It was a September to remember. Sure, most golf companies introduce their latest innovations around the Fall equinox, but last month there was a veritable blizzard of introductions– one more contentious than all the others.
TaylorMade had barely unveiled its new line of P790 and P730 irons when Bob Parsons, owner of Parsons Extreme Golf (PXG), Tweeted like Trump that his company had filed a patent infringement suit against TaylorMade. Then he filed to have retail stores not stock the new irons (a request that was rejected).
While the suit works its way through the system and the suits make all the money, the irons are available and they look pretty darn good.
The P790 has the look (thin top line and reduced offset) and playability of a forged club but with features that provide forgiveness and distance. The club head has a hollow section that is infused with what TaylorMade calls SpeedFoam– said to generate ball speed, and improve feel and sound. The clubs’ very thin WrapFace is made of forged carbon steel and has a Speed Pocket on the sole for “flexibility and distance.”
The P730 irons are sort of a new and improved Tour Preferred MB iron played by Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, and Rory McIlroy. The P730 heads are slightly smaller, leaner, and have a ‘tweaked’ leading edge to interact better with the turf and a channel in the back. Weight has been slightly distributed to add forgiveness and distance.
While the lawyers work away, the clubs are out on tour and in golf shops across the country. For more info and pricing click on www.taylormadegolf.com.