TaylorMade P770 VS P790 Irons
Post Summary: Taylormade p770 vs p790 irons, pros & cons of each.
There are many golf clubs out there that purport to do all sorts of great and innovative things. Clubs that are made with the latest technology and even artificial intelligence that brings to the golfer alls the bells and whistles, getting the ball from A to B in no time.
While these are great, few were as successful from a marketing standpoint as the TaylorMade P770 and Taylormade P790 Iron Sets. Also worth checking out from Taylormade are the Taylormade Sim and Sim2 Max Irons. You can read more about them from the links in the prior sentence, or read our comparison of the two here: Taylormade P770 vs P790 Irons
That being said, the Taylormade brand has manufactured some of the best golf clubs that are loved by amateurs and professionals alike. The p790 irons are some of the most popular irons to hit the market in a while, and Taylormade does truly seem to have struck gold twice with the models of this series.
From forgiveness to weight distribution, everything about the Taylormade P770 and the P790 irons seems to be made to provide the best. They're both players irons, they're both insanely popular, but which of these two iron sets is better?
This is a question asked by many and a debate that’s still had among golfing analysts up until today. Well, we have tested both of these models and weighed in on the pros and cons. With the first-hand findings, let’s go through together what their differences are and hopefully find a clear answer to that important question.
So Why Listen To Me?
My name is Linda Parker, my mom was a LPGA pro before my parents met, and I’ve been around golf since before I could walk.
We used the p770 and p790 Irons for 30 days on some of the best California golf courses, took note of any issues, weighed in on its features, and debated its pros and cons all in an effort to determine whether or not it is worthy of purchase.
By the end of this post, you'll have a great idea of the potential for each, and have a more clear understanding of How To Choose Golf Irons.
TaylorMade P770 Irons
There’s often a conundrum that many manufacturers have to face when designing.
Whenever they try to improve forgiveness, something that all players can benefit from, they inevitably sacrifice a little bit of their accuracy.
When trying to get a ball into a small hole many hundreds of yards away, accuracy kind of comes in handy. When TaylorMade released the Taylormade P770 Iron Set, they had hoped to achieve that important balance.
The clubs of this set feature improved forgiveness, helping players improve ball flight and launch the ball even in less than stellar shots, but have weight distributed so precisely that accuracy is not sacrificed as a result. Let’s dive now into the specific features that make the TaylorMade P770 Irons unique among other golf clubs released around the same time.
There is a two-fold benefit to this particular feature of the Taylormade P770 Irons. Firstly, the forged construction allows for a superior feel and feedback.
A golf club with good feedback lets the player know through vibrations whether a shot is good or not. Although too much vibration might be harmful, the Taylormade P770 Irons have just the right amount to be beneficial in terms of responsiveness.
Secondly, the forged construction, along with the 46g tungsten weight at its core, allows for clubs that feel incredibly balanced.
The wrap-around forged face and soft carbon steel body make for clubs that are light but heavy enough to ensure an optimal generation of inertia.
This feature has become so common among the newer models for a very good reason.
This forgiveness improving feature provides a sweet spot that’s strategically located in each golf club and is designed to allow for carrying even in off-center shots.
As an added bonus, when the shot is good, this feature also improves accuracy.
The Taylormade P770 Irons have ultra-light urethane foam injected inside the compact head. This feature is engineered to improve the speed of the face, allowing for a golf club that helps you along different stages of the swing.
It also simultaneously improves the feel, canceling out harsh vibrations and adding the all-too beloved “ping!” sound that one can recognize when a proper shot has been made.
The thru slot speed pocket maximizes the forgiveness on low-face shots and maximizes ball speed with the best possible traction.
Even when a player is a seasoned professional, forgiveness is always a welcomed feature that helps a player perform, especially in high-stakes situations such as during a tournament.
Pros & Cons Of the P770
TaylorMade obviously sought to ride the success of the Taylormade P770 Irons and released a model that’s improved in some ways yet inferior in some key ones.
Nevertheless, the Taylormade P790 Irons received just as much love and attention from golfers as the Taylormade P770 Irons, albeit a whole different class of golfers.
With great enthusiasm, we tried the Taylormade P790 Irons and found out for ourselves why people love it. Although we can’t say it’s better, we believe that TaylorMade never intended it to be a successor to the Taylormade P770.
Let’s get into the nitty-gritty and look at the main features of the Taylormade P790 and how they set it apart from the Taylormade P770 Irons.
Like the Taylormade P770, the P790 Irons also have a good chunk of tungsten deep within the structure of its club head. 31 grams of tungsten, considerably less than its predecessor, helps create forgiveness for the clubs.
It also is a good feature for stability since the advanced tungsten weighting guides the club through the downswing.
Prioritizing forgiveness more than anything else, the makers of this model have repositioned the sweet spot lower on the face to naturally capture more shots.
With many of the mishit happening towards the lower part of the club face, this feature provides help to golfers who suffer from this common problem.
While the Taylormade P770 has this feature too, the P790 Irons make considerable improvements on this design with a new 8620 carbon steel construction.
The compact head of this club is also thinner by up as much as 37.5% in strategic locations, allowing for a far better center of gravity.
As if these features weren’t good enough, the Taylormade P790 Irons also have a responsive 1.5mm forged Face. This innovation has 3 key benefits.
Firstly, it promotes supreme flexibility, making the club generate inertia more effectively.
Secondly, the improved inertia leads to faster ball speeds and more distance.
Finally, the forged irons uphold that premium forged feel which is so beneficial for feedback and responsiveness.
Like the Taylormade P770, the P790 Irons also have ultra-light urethane foam injected inside the head. This not only allows for clubs that are 69% lighter, but it also means that weight is redistributed to where it matters most.
Further optimizing the club’s mass properties which can lead to a better launch.
Pros & Cons
Almost every new development made on the Taylormade P790 Irons was to improve forgiveness.
Of the two models, the Taylormade P790 Irons are clearly the one we would recommend more for mid to high handicappers looking for quality clubs.
Though forgiving as well, the Taylormade P770 puts much more emphasis on accuracy than anything else.
Apart from clearly being made for novices in mind, as most golfers experienced, we did not find any differences that are too glaring to warrant getting one or the other.
In the debate about which is better, our answer is: it depends on what you’re looking for.
- If you want an easy-to-use set of clubs that are highly forgiving, then the Taylormade P790 Irons can provide you with all that and still be accurate enough to compete with the heavyweights.
- If you’re looking for a set of clubs that are accurate, consistent, and maximize distance as much as possible, then the Taylormade P770 is the way to go.
Truthfully, I'd say that the only difference between the two iron sets is that the P770 irons have smaller blades along with more compact heads.
Though you would generally get a little more distance from the Taylormade P770 than the Taylormade P790 Irons, Our conclusion is that these two iron sets are more alike than they are different.
Verdict + Final Thoughts
At the end of the day, it is up to you more than anyone else whether or not you get one or the other of the two irons.
TaylorMade has made the Taylormade P770 for professionals and the Taylormade P790 for beginners but both are pretty damn good. Both sets are crammed with technology and design innovations that provide players both incredible distance and increased forgiveness.
Better players are likely going to get a little bit more out of the P770 than then p790 irons, but not by much.
What you do with the clubs is more important than any feature they have, no matter how innovative.
Any questions? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? We'd love to chat, let us know your thoughts below!