Taylormade Warranty

I’ve gotten to a stage in life where I’m not often surprised anymore.

I must admit however that recently I was.

Most companies offer warranties on their products.  I’ve found, though, with automobiles as an example, that whatever ails your car, despite the expressed warranty, frequently falls outside the provisions of the warranty by way of some exception in the fine print.

I recently had the opposite experience.

I’ve bought many Taylormade products over the years and never had an issue.

Recently I experienced an issue with a 2014 Taylormade SLDR 430 driver.  I was not certain if the warranty would cover it so I emailed Taylormade and made an inquiry.  I was advised to take the club to a local retailer and ask them to send to club in to Taylormade so they could examine the club and make an evaluation.

So I took the driver to Golftown and explained the situation to them.  They forwarded the club to Taylormade.

Yesterday I got a call from Golftown to advise me that Taylormade had returned my club.

Imagine my surprise when I went to Golftown to pick it up and they handed me a brand new Taylormade M1 430 with a Kurokage 60 gram shaft as the replacement from my SLDR.

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Now that is what I call a warranty and standing behind your product.

 

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New Irons for 2016

Many of the major golf manufacturers have released their new line of irons for 2016.   These are the clubs that will go longer, fly higher, go straighter… well you know, the usual advertising hype.

What was of special interest to me were the lofts of these new weapons.  A few months ago I wrote a post  about how the lofts of irons have been inching downward in an attempt to convince golfers that a particular brand of clubs goes further.   What becomes readily apparent is that there is no longer a  ‘standard’ loft.  I’ve listed the lofts for 6 irons and pitching wedges.  Some of the manufacturers are really pushing the envelope on lofts with 6 irons as low as 25 degrees.  In the 1970’s 3 irons were 24 degrees.

With a variance of six degrees (the equivalent to a club and a half) it is a no brainer that the Taylor made M2 6 iron with a loft of 25 degrees will go further than the Wilson FG Tour 6 iron with a loft of 31 degrees simply based on loft.

 

Manufacturer/model                  6 iron         Cast/Forged         PW        Price

Tour Exotics  CB Pro                   26.5                  C                      45            $700

Ping G Max                                    27                     C                       45           $800

Cobra F6                                        26                     C                       45            $700

Wilson C200                                 28                     C                       44            $800

Wilson FG Tour                            31                     F                       47            $800

Callaway Apex                              27                     F                       45             $1200

Mizuno JPX EZ                            28                      C                      45             $800

Taylormade M2                            25                      C                      43.5          $800

Titleist 716 AP1                             28                      C                      43            $900