August 02, 2017
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Compared to UDI, the P-790, features a slimmed down sole and thinner topline that gives it a more compact look. (Photos by Jonathan Wall)
AKRON, Ohio — Three years have gone by since TaylorMade last released a driving iron on the PGA TOUR. With the introduction of a new P-790 prototype iron at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, a replacement to the UDI appears to be in the works.
TaylorMade representatives declined to offer insight on the design but did confirm players in the field, including Jon Rahm and Jason Day, were testing 2- and 3-irons at Firestone that were brought to the course for further feedback. Rahm was spotted with a P-790 3-iron in the bag on Wednesday.
Compared to UDI, the P-790, which has the word "UDI" stamped on the head, features a slimmed down sole and thinner topline that gives it a more compact, long iron look at address. The profile could appeal to the better player who's searching for a long-iron replacement offering additional forgiveness.
Like the P-770 iron that was introduced earlier this year, the word "Tungsten" is stamped on the back of the head near the toe. A weight screw is also visible in the toe portion of the head. Tungsten has played a part in recent utility iron offerings and is typically positioned in the toe to expand the club's perimeter weighting for a higher Moment of Inertia (MOI).
TaylorMade expects at least a few players in this week's field to put the club in play. With P-750 and P-770 models already at retail, it's likely P-790 is the next better player option in the P-Series lineup, designed for those who prefer a utility iron to a hybrid.