There are some days when being a golf blogger really sucks. Take for instance, when I was asked to play the four new series of irons from Titleist which come out in November and December 2009, the MB, CB, AP1 and AP2 irons. Talk about tough duty. Maybe I should quit doing this and look for a more fun gig like being a photographer for Playboy or something.
“Advanced performance, multimaterial, dual cavity irons provide improved feel, great looks, shot control and higher flight with forgiveness for the avid to skilled golfer.”
AP2 Changes from last year’s model AP1’s include a thinner face (from 3.3mm to 2.0mm), removed weighting in the back and top of the club and a more lively feel. The very cool looking back of the head has visually changed a bit as well. In my Titleist gallery, you can see graphs showing the changes between last year’s AP1 and this year’s.
My AP1 Comments
The AP1’s are as close to “game improvement” irons as you’ll see Titleist get. But hold on a minute. They’re not overly offset or super anti-slice. If they were I’d be hooking the hell out of them on every shot and I don’t. I hit them perfectly straight, EVERY time.
The heads of the AP1’s are the largest footprint of any Titleist irons you’ll see. These are forgiving clubs which are very easy to hit. So easy in fact they made me wonder why I play clubs which are “harder” to hit.
All of the AP1 irons fly nice and high. They fly higher than any of my current irons in my bag. Despite not being forged I still get a nice feel from them, but these are definitely NOT blades. Mis-hit shots still “go” well and don’t hammer you with tons of feedback (zingers) like blades.
These babies go fairly straight, but I can definitely work them either way if I need to.
Would I play them? Hell yes. I could really benefit from hitting irons exactly where I want them to go on 99% of my shots.
“Advanced performance, multimaterial, dual cavity forged irons provide improved feel, classic blade looks, and playability with shot control for the serious and skilled golfer.”
My AP2 Comments
The AP2’s are the closes model Titleist offers to what I’m accustomed to playing. They’re player’s clubs, yet still have some “help” for off center shots.
I love the feel and look of these clubs. Like the Ap1’s the AP2’s all launched my shots higher than my current irons. The AP2’s are very easy to hit and provide great feedback on mis-hit shots. I know exactly where on the club face the ball is impacting.
Shot making with the AP2’s is a blast. I set out to hit about six different types of shots with them, high fade, high draw, low punch, punch cut, punch draw. The AP2 performed just as I wanted and I was able to manufacture every shot I tried.
I had my son lasering my shots as I tested out these irons. Though they launched higher, the distances were the same or longer than my regular irons. I determined through the performance and feel of the AP2 4-iron, that this particular club was the holy grail of 4-irons. I couldn’t miss the thing, despite not being able to hit a four iron in any of my three iron sets all year. My son lasered each shot at 225-230 yards and I was hitting into a slight wind.
For my game, a 1-3 handicap, the AP2’s are the ticket.
Traditional cavity back blade for skilled golfers. “Required performance niche for peak of the pyramid.”
My CB Comments
The CB’s are very nice to play. The traditional look standing over the CB’s inspires shot making. For a blade these aren’t overly difficult to hit. The cavity back makes this club’s feel much better than one would expect from a traditional blade. Feedback is high and I could tell to a fine degree where off center shots were impacting the club face.
I don’t launch the ball as high with the CB (or the MB) as I do the AP1’s or Ap2’s.
Manufacturing shots with the CB’s is a joy and the long irons surprisingly easier to hit than I expected.
All those compliments taken into consideration, I’d still need to have my A or B+ game to truly take advantage of these clubs. If I had my C game it could get ugly.
Traditional muscle back blade for skilled golfers. “Required performance niche for peak of the pyramid.”
My MB Comments
It is a shame to even hit these shiny clubs and scuff them up. They have to be the most visually appealing irons I’ve ever seen. They also have to be some of the most visually intimidating irons as well standing over them. These are pure blades, small heads and not “easy” to hit for me. I’m no Adam Scott (though I may be better looking) so hitting these babies is a real test for my game, despite being an above average amateur player.
When I DO hit the MB’s on the center of the face nothing feels better, responds better or flies more true. The problem is, that happens about 50% of the time.
Would I put these in my bag for every day play? My low handicap hack swing is obviously not at the “peak of the pyramid.” Unless my game improved a great deal I won’t put the MB’s in my bag.
More images of the AP1, Ap2, MB and CB’s
I have MANY images and diagrams of all these new Titleist irons in the HOG Titleist gallery for you to drool over.