Taylormade P790 Vs. Ping i59 Irons Comparison Overview
Muscle back irons look great; but they can be like sirens. They allure you with their good looks and promises of peak performance but unless you are equipped to handle them, they can leave you dashed on the rocks like so much ship wreckage.
To help you navigate the waters of trumped up manufacturer claims and marketing, we have composed a comparison article that goes over only the most important aspects of the Taylormade P790 and the Ping i59 irons.
Taylormade P790 Irons Overview
The Taylormade P790 irons offer a good combination of premium feel and distance which, may be perfect if you have just broken into the mid handicap territory.
We like the familiar feel you get with these irons. When we tested them, they almost felt like distance irons but they certainly had the look and feel of premium player’s irons.
At point of address, they don’t scare you off. The head is compact but not too compact – bigger than both the P770’s and the Ping i59’s.
Still, the Taylormade P790 irons sport a soft carbon steel body and forged 4140 steel face insert so they feel buttery when you pure them.
The combination head and face material has a metal-wood type of effect as well – pushing the ball and earning more distance.
Our only gripe – and it is kind of a biggie – was with the trajectory control on short approaches. Even the 8 and 9 irons in this set created fliers that sailed past the green on short par 4’s.
Ping i59 Irons Overview
The Ping i59 irons do a better job of checking trajectory in the short irons – but perhaps at the cost of distance.
Right off the bat, we need to say that the Ping i59 irons play shorter than the Taylormade P790 irons – about 8 yards shorter to be exact. However, they do a much better job around the green.
You get tight shot dispersion and superior feel thanks to the machined face grooves.
You can spin and work the ball pretty much any way you want with these irons. They offer plenty of forgiveness too. We were getting good ball speed on off-center shots with the Ping i59’s.
Both of these iron sets offer something different. If you want more forgiveness, pick up the Ping i59’s. If you want more distance, the Taylormade P790’s will be your safe harbor.