What we say...
Titleist's 718 AP1 Irons are the latest version of AP1s - and are targetted for the player that uses game improvement irons
The AP1 irons from titleist are aimed at the golfer who wants both powerful distance and ultra-forgiveness, and this latest upgrade of their best-selling game-improvement is packed with new technologies.
Titleist say the AP1s are both longer and more forgiving than their predecessor, and combine the classic Titleist look and feel with the game's most advanced technology - producing an iron that is easy to hit, will launch higher and will also stop on the green more quickly.
Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Review: You need to know
Maximum distance and forgiveness say Titleist. Launch it high and land it soft, so shots hold the green, and finish closer to the flag, plus you get excellent playability. Hollow bodies in the long irons (4 – 5), undercut cavity backs in the rest of the set (6 – GW) and plenty of tungsten weighting maximise forgiveness on off-centre hits.
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Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Review: We say
Titleist aren’t the first name to spring to mind when thinking super game improvement irons, but we reckon the AP1s are a great good shout for 2018. Yes the heads are bigger than the AP2s but they’re also a very ‘normal’ shape with a high toe, low heel blade profile, which many irons in the category can’t quite compete with.
Titleist never like talking numbers but the AP1 performed beautifully, registering our test pro’s fastest ball speed (125mph) and a carry distance within 2 yards of his longest iron. Simon was also a big fan, and we love how not only can you get a proper full on fitting and look at how hybrids and wedges fit at both ends of your set but also how each iron can be bought as an individual so you only need buy what you actually use.
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Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Review: Verdict
A brilliant option for golfers not really wanting the looks of a full super game improvement model but whose game still needs decent levels of forgiveness and playability. A very solid all-round performer.
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Titleist 718 AP1 Irons: Features
➤ New progressive construction
The Titleist 718 AP1 irons have two-fold construction in order to get the best out of the playability. The longer irons have hollow bodies while the mid and shorter irons have an undercut cavity - which Titleist says will provide the best combination of distance trajectory for each individually-designed iron.
➤ Face insert that generates ball speed
A thin, fast, unsupported face inserts generate explosive ball speed for more distance. Hollow-body long irons, inspired by R&D's development of the Titleist Concept C16 iron models, maximise carry distance on longer shots to the green.
➤ Tungsten weighting
A high-density tungsten weighting produces a lower centre of gravity in the Titleist AP1 irons for higher lanch with more shot stopping control. The high-MOI design - with an average of 58.5 grams of tungsten per head, placed low and in the toe of the long and mid irons - produces higher ball speeds across the face for more consistent distance on off-centre hits.
➤ Improved leading edge
The Titleist 718 AP1 irons deliver the look, sound and feel that players will expect from a Titleist iron, but also have a leading edge pre-wear which creates more efficient turf interaction for more consistent contact.