TaylorMade P790 – All Around Iron Performance

One of the best-looking irons on the market are the P790s from TaylorMade P790. They are the latest addition to the P700 series which includes three other models; the P750, the P770 and the successor to the Tour Preferred MB the P730, a blade iron designed for professionals and plus-handicap amateurs.

An apt description of the P790s was provided by Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director, Iron Creation for TMaG when he said, “With P790, we created a forged iron that meets the demands of discerning players and delivers distance performance never before seen in a players iron. By combining our new SpeedFoam filler and WrapFace technology with a clean, classic design, we have effectively engineered an iron that is as beautiful as it is powerful – setting the new standard for all-around iron performance.”

Five things you should know about the TaylorMade P790 irons:

It is a forged players-distance iron with a hollow clubhead filled with TMaG’s SpeedFoam that both supports the face as it flexes giving more ball speed and absorbs impact vibration for better feel and sound.

Taylormade P790

Taylormade P790 Cutaway

The head is medium compact in size with a small amount of offset and the thinner topline wanted by better players.

The clubhead body is soft 8620 carbon steel and the face is a thin forged 4140 carbon steel of what TMaG calls a WrapFace construction with their well-thought-of Inverted Cone variable thickness design on the inside.

The juncture of the WrapFace and the sole makes a Speed Pocket which adds to the flexibility in the lower part of the clubface for more forgiveness and consistency than usual with a distance iron design.

For a set of six P790 irons, 5-iron through pitching wedge with steel shafts, the price is $975 or with graphite shafts $1,125.

In Case Anyone Should Ask

O’Hair and Stricker Win: It was started by Greg Norman in 1989 and used to be the called the Shark Shootout. After several name changes and almost 30 years it is now the QBE Challenge with Hall of Famer Norman still as host and played over the Tiburon Course in Naples, Fla., a course which he designed.

The winners by two strokes for the three-day event were the team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair with each taking home $410,000 on Sunday Dec. 10.

Stricker’s Winning Gear:

  • Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees) Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X shaft
  • Fairway Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees) Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype shaft
  • Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees) Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X shaft
  • Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-iron through 9-iron) KBS Tour Prototype shafts
  • Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 & 60 degrees) True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Sensicore shafts
  • Putter: Scotty Cameron T5W
  • Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

O’Hair’s Winning Gear:

  • Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees) Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX shaft
  • Fairway Woods: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees) Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX shaft; Titleist 915F (18 degrees) Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+Limited Edition 80TX shaft
  • Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-iron through pitching wedge) True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
  • Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 & 58 degrees) True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
  • Putter: Scotty Cameron Concept 2 NB
  • Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Daly’s Driver: If you were interested in someday owning the driver John Daly used to smash drive after drive on his way to a three-shot win of the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club at least for now you are out of luck. The Cobra driver with a Kevlar clubhead and a 44 ½” titanium shaft was sold at auction for $17,300.40 to an anonymous bidder.

Daly’s Cobra Driver

Callaway Rogue Draw: In addition to the Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero as noted in last week’s column, the USGA has also give Callaway approval of the Rogue Draw driver, presumably for those players who need a heel-weighted model to help counteract a slice. The Draw version, like the first two Rogues does not have a sliding weight. It will be available in a selection of lofts–9, 10.5 and 13.5-degrees.

Rogue Draw

Rose Wins Again: Justin Rose won the Indonesian Masters with bookend scores of 62 for an eight-stroke victory, his third in his last six starts. Rose’s TaylorMade bag incudes two of this week’s featured club model, the P790 irons.


Clubs Carried by Olympic Gold medalist Rose:

  • Driver: TaylorMade 2017 M1 (9.5 degrees) TPT shaft
  • Fairway wood: TaylorMade 2016 M2 3-wood (15 degrees) MCA Tensei CK Pro Orange 80TX shaft
  • Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3- & 4-iron), TaylorMade Rose Proto P730 (5-iron through pitching wedge) KBS Tour C-Taper 125S+ shafts
  • Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52 & 56 degrees), Hi-Toe (60-degree) KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 135X shafts
  • Putter: TaylorMade TP Red Collection Ardmore 2
  • Ball: TaylorMade TP5