Titleist AP1 712 Irons
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $799, steel; $959, graphite
WE TESTED: 4-GW with True Temper Dynalite Gold XP steel shaft; 4-GW with Graphite Design Tour AD 65i graphite shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Tungsten weighting contributes to higher MOI and faster ball speeds on mis-hits. An elastomer-aluminum cavity insert contributes to a sweet sound and feel. The “dual cavity” and added perimeter weighting help off-center hits.
PLAYABILITY: About as workable as any club in the test; these definitely allow slightly better players to move the ball in both directions with ease; no problem hitting it as high as you want.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Top-shelf results -- often you'll get either accuracy or forgiveness, but the AP1 can give you both; some testers say these are probably the easiest Titleist irons to hit.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Overall distance is well above average for a number of testers; guys can hit anything from the 7-iron on down with total confidence; no problem judging scoring shots around the green.
FEEL: Soft but pleasing impact sensation; somewhat weighty through the swing so you know where the head is at all times.
LOOK: Medium topline and moderate offset look good at address; more of a player's look than most clubs in the category; what you expect from Titleist -- low-key and classy.
Some testers would like a bit more of a lively sensation at impact; ball flight is higher at times than some guys prefer.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the highest-rated models in the category. Very strong grades across the board.
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