What we say...
The new P730 iron is TaylorMade’s first set of blade irons for four years.
The best players in the world are very picky when it comes to their irons. The look at address, the feel, sounds, flight… every member of a brand’s tour staff can have different requirements.
That’s possibly why TaylorMade hasn’t launched a forged muscle-back blade since 2014 (Dustin Johnson’s still playing it), but they’ve worked closely their tour stars (especially Justin Rose) to create the new P730s.
The heads are forged from one piece of soft 1025 carbon steel. They’ve got the thinnest topline, minimal offset, a thin sole and ultra-compact head size to create that premium blade look.
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TaylorMade says the MOI is deliberately low as the best players want maximum workability rather than distance; so unless you’ve got a world ranking, these probably aren’t for you.
Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director of Product Creation Irons at TaylorMade, says: “The P730 was designed to build off of our heritage of major championship winning blade irons, especially with TPMB ’11 and TPMB ’14.”
“The overall goal was to retain the features that were iconic to the TPMB- while at the same time improving its performance in two subtle ways: shaping and mass properties.”
TaylorMade P730 Irons: Tour Inspired Shaping
TaylorMade say their shaping improvements have significantly evolved from previous TPMB designs with direct feedback from our best tour staff. As a result, the overall blade profile is slightly smaller with cleaner and crisper lines. In addition to that, the leading edge has been modified to improve turf interaction across the set.
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TaylorMade P730 Irons: Fine-Tuned Performance
The P730s have horizontally-milled channel separates mass on the vertical axis for increased inertia and trajectory control
TaylorMade P730 Irons: Best-in-class materials and craftmanship
Forged 1025 carbon steel, precision-milled face & grooves • A new multi-step forging process using a 2000-ton press ensures perfect head shaping with minimal hand polishing, resulting in a pure players iron with soft, solid feel
Details: RRP: £1,049 (s). Availability: 3-PW. Stock shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold (s)
Rory McIlroy plays with his own brand of P730s
Rory didn’t sign his TaylorMade contract until after The Masters, by which time Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s iron supremo, says 85% of the design work had been done on the new P730s (largely with Justin Rose).
But when he saw them before Augusta, McIlroy wanted a set (with some of his own subtle tweaks). So TaylorMade custom-machined him a one-off set at their HQ in Carlsbad. There’s only been one set of “RORS Protos” made in this way, which is probably a good thing – they cost around $15,000 a pop.