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Sep 26th, 2015

Titleist 716 AP1 Irons

Loads of help, lovely to look at


Steel: £93 per iron, Graphite: £107 per iron

TItleist are on a roll this year. The Pro V1 is on fire. The 915 Woods have been a massive success. And Titleist irons win a tour event seemingly every other week. The one area people don’t to think of Titleist though is forgiving mid handicap irons. Yet with the AP1, they’ve got a set of irons that combines offers shed loads of help, without looking like a chopper big bat.

The 716 AP1 is the longest, most forgiving Titleist iron ever, designed for golfers seeking maximum distance and maximum forgiveness. The extreme 360º undercut cavity design which has a large, thin, unsupported face delivers high ball speed and launch for more distance. High-density tungsten weighting provides maximum forgiveness. The forgiving high MOI design has 50 percent more tungsten than the 714 AP1, an average of 42.5 grams of tungsten per head which maximises heel and toe stability.

The AP1 irons feature two high performance stock shaft options. The True Temper XP90 provides proven XP technology in a lighter weight design, four grams lighter than the previous generation XP95, with a bend profile to enhance launch. The Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 65 is a high launch design with titanium nickel wired added for improved response and feel.

The big thing I took form these irons is that I could play them in a heart beat. And that comes form someone who in an a ideal world would be looking at set of forged blades when I play. So although these are far bigger than the other 716 models, these irons are in proportion, the shape is good, and they look like a set of golf clubs, not soup ladles on the end of a shaft.

They aren’t forged, yet they don’t feel hard. The badging in the back helps dampen the feel. Again, these have a very pleasant feel compared to similar clubs in the category. And for the size of head these irons have, that tungsten makes them by far the most forgiving we’ve hit. 

My only downside would be for me the soles are too thick, while this helps the target player, someone like myself who would like more forgiveness but in a club that looks traditional, I know that the soles would be too thick playing in the summer on hard turf, especially on a true links course.

This is a great club for the player who wants more help, or the improving golfer who won't want to change their clubs as they get better. And they fly miles!


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TAGS: Equipment, 2015