With its planned fall releases of the P790, M CGB, and P730, TaylorMade will be offering golfers seven irons to choose from in its current lineup.
While that might seem like a hefty number, upon closer examination it becomes evident that each iron targets specific types of players, and there’s not a great deal of overlap.
For golfers who are trying to decide which TaylorMade iron is right for them, the first step in the process would be to decide whether they’re looking for a game-improvement iron or a players iron, as TaylorMade has done a quality job of clearly separating those two categories.
In the players iron category, TaylorMade is offering all of its P700 series models; the P730, P750, P770, and P790.
Conversely, in the game-improvement category, TaylorMade is offering golfers three M family options: the M1, M2, and new M CGB.
Here’s a closer look at the various options within each of those two categories:
As mentioned, the game-improvement irons that TaylorMade is offering are the M1, M2, and M CGB, all of which are cast clubs from a construction standpoint.
Each of those irons has been designed to give players impressive distance, high launch conditions, and significant forgiveness. But there are nuances within each to fit different types of players.
In terms of the M CGB, it was designed strictly for distance, as each club in the set has been created with a clubface that offers max COR and incredibly high MOI. These are irons that were constructed for high-handicap players and those with modest swing speeds who need all of the technological help they can get to hit better iron shots.
“We tested this iron with a slower swing speed type of player and for them this is by far the longest iron we’ve ever made,” said TaylorMade Senior Director of Global Irons Tomo Bystedt of the M CGB.
The M2, meanwhile, will offer similar performance in the long irons as the M CGB, but the set features a more progressive design with short irons that will offer more versatility and control.
A high-handicap player could certainly play the M2 irons, which were slimmed down for 2017, but mid-handicappers who are looking for distance and launch but still want some level of workability with their scoring clubs would also be a great candidate for the M2.
As for the M1, it features a much more compact blade shape than its M family stablemates, as well as a thinner topline and slightly less offset.
The result is that mid-handicap golfers get impressive ball speeds and launch conditions in a design that will give them an enhanced ability to shape shots as they get better, which would also make the M1 a candidate for some lower-handicappers who value its game-improvement attributes.
In its P700 series, TaylorMade is offering four models, the 730, 750, 770, and 790, each of which is a forged iron and earned its name based on its blade length.
Of those four, the P730, which is a true muscleback design that will be available in late October, will fit the fewest number of players, as it was created for the game’s truly elite ball-strikers.
“The 730s, there is no forgiveness in this product,” said Bystedt. “We basically designed this product for three players: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Rose.”
The P750 was also created for elite ball-strikers and is getting significant play on professional tours around the world. While its cavity design will offer a minor level of forgiveness, this is an iron that at address looks like a traditional blade and was created to provide exceptional control and workability.
Common to both the P730 and P750 is that they were intentionally designed with low inertia, which directly equates to a lack of forgiveness.
“These players are looking for maximum workability,” said Bystedt of candidates for the P730 and P750. “They want an iron that’s very low inertia. If there’s too much inertia, they have to work too hard to shape the ball. They want it to be easy to work the ball.”
All said, unless you’re a low single-digit golfer (or better), the 730 and 750 probably aren’t the right choice for your game. If you are of that caliber, however, the choice will come down to aesthetics, with traditional blade players likely to opt for the P730.
As for the P770, it offers tour-level workability, control, and feel, but it was also designed to give better players enhanced forgiveness, which comes most notably through the use of a cavity design and significant tungsten weighting in the long and mid-irons.
The P790, meanwhile, was designed to give golfers a forged iron that offers feel and workability but also incredible distance and launch conditions.
Given all of its attributes, the 790 might appeal to the widest range of players in the TaylorMade lineup, and as one might expect, on the surface, there might appear to be some crossover with other TaylorMade irons, most notably the P770 and M1.
According to Bystedt, that’s not really the case, however.
“When comparing the 790 to the 770, with the 770 you’re looking at a good ball-striker who’s looking for control and not really distance at this point,” explained Bystedt. “And then with the M1, you’re looking at a completely different sole geometry and feel when compared with the 790, and they sound completely different.”