If you are a golfer who looks down on a blade and it sends shock waves through your body, then I'll tell you straight away that this review may not be for you. You're probably going to want to read my review of the new P770s irons instead.
The reason for this is because the P7MC Iron is for the 'players player'; the type of golfer who comments on my YouTube video reviews “Yes but the loft of a 7 iron is actually a 6 iron, hence why it goes so far”. They are geared towards golfers seeking precision and feel over power and distance.
The P7MCs come off the back of the very successful P750 irons used by recent major winner Collin Morikawa and former World Number One Jon Rahm. TaylorMade will be hoping that this iron, which they refer to as ‘pure, buttery and organic steel', will find their way into tour bags across the globe to replace the P750’s.
What's It All About?
First things first, the P7MCs are meant to be a simple, compact and a purists iron aimed at golfers seeking feel and precision so that you know exactly what the ball is going to do before you even look up from the strike.
I can imagine that plenty of low handicap golfers and professionals will be eyeing up these contemporary cavity-back forged irons. They fit into the TaylorMade family between the P770s and the even more bladed P7MB, with no SpeedFoam in the head complimenting the pretty standard lofts.
This is a bit like driving a car in manual and not automatic - you get out exactly what you put in.
The tour-inspired shaping features a thin topline at address with progressive offset moving up into the longer irons, as well as a narrow sole and tight leading edge for precise turf interaction.
TaylorMade engineers have put a little more mass up behind the face in a new 'backbar geometry' which adds stability at the point of impact and improves the feel.
The P7MCs have been grain forged using a 2,000 tonne press which ensures that the grain structure is tighter and more compact, again enhancing the feel and providing more consistent feel too.
My first objective during testing was to try and find the centre of the club face, or this would be a tricky review! After that, I wanted to see what level of player can use this club - is this just aimed at the elite who barely ever mishit it?
I also wanted to test the workability of these irons. Considering they are about precision and 'buttery feel', they need to inspire confidence to be able to score well by hitting the ball close and so having the freedom to express yourself with your shot-making is key.
I tested the irons indoors on the Trackman 4 Simulator at LSH Auto in Stockport using Titleist ProV1x balls, before heading out to Stockport Golf Club to put the P7MCs through their paces on the course, comparing them directly to the P7MBs in different real life scenarios.
TaylorMade P7MC Irons Review
Looks and Feel
At address, the TaylorMade P7MC do look very similar to the P750 — but that's ok because why mess with a good thing?
When I saw them I also felt that they were a bit of a throwback to TaylorMade's heritage including the 2005 TP Forged and the Japan-only version, which I loved as it was a peak back into my golf geek amateur days.
This club looks like a pure blade behind the ball but when you look towards the back of the head it gives you more
confidence knowing that there is a little bit of help in the cavity.
Jon Rahm once said he uses P750’s as he isn’t good enough for pure MB blades. Obviously he is but he just wants that bit of extra reassurance, and it should serve as a reminder that even the best players in the world need a little bit of help so there's no shame in it for you either.
Personally I like looking down on a small, thin head as it concentrated my mind to find the middle and suggested that it was more on me than the club to perform. But the head shape was a little squarer than the P7MB’s which is a slight negative for me.
There is no better feeling than striking a blade well, and the P7MC provides that same feel too. It's soft, cushioned and buttery whilst also being a little quieter than the larger P770 and P790 and even larger P790 irons
The irons were fitted with a 120g KBS steel shaft which did feel heavy in comparison to my usual 90g graphite shaft, and so as a result my swing speed was down on my usual number. I know these shafts aren't for me, but they will be more in line with the type of player who is going to use these irons, someone stronger with a little more clubhead speed.
I did like the new Z Golf Pride grips on the irons too, which added a premium touch and improved the feel of the irons even further.
During indoor testing, I found the irons very easy to work and manipulate both in terms of shot shape and height, which is a great boost to the confidence levels as you know that you're going to be able to attack pins even if they are tucked away.
Having said that, the first few shots in my session were missing short and right and I think that just shows that they aren't the type of irons that you can just turn up and flush straight away - you'll need to warm up a bit before heading to that first tee.
The yardages weren't particularly impressive, hovering around 140 yards with a 6 iron, but this is due to the fact that the irons have weakened lofts and to be honest, I wasn't too bothered anyway as these irons are not about distance. If that's what you're looking for them you're better looking towards the P790.
The averages were only a couple of yards down from the P770s, which are said to be the 'younger sibling' of the P790 so if you are seeking the extra compact shape and feel of the P7MC you may not be giving up as much distance as you think, unless you start to mishit them...
Don't get me wrong, if you don't strike this well then you will start to struggle because they aren't particularly forgiving so you'll immediately notice the drop-off in distance.
On The Course
After a 60 minute wait in the halfway house due to a thunderstorm, my first shot out on the golf course was with a 4 iron. I opted for a low fade on the par 3 14th..... and shanked it. Lovely stuff.
So yes, you do need to warm up and be precise to find the centre of the face with these irons!
After I finally got going I found that the longer irons were tough to hit, and you don't get much help if you hit it out of the toe or heel, but from 6 iron down to the wedge they felt great.
I hit a beautiful shot with a wedge from 105 yards which spun back and left me 10 feet for birdie, which is actually the kind of precision you'd like to see from these clubs.
I tested the irons out of the thick wet rough and it was a struggle, to be honest. I didn't really have the power or speed to be able to keep the face strong through impact and so my strike suffered, and I ended up coming up way short.
But then I dropped another ball on the fairway to try and feather a fade into the green, and my word, it was like poetry!
Whilst I struggled a bit out of the rough and with the long irons, the mid to short irons are fantastic, particularly off the fairway.
TaylorMade P7MC Irons Verdict
It’s been really nice to take some blades on the course, it reminds me of when I was a junior. I learned the game with a John Letters 8 iron and I have no doubt this helped with my progress as I probably made ball-striking harder for myself and therefore learnt that you have to strike the ball out of the middle to get the required results.
I actually didn’t notice much difference between these and the P7MBs in terms of distance and forgiveness, so if you are looking for an iron of this type I would suggest trying both.
In summary, TaylorMade has produced a stunning iron for elite players that performs exactly as you'd expect it to, so if you are in the market for new blades then I would suggest giving these a go without question.
Would I Use It?
I’d give them a go to make my ball-striking better in practice, and I think if I had them in the bag I’d enjoy my golf more when playing friendly games as the shot shaping is awesome. It also helps that I don’t need to worry too much about length and have little pressure to strike one well over a lake to front flag for a living any more!
However as I don’t have the power of other players I can only see these irons getting into the bag as a combo set, which could work alongside the P770s in the longer irons, as I feel that as I work my way up the bag I'd benefit from a little more assistance.
Not very forgiving from the rough
Long irons are tough to hit
Not that much difference from the P7MB and P750
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