Expert Review: TaylorMade P790 Irons
This review is my own honest opinion of the irons, which I bought with my own money in November 2020. I was not paid by the manufacturer to write this review.
About this review This review is my own honest opinion of the irons, which I bought with my own money in November 2020. I was not paid by the manufacturer to write this review.
The TaylorMade P790 is a low profile iron geared towards the player who wants some forgiveness with tons of workability.
- Average score: 78
- Handicap: 5
- Experience: 13 years
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: High draw
- Golf ball used: PRO V1 usually
- Club swing speed: 80mph 6 iron speed
About the club I own
- Model: 2020 TaylorMade P790 Irons
- Loft setting: 1* weak on all irons (more loft)
- Shaft type: KBS Tour 90 .355 Taper Tip Steel shafts
- Shaft flex: Regular flex
- When I bought the club: November 2020
- Days tested: 7
- Where I’ve used it: Greenfield Lakes Golf Course, AZ (off mats and grass)
- Weather and wind conditions: Mild-warm temps; mid 80’s. Little to no wind
How it performs
What I was looking for
I’ve been in need of an upgrade for waaay too long. When I first laid eyes on these P790’s I was in love. The look is so sleek, but the head and sole of the club are a little thicker than a pure blade. I was searching for a club that had a slimmer topline and head shape than what I was used to, was able to be workable, but I also wanted something that still offered the forgiveness that I need since leaving the competitive golf world.
Why I chose this club
I chose these irons because of the look, feel, and workability that I experienced during my club fitting. I was also able to get custom shafts and grips installed as well, which made them that much better.
What I love about it
- Distance: The distance with these P790’s is fantastic! I gained about 5 yards on average with each club compared to my previous model. Even with the loft weakened I gained yardage.
- Feel: The feel of these irons is improved by the SpeedFoam that is injected into the clubhead right behind the face. I can feel exactly when I hit the center of the face and exactly when I don’t.
- Workability: The workability of these P790’s is fantastic. I can draw right to left, cut it left to right, hit it high, low, pretty much wherever I want on command. It is still quite workable even when you don’t hit it on the center of the face as well.
- Shaft Feel: I love the feeling and performance of the KBS Tour 90’s that I had installed in these irons. They’re close to what I was used to in my previous model, are lightweight, and are mid-high launching which is what I wanted. I love to play a higher ball and stick greens.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The aesthetic appeal of these irons is what initially drew me to them. They are sleek and tough-looking and make me excited to hit the ball!
- Grip Feel: The stock grip on the P790’s is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360, which is the #1 grip on tour and is an awesome grip, but I chose to put on Golf Pride Tour Wrap grips as I love the tackier and almost squishy feel to them. This helps me maintain a lighter grip pressure on the club as well. White makes anything look better too!
Issues I’ve encountered
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness of these irons was less than what I was used to in my previous game improvement model, but this level of forgiveness was something I wanted. I like to feel challenged by my clubs, not feel like they are a crutch for my game.
- Sound: The sound of the P790’s is a little different from my previous model. It’s a little more muffled unless you hit it perfectly square.
- Launch Angle: The launch angle was naturally a bit lower than I was used to due to the strong lofts and also the nature of the type of iron it is (non-game improvement). I quickly solved this by going with a lighter-weight shaft and also weakening the lofts 1 °.
- Spin: Spin was initially a little lower due to the launch angle, but this was solved by weakening the lofts as well.
Best shot with this club
My best shot so far with these irons was on a 165 yard downhill par 3. I pulled a 7 iron as that’s my 155-yard club (accounting for downhill), hit it to about 6 feet, and made the putt for birdie. I’m excited to hit some more close ones and hopefully have my first hole in one with these irons!
Value for the money vs. other options
These irons are by no means cheap. A stock 4-PW set will run you a little over $1000 before any custom shafts or grips. There are definitely some iron set options under $1k that are similar in playability and forgiveness as these P790’s. I would say if you’re looking to invest in something long-term like I am, these would be awesome for you. If you’re looking for a more middle-of-the-road set closer to $800, the Mavrik Pros and/or previous model Srixons come to mind. The Mavrik Pros are different in that they are a cast club (P790’s are forged), but the Srixons Z585’s will be forged like the P790’s
These P709’s unlock a new world of workability and playability on the golf course. Although they are not meant for the beginner golfer, they suit a variety of player types with their moderate level of forgiveness and sleek profile.