TaylorMade PSi Irons Reviews (2016)
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.
In a hurry? Here’s the quick overview and verdict for you…
Rating: 4.7/5 (Excellent)
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: For new PSi irons, see this Amazon page or Global Golf (credit refunds available for clubs that show normal wear). For used PSi irons, I strongly recommend checking out this eBay page.
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 (100% recommended) on TaylorMade’s official website, 5/5 on Global Golf, 5/5 on Amazon and 5/5 (100% recommended) on Golfsmith, in addition to generally positive verdicts from professional critics.
The PSi irons have been lauded for their exceptional ball speed forgiveness (especially with respect to thin shots), well-balanced feel throughout the swing, solid feel at impact, competitive distance and 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. In terms of negatives, a lot of people would like a better impact feel and more distinguishable mishit feedback. Many also 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.
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.
The PSi iron has “re-designed head geometries”, with classic lines and carefully-considered shaping (discussed more later in the review). It also has a “progressive spec package“, where 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 also labels the PSi as delivering “consistent distance without compromise” though:
- 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.
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 of the PSi iron can be found below:
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 and feel?
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 its look at address.
Sound and 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 does indeed 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 I buy these irons online?
It’s difficult to find prices lower than the price set by the manufacturer for new golf irons such as these. Currently, the best, most trusted places to buy new PSi irons in every configuration and stock shaft type include Amazon, Global Golf and the official TaylorMade website. The links at the top of the review will take you right there.
What about a used set?
At this time, eBay is the best place to look for this (again, follow the link in the top overview); you can often find used PSi irons being sold there for more than $250 off. Tremendous value!
The PSi is arguably TaylorMade’s best players iron on the market now 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.