While TaylorMade has earned its greatest accolades in recent years for the drivers it has brought to market, most notably the wildly successful M1 and M2 models, it also has proven to be a formidable force when it comes to players irons.
And truth be told, with the incredible roster of touring professionals that TaylorMade claims, a list comprised of players who demand consistent performance as well as exceptional look and feel, that probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
What’s also not surprising is that TaylorMade relies heavily on those players when it comes to building a players iron, and that was certainly the case with the new P750 and P770 irons.
“It (was) a very meticulous process of dialing in exactly what’s going to resonate with the best players in the world,” said TaylorMade Senior Director of Global Irons Tomo Bystedt, adding that roughly three years went into the development process. “We spent a lot of time especially with Justin Rose, but also Jason Day and Dustin Johnson, even Sergio Garcia and guys like that, to get all their feedback.”
As TaylorMade engineers worked through the various feedback that they received from those world-class players, one thing became immediately evident.
“We really came down to the fact that we needed two different products,” Bystedt explained. “They’re both forged, 1025 carbon steel, very soft feeling irons. Both of them have very limited offset, thinner toplines, shorter blades, like a good player would be wanting to look at. Cosmetically, they’re similar, but under the hood there’s (a) pretty big difference between the two.”
Here’s a closer look at each of the two models, how they differ, and what players can expect from a performance standpoint:
In creating the new P770 irons, TaylorMade wanted to give better players the clean, classic look they want, the soft feel they demand, and the ability to control the golf ball that they rely on to shoot lower scores.
But TaylorMade also wanted to provide those same players with higher launch, a little bit more forgiveness, and modest distance gains in the long and mid irons, a combination that leads to enhanced playability.
Engineers realized that goal through the use of strategically placed tungsten weighting in the 3-iron through 7-iron.
“In the 770, what we’ve done there is remove the back part of the sole and replaced it with 70 grams of tungsten,” Bystedt said. “What that’s doing for us is lowering the CG of the product and also spreading the inertia from heel to toe, and that’s going to create a very centric CG first of all but also a little bit more forgiveness.”
The 8-iron through pitching and gap wedge, however, do not utilize the tungsten weighting and therefore will play like a more traditional blade, which means a lower, more controllable ball flight that’s ideal on scoring shots.
Also unique in the P770 irons is a new sole design that’s a little bit flatter and features a medium camber to help improve turf interaction for better results on slight mis-hits.
And finally, the 770’s grooves and clubface have been milled to ensure optimal consistency as it relates to spin, ball flight and trajectory.
In terms of a stock shaft, the P770s come standard with KBS Tour FLT steel shafts, while the stock grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360.
TaylorMade, however, does have a variety of premium shafts that are available at no upcharge for players who need a different profile to choose from.
While the P770 irons were designed to offer golfers added playability in a players iron, that’s not really the case with the P750 irons, which have been created for the game’s truly elite ball-strikers.
And first and foremost, ball-strikers of that caliber want to be able to control the golf ball, both in terms of flight and trajectory.
“With the 750, this one is really designed to replace a muscleback type iron,”Bystedt said “We’re keeping that CG a little bit higher in the head, a little more heel-ward, (to) make it very workable.”
That’s not to say, however, that TaylorMade hasn’t taken any measures to make the P750 irons a little bit more player-friendly than a traditional blade.
“We really looked at the muscleback as a template,” Bystedt explained. “Really what’s different though about this versus an MB is, especially as you get to the mid and long irons, they’re more forgiving thanks to obviously the cavity back but also we use tungsten in the sole to raise that ball flight a little bit in the long irons.”
As a comparison, however, only five grams of tungsten is used in the 3-iron through 7-iron of the P750s as opposed to the 70 grams used in the P770s.
The P750 irons also feature more compact blades and thinner toplines than the P770 irons, but like the P770s their grooves and faces have been milled to promote consistent spin and flight.
The P750 irons come standard with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts, although there are several other premium options available at no upcharge as well, and with Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips.