NEW GEAR: TaylorMade P760 Irons
By Tony Dear
So, here we are again. TaylorMade has launched another iron. Sounds familiar, right? In the last 18 months, we count seven iron launches – P730, P750, P770, P790, M3 and M4, and GAPR. And PSi wasn’t much further back. So why another iron, and what will this one do the others can’t?
The P760 replaces two clubs – the P750 and P770. It is a forged cavity back aimed at the low to mid-handicapper that one TaylorMade fitter describes as the “sleeker, faster, prettier version of the 770.”
Unlike the P770, however, the long-mid irons have a hollow body filled with TaylorMade’s feel-enhancing, sound-improving Speedfoam injected into the head through the toe end. It is a liquid that hardens once inside and has the consistency of Jell-O. Well, firm Jell-O.
Its arrival, and the removal of the P750 and P770 leaves three irons in the TaylorMade’s acclaimed P-Series – the handsome P730 blade, the P790 which you may recall PXG kicking up a stink about when it launched last August claiming Speedfoam infringed on its own vibration-dampening material – COR2.
The short irons (8-A) are one-piece, forged from 1025 carbon steel while the longer iron (3-7) feature the Speedfoam in a 1025 body with an SUS630 face (materialgrades.com describes SUS630 steels thus – “Grade 630 are stainless steels are precipitation-hardened to attain robust mechanical properties. This steel acquires high tensile strength and resistance to indentation just after heat treatment.” The face is not quite as thin, however, as that of the P790 whose faces are made of softer 4140 carbon-steel.
The set features what TaylorMade calls a ‘Tour-inspired shape’. Indeed, Jason Day was seen touting the irons on social media recently, making a nice change to the somewhat controversial (ill-founded? ill-advised? absurd?…dumb?) remarks he had made in Golf Digest about how some architects were to blame for golf courses becoming too long and difficult. But that’s another story.
The length of the blade decreases as you go up the set, as does the amount of offset and width of the top-line. And the hosel gets shorter as the iron gets longer pushing the Center of Gravity (CG) down to make it easier to get the long irons up in the sky.
The soles possess a subtle chamfer (don’t know what a chamfer is? No, neither did we. It’s a transitional edge between two faces of an object – a form of bevel. Don’t know what a bevel is? That’s an edge that is not perpendicular to the object’s faces, obviously) that TaylorMade says prevents digging.
The stock shaft is the True Temper Dynamic Gold 120.
“With P760, we set out to design a players iron for Tour-level competition,” says Brian Bazzel, VP of Product Creation at TaylorMade. “It combines all the elements that are most desirable to the better golfer.”
One wonders how long it will be before TaylorMade issues another iron set. Those with handicaps in the 5-15 range should be well set for a while at least.
$1,400 (3-iron through AW) available in right-hand only at taylormadegolf.com
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