Released in 2006, the TaylorMade R7 Irons are stylish, nice looking clubs, aimed mostly at mid to low handicap golfers. More skilled players in general.
A couple of shaft options are available to select from. The TaylorMade R7 irons that we tested were equipped with the T Step 90 gram steel shafts in regular flex.
The top line of the clubs can appear a bit thick at address standing over the golf ball. But this is something that may not really bother a lot of players, and apart from that the R7 irons generally set up well behind the ball. The clubs are overall a reasonable neutral weight also.
Although mainly aimed at the better standard of player, we found the R7 irons actually pretty easy to hit. The longer irons in fact weren’t much more difficult to hit than the shorter ones, these TaylorMade irons all launch the golf ball into the air very well.
Hitting an R7 iron on the sweet spot shouldn't be too difficult for most golfers, not just the target range of mid to low. These irons are actually pretty forgiving, and the forgiveness is there all the way through the set, even the longer irons are pretty consistent, and not far off being even as reliable as the more lofted irons in that respect.
Another good thing is that the TaylorMade R7 irons are quite powerful too. Whether it’s a pure strike or a miss-hit, these irons always seemed to carry a shot impressively far. The golf ball can really rocket through the air on well struck shots though.
The feel you get with these irons at impact is also very good. Well struck shots felt really smooth and soft, but you do get some feedback when you haven’t hit a shot that well also, no matter where the golf ball may go.
Despite offering decent forgiveness, working the golf ball is also very possible with these clubs. With some irons it can be easier to draw or to fade than the other, but both can be achieved in equal ease with the TaylorMade R7 irons.
It doesn't take a huge amount of effort to manipulate the flight of the golf ball when you want to, and good capable golfers should certainly be able to achieve some good results.
To be honest we would happily recommend these clubs to higher handicappers as well as mid to low, even they could benefit from the TaylorMade R7 irons from what we saw, they are not difficult golf clubs to hit at all.
At present in 2012, these clubs are very good value for money. Brand new sets can still be found, and usually the R7 irons cost around £250 or $400 for steel shaft models, and around £300 or $480 for the graphite shaft versions.
|Easy To Hit||9/10|
|Value For Money||9/10|