ClubTest 2014: Titleist AP2 714 Irons
Titleist AP2 714 Irons
Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $1,099, steel; $1,299, graphite
WE TESTED: 3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft; 4-PW with True Temper XP 95 steel shaft; 4-PW with Kuro Kage 65 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Short irons have a thicker upper face for a higher CG, more penetrating flight and enhanced feel.
PLAYABILITY: Mid to high flight that’s higher than many other players’ clubs; strong, stable, repeatable flight that holds its line in the wind; great for shotmaking; they function well out of a variety of lies; easy to use for a wide range of handicaps in a wide range of conditions.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Lock and load -- a generous sweet spot for a players’ club; there’s a great mix of accuracy and built-in forgiveness.
DISTANCE CONTROL: It’s plenty long without losing precision; spot-on control, as though you’re throwing darts.
FEEL: It’s how a forged iron should feel -- butter through the ball; admirable stability, with a low, muted thud at impact; refined feedback; a nice improvement over its predecessor.
LOOK: It garners top marks in the test; slimmed down and trimmed up -- sleek, rich, classy; good luck getting strokes with these in the bag.
A shorter hitter may prefer a slightly hotter iron; a few guys find that off-center hits are penalized and clearly fly shorter than solid strikes.
BOTTOM LINE: The undisputed champ. Titleist improved on an already great iron -- no matter how you play, this club can make you better. Excels across the board. Surprisingly forgiving and easy to hit.
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