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TaylorMade launches next-generation 2021 P790, P790 UDI irons

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The final piece in the TaylorMade P700 Series has fallen into place. Last August, the Carlsbad company announced P7MB, P7MC, and P770 irons, with the ends of the Series spectrum — P7TW and 2019 P790 irons — staying the same.

We know there are no plans to update the P7TW irons (unless Tiger Woods wants to alter his preferred surgical instruments), but plenty of equipment soothsayers expected a new P790 this summer — and TaylorMade has delivered.

Third-generation 2021 TaylorMade P790 irons continue to occupy the “players distance” seat at the P7TW, P7MB, P7MC, and P770 family table.

2021 TaylorMade P790 irons

We knew the profile would remain larger than the P770, and at first glance, the 2021 P790 shares much more in common cosmetically with P770 irons than the 2019 P790 design (comparison of P770, 2019 P790 below).

(P770 and 2019 P790)

Of course, we also know the real story of the P700 line in general, P790 in particular, is under the hood, so let’s take a look.

SpeedFoam, which was the showpiece of the original (2017) P790 line gets an upgrade in the 2021 edition. Dubbed SpeedFoam Air, the ultralight urethane foam is 69 percent less dense than the 2019 iteration.

2021 TaylorMade P790 7-iron

2021 TaylorMade P790 7-iron

As is the formula in golf club design, saving weight in one area allows engineers to relocate it to another to accomplish specific aims. In this case, it’s to aid launch. And that’s just what the folks at TM have done, moving the CG lower in the heads of P790 irons to the tune of an average of .5 millimeters.

“SpeedFoam Air is the heartbeat of the new P·790 irons. The development of this lightweight urethane material allowed us to strategically reconstruct the iron head to promote optimal launch conditions and a sweet spot that covers the most common strike points on the face.” — Matt Bovee, Product Creation, Irons

With respect to that sweet spot, TaylorMade’s Intelligent Sweet Spot is the product of data from thousands of golf shot to determine the most common impact points on the face. Bovee and company then strategically shaped and positioned the sweet spot (i.e. moved it) so it captures more of these shots.

As you would expect, more shots struck on the sweet spot yields greater ball speed and distance compared to the previous generation P790 — it’s a “performance where you need it” narrative.

2021 TaylorMade P790: Additional details

  • Made from 8620 carbon steel
  • Combination of Rengineered Forged Hollow Body Construction and 1.5mm forged 4140 steel L-Face yields flexibility, fast ball speeds, and distance while maintaining a forged feel.
  • Up to 31 grams of tungsten weighting in an individual iron head is strategically positioned for stability and forgiveness.
  • Thru-Slot Speed Pocket increases face flexibility and preserves ball speed and distance on low-face strikes.

2021 TaylorMade P790 UDI

Featuring the same Thru-Slot Speed Pocket, SpeedFoam Air, and other technology mentioned above, the 2021 P790 UDI is a driving iron built from tour feedback. Shaped and weighted to cater to low-launch, low-spin players, TaylorMade’s latest iteration of the Ultimate Driving Iron is its most technologically advanced yet.

TaylorMade P790: Specifications, pricing, availability

  • Available for pre-order now
  • At retail 9/3

P790

Steel (True Temper Dynamic Gold)

Single iron: $185.71
7-piece set: $1,299.99

Graphite (Mitsubishi Chemical MMT)

Single iron: $214.28
7-piece set: $1,499.99

Golf Pride Z-Grip

2021 TaylorMade P790 irons specs

2021 TaylorMade P790 irons specs

P790 UDI

Single iron: $249.99

2-iron (17 degrees)
Project X HZRDS Black Smoke
Golf Pride Z-Grip

2021 TaylorMade P790 UDI irons specs

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  1. Bro bro

    Aug 14, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Will these cave in more than the 2019 790s? Probably.

  2. matt

    Aug 12, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    What’s optimal… should we reduce spin to zero and launch the ball straight up in the air. Is that the goal here… Gimme a break with this nonsense

  3. GaGolfer

    Aug 11, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    “As is the formula in golf club design, saving weight in one area allows engineers to relocate it to another to accomplish specific aims. In this case, it’s to aid launch. And that’s just what the folks at TM have done, moving the CG lower in the heads of P790 irons to the tune of an average of .5 millimeters.”

    I try not to be negative, and the TM irons are really beautiful to me, but touting moving the CG lower by .5mm, or half the size of a sharpened pencil tip, is just typical industry bs they hope will sound impressive to folks who don’t know any better. What would actually be helpful is – were they able to reduce/remove the hot spots in the face so we aren’t hitting 7Is anywhere from 160 – 190? Most of this is just the usual blah blah blah TM and the industry feels they can get away with shoveling at us. I’m pretty tired of it.

  4. Epic Golfer

    Aug 10, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Nothing pure anymore.

  5. Bob Gambino

    Aug 10, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    And still no left handed P790 UDI

  6. Gunter Eisenberg

    Aug 10, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Same old…same old..

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Sahith Theegala WITB 2021 (December)

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  • Sahith Theegala what’s in the bag accurate as of the Sanderson Farms Championship 

Driver: Ping G425 LST (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX

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Hybrid: Ping G425 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 5 X

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Irons: Ping iBlade (2-6), Ping Blueprint (7-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5 (2): Tour AD DI 5 X (7-PW)

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Wedges: Ping Glide (50-12), Ping Glide 2.0 (54-12, 58-06)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

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Putter: Ping Anser 2
Putter Grip: Ping PP58 Black

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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Ping ID-8

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Air Jordan 4 Golf ‘Bred’ at retail Dec 22

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It definitely seems as though the Jordan 4 mold is the “it” shoe for golf iterations. With prominent golfers such as Pat Perez wearing the Jordan 4 model, something about the shoe must be working!

The Air Jordan 4 Golf ‘Bred’ bears many of the same characteristics as the non-golf version. The shoe includes the original color blocking (including the popular The “Black,” “Fire Red,” and “Cement Grey”) and materials, lacing system, and the Jumpman logo on the heel.

The main difference, of course, will be the translucent outsoles that bear the black, course-gripping spikes.

The Jordan 4 Golf ‘Bred’ will be released on December 22, 2021, and the retail will be $220. While specific retail details have not been finalized, expect Nike to be the primary retailer.

(Photo via Pat Perez on Instagram)

Join the discussion about all things Jordan Golf shoes in the forums.

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Cleveland Golf unveils new next-gen CBX ZipCore wedges

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Cleveland Golf has today announced the introduction of the next generation of its CBX line of wedges: the CBX ZipCore.

The foundation of the latest CBX ZipCore is a low-density core that sits at the heart of the wedge. ZipCore shifts the center of gravity while also boosting High-Low MOI in design for more stability high and low on the wedge face for maximum forgiveness.

Per Cleveland, the result is a 26% improvement in High-Low MOI compared against the previous generation and a 10% improvement in Heel-Toe MOI.

“If you play cavity back irons, you should be playing a CBX wedge, plain and simple. The sole is more forgiving, the face is more forgiving, and it’s easier to swing.” – Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development at Cleveland Golf

The Hollow Cavity Design on the new wedges contains a hollow chamber near the heel with added weight in the toe to maximize MOI and perimeter weighting in design for maximum forgiveness, while a Gelback TPU Insert dampens vibrations to provide a pure feel at impact.

Similar to RTX ZipCore, the CBX ZipCore features Cleveland’s UltiZip Grooves.

The UltiZip Grooves are 11% sharper and 7.3% deeper while also being 7.4% closer together. With the grooves being closer together, Cleveland was able to add two more grooves to each wedge face for more groove contact resulting in more spin.

The new CBX ZipCore features three Dynamic Sole Grinds: the V, C- and S-Shaped soles to make sure players can cope with any type of shot.

Specs, Availability & Pricing

  • Sole Grinds/Lofts: V-Shaped Sole(44-52 degrees for Men’s, 48-52 degrees for Women’s), S-Shaped Sole (54-56 degrees), C-Shaped Sole (58-60 degrees)
  • U.S. Retail Launch Date: December 17, 2021
  • Pricing: $149.99 (Steel); $159.99 (Graphite)
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