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In golf, every company that manufactures irons chases the same goals:
They aim to make clubs that send shots higher, farther with precision.
And if that wasn't hard enough...
Manufacturers also have to package the product in a design that's aesthetically appealing to low handicap golfers and one that still produces the utmost forgiveness for players who find the center of the clubface less frequently.
In our Taylormade P790 Irons review, we found that TaylorMade may have accomplished all of these goals.
These forged irons combine soft feel and superior distance in a sleek, attractive model that's easy to admire and swing.
"As you push the COR limit with a standard cavity back iron there are big hurdles to overcome," TaylorMade's senior director of product creation Tomo Bystedt said.
He added, "It’s very difficult to preserve the feel you want while also providing maximum distance. We needed to rethink the construction of the product to achieve our goals."
Review of the TaylorMade P790 Irons
The P790 irons are hot. In part, because of the stronger lofts. But essentially the result of the innovative technology is a golf club that's going to enable golfers to reach for a 7-iron when they have needed a 6-iron in the past.
This may not be the number one selling point of the P790 iron, yet there's no doubt the forged iron and sleek design enables a golfer to feel confident hitting low draws and high fades.
The thin, sharp sole makes it easy to cut through the rough - because let's face it, we're all going to end up in the long grass from time-to-time. The ability to escape with precision is one of the keys to shooting lower scores.
Listen if we all hit every shot in the center of the clubface, we wouldn't be reading this review right now, we'd be jetting off to Palm Springs, Pebble Beach or some other exotic locale in preparation of the next PGA Tour stop.
The P790 iron gives the average weekend golfer a chance to have a smaller dispersion rate on all swings.
Those one-groove low thin strikes will end up much closer to the pin than they might with other irons and give us all a chance to get into the pocket of our buddies a little more frequently.
The P790 Irons have few key features that really make it stand out from the rest of the irons on the market:
Speed Foam Technology
The main element that separates the P790 Irons from other models is the Speed Foam technology.
Injected into the toe of the club, it lessens vibration in off-center hits and delivers a feel that is soft and responsive.
In other words, bad shots don't feel as bad.
Because the clubface is so thin, it was imperative to use a material that would provide the necessary support without adding weight to the clubhead.
In turn, this leads to faster clubhead speeds.
The clubface flexes to produce the spring like effect manufacturers have been employing in drivers in recent years.
Progressive Center of Gravity
The progressive center of gravity in the P790 irons from TaylorMade is lower in the long irons and higher in the short irons.
This technology, combined with the swing slot in the sole of the club, enables golfers to generate more distance and a higher ball flight in the long irons without sacrificing control in the short irons.
It's the perfect formula for hitting more greens from any point in the fairway or rough.
Because there is minimal offset in the P790s, good players will feel comfortable looking down at this club and should not feel as if they have to make any compensations in their golf swing to produce the desired shot shape and ball flight.
High Quality Shaft
Another element that enables golfers to swing the P790 faster than other irons is the stock shaft, which is the new Dynamic Gold 105 gram shaft.
This shaft is 25 grams lighter than the stock Dynamic Gold, which has been the most popular shaft in golf for decades. Lighter shafts create faster clubhead and ball speeds.
How do the P790 compare to other TaylorMade player's Irons?
Taylormade has several different models of irons on the shelves right now.
Each is designed for a little different type of player.
The "P" series is generally for better players. The "M" series, is for intermediate to higher handicaps. While the CGB is a super game improvement iron.
Most often, the player who can benefit from the P790 might be the same player who would play TaylorMade M3 Iron. As a general rule of thumb, I normally see P790 players are a slightly better ball striker compared to the M3 players.
Our full review of the M3 Iron can help and the chart below helps you to figure out where you fall in this lineup.
2018 TaylorMade Iron Comparison Table
That's not why you buy these irons
Excellent, any shot is possible with these irons
Better have your Tour Card
Not much, but more than the P730s
Workable, but not as much as the P730s
Excellent ball strikers
Good bit of forgiveness
Still Workable, Great Distance Control
Single Digit Handicaps
Most Forgiveness in the Player's Lineup of Irons, Produces High Launch
Slightly Workable, Very good distance control
5 - 15 Handicap, but better for the lower to middle of that range
Barely Workable, but decent distance control
10 - 20 Handicap Range, but better at the middle of the range
Maximum Forgiveness with very High Launch
No workability, Distance Control is Lacking.
15 - 20 Handicap
This is basically a full set of Drivers
This is the maximum forgiveness you will find
Not going to happen. But your not buying these clubs to hit fades and draws.
Beginners & High Handicaps
The P790 is the fourth TaylorMade iron in the P series, following the 730, 750 and 770. On the surface, there isn't much difference between the last three sets.
All feature the design that better players are seeking.
However, the upgraded technology and stronger lofts in essence makes the P790s a high performance version of the other models.
If higher, longer iron shots are possible with the P790s they are worth the effort and expense.
Much of the technology of the P790 is similar to the PXG irons, Mizuno MP 18 MMC, or Titleist 718 T-MB irons which have targeted low-handicap golfers looking for an upscale product. The overall feel and playability of the clubs are comparable.
We feel that the P790 irons are the best golf clubs on the market for intermediate golfers looking for a "Game Enhancement" iron who put a larger premium on distance than workability. If you are in this class of irons and prefer workability over raw distance, we recommend the Titleist 718 T-MB or Mizuno MP18 MMC.
But for all of you aspiring ball strikers, heed my warning:
The P790 may not be the ideal fit for the mid-to-high handicap golfer who rarely finds the center of the clubface and is pursuing game improvement and less concerned with aesthetics.
If you are a high handicap or beginning golfer, I urge you to read our guide on selecting the best irons for beginners and high handicaps. I also suggest you check our full review of the M-CGB Irons.
The Bottom Line
The P790 is a perfect club for the intermediate golfer who wants to improve the consistency of their ball striking so they can make a push into the single digits.