PXG 0211 DC Irons Vs Taylormade P790 Comparison And Review

One of the reasons we wanted to compare these 2 iron sets specifically was because they both have the same design goal: to make a forgiving iron in the guise of a player’s performance iron.

How did these companies accomplish this?

For starters, they gave their irons a muscle back design. Then they made them with premium metals. Which irons were better overall though? Read on to find out.

PXG 0211 Irons Overview

The PXG 0211 irons have a sleek look that belies their playability.

PXG isn’t exactly known for their entry-level irons but the PXG 0211’s look to change all that. For starters, the PXG 0211’s have progressive (and pronounced) offset throughout the set.

We found that it was remarkably easy to square up to the ball even with the long irons in this set.

Of course, this increased accuracy and helped us stay on the fairway. On approaches, the miraging steel faces of the PXG 0211’s helped to enhance feel and feedback.

While not the most accurate irons for your short game, you get more performance than you would expect from irons in this price range.

While we’re on the subject of range, it should be noted that the PXG 0211’s and the P790’s were almost identical in terms of distance.

Taylormade P790 Irons Overview

The Tayloramde P790’s look to do many of the same things as the PXG 0211’s – just in different ways.

For instance, both of these irons look to enhance feel from within. The PXG 0211’s have a soft polymer core while the P790’s have redesigned Speed Foam which is housed within the hollow bodies of these irons.

The P790’s also sport the classic Speed Pocket cavity while the PXG 0211’s have a similar undercut around the face. Both features were designed to increase flex and ball speed.

Again though, distance between these two iron sets was practically identical.

The one thing we did notice about the P790’s however was that we were getting better accuracy on low-face shots.

We figured this had to to with the L-shaped face insert that wraps the bottom of the face into the sole.

We actually liked the feel of the carbon steel used to make the P790’s.

While the miraging steel faces of the PXG 0211’s were impressive, the P790’s just had a more buttery feel.

In almost every other way though, these iron sets were identical.

PXG 0211 Irons

Category – Game Improvement Irons

Taylormade P790 Irons

Category – Forged Irons

PXG 0211 First Impressions

We didn’t think that the PXG 0211 irons were going to perform much differently than other PXG irons we have tested based on the muscle back design.

However, they did. There was a slight improvement in overall feel and forgiveness. We tested the 4 and 5 irons first and found that we were getting better ball speed on shots around the crown and sole than with other models.

The vibration dampening properties of the COR2 insulation also made the long irons more comfortable on full swings. The PXG 0211 irons also produce pretty good launch angles thanks to moderately generous loft.

The short irons didn’t offer much in the way of workability though. Although, that might not be such an issue for beginners and high handicappers. Still, this is something you may want to consider if you plan on investing in the PXG 0211 irons as a long-term set.

Taylormade P790 – First Impressions

The first thing to notice about the P790 irons is the compact, forged heads that come in a shape and style that will suit the better players.

Despite the players feel of the irons, they also come packed with technology that will add distance and forgiveness like the Thru Slot speed pocket, speed foam and inverted cone technology which allows more flex on impact.

The forged irons are actually a hollow construction, filled with speed foam which allows much greater distances to be achieved than the original P790’s and the tungsten weighting keeps the CG low for an easy launch for an iron of this type.

The original P790 irons, released in 2017, were definitely for the players but with the remodelling in 2019, these can also be used for mid handicappers looking to test the waters of players irons.

All in all, definitely not for the high handicappers.

PXG 0211 Irons Selling Points

  • The faces are made from incredibly thin and strong miraging steel
  • They do actually play longer than the PXG 0311 irons
  • They have a soft feel thanks to the vibration-insulating liner
  • The long irons produce very low spin
  • The PXG 0211 irons have a slightly larger sweet spot than other PXG irons
  • They have a premium muscle back head shape and hollow-body design

P790 Irons – Selling Points

  • 2 Tungsten Weights For Low COG
  • Co Molded Cavity Badge For No Vibrations
  • Lots Of Loft In The Clubs
  • Flexible Hinge And Variable Face Thickness
  • Forgiving And Consistent

Who are the PXG 0211 Irons for?

While the PXG 0211 irons are billed as forgiving game-improvement irons, we have our doubts.

Yes, high handicappers and beginners will love the soft feel of these irons. Additionally, the low spin rate in the long irons means that high handicappers will be able to get down the fairway quicker.

However, these irons won’t do much for a high handicapper in terms of accuracy. If you are struggling to produce straight shots with your irons, don’t expect much help from the PXG 0211 irons.

In reality, the PXG 0211 irons would actually be better-suited to mid-handicap players.

If you aren’t having much trouble finding the sweet spot with your irons then the PXG 0211’s would be worth a look.

The 0211 Family

Included in the 0211 series of irons from PXG are the 0211 DC and 0211 ST sets. The 0211 DC irons feature a dual layer of polymer inside the head which helps preserve the maximum amount for energy. These are most certainly distance irons for high to mid handicappers.

The 0211 ST irons on the other hand have a solid-body design and have been triple forged for exceptional feel and enhanced workability. These blade irons feature a muscle back design and offer exceptional greenside spin control which makes them ideal for low handicap players.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 92/100

Feel & Control: 92/100

Overall Rating: 93/100

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Who Are The P790 Irons For

The P790 irons will be most effective for the better players and certain mid handicappers who want to work the ball a bit more.

If you are looking for a blend of feel and distance, these are going to be the perfect irons for you.

If you are just starting out in the game, you would be better off with a game improvement iron.

Taylormade P Family Of Irons

The P790 UDI is a driving iron with minimal offset and a straighter top line for incredible distance.

The P790 TI range has more distance and forgiveness built in, so worth a look for those more on the mid handicapper side of the scale.

Distance: 92/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 89/100

Feel And Control: 96/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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