MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro Irons Review

2023

MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro Irons Review

85 overall

The Bottom Line

The return we've all been waiting for, or at least, John Barba. MacGregor MT86 Pro claims 7th place, which is middle of the road for player's irons. In this scenario, it is average. Nothing that stands out, but for MacGregor this can be viewed as a win. It offers distance and accuracy potential, which were its best performance attributes. There are questions surrounding consistency off the face since its forgiveness score is a bit lackluster. For the price, it is an intriguing offering and our testing pools ranks it highly for subjective feedback - looks, feel, and sound.

Pros

MacGregor Golf makes its return to the playing field and MT-86 Pro ranks 5th overall for accuracy in our best player's irons 2023 test. Overall, MT-86 Pro is average. It does well with accuracy and its distance is respectful. Subjectively, it rates well for looks, feel, and sound. Most of our testing pool came away impressed by the MT-86 Pro.

Cons

Forgiveness is MacGregor MT-86 Pro's biggest weakness. MT-86 Pro finishes 11th for forgiveness, which is a bit underwhelming. There are four major areas of focus with our forgiveness category - consistency in all the following: carry, ball speed, backspin, and dispersion. This is where MT-86 Pro struggles and it shows in its ranking.

MacGregor Golf, a brand with a rich history in the golf industry, has recently returned with the release of its MT86 Pro irons. These irons pay homage to the iconic MT series while incorporating modern technology to meet the demands of today’s golfer.

About the MacGregor MT86 Pro Iron

The MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro irons are a modern take on the classic MT series, which helped put MacGregor on the map as a leading golf equipment manufacturer. While maintaining the clean lines and aesthetics of the original MT irons, the MT86 Pro irons pack modern technology to provide golfers with a high-performance set of clubs. These irons are designed to offer a blade-like appearance without sacrificing forgiveness, making them suitable for many players.

MacGregor MT86 Pro Iron Technology and Features

The MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro irons are constructed with a 2mm MS300 face, a high-tensile strength material with a high COR (coefficient of restitution). This thin face and an internal co-forged tungsten weighting system allow for increased ball speeds and distance. The head of the club is filled with a proprietary polymer, providing a soft feel and improved acoustics.

MacGregor MT86 Pro Iron Performance

The MT86 Pro irons are designed with a foam-filled head and 33° 7-iron loft, resulting in optimal launch conditions and spin rates for various golfers. The internal tungsten weighting system also helps to lower the center of gravity and deepen it within the club head, promoting a higher launch angle and more consistent spin rates.

With their thin top line and blade-like appearance, the MT86 Pro irons offer impressive workability for skilled players. The combination of a high COR face and internal tungsten weighting allows golfers to shape their shots, making these irons ideal for those who demand precision and control.

Despite their blade-like appearance, the MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro irons offer a surprising level of forgiveness. The internal tungsten weighting system increases the MOI (moment of inertia), helping to reduce the impact of off-center strikes. However, it should be noted that these irons ranked 11th in forgiveness in Most Wanted testing, indicating that they may not be as forgiving as some other options on the market.

Insights from Most Wanted testing

During Most Wanted testing, the MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro irons earned a respectable 7th place overall, performing particularly well in distance and accuracy. Testers ranked the irons highly in subjective feedback, praising their looks, feel, and sound. However, the irons did not fare as well in the forgiveness category, ranking 11th among competitors.

MyGolfSpy Test Scores

The MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro irons place 7th for distance which is respectable. Player’s irons are generally not regarded as distance oriented golf clubs.

Accuracy is another area where the MT86 Pro irons excelled, ranking 5th overall in the best player’s irons test. Players can expect consistent shot patterns and reliable performance on the course.

As mentioned earlier, during testing, forgiveness was a weak point for the MT86 Pro irons. While the internal tungsten weighting system does provide some assistance on off-center strikes, golfers seeking maximum forgiveness may need to consider other options.

The high COR face and thin construction of the MT86 Pro irons contribute to its respectable ball speeds and overall distance numbers.

Looks, Sound, and Feel

The MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro irons have received high praise from testers for their looks, sound, and feel. With a nod to the classic MT series, these irons maintain a clean, traditional appearance while incorporating modern technology. The proprietary polymer-filled head provides a soft, buttery feel, and the acoustics have been fine-tuned for a satisfying sound at impact.

MacGregor MT86 Pro Iron Who it’s For?

The MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro Irons are aimed at both amateur and professional golfers who prioritize distance, feel, and workability in their irons. Golf enthusiasts who appreciate the Fourteen Golf brand will also find these irons appealing. However, players seeking the utmost forgiveness and consistency may want to consider other options.

Specs & Pricing

The MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro irons are available in the following lofts:

  • 4-iron: 23°
  • 5-iron: 26°
  • 6-iron: 29°
  • 7-iron: 33°
  • 8-iron: 37°
  • 9-iron: 41°
  • Pitching wedge: 45°

These irons come fitted with KBS Tour steel shafts or UST Recoil 660 (in senior and regular) and 680 (in stiff).

The MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro irons have an MSRP of $899, making them an intriguing option for golfers seeking a balance of performance, aesthetics, and value.

FAQs

Q: Are the MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro irons suitable for high-handicap players?

While the MT86 Pro irons offer some forgiveness, they are primarily designed for skilled players who appreciate workability and control. High-handicap players seeking maximum forgiveness may want to consider other options.

Q: How do the MT86 Pro irons compare to the original MT series?

The MT86 Pro irons maintain the clean lines and aesthetics of the original MT series while incorporating modern technology, such as a high COR face and internal tungsten weighting system, to meet the demands of today’s golfer.

Q: What is the COR of the MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro irons?

While the specific COR value is not provided, the high-tensile strength MS300 face material and thin 2mm construction contribute to a high COR, increasing ball speeds and distance.

The MacGregor Golf MT86 Pro irons offer an attractive combination of classic aesthetics, modern technology, and solid performance. With their blade-like appearance, workability, and respectable levels of forgiveness, these irons are well-suited for various players seeking precision and control on the course.

Best Player’s Irons 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img Distance

  • rank
    7th

How is distance measured?

Taking into account total distance and carry distance, our distance scoring is a metric ultimately telling you the total yards achieved by the club.

Testing Pool

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Notes from the MGS Testing Team

 

Rankings

img Accuracy

  • rank
    5th

What is accuracy?

Accuracy evaluates if a player’s shots with each club are above or below what’s expected based on that player’s skill level. By eliminating variables in player ability, accuracy determines how well the club improves a player’s overall score.

Testing Pool

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Notes from the MGS Testing Team

 

Rankings

img Forgiveness

  • rank
    11th

How is forgiveness tested?

Forgiveness measures how well a club corrects for hits that are center or off center off the face of the club. A high forgiveness rating tells you that a club does well at maintaining consistency in performance when your swing fluctuates.

Testing Pool

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Notes from the MGS Testing Team

 

Rankings

img Ball Speed

  • rank
    10th

How is ball speed tested?

Ball speed measures how fast the ball is traveling off the face of the club. We eliminate variables like player swing speed or ability, so you can compare ball speeds off the face as affected by the club, not the player.

Testing Pool

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Notes from the MGS Testing Team

 

Rankings

img Fairways Hit

  • rank
    12th

What is fairways hit?

We evaluate the percentage of shots that hit the fairway compared to shots in the rough. This shows the accuracy of a club, with a higher percentage earning a higher accuracy rating.

Testing Pool

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Rankings

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specs & details

121.6

Ball Speed

The speed at which the golf ball travels after being struck by the golf club. It is usually measured in miles per hour (mph).

1303.2

Shot Area

Shot Area is a measure of downrage dispersion. The displayed value is the area of an ellipse (measured in yards2) in which 90% of future shots would be expected to fall.

192.1

Total Distance

The total distance the golf ball travels from the point of impact with the clubface to the point where it stops, including both carry distance and any additional roll after the ball lands.

183.3

Carry

The distance the golf ball travels through the air from the point of impact with the clubface to the point where it first touches the ground. Carry distance does not include any additional roll after the ball lands.

3847.6

Spin

The amount of backspin or topspin on the golf ball after the club strikes it. Spin can affect how the ball travels through the air and how it behaves when it lands.

15.1

Launch Angle

The angle at which the golf ball leaves the clubface after being struck. This is typically measured in degrees.

26.3

Apex

The highest point in the golf ball's trajectory after the club strikes it. This is typically measured in feet above the ground.

40.3

Descent

The angle at which the golf ball descends from the apex of its trajectory to the ground. This is typically measured in degrees.

10.2

Yards From Center

This refers to the distance that a golf shot travels from the center of the fairway. It is often used to measure accuracy, with shots closer to the center considered more accurate.

88.8

Fairway

Refers to the percentage of times a golfer successfully lands their tee shot on the fairway. It is often used as a measure of accuracy.

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