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The 2023 TaylorMade P790 irons are still one of the fastest, longest iron sets in golf. Forgiveness and consistency are excellent for their size. The cleanest looking P790 yet.
The TaylorMade P790 is one of the most successful irons in golf history. First launched in 2017, it was a revelation in the way it paired distance and forgiveness with a players look [original P790 review HERE]. For the last six years, it has continued to win fittings and fill the bags of golfers across the globe. Now the fourth iteration is here, the 2023 TaylorMade P790 irons, and I tested a set to see if they were able to raise the bar on performance again.
One of the hallmarks of the P790 has always been the blade-like look in the bag. The 2023 TaylorMade P790 irons have the cleanest look of any version to date. The entire back of the club has a matte finish with all of the branding pushed the corners. TaylorMade continues to employ a futuristic font for “P790,” underscoring the cutting edge performance. Another thing that hasn’t changed is the plug on the toe which has become a visual calling card of this iron.
In terms of size and shape, the 2023 TaylorMade P790 irons are consistent with previous versions. They feature progressive offset – minimal in the short irons, average in the long irons – and blade lengths that are about average. The top lines strike a balance between the razor blades that low handicaps want and the comfort mid handicaps get from a little thickness.
One noticeable improvement over the 2021 version is the finishing on the top line which is uniform, rather than divided between the grooved and ungrooved areas of the face.
Sound & Feel
The sound and feel of the 2023 TaylorMade P790 irons works through a progression as you go through the set. In the short irons, the feel is medium soft with a lot of control. This pairs well with the quiet “snap” of impact. Overall, the short irons give the sensation of precision more than power.
When you get into the mid and long irons, the volume of impact rises to an average level with the same “snap.” Similarly, there’s more pop and explosion in the feel. The P790 never leaves the realm of traditional feel, but the longer irons definitely let you know that they’re giving the ball some extra get up and go.
Throughout the set, the feedback from the 2023 TaylorMade P790 irons is much better than I expected. Had I looked back at my review of the 2021 P790s [find it HERE], I wouldn’t have been surprised, as good feedback has long been a reliable part of these irons. Mishits firm up substantially compared to pure strikes. They’re never harsh or stinging, but there’s a clear difference in the feel of a centered shot versus even a small miss.
As soon as the 2023 TaylorMade P790 irons got into fitting bays, I was receiving texts from my fitter friends about how fast they are. While this was far from surprising, it was good to receive confirmation of what I saw in my own testing. The P790 irons remain among the fastest in golf. Every iron I picked up spurred a new note – “The 7I just ****ing goes,” “Long irons rip.” If you’re trying to pick up distance, this set remains tough to beat.
Where TaylorMade continues to improve is in keeping that speed consistent. Through the mid irons, I found it hard to lose more than ten yards off my best strike, short of hitting the ball fat. Just as important, I didn’t see many shots jump beyond their expected distance.
The biggest upgrade to the 2023 TaylorMade P790 irons is the FLTD CG. This is TM’s term for fine tuning the center of gravity to each iron – lower in the long irons, higher in the short irons. This low-to-high progression has benefits throughout the set. In the short irons, it flights the ball down with more spin – the type of shot that you see from Tour players.
Moving to the mid irons, the 2023 P790s have balanced performance. They’re plenty long, but they have enough spin to hold a green easily. This is one of the major upgrades over previous versions, such as the 2019 [review HERE], which I found too low spinning.
For me – a player who tends to launch his irons fairly low – the low CG in the long irons is the biggest benefit. While I would not classify these as high launching irons, pure shots fly on a very playable trajectory with enough spin to stay on the putting surface. More importantly, the low CG helps to get a lot of distance out of thin strikes. The combination of the low CG and the Speed Slot gives these shots just enough launch and ample ball speed to get in range of your best strikes.
TaylorMade’s tagline for the new P790 irons is “True Beauty Lies Within,” referring to the unique internal architecture of each iron. While those x-ray pictures are catnip for the true nerds, the 2023 TaylorMade P790 irons are going to continue winning fittings because of their combination of distance, forgiveness, and balanced launch and spin. If you want to add some more punch to your iron play, test a set with your favorite fitter.
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