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Greatest TaylorMade Irons of all Time

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TaylorMade’s drivers revolutionized golf in the early 2000s, thanks to a string of performance leaders including the R500 series, which also lead to a lot of other firsts for the company.

What is often forgotten is just how many amazing sets of irons the company has produced over the last 20 years, which has also put them among the category leaders.

These are the best TaylorMade irons of all time.

P790 – Released 2017

The first iron on this list is also one of the newest. As soon as the 2017 P790 was launched, it was quickly adopted by golfers of all skill levels! It was the perfect combination of looks and performance, which created a mass appeal to both better players and mid-handicapper looking for and iron that offered a little extra help and ball speed, while still “looking the part.”

The SpeedFoam injected head backed up the looks to provide a club that felt great too, which is generally the biggest detriment to clubs initially meant for higher handicap players. In the end, whether it was a full set, or players using them to build combo sets in their long irons, there is a big reason the 2019 TaylorMade P790 only saw minor tweaks to the design—you don’t fix what isn’t broken.

RAC Forged CB – Released 2004

For a long time, this was one of the most-discussed sets of irons ever made by TaylorMade. 2004 Forged RAC CBs were hard to find unless you knew where to look, and to many, they looked very similar to the RAC “Coin Forged” Combo released around the same period.

There were big differences though between the two: the CB set came in a satin chrome vs polished. It was a full CB design instead of transitioning to blades in the shorter clubs, and how could we forget, were forged in very limited numbers by Miura—yes, the same Miura known for their extremely precise club manufacturing history.

The rumor was the CBs were planned to be a larger release, but Miura’s limited production output left TaylorMade having to source a new forging house to meet demand and the “Coin Forged” combo set was soon born. Although they never got a full-scale release, they are still one of the most well-regarded sets among golfers.

P7TW – Released 2019

What else could be said about the P7TW irons? These are Tiger’s irons down to every last detail and incorporate for the first time in an iron TaylorMade’s Milled Grind technology. They set the golf world ablaze last April when they were officially launched right before the 2019 Masters (TaylorMade P7TW irons: Designed for Tiger). We recently covered their development in depth here too: Phase 1 vs. P7TW: An inside look at Tiger Woods’ TaylorMade irons. This iron is the absolute peak of TaylorMade craftsmanship.

Original RAC LT – Released 2002

The RAC LTs (LT stands for lower trajectory) helped position TaylorMade among the leaders in the better players iron category in the early 2000s. The RAC (Relative Amplitude Coefficient) line as a whole was built around creating great feeling products that also provided the right amount of forgiveness for each player.

With other forged models released around the same time and the blades gathering a lot of the initial attention, the RAC LT initially flew under the radar since they were positioned at a lower price point compared to the TP models. In the end, TaylorMade sold a lot more sets of the LT compared to the blades, thanks to their perfect combination of playability, workability, and looks. The rest is history.

RAC TP MB Smoke – Released 2008

This blade easily goes down as one of the best looking TaylorMade irons of all time. The TP MB Smoke took the classic muscle-back blade and drew inspiration from input from their tour pros to give it a modern spin. The original version launched in 2006 offered the same look but in a chrome finish, and since it was still a popular design, they only changed the finish option in 2008. These irons also incorporated some of TaylorMade’s wedge technology through the entire set by offering their proprietary milled “Z” grooves for extra spin consistency in all playing conditions.

Tour Preferred MC – Released 2011

The 2011 TP MC was the flagship of the 2011 Tour Preferred line. The key design element of all the iron models was the weight screw positioned right in the middle of the back of the head to keep mass centered directly behind the sweet spot. This feature, something we have seen before and that continues to this day from other OEMs, allowed for precise controlling of head weight without altering the CG to maximize performance. When talking individuals in “the know,” the 2011 Tour Preferred series of irons are remembered fondly as some of the best irons ever made by the Carlsbad-based OEM.

The MCs still have such a cult following, Daniel Berger uses them on tour to this day (Daniel Berger notches top-10 finish with 9-year-old TaylorMade irons). 

Burner ’09 – Released 2009

If you talk to any club fitter, they will say to this day, “If a player comes in with a set of ’09 Burner irons and hits them fairly well, they are going to be very hard to beat.”

There are several reasons the Burners perform so well, including the fact they were one of the first sets to push stronger lofts and wider gapping of five-degree increments up to the 7-iron. Although lower CG and stronger lofts are commonplace now, this design and technology tweak allowed golfers to see improved distance and gapping, which is something most players still struggle with.

To this day it is still one of the top-selling TaylorMade irons of all time.

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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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31 Comments

  1. Richard F wheeler

    Jul 24, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    What does anyone have to say about the KVD irons. I just picked up a set and will play them tomorrow. Remind me of my old Haig Ultras.

  2. stanley

    May 1, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    i have a set of p7 tw irons in tiger’s original specs. his loft if so weak compared to what we are accustomed to playing with today.

  3. Gerald Teigrob

    Apr 29, 2020 at 11:48 am

    I’m surprised to see that the TM Rocketblades irons didn’t show up here. I had the gap and sand wedge from that iron, and wish I still had them! I realize the Rocketballz would bring out our humor, but the Rocketbladez and Speedbladez were the irons that grabbed my attention. I did like the Burner 2.0 irons.I’d be interested in seeing the greatest Cobra irons of all time!

  4. Tiger

    Apr 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    2005 TP CB in the satin finish were perty! I think Goosen bagged these.

  5. chip75

    Apr 20, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    The 300 FCIs, the R9 TP Faldo set, (I think they were Japan only?), the original RAC blades.

  6. Dan Butler

    Apr 18, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    2009 TP Irons are better than all of these.

  7. Gary Byron

    Apr 16, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Never had much time for Taylor irons; but I have a set of “Speed Blades” that I can still hit as good as anything I’ve played!

  8. MikeB

    Apr 16, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Their older models may have been good, and don’t know about the newer stuff, will explain. Had the SpeedBlades when they came out, broke 3 of them, not in anger, during normal play. The inside of 2 irons shattered, and another broke off at the hosel, ball on the green, head on the forward tees. They were replaced by TM with the RSI irons, took just over a year before caving in the 4 iron, and multiple irons had their face slot material breaking and falling out. Both sets complete junk. Along with a 2016 M1, and 2017 M1 driver, face caved in both, will forever be done with TM. And when friends ask about getting new equipment, I steer them away from this crap

  9. Bobby

    Apr 16, 2020 at 2:39 am

    Taylormade Rac LT’s was my favorite iron of all time! Shot my lowest round ever with them. That iron set was my first ever. Before that I was gaming my dads old ping eye 2’s. I got too cocky and decided I was way too good for the Racs and needed a blade lol. Still to this day I remember how cocky I was with those things. Should have never switched so early only gamed for 1 year.

  10. JP

    Apr 16, 2020 at 1:50 am

    No love for the LCG?!?

  11. steve

    Apr 16, 2020 at 12:10 am

    We all have our personal preferences. Me, the ‘06 R7 TP. Been gaming them since new with only a recent shaft change to accommodate 15 years of aging. Im a rec player that will never eclipse a 2+ HDCP. So why bother Changing what feels good when $1000 for P790’s will make no/very little difference.

  12. Chris

    Apr 15, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    How do you not put Burner 2.0s on this list ????
    Best selling iron by Taylormade !!!!

  13. Imafitter

    Apr 15, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    P790’s are great looking and perform beautifully.

  14. Rory O Donnell

    Apr 15, 2020 at 9:49 am

    The only flaw with the original RAC LT, was that the head was too light

  15. Jerry Weir

    Apr 14, 2020 at 12:53 am

    The 1999 Hogan Apex blades (and their “players cavity back” Apex Plus) are the pinnacle of golf club development.

  16. Bob D

    Apr 13, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    I played the 300 1-percent until last year.never found a replacement until Srixon 785. Until I replaced them 300 irons are the best match of forged blade setup with moderate forgiveness that I ever played

  17. Prime21

    Apr 13, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    RSi TP was too good.

  18. jgpl001

    Apr 13, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    P750 for me
    Still in many tour bags

  19. Alan Peach

    Apr 13, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Taylormade m2 tour, no mention, couldn’t get a new set for love nor money when they came out, they were very popular.

    • Ryan Barath

      Apr 14, 2020 at 9:26 am

      M2 Tour irons were quite good and were basically an updated Burner ’09 with new face tech – the profile was almost exactly the same.

  20. BJ

    Apr 13, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    NO RAC TP CB’s? The satin one with the milled faces!!!!

  21. N

    Apr 13, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Ironic that the list of ‘greatest tmade irons’ includes 2 sets that can barely be classed as an original design by tmade.

    The p790, a blatent rip off, that PXG rightfully filed a lawsuit against (they settled out of court)

    P7TW, an iron that was designed with input from Tiger and his old club designer, to be as close as possible to his previous Nike/Artisan set.

    • M.Coz

      Apr 15, 2020 at 11:25 pm

      You implications are incorrect. There was a suit and countersuit. TM did not lose in that settlement. Can’t go into details but just because someone sues somebody does not mean that the person who brings the suit is right. In fact in many or most they are not right. TM continues to use hollow heads (which they had in the 80’s!) and they continue to use their type of foam (which is different than PXGs) in subsequent models after the original 790’s. In the end PXG spent a lot money that in the end got them some publicity.

  22. ChipNRun

    Apr 13, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    The SLDRs from 2014 came and went fast, but for everyday people I don’t think you can beat the model. The 3i through 7i featured the innovative Speed Pocket Thru-slot technology, which made the longer irons much easier to launch. The stock KBS Tour C-Taper 90 shaft (lower-launching brother of KBS Tour 90) was an excellent fit for the heads. Between heads and shaft, a ball hit from the rough would set down nicely on the green rather than skittering over.

    The follow-on RSi variants offered no real improvement as far as I could tell.

  23. Cody Reeder

    Apr 13, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Good list. A few misses I think. The P7-TW are so specific that you really can’t add them to the best ever list.

  24. bl

    Apr 13, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    The Rac CB is one of the good looking set of irons. This is a pretty good list, but I would think the 300’s need to be included. I’ve never seen the Rac MB Smoke in person but they look pretty in pictures. I remember fitting people back when the Burner irons came out they were tough to beat they were so good.

  25. DelacruzC5D

    Apr 13, 2020 at 11:15 am

    OH MY GOODNESS…how did the Taylormade 300 forged irons not make it into this list?! I respectfully object, as I felt like that iron performed and felt better than any of the RAC models, minus the blade. And that’s not counting the infamous Miura forged specialty pieces.
    It took me over a decade and a half to find anything as good as the 300, and even now, I still bring them out of storage and hit them every once and a while.

    • Haloha

      Apr 13, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      I agree the 300 FCI are great cavity blades (still have them))and were better than the RAC, just not many people knew about them back then nor did they know Miura.

    • Large chris

      Apr 13, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      Blimey I picked up a set of 300s based on GolfWRX recommendations…. they’re a bit harsh aren’t they? Narrow soles, bit too aggressive looking, high pitched ding sound. Also found the swing weights very inconsistent had to adjust them quite a bit.

    • Dan

      Apr 13, 2020 at 3:14 pm

      Absolutely

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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/27/20): Mizuno woods, Bettinardi, and Cobra Big Tour

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We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Whether you’re looking an oversized fairway wood for off the deck, our you’re a minimalist looking to reduce clubs in your bag and use it as a mini driver, this Cobra Big Tour is your ticket!

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New Wilson Staff Model CB irons for 2021

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Can you name the golf equipment company that owns the most major championship victories?

Well, if you are reading this, I imagine if you didn’t know the answer was Wilson you can probably make the connection that, yes, it’s Wilson Staff—and for you trivia buffs, the total is now at an astonishing 62, thanks to 2019 U.S. Open winner Gary Woodland.

Wilson Staff Model CB: Adding to the Wilson iron legacy

To build on the legacy of their forged irons, including the most recent Tour V6, Wilson is introducing the all-new forged Staff Model CB irons featuring multi-material construction to increase MOI and ball striking precision.

They have been designed with input from Wilson staff tour players including Tour V6 users Padraig Harrington, Kevin Streelman, and Kevin Tway to offer the looks and feel golfers expect from a pure forged cavity back.

“The Staff Model CB Irons are aesthetically pleasing to the elite player. 
– Jon Pergande Manager of Golf Club Innovation.

The technology

Improving on the previous V6 irons, Wilson engineers have repositioned a tungsten weight to the toe of the mid and longer irons versus the middle of the sole in the V6’s for additional stability while still maintaining a lower center of gravity. This helps make the long irons with less loft easier to elevate without having to go the route of increasing the size of the cavity or reducing the thickness of the face.

Speaking of the face, it is precision milled to ensure flatness and scorelines are also CNC milled to push them to the limits.

The last part of the design puzzle was to further stabilize the head—while never losing sight of the end goal to produce a forged cavity back iron that delivers the ultimate feel—and that’s where the “Tri Brace Stabilizer” comes in. In the cavity of the forged 8620 head is a 3-way cross-section connecting the heel, toe, and topline with thicker “bars.” These bars stiffen the overall cavity while simultaneously making the club feel more solid thanks to the thicker pad. This means less mass to create a better feel, and the remaining grams shaved from the cavity can be repositioned around the head to help with additional forgiveness.

The new Tri-Brace stabilizer providing a structural connection between the topline and the central impact mass we have stabilized the topline enhancing the energy transfer to the ball while also providing improved sound and feel .” 
— Jon Pergande

Price, specs, and availability

The all-new Wilson Staff model CB irons will be available starting January 15th, 2021, and will retail for $999.99.

The irons will come stock with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips, with other options available through Wilson’s custom program.

Iron (stock) specs

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: MattM97

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of MattM97.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: MattM97

MattM97 WITB

Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees)
Shaft: Ping Tour 65S (45.75″)

3-wood: Ping G410 LST (14.5 Degrees @ 13)
Shaft: Aldila 2KXV Green 75X (43″)

Hybrid: Ping G410 (19 Degrees) (Flat Neutral)
Shaft: Tensei CK Pro Orange 100TX (40.75″)

Irons: Srixon Z585 (4-7), Srixon (7-PW)
Shaft: True Temper AMT Tour White S300 (0.5″ Long)

Wedges: Callaway MD3 (52 @ 51-10S), Callaway MD4 Raw (56-10S), Callaway PM2 (60-10PM)
Shaft: Dynamic Gold Spinner

Putter:TP Mills Trad II Handmade or SIK Pro Tour Proto

Grips: Golf Pride MCC Plus4 Midsize Grey

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Bag: Ping Pioneer

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Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

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