Titleist 712 AP2 Irons
Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $1,099, steel
WE TESTED: 3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The multi-material, forged carbon steel body has two tungsten plugs (50 grams total) which contribute to a 7 percent increase in moment of inertia. The result is tighter dispersion and better distance control. The cavity has an aluminum-elastomer insert to enhance feel, while narrower sole widths in short irons improve turf interaction.
OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the highest-rated irons in its class. The AP2 has been a reliable go to model since 2008, and the newest iteration continues a successful run.
PLAYABILITY: Easy to control trajectory and shot shape; very good on touch shots around the green; long irons are surprisingly easy to hit from the fairway.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Quite forgiving all over the face and easy to hit straight; testers don’t miss many greens from 8-iron or less; some guys find it’s noticeably more forgiving and more playable than the previous AP2.
DISTANCE CONTROL: No surprises—hit it solid and you know how far the ball will travel; short irons are very predictable, which makes scoring shots a breeze.
FEEL: Softer forged sensation at impact than past AP2 models; strong and secure through the swing.
LOOK: One of the favorites; very attractive club in the Titleist tradition; refinements to topline and toe make the club appear thinner and smaller.
A few testers prefer more distance on solid shots; a minority of guys finds that impact feel is overly filtered, causing the clubs to lack precise “forged” feel.
From Golf Magazine (December, 2011)
Titleist’s latest multimaterial AP1 and AP2 irons are designed to look small and play big. The reengineered clubheads have a higher moment of inertia (MOI), or resistance to twisting, than their predecessors. The by-product is greater forgiveness, more consistent ball speeds across the face (for improved distance control) and tighter dispersion on off-center hits. Both models also have “low inertia” around the shaft axis (as determined by blade length and center-of-gravity position). This simply means that it’s easier to square up the clubface at impact.
The AP2 712 irons (“712” stands for the 2012 model year) are made of forged 1025 carbon steel and offer a high degree of “workability,” a quality that better players covet. These third-generation sticks also feature more weight concentrated in the heel and toe than the current AP2 710, which equates to a 7 percent higher MOI. In fact, these game-enhancing irons are nearly as forgiving as the original game-improvement AP1. The secret: using a thin stainless steel “cradle” along the back of the club in combination with tungsten slugs in the heel and toe that total 50 grams. (The current AP2 has a “tungsten-nickel box” that extends the entire length of the blade.)
The larger AP1 712, made of cast stainless steel, provides more forgiveness but less “maneuverability” than the AP2. In this case, discretionary mass is shifted from the topline (1 gram), center back (5 grams) and stainless steel sole plate (28 grams) to a heavy tungsten toe weight. The result? Long irons have a 4 to 7 percent higher MOI than the AP1 710, while short irons have the same inertia as before.