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The 2021 TaylorMade P790 irons are some of the fastest in golf. If you want to hit your irons insanely far, this is the set for you. Strong forgiveness.
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Since their introduction in 2017, the TaylorMade P790 irons have been a huge success. By pairing tremendous distance and strong forgiveness with a near-players look, they hit the sweet spot for a lot of golfers. I tested the latest version of this top seller to see if they’re bringing anything new to the table.
Though the 2021 version of the P790 is a bit more of a departure than its predecessor, this iron is still quite recognizable. The TaylorMade “T” still resides on the toe, but “P790” and “Tungsten” have migrated all the way to the heel. The most impactful change is that the rectangular band that used to be on the toe has been replaced with a chrome, triangular band. This version still has that faux-blade look which so many aspiring players enjoy in the bag.
At address, the 2021 P790 looks a little slimmer than the 2019 version. The offset is progressive – modest in the short irons, average in the long irons – and the top line is moderate, just a little too thick for me to put it in the players category. Similarly, the size of the face sits between GI and players.
Overall, the address look hits a sweet spot. For the improving player, the P790 looks great without being too scary. For the skilled player, it looks a little more forgiving and confidence-inspiring without being oversized.
Sound & Feel
With an iron that’s built for speed and distance, you might expect a very thin feel and a louder impact sound. The P790 defies those expectations. Hitting a Tour-quality ball produces a baritone, medium volume impact sound. That tone is accompanied by a feel that’s solid and firm.
Feedback from the P790 is appropriate for the target player. You can easily distinguish a pure strike from a mishit, but nothing will ever sting your hands. You will need to focus to know exactly where the ball met the face.
I started my testing of the 2021 TaylorMade P790 irons on a launch monitor. They immediately grabbed my attention with ball speed numbers that are absolutely elite. Without thorough head-to-head testing, I can’t definitively say that this is the fastest iron on the market, but there is no doubt that it is in the conversation.
What makes the P790 even better is that it can retain very high ball speed on mishits. A friend of mine refers to these as his Miller Lite irons because, “They work when I’m sober, and they also work after a few Miller Lites.” That forgiveness is powered by TaylorMade technologies like the Thru-Slot Speed Pocket which makes thin strikes perform more like pure shots. There’s also as much as 31 grams of tungsten in each head to make them more stable on those toe or heel shots.
The other pieces of the distance equation, alongside the ball speed, are launch and spin. TaylorMade has given the P790 a low CG to promote high launch and low spin. Just as in a driver, this is a recipe for extremely long carry distances. I hit the P790 6-iron over a club longer than my gamers.
As I’ve noted in other reviews, the low spin can be a mixed blessing. Low spin is great for long carries, but it’s not as good for holding greens. The high launch of the P790s does a lot to help in that area, but it’s still critical to get fit to make sure your irons do everything you need them to.
Back on the positive side, that low spin is going to be helpful to players who want to hit straighter shots. If you struggle with slicing or hooking your long irons, the reduced spin will shrink those shot shapes noticeably. You can still work these irons, but you’ll need to be more intentional to get them to curve.
For the player seeking more distance and more forgiveness in their irons without going to a large, game improvement-style club, the P790 fits the bill. I see this as a great option for both the improving player and the skilled golfer who has lost some speed.
The TaylorMade P790 has been very popular for good reason: it’s long, it’s easy to hit, and it’s good looking. This latest version enhances every element of that. If you want insane distance from your irons, your search should start with this set.