714 AP1 Irons
Made to Greatly Define your Iron Shots
"There's a lot of interest in distance when it comes to irons these days, but a good iron shot really should be defined by both hitting it the right distance and stopping the ball by the pin," says Chris McGinley, Titleist's vice president of marketing. "Distance without some control really doesn't mean a whole lot." The new 714 AP1 irons are designed to more accurately define your iron shots, not from a greater distance standpoint but at the right distance and Titleist crafted these irons - without making the clubs bigger - specifically to improve ball flight and forgiveness. Though the cast AP1’s feature the largest club heads that Titleist makes, they are not as big as several competing models in the game-improvement category. Titleist adds that among the smaller-headed, game-improvement irons available, the AP1 is the most forgiving.
With the long irons (3-6) featuring thin faces designed to increase ball speed, dual-cavity construction that is now enhanced by a deep undercut beneath the topline in the upper cavity, and a lower cavity housing with a high-density tungsten weight in the toe section the 714 AP1’s are able to pull the sweet spot of the iron more to the center of the hitting area. Also, the soles of the long irons are wider than the last edition of the AP1 to make the clubs work through the turf more effectively and help steep-swingers avoid hitting fat shots. The leading edges of the 714 AP1 irons also are more rounded and camber has been added to the soles, all to help the clubs avoid digging into the ground.
The toplines and soles of the short irons have also been made thinner, but the short irons don't have the undercut in the top cavity like the long irons. Titleist also strengthened the lofts of the short irons by one degree. This lowered the loft of the pitching wedge to 44 degree, prompting Titleist to make two gap wedges (a 48- and a 52-degree) to properly bridge a transition to a sand wedge and avoid excessive gapping. The GW1 is included with this set, the GW2 is sold separately.
The new 714 AP1 irons were available to PGA Tour pros in the days leading up to the AT&T National in June of this year. To much acclaim, many on tour took notice and Ben Curtis, the winner of the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St. Georges and a player who had been using the previous version of the AP1, the 712 edition, switched immediately. Titleist is now releasing the 714 AP1 irons to the non-Pro golf circuit and 20-handicap golfers will find these to be competitively the most forgiving and playable irons on the market today.
- Longer, Precise Flight
- Maximum Forgiveness
- More Solid Feel
- Improved Sole Profile
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Titleist 714 AP1 Irons Expert Review
Written By: Bob Gomavitz
The 714 AP1s are Titleist’s longest and most forgiving irons. They feature a multi-material, dual cavity design, and a progressive game improvement chassis. Advanced CG height progression creates a higher launch in the long irons, and a flatter launch in the short irons. There is also a strategically placed tungsten weight in the long and mid irons that produces a higher MOI for consistent distance without sacrificing workability.
Who's It For?
I would have said in the past that Game Improvement irons are more for 18+ handicappers. Purists most likely will still walk by this section in the stores, but so be it. Now, pretty much any type of player can play this class of Game Improvement irons without hesitation, and there is one main reason. What held back the better players in previous years from using this class of iron was the hot spots, or jumpers as they’re called, which creates inconsistent distances from the same club number. The OEM’s have done a fabulous job correcting this issue with better technology in head and groove design.
With a simple, clean looking head, the 714 AP1s stayed true to the Titleist mold, but with a slightly larger, thicker head. The AP1s produce an AP2-type of ball flight, with a simple, solid feel that is very forgiving, even with mishits. There is no cavity “clicking” noise here, just a solid thud that we expect from Titleist irons. My ball flight was slightly lower than the other Game Improvement irons I tested, but nothing that concerned me. If you are looking for a clean, simple, classy Game Improvement head with great feel? Look no further.
Club Tested: 6-Iron; Shaft: True Temper XP95; Loft: 29°Read the 2015 Game Improvement Irons Guide
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