TaylorMade has added two irons to its P700-series lineup in the P790 and P730.
The P790 is a forged players distance iron, boasting SpeedFoam Technology for golfers that want a forged look with more forgiveness and distance, while the P730 is a traditional blade, played by staffers Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, and Dustin Johnson.
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The new irons sit alongside the other TaylorMade player irons - the P770 (most used by TaylorMade professionals) and P750. The numbers relate to the blade length of the irons.
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“With P790, we created a forged iron that meets the demands of discerning players and delivers distance performance never before seen in a players iron. By combining our new SpeedFoam filler and WrapFace technology with a clean, classic design, we have effectively engineered an iron that is as beautiful as it is powerful – setting the new standard for all-around iron performance.”
–Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director, Iron Creation
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The challenge? Make a forged iron that delivered distance and playability, with remarkable feel and a medium-compact head design. A tall order!
TaylorMade improved feel, sound, consistency and forgiveness thanks to an 8620 carbon steel body combined with high-strength forged 4140 carbon steel WrapFace in a hollow body design.
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The cavity is then filled with SpeedFoam Technology, a new proprietary construction which serves a dual purpose of generating ball speed as well as the management of sound and feel. Injected into the clubhead, SpeedFoam provides the face support and damping properties that make the performance of the P790 unlike any other iron in the TaylorMade family.
TaylorMade say unlike the material injected into PXG irons, SpeedFoam is softer, which allows for more face flex and therefore distance.
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The incorporation of the WrapFace creates a cut-thru Speed Pocket on the sole with flexibility in the lower part of the clubface; it’s this flexibility which creates greater forgiveness and consistency than is typically seen in a distance iron design.
The P790 also features an ultra-thin 1.75mm face thickness with re-engineered Inverted Cone Technology optimised for the slightly smaller face area. Whereas the company’s previous ICT which had a larger, heavier profile, the new, smaller Inverted Cone allows for reduced face thickness at the edges of the face, thus increasing flexibility from heel to toe and low on the clubface, resulting in more ball speed across the entire face.
For forgiveness and playability, P790 irons feature strategically placed internal metal-injection-molded (MIM) tungsten weighting for precise CG placement and higher moment of inertia (MOI).
In terms of distance, TaylorMade are saying this iron is similar to the TaylorMade M1 iron - a game improvement product.
Shafts: True Temper’s Dynamic Gold 105 steel, UST Mamiya’s Recoil 760/780 ES SmacWrap graphite shaft
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips
Club options: 3-PW, AW, SW
Custom Options available
Available: 16 October 2017
Built in homage of the ‘11 and ‘14 Tour Preferred MB blades - both major winning clubs - the P730 retains many charecteristics of those irons while improving shaping and mass properties.
Direct input from Rose and Dustin Johnson helped TaylorMade in the redesign process, with the overall blade profile shrinking.
The leading edge was tweaked to improve turf interaction, while TaylorMade say their Tour players are enjoying the new cleaner look at address.
McIlroy and Rose both play a milled version of the iron, while Dustin Johnson games a forged set (the version at retail).
In terms of the mass properties, the goal was to slightly raise the inertia (MOI) in the vertical direction (IXX) without increasing it in the horizontal direction (IZZ). This is important in order to improve on forgiveness on shots struck slightly high or low on the blade while maintaining the level of workability and shot shaping ability that our top professionals require. This was achieved by reducing the overall blade length and creating a milled channel in the back of the blade, which moves some mass away from the centre of the blade.
Available: 1 November 2017
Club options: 3-PW
Head to the TaylorMade website for more information.