Which TaylorMade iron is best for me?

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Which TaylorMade irons should I buy? Your guide to each iron in TaylorMade's 2021 line-up and who they are aimed at.

Most major brands have five, six or even seven irons in their 2021 line-ups, which shows the importance of having solutions for all golfers, irrespective of ability or personal preference. Choices range from slimline musclebacks to hollow heads and cavity backs, and while some are forged, others have springy faces just like a driver.  

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So with such a huge amount of choice out there, we felt it was far too easy for golfers to get confused about which iron best suits them.

Even golfers who have a good idea of which iron suits them probably don’t realise what they put on the line in terms of ball speed, carry and forgiveness by choosing a set above their station.

To help you choose the right TaylorMade model, we will show you how the brand’s whole iron range compares against each other.

As well as launch monitor data from our pro, we’ve given every TaylorMade iron a forgiveness rating (1 = least forgiving, 5 = most forgiving) and a handicap guide to spell out simply what sort of players should be considering what sort of models, and why.

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Neil Wain is the Today's Golfer golf test professional.

How we tested which TaylorMade iron is best for you

We asked TaylorMade to submit their entire 2021 iron range for testing.

We created a controlled test environment indoors at Keele Golf Centre and used premium golf balls.

We collected a ton of data from every iron shot hit, using a Foresight Sports GC Quad launch monitor, all of which can be found further down this piece.

TaylorMade P7MB iron.

TaylorMade P7MB irons

RRP £1,299
Category Muscleback Blade
Forgiveness Rating 1
Handicap Range 4 and below
Construction Forged from a single piece of 1025 Carbon Steel
Availability 3-PW
Stock shaft KBS Tour
7-iron loft 35°

Very much for the best ball strikers in the world, as players like Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy had input into them. The constant blade (the pitching wedge is the same size as a 4-iron) was a direct request from DJ himself.

The TaylorMade P7MB iron was the most talked about blade of 2020 so if you find yourself thinking about a set of blades in 2021, you have to factor them in.

It should come as no surprise the P7MB gave our consistent-striking test pro his biggest carry distance drop-off of any of the TaylorMade P-Series models.

BUY IT NOW: Get the TaylorMade P7MB irons from Scottsdale Golf

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TaylorMade P7MC iron.

TaylorMade P7MC irons

RRP £1,299
Category Players
Forgiveness Rating 2
Handicap Range 4 and below
Construction Forged from a single piece of 1025 Carbon Steel
Availability 3-PW
Stock shaft KBS Tour
7-iron loft 34°

The TaylorMade P7MC is a tour-focused forged iron with the shallowest of cavity backs.

Think of the MC as a blade for elite golfers who tend to hit lots of straighter shots, rather than working the ball around the course with a muscleback and you really won’t go too far wrong.

Our pro produced very similar 7-iron test data with the MC and P770, but where we’ve seen a big difference in previous test sessions was among the long irons. The hollow body P770 iron launches and flies higher and comes into land on a steeper angle, which makes stopping shots on long approaches a realistic goal. Something worth remembering if you find yourself attracted to the P7MC iron, as TaylorMade offer the P-Series on a mix-and-match basis.

BUY IT NOW: Get the TaylorMade P7MC irons from Scottsdale Golf

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TaylorMade P770 iron.

TaylorMade P770 irons

RRP £1,299
Category Players Distance
Forgiveness Rating 2.5
Handicap Range 8 and below
Construction Hollow body with 8620 carbon steel body and 4140 forged face
Availability 3-PW, AW
Stock shaft KBS Tour
7-iron loft 33°

When the TaylorMade P770 irons launched last year, we had so many questions from club golfers asking if their game was going to be good enough to squeeze into a set of the beautiful clubs. While some YouTubers may have suggested mid-handicap golfers could use a set successfully, TaylorMade insist the set are designed for low single-figure players.

We’ll admit we haven’t seen such an aspirational iron for ages. Just remember the 7-iron loft is 2.5° weaker than the P790. And for our test pro, the extra loft and smaller head size gave up 15 yards of carry to the P790 iron.

For most club golfers that won’t be justifiable for a 2mm smaller head. It does, though, show brilliantly what’s on the line by choosing the P770 with your heart rather than the P790 with your head.

BUY IT NOW: Get the TaylorMade P770 irons from Scottsdale Golf

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TaylorMade P790 iron.

TaylorMade P790 irons

RRP £1,299 (s), £1,399 (g)
Category Players Distance
Forgiveness Rating 3
Handicap Range 12 and below
Construction Hollow body with 8620 carbon steel body and 4140 forged face
Offering 3-PW, AW
Shafts True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 VSS (s), UST Mamiya's Recoil 760/780 ES SmacWrap (g)
7-iron loft 30.5º

The P790 now sits skilfully on the fence between the players distance and mid-handicap iron categories, which means it mops up a whole host of golfers who want a really good-looking iron, but also want ball speed and distance built in, too.

A perfect option for club golfers who put a premium on how their irons look and sound, but still need that bit of help on ball-striking off-days. While the P790’s target golfer might need to keep an eye on distance, they aren’t willing to go all out with the very strong lofts now found on most mid/high handicap irons.

The TaylorMade P790 will be two years old in August, so it’s possible there will be a new model in 2021.

BUY IT NOW: Get the TaylorMade P790 irons from Scottsdale Golf

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TaylorMade SIM2 Max iron.

TaylorMade SIM2 Max irons

RRP £899 (s), £1,049 (g)
Category Mid-Handicap
Forgiveness Rating 3.5
Handicap Range 10 and above
Construction Cast with 450 stainless steel face
Availability 4-PW, AW, SW, LW
Stock shaft KBS Max MT (s) Fujikura Ventus (g)
7-iron loft 28.5°

While sleek and sexy players irons might tug at our heart strings, in the real world most of us need all the help we can get. Enter SIM2.

The big draw is how TaylorMade have tuned the sound to be more like a forged iron. It means you give nothing up in terms of feedback, but get extra playability and (if you can muster as much speed as our test pro) up to 17 yards more carry than a P770.

Incredibly, the SIM2 Max irons (6.5° stronger 7-iron loft than the P7MB) flights shots higher and brings the ball down onto the green at the same type of angle as the muscleback, which demonstrates brilliantly how far modern weighting techniques have come to make strong-lofted irons so playable.

BUY IT NOW: Get the TaylorMade SIM2 Max irons from Scottsdale Golf

WATCH: Best Mid-Handicap Irons Test

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TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS Iron.

TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS irons

RRP £899 (s), £1,049 (g)
Category High Handicap
Forgiveness Rating 4
Handicap Range 28 and below
Construction Cast with 450 stainless steel face
Availability 4-PW, SW, LW
Stock shaft KBS Max MT (s), Fujikura Ventus Blue (g)
7-iron loft 26.5°

With a 7-iron loft of 26.5°, the TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS is the second strongest iron on the market (Titleist T400 is 26°), and it’s the longest model we’ve hit this year.

Vastly different amounts of hosel offset compared to the SIM2 Max is how TaylorMade make this iron playable, as extra offset pushes the centre of gravity further back to help with launch and forgiveness. Realistically, we reckon golfers will still need at least average levels of swing speed to get the OS to launch at optimal levels of spin, height and descent angle.

But if speed isn’t your demon, you won’t find a longer iron in 2021, yet it still flighted shots higher and got the ball to land at a steeper angle (without being the lowest spinning) than any other in the current TaylorMade line-up.

BUY IT NOW: Get the TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS irons from Scottsdale Golf

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How TaylorMade irons compared on our launch monitor

The data from our TaylorMade irons test.

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