At the end of 2016, TaylorMade Golf teased the better player with a new prototype iron for its touring players. The sets, which were out there at The RSM Classic, were called simply Proto irons. Then at their 2017 unveil event, the name seemed to stick, even if temporarily before a broader unveil around the PGA Merchandise Show.
Now we know the true names of these two forged irons sets, the P770 and the P750 Tour Proto, and their features.
TaylorMade P770 irons
The P770 irons seem to be a take on perhaps the RSi2s, which were great for better players while packed with all kinds of technology that made golf a little easier. The 1025 carbon steel face is precision milled, as well are the groove, while a 70-gram tungsten back-bar weighting in the mid- and long irons (3-7) offer forgiveness through better MOI and a lower center of gravity that helps launch the ball more easily. The short irons are a one-piece forged cavity back for better feel and control.
In addition to the tungsten weighting, center of gravity was lowered with a shorter hosel, shallower face profile and a tapered face-thickness system that allowed the upper portion of the face to be thinner while it thickens in the bottom portion near impact for pleasing sound and feel.
The P770 irons have small offsets with thinner top lines and shorter blade lengths (aka smaller head profile) to also deliver workability and playability for the better player.
The tungsten back bar also promotes higher MOI by being lighter at the center than at the heel and toe while allowing engineers to keep the external look the same.
The TaylorMade P770 irons will be available March 31, for $1,200 in an 8-iron set with 3-iron through PW or AW available with KBS FLT steel shafts (S & X).
TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto irons
The P750 Tour Proto irons are a step up for the best players and ballstrikers. A blade forged from 1025 carbon steel with a shallow cavity, the P750 Tour Proto is created with a new forging process that utilizes a high-tonnage strike, three times more forceful than a standard forged press, for precision shaping off the line. The face, grooves and back cavity are CNC milled for high precision, all done to reduce tolerances.
As you'd imagine, the P750 has a thinner topline than the P770 with minimal offset, while carrying a narrower sole and a tighter leading edge. Tungsten weighting (just 5 grams at the sole) is used in the 3-7 irons.
The TaylorMade Golf P750 Tour Proto irons will be available March 17 for $1,600 USD in 3-PW with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold shafts.