TaylorMade P7MC: Is Something Really Changing?

Summer 2020, TaylorMade updates its ranges of clubs for the best players, and in particular, the new P7MC replacing the previous P750, already a "cavity back" blade. Aside from the design, has the Carlsbad brand really changed anything about this irons? Is a Cavity Back blade really that hard for an amateur to play? What are the significant differences with a classic Muscle Back series?

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Compared to the previous P750, notably used by the last winner of the PGA Championship 2020, Collin Morikawa, the new P7MC presents a more sober back, with a more discreet presence of the TaylorMade logo.

As a reminder that this is indeed a CB blade, the P7MC retains the groove pattern on its back, but the TaylorMade name has largely disappeared, leaving room for only a modest and discreet logo, such as only trace of belonging.

Beyond this single consideration of the naming of the product, or the discreet presentation of the brand, the “back” of this club is the main element of distinction.

Unlike a classic so-called Muscle Back (MB) blade, a CB for Cavity Back has a precisely "hollowed out" back, not a "full" one.

Concretely, the maker or the more noble term "craftman", removes a little material after the forging step, which paradoxically should bring a little more tolerance in the strike.

Matt Bovee, TaylorMade Engineer explains, “1025 carbon steel is forged using a 2 ton press, resulting in a tighter, more compact grain structure for the strongest feel. and as constant as possible. "

It is important to define what is tolerance to golf ... because it is not this parameter that really plays, but rather the loft.

There is no such thing as a more tolerant club which would mean easier to play.

Tolerance is a misinterpretation of a simple ratio: Ball speed to clubhead speed.

You generate a swing, and a speed of your own. The club head when it contacts the ball generates ball speed.

The loft, in addition to the length of the shaft, plays a lot on this ratio.

The more the head has an open loft, the less the compression will be.

The more the head has, on the contrary, a closed loft, the more the compression will be high, and in fact what is wrongly called, the higher tolerance.

In this register, a set of P7MC irons presents some of the most open lofts on the market, while remaining within the standard of its category (namely a CB blade).

Example for a 7 iron, a 34 degree loft.

For comparison, in the same brand, the same 7 iron can go down to 28.5 degrees.

Both clubs have the same number, yet only the P7MC would deserve to be called a 7 iron.

In the wake of the Japanese brands, Srixon and Mizuno in the lead, TaylorMade therefore comes to over-segment its offer of clubs for good players (P7MB, PP7MC and P770), which should already be defined.

With its new P7MB, P7MC and P770 irons, TaylorMade therefore imagines customers / golfers who send a ball with the 7 iron regularly, and at a minimum of 150 yards at the carry.

Golfers less interested in pure distance, and the extra roll, but much more in controlling the trajectory, and even the slightest roll of the ball ...

I don't know if that's a sufficient definition of a good player.

I know golfers who hit over 150 yards with a 7 iron, and don't play better than a 20 handicap, and the reverse is also true.

The handicap is a very bad benchmark anyway, for choosing a set of irons.

A golfer can be a 10 handicap with better drive and putting skill, and an irons that would rank more as a 24 ...

The real way to choose suitable irons is to define your game plan between the need for distance or the need for precision.

And no, unlike the words of golf manufacturer, you will not be able to have both!

Between a TaylorMade SIM or SIM Max iron with a super closed loft and this P7MC, there is just no compromise.

The trajectories differ between very tight, and more lobed, not to mention the offset which accentuates the correction of the club path, and rather in favor of the slicers (when the offset increases).

The advantage of a P7MC is actually the ability to give spin to the ball, and to be able to stop the ball faster on the green.

Its disadvantage, however, is its lesser ability to forgive the slightest off-center shots. It is also not recommended for slicers, because of its lower offset.

Off-center?

At the amateur level, without a trackman, it’s very difficult to feel the slight differences in performance within a few millimeters in the face. It’s more spectacular for a hit on the toe, heel, low or high in the face.

Yet, of course, it is this argument that you will need to check when choosing your iron, and even better to have it adjusted when possible.

Loft, lie, and offset are actually much more important to determining than your handicap in whether you can or should play a P7MC.

Compared to the previous P750, TaylorMade does not seek to disguise the truth in its new communications plan. On this type of club, there cannot be revolutionary technology that changes everything!

The only thing that can change is fashion or rather your taste!

More than cast clubs, forged clubs are more fragile, wear out faster (without this affecting performance).

The characteristics of a P7MC compared to the previous TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto are in fact exactly the same.

The loft has not changed. The lie has not changed (except by changing it yourself or by a clubfitter).

Two small details have changed: The offset reduced by 0.1 mm (invisible to the naked eye and practically imperceptible), and the length of the standard shaft has increased by 0.25 inches (an already more noticeable change, and favorable to the swing speed ).

Apart from this question of the longer shaft, the P7MC series is therefore nothing new compared to the P750, except to be prettier, more sober, and very pleasant to look at.

The design of TaylorMade clubs, for good players, by their definition, has made significant progress in 2020.

Compared to a Titleist equivalent (620 CB), TaylorMade has nothing to be ashamed of, and can appeal to the same demanding golfing audience.

Is this really an intimidating and outlawed club for an amateur above 10 handicap ?

Absolutely not ! As mentioned above, do not choose your irons according to your handicap, but your game plan, and especially your trajectory trends.

Too many golfers systematically send balls to the left, due to clubs with lofts that are too closed, and with too much offset (only an anti-slice weapon).

For my part, I play now blades, precisely in favor of the slightest offset, and yet I am far from playing 10 handicap every day.

Clubs in this category also feature longer inches concerning the shafts than 10 or 15 years ago, so the loss of distance versus a more “improvment” club isn't as dramatic.

In reality, the key to the problem, with respect to this type of head, will lie in the swing weight.

It is this element that will be decisive in your choice, and for the clubs that I have received for testing, the proposed shaft was a KBS Tour 120 S, a stiff steel shaft that suits me very well, but will not fit to many other amateurs, who might find it too heavy.

Don't demonize the head, if you can change the shaft ...

Compared to the P7MB, the holy grail of golf clubs at TaylorMade, the absolute classic blade, the difference is still, and always, at the level of the loft and the offset.

Loft 35 degrees for the P7MB and 34 for the P7MC in iron version 7, and an offset further reduced by 5 mm on average per clubs.

Between a P7MC and a P7MB, which one will make you play better or will be more suited to you?

The differences in characteristics are tiny, and can be measured in inches on the course.

Look may well be the most important selection criteria, except in the case of a golfer who seeks control and precision with a blade, and must deteminate his choice on the issue of draw and fade ...

In the case of fade, give preference to MB, and in the case of draw, MC.

Last argument to be made, in the wheel of Japanese brands, TaylorMade communicates more and better on the question of combos, and the possibility of composing its sets, by mixing clubs from its different new ranges, for example P7MB, P7MC and P770 .

Be careful in this little game of the sorcerer's apprentice to respect consistency in the spacing of the lofts, and therefore the distances between all the clubs in the bag ...

However, I am not very convinced by this process which aims to mix clubs with precisely different offsets characteristics, and only because we would like to address the issue of lofts ... and tolerance.

I'd rather assume the choice of a P7MC or a P7MB, having weighed the two issues of loft and offset, than attempting a badly cut odds between the two, or just thinking about lofts.

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