In the past, golfers choose between two club looks and performance; the classic look and feel of a players club or the extra distance and forgiveness of a game improvement iron. With some radical new technology, TaylorMade has blended all of that together into one iron in the P790 irons.
The Look Of P790 Irons
TaylorMade started by making the irons with a medium level top line and medium-low offset for the players look. At address, these irons look almost like a true blade. The slightly thicker top line and longer blade length inspire the confidence of a more forgiving club.
The P790 irons have a high MOI and low CG thanks to a hollow design. An internal tungsten weight pushes the CG even lower, creating an incredibly forgiving and playable golf club. I explain the other benefit of the hollow design below.
The face of the P790 irons, which TaylorMade calls a WrapFace, is made of a forged 4140 carbon steel plate. This steel is very strong and makes it possible for the face to be made extremely thin. The thin face maximises face flex at impact, providing high ball speeds across a large portion of the face. The WrapFace wraps around to the sole, creating a natural speed pocket. The speed pocket on the sole uses the same material as the M family irons to further increase distance.
The Secret to Speed
Now, for the really interesting part. A forged, soft, thin clubface on a hollow construction iron seems it would have a horrible feel and sound. When you look at the toe of the P790 irons, you notice a screw and wonder what it’s for. During production, after the club is welded, a revolutionary material called SpeedFoam is injected into the cavity of the club. Once injected, the material expands to 4-5 times its size, completely filling the cavity. The SpeedFoam gives the iron support and sound dampening. SpeedFoam is the key to increased ball speed and improved feel and sound of these irons.
P790 irons aren’t the first clubs to use a foam or elastomer material. Clubs in the past sacrificed ball speed due to loss of face flex when using foam or elastomer. TaylorMade spent a great deal of time working with their golf ball engineers to find this material, which doesn’t cause a reduction in COR.
P790 Irons: Stock Options
The P790 irons have two new shaft offerings. The first is a new True Temper Dynamic Golf shaft that weighs 105 grams, lighter than the standard Dynamic Gold. The lighter weight makes it easier to swing faster. The second offering is a new UST Recoil graphite shaft, the 780 ES and 760 ES with Smac-Wrap. These shafts are stiff in the middle and butt end of the club. The tip is soft for better feel and launch.
TaylorMade designed the P790 irons as a player’s iron with maximum forgiveness. Unique elements, like SpeedFoam, deliver on that idea. The P790 irons are available here.
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