ClubTest 2013: Titleist AP2 712 Irons

Photo: Schecter Lee

Titleist AP2 712 Irons

Titleist AP2 712 Irons
Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $1,099, steel
3-PW with True Temper Dynalite Gold steel shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: An aluminum-elastomer badge contributes to a softer feel than in previous AP2s. Tungsten plugs in the forged carbon steel body boost MOI and improve ball speed consistency across the face.

One of the company’s calling cards; a high, straight hitter with plenty of workability; more playable than its predecessor -- produces gentle, controlled draws and fades without overdoing it; the sole plays well in various lies and resists digging in sandy or wet conditions.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Consistency is king -- as easy to hit as any player’s club; the ball carries well and holds the line on hits across much of the face; many testers find it to be a game-improvement club in a blade-like body.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Consistent distances with proper gaps throughout the set; added forgiveness means mis-hits still make the green.
FEEL: One of the softest irons tested; delivers a strong hit at impact, like there’s plenty of mass behind the ball; cavity-back stability with blade-like feedback; a more cushioned sensation in this edition than the prior one.
LOOK: Larger and thicker than a traditional blade, but well proportioned; clean lines hide the technology at address; enough hints at forgiveness to inspire confidence.

High-ball hitters may prefer a lower natural trajectory; some testers find the glare off the chrome finish distracting; a few guys say it’s well balanced but a tad head-heavy on full swings.

BOTTOM LINE: One of the best irons tested. A club you can buy as a 10-handicapper and still love as a plus-2.

MORE REVIEWS: Game-Improvement Irons

More From the Web

More Equipment

The most trusted name in sports is now the easiest way to stay informed—no matter where you are. At home, at work, or on the go, we have you covered.
check it out
This Way To…
Our one-touch menu gives you easy access to your favorite writers and sports, special sections, and more.
go deep…
Use this strip to access scores, schedules, or to lean back and enjoy our iconic photos and videos, daily live shows, and more.
then take a scroll…
We have more great content than ever.