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.