TaylorMade P790 Irons: Player’s Look with Extreme Distance

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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

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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.

Design Features

Hollow Design

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.

Ultra-Thin Face

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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.

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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.

3…2…1…Lift Off

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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Rudi Fann

Rudi Fann has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2008. He began his career in 1998 as the Assistant Golf Professional at Wake Forest Golf Club in Wake Forest, NC. In 2002, Rudi accepted a similar position at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He spent a year there before moving to Nipomo, CA where he worked at Blacklake Golf Resort. Over the next 10 years, he worked his way from Assistant Golf Professional to Head Golf Professional and finally Director of Golf Operations. In his time at Blacklake, Rudi devoted much of his time to running tournaments and other activities in order to create a social atmosphere at the club. After Blacklake, Rudi spent one year as Head Golf Professional at Paso Robles Golf Club before deciding to return home to North Carolina. Since returning to North Carolina, Rudi has worked with the First Tee of the Triangle helping to instill life skills and core values through the game of golf to local youth.