Which irons suit my game?

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Choosing a new set of irons can be both exciting and bewildering, as there’s so many options to choose from. Make the right choice and get a set that compliments your game, and you literally can shave shots from a round. Get it wrong and you put huge amounts on the line when not playing your “A” game.

To help you make a selection we asked TaylorMade’s Tomo Bystedt, who designs irons for everyone from 28 handicappers to Rory McIlroy to explain TaylorMade’s extensive line-up.  

Review: TaylorMade M CGB iron £849 (s) £1,099 (g)

TaylorMade M CGB

Design:

The CGBs have been specifically designed for average-to-slower swing speeds, so lighter swing weights and shafts help optimise launch, peak height and carry distance for golfers who want to enjoy themselves on the course. The heads are larger, the top edges and soles are wider and there’s low and deep tungsten weighting as well as vertical face slots and a speed pocket sole. These have the most offset of all TaylorMade’s irons. 

Tomo says:

These are for players looking for distance, height and forgiveness throughout the set, especially those with mid-to-slow swing speeds, providing long, straight and high shots with every club.   

7-iron specs:

Construction: One-piece cast 450 stainless steel Loft: 29.5° Offset: 4.7mm.

Review: TaylorMade M2 iron £699 (s) £799 (g)

TaylorMade M2 iron

Design:

Jam-packed with game-improving tech. A fluted hosel and 360° undercut top edge remove inefficient mass, while a shallower head profile, wider sole and bigger cavity increase off-centre forgiveness. The lofts are strong compared to TaylorMade’s other irons, but because there’s so much mass positioned to boost playability, they launch higher and spin less, which equates to extra distance and improved stopping power.

Tomo says:

The M2 is the ultimate all-rounder. This iron has incredible speed and forgiveness in the long and mid irons while providing a nice level of workability and precision in the shorter irons. Our most popular iron overall, the M2 will suit golfers of most handicap levels from 10 up.

7-iron specs:

Construction: One-piece cast 450 stainless steel Loft: 28.5° Offset: 4.2mm.

Full M2 review here

Review: TaylorMade M1 iron £849 (s) £1,049 (g)

TaylorMade M1 iron

Design:

Boasts similar levels of distance and forgiveness as the M2, but is wrapped in a more compact head. Less offset, thinner top edges and shorter blade lengths are all features which attract the eye of a better player. By combining a speed pocket sole with vertical face slots you get great levels of ball speed retention even when shots are hit off centre. The 95g shaft weight is significantly lighter than tour level irons.  

Tomo says:

If you’re looking for M2-type performance, but have always craved something a little more compact and workable, then the M1 is your iron. The M1’s thinner sole and reduced offset vs M2 provides more shot shaping for a player in the 5-15 handicap range.

7-iron specs:

Construction: One-piece cast 450 stainless steel Loft: 30.5° Offset: 2.9mm.

Full M1 review here

Review: TaylorMade P790 iron £1,049 (s) £1,299 (g)

TaylorMade P790 iron

Design:

Better player irons in the past have generally had weaker lofts, but the P790 is still a distance iron. A speed pocket in the sole increases face flex at impact to improve ball speed protection. A similar look to TaylorMade’s forged tour irons mean the 790 is ideal for golfers who put a premium on looks and feel, but also want a decent degree of forgiveness, too. 

Tomo says:

The P790 is your ultimate cross-over iron. For the first time, there is an iron that combines a true players’ iron look and feel with the ‘at-the-limit’ speed and distance of an M-iron. P790 will appeal to golfers in the low-single digit handicaps all the way up to 12 or even a 15 handicap.

7-iron specs:

Construction: 4140 forged carbon steel face / 8620 cast body Loft: 30.5° Offset: 2.7mm.

Full P790 review here

Review: TaylorMade P770 iron £1,049 (s)

TaylorMade P770 iron

Design:

A multi-material forged tour iron for skilled golfers. 70g of tungsten in the 3-7 irons along with a slightly bigger head (than the P750) increase MOI and forgiveness. Progressive offset means a little extra help flighting longer irons (hence why you’ll find some in tour bags) combined with the same levels of control as a blade in the shorter irons.

Tomo says:

For good ball-strikers, not many irons will offer the feel and consistency of the P770. Head shaping is driven by low offset and a shorter blade length, but the moderate top-line hints at the forgiveness inherent in the 70g tungsten sole. This iron is a favourite with sub-10-handicap skilled amateurs, club pros and Tour players alike.

7-iron specs:

Construction: Forged 1025 carbon steel Loft: 33° Offset: 2.4mm.

Full P770 review here

Review: TaylorMade P750 iron £1,049 (s)

TaylorMade P750 iron

Design:

A 75mm blade length is 15mm smaller than the P770, with a thinner top line, minimal hosel offset for a blade-like appearance and a narrower sole and tighter leading edge for improved turf interaction. A CNC-milled face and grooves mean maximum precision and a low MOI allows the top players to shape shots. The heads are forged.

Tomo says:

These are designed for very skilled golfers and offer the ultimate blend of workability, feel and control. The compact blade design with minimal offset makes it our most preferred iron among TM tour pros. Sergio, Jon Rahm, Jason Day and many others play it and it was the No.1 iron at The Open and US PGA.

7-iron specs:

Construction: Forged 1025 carbon steel Loft: 34° Offset: 2.2mm. 

Review: TaylorMade P730 iron £1,049 (s)

Taylormade P730 iron

Design:

Forget forgiveness, there simply isn’t any! Players choosing this iron want to shape shots at will, and forgiveness tech just gets in the way. The head is slightly smaller than the P750, there’s fractionally less offset and the 7-iron has 6.5° more loft than the M2, which for many golfers would be a club and a half more into a green.

Tomo says:

Only the best ball-strikers need apply, even if you’re a Tour player. The P730 was designed to exacting requirements of the very best players in the world – DJ, Rory and Justin Rose. It offers a very short blade length in a clean and precisely engineered shape to execute shots with the ultimate in precision and finesse.

7-iron specs:

Construction: Forged one-piece 1025 carbon steel Loft: 35° Offset: 1.7mm.

So which suits you?

TaylorMade’s 2018 iron line-up is echoed by many brands, catering for everyone from slower-swinging amateurs to hard-hitting tour players. The trick to finding your perfect set is being honest about your own ability.

Only 10% of TaylorMade’s tour staff play the P730 blade (Rory and DJ included) because it’s so unforgiving. In reality, club golfers shouldn’t be looking further up the scale than the P790s, and the majority need look no further than M2. A fitting with a PGA pro will help you decide.