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ClubTest 2015: Titleist AP1 714 Irons

On the Range: Titleist AP1 714 Irons
This year's testers talk about one of their favorite irons at ClubTest 2015, the Titleist AP1 714 irons.

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.

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Titleist AP1 714 Irons

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

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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.

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