Taylormade P790 Vs. Taylormade R7 Irons Comparison Overview

The Taylormade P790 irons are newer than the Taylormade R7’s – by far. They also have premium features that the R7’s lack. They are also made for lower handicap players. But in our experience, sometimes even premium irons can be beneficial for higher handicap players.

It’s rare, but it does happen. We wanted to see what would happen when our high handicap testers played the Taylormade R7’s against the P790 irons so we went out and tested them both side-by-side. Take a look at what we found.

Taylormade P790 Irons Overview

The P790 irons are muscle back irons so right off the bat, they lose some forgiveness points.

However, we should say that the P790 irons are the most forgiving of all the irons in the P-series. They have larger heads compared to their counterparts too. The P790’s also feature a hollow body design meant to increase face flex and ball speed.

Taylormade included forged, L-shaped face inserts and our testers mentioned that low-face mis-hits were greatly improved as a result. There’s no denying that the P790 irons have a superior sound and feel.

But our high handicap testers really struggled on chip shots and bump and runs with these irons. They couldn’t work them enough and it was tough to control distance in the small irons.

Taylormade R7 Irons Overview

The Taylormade R7’s are cavity back irons and feature inverted cone face technology.

These are beefy irons. They have a chunky look at address and the soles are wide enough to really improve turf interaction. However, they offer very little workability around the pin so just be aware of that.

The Taylormade R7’s weren’t really meant for precision around the cup though.

We would say that these are more akin to driving irons even as they are advertised more or less as Jack of all trades irons.

The best thing about them is the distance and launch of the long irons. Our testers got better distance from the Taylormade R7 irons and were able to stick more greens from long approaches.

Even high handicappers will be able to appreciate the look and feel of the Taylormade P790 irons. At the end of the day though, the categorization was pretty accurate. The P790’s are more compact and the short irons proved to be difficult for our testers. The Taylormade R7’s are still the kings of game-improvement.

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.

Taylormade R7 Irons First Impressions

A Legendary Set Of Taylormade Game Improvement Irons that are still popular in 2022, many years after their release.

The Taylormade R7’s first popped up in 2015 and marked a big leap forward in game improvement irons across the entire range of irons available at the time.

The Irons have large heads and thick, chunky topline that offers impressive distance but also a larger area for straight shots and forgiveness.

The cavity backs are really deep on the irons which allows for smoother shots and less vibration on impact.

Inverted cone technology which has survived to this day, strecthes the sweet spot along the face and you can hit these irons pretty much anywhere along the face and get a long, straight shot.

The irons are also nicely designed and because of all these reasons mashed together alongside the excellent price you can pick them up for second hand, ensures that these irons remain very popular, even to this day.

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

Taylormade R7 Selling Points

  • Wide Club Face
  • Very Forgiving
  • Minimal Vibrations On Mishits
  • Well Priced Second Hand
  • Competitive On Performance With Newer Irons
  • Invterted Cone Technology
  • Great Distance

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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Who Are The R7 Irons For

There is no doubt that the R7’s are aimed towards the high handicap golfer who needs as much help with their iron play as possible.

If you are using a players set and are used to missing left or right then having a look at the R7’s can be a wise move on your part.

Due to the fact these irons have been around for ages, you can pick them up for next to nothing online, just make sure that the heads are in good condition before you make the purchase.

Overall these irons are still incredibly popular for anybody hoping to improve their game in the near future and hit those high handicap levels as quickly as possible.

Distance: 95/100

Accuracy: 93/100

Forgiveness: 96/100

Feel & Control: 92/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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