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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.

2020 TaylorMade P770

2020 TaylorMade P770 6-iron. Cavity view.

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.

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

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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.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Tyler Made

    Aug 16, 2020 at 5:24 am

    Can’t wait to purchase a new set of P770’s!

  2. Sloppy

    Aug 14, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    An actual quote: “The new 2020 TaylorMade P770 irons from TaylorMade”

    I would love product articles that were more similar to the articles of old; this reads like a thinly veiled TM marketing piece. My preference is either a ‘news’ or ‘editorial’ tone, not together.

  3. jgpl001

    Aug 11, 2020 at 10:21 am

    I am still gaming the P750’s and the P7MC is virtually no different, testament to how good the P750 was/is

    It’s also remarkably like my fav TM iron from the past, the the RAC TP 05

    To be fair they all look good, very good

  4. Ian Woosnam

    Aug 11, 2020 at 12:15 am

    The P770’s!! I like that design, aerodynamic and visually appealing!

  5. Okaythen

    Aug 10, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    The mix/match chart is clever marketing. Raise for that guy.
    https://tinyurl.com/yyylm28p

  6. JK

    Aug 10, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Seriously? No approach wedge for P770 in LH. Not sure who’s making decisions at TM but I can tell you that you will sell more left handed AW’s than 3 irons that you made available.

  7. Delbert

    Aug 10, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Bridgestone? Wait, I’m confused. I thought this was Taylormade/Addidas/StolefromAdams.

  8. Wil

    Aug 10, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Might need to make the switch

  9. Chris Saunders

    Aug 10, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Is the 770 going to have the hollow construction continue to pw like the 790 or will be solid as per the 760?

  10. Gianni sucks

    Aug 10, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Srixon called, they want their club head design back.

    • Dirty Dave

      Aug 10, 2020 at 10:38 am

      Bridgestone also called…

      • JD

        Aug 11, 2020 at 12:57 pm

        Tourstage called Bridgestone, oh wait they’re the same…

    • Holein1

      Aug 31, 2020 at 9:06 am

      Srixon is a decent club too. I like Srixon as well. I’ve gamed them for years and they are very solid. Ball control is very good and distance is mid pack.

  11. ThumbsUpDUDEa

    Aug 10, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Im not much of a TM guy yet that lineup looks good. Glad they brought back a regular cavity back iron. Those hollow irons can be too inconsistent in distance. Nothing like grabbing your 170 club and catching it juuuuuust right and watching it fly 180 over the green to be short sided to a downhill shot.

    • Benny

      Aug 27, 2020 at 9:09 am

      Well said. Not to mention I see my buds playing 48* gap wedges now because the Pw flies 150.
      All and all tho TMag and what they keep bringing. The ball revived my game. Still play the woods and have been a huge fan of their putter inserts since 2007-08.
      Unfortunately I will have to wait a couple years as I never buy anything new.

  12. Ryan

    Aug 10, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Damn those look good! Have not been a fan of TaylorMade irons in the past but these are intriguing. I’ll have to try them out.

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