Best TaylorMade Irons 2022

A guide to the best TaylorMade irons on the market this year, suitable for beginners, better players and everyone in between

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Best TaylorMade Irons

Given the quality of player TaylorMade has playing its equipment, it should come as no surprise that the brand makes some of the best golf clubs on the market, from drivers, all the way down to putters. Nor is it surprising that, given how popular the brand is, TaylorMade makes some of the best golf irons (opens in new tab) in the business for absolutely every type and level of player.

Of course, given how many slots in the bag irons make up, getting the right iron for you cannot be overstated in its importance. The right irons must be set up in the correct way for you, they must give confidence, give control over your distances and they must also be the right type of iron for your ability, whether that be blades of one of the most forgiving irons (opens in new tab).

Importantly, as we mentioned above, TaylorMade covers just about every level of player in its current range. From the blade design of the P7MB, to the game improvement Stealth irons and the various models in between, there is something for everyone. As such we have looked at the best TaylorMade irons money can currently buy.

However if TaylorMade is not for you, check out our guides on the best Titleist irons (opens in new tab)best Callaway irons (opens in new tab)best Mizuno irons (opens in new tab) or the best Ping irons (opens in new tab) too. Whatever you are looking for, we have got you covered.

Best TaylorMade Irons

2021 TaylorMade P790 Irons

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A slimline distance iron that will suit a wide range of abilities

Reasons to buy

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Great distance 
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Exceptional forgiveness in small package 

Reasons to avoid

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Thick topline won't suit everyone's eye

The TaylorMade P790 irons will appeal to a broad range of players. They offer a great blend of distance (opens in new tab) and forgiveness in a compact clubhead. The Speed Pocket in the clubhead helps to create greater forgiveness and consistency while the use of SpeedFoam dampens vibration, creating quite an unusual sound and feel at impact.

But the results are impressive with consistently long and straight ball flights. The use of tungsten weighting helps to further assist forgiveness, as does the inverted cone face.

The ball is extremely fast off the face of these irons, like you would expect from a hollow club, and we like the slimline compact package. You can also make it look more sleek too with the P790 Black version which looks absolutely stunning. Overall, it’s a strong performer that will suit a range of handicaps.

TaylorMade Stealth Iron ReviewEditors Choice 2022

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A stunning game-improvement iron that offers unparalleled accuracy

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly accurate
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Noticeably longer than outgoing SIM2 Max
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Lively but pleasant sound and feel

Reasons to avoid

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Considerably low spin limits stopping power

The Stealth iron become the single game-improvement iron option in 2022, which simplifies the range nicely for golfers that want even more distance and forgiveness than what is on offer in the P790 model.

While the enclosed cavity concept continues, the Cap Back design has evolved to where the mid section of the toe has been completely removed to lower the CG of the iron, assisting with both ball speed and launch.

TaylorMade has made across-the-board improvements in Stealth as its game-improvement offering for 2022 over the SIM2 irons. Golfers should notice the extra forgiveness (opens in new tab) at play while being drawn in by the premium, elegant look on the shelf. The low spin might be a concern but should be able to be managed via a custom fitting. We love the accuracy and distance this club provides, which should help mid and high handicappers find more greens.

TaylorMade P7MC iron

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A one-piece forged iron suitable for the low handicap player

Reasons to buy

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Good blend of feel and workability 
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Excellent turf interaction 

Reasons to avoid

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Limited forgiveness on offer

The TaylorMade P7MC iron featuring a classic shape and minimal offset has proven popular among Tour players. The muscle cavity design delivers control and precision, while perimeter weighting offers just the right level of forgiveness.

In creating the new backbar geometry designed to elevate feel, engineers moved mass up behind the face to support the point of impact. We particularly enjoyed the turf interaction of the P7MC, with its more rounded sole gliding through the turf with minimal snagging. We found that it produced an impressive combination of distance and accuracy.

Although it’s aimed at the lower handicapper, improving players looking for a transitional club to give them more chance to manipulate ball flight might want to consider the P7MC.

TaylorMade P770 iron

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A compact, hollow body iron that offers forgiveness in a compact profile with traditional lofts

Reasons to buy

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Forgiving off the face 
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Manageable, consistent carries 

Reasons to avoid

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Some may want a softer feel in the shorter irons

With forged hollow body, Speed Foam injection and up to 46.5g of tungsten weighting through the set, the TaylorMade P770 irons are similar in technologies to the popular P790. But they’re more compact and offer higher launch with the long irons, thanks in part to slightly more traditional lofts, and additional spin based on player feedback.

In testing, we found the P770 felt a little more lively off the face than others in the P range, and that it spun a little less too. Interestingly, as stated, it also produced the highest ball flight, flying a good two to three yards higher through the air than the P7MC and P7MB. This iron is ideal for the low handicapper that will appreciate some off-centre assistance without the ball carrying too far as to create gapping issues at either end of the bag. It even found its way into the bag of technical editor Joel Tadman.

TaylorMade P7MB iron

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A muscleback aimed at the very best ball strikers

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful looking iron 
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Great workability 

Reasons to avoid

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Sharp leading edge places premium on ball-striking.

The sleek TaylorMade P7MB iron is a true muscleback that boasts a thin top line, narrow sole and minimal offset. It's forged from 1025 carbon steel with a machine-milled face comprised of the most aggressive score lines in a TaylorMade iron for the ultimate in shot-making and control.

A mirrored surface across the backbar allows light to reflect and reduce troublesome glare, while the geometrical positioning of the backbar delivers precise Centre of Gravity placement for optimal performance. As used by several Tour players it should come as no surprise it also features in our best golf blade irons (opens in new tab) guide too.

We found the P7MB to be surprisingly forgiving in testing. and it is one of the most playable blades we’ve tried. The feel off the face is buttery soft and the looks are stunning. That being said the players who struggle in terms of consistent ball-striking should look further down at some of the other models below.

taylormade sim2 max iron, golf distance iron, forgiving golf iron

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One of the smaller game-improvement options from 2021

Reasons to buy

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Good distance and forgiveness 
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Nice soft sound 

Reasons to avoid

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Minor performance gains from previous model

The SIM2 Max is the smaller of the TaylorMade's two larger profiled irons from 2021. This is thanks to several pieces of technology. First, there is a generous sole width, the hitting area appears rather large down by the ball, there is a noticeable offset, and the topline is thick which inspires confidence for even those who struggle with consistent strikes.

A noticeable improvement from the previous SIM Max iron is the replacement of the Speed Bridge design with a polymer cap. From an aesthetic point of view this is a huge plus point. In testing, we particularly liked the sound and feel of the SIM2 Max irons, softer and more subtle than many game improvement irons (opens in new tab).

Overall if you have the previous SIM model there is little need to upgrade here. But if your irons are a few years old and you’re looking for something that combines distance and forgiveness, then the SIM2s could well be worth considering.

taylormade sim2 max os iron

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The super game improvement iron from 2021 aimed at the beginner and very high handicapper

Reasons to buy

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Great distance 
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Max forgiveness 

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Not the greatest for feel players

The SIM2 Max OS iron is the larger, more forgiving model of the SIM2 Max, and it has been designed to give golfers the most assistance on iron shots. As such forgiveness and distance are the two driving forces behind the design and the technology involved shows that.

There is a new Cap Back Design, replacing the Speed Bridge in the previous model, which works in unison with the Thru-Slot Speed Pocket to increase flexibility for more distance. This technology also enhances forgiveness by help the clubface not twist when struck away from the centre of the face.

From address, the SIM2 Max has a generous sole width with a confidence inspiring amount of offset and a thick topline. Given all of this, it is an excellent iron to consider if you are at the higher end of the handicap spectrum, or if you are just starting out.

TaylorMade P7TW Irons

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TaylorMade P7TW Irons

A blade designed to the precise specification of Tiger Woods

Reasons to buy

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Beautifully designed and crafted 
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Incredible feel 

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Not for the faint hearted

Designed in collaboration with Tiger Woods, the TaylorMade P7TW irons have been created with the finest ball strikers in mind. The milled grind sole is one of the standout features. It’s incredibly precise to ensure the ultimate in consistency and precision, and thereby the best possible turf interaction.

Precise tungsten weight placement has been engineered to improve trajectory control and to promote a deeper feel at impact. Supremely workable and delivering incredible feedback, these irons will suit the best players looking for the ultimate in control and precision.

TaylorMade Kalea Premier Women's Irons Review

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A recognised model name that are user friendly

Reasons to buy

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Elegant, eye-catching design
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Stable and consistent off center
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Pleasingly powerful feel

Reasons to avoid

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A little firm off the face
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Oversize profile may not suit the eye of lower handicappers

The Kalea Premier women's irons not only look fantastic but, thanks to a clever Cap Back design, perform superbly. The Cap Back Design also works in conjunction with a fancy Speed Pocket, which provides the firepower you don't often experience among the best golf irons for women

This is not necessarily an iron for the purist, so don't expect a buttery soft feel. Instead, be wowed by the distance gains you'll likely achieve. In testing, we were around one club longer and, best of all the high, towering ball flight meant we could really pepper the pin accurately with approach shots and get the ball to stop quickly.

taylormade sim2 max os womens irons

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A premium set designed to help women with forgiveness

Reasons to buy

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Great feel for a solid and accurate flight
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Excellent forgiveness off centre.

Reasons to avoid

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Cavity back design won’t appeal to better players.

Our final pick in this list of TaylorMade irons is the SIM2 Max Women's model.  The cavity back features the same striking, yet subtle colors as the rest of the clubs in the SIM2 Max range - dark grey and chalk, touches of blue and yellow, and there’s a hint of the carbon panel. The head marries nicely with a silvery Aldila shaft with blue graphics that comes as standard in the women’s model, although other shaft options are available to suit your swing. In short, these irons really look good. 

The feel off the face is powerful and solid, whilst we also enjoyed the dampened sound off the face. Forgiveness is also at the heart of the design thanks to an enhanced sweetspot which really made it east to get performance across the face. 

How we test golf irons

Our testing and rating procedure for golf irons is built upon a comprehensive process combined with the knowledge and expertise of the Golf Monthly test team. As far as the specific procedure goes, before testing, the team will usually attend product launches and meet with the manufacturer's R&D experts to understand the new technology.

When it comes to testing, we often head indoors first to try the irons in a controlled environment. This usually takes place on an indoor simulator at Foresight Sports, with premium balls and the GCQuad launch monitor. Our outside testing normally takes place at West Hill Golf Club, a course with top-notch practice facilities.

We think it is vitally important to do both and continue to test the irons so they have been comprehensively put to the test in different conditions. It should also be mentioned that manufacturers cannot pay for a good review and we make our conclusions from the testing and our experiences. This is because we strive to give the best reviews possible so you can get a greater understanding of the irons themselves.

How to choose the best irons for you

As you have seen, the market for golf irons is crowded and confusing and being sure you're getting the most suitable iron for your game can be a minefield. Hopefully, this piece has given you an idea of what the best TaylorMade options are out there right now, but here is some more advice to help you in your quest to find the best golf iron for your game in this crowded and dense marketplace.

Your Handicap And Ability
This is probably the most important first step: knowing which type of iron best suits your game. This is by no means gospel, but higher handicappers tend to use cavity back irons that offer maximum forgiveness in a larger iron head, while mid-low handicappers tend to use more bladed irons that are forged, offer more feel and control but less forgiveness.

You'll know how good or perhaps not so good your ball striking tends to be, so make sure you invest in a set of irons that matches where your game is out now, not where you'd ideally want it to be. We have great guides that go into more detail on this, so check out our guide on the most forgiving irons (opens in new tab) if you're a higher handicapper and our guide on the best irons for mid-handicappers (opens in new tab).

Price
This will be a major factor in anyone's decision of what irons to go for. As you'll have seen in this list, the price can vary dramatically between irons. Typically, for a set of cavity back TaylorMade irons - those that provide most distance and forgiveness - you'll be looking between $800-$900 for a set.

The price jumps quite significantly when looking at the forged and bladed options - up to and above $1000 - but this is par for the course and you'll be getting a high quality, premium product in return.

Custom Fit
This is probably the most essential part of the iron buying process, no matter the irons you're after or how good you are at the game. A custom fit session will make sure you get the right flex and length of shaft, correct lie angle and correct iron head for your game, meaning you'll finish with the best golf clubs (opens in new tab) that are as suitable as possible for you out on course.

Custom fits can be a daunting process if you're a true beginner (opens in new tab) or you aren't that confident hitting golf balls in front of people, but they're a vital part of the club buying process. We recommend having a shortlist of three or four iron heads you like the look of before entering a custom fit and then whittling them down to the best for your game during the custom fit process. Custom fits are provided by a number of golf retailers or club professionals at your local golf club.

FAQ's

What are good TaylorMade irons?

All TaylorMade irons will perform well and in a certain way depending on what the player is looking for. Some prioritise distance and forgiveness, like the Stealth or P790, while others like the P7MC and P7MB are feel orientated for the low handicapper. In our opinion, TaylorMade's best iron this year is the new Stealth for it's outstanding accuracy, closely followed by the P790 for its all-round appeal. The P770 is an impressive option for the low handicapper that wants more traditional lofts but with forgiveness.

Are TaylorMade irons good for beginners?

Absolutely, in particular the TaylorMade Stealth iron, which is one of the most forgiving irons on the market. Even though TaylorMade has streamlined its offerings for the high handicap golfer in 2022, it still has models suitable for those that are new to the game, including the P790.