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 millimeters 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 center line. Finally, more heavy tungsten is used to optimize the center 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 toward 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.
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"Love the way it goes through the ground. In and out with ease. It doesn't go high but has a parabolic trajectory that allows for more distance control."
“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.”
"It's light and easy to move through the ball. Not spinny at all. Tons of performace with an easy swing. Plenty of forgiveness and great power. The satin look is calming."
7-iron: 30.5 degrees; PW: 45 degrees
From the Manufacturer
A pioneer in the player's distance iron category, P·790 are built on a foundation of performance and elegance by delivering power, distance and feel. Led by the all-new SpeedFoam™ Air, an ultralight urethane foam inside the forged hollow body construction, 2021 P·790 is 69% lighter than its predecessor and unlocks our thinnest P•790 face ever. This creates an intelligent sweet spot that’s been repositioned to capture more shots, pinpointing performance where golfers need it the most. Inside the Forged Hollow Body Construction, the newly engineered SpeedFoam Air inspires increased face flexibility and fast ball speeds while upholding premium sound and feel.
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