Taylor Made r7 TP Irons Review

By Matthew Keller

Specs

The TaylorMade r7 TP irons incorporate the characteristics of a blade with a thin top line and sole. However, the back of the club incorporates a slight cavity back for increasing forgiveness. The r7 TP irons use an inverted cone technology that can be seen on the back of the club. The inverted cone technology is visible just above the small pocket cavity on the back of the iron. The irons have a minimal offset throughout the set. The set is available in 2-iron through 9-iron, Pitching Wedge (PW), Attack Wedge (AW) and Sand Wedge (SW). The swing weight for the 2-iron through the 9-iron is D2. The swing weight for the Pitching Wedge (PW) and Attack Wedge (AW) is D3, while the Sand Wedge (SW) weighs in at D5.

Field Use

The club head has a smaller design than the other irons in the TaylorMade line. This will be appealing to lower-handicap players who prefer a traditional look. The club is extremely forgiving for the thinner sole and top line, which should make the club appealing to even a mid-handicap player. The r7 TP irons are extremely playable irons. The irons produce a slightly lower trajectory, making it easier to control ball flight. The irons are very forgiving, which make it appealing to higher-handicap players, while lower-handicap players will feel it takes little effort to achieve good shots. Approach shots will do a nice job of stopping close to where they hit on the green. Off-center hits will travel nearly the same distance as a pure hit.

Pros and Cons

The club is very easy to hit considering it is geared toward a lower handicap player. Many low-handicap players prefer a forged iron. The r7 TP irons are a cast iron; however, they will play and feel like a forged iron. The r7 TP irons are advertised as forgiving and workable. They are definitely forgiving. However, players may have a harder time working this iron. Because they are so forgiving, players will see a controlled ball flight and straighter shots with this club. If you are looking for a player's club with the benefits of a game improvement iron, this set is for you. The clubs retail at about $900 for a set of eight irons with steel shaft. With a graphite shaft, they retail at about $1,100 for eight irons.

Bottom Line

TaylorMade did a great job creating a club that is used by professionals but still maintains playability for low-handicap to mid-range handicap golfers. Low-handicap players will gravitate toward this club. The club looks and plays as good as any iron on the market. Many higher-handicap players are concerned about hitting an iron with a thinner top line and sole. That is not the case with this set. Mid-range handicap players who are looking to upgrade to a player's club will enjoy this set of irons. The r7 TP irons offer all players exceptional feel and control. If you are looking for a player's club with the benefits of a game improvement iron, this set is for you.

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About The Author

Matthew Keller has been a PGA Golf Professional for more than 10 years. During that time, he has given thousands of golf lessons and written hundreds of golf articles relating to the golf industry. Keller is a graduate of the Penn State Professional Golf Management Program.

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