Titleist’s AP2 irons almost have an iconic status amongst better players and the Titleist Tour staff. They’ve been around for a good few years and Titleist lay claim to them being the Most Tour Played Iron, the most Forgiving Tour Iron and the most Played Cavity Back on Tour. For the new 716s Titleist are billing the AP2s as their most advanced player iron ever. Sound impressive? This is how they’ve done it.
56g of Tungsten Weighting
Titleist weren’t joking when they said they’ve gone all out on the Tungsten Weighting. Steve Pelisek, their General Manager of Golf Clubs, couldn’t have put it any better: “Everyone wants forgiveness until the trade off becomes too much”. Well 56g of tungsten (25% more than 714) in a players iron is huge. Its located in two slugs on the extreme toe and extreme heel (behind the hosel) which create an extremely high MOI for a smaller sized head.
The feel of a forged iron has long been associated with the better player and because of the AP2’s audience forging is an absolute must. The AP2s have been forged from day one and nothing has changed here, but how the tungsten weights are integrated into the head has. Basically the head is forged from 1025 carbon steel and then the tungsten weights are inserted. The head is then re-forged, which Titleist says fuses the weights perfectly into the head. Obviously all these extra processes cost, but Titleist are keen to promote cost is never the starting point for a new design.
AMT Dynamic Gold shaft
Dynamic Gold has been a firm favourite when it comes to iron shafts for better players for an age. This is a new version from True Temper and Titleist are the exclusive launch partners. What does it do? Well it helps to follow the progression of the modern set from lighter drivers and woods to heavier wedges. The shaft is designed so weights in the longer and mid irons are lighter and incrementally rise by 3g per club. Meaning you don’t lose club and ball speed and they more closely match the weights of your hybrid shafts through to heavier weights in the shorter irons and wedges. So basically there’s much more of a flow to your set.
Expect to see the new AP2s in good stores from today with prices from £117 (s), £133 (g). For further information visit www.titleist.co.uk