The popular TaylorMade P-Series irons are back for 2023!
In this review I will be testing the P7MCs, a muscle mini cavity back for precision and playability with a slight hint of forgiveness that sits in between the new P7MB and P770. The previous P7MC has been immensely popular on tour, used by made TaylorMade Staff Players such as Matt Wolff and Robert MacIntyre.
Hot off the press for winter 2022 is the news that Collin Morikawa has put these new P7MCs in the bag as part of a combo with the new P7MBs. As you’ll soon find out in this review, TaylorMade players have had a lot of say in the build of these beautiful new heads.
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As you would expect with an iron of this type, there isn't too much visible tech to shout about, with a head like this, it's all about the finer details...
The new P7MC irons feature new tour inspired shaping with a thin top edge, gradual offset and narrow sole with tight leading edge.
Muscle cavity performance which involves perimeter weighting also features to aid the best ball strikers in the world. 1025 grained carbon steel is also now 5x pressed by a new 2,000 ton press to ensure a compact and consistent head build.
Finally, again following the precision messaging throughout the design process, the P7MC also features machine faced MX9 geometric grooves.
To test these irons, I took them for some outdoor testing at Reddish Vale Golf Club in Stockport whilst collecting indoor data at LSH Mercedes Benz Stockport, during the test I was comparing the iron against the new P7MBs too.
It is also worth noting that price per club is £165 which is exactly the same as every other P-Series model available from TaylorMade.
TaylorMade P7MC 23 Iron Review
The P7MC features a straighter, less curved head than the P7MBs with a slightly thicker top line and higher toe. The blade length is longer but the sole is just as thin and tight.
From a shelf appeal perspective, I think it is fabulous with little change from the previous model other than some detailing in the cavity and less of a brushed steel finish with more shine on the back of the head.
These irons are a thing of beauty that will catch many a players eye.
During my testing I found the P7MCs to feel a bit weightier in the head than the P7MB’s, surprisingly for an iron like this, the ball also felt quick off the face, however my Trackman data testing proved they were unfortunately not. Maybe it was the difference in the feel to the P7MB that made me think this.
The head was certainly more stable at impact and I had less curvature in my shot shape both inside and out (0.9R average). The feedback was instant from the strike be it a good or bad one and I felt the straightness of the head made it slightly easier to square up at impact, which was certainly reassuring.
I collected the below data indoor, using a 7 iron.
I found the P7MC to launch slightly higher (1 degree) and spin slightly more (300 rpm) than the MB, this equated to one yard less in average distance at 125 yards.
The MC's consistency was better in dispersion from front to back and left to right too, I found that my shortest carry was 120 and longest was 131 yards whereas the P7MB there was a 17 yard difference - which is really considerable. The slight bit of extra forgiveness is clear for all to see here.
During indoor testing I found my cluster of landing spots was brilliant, I had the ball on a frozen rope with very little movement. In conclusion, these irons performed excellently but around a club shorter than I would want in yardage.
On Course Performance
As my indoor testing had suggested, these spun a lot on the autumnal soft greens of Reddish Vale GC. Outside I did struggle with strike as I felt them to be a bit heavier at impact than the MBs but I think if I tested them separately I could get used to this and really improve my strike, which is what you need to get the best out of an iron like this. I caught a few a little fat but the line was always good.
In the cold and damp November air the ball flew less than it did inside with my 7 iron just scraping 122 yards on the fly. However once I adjusted to these numbers I really enjoyed taking dead aim at the target and having minimal movement in my ball flight just like inside.
I dropped a few balls into the wet rough to see how they performed and it was hard work. The face turned all over the place and on top of that I lost even more distance.
TaylorMade P7MC 23 Iron Verdict
These irons are gorgeous and TaylorMade have rightly made subtle changes to this season's model. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Having heard the story of Collin Morikawa changing from P7MCs to P7MBs due to their turf interaction on links golf courses it is clear that TaylorMade have addressed this and tightened the leading edge. However you would need to be as good as Morikawa to notice this at impact, the differences are very subtle.
There is very little technology in a blade so the looks are unchanged to the naked eye but with the new 2,000 ton press each head will be more consistent, meaning players will get the same yardage and flight with their well struck iron of choice more often. These are surgical-like features which only the greatest of ball strikers need and and can feel. We are looking at minimal gains where one shot less can equal a tour title or major win.
Once again I think the P7MCs will do very well and we will see tour players use them in a combo set with P770s and or maybe P7TWs.
Who Are They Aimed At?
I'd probably say single figure handicap golfers to tour level professionals, if you want the feel and performance of a blade with a touch of weight behind the ball. They work great as a combo set with P770’s if you are a single figure golfer who needs that extra bit of help in the longer irons - this is a combination I would suggest.
Would I Use Them?
Similar to the last time I tested this series, I prefer the P7MBs over the P7MCs, however my ball speed isn’t high enough and my launch angle is too high when using these clubs hence why I only hit a 7 iron 125 yards average...
Unfortunately like the majority of golfers will find, this isn’t going to allow me to compete on the length of golf courses I play - I need more of a P790-style head.
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