TaylorMade has introduced a game-changing technology, and I'm not talking about something you'll take to the course.
Yes, TaylorMade recently introduced updated irons - the P·770, P·7MC and P·7MB series - and no doubt they'll be loved by many players who make a purchase. But I'm more intrigued by the revolution taking place in the club-fitting space.
TaylorMade has debuted its SelectFit Kit, which has adjustment sleeves that give fitters the ability to fit a golfer from three degrees upright to three degrees flat and two degrees strong to two degrees weak on the same head. I recently experienced my first TaylorMade club-fitting in years, which helped me realize just how much this new technology will streamline a session.
Every time I tested poorly with a specific clubhead, Freddy Villarta, an Experiential Rep and San Francisco/Monterey Manager with TaylorMade, had to walk back to the tent on the range at the TaylorMade Performance Center at the Pebble Beach Golf Academy, grab a new head, use a tool to take the old one off and put the new one on. These delays - although minor - are no longer an issue with the SelectFit heads. A simple readjustment of the head with a wrench won't take nearly as long. From the clubfitter's point of view, Villarta will no longer have to carry such a wide variety of heads.
"In previous years, we would not have all those options as it was not cost or weight effective," he noted. "What we can now do with 20 heads (right-handed and left-handed combined) through 5 models (Stealth, plus the four most recent series of irons) would typically require 100 iron fitting heads."
Ultimately, this leads to a better fitting. I can't recommend one enough. You're cheating yourself if you haven't done it yet.
TaylorMade's New Irons
As for the new irons mentioned above, the P·770s include the SpeedFoam Air technology introduced last year in the P·790s that dampens sound at impact. By shifting weight and the size of the head, TaylorMade says the longer irons will feature better launching capability and playability, while the scoring clubs have optimized trajectory and spin. The P·7MC and P·7MB irons are precisely built for better players. Remember that GolfPass members can use their $40 TaylorMade gift code for anything from balls to clubs and more. Cost: $1,299 (steel) and $1,499 (graphite).
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Omada Trilite Push Cart
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