Taylormade P790 Vs. Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Comparison Overview
The two juggernauts of golf clash once again as we test the Titleist 718 AP1 irons against the Taylormade P790’s. These are two iron sets that are marketed towards mid to high handicappers; but what is it about them that makes them useful to this demographic.
We hit the course and the range to find out just that. Which of these irons would be best for mid to high handicappers? Find out in the following comparison overview!
Taylormade P790 Irons Comparison Overview
One thing that the P790 and Titleist 718 AP1 irons have in common is a hollow body design.
The advantage of a hollow body iron for mid to high handicappers is that it will allow the face to flex more, usually resulting in better distance. With the 7-iron of the P790 set, our testers were averaging a distance of 128 yards – definitely respectable.
The P790’s also have a great feel and decent forgiveness thanks to an L-shaped forged face insert. The 4140 forged steel face inserts combines with the 8620 carbon steel body, giving these clubs the feel of player’s irons and the metal-wood dynamics of driving irons.
In fact, the P790 irons had the better overall feel in this comparison; but where they fell short was forgiveness and stopping power.
Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Overview
The Titleist 718 AP1 irons feature tungsten weighting in the toe for a bit of added protection in the far end of the club.
In practice, the toe-biased weighting could really be felt and seen. Shots from the toe were flying straight. But the real joy comes from when you pure the ball with these irons. Straight-on shots yield amazing carry distance that resulted in an average distance of 132 yards with the 7-iron.
Sticking the green was also much easier with the Titleist 718 AP1 irons even as they have slightly weaker lofts than the P790’s. The undercut cavity works to produce very impressive launch (33 yards on average after 3 shots with the 7-iron) which helps the ball land dead on the green.
It honestly feels like the Titleist 718 AP1’s are perfect mid to high handicap irons. They offer better distance help and more stopping power than the Taylormade P790 irons. While they have a sort of crass sound and a harsher feel compared to the P790’s, performance-wise they are directly in line with the needs of both high and mid handicappers.