Takomo 301 CB Irons Review

2023

Takomo 301 CB Irons Review

89 overall

The Bottom Line

Takomo Golf 301 CB makes a bold debut in our testing. It finishes 3rd overall by displaying excellent forgiveness and noteworthy accuracy. Traditionally, precision is a priority for most player's irons. Well, if you could take a player's iron that performs consistently off the face and combine that with accuracy, would you game that iron? This is what you are getting with the Takomo Golf 301 CB. And before we forget, it wins our best value award for 2023. If you're looking for a player's iron that offers performance and won't put a hole in your wallet, Takomo Golf 301 CB is it.

Pros

Takomo Golf 301 CB takes 3rd place overall for the best player's iron 2023. This is an impressive debut by a direct to consumer manufacturer. Takomo Golf 301 CB's best attribute is its forgiveness. To us, forgiveness is a measurement of how consistent a golf club is with shot outcomes. Specifically, tight deviations with carry distance, ball speed, backspin, and dispersion. Takomo Golf 301 CB does just this. Additionally, it performs well for accuracy. Excelling with forgiveness and accuracy propels it to its 3rd place finish.

Cons

Distance is where Takomo Golf 301 CB underwhelms. It finishes 13th overall for distance. Granted, player's irons and distance aren't usually synonymous with each other. Takomo Golf 301 CB did not speak subjectively to our testing pool as it ranks poorly for feel, looks, and sound.

About the Takomo 301 CB Irons

The Takomo 301 CB irons are a new addition to the world of golf, garnering notice due to their impressive performance and value. The Takomo 301 CB irons are player’s cavity-back (CB) irons designed to offer a mix of workability, feel and forgiveness. These irons have gained popularity due to their impressive debut, finishing third overall in MyGolfSpy’s 2023 Most Wanted testing.

The Takomo 301 CB irons are a new addition to the market, offering an alternative for golfers who prioritize precision and forgiveness in their players’ irons. They do not necessarily replace any specific iron set but aim to provide a unique and high-performing option for golfers.

The main goal of the Takomo 301 CB irons is to deliver consistent performance, combining accuracy and forgiveness in a player’s iron. This allows golfers to maintain excellent control over their shots while also benefiting from the added forgiveness provided by the cavity-back design.

Takomo 301 CB Irons Technology and Features

The Takomo 301 CB irons are forged from S20C steel, a material that provides excellent feel and responsiveness.

These irons feature a shorter iron blade length for a compact look, paired with perimeter weighting to assist with forgiveness. The 7-iron has a standard 34-degree loft while the lower center of gravity and larger sole are designed to promote accurate shot-shaping with more forgiveness than traditional muscle-back player’s irons.

Takomo 301 CB Irons Performance

The launch and spin characteristics of the Takomo 301 CB irons contribute to their overall accuracy and forgiveness. The lower center of gravity helps to produce a higher launch angle while the perimeter weighting ensures optimal spin rates for consistent shot outcomes.

The compact design of the Takomo 301 CB irons allows for excellent workability, giving golfers the ability to shape their shots with precision. The cavity-back design also contributes to their workability, allowing for more control over shot trajectory and distance.

One of the standout features of the Takomo 301 CB irons is their forgiveness. In MyGolfSpy’s 2023 Most Wanted testing, the irons ranked highly in this category, thanks to their tight deviations in carry distance, ball speed, backspin and dispersion. The perimeter weighting and cavity-back design contribute to this forgiveness, ensuring consistent shot outcomes even on off-center hits.

Insights from Most Wanted Testing

In MyGolfSpy’s 2023 Most Wanted testing, the Takomo 301 CB Irons finished third overall, an impressive debut for a direct-to-consumer manufacturer. These irons excelled in the categories of forgiveness and accuracy. However, they ranked 13th overall for distance and did not resonate well with the testing pool in terms of feel, looks and sound.

MyGolfSpy Test Scores

Takomo Golf 301 CB will not impress anyone from a pure distance standpoint. It finished well below average in this scoring category.

Takomo Golf 301 CB makes up for its lack of distance with impressive accuracy. It ranks third for accuracy, beating out plenty of household names.

By placing second overall for forgiveness, Takomo Golf 301 CB is one of the best player’s irons in this category.

Distance and ball speed generally go hand-in-hand. For Takomo Golf, ball speed as a whole is below average. 

Looks, Sound and Feel

The Takomo 301 CB irons have a classic and compact appearance, with a shorter blade length that may appeal to golfers who prefer a traditional look. However, some testers found the irons lacking in terms of feel, sound and overall subjective appeal. It is essential to try these irons for yourself to determine if they suit your personal preferences.

Takomo 301 CB Irons Who it’s For?

The target player for the Takomo 301 CB irons is an advanced golfer looking for a combination of forged feel, workability and forgiveness. These irons cater to golfers who prioritize precision and consistency while still enjoying the added forgiveness provided by the cavity-back design.

Golfers who struggle with consistency in their iron play or those looking for a more forgiving player’s iron may find the Takomo 301 CB irons an excellent choice. Their mix of workability, feel, and forgiveness can help improve overall shot outcomes and lower scores.

Golfers who prioritize distance above all else or prefer a more traditional muscle-back design may not find the Takomo 301 CB irons the best fit for their game.

Specs and Pricing

The Takomo 301 CB irons come with the tour-proven KBS Tour shaft, available in regular, stiff and extra-stiff flexes. The stock set swing weight is D2.

The Takomo 301 CB irons have an MSRP of $649, making them an attractive option for golfers seeking high-performing player’s irons without breaking the bank.

FAQs

Q: How do the Takomo 301 CB irons compare to other player’s irons in terms of forgiveness?

A: The Takomo 301 CB irons are designed to offer more forgiveness than traditional muscle-back player’s irons, thanks to their perimeter weighting and cavity-back design. They ranked highly in MyGolfSpy’s 2023 Most Wanted testing for forgiveness.

Q: What is the standard shaft and grip for the Takomo 301 CB Irons?

A: The standard shaft for the Takomo 301 CB irons is the KBS Tour shaft and the stock grip is the Lamkin Crossline, a tour-proven grip with classic looks and performance.

Q: Are the Takomo 301 CB irons available for left-handed golfers?

A: Currently, the Takomo 301 CB Irons are available only for right-handed golfers.

Best Player’s Irons 2023

img Distance

  • rank
    13th

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

Details to come...

Notes from the MGS Testing Team

 

Rankings

img Accuracy

  • rank
    3rd

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

Details to come...

Notes from the MGS Testing Team

 

Rankings

img Forgiveness

  • rank
    2nd

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

Details to come...

Notes from the MGS Testing Team

 

Rankings

img Ball Speed

  • rank
    9th

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
    11th

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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Notes from the MGS Testing Team

 

Rankings

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specs & details

122

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).

906.8

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.

188.8

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.

181.4

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.

4102.2

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

Launch Angle

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

27.3

Apex

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

41.1

Descent

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

9.4

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.

89.1

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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