What it does: This year’s P•790 has undergone several key changes. Chief among them is a new version of the internal urethane foam – 69 percent less dense than the original – that saves about 3.5 grams. The foam supports an even thinner face this year – 1.5 millimetres at its thinnest points in the perimeter. The variable-thickness face, which features TaylorMade’s longtime inverted-cone-shape pattern, wraps around the sole in an L-shape. A cut-through slot in the sole right behind the face provides optimal face deflection, especially on impacts below the centre line. Finally, more heavy tungsten is used to optimise the centre of gravity and forgiveness.
Why we like it: Everyday golfers need as much forgiveness and ball speed across as much of the clubface as they can possibly get. This iron provides that assist by effectively growing the size of the sweet spot by using weight saved from elsewhere in the club to place a 31-gram tungsten slug lower and more towards the toe than in past iterations. That lines up the face’s most flexible area with the CG for better energy transfer, putting more speed in an area from low heel to high toe where most shots are hit.
7-iron loft 30.5 degrees pw loft 45 degrees
“I love that shots go up and out instead of up and spin. They also really help the good player’s traditional miss – thin. My thin ones only lost a few yards.”
– Player comment