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The TaylorMade P7TW irons allow regular golfers to play Tiger Wood’s irons, whether they have the game or not. Beautiful, traditional looks. You will need your A game – and a lot of cash – to play these.
For TaylorMade, April was quite a month. The golf internet thrilled to the announcement of the new P7TW irons, and, less than a week later, Tiger Woods won the Masters. Seems like the “gamble” they took on signing Tiger is about to pay off handsomely.
Business and marketing aside, these irons are exciting for the legions of golfers like myself who got into the game because of Tiger. Not unlike wearing the signature shoe of your favorite basketball player, there’s a thrill to playing the same equipment as your golfing idol.
At address, the P7TW irons give you exactly what you expect: a thin top line, almost no offset, and a modest blade length. The shiny chrome toe and heel contrast against the satin face for a classy, traditional look.
A major part of what you’re paying for with these irons is the branding, and TaylorMade deserves credit for keeping it pretty minimal there. The back of the blade has the TaylorMade “T” on the toe with “P7TW” and “Milled Grind” in the heel. Appropriately, the TW is the most eye-catching with its red paintfill.
Comparing the P7TW to the P730 irons, there are notable differences. Most obviously, the milled channel on the back of the iron is thinner in the P7TW. Additionally, the sole of the P7TW is much thinner, and it sports the CNC mill marks. Finally, the P7TW appears to have a bit less offset.
Sound & Feel
Part of the appeal of blades is feedback, the TaylorMade P7TW irons have that in spades. On each and every swing, there was no doubt about where the ball struck the face.
One of the major talking points with these irons is the tungsten weighting. It’s described as promoting a “deeper feel at impact.” I’m uncertain how to interpret “deeper,” but overall I would describe them as feeling fairly soft on center. They’re not the softest feeling blades I’ve hit, but that matches Tiger’s preference for a slightly firmer feel.
There are two big talking points when it comes to the performance of the TaylorMade P7TW irons. The first is the milled grind sole. It’s very narrow, made exactly to Tiger’s preferences, and the milled grind purports to “eliminate variance” so that each club is exactly the same. The second performance piece is the tungsten weighting. Per TaylorMade, it’s meant to “improve trajectory control.”
While I’m a huge Tiger fan, my game is not Tiger-like. For me, these are beautiful blades that are fun to play with, but the performance benefits of the milled sole and tungsten weights are not obvious. They’re like most blades I’ve tested: great fun for the control they offer, but not the best choice for the amateur who wants to score well.
Finally, I’ll add one interesting note on the specs. In the graphic below, you’ll see the “standard” specs for these irons. TaylorMade is also offering them in Tiger’s personal specs. Tiger’s specs are 1 swing weight heavier, slightly flatter in some irons, a bit shorter, and about 2 degrees weaker lofted. Fully Tiger spec’d irons also come with Dynamic Gold X100 shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet Full Cord grips.
Whether they’re going into play or on display, I expect that TaylorMade is going to sell a boatload of the P7TW irons. At $2,000 a set, they’re certainly not for the bargain shopper, but for some there’s no price too high for feeling more connected to the GOAT.