Introduced in 2017, the TaylorMade P700 series irons incorporate technology into players irons with a touch of sophistication that is so tough to deliver. Make no mistake, the P700 series irons are designed to take better players’ games to the next level. Each one of the models feature different characteristics that produce varying levels of forgiveness while still retaining all the necessary requirements to call them players irons. This review features the TaylorMade P770 irons and TaylorMade P790 irons, the two sets I think will appeal to the widest range of players and abilities.
TaylorMade P770 Irons
Club Tested: 7 Iron Shaft: Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 33°
Forged of 1025 carbon steel, the TaylorMade P770 irons are a sleek looking players iron with a sneaky amount of technology packed into a compact clubhead. The long irons have a 70-gram tungsten bar and the scoring irons are a one-piece forged cavity back construction for greater MOI, lower center of gravity and higher launch angle. TaylorMade packed in a lot of other great features preferred by better players too, like a thin topline, a precision-milled face and grooves, and tight leading edge, all resulting in improved playability, sound and feel.
Who’s It For?
The TaylorMade P770 irons are for better players looking for forged feel with a mesh of workability and forgiveness. Plus to 12 handicaps.
I really like these irons. Right away, the styling had a rich feel to it and utilized both satin and chrome nicely. The top line frames the smaller blade length well leading to a confident feel at address. Once in my hands the P770 irons continued to impress. The weighting of this clubhead is really solid and I could feel a low CG even before hitting a ball.
The ball flight suited my eye perfectly, and my natural swing produced a very controllable draw. I enjoyed the forged feel which provided excellent feedback to my hands and a pleasant sound. That strategic tungsten weighting led to fairly good forgiveness for a players iron on shots off of the toe. Trajectory, distance, feel and looks are all spot on with these irons. Do yourself a favor and add them to your list to test.
TaylorMade P790 Irons
Club Tested: 7 Iron Shaft: Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 30.5°
The irons that sparked an ongoing legal controversy, the TaylorMade P790 are a combination of forged construction and SpeedFoam Technology. Made from 4140 Forged Carbon steel, this is a distance iron in a players iron package. The hollow cavity, filled with TaylorMade’s SpeedFoam, allows for optimally placed weight that generates exceptional distance and forgiveness from a forged iron. The Speed Pocket (3-7 irons) and mini inverted cone are designed to flex and rebound at impact giving players faster ball speeds and higher launch angles, even on mishits.
Who’s It For?
These irons are marketed as a distance iron for the better player, but I think these irons can be used by improving mid handicap players, as well.
Every year the line between players irons and game improvement irons blurs even more, and the TaylorMade P790 irons do nothing to bring any clearer delineation to that line. With that said, there is a ton to like about these distance irons for better players. At address, the 79mm blade has a confidence inspiring look to it. These irons definitely have a larger footprint to them than traditional players irons, but I also didn’t feel like I was looking down at a super game improvement iron either. The satin chrome is a nice look for this stuffed blade.
Breaking down the actual shots, I had no complaints at all. One thing to note is the lofts of the P790 irons are a bit stronger than traditional players irons, and that can equate for some of the added distance. The feel was solid, the trajectory right in the slot I’m accustomed to seeing, they produced a slight draw and had good forgiveness on mishits off the toe. Due to the solid weighting, players should have no problem launching these irons. If you are looking for a step up in your game, but still need some forgiveness and distance from your irons, jump in line for the P790 irons.
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