2015 Ultimate Product Reviews: Titleist AP2 714 Irons

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April is the first full month of spring, and for me it signals the start of the golf season. Learning about all the new products out there is on of my favorite ways to get ready for the course. This year I thought it would be fun to do my own product reviews. I did several video reviews but it quickly occurred to me that I am only one guy, while there are people out there that have been perfecting the art of club testing for years. So I’ve started this new series where I compile all the best product reviews and put them into one place to make it easy for everyone to find. I hope you find these ultimate product reviews helpful! – Matt

Club Name: AP2 714 Irons
Brand: Titleist
Price Point: $1,100, steel; $1,300, graphite
Specs: 3-P or 4-P or 4-W; stock shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold; stock grip: Titleist Tour Velvet
Category: Better-player irons

Summary

From Titleist – “Precise iron play means controlling both trajectory and distance to stop your shot near the pin. Titleist® AP irons are precision engineered for optimum flight and distance, with increased forgiveness to help you hit it close. AP2® irons are multi-material forged irons that offer distance with trajectory control and forgiveness with workability in a solid feeling, great looking tour-proven chassis. Advanced CG height progression creates higher launching long irons and flatter launching short irons for more carry distance with outstanding control. Precisely placed high density tungsten weighting in the long and mid irons produces higher MOI for consistent distance without sacrificing workability.”

Special Notes

Learn more about the Titleist AP2 714 irons by visiting the Titleist website.

You can also find out which PGA professionals currently play with Titleist irons by visiting the players section of their site.

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THE REVIEWS

1. Golf Digest: Gold Rating. No iron makes technology look as beautiful as this perennial favorite does. Tungsten in the heel and toe make the head more stable on off-center strikes than its tour-proven, compact size would have you believe. That shape, including a neatly beveled trailing edge on the sole, gives you the confidence at address to play any shot. Those seeking extra distance from their irons might not find it here.

2. Golf Magazine: Love it. For the second year running, the AP2 714 gets high marks across the board. There’s not a shot that can’t be played; these slide through any kind of lie; easy to work each way; very nimble through the impact zone—short irons are an inventive golfer’s dream; a playable, medium-trajectory ball flight; perform well on knockdowns. A few testers lose a bit more distance than they’d like on misses; one or two guys would like more help from their longer irons.

3. The Sand Trap: Like It. The irons maintain the balance of forgiveness and feedback that all golfers want to have in their game. Titleist designers also stayed with the relatively safe color scheme of blacks and greys but still have some graphic affects as many of the AP2 irons offered. I am not certain if I owned a set of 710 or 712 models of the AP2 that I would rush out to buy the 714 models, unless I was looking for a bit more height out of my longer irons shots. I feel the 714 models offer a slightly higher ball flight in the longer irons which more of us mid-handicap golfers would prefer.

4. Hacker’s Paradise: Like it. From an all-around perspective the 714 AP2 irons are yet another solid entry into the players iron segment of the market. With that being said, they are definitely more of a subtle evolution on previous versions rather than being revolutionary. Make no mistake though, along with being some of the best looking irons Titleist has put out, they also offer solid distance with a bit more forgiveness packed in there than we are used to with an iron in this particular profile.

5. Plugged In Golf: Love It. To say I feel privileged to have been able to put the Titleist AP2 in my bag, though very true, is a massive understatement. It’s not often that you pick up a golf club and develop an almost instant chemistry with next to no adjustment period, but this is exactly what happened with me and the 714 AP2. It’s a true testament to how high quality a golf club the Titleist AP2 really is. The forgiveness mixed with performance makes for one of the best top-shelf irons you are going to find in today’s golf market.

6. Golf A Lot: 5 Stars. Compared to the forged 714 CB irons, the 714 AP2 irons will not give you as much feedback or be as easy to shape. However if you are low single figure player who does not shape this then having the set or even 4-7 iron in AP2s and the rest in CBs could create a wonderful set. Put a full set of AP2s in the bag and you will have a quality, mid-sized iron that will suit everyone who plays in single figures.

7. Golf WRX: Like It. As with any other forged club, 714 AP2’s are not the most forgiving clubs you have ever hit (but they may be the most forgiving clubs in their class). However, if forgiveness is not a huge problem because of good ball striking, the sweetness of a well-struck AP2 714 iron shot will reward you. And the striking beauty of both the AP1 and AP2 714s is a wonderful icing on the cake.