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When it comes to irons, while Titleist has built its reputation on players irons, the company’s one true game-improvement offering, the AP1, has been its best-selling iron for the last several years. Brand new from Titleist are the 718 AP1 irons, which should again prove to be a huge success, as they’re offering golfers even more distance and forgiveness than their predecessors. Fueling that performance is a progressive set construction, as the 4- and 5-iron are now fully hollow, which enabled engineers to move weight to the perimeter to enhance forgiveness while also creating a low, deep CG positions for higher launch and more impact stability. Additionally, the use of more than 55 grams of tungsten in the toe of the long and mid irons is further helping to increase both launch and MOI. Also of note, a thinner clubface construction and the use of stainless steel face inserts are creating faster ball speeds from all impact locations, which is leading to distance gains of between three and six yards throughout the set. The new 718 AP1 irons are being offered with stock shaft options in both steel and graphite, with the True Temper AMT Red being the steel option and the Mitsubishi Tensei Red being the graphite option. Titleist does, however, have multiple no upcharge aftermarket shafts for players who are in need of a different profile to choose from.
|Stock Shafts||True Temper AMT Red steel, Mitsubishi Tensei Red graphite|
|Stock Grip||Golf Pride Tour Velvet|
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Mid and high-handicappers. From a playability standpoint, the 718 AP1 irons have the performance attributes that golfers need to have more fun and hit better iron shots when they play, and that starts with more distance, higher launch conditions, and ample forgiveness. That combination is a recipe to hit more greens, which will undoubtedly equate to better scores. All that said, however, for a true game-improvement iron, the 718 AP1 has a clean, classic shape that might also appeal to some lower-handicappers, which means it’s a good bet that AP1 will continue to be Titleist’s best-selling iron.
TGW customers discuss Titleist’s new 718 AP1, AP3, and T-MB irons after testing them.
Traditional cavity construction in the mid and short irons and hollow body construction in the long irons promotes optimal performance with each club through the set.
High-density tungsten positioned in the toe of the long and mid irons creates higher launch conditions and improves MOI for more consistent results on mis-hits.
Ultra-thin face construction coupled with stainless steel face inserts create more ball speed from all impact locations to maximize distance.
“It’s a great iron. As far as the distance, even on mis-hits, (the ball) popped off the pace with great speed. The ball flight really didn’t really change whether or not you hit it poorly or really well, which is something that everyone’s looking for.”
TGW customer Jay, +4 handicap
“For me personally, the 718 AP1 really stood out. I felt like it was much improved in terms of feel over the 716. For a true game-improvement iron, this club really looks good.”
Chris Wallace, TGW staff writer
|Titleist Men's 718 AP1 Irons|
|Club||Loft||Length||Lie Angle||Offset||Swing Weight|
|#4||21°||38.5"||61°||5.3mm||D2, D1 (steel, graphite)|
Find out more about the different shafts being offered for Titleist’s 718 iron lineup.