When we originally heard about these golf clubs, we got excited. First spotted in Charley Hull's bag on the Rose Ladies Series a few weeks back, then a week later in the TaylorMade poster boy Rory McIlroy's bag, we knew they were a club for the best of ball strikers.
Designed with insights from the game’s best ball strikers, both P7MC and P7MB have been meticulously crafted by the TaylorMade design team to the highest quality, in the hope of creating the best feeling irons possible. As a contemporary take on classic designs, each iron set is said to blend aesthetics, performance and a purist feel.
It all sounds very, very nice doesn't it...
These irons are all about looks and feel, so how have the boffins at TaylorMade gone about achieving it? Well, this is where it gets a little technical... Both these new iron models feature the new Compact Grain Forging process, in which TaylorMade relies on a 2,000-ton forging press to ensure that each P7MC and P7MB iron is formed with masterful precision and a tighter grain structure designed to provide the most solid, consistent feel possible.
TaylorMade claim this new process uses up to 2-3 times the forging pressure commonly found in the golf industry. This additional force refines the microstructure, decreasing the grain size to improve the overall properties of the metal. The high pressure forging also produces a head that is near final in shape, requiring minimal hand polishing for a repeatable, precise geometry.
P7MB – 'Performance for the golf purist'
There isn't too much to say on these irons once you've seen the hero image of them. They look that good, and will turn any golf bag into 'Player Mode'. Put simply, P7MB is defined by its clean and elegant appearance, it's a muscle back iron that reflects a level of the game that we all aspire to.
The Tour-inspired shaping takes inspiration from Dustin Johnson’s Tour Prototype irons. They boast a thin top line, minimal offset (even less offset than the prior P730 iron) and a narrow sole.
Forged from 1025 carbon steel with a machine-milled face comprised of the most aggressive score lines in TaylorMade's growing arsenal, P7MB represents the ultimate in shot making and control.
“The all new P7MB was designed for the best ball strikers in the world who demand surgical like control and a pure feel at impact. Contemporary aesthetics with a thin top line and slim sole creates a minimalist profile that appeals to the ultimate purist.”
- Matt Bovee, Product Creation | Irons Category
The most eyebrow raising feature of these clubs is no doubt the mirrored surface across the backbar. Faceted muscle back geometry gives a seamless blend of traditional performance with a contemporary look and design here. The mirrored surface across the backbar that allows light to reflect in multiple dimensions, make the P7MB stand out both at address and in the bag.
The geometrical positioning of the backbar also delivers precise CG placement and mass properties for optimal performance at the game’s highest level.
If you're looking for feel, playability and great looks, these irons should be on your wish list.
P7MC – 'Completely new, yet completely classic'
Again, inspired by Tour, the design features of P7MC meets the standards of some of the game’s biggest names. Classic shaping yet a minimal offset delivers control and precision, while the P7MC offers that little bit of forgiveness thanks to perimeter weighting.
The shape of this new muscle cavity was derived from the previous generation of P750 irons – which has a cultish following on Tour as a favourite of Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff. In creating the new backbar geometry designed to elevate feel, TaylorMade engineers have moved mass up behind the face to support the point of impact.
During TaylorMade's initial stages of testing, Rory McIlroy apparently commented on the solid feel of the iron and the stability of the head at impact.
“The P7MC was designed specifically to answer the needs of Tour players. Every detail on this perimeter weighted classic muscle cavity design has been painstakingly crafted to the highest quality. From the Compact Grain Forging to the cavity geometry designed specifically for a more solid feel. The P7MC is the perfect combination of performance, feel and shot making with a hint of forgiveness.”
- Matt Bovee, Product Creation | Irons Category
Design-wise, you'd be forgiven if the new P7MC reminds you of a couple of older TaylorMade irons from yesteryear, like the RAC TP and the original P750 and P770 models. A subtly placed “T-Bug” with a high-buff finish is formed during the forging process as a sophisticated nod to craftsmanship and aesthetics.
Completed with a Tour satin finish and muscle cavity geometry, like the design of the new P770 irons also recently released, the ability to match visually in a combo set was at the forefront of the design process here. TaylorMade claim that P7MC will visually match either P7MB or P770 in a combo set easily.
Well, more impressive looking irons from TaylorMade helping to strengthen both the P Series brand and your golf game, with these models however you're not getting too much help in the forgiveness area.