The 2019 P790 has a cleaner, more appealing look and offers a little more ball speed and distance compared to the original. It also feels and sound a little more iron-like and maintains the compact address profile serious golfers look for.
This irons looks like a blade but performs like a distance iron. Improved sound, feel, forgiveness and ball speed will benefit target player.
Gains over the original are marginal. Pricey.
By Joel Tadman
2019 TaylorMade P790 Iron Review - We assess the performance of the new 2019 P790 iron and how it compares with the original
2019 TaylorMade P790 Iron Review
The original P790 was a huge hit for TaylorMade. It was one of the first of a raft of hollow compact distance irons that came in an aspiring, blade-style look.
We weren’t 100 per cent sold on the sound off the face but overall, there was much to admire, notably the ball speed and distance from what was a relatively compact iron.
The new P790 hasn’t changed a great deal visually but there is a fair amount of new tech - which you can read about here. It’s a little cleaner looking from the back – The full TaylorMade logo has changed to the ‘T’ logo in the corner - and it now has a shiny sole section.
At address, the top line looks to be a touch thinner, but there really isn’t much in it. This is a relief, as the original P790 was one of the best looking compact distance irons on the market.
Performance wise, the differences were expectedly marginal but it appears there are some gains to be had. We tested both old and new P790 7-irons (both 30.5°) on the Foresight Sports GCQuad launch monitor in a similar Dynamic Gold 105 shaft in S300.
You’ll notice from the data that once gross mishits were deleted, from the eight counting shots with each the new P790 did provide a fraction more ball speed. It launched basically the same but did spin 300 rpm less than the old P790.
Despite a one-yard lower flight, the new P790 did hit the longest shots, with carries of 180 and 181 yards, at an average of 178 yards. The old P790 gave us an average carry of 176 yards and interestingly, this was from a 1.5 mph faster clubhead speed.
The stock shaft length of the new P790 is actually 1/8" shorter than the original P790, which goes some way to explaining why our clubhead speed decreased with the new model.
In fact, the efficiency of Smash Factor of the new P790 was higher at 1.37 v 1.35 with the old P790, so it appears the clubface is working harder on the new model, especially on slight mishits.
Looking at the dispersion, you couldn’t say the new P790 was any straighter and both provided almost equally consistent ball speeds.
We did feel that the 2019 P790 has a slightly quieter sound to it, which for many will contribute to a softer feel.
In summary, if you’ve got a set of the original P790 irons you don’t need to rush to upgrade to the new model. But there are some marginal gains to be had so if you were tempted by the original P790 but didn’t bite the bullet, your patience looks to have been somewhat rewarded.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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