Taylormade Sim Max Irons vs P790 Review & Specs 2021

TaylorMade has produced some of the most remarkable distance irons in the industry. Some would even argue that in terms of competition, the company is really competing with itself for the title of best iron manufacturer.

This is great in terms of club advancements but all this internal competition can really confuse the casual golfer. You can’t go wrong if you have decided on the TaylorMade brand for your next set of irons. But within the brand, which set of irons will be best for your game?

To help you answer this question we will be taking a look at two of the most popular TaylorMade iron sets. So sit back and relax because we have done all your homework for you. Find out which TaylorMade iron set came out on top in today’s comparison review.

 

Key Features Of The TaylorMade Sim Max Irons

The craziest thing about the Sim Max irons is that they sound and feel like forged face irons but they’re not. The patented ECHO dampening system minimizes harsh vibration and makes these clubs sound superb when you whack ‘em just right.

But the real star of the show so to speak is the ball speed you get from these irons. These can most certainly be considered game improvement irons because they produce so much ball speed.

They have a feature we have seen in other TaylorMade clubs: the speed pocket. We love the speed pocket because you can feel the face flex when you hit a ball dead center which adds to the satisfying feel of these irons.

 

Key Features Of The TaylorMade P790 Irons

The TaylorMade P790’s also feature our beloved speed pocket. So they also feel and sound amazing. But the TaylorMade P790 irons are also Tungsten weighted which supports even weight distribution between the heel and toe. Oh yeah, it also enlarges the sweet spot.

The end result is a high MOI face that is very forgiving. The TaylorMade P790 irons also feature a hollow body construction injected with TaylorMade’s SpeefFoam which is all about delivering great ball speed with minimal spin.

 

Quick Loft Chart

Club

TaylorMade Sim Max Loft

Taylormade P790 Loft

3 Iron

N/A

19°

4 Iron

19°

21°

5 Iron

21.5°

23.5°

6 Iron

25°

26.5°

7 Iron

28.5°

30.5°

8 Iron

32.5°

35°

9 Iron

38°

40°

PW

43.5°

45°

 

TaylorMade Sim Max Options

The TaylorMade Sim Max irons come in either left or right handed sets. You also get to choose from steel or graphite shafts.

The graphite shafts are Ventus Blues and are available in amateur, senior and regular flex. You also get Lamkin Crossline 360 grips with a stock set of these irons.

 

TaylorMade P790 Options

TaylorMade P790’s also come as left or right handed clubs.

You can choose between graphite or steel shafts and you get regular, senior or stiff flex.

 

Length and Lie Comparison Chart

Club

TaylorMade Sim Max Loft

Taylormade P790 Loft

3 Iron

N/A

60.5” / 39”

4 Iron

61.5” / 39.125”

61” / 38.5”

5 Iron

62” / 38.50”

61.5” / 38”

6 Iron

62.5” / 37.88”

62” / 37.5”

7 Iron

63” / 37.25”

62.5” / 37”

8 Iron

63.5” / 36.75”

63” / 36.5”

9 Iron

64” / 36.25”

63.5” / 236”

PW

64.5” / 35.75”

64” / 35.5”

 

Who Is Each Set For?

If you are looking for a set of irons that feels better overall we would go with the TaylorMade P790 irons. The tungsten weighting just can’t be beat.

It not only feels great on less than perfect swings but it also encourages good swing mechanics. So if you have been fine tuning your swing as of late these would also be a good option for you.

But that’s not to say that the Sim Max irons are not solid game improvement irons. They most certainly are but more so if your already a mid to low handicapper. So we would say that the Sim Max’s would be better suited to more advanced players.

 

Composition Comparison

Sim Max Shaft Options

Both of these iron sets come in your choice of either steel shafts or graphite shafts so they are the same on that front. And as with most irons, the heads are composed of stainless steel.

The only difference is the hollow body head construction of the TaylorMade P790’s and the Tungsten integration.

The stock grips that these irons come with are also different. With the TaylorMade P790 irons you get Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips while the Sim Max irons come with Lamkin Crossline 360 grips.

 

Performance Comparison

Ball speed is really where both of these iron sets shine. We were getting piercing and consistent ball speed even on tough lies with both sets.

But we did notice that we were getting better ball speed on low face strikes with the Sim Max’s.

That’s certainly something to keep in mind if you are looking for the more forgiving iron set. On the other hand, we felt that we got better spin control on approaches with the TaylorMade P790’s.

It was difficult for us to get any kind of spin going with the Sim Max’s.

 

Price Comparison

The TaylorMade Sim Max irons will run you about $900 while a complete set of the TaylorMade P790 irons will cost about $1,200.

 

TaylorMade P790 Pros & Cons:

Pros:

  • Better drop and stop control
  • Great ball speed
  • The weighting feels perfect
  • Great for improving swing mechanics
  • A true forged iron set
  • Includes SpeedFoam technology

Cons:

  • More expensive
  • Cheaper feeling stock grips
  • Limited flex options
  • Less forgiving

Overall Score: 97/100

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TaylorMade Sim Max Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Less expensive
  • Higher launch angle
  • Better suited for taller players
  • Great ball speed
  • More forgiving
  • Progressive inverted cone technology

 

Cons:

  • Less spin control
  • Not forged
  • Less workable
  • Only 1 color option

Overall Score: 98/100

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Final Assessment

It basically comes down to this: if you want a more forgiving iron set and don’t care too much about not having much wiggle room in terms of spin, the Sim Max irons would be more your speed. They are more affordable too.

But if your game is a bit more advanced and you want to be able to control your approaches a bit more, go with the TaylorMade P790’s. In the end though both these sets give great ball speed so if that is the main thing you are after then check them both out.