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On the Range: Titleist AP1 714 Irons
Thursday, March 05, 2015

Titleist AP1 714 Irons

Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $800, steel; $1,000, graphite
WE TESTED:
4–GW with True Temper XP 95 steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A 28-gram tungsten toe weight and a progressive undercut cavity make the AP1 one of the most forgiving irons tested.

PROS

PLAYABILITY: Sky-high and arrow-straight; allows for some creativity, especially baby draws; bulky enough to charge through rough, nimble enough to handle sand and tight spots.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Top marks—makes some testers wonder how they got so good all of the sudden; readily repeatable, with minimal unwanted sidespin and more than you deserve on misses; you don’t need to catch it on the screws for a look at birdie.
DISTANCE CONTROL: One of the longest—maybe a half club over what several testers play; for many, the most consistent club tested—salvages good mileage out of bad lies and poor contact.
FEEL: Flush, crushing sensation at impact with a nice mix of meaningful feedback and muffled reverb; Rock of Gibraltar–stable through the turf; beautifully balanced, with enough heft to keep moving in tough spots.
LOOK: Utilitarian at address—meaty, muscular and most importantly, hittable; sits perfectly behind the ball—lots of different players can draw confidence from this sort of club.

Titleist AP1 714 Irons
Michael Chini

CONS

Too bulky for true traditionalists—the thick clubhead can discourage creativity and can’t manage full- scale shotmaking; a fair amount of offset, which can close down in the rough; high launch and spin actually cost a couple of guys distance.

BOTTOM LINE: One of the top-tested models, just as it was in 2014. This tried-and- true game-improvement iron is ideal for mid-handicap weekend warriors in the market for a user-friendly, all-purpose iron.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Titleist AP1 714 irons

NEXT REVIEW: Bridgestone J15 DF Irons

MORE INFO ON THE TITLEIST AP1 714 IRONS

From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2014, April 2014

WE TESTED: 4-W with True Temper XP95 steel shaft; 4-W with Kuro Kage 65 graphite shaft KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Tungsten weighting in the long and mid-irons contributes to a higher MOI. A cambered sole with a pre-worn leading edge improves turf interaction.

PROS
PLAYABILITY: Consistent medium-high trajectory that wants to go straight; noticeably more workability than many other models in the category; the sole cuts through the turf with ease.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: One of the better performers in the test; easy to get up in the air and hit straight -- very good directional correction; shots seem to go to the target without a lot of distance loss no matter how you hit them; made for target golf.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Repeatable swings yield the same yardages just about every time; overall length is good—often similar to testers’ own sticks; approach shots with mid- and short-irons deliver plenty of birdie chances.
FEEL: One of the top-ranked irons; nice balance with more than ample stability; solid shots send a positive message to the hands while misses are muted; typical Titleist “click” at impact feels just right.
LOOK: Very clean at address with minimal offset and a beveled topline; a classy, low-key cavity design and color scheme are popular with most of the testers.

CONS
Some testers prefer a slightly heavier feel through the swing; a few guys don’t find the club demonstrably better than the previous AP1; the longish blade lengths, visually, aren’t to everyone’s liking.

BOTTOM LINE: One of the best irons tested. The AP1 simply makes a round of golf more enjoyable to play.

NEXT REVIEW: Bridgestone J15 DF Irons

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