TaylorMade has just introduced a new line of R7 Irons. Following on the introduction last year of the R7XD and R7 CGB irons, the new line extends TaylorMade’s signature franchise.
The new R7s, TaylorMade says, were created for skilled golfers who prefer a high launch iron that still has good workability. There’s also a TP model for better players.
Like the R7 XD (Reviewed Here), the new R7s use TaylorMade’s Inverted Cone Technology to obtain a higher coefficient of restitution (trampoline effect), and thus greater ball speed and more distance. The technology works very well with its fairway woods and drivers and also with the R7XD.
The innovation in the new R7 irons is a soft aluminum dampening web across the back of the club that is designed to soak up harsh vibrations. TaylorMade says that the “X” is bonded to the cavity face with a double-sided, closed cell acrylic foam tape from 3M that is designed that absorb shock and soften sound. The combination of those two elements, plus the precise manner in which the web is shaped and positioned, delivers “an incredibly soft and satisfying sound and feel at impact.”
Another interesting component of these new clubs is the new TaylorMade grips, which have hundreds of slots that run parallel to the shaft. These are supposed to deliver better feel and traction.
TaylorMade has sent a number of review sets and clubs to GolfBlogger over the last couple of years, and I’m hoping that they lend me a set of these for some testing, too. It looks like the new R7s are going to be a major and popular addition to their line.