Review: TaylorMade P790 Irons

8.5 Total Score
Distance for the better player

If you are looking for a long iron you have found it in the TaylorMade P790 Irons. The irons look good and there is nothing wrong with the feel and forgiveness. However, we keep coming back to distance and that’s they key feature of this set of irons.

PROS
  • Looks great at address
  • Fantastic distance
  • Low spin
  • Improved forgiveness and feel from previous version
CONS
  • Overall gains over 2017 version not huge
  • Ball control difficult due to low spin
  • Price tag may put some people off
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In the Words of the Manufacturer

TaylorMade are one of the leading names in golf club manufacturer and have been for many years. If you have never heard of TaylorMade then we can only assume you are new to the world of golf or, well, let’s not go there!

TaylorMade have developed some of the best golf clubs money can buy over the years but where do the P790 Irons stand in the excellent range of products? In their own words, the TaylorMade P790 Irons ‘pack powerful performance into a clean, classic design to deliver breakthrough distance in a players iron. Through a combination of forged construction, SpeedFoam™ and a redesigned tungsten weight for optimal CG performance.’

They go on to say, ‘You don’t mess with what works. You work to make it better.’ So, TaylorMade clearly thought they were moving in the right direction with their previous set of irons. However, what does that mean for the current P790 Irons? Let’s find out.

How Do the Clubs Look?

Those who regularly keep an eye on new golf club may recognise the name of these irons and that’s because TaylorMade previously released a set of irons using the same name in 2017. With that in mind, how do the new set of irons look in comparison to the originals?

On the back of the face the most notable difference is the removal of the name ‘TaylorMade’ and this has been replaced with the company logo. When looking down at the P790 Irons they have a thinner top line than the previous design and this gives them a more premium look, which is great. There is not a lot in it but the subtle changes do add to the overall shelf appeal of the TaylorMade P790 Irons.

Performance

It is quite a snappy sound and this is amplified when striking the ball off centre using the TaylorMade P790 Irons. There is a decent feedback in the hands but it does not match what you would find from a players iron. Nonetheless, if you mishit the shot, you will know about it and have a good idea what went wrong.

If we were to pick only one feature of the performance when using the TaylorMade P790 Irons it would have to be distance. What makes the distance of these irons so impressive is the ball speed produced when playing shots. When striking the ball in the centre of the face, you will struggle to find another set of irons on the market which can produce the same ball speed and distance as the P790 Irons.

“You cannot fault the crisp sound when connecting with the ball from the centre of the club.

The ball speed is very consistent when finding the centre of the face, therefore you can choose an iron with confidence knowing exactly how far you are going to hit the ball when playing a good shot. This is very important and means if you strike the ball cleanly and it still ends up in the water, the time for blaming your tools is over and perhaps a closer look at club selection is required.

Another factor when it comes to producing great distance is low spin and TaylorMade have also got that right in this range of irons. The TaylorMade P790 Irons are some of the lowest spinning irons currently available. So, if that is something you have been searching for you cannot go wrong with this set of golf clubs.

Forgiveness is also very good thanks to the Inverted Cone Technology. Without going into too much scientific detail this allows for more accuracy on off-centre shots, making misses more playable.

Who Are They For?

This is a good question and as is the case with many irons the best approach is to head to a golf store and check them out yourself before purchasing the TaylorMade P790 Irons. They are not a leading players iron but at the same time, a beginner golfer would struggle when using them. If you are looking for a set of irons which will give you greater distance, with low spin but without losing any forgiveness the TaylorMade P790 Irons are for you.

Who is Using the Irons?

Several professional PGA, LPGA and European Tour players use TaylorMade Irons. Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and John Rahm are a few examples. These players may not be using the P790 Irons specifically but there are a handful of players who have currently got them in their bag or who have used them previously. These players include Francesco Molinari, Chez Reavie and Sung-Hyun Park.

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