TaylorMade Golf manufactured the r7 irons from 2006 through 2008, replacing them the following year with the r9 irons. The r7 irons continue to be popular today, and pre-owned sets are still available from TaylorMade (and other retailers) or used club outlets (see Resources.) The clubs were available in 2-iron through lob wedge, and in right or left-hand versions.
The 2, 3, 4 and 5 irons have lofts of 18, 20, 22 and 25 degrees, respectively. The 2 iron is 39 ½ inches in length; each successive club is ½ inch shorter, with the 5 iron at 38 inches. The lie angle of the 2 iron is 60 ½ degrees, increasing with each shorter club by ½ degree; the 5 iron lie angle is 62 degrees. Club head offsets range from 6.8 millimetres on the 2 iron through 6.5, 6.2 and 5.8 for the 3, 4 and 5 irons respectively.
The r7 irons continue to shorten in ½ inch increments between the 6, 7, 8 and 9 irons, from 37 ½ inch to 36 inches. Lofts increase from 28 degrees (6 iron) in 4 degree increments to 40 degrees in the 9 iron. Offsets continue to decrease: 6 iron is 5.5mm, 7 iron is 5.2mm, 8 iron is 4.8mm, and 9 iron is 4.5mm. Lie angles are 62.5 degrees on the 6 iron, 63 degrees on the 7, 63.5 degrees on the 8, and 64 degrees on the 9 iron.
TaylorMade offered four different wedges in the r7 line: a pitching wedge (loft 45 degrees), a gap wedge (50 degrees,) a sand wedge (55 degrees) and a lob wedge (60 degrees.) The first three wedges have a lie angle of 64 ½ degrees; the lob wedge lie angle is 65 degrees. The pitching wedge and gap wedge are 35 ¾ inches in length; the sand wedge is 35 ½ inches long, and the lob wedge is 35 ¼ inches long. Offset on the pitching and gap wedges is 4.2 millimetres, while the sand and lob wedges have a narrower offset of 2 millimetres.
TaylorMade r7 TP (Tour Preferred)
TaylorMade also manufactured these irons in a Tour Preferred version aimed at tour professionals and low handicappers. These clubs provided better players with more workability and better hand action, enabling more control over shots while retaining consistent distances even with miss-hits. The clubs had a shallower cavity and higher centre of gravity which increased shot control.
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