Expert Review: TaylorMade 2023 P770 IronsPublished on 04/03/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the irons, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2023.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Abbott
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the irons, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2023.
The TaylorMade 2023 P770 Irons are perfect for low-handicap golfers looking for a forgiving distance iron packed into a smaller head with more workability.
About the clubs I own
- Model: 2023 TaylorMade P770 Irons
- Loft setting: Standard
- Shaft type: Project X 6.5
- Shaft flex: X-Stiff
- Average score: 70
- Handicap: +2
- Experience: 5 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid-high
- Golf ball used: TaylorMade TP5x
- Club swing speed: 95mph—7 iron
- When I bought the club: March 2023
- Days tested: 30+
- Where I’ve used it: Various golf courses and Trackman simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: Rain, wind, cold, warm, and calm conditions
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a set of irons that had a small head shape. Though I still wanted clubs that would provide me with some forgiveness on mishits and extra distance compared to a blade.
Why I chose this club
I chose these clubs because they were extremely forgiving when I tested them. I also loved their shape and design: a small-shaped head that cuts through the turf smoothly.
What I love about it
- Distance: The TaylorMade P770s are a great upgrade from the P790s. They offer the same distance benefits in a smaller head that is also more consistent. These irons travel very long each and every time, and they always go the same distance—even on mishits. These irons travel just as far as many of the game improvement irons while offered in a smaller, more workable head shape.
- Forgiveness: These irons provide a lot of forgiveness compared to blade-style irons. These are much more forgiving than a P7MC or MB, but they are not nearly as forgiving as the P790. This iron is perfect for single-digit handicappers who still want some forgiveness while playing a smaller club-head size with more workability.
- Feel: I do not like their feel nearly as much as a blade-style iron, but these do feel really good. It feels like the ball is springing off the clubface. Though my one complaint is that on toe strikes, the club feels very dull and dead. But on center strikes, it’s fantastic.
- Sound: The club sounds very firm and compact like it sounds when tour professionals hit the golf ball. The sound of these clubs makes me feel like a professional golfer and makes me love hitting balls and practicing because of how good they sound.
- Workability: These irons are a healthy blend of a blade and game improvement iron. As a result, they are perfect for golfers who want a workable iron that still provides some help with distance and forgiveness. These irons have been very easy to shape any way I want: I have had no problem hitting draws, fades, and low and high shots.
- Shaft Feel: The Project X Rifle Shafts have my favorite feel out of any iron shafts. They do not have a designated kick point, and as a result the whole shaft feels very stiff through the golf ball—which is perfect for my faster, aggressive swing.
- Shaft Performance: This shaft’s extra weight helps prevent the ball from spinning too much and keeps my launch angle lower. These shafts are also extremely responsive, which allows me to feel where the golf club is at all points in my swing to help hit the center of the face more often.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The P770s have a sleek, small head shape as well as a shiny design to show off these irons’ simplistic style. From the back side, they look just like a TaylorMade blade iron.
- Launch Angle: I have had no problems with launch on these irons. They launch really high, especially in the long irons, which is great for being able to hold the ball on the green. I also feel fully capable of hitting these irons lower for a flighted shot or trying to hit them higher to clear trees and other hazards.
- Spin: These irons spin really well for having a speed-foam insert. The ball generally stops right where it lands on soft greens, takes one hop, and spins before stopping on more firm greens. I feel completely in control of my ability to spin these irons, and I don’t worry about the ball skipping through the green.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Adjustability: There is no adjustability with these irons. The only adjustment that can be made is regripping or reshafting the club—but there’s no screw adjustment as seen in most fairway woods and drivers.
- Grip Feel: I use the Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips on these irons. They are great for the first few months. However, after that, they start to wear out and lose their grip. I do not recommend these grips for longevity and plan to change mine for the Z Grip Cord Grips.
Best shot with this club
On a par 4 at my home course, the hole plays about 500 yards from the back tees, and I hit a great drive—leaving me with 193 yards left to the pin. I decided to hit a 7 iron with a baby cut starting the ball three yards left of the pin and cutting it back towards the hole. I hit the shot exactly how I wanted, and the ball landed just short of the pin and rolled right next to it, almost going in. Ultimately, I was left with a two-foot tap-in putt for birdie.
Value for the money vs. other options
In terms of price, the 2023 TaylorMade P770s are comparable to most other top competitors. The Mizuno JPX 923 tours feature a slightly smaller head with a touch less forgiveness and distance—but they spin, launch, and perform much better. The Titleist T100s irons are also very similar to the P770s and essentially perform the same.
The TaylorMade P770 irons are great for mid to low-handicappers who want a blend of game improvement and workability. These irons help shape shots for both draws and fades, as well as offer added forgiveness for off-center strikes.