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TaylorMade’s P750, P770 continue an impressive run of players iron success
TaylorMade P770 & P750 Irons at the 2017 PGA Show
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:
P770: 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.
P750: 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.
TaylorMade’s versatile M1 irons have something to offer everyone
TaylorMade 2017 M Irons at the PGA Show
Brand new to the M family from TaylorMade for 2017 are M1 irons, which are proving to be a perfect complement to the highly popular M2 irons.
M2, of course, has been a huge success with recreational players for a number of reasons, but headlining that list are the extreme distance and high launch conditions they produce.
For 2017, TaylorMade streamlined the look and size of its new M2 irons. But while they are noticeably smaller than the original M2s, there’s still no mistaking that this is a true game-improvement iron.
M1, on the other hand, would be much harder to categorize. These are irons that offer incredible game-improvement attributes, but those attributes are offered in a clubhead that many would consider most similar to a players cavity back.
“The M1 iron has a very similar overall look to the M2 and actually a lot of the same technologies as M2,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade Senior Director of Global Irons. “We have the fluted hosel, we have the 360-degree undercut, we have the Speed Pocket and the Face Slots. What’s really different is that it’s in a more compact head shape.”
In terms of the game-improvement performance that the M1 irons offer, Face Slots and Speed Pockets are the most crucial aspects of the design.
Face Slots enable more flexing of the clubface toward the heel and toe to keep ball speeds high from impact point across the face while also enhancing launch conditions. The Speed Pocket, meanwhile, also helps increase launch, and it provides ball speed protection on shots that are struck low on the face.
That technology combination helps provide exceptional distance, launch, and forgiveness, but it’s not all that TaylorMade has done to create incredible playability in the M1 irons.
“How we unlock that performance while still maintaining a smaller head shape is through the use of tungsten in the sole,” Bystedt said. “It allows us to create a lower CG and more inertia without making the iron bigger overall.”
More specifically, 15 grams of high-density tungsten has been utilized in the 3-iron through 7-iron to help players launch the ball higher with their long and mid irons while also enjoying more consistent performance on mis-hits.
Also noteworthy when it comes to M1 is its redesigned fluted hosel. As is the case with M2, the use of a fluted hosel helps save weight, which allows the CG to be positioned lower and deeper in the clubhead. But for M1 specifically, the fluted hosel has a more traditional look, which fits in nicely from an aesthetics standpoint with the more compact design.
As mentioned, with their thinner toplines, limited offset, and shorter blade lengths, the M1 irons look like a players cavity back, and TaylorMade has invested significant time in trying to make their feel match their look.
That process involved the implementation of Geocoustic Engineering, which is a significant design component in TaylorMade’s entire M2 line, both woods and irons alike.
Goecoustic Engineering combines the use of geometrical shaping and acoustic management to create a preferred sound and feel at impact. In the case of the M1 irons, the use of fin badges helps dampen sound and vibration at impact, which provides feel and acoustics that are crisp and solid.
Of course, with the introduction of the M1 irons, players now have a decision to make when it comes to the M family iron that’s best suited for their game.
Given that both irons will offer impressive distance, launch, and forgiveness, the ultimate decision will most likely come down to look and the added benefits of playing a more compact iron.
“If you’re the player who likes to work the ball potentially, wants to hit some knockdown shots, likes to work it left to right a little bit, the M1 is going to be more for you,” Bystedt said.
TaylorMade’s new M1 irons are being offered with either True Temper XP 95 steel shafts or Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver graphite shafts as a stock option, with other custom choices also available at no upcharge for players in need of a different profile.
Set compositions ranging from 3-iron through sand wedge are available, and the stock grip for the M1 irons is the Lamkin UTX-P.
NEW 2017 TaylorMade M2 Irons Review. Enhanced performance, improved look and feel
2017 M2 Irons — R & D In Depth
When TaylorMade introduced the original M2 irons, it was as if the public had been given a game-improvement iron on steroids.
The distance, forgiveness, and launch conditions that the M2 irons generated was simply incredible, and they quickly became a hit with recreational players of all ability levels.
If there was a knock on the original M2 iron, however, it was most often related to the look and feel of the club.
So when it came to redesigning the M2 irons for 2017, TaylorMade started by addressing those areas while also looking for ways to even further increase performance.
In terms of look, the new M2 irons have a much smaller profile than their predecessor, as they feature a 33 percent thinner topline and a blade height that’s seven percent shallower.
Feel has also been improved thanks to Geocoustic engineering, as 3-D dampening and an enhanced rib structure combine to deliver a softer feel and sound at impact.
Those changes, however, are only part of the story when it comes to the new M2 iron.
“What we wanted to do was take all of the benefit we had and add some more,” said Josh Dipert, TaylorMade Product Engineer for Irons. “Add even more speed, more height, but then include something new, which is greater consistency.”
As it relates to improved consistency, Face Slots have now been incorporated into the M2’s design, which helps maintain higher ball speeds on shots struck from the heel or toe.
Additionally, the Speed Pocket has been redesigned, as it’s now thinner and deeper to allow the clubface to flex more at impact for higher ball speeds. That speed is also better preserved on shots struck low on the face.
“It was really important to add Face Slots on the new M2,” Dipert said. “We’re able to give distance, height, and now forgiveness as well. With our testing on the new M2, we found that your off-center hits are not dropping off as far as it would be without Face Slots.”
Engineers have also utilized a lighter fluted hosel in the design, which enables a lower center of gravity for higher launch and more stability at impact, and a new bend slot has been positioned on the hosel to give players more flexibility in terms of adjusting lie angle to fit their needs.
“The M2 is really designed for every golfer out there,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade Senior Director of Global Irons. “It’s got forgiveness, it’s got distance, it’s easy to play. It’s got a great look and feel to it as well.”
TaylorMade will again be offering both steel and graphite stock shaft options in the M2 irons. The steel shaft will be the REAX 88 HL by FST, while the graphite option will be the M2 REAX, which will vary in weight between 55 and 75 grams depending on what flex is chosen. The stock grip will be the TaylorMade Dual Feel ribbed.
The new M2 irons will also be available for women and will come with TaylorMade Reax 45 graphite shafts and Winn Dual Feel grips.
Additionally, M2 irons are available as part of combo sets from TaylorMade that feature a combination of M2 irons and M2 rescue clubs. For men, set compositions can include either a 4- and 5-rescue and 6-iron through gap wedges or a 3- and 4-rescue and 5-iron through pitching wedge, while a women’s combo set includes the 4- and 5-rescues and 6-iron through sand wedge.
TaylorMade 2016 M2 and M2 Tour Irons
2016 TaylorMade M2 Irons
2016 TaylorMade M2 Irons: TaylorMade’s ultimate goal when it came to the M2 iron was to create a club that delivered amazing distance without sacrificing trajectory in an effort to make it easier for recreational players to hit better approach shots. After all, as TaylorMade says, “Distance will get you to the green, but distance and height will help you stay there.” Additionally, the M2 was designed to provide exceptional forgiveness on mis-hits, which will help golfers improve from a consistency standpoint. Make no mistake about it, this is a classic game-improvement iron. However, look and feel were also strongly taken into account from a design standpoint.
2016 Taylormade M2 Tour Irons
2016 TaylorMade M2 Tour Irons: In creating the M2 Tour iron, TaylorMade’s engineers set out to combine all of the attributes of an elite game-improvement iron, most notably exceptional distance, high trajectory and max forgiveness, with the clean, compact look of a players club. The technology utilized in the M2 iron to deliver impressive results in terms of trajectory, distance, and forgiveness are still evident in M2 Tour, but the appearance of the club has been streamlined to suit the eye of the better player, as the overall profile of the clubhead is smaller and features a thinner topline and less offset. Additionally, M2 Tour provides the feel and impact sound more often found in a players club.