Titleist 716 AP2 Irons

Titleist 716 AP2 Irons

Titleist 716 AP2 Irons

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Titleist 716 AP2 Irons

Jordan Spieth used Titleist 714 AP2 irons to win the Masters and U.S. Open, and Zach Johnson used a set to win the British Open at St. Andrews.

While those irons helped players host the hardware, Marni Ines, Titleist’s director of product development for irons, and his team were putting the finishing touches on an updated version of those clubs, the new 716 AP2 irons.

“The goal was to make a Tour-proven iron that provides distance and forgiveness with forged feel,” Ines said.

The 716 AP2 irons have the same blade length, sole configuration and lofts as 714 AP2, and are also made of forged 1025 carbon steel. The major difference is something golfers can’t see: two massive pieces of sculpted tungsten in the 3- to 7-irons, co-forged inside the heel and toe. There is 25 percent more tungsten in the new model, which helped Ines and his team lower the center of gravity (CG) and make the clubs more forgiving.

“We have increased the MOI of the long irons by about 9 percent, and across the full set it’s up by about 5½ percent,” he said.

The tungsten also helps align the CG more directly behind the middle of the hitting area, and Titleist says that helps increase ball speed with a more consistent hitting area.

“The way that we came up with this was to put the weight where we needed it for the best properties when it was being developed on the computer,” Ines said. “We told ourselves that we’d worry about how to make it and how to get the weight there later.”

Chris McGinley, Titleist’s vice president of golf club marketing, said, “You can always make a club more forgiving by making it bigger, but with the AP2, we can’t make it any bigger because then the Tour pros won’t use it. We really have to work hard to get the forgiveness in there.”

The 716 AP2 irons will be in stores Oct. 23 and come with True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT shafts for $1,199 for a set of eight.

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