The TaylorMade Firesole irons were an interesting and innovative set of clubs. They were designed to offer golfers a more forgiving set of irons with higher ball speeds and lower center of gravity than previous generations of TaylorMade irons. The TaylorMade irons used a combination of different materials to improve forgiveness and distance. They included a titanium sole in the long irons and heel/toe tungsten weighting in the mid and short irons to increase the sweet spot area and help stabilise any off centre hits.
The Firesole irons were a significant departure from the Burner line of irons which were released in 1996 and 1997. The Burner line of irons were a huge success, winning multiple major championships and spearheading the development of modern distance irons. The Burner line was replaced in 2008 with the TI Bubble 2 irons, which used multi material construction to lower the center of gravity for greater distance.
It was around this time that Adidas purchased the company and started their turnaround of the company (GolfSpy X got a little inside info on this back in 1999). Since then, TaylorMade has really grown into one of the most dominant names in golf.
TaylorMade has continued to innovate, with yearly releases of new and improved options for all types of players. Their latest release is the Stealth lineup, which is a great option for many types of players. With a variety of options for every type of player, TaylorMade continues to be one of the most popular brands of irons on the market.