You may remember that we first spotted TaylorMade’s Tour Proto irons being tested at the 2016 RSM Classic in November. The company announced that the irons will be available for purchase on March 17 with new names: P750 and P770.
The P750 irons are currently being used by TaylorMade Staffers Jason Day and Justin Rose, who were key in the development of the irons. TaylorMade calls the irons a “true forged blade with a shallow cavity,” and they look the part. The irons are designed with narrow soles, thin top lines, minimal offset and tight leading edges to give better players precise control over their trajectory and shot shape.
To create the P750 irons, TaylorMade uses a new multi-step forging process that delivers “a high-tonnage strike, three times more forceful than a standard forging press.” The company says the result is a more precise club head that requires “minimal hand polishing” after the forging process.
The faces, grooves and cavities of the P750 irons are CNC milled, and 5-gram tungsten sole weights are co-forged in the irons to put the center of gravity (CG) in a position that TaylorMade says “delivers optimum workability for the best ball strikers.”
They’ll sell for $1600 for eight irons (3-PW) with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold shafts and Golf Pride’s Tour Velvet 360 grips. A variety of custom shaft options, many available at no added cost, will also be offered.
The P770 irons use a larger, multi-piece design to offer more distance, height and forgiveness to golfers who need it. The irons maintain a tour-quality look, however, with less offset, thinner top lines and shorter blade lengths than their predecessors to maintain workability and feel, according to TaylorMade.
“We spent countless hours working with our PGA Tour players to develop the most complete players iron we have ever created,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s Senior Director of Iron Creation. “Drawing inspiration from some of our most successful irons, P770 challenges the status quo of what a players iron should be.”
To create the irons, TaylorMade engineers focused on lowering CG while enhancing the forgiveness of the irons. Key to the design is a 70-gram tungsten “wireframe,” which is welded to the face of the 3-7 irons to boost performance (the 8-AW use a one-piece forged construction that delivers improved precision). The tungsten wireframe, which gives the irons their muscular appearance, is lightest at its center and heaviest on its ends to maximize moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of ball speed retention on off-center hits.
The 3-7 irons also feature a undercut positioned behind the face to boost performance along with shallow face profiles, shorter hosels and tapered face-thicknesses, a design that makes the top of the club faces thinner and the bottom of the club faces thicker to push weight lower in the club head while enhancing sound and feel.
The P770 irons will sell for $1200 for eight irons and are offered in 3-PW, AW with KBS FLT steel shafts (S and X flexes).
Related: In-hand photos of the P750 and P770 irons.