What we say...
The TaylorMade P7MC iron is a forged design for the very best ball-strikers with a muscle cavity for great feel and feedback.
With only 10% of tour pros opting for musclebacks there’s always a need in any top brand's iron line-up for a top tour-level, forged cavity players iron (that doesn’t have fast face tech), to satisfy the likes of new World No.1 Jon Rahm.
MC stands for “muscle cavity” and the name alone gives a good indication who TaylorMade see these irons appealing to. If the head shape looks familiar it’s very much based on the P750, except for the new back bar shape.
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A new design puts added mass behind the point of impact, and it took Rory McIlroy just four swings to recognise the feel was more solid than the P750s. A narrow sole width, minimal offset and thin top edge (a fraction wider than the P7MB) are all aimed at the best ball strikers, and they’re backed up with a super clean, less-is-more look of a top players iron.
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TaylorMade P7MC iron
When you’ve got the World’s No.1, No.2 and three of the best five golfers on the planet on staff, you obviously get their input into any new iron design.
TM say the MC is very close in shape and spec to the P750 iron which is favoured by Jon Rahm. The main difference between the pair is the higher back bar shaping of the new model, which improves feel.
Expect a narrow sole, thin topline and minimal hosel offset as well as a super clean look at address.
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Compact grain forging
This is a new term you can expect to hear a lot of from TaylorMade. The new process means forging is done in five steps, by a 2000 ton press, which is two or three times the industry standard weight. The brand say the grain structure of each 1025 steel head becomes more tightly compacted and aligned, which improves feel.
Precision CNC milled face and grooves
By machining the P7MC face and grooves precision and consistency are guaranteed. The best players want to flight and shape shots at will so, like the new P7MBs, these irons also have the most aggressive grooves TaylorMade have ever created to help deliver exact shot-making.
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Data comparison: TaylorMade P7MB, P7MC, P770 and P790 irons
Verdict: TaylorMade P7MC iron
The designers have had to tread very carefully in coming up with the new P7MC iron as their predecessor the P750 has been massively popular on tour. World No.1 Jon Rahm has played the P750’s ever since they launched in 2017 and rising star Matt Wolff is also a huge fan.
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Plenty of better players insist their irons have to be single piece forged, which means they don’t want fast flexible face technology, and if that’s you the P7MC’s should be right up your street. The MC’s are based on the previous P750 shape but feel better thanks to the new back bar shape, which puts more mass behind the hitting area.
You should never be buying these irons if you have any desire to add extra distance to your iron game, but the 7-iron is 1° stronger than the P7MB. Our test pro's data shows you’re likely to gain about 2mph of ball speed and 5 yards carry distance with the 7-iron over the P7MB model.
The real win with the P7MC is the ability to select a 7-piece set that suits your own game. It makes it possible to team the short irons of this set with the more powerful P770 mid and long irons, or P7MB short irons with more forgiving P7MC long and mid irons, effectively creating your very own personal ultimate combo set. Our testing has shown how getting the right set up for long mid and long irons is absolutely crucial (see think about your long irons below) if you're to maximise control speed and distance.
Whichever route you choose, you really won’t be disappointed, all three new irons which make up the TaylorMade P-Series range are absolutely stunning.
Think about your mid and long iron selection
When the PGA Championship teed off in August there was huge interest around the new set of TaylorMade P7MB irons in Rory’s bag. But Tommy Fleetwood putting the new P770 4- and 5-iron in play was just as big news for us.
Fleetwood’s decision is similar to the one many good club golfers will face this year (thanks to more forged irons being available as individual clubs and combo sets) – he is trying to get more pop from the mid and long irons.
Strong-loft, fast-face irons have been much maligned over the years as some reckon they hit hard, low-spinning bullet shots that don’t stop on a green. But our results show a very different picture with the latest long irons.
The fast-face TaylorMade P770 launched shots quicker with more backspin and a steeper descent (than the weaker lofted P7MC), which means the ball will stop more quickly on long approaches, whilst giving up no carry distance – which of course is just what most Tour pros want.
What does it mean for you? Use the option of creating your ultimate combo set wisely. From what we’ve seen it’s a new dawn for forged irons and means you can finally get the best performance from every iron in your bag.
What TaylorMade say about the P7MC iron
“This iron was designed specifically to answer the needs of Tour players. Every detail on this perimeter weighted classic muscle cavity design has been painstakingly crafted to the highest quality.
"From the Compact Grain Forging to the cavity geometry designed specifically for a more solid feel. The P7MC is the perfect combination of performance, feel and shot making with a hint of forgiveness,” said Matt Bovee, Product Creation, Irons Category.
Specs: TaylorMade P7MC iron
We asked Manager of Product Creation for Irons at TaylorMade, Matt Bovee for the story behind the new TaylorMade P7MC irons.
How much of a challenge is it designing irons for the world's best players?
It’s a labour of love and at TaylorMade we have such a wealth of knowledge to build off. We’ve had an incredible stable of players for a long time, and we continue to build off that platform, it’s probably not quite as challenging as people might think.
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We have a great feel for what our players are looking for, and we marry that with whatever we’re trying to create. With the P7MB and P7MC you can dial in the launch and spin quickly where models that chase speed tend to be more difficult as players know the launch window they want.
Do you feel more pressure when designing for the world's best players or is it more difficult designing a game improving SIM Max iron which has to sell to thousands of golfers?
It’s pretty equal, but it’s different types of pressure. With the P7MB and P7MC you have to satisfy a handful of players and once you tick that box everything else just falls into place. There's a lot of pressure to get the equation right with the game improver-iron or players distance product, like we did with the update on the P790 in 2019.
But because we got the P790 so right there wasn’t so much pressure creating the new P770 because we knew there was such a successful package.
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How important is selling the new P-Series irons as split sets? You’ve not done that for a while.
Everybody plays golf differently and everyone has their own style of play. So instead of trying to create a perfect combo set like we did with the P760, which was a progressive flow set, which was great for some players, sthere were others who still wanted a single piece forged cavity back.
By giving players the ability to build the set they want, they can effectively create their own flow set. It means golfers can opt for something that’s more player orientated or distance orientated, it just gives more people more options.
There are now six TaylorMade P-Series irons for players up to a 16 or 18 handicap (the P790 Ti iron). Why do you need six models?
Regardless of handicap we want players to aspire to be better, so we have clubs that project an image like ‘I’m a player too’ or ‘I’m working towards being a player’. The P790 Ti is an experiment, we wanted to see how much performance we could pump into if costs aren’t a factor and go all out on materials.
For us we see four core irons in the P7MB, P7MC, P770 and P790, that’s where P-Series really shines and will do the bulk of its volume.
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How much difference is there in inertia between the three new models?
Obviously the MB has the least amount of inertia, it does have a little more forgiveness than the P730 though as it has a longer blade length. The P7MC has a little more forgiveness (than MB) because of the perimeter weighting and the blade length is a touch longer. It’s a moderate step up from the P7MB. I like to say it’s got just a hint of forgiveness.
The P770 is a pretty big jump from the MC. And there’s two reasons why, it’s got a massive tungsten weight on the toe side of centre and there’s a longer blade length, which drives up the MOI.
It also has a fast face and Inverted Cone Technology which expands the sweet spot, and that’s another component of forgiveness. It is remarkably close to the P790 in terms of forgiveness, which is impressive considering the head size.
Review written by: Simon Daddow
Job title: Today's Golfer - Equipment Editor