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2019 Mizuno MP-20 irons: Layers of feel

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“Mizuno Feel”

It is part of the golf vernacular. It’s ingrained in golf (nerd) culture—it’s a real thing.

But where does it comes from, how did it get here, what is it really, and how is it a component of 2019 Mizuno MP-20 irons?

 

I’m here to give you some answers and introduce you to MP-20 family of irons from Mizuno.

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2019 Mizuno MP-20 irons: 7-iron

Born from tradition, and the idea of creating the ultimate set of irons for every player, the 2019 Mizuno MP-20 family is the next series of MP irons that will connect golfers to the “Mizuno Feel.” Speaking to tradition, and something I touched on when these were originally teased on social channels with #LayersOfFeel, Mizuno is going back in time to the TN-87s and reintroducing a copper underlay to their irons—all of them! (Before someone tries to correct me: yes, I realize that they have done this for more recent Japan market models )

What does this copper layer mean? Here’s the funny thing, even Mizuno has had a hard time trying to quantify it. Through multiple rounds of extensive blind prototype testing with all of their staff players, the irons with a copper underlay won on feel EVERY SINGLE TIME!  How’s that for dominance?

But why? They are truly still trying to 100 percent figure that out. Mizuno has used its HIT (Harmonic Impact Technology), metallurgy analysis, and every test it can to try and figure out why. Engineers even went as far as trying to prove the hypothesis the copper underlay “feel” was based on nostalgia but time and time again Cu won in blind testing. At the end day, the human element was still the deciding factor because humans are the ones that ultimately hit shots.

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2019 Mizuno MP-20 irons

This brings us to the flagship MP-20 (Blade) (The Ultimate Tour Blade as described by Mizuno’s Product Manager & Engineer Chris Voshall). Evolving from the tradition built into the MP-18, and taking design cues from historic models like the TN 87 and MP14, the MP20s provide more flow throughout the set from top to bottom leading to even more control over ball flight. This flow also increases forgiveness (please remember it’s still a blade) and launch in the longer irons, with an increased ability to flight the ball in the scoring clubs… all of this AND a thinner top line.

Now about that top line: it’s an extremely important part of the look of the club but, what many don’t realize is it also plays a big role in feel and acoustics too. Let’s simplify for a moment: think of a clubhead like hunk of metal—a cube—now when you hit that thick piece of metal on something it doesn’t reverberate much and when it does, it’s at a different frequency making it sound heavy and “thuddy,” or as some would say, SOLID.

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Now imagine if that same piece of metal, same mass was stretched out like a saw blade. Have you ever hit something with the side of a large saw blade? It’s wobbly, loud, and generally unpleasant, that’s what happens when an unsupported part of a club gets too thin, it acts like an amplifier of bad sound, creating terrible feel. By blending a small channel (think MP5) with the classic looks of yesteryear you get a club that feels and performs like no Mizuno before it, and as I said, with a thinner look from address.

What’s all this talk of “Flow”?

Center of gravity and mass placement (or as a Mizuno Engineer explained to me “Vertical Moment of Inertia”). Since each club is designed individually, you need the center of gravity to shift throughout the set to help control launch/trajectory (or “traj” as the kids say), and make sure spin is also at an optimal level.

For the MP-20, it means long irons that are “easier” to hit (air quotes, because like I said before, it’s still a blade), and short irons that can be more easily flighted lower with greater spin and control. Just like with the MP-18s, Mizuno is keeping with the continuous reduced blade length into the short irons for a look preferred by better players and for improved grass and turf interaction.

But What About the Rest?

You might have noticed off the top I called it the “MP-20 Family.” Here’s why: In golf, like with any other industry, data is important. But it’s only as good as you use it and well…let’s just say Mizuno has been paying close attention to how golfers and fitters have been making combo sets over the last few years. It’s all about understanding what golfers really need and thanks to some proprietary data they went even deeper when it comes to designing each and every iron in this family to make sure its performance is maximized. This is why I continue to emphasize how each set has a flow, it to make sure each club in your bag is just right for you. Now to introduce you to the rest of the family members…

2019 Mizuno MP20 MMC irons (Multi-Material Construction)

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2019 Mizuno MP-20 MMC irons: 7-iron

I know, you think you’ve heard this story before but…NOT LIKE THIS!

The new MP-20 MMC is a BIG shift in design, not just because of the Cu underlay, but a radical change in how the whole part is put together. I know it sounds very “big biz,” but in the world of manufacturing it truly comes down to how “parts” are manufactured. Now, with Mizuno, I will reiterate a well-known story. All of its forged irons are single-sourced from one foundry (Chuo) in Japan through a handshake agreement that has been in place for decades.

Now back to the MMC. Before the MP-20 the MMC always had one tiny design difficulty (not a bad one, just a truth) and that was the titanium piece in the back was the same size throughout the whole set. This lead to a set with almost constant sole width. That doesn’t mean previous generations were constructed poorly, but it just means there were improvements that could be made to how the set flowed (there’s that word again) from top to bottom…which leads us to the tech story.

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For the first time in the MMC’d life, the titanium piece of the iron will actually vary in mass depending on the club. It will be broken up in the middle of the set to allow better CG placement, and like its blade cousin, improved turf interaction in the shorter irons.

What is also very cool from a build and engineering perspective is the way the titanium gets into the club in the first place. Here we go down a metallurgy rabbit hole, buckle up…

  • Titanium has a mass density (rounded) of 4.5 g/cm3 – cubed
  • Carbon steel has a mass density of (rounded) 7.9 g/cm3 – cubed

That means that from every cubed cm of steel volume you replace with titanium in the head, you save 3.4g… which might not seem like much, but in a 4-iron for example that has an average mass of 248g for (4) cm3 you save 13.6g or just over five percent. I realize this is DEEP into the mass property weeds, but when you think of what a club head weights and how every half percentage point matters, five percent is a lot! That’s more forgiveness, more MOI, more spin control, and overall better performance.

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What is also very cool is all of these parts (titanium and tungsten) have ZERO chemical bond—no epoxy. They all fit snug based on the shrinkage rates of the different materials. Ti & W( tungsten – W comes from the ore Wolframite) shrinks less than the steel so as the steel cools around the titanium and tungsten pieces it creates a mechanical (solid) bond.

All of this together adds up to an iron that looks smaller than the previous version, offers more “flow” in CG, something we mentioned earlier that creates more forgiveness and control throughout the set, and at the end of the day it means a better-engineered version than the one before it.

Truth Break for a moment…

Let me make one thing clear, new sets are AWESOME! We are, and always will be, attracted to the latest and greatest but the player should still get fit and find out what works best. New will and should inevitably be better but the cost-benefit analysis should always be at the end of the day up to the individual golfer to decide and figure out what will end up in the bag to help lower scores.

Hot Metal 2019 Mizuno MP-20 HMB irons

YES…you read that correctly. Mizuno is bringing Hot Metal tech to the MP line!

A hollow body blade looking iron using the same strong yet highly flexible Chromoloy material as the 919 Hot Metals except this time forged to create an iron like they never have before. The look and shape of a blade the speed of a Hot Metal.

Let’s break things down.

The look is clean as clean can be, from there the face of the HMB is thin and fast, while hidden inside the back of the club is complex geometry for both acoustics and precisely positioning mass. These will be the replacement for the MMC Fli-His but unlike that set, only going to the 6-iron, the new HMB will go all the way to the pitching wedge.

What is also different for the HMB vs. the MMC Fli-Hi is the way tungsten is used in the head to create different impact dynamics. The Fli-Hi had all the tungsten (20g worth) in one place in the head (low and towards the toe). The CG was still located right in the middle but through in-depth testing some players found that the Fli-Hi was a more difficult club to turn over and draw.

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To improve the workability of the new HMB, the Tungsten was split into two 12g pieces (four more grams than previous Fli-Hi) and positioned into precisely formed pockets on the heel and toe in the back of the club. This allows the unsupported face to flex and makes the club more workable while still maintaining all the forgiveness you would expect from a hollow body iron built for speed. Seriously who doesn’t like the sound of that?

Since the new HMB is a full set and not just long irons, there is more to the tech story… here is comes… better flow and CG positioning throughout the set. This is hugely important for the mid and short irons where loft is already going to create spin so controlling ball flight and traj on approach shots is vital for scoring better.

This is again where the MP-20 Family discussion comes into play. Mizuno knows they are going to sell a lot more HMB long irons vs. blade and MMC long irons, so the entire family is designed holistically for every player to find each and every head that optimizes them on the course.

The Full Package

Like with previous generations going back almost a decade, Mizuno is keeping its industry-leading matrix of shaft and grip options available at NO upcharge. BUT… based on the growing demand for more exotic options the newly expanded shaft line up will include a few shafts that will come with a slight upcharge.

Whatever you end up being fit for, it’s important to realize that there has never been family of Mizuno irons designed like this, which could also mean you could be bringing home some new family members soon.

 

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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38 Comments

  1. Benny

    Aug 26, 2019 at 8:15 am

    These look sick. Wish I could move to something new like this but cannot stop visiting BsT!

  2. Dave

    Aug 2, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    MBH 2-iron in my future.

  3. stephenf

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Those are just not the worst-looking irons on the block.

  4. Pooh

    Jul 28, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Trust Mizzy to bring out great looking clubs that perform ( though we havent hit them yet, I trust). Am i the only one that saw that the blade looks like the MP69s? My absolute favo iron which I play till this very day.

  5. tonyk

    Jul 22, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Does the copper layer prevent clubface browning?

    • wes

      Aug 6, 2019 at 12:07 pm

      that “browning” is likely a nickel layer under the chrome that shows with clubface wear

      • wes

        Aug 6, 2019 at 12:10 pm

        …unless it’s actually dark brown or rust brown… then its through to the iron. depends on the chroming process.

  6. Nihonsei

    Jul 17, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    “…it acts like an amplifier of bad sound, creating terrible feel.”
    Sounds like sound is a harbinger of feel? I’ve heard theories though I missed that article. Great read RB, my previous +1 statement is in regards to ALL (excuse me Joe) writers on both sites.
    *KIDNEY FOR SALE OR TRADE!!!

  7. Jack Nash

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    To me still the most beautiful irons made today. I play 919 HM’s and love them. I see more Pros playing the blades than I used to. Even some on the LPGA.

  8. s

    Jul 17, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    MP-14 RESURRECTED! With two brothers-in-arms in Iron Man suits!

  9. jsthomas386

    Jul 17, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I love you guys to death but, Jesus I wish someone could proofread these articles for a change…

    • Nihonsei

      Jul 17, 2019 at 6:50 pm

      +1…..I’ve deleted my copy-paste colornotes by now.

  10. Branson Reynolds

    Jul 17, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    For my money I wish they’d stamp MP-20 on the hosel and leave that blade super clean. These are fantastic looking though. My 59’s and H5’s just shat themselves a little.

  11. the dude

    Jul 17, 2019 at 11:25 am

    sorry if I missed it….but I’d like to hear what CV has to say about these (podcast)?

    Thanks

  12. Patric

    Jul 17, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Left handed in the blades?

  13. tom

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Sorry if I missed it but when are these available?

  14. golfraven

    Jul 16, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    So what happened to the SC model?

  15. Joe

    Jul 16, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Did a teenage girl write this article? We don’t need supper case words, bold, italics, and excessive exclamation points to glean the major points in an article.

    • Ryan Barath

      Jul 16, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Joe,

      By no means am I a teenage girl, I’m a 30 something year old father but I appreciate you reading my article on the new MP20’s from Mizuno.

      • Dave Bryce

        Oct 3, 2019 at 9:33 pm

        Nice response Ryan, too the literary genius that forgets this is a golf article not the works of Shakespeare!

    • Travisty

      Jul 16, 2019 at 10:57 pm

      Joe don’t be such a wet noodle.

    • Joe Junior

      Jul 17, 2019 at 9:37 am

      Youre the worst

    • STEVE MARAGAKES

      Jul 23, 2019 at 9:18 am

      Actually, those graphics for emphasis help me read the article quickly, so thanks, Ryan for using them. And, Joe, if the article had been written by a teenager, the author would have used the word “amazing” or “awesome” about 18 or 19 times.

  16. Travisty

    Jul 16, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Oh, my, god. I’m buying these 100%. Mizuno knocked this release out of the park.

  17. 15th Club

    Jul 16, 2019 at 10:41 am

    DG AMT available?

    I’m old enough to remember copper-underlay irons. I could never explain it, but they felt great.

    • 2putttom

      Jul 16, 2019 at 1:16 pm

      lol, me too. Last set of blades I bought (Adams MB 2’s) have copper underlay)

  18. DB

    Jul 16, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Is anyone able to read the graphic with shaft options?

  19. Fitz

    Jul 16, 2019 at 10:15 am

    I told that GA Lawywer from 4GEA that hollow irons could do everything that full bodied irons could do. But they never listen.

  20. carl

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:53 am

    pricing?

    • tim

      Jul 16, 2019 at 10:07 am

      I’m guessing at least buck-fifty per iron. Too rich for my blood unfortunately.

      • 2putttom

        Jul 16, 2019 at 1:11 pm

        I’m thinkin’ more

      • Cj

        Aug 15, 2019 at 6:19 pm

        Put it in your budget and pay cash bruh. I know there is something else u can cut out for six months?!

  21. Ross Peterson

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Will the upcharge shafts show up on the fitting matrix?

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2020 TaylorMade P770 irons: Distance and precision redefined

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New 2020 TaylorMade P770 irons are here, and with them, a reminder that every club in your bag has a purpose.

A driver is designed to go as far as possible, wedges are designed to be versatile precision instruments, and iron sets are built for both. The new 2020 TaylorMade P770 irons from TaylorMade bring together the distance of the extremely popular P790 with the precision of a midsized player cavity to offer distance and control to an iron unlike TaylorMade has ever produced.

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2020 TaylorMade P770 6-iron. Cavity view.

More photos and discussion in the forums. 

TaylorMade P770 irons: The origin story

The story of the P770 starts with two clubs—the P760 and the P790. Now, if my math is correct, the combination of the two clubs would actually create the 775, but in the world of irons, that model number was taken over a decade ago by another OEM, and if we’re being honest, 770 sounds better anyways.

2020 TaylorMade P770, TaylorMade P790 comparison.

2020 TaylorMade P770, TaylorMade P790 comparison.

Let’s start with the P790 and its ability to infiltrate the golf bags of players of all skill levels. According to TaylorMade’s fitting database, the 790 is a club that can be found in the bags of players from +4 handicaps all the way up to golfers looking to break 100.

What makes the P790 so functional and appealing to so many golfers starts with its looks and ends with its performance. The P790 has the clean appearance of a blade iron from the back, and from address, it maintains sharper line associated with a  players club.

But off the clubface, or should I say all over the clubface, you get ball speed and launch conditions normally reserved for a much larger game improvement club. This iron helped redefine what is now known as the “players distance” category, and whether you consider that title an oxymoron or not, it’s impossible to argue with its popularity.

Then we have the P760, TaylorMade’s first combo iron set, which combined the power of SpeedFoam-filled longer irons with the precision of single-piece forged short irons. These irons again found their way into the golf bags of mid-handicaps to players all over the professional tours thanks to their ability to offer extra forgiveness and launch in longer clubs while still maintaining a small player’s look and preferred feel.

Regardless of skill, one of the biggest factors in the playability of any iron relies on a golfer’s ability to create speed, launch, spin, and angle of descent—the below video featuring our own Brian Knudson testing the P790 Ti is the perfect example of how an iron with strong lofts, for example, can launch higher and descend at an angle to make them playable when you combine the right technologies.

The ultimate design goal of the P770 was to combine the best of both these irons into a small, fast, playable package using every technology available to the engineers and designers at TaylorMade. This iron is about precision without sacrificing distance.

If you are a golfer looking for maximum workability and shotmaking control that puts less of a premium on distance, then the P7MB or P7MC is probably more up your ally, but if distance is still a big part of your decision-making process for a set of irons, then buckle up.

More photos and discussion in the forums. 

The technology

A look inside the construction of the P770

A simplistic way to describe the P770 would be to call it a shrunk-down version of the 790, but doing that would not give justice to the actual engineering that went into this design. The reason is, you can’t just shrink down a golf club and expect it to perform the same as a larger club, because not only are the mass properties different, but trying to maintain additional ball speed would be like expecting a smaller trampoline to bounce you as high as a larger one with bigger springs—the physics don’t add up.

“Designed to deliver P790-like performance in a smaller package, the all-new P770 leverages forged hollow body construction to pack as much distance and forgiveness as possible into a compact player’s shape.” – Matt Bovee, Product Creation

From address, and looking at the sole and toe profile, the P770 has a much stronger resemblance to the previous P760 than the 790, but from the back and from a technology standpoint, its got the guts of the P790.

The key technologies are

  • A SpeedFoam-supported forged 4140 high-speed steel face attached to a soft forged 8620 carbon steel body. Since the hosel is part of the forged body, you get the full lie and loft adjustability of a forged club along with the ball speed of a larger one. The secondary benefit of SpeedFoam is it creates an iron that feels extremely solid while being a multipiece construction
  • The other part of the speed story is the Thru Slot in the sole which helps shots hit lower on the face retain more ball speed and helps create extra launch. This technology runs from the 3-7 irons.
  • Speaking of launch, the new P770 has 46 grams of tungsten in the 3-7 irons positioned as low and as far back as possible towards the toe to boost MOI and launch in the longer clubs while precisely locating the center of gravity.
  • The final piece of the puzzle that helps with both distance and distance control is the Progressive Inverted Cone Technology or IVT. It is positioned closer to the toe in the longer irons to help with common mishits and moves higher and more heel ward into the shorter clubs. This keeps ball speeds variances as consistent as possible through the set.

More photos and discussion in the forums. 

Choose your own P700 Series adventure

This is the part where the whole iron series really excels. For a long time, it used to be OEMs would release a number of iron sets that catered to various golfers but didn’t really have any cross over potential as far as building combo sets because of the large differences between designs. To counter this, they would often design exclusive combo sets either catered to better players or to higher handicaps/slower speed players with game improvement irons paired with hybrid long irons.

From the beginning and by design, the entire P700 series has been built to be custom combo’ed for any golfer—an impressive design feat. This allows players of varying ability with different swing and player traits to get exactly what they need out of different parts of their set. They have even gone as far to make sure that no matter how someone is looking to build their set, they can get looks, offset, bounce, and performance to match up from club to club—they even have an easy-to-follow chart!

Pricing, availability, and specs

The TaylorMade P770 irons will be available for pre-order starting August 14th and will be be available in retail shops starting September 4th.

They will be available from 3iron to pitching wedge in right and left-handed with an A wedge option available to right-handed players only. An 8 piece set starts at $1399 (174.88 per club) with KBS Tour steel shafts and Golf Pride Z-Grip grey and black as stock.

P770 Stock Specs

More photos and discussion in the forums. 

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2020 TaylorMade P7MB and P7MC irons: Pressure to perfection

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One word defines the new 2020 Taylormade P7MB and P7MC forged irons: Pressure.

It’s a word we all know and feel. For the best golfers in the world, it’s what they chase day in and day out. In the case of TaylorMade, the pressure to deliver time in and time out increases with every launch of a new product. It’s also the application of pressure and what it represents that makes this story so interesting.

Introducing the new 2020 TaylorMade P7MB and P7MC forged irons. Using the popular P730 and P750 irons as the starting point, Senior Manager of Product Creation for Irons Matt Bovee and his team have left no stone unturned to deliver a one-two punch that will please both P730/750 die-hards (yes, they exist) and any players who were on the edge.

With the help of modern technology, periodic feedback from the tour staff, and the admiration of classic forgings from TaylorMade’s past, the 2020 TaylorMade P-7MB, and P-7MC  accomplished just what was required—they created irons with serious curb appeal that stood up to the most discerning pallets in the world: TM’s iconic tour staff.

More photos and discussion in the forums. 

TaylorMade P7MB irons

The new 2020 TaylorMade P7MB irons

The new 2020 TaylorMade P7MB irons

It needs to be said at the start that these new TaylorMade irons live in a different bucket than Tiger’s P7TW. Although those irons are used by a few players on tour, they were essentially built for one man and one swing—that’s it. So as not to confuse the issue, the TaylorMade P7MB is a stand-alone project designed to go in the bags of the likes of Rory (where they already are), DJ, Collin Morikawa, and a number of others on the major tours.

P7MB: The beginning

Just over 14 months ago, the development of the P7MB began. The nice thing was, TaylorMade had a good jumping-off point—the P730 “DJ Proto.” Although that iron has the stock P730 optics from afar, the DJ Proto has a longer blade length and a more contemporary look at address then the retail version.

“The P7MB, as far as inspiration for it, is simply just the evolution from the last two to three models starting with the 2014 Tour Preferred MB”

-Matt Bovee, Taylor Made Lead Designer Irons

Looking down at the new 2020 TaylorMade P7MB, you will see the influence of the DJ Proto. A longer blade length (1.4 mm longer than P730) complemented by a thin top line, slightly less offset (6-iron: 1.5 mm vs 1.8 mm in P730), and a similar sole profile checks off every box that players at the highest level want to see.

Unfortunately, getting that part down is only half the riddle. In this day and age, muscle back irons live in a very small box as far as what you can do. Optics are one thing, and most get that right, it’s the sound and feel and turf interaction that separates the men from the boys.

So what’s new?

So, what exactly will players experience with the P7MB iron?

Although it’s every marketing rep’s dream to say “more everything in every category,” in this particular instance, it’s in the nuance and very fine details that TM has made upgrades. To be honest “more everything” isn’t the win here. The victory is delivering an iron that performs apples to apples with the P730 all while offering a traditional look, a dash of forgiveness with the longer blade length (1.4 mm longer), and even better sound and feel.

2020 TaylorMade P7MB top line

This is where the “pressure” story comes in. TaylorMade R&D wanted to ensure that every process that could get maxed out to make this iron flawless would. The industry standard for forging weight pressure is around 1,000 tons, TaylorMade utilizes a 2,000-ton forging press to push the quality tolerance of every 1025 carbon steel forging to its peak. In simple terms, it’s like putting so much pressure on something you squeeze the air and any opportunity for a blemish clean out.

Secondly, the back muscle has gone through a cosmetic change. This was made for two main reasons

  1. to look amazing in the bag
  2. to dial in CG as close to perfect as they could

As with previous TaylorMade offerings, the use of milling across the face ensures consistency and sharp lines—and offers scoring lines that have been a staple in most TaylorMade players clubs.

The new 2020 TaylorMade P7MB face on

The muscle on the P7MB features a three-dimensional section out near the toe to not only highlight the distribution of weight but to add a little cachet to an already stunning golf club.

“We wanted to add a third dimension to that back section in order to do something special and at the same time stick the CG exactly where our staff wants to see it.”

-Matt Bovee TM

Truth be told, the new 2020 TaylorMade P7MB is a contemporary throwback. More so than any other TM blade in recent history (with the exception of RAC MB), this blade has a look and feel that can stand the test of time.

More photos and discussion in the forums. 

Initial reactions on tour

I was told that during the marketing shoot at the Floridian last October a few of the TM staff got a first glance at the MB. This is always the first real test for someone in Matt Bovee’s position, that first eyeball reaction is huge. Get the wrong look and it could throw off the whole project, get a good look and momentum goes from cruising to a full sprint.

Down the line, it was admiration from the first three to see it—DJ, Collin, and Wolff—to Rory’s smile at first glance and ultimate quick integration going into Memorial.

“At the photoshoot last fall we showed the early prototype to Wolff and Morikawa and they were all over it immediately, their eyes lit up seeing only the head and at that point, I knew we were on to something special.”

-Matt Bovee TM

Speaking to the forgiveness part for a second. Rory has been a combo set player for a long time. The top of his iron set is typically a P760/750 3 and 4-iron and 5-PW the 730’s. After spending some time at home with the P7MB he felt the new MB’s were plenty forgiving top to bottom and showed up to Memorial with a full set of 3-PW.

Here is a quick peek at Rory’s first reaction from earlier this year…

Rory McIlroy’s bag, featuring 3-PW in TaylorMade P7MB.

The experience

I am by no means a player who is drawn to a forged muscle back. Maybe in the rare case, I’ll have it in 9/PW. The point is, they don’t provide enough help for a player like me. However, these are easy to hit, believe it or not. The longer blade length gives the appearance of a club that wants to square up, and I also appreciated the lines on the P7MB.

For the TaylorMade blade aficionados, the P7MB (to my eye) lives somewhere between the RAC MB and the 2014 Tour Preferred. The top-line is slightly straight, but not as much as the P7TW, and the toe shape could be called softly squared off. It’s an elegant design and doesn’t scare you sitting it down.

The acoustics are where you will experience that 2,000 tons of pressure—especially on a center-thin strike. The P730, when caught thin, sounded really thin, the P7MB does dull that out a bit and makes those shots a bit less painful than they could be.

I was able to go club-for-club with the P7TW, P730, and P7MB, and without getting into a data rabbit hole, I carried the P7MB about four yards further on average. Not a ton, but certainly enough to acknowledge.

P7MB: Overall

Winner, winner. Let’s be really honest here, what were the odds of this club not checking off every box? The muscle back war is won in the whole experience—from how it looks in the bag, to that first center strike, all the way to how it makes you feel as a player.

Is this club for 10 handicappers? No. 8’s? No. It was designed for the Rorys, DJs, and Collin Morikawas of the world. TaylorMade wanted to make a superb “staff blade” and Bovee and his crew did it. No small feat. The P730 was involved in a ton of great golf over the past three years—hard to improve on that. But they did—just in a very nuanced way. Well done.

Specs

Available for preorder on August 14, 2020, and in stores beginning September 4, 2020, P7MB irons ($1,399) will be offered in (3-PW) and come equipped with KBS Tour steel shafts (X 130g, S 120g) as well as the Golf Pride Z-Grip in grey/black. Available in RH and yes LH)

More photos and discussion in the forums. 

TaylorMade P7MC irons

Its predecessor, the P750, is arguably the best players cavity back TaylorMade has ever designed. With multiple wins across the world and a strong presence among top amateurs and college players, the P750 won players over for one main reason: simplicity.

So, when Matt Bovee and the team decided to go back in and build something new, there weren’t a lot of places to go beyond one or two ticks better. In this iron class, that’s all that is required.

Introducing the new 2020 TaylorMade P7MC players cavity back iron.

2020 TaylorMade P7MC

“We had a great foundation to work off of with the P750 so the main things we wanted to focus on was keeping the DNA of a great iron and simply making it sound and feel a little better and be a bit more appealing sitting in the bag.”

-Matt Bovee TM

Visuals

At address, the 2020 TaylorMade P7MC will look very similar to the P750—why mess with a good thing? The part of this iron that players will appreciate is the nod to TaylorMade heritage—i.e. the 2005 TP Forged and the Japan-only version.

More photos and discussion in the forums. 

So, what’s new?

Like its muscle back sibling, the 2020 TaylorMade P7MC incorporates the same 2,000-ton pressure forging to ensure the feel and sound are dialed in. This iron is also truly a one-piece forging, no titanium plugs, no extra badging no real bells, and whistles. The player will notice a slightly longer blade length (the P750), thin top line and a touch more offset then the P7MB.

It’s a simple clean players cavity back that looks amazing in the bag, behind the ball, and most likely on TV. Trust me, even that matters.

In addition, the milling process gives P7MC the sharp lines and grooves we can expect from TaylorMade forgings.

The New TaylorMade P7MC Face On

The experience

Like the P7MB, I had the chance to test the MC, and what I liked most about it was the lack of surprises. Yes, it’s stunning to look at, probably more so than any club TaylorMade had made in recent memory, including the P7TW. It’s gorgeous, but past that, the iron is just a workhorse. It has a crisp feel, plays very similar to the MB with the exception of mishits for obvious reasons. Simple, simple, simple. For the best players in the world, that’s all they want. Does it look good? Yes. Feel good? Yes. Most importantly will it take a long time to transition from my P750’s? No.

In this category, I like that. In the MB, MC category, a 1-2 percent improvement is all you really want to see.

Overall

It will come as a shock to no one, the 2020 TaylorMade P7MC is everything die-hard P750 players would want. The DNA of a great iron is there, they feel a bit better with the new pressure process, they look ridiculously cool, offer a pinch more forgiveness, and most importantly, they do the job.

Specs

 

Available for preorder on August 14 and at retail beginning September 4

P7MC irons ($1,399) will be offered in (3-PW) and come equipped with KBS Tour steel shafts (X 130g, S 120g) as well as the Golf Pride Z-Grip in grey/black. Available in RH and LH.

More photos and discussion in the forums. 

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TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind wedges are officially coming to retail

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New for 2020: TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind wedges.

Tiger Woods not only moves the needle in golf…he is the needle. No one in golf history (perhaps sports, for that matter) garners the interest that the 15-time major champion does. So, when a piece of his equipment becomes available to the masses, it’s a big deal.

Introducing the long-awaited TaylorMade MG2 TW (Tiger Woods) Grind wedges.

2020 TaylorMade MG2 Tiger Woods Grind

First off, there is something that all of us need to understand about anything in Tiger Woods’ bag…it’s made for him. P7TW irons are the perfect example. Although they are beautiful in the bag and hold the necessary “wow” factor, they were designed for Tiger, by Tiger…that’s it.

This absolutely is not to dissuade someone from giving these a whirl, the point is, they are unique to him and have details about them that you must understand before sticking it in play.

The TaylorMade MG2 (Milled Grind 2) TW Grind wedge sits in the same box.

In simple terms, they are wedges that simply do it all—but only if you are skilled enough to use them.

More photos and the discussion in the forums.

TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind wedge: 56-12

TaylorMade MG2 Tiger Woods WITB 56

TaylorMade MG2 Tiger Woods WITB 56

TaylorMade MG2 Tiger Woods WITB 56

The grind on the TaylorMade MG2 TW is a dual-sole profile that allows Tiger to play multiple shots in any situation. Probably fair to say that it’s a 56 degree that could masquerade as a 60 in some cases. With quite a bit of heel relief for a 56-degree wedge, the TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind is designed to be both an optimum wedge for full shots and offer a ton of versatility around the greens.

Keep in mind TW is a player that still uses the 56-degree around the greens a good portion more than most on tour. Hence the heel relief and unique sole design. In addition, he doesn’t carry a gap wedge, so the 56 has to deliver the perfect turf interaction for high-speed shots.

Chris Trott from TaylorMade sports marketing had a chance to chat with Tiger about his wedges last year and this is what he said:

“I had the good fortune of talking to Tiger a little about the nature of his wedges and the biggest take away was that he likes to commit to exactly what part of the of the bounce he wants to utilize. Once that’s committed to, it’s time to execute.”

More photos and the discussion in the forums.

TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind: 60-11

2020 TaylorMade MG2 Tiger Woods Grind Retail vs Tigers

The same things apply to the TaylorMade MG2 TW 60-11.

The unique pre-worn leading edge offers a bounce profile that works for shots squared up, while the aggressive heel relief on the back edge allows the wedge to sit close to the ground on open-face shots. To be honest, this 60-degree wedge has a high/med/low bounce profile, not really adding grind profiles to one wedge, more like adding a shot buffet for the player who knows what s/he is doing.

2020 TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Down the Line

2020 TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Face on

I had a chance to speak with TaylorMade’s Principal Engineer Paul Demkowski who was the project lead on P7TW and MG2 TW, and this is what he had to say:

Paul Demkowski and Tiger Woods at TaylorMade’s “Kingdom”

JW: Walk me through the process of developing the TW wedge from A to Z—including your time and collaboration with Mike Taylor.

PD: The collaboration with Mike T was a download of information from the 15-plus years he’s worked with TW…understanding the evolution of his sole designs and where it currently stood. We wanted to add tech to make it TaylorMade. That’s where Milled Grind technology came in. This allowed us to perfectly duplicate his complex sole grinds every single time.

For the first six months, the grinds were very similar to what he used. In January of 2019, I met with TW at Torrey Pines. He asked for a new 60-degree wedge with more bounce and less heel relief. He felt this would be better for his bunker play. We made the adjustments to the design and got the new sole grind to TW within a few weeks. He won the Masters with it and has been using this new sole grind in the 60 ever since. This is the grind being sold in the MG2 TW.

JW: The MG2 TW Grind has a very unique profile—it’s almost five grinds in one. Can you explain what makes it so unique?

PD: The number of complex surfaces on the sole is what make these wedges so unique. The pre-worn leading edge adds resistance to digging while still allowing the leading edge to sit low. The trailing edge and heel relief make these wedges very versatile for different shots around the green. With different face angles, the leading edge still stays low, which is unique while having a decent amount of bounce and camber. The combination of these features produces a wedge that is good in tight/firm conditions but also good in bunkers and softer conditions.

JW: Eliminating the obvious, what other profile of player would this wedge be good for?

PD: They are for a skilled wedge player that has a shallow-to-neutral attack angle…that likes a lot of versatility with the leading edge sitting low to the ground.

JW: Since the angles are so specific, would bending it weak or strong change the essence of the whole wedge?

PD: Just like any other wedge you will increase or decrease bounce when you weaken or strengthen loft. Plus or minus one degree of loft change would be hard to notice. Strengthening more than a degree will require the player to be extra precise with the reduction in bounce.

Specs: (TW’s specs on the button, FYI)More photos and the discussion in the forums.

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