What we say...
Titleist's 718 AP3 Irons are the longest and fastest irons Titleist have ever produced - find out how our testers got on.
The introduction of the 718 AP3 iron in part inspired by the development of Titleist Concept C16 irons, which taught R&D how to engineer breakthrough distance and forgiveness into a player preferred, smaller footprint.
As a result, Titleist have created a player's distance iron that has an innovative hollow-blade design and high-speed technology to merge together a distance focused iron that would still be playable and give repeatable distance.
In addition, the Titleist 718 AP3 irons have a classic, elegant "muscle-back" rounded mid-mallet with wrap-around face-sole technology and completely solid stainless steel flange.
"AP3 truly represents the best of both worlds," said Josh Talge, Vice President of Marketing at Titleist.
"We're giving you the distance and forgiveness of a game improvement iron packed into the look and feel of a player's iron."
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Titleist 718 AP3 Irons Review: You need to know
Titleist say the AP3 represents the best of both worlds, it combines everything they’ve learnt over the years from creating their AP1 and AP2s to create their longest, fastest ever players distance iron. A hollow body head means you get a player preferred shape but combined with the off centre hit performance of a game improvement iron. Precise when you pure it and forgiving when you don’t say Titleist.
Titleist 718 AP3 Irons Review: We say
A real feel good club, and for us probably Titleist’s best and most desirable iron for some time. Ball speeds from the hollow body head were right at the top of the pile (124mph tied with the TaylorMade P790 and Callaway Rogue Pro). Speed’s not the only area the AP3 excelled at either it launched shots over a degree higher and flighted shots 3 yards above our test average, it also carried shots 5 yards further than the next best iron (TaylorMade P790). So all in a very strong across the board performance, and when you throw in how you’re highly likely to improve your dispersion consistency by pulling less club for approaches into a green, it’s a real winner.
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Titleist 718 AP3 Irons Review: Verdict
We can see golfers flocking to the AP3 and TaylorMade P790’s because they offer golfers a club they’ve been wanting for years. It’s a simple recipe but not an easy one to pull off, teaming the looks of a better player iron with game improvement forgiveness. Or as our test pro put it, AP3s got the look of a 2 on our forgiveness scale, but it plays like irons with a rating of 3.
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Titleist 718 AP3 Irons: Features
The Titleist 718 AP3 Irons have a hollow-blade construction combined with a thin, unsupported L-Face insert launches long and high with shot-stopping spin – even on longer shots.
The high-MOI design in the Titleist 718 AP3 irons – with an average of 84.9 grams of tungsten per head, placed low and in the toe of the long and mid irons – produces higher ball speeds across the face, providing the off-centre distance performance of a game improvement iron.
New head shape
A new, preferred player's shape appeals to golfers needing distance and forgiveness while maintaining control and solid feel.