TaylorMade P-UDI Utility Iron Review

Irons tester Joe Ferguson gets his hands on the latest utility iron from TaylorMade

Photo of the TaylorMade P-UDI Utility Iron
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Golf Monthly Verdict

At first glance, you would be forgiven for thinking that not much has changed from the previous iteration, but that would be doing the P-UDI a disservice. Refinements in the head shape provide a much-improved address profile and the subtle internal weight changes have boosted playability. The utility iron category is a very competitive one right now, but the P-UDI could very well be the best of the bunch.

Reasons to buy
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    The subtly refined head shape will appeal to better players

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    Retains a lot of ball speed off-center

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    Strong penetrating ball flight

Reasons to avoid
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    Minimal aesthetic changes may not be enough to encourage players to upgrade from P-790 UDI

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As someone who has gamed every single TaylorMade UDI product at some point from the original Tour Preferred UDI all the way through to the latest P-790 UDI, I was excited to see the delivery note letting me know that the newest iteration, the P-UDI was heading my way alongside its new higher launching sibling the P-DHY. This franchise has consistently hit the mark for me, always sitting amongst the best utility irons on the market, so I was keen to see what the P-UDI had to offer.

Photo of the TaylorMade P-UDI Utility Iron

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Out of the box, the visual is extremely premium. The pearl satin finish is nicely contrasted by a new mirror-black ridge that stretches across the middle and the curves are in all the right places like a high-end sports car. Truth be told, there is not a ground-breaking difference between this aesthetic and the previous iteration, the P-790 UDI but sometimes a subtle tweak is all that is required and I believe that to be the case here. Down behind the ball, however, there are some more notable changes and I really like them. 

Photo of the TaylorMade P-UDI Utility Iron and the previous model

The P-UDI alongside its predecessor the P-790 UDI

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There is noticeably less offset in the P-UDI than in previous versions and despite what TaylorMade is saying, I feel like the topline is a little thicker than its predecessor which I think is a great look. Couple this with the back bar being slightly more visible at address and you have a much meatier-looking utility iron that really inspires confidence behind the ball. My one slight criticism of the previous model was that it just looked marginally too long and skinny to me, so these are really welcome refinements.

In terms of technology, once again, we are talking refinements rather than wholesale changes. In addition to the shaping, a new internal weighting structure has been added to deliver increased forgiveness and enhanced consistency, with each gram strategically placed to achieve the required launch and spin characteristics. TaylorMade tried and tested technologies such as SpeedFoam Air and Thru Slot Speed pocket remain.

Photo of the new TaylorMade P-UDI Utility Iron

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The performance of the P-UDI was outstanding. I tested the utility iron on the course and practice ground of Saunton Golf Club using my FullSwing KIT launch monitor and TaylorMade TP5 golf balls and was impressed by what I saw. Across the board the data was strong, high ball speeds, strong distance output, and aggressive peak heights are exactly what I look for in my utility iron. 

Photo of the TaylorMade P-UDI Utility Iron

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For context, I requested and tested the 2-iron model at 17˚ as I tend to use this style of club as an aggressive tee shot alternative rather than for floaty approach shots into the green, more akin to one of the best driving irons. Those who are looking for the latter may want to try some of the other loft options available because the flight I saw from the 2-iron was far from soft! I thoroughly enjoyed piercing some crisply struck shots through a decent headwind with the P-UDI and watched on as the wind barely affected it.

It was more the immeasurable, unquantifiable factors that really impressed me about the P-UDI over and above the excellent data. The feel off the face is just about perfect for me, not too harsh, but also not too soft. You get a real sense that you have struck a powerful shot, without any unwanted vibrations through the hands, and the acoustics are well balanced also.

As someone who likes to manipulate ball flight, I found the reduced offset a fantastic change. I felt this just gave me a touch more control of the face, facilitating slight draws and fades on demand, which is exactly what I want in this important area of my bag.

TaylorMade P-UDI Utility Iron

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The P-UDI is available at retail from May 3rd for £229. It is available in RH and LH offerings and is equipped with UST Mamiya’s Recoil DART shaft in 105 X, and 90 S with Golf Pride’s Z-Grip 52g 0.580 (Black/Grey). Additional shaft and grip options are available through custom ordering.

The P-UDI does exactly what I want of a utility iron. Firstly it looks great at address, framing the ball nicely with a powerful yet confidence-inspiring profile, the ball speed and distance output are excellent, and the sound and feel are right out of the top drawer. Combine this with exceptional workability, there really is not much to dislike here. In a strong category, the P-UDI is a must-try.

Joe Ferguson
Staff Writer

 

Joe has worked in the golf industry for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles. After a successful amateur career being involved in England squads at every age group, Joe completed his PGA degree qualification in 2014 as one of the top ten graduates in his training year and subsequently went on to become Head PGA Professional at Ryder Cup venue The Celtic Manor Resort. Equipment has always been a huge passion of Joe’s, and during his time at Celtic Manor, he headed up the National Fitting Centres for both Titleist and Taylormade.  He’s excited to bring his knowledge of hardware to Golf Monthly in the form of equipment reviews and buying advice. 

Joe lives in North Devon and still plays sporadically on the PGA West region circuit. His best round in recent years came earlier in 2023 where he managed a 9 under par 63 at Trevose GC in a Devon & Cornwall PGA Tournament.

Joe's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Ping G430 Max 10K 9 degree - Fujikura Ventus Red 6X 45.75"

Fairway wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour - Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White shaft 70TX 43.25"

Irons: Callaway Apex CB 24'  3-11 - Project X LS 6.5 shafts

Wedges: PXG Sugar Daddy 54 and 60 degree - Project X LS 6.0 shafts

Putter: Odyssey Toe Up #9

Ball: TaylorMade 2024 TP5x