digit handicappers should be very pleased with the look at address.

The Sound & Feel

There’s really not all that much that stands out when it comes to the feel of the PSi irons, although balance throughout the swing is very nice.

Impact feel is neither rock-hard nor pillow-soft; I’d say it’s more on the soft side with a bit of “pop”, accompanied with a cool middle-of-the-range sound.

The Dynamic Feel System indeed does do a good job of dampening the vibrations resulting from mishits. The downside of this is that feedback suffers; in other words, it’s a bit difficult to discern where the ball makes contact with the face, but that’s not to say it can’t be done.


Where should you buy these irons online?

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Conclusion

The PSi is one of TaylorMade’s best players iron on the market in terms of distance, forgiveness, feel, workability and playability, but it’s not a marked improvement over the previous generation RSi 2.

However, it’s is an excellent choice for golfers with a large enough budget who want the latest and greatest in their bag.


Have you played the PSi irons yet? What are your thoughts about them? Feel free to share in the comments below.

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