ClubTest 2013: Titleist AP2 712 Irons

March 6, 2013

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.

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