Sub 70 699 Vs Taylormade P790 Irons Comparison Overview
Yes, Taylormade is one of the most recognizable golf brands in the world.
Yes, Sub 70 does not have nearly the kind of market share that Taylormade enjoys. However, it is very remarkable that the Sub 70 699 irons mirror the Taylormade P790 irons so closely.
Both sets boast a hollow-body design. Both sets have a filler material to improve feel and stability. They even have nearly-identical loft profiles. But the Sub 70 699’s are less than half the price of the P790’s. So can a cheaper set of irons that was seemingly made in the same vein as the Taylormade P790’s hold up? Let’s find out.
Sub 70 699 Irons Overview
“At just about $600, we were amazed at the premium features the Sub 70 699 irons boast.”
For instance, the Sub 70 699 irons feature milled 455 Carpenter Steel faces. The hollow body club heads have also been injected with thermoplastic elastomer which gives them a softer feel and more stable flight.
When we tested the Sub 70 699 irons, we noticed that the face has a very robust response to almost all shots. You can feel the ball compress against the face and launch off hot and fast. Even with a nearly identical loft profile to the 790’s the Sub 70 699’s definitely launch higher.
21+ degree launch angles were not uncommon with the 7-iron. This isn’t great for faster swingers but it will likely be very beneficial for mid handicappers. Distance was excellent even on open-faced shots: 268.1 yards was our average distance with the 7-iron.
Taylormade P790 Irons Overview
“The main advantage that the P790 irons have over the Sub 70 699’s is that they are forged.”
While the Sub 70 699’s feel fast and responsive, the P790’s feel soft and smooth. So the Taylormade P790’s have a more premium feel overall. When you open up the face of the 699’s and hit the high-toe, you still get great distance. When you do the same with the P790’s you lose significant distance.
However, low-face strikes on the P790’s were much more forgiving so you have to pick your poison. Overall though, the P790’s did not play as long as the Sub 70 699’s.
“The only clear advantage that the Taylormade P790’s had over the Sub 70 699’s was feel and consistency. Amazingly, the cheaper Sub 70 699 irons played longer and rivaled the P790’s in accuracy. The Sub 70 699’s absolutely hold up against the more expensive Taylormade P790 irons.”
Aidan Lehane here, I’m a Mid-low handicap golfer who has made tremendous progress in breaking 90 in just over 1 year of playing golf seriously.
I get out to the course or range as often as possible and review all the equipment I’ve come across on this blog.