Titleist 716 AP1 irons.
James Westman
Thursday, March 02, 2017

CATEGORY: Game Improvement Irons

PRICE: $900, steel; $1,100, graphite

WE TESTED: 4-W2 (52°) with True Temper XP 90 steel and 4-W2 with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage TiNi graphite shafts.

KEY TECHNOLOGY: The 360-degree undercut channel creates a large, unsupported face to increase ball speed and launch angle.

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Playability

A nimble, swashbuckling iron that's not afraid to get dirty; high or low, left or right, it's all in play if you provide accurate instructions; versatility is closer to a better-player iron than it was in previous versions of the AP1.

Distance Control

Plenty long when hit on the sweet spot, with standard, reliable gaps between clubs; simple to duplicate partial shots; chips and pitches check up reliably; the wedges (P, W, and W2) are valuable additions to the set.

Cons

A better fit for consistent, stronger swingers—in terms of forgiveness, the AP1 skews closer to a better-player club than some other models in the test; its squat, chubby look doesn't please every panelist.

Bottom Line

A holdover from last year's test, the 716 AP1 drifts toward a better-player iron; it strikes a balance between helping you improve and expecting you to put a good move on the ball. If you can hit it near the middle of the face, the club's feel, versatility and fine-grain control are easy to appreciate.

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