The TaylorMade P7 range of irons are a refined version of the powerful TaylorMade P790’s. Here we’ll review the TaylorMade P770 irons, P7BC and P7MB irons, see how they perform and how they stack up against similar irons on the market.
The big question golfers are asking – are the TaylorMade P7 irons the best player iron range currently on the market?
Let’s find out.
Quick buyers guide
- Love the feel and forgiveness of the TaylorMade P790, but want a smaller club head, great control and shot-stopping ability? Check out the P770 irons.
- Looking for a forged iron with the profile of a blade but more forgiveness? Check out the P7MC irons.
- Want a pure muscle back that the top golfers in the world use? Check out the TaylorMade P7MB irons.
TaylorMade P770 Irons Review
The TaylorMade P770 irons are the most forgiving in the P7 series, but don’t be fooled we are a world away from the TaylorMade Sim Max irons. TaylorMade describe the P770’s as a compact, player’s iron, built for distance.
The TM P770’s are stunning looking golf clubs in your bag and when placed behind the golf ball. The blade-like heads have a forged, hollow design – although you would never know these irons were hollow by appearance or how they feel.
The P770’s irons have a thinner top line, shorter blade length and less offset than the larger P790 irons. If you are a fan of traditional looks and minimal offset you will love the look of these behind the golf ball.
The hollow head construction have allowed TaylorMade to create levels of forgiveness that you would not expect from such a small club head. The hollow headed design is accompanied by a tungsten toe weight to further increase the clubs’ moment of inertia and Speed Pocket™ technology in the longer irons.
All of this tech aims to shift the centre of gravity low down and away from the face, resulting in increased forgiveness. Although the design is impressive, you can’t expect Sim Max levels of forgiveness from such a small club head.
I personally did notice a drop of 5-8 yards when catching the ball low on the club face and strikes towards the heel and toe. The 4 and 5-irons, with their smaller head and shorter blade length do look challenging when placed behind the golf ball. However, the Speed Pocket™ technology does increase forgiveness in the the long iron compared to a solid muscle back design.
The TaylorMade P770 irons are forgiving considering the size of the club heads and the level of player they are targeting. However, if you are moving from a game improvement iron, be prepared to lose a little forgiveness.
Power & distance
Here is where The TaylorMade P770 irons excel. The P770’s have a touch more loft (4-iron = 22.5º, 7-iron = 33º) than the TaylorMade P790’s and sit more in-line with traditional player’s lofts like the Mizuno MP-20 irons.
However, don’t worry if you are after distance, the added loft has been combined with a forged hollowed-body construction and ultra-thin face to ensure maximum ball speed off the club face. The mid and long irons also feature a Thru-Slot Speed Pocket™ at the base of the club face to further improve face flex and ball speed.
The result is that these irons make your golf ball – fly!
I was testing these alongside the Mizuno JPX Hot Metal Pro irons, which are considered long, but the TaylorMade P770’s consistently carried further.
The P770’s promote a mid launch, and depending on custom fitting options, may generate less backspin compared to other similar irons. This lower spin rate is part of the reason they carry so far.
Despite their long distance, they still do offer good consistency in launch and distance control, which has been a problem with previous generations of hollow headed irons. The TM P770’s excel in providing distance and consistency in distance when struck well.
These irons are shorter than the P790’s due to the added loft, but still near the top of the top of the class when it comes to producing distance from a players iron.
The TaylorMade P770 irons are constructed from a cast body and forged face. The forged face creates a soft feel and the SpeedFoam injected into the hollow heads really does create a solid feeling upon impact. Feel is always a tricky concept to relay in club reviews – the science of forces, vibrations and human perception are complex.
My best summary is that these irons give a great blend of feeling soft yet powerful. Not as buttery soft as the Mizuno MP-20 range, but softer than any cast iron on the market.
Control, launch & shot shaping
A minor but important change in the TaylorMade P770 irons is the increased loft compared to the TM P790 irons.
This was a key drawback with the TaylorMade P790 irons. They were super long, but unless you create high ball speed, you may struggle with the stopping shots when hitting the mid and longer irons.
The small increase in loft on the TM P770 irons certainly helps generate more backspin and a slightly higher launch, which will provide you with a better blend of distance and control. The additional loft also gives these irons better control and precision around the greens.
When it comes to shot shaping, my personal opinion is that these are more challenging to fade than player irons from other manufacturers. Not a big problem for most golfers, but something to consider if you have a natural draw and like to try to work your iron shots left to right.
TaylorMade P770 Golf Insider verdict
If you want great distance, a classical design and great feel than the TaylorMade P770s are a great choice. They are stunning to look at and provide distance in abundance. Smaller in profile compared to the TM P790 iron, but provide a far better balance of distance and control.
The rest of the TaylorMade P7 iron series
As will previous ranges, TaylorMade have brought out a muscle-back (blade) and muscle cavity version to cater for the low handicap golfers and professional players wanting ultimate control and workability. Let’s take a look.
TaylorMade P7MC iron review
The TaylorMade P7MC irons are for golfers wanting the profile of a blade but seek a little extra forgiveness across the face. The MC stands for muscle-cavity and that is exactly where the extra forgiveness comes from.
The classic shaping and minimal offset aim to deliver ultimate levels of control and precision. The heads are slightly smaller and more compact than the P770 and boast a thinner top line.
The P7MC’s have 0.5mm less offset in the long irons and just 0.1mm less offset in the shorter irons. Which means you’ll notice a slight difference in the profile of the longer irons.
I’m a fan of the logo and ridges within the cavity – it brings back memories of the classic TaylorMade RAC irons from 20 years ago.
The solid forged muscle back design includes a small cavity, creating perimeter weighting to give these irons a touch more forgiveness compared to the P7MB irons.
The result is good levels forgiveness considering the head size, however I would still only recommend these irons to really good ball strikers of a 7-handicap or better. The attributes of this iron are perfectly suited to a very low handicap golfer or pro who wants more forgiveness than an outright blade.
Power & distance
The P7MC irons produce very similar distances to the P770, with a slightly lower launch, due to the change in head design. You can consider the P7MC irons long for a players iron, but still offering great levels of distance control. The small, compact head also enhances your ability to flight iron shots compared to the P770 irons.
The P7MC irons are forged from 1025 carbon steel using a 2,000-ton press. This process creates a tighter grain structure designed to provide the most solid, consistent feel possible. The result is a brilliant feeling set of irons. Upon reflection, the TaylorMade P7MC irons are level with the Mizuno MP-20 MMC’s as the best feeling iron I’ve hit in recent times.
The solid, forged heads create a feeling that is sharper than the TaylorMade P770 irons and provide more precise feedback of where you’ve struck the ball on the club face. I also prefer the swing weight of these irons, providing a greater sense of where the club head is during my swing.
These irons do offer slightly less distance and forgiveness compared to the P700 irons, but greater levels of feel, workability and control.
Control, launch & shot shaping
These beautiful irons are finished off with a precision milled face and milled grooves which generate slightly more backspin compared to the P770 irons. This finish, paired with the higher centre of mass in the club head, results in the ability to hit some piercing iron shots that still land soft and stop.
The head design in the P7MC does offer an increased ability to shape your shots left and right, compared to the larger P770, however the trade-off is less forgiveness for off-centre strikes.
TaylorMade P7MC Golf Insider verdict
The P7MC irons are ideal if you are after a forged iron, with a compact club head, offering greater forgiveness than a straight blade. Distance, control and feel are all superb, but they do require you to give up some of the forgiveness offered by the P770 irons.
These irons are suitable for mid to low single figure handicap golfers all the way to Tour players wanting great feel, distance and control.
TaylorMade P7MB iron review
A company like TaylorMade need to have an iron that caters for their elite players – TaylorMade have a line up of serious ball strikers in the professional game. The TaylorMade P7MB irons are the model made for these elite players. Rumour has its they were developed on DJ’s preferences.
These are stunning looking irons. They have minimal offset across the set, with the longer irons having ~1mm less offset than the P7MC irons. The blade length also varies less across the set compared to other P7 irons, meaning less change in length from the 3-iron to 9-iron.
However, the striking feature is that these irons look very small behind the golf ball. Beautiful, refined, but not designed to fill you with confidence.
These irons deliver what you would expect in terms of forgiveness. On a good ball striking day you’ll feel like Tiger in his prime, however these irons are not designed for golfers who frequently miss the centre of the club face.
Expect to lose 7-10 yards when miss-striking a mid and long iron. If this doesn’t bother you, or you don’t miss the sweet spot, feel free to read on.
Power & distance
The P7MB irons have more loft across the set (4-iron 24º, 7-iron 35º) compared to the P7MC irons (4-iron 23º, 7-iron 34º) to offer increased control, rather than all out distance. As a result of the added loft and changes in club head design, you can expect these irons to travel 2-3 yards club shorter than P7BC’s.
Just like the P7MC irons these irons are forged from 1025 carbon steel using a 2,000-ton press. This process creates a tight grain structure designed to provide the most solid, consistent feel possible.
When struck well they feel delightful as you would expect from such fine engineering. Similar to the P7MC irons, the smaller head and tweaked swing weight create a greater sense of where the club head is during your golf swing, which is a factor I really value in players irons.
Control, launch & shot shaping
These irons have a precision milled face and milled grooves making the P7MBs the most aggressive grooves TaylorMade have put onto a players iron. This combined with the increased lofts on the P7MB give increased levels of spin and control compared to the rest of the P700 range.
TaylorMade P7MB Golf Insider verdict
The P7MB irons are there for the serious golfer, who demands exceptional control and feel. They are stunning to hit and offer unparalleled levels of control, but if you are not an excellent ball striker I would sway you towards the P7MC irons.
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between the TaylorMade P770 and P790 irons?
The TaylorMade P770 have a thinner top line, less offset and shorter blade length when compared to the P790. The P770 irons also have slightly more loft throughout the set. The result is a little less distance, but a better blend of distance and control.
Who should play TaylorMade P770 irons?
TaylorMade P770 irons are certainly designed for skilled ball strikers. Players who like a smaller head size and ability to shape shots will also enjoy these irons.
TaylorMade suggest these are suitable for better golfers, but could be played by a 10-15 handicap golfer if she or he has the right skillset and ball striking.
I personally will be unlikely to suggest these irons to my students who are not single figure golfers. However, the key to finding out about any golf club comes from testing, so if you are unsure, head out and have a fitting to see how you get on.
Who should play the P7MB and PMC irons?
The P7MC irons offer a great option for low single figure players and professionals who want a great blend of distance, control, feel and forgiveness. I can see these being very popular over the coming months and years.
What if I want forgiveness of the P770s but the lower ball flight offered by the P7MB and P7MC?
If feel there will be a few golfers asking this question. My advice would be to stick with the P770 irons and opt for a shaft with a stiffer tip and shaft flex profile that generates a lower launch. The Project X shaft range are one option, but there are many others out there.
It might also be worth checking out the Ping i500 irons as a great alternative offering a sleek design and great forgiveness.
Another appealing option is to create a combo set using the P700 series. A player can opt for 6-iron to pitching wedge in the P7MC irons, then finish off their set with a 4 and 5 P770 iron.
This option offers ultimate control and feel in the short irons, but still gives added forgiveness in the longer irons.
TaylorMade P770 iron specs
TaylorMade P7MC iron specs
TaylorMade P7MB irons specs
TaylorMade P770 irons review – Summary
Happy golfing – Will @ Golf Insider UK
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