Which TaylorMade irons should I buy? We've tested them all to bring you a guide to each iron in TaylorMade's 2021 line-up and who they are aimed at.
While we have tested all of the year's models head-to-head in our Best Irons Test and Best Mid Handicap Irons Test, we've also tested individual brand's 2021 iron ranges against each other, including Ping, Callaway, Mizuno, Srixon, PXG and Honma to help you find the best iron for you.
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.
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 if they know the brand they want.
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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Category Players Distance | Forgiveness Rating 2.5-3 | Handicap Range 14 and below | Construction Hollow cast body with 8620 carbon steel head and 1.5mm 4140 steel forged L-face | Availability 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 third-generation of the P790 launched in August and looks set to be one of the best-selling irons of 2021. The new model is being slightly repositioned as a gateway iron into the TaylorMade’s P Series family, giving extra encouragement to aspirational mid-handicap players who hanker for a great looking forged iron.
TaylorMade say the new P790’s area of maximum spring and speed (the sweetspot) has grown by 60% over the original P790, and an additional 15-30% over the 2019 second generation, which makes it more forgiving than ever on off-centre strikes. Couple that with the new SpeedFoam Air, which has allowed 3.5g of weight to be redistributed, repositioned Tungsten weighting, the Thru-Speed pocket which helps protects ball speeds from strikes low on the face, and heads that are 37.5% thinner and the 2021 model is definitely a more attractive proposition to a wider range of golfers than the 2019 version.
If you’re an average speed player who’s been attracted to P790 before but you’ve found the Dynamic Gold 105 regular shafts on the heavy side, we love how TaylorMade have introduced a new, lighter Dynamic Gold 95 as the stock regular flex shaft. TaylorMade have obviously thought about their target audience really carefully, and we reckon teaming this shaft with a Tour Response ball could be an excellent marriage for lots of reasonable club golfers.
Our testing showed the P790 to have 17yds of carry distance over the slightly smaller and 2.5º-weaker lofted P770 7-iron. It also flights shots four yards higher with a steeper descent into greens.
The choice between the P790 and the SIM2 Max iron will be a difficult decision for many to make. For most it will come down to whether you put a premium on using a forged iron (as the SIM2 Max is cast) and how much you want to spend, as performance wise the pair are very evenly matched, yet there’s a £250 price difference at RRP.
Of course, the arrival of the revamped 2021 P790, especially at a lower RRP than than its predecessor, means the 2019 P790 will drop in price. They had an RRP of £1,299 at launch but can be picked up for as little as £859 now – an incredible price for what remains a brilliant iron.
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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.
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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.
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