For the Better Golfer – TaylorMade P760 Irons
By ED TRAVIS
P760 irons from TaylorMade Golf are a line extension of the P700 series and replace the P750 and P770 models from last year. Most everyone’s reaction upon seeing them for the first time is how great they look but everyone also knows while an iron’s looks can be an aid to confidence the proof is in the performance which boils down to distance and control.
This new players-iron follows the idea that for better golfers a mixed set can be useful, i.e., a more forgiving design in the low and medium lofts with traditional compact heads in the higher lofts. This combination gives even accomplished golfers a little help in the long irons since they are more difficult to hit complimented in the same set by the feel and control of forged scoring irons.
Brian Bazzel, Vice President of Product Creation for TaylorMade said about the P760s, “With P760, we set out to design a players-iron for Tour-level competition, combining all the elements that are most desirable to the better golfer. The P760’s progressive set shaping enables short irons to be compact and precise while the long irons take on a hollow construction, injected with our revolutionary SpeedFoam. P760 is designed to inspire confidence whether you’re attacking pins from short range or sticking greens from long range.”
The limited amount of shaft offset, just 2.8mm in the 5-iron, throughout from long irons to wedges is a sure sign the P760s are just not a game-improvement model dressed up as a players-iron. The 3-iron through 7-iron are hollow and filled with what TMaG calls SpeedFoam to both support the face and add to ball speed as well as dampening vibration for the proper sound and feel. The body is forged from 1025 carbon steel while the face is forged from a new, lighter SUS630 stainless steel. The head size and profile give the P760s a very traditional look at address.
From the 8-iron through attack wedge the heads are a one-piece 1025 carbon steel forgings and since these are the scoring irons TMaG paid particular attention to the feel. Lofts are what seems to have become a standard for players-irons with the P760 pitching wedge 46°.
We noted all the P760s have a reconfigured sole shape with additional leading-edge chamfering which allows the head to enter the turf more cleanly with less risk of “digging in.” A smoother pass through the turf brings the club’s bounce into play so it may be more naturally used to produce the correct launch angle for the type of shot being executed.
Retail price of the TaylorMade P760s for an 7-piece set, 4-iron through pitching wedge, is $1,225 with True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 S300 or X100 steel shafts.