The TaylorMade P730 irons are the out and out blades of the P700 series irons and are the first forged blade that they have done in 4 years.
TaylorMade say that they have tried to draw upon the heritage of the 2011 TP MB irons and 2014 TP MB irons and in terms of the looks the single line muscle back design is closer to the latter.
All you have now on the back of the head is a single milled channel that has been left looking as though it just came off the machine, which gets cool points from me.
It is also there to keep the CG and MOI of the club lower down in the muscle that is behind the point of impact and the feel from the forged 2015 carbon steel heads for a blade was very good.
TaylorMade say that they have used a new 2000-ton press as part of a 'multi-step forging process' to create this feel so whatever this involves has given the P730 a bit more feedback than their previous blades.
As you might expect from a blade, the heads are pretty compact and the 73 in the product name refers to the length of the head in mm.
This makes it 2mm shorter than the sibling P750 Tour Proto iron that is also forged, but with a cavity back design.
When you put them together at address it does look like it is a greater difference than 2mm, but it is probably the thicker top line of the P750 that gives this impression.
The slightly wider sole of the P750 also has a bit of trailing edge relief, whereas the true blade style of the P730 is as sharp as you like, in both senses of the word.
The lofts are pretty standard for blades, so no loft-jacking going on here as you need the loft to get the ball flying correctly.
The P730 were very easy to shape the ball left, right, up and down and low handicap shot makers will appreciate the finesse available.
You could blend in the P750 in the longer irons for a little more forgiveness, but you will give up a little of the feel as the cavity back takes away what the muscleback giveth.
Compared to other blades in the market, the P730 heads maybe felt a little lighter to swing and at impact they cut through the turf rather than skipped through. I was pleasantly surprised by them and therefore as I have mentioned in recent reviews of blades from the other main manufacturers, it is going to come down to personal preference as they are all about the same price and do the same job.
That means that the P730 irons are really for elite players who can consistently hit the centre of the face and want maximum shot shaping control. However if you are a TaylorMade loyalist and have been waiting patiently to replace your TP MBs then get down a TaylorMade fitter as these are the best blades they have done to date.