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Titleist AP2 Irons

From Golf Magazine (April 2011)
Category: Tour Irons
We tested: 3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft

Key Technologies: The multi-material head has a medallion in the cavity (made of soft elastomer and aluminum plate) that enhances sound and softens feel versus the original AP2. A 55-gram slug along the length of the sole adds a bit of forgiveness.

OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the top-rated clubs. Testers experience a delightful balance of look, feel and workability in an understated package.

PROS
PLAYABILITY: A real ballstriker's iron—overriding theme is to dial it up and hit the shot you imagine.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Testers are excited to be in control on slight off-center hits—they miss the target by no more than a few yards.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Dead-on distances across the board for the majority of testers.
FEEL: Superb feel for those thirsting for soft yet crisp contact; lovely sensation around the greens as well.
LOOK: Neat, clean head with subtle but useful technology wrapped in a tidy package.

CONS
Some testers struggle with knockdown shots; short irons are a challenge to dial in for a few testers.

From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, March 2010)

Category: Better-Player Irons
We tested: 3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft

Company line: "The AP2 is a multi-material, dual-cavity design aimed at serious golfers who want greatly enhanced feel with Tour-like performance. Extensive analysis of sound and vibration enable us to take the quality of impact feel to a new level. A 55-gram tungsten-nickel sole weight further enhances feel and forgiveness."

Our Testers say:
PROS: Among the top performers in the group; scores very high for forgiveness and accuracy; long irons are easy to hit and provide a surprisingly high trajectory; pleasing shape and look are a big plus; average to above-average distance throughout the set; a number of panelists said they'd like to buy it.

CONS: Some testers find it difficult to determine for certain that this version is significantly better than the previous AP2; acceptable impact feel, just not as rewarding as traditional forgings.

From Sports Illustrated Golf+ Equipment Issue (February 8, 2010)

Building on the high-tech design and success of the original AP (Advanced Performance) irons, Titleist is offering two new multi­material, dual­cavity sets this year — the AP1 and the AP2. "The AP1 and AP2 embody significant improvements in feel, forgiveness and shot control to what had already been recognized as a revolutionary step forward in iron design," says Steve Pelisek, general manager of Titleist golf clubs. "The AP1 and AP2 feature the most successful marriage of playability and forgiveness — plus traditional looks, feel and feedback — in the market today."

The concept for the original AP irons came from research showing that serious golfers want performance but not at the expense of feel. The Titleist research and development team has been conducting extensive sound and vibration analysis aimed at reducing the harsh lower-frequency vibration that causes poor feel in irons. This research led to combining several technologies and materials in the back cavity of the AP irons, resulting in a Tuned Feel System that enhances feel.

"The AP1 and AP2 irons retain the dual-cavity design and multimaterial construction that is the key to their advanced performance," says Dan Stone, Titleist's vice president of R and D . "However, the designs have been upgraded for feel with the addition of the Tuned Feel System. The structure of the AP1 also provides improved forgiveness, while a modified sole on the new AP2 provides improved ground control."

The Tuned Feel System is a comolded medallion of soft elastomer and an aluminum plate. This insert has been designed to improve sound and feel. For the thinner-face, larger-cavity AP1, a more lively feel has been created. For the AP2 a softer, more solid feel is achieved.

AP2 Irons
Looking for ­player-proven performance? AP2 irons were the most-played model on the PGA Tour in 2008 and '09, as well as the most-played iron at the '09 Club Professional Championship and the '09 U.S. Amateur. The multi­material, dual–cavity design increases playability with shot control, while the soft-forged construction provides great feel.

From GOLF Magazine (December 2009)
The base construction is similar to its predecessor but the feel properties have been tweaked to block out lower frequencies (which create a harsh feel). Updates include the aluminum badge backed by soft elastomer in the cavity (which elicits a soft yet solid feel). A 55-gram tungsten-nickel sole weight further enhances feel and forgiveness. Short irons (7-iron to PW) have less bounce on the back edge of the sole, for crisper contact. Stock shaft is Dynamic Gold (original AP2 had Project X).

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