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The TaylorMade P7MB irons are classic blades with a modern in the bag look. Great feel if you absolutely pure it. Virtually no forgiveness.
While “blades” isn’t the first word that you’d connect with TaylorMade, the company does have a history of making some very desirable players irons. From modern classics like the rac MBs to Tiger’s current irons [review HERE], plenty of high end ball strikers turn to TM. I checked out the new P7MB to see if they can contend with some of TaylorMade’s best.
The TaylorMade P7MB is a traditional blade with just enough unique personality to merit a second look. In the bag, you’ll see very little branding – the “T” on the toe and “P7MB” on the heel. There’s a straight line across the back separating the thicker and thinner sections, and, at certain angles, it looks like any iron from the 1970’s. However, turn it just a hair and you’ll see that the thicker section has a triangular, three-dimensional shape that sets it apart.
At address, the P7MB is quite similar to the P7MC. Both have very little offset – the MB has less by under 1mm – and fairly compact blade lengths. The top line of the MB is noticeably thinner than the MC, but it’s not as razor thin as some blades.
Sound & Feel
If you read my review of the P7MC [HERE], you know that I was very impressed with the feel. I think that iron is more enjoyable to hit than any TaylorMade iron in recently memory. The P7MB can be similarly enjoyable but only for the best ball strikers.
When hit on center, the TaylorMade P7MB feels soft and sweet. It’s exactly what most golfers think a blade should feel like. However, it is demanding. When you move off the center just a little, the feel firms up substantially. This level of feedback is great for high end ball strikers or those who really want to know the awful truth about their games, but most players will want a little larger margin for error.
As is the case with the P7MC, the P7MB irons get none of TaylorMade’s usual high tech hype. Outside of the reference to “Compact Grain Forging,” there’s nothing remotely buzzwordy in TM’s description of these clubs. In truth, this conspicuous absence tells you everything you need to know: these irons are not meant for golfers who want forgiveness.
On center, the P7MB can create plenty of ball speed (relative to its traditional-ish lofts). However, you will see the ball speed fall dramatically when you start to pepper the heel or toe sides of the club face. You don’t have to make a terrible swing to end up 10 yards short of your target.
Relative to other blades, the TaylorMade P7MB does have a slightly wider sole. This is useful for players who either play in soft conditions or have very steep swings. Generally speaking, a wider sole is helpful in preventing digging into the turf. It’s also a small help on thin strikes.
With fairly traditional lofts, the P7MB irons launch the ball with plenty of back spin. This is desirable for players who want to shape their shots and hold firm greens. The other side of that coin is that high spin players may not get as much distance from these irons as from the many low spin options currently on the market.
Despite its modern shaping, the TaylorMade P7MB is a traditional blade in its feel and performance. When hit pure, it feels wonderful and performs brilliantly. If you’re impact tape looks like a Jackson Pollock, however, you’ll want to consider TaylorMade’s more forgiving irons like the P770 [review HERE].