Titleist 714 AP2 Irons
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Titleist is unveiling the fourth generation of the AP2 irons, and while some features remain the same, new elements have been added to enhance the clubs' flight, feel and forgiveness.
The 714 AP2 irons were introduced to tour pros at Congressional Country Club in June before the start of the AT&T National; they'll be available at retail starting Nov. 8 and cost $1,099 with stock True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts.
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The irons are forged and feature a constant blade length throughout the set. That means unlike the 714 AP1 irons that feature longer blade lengths in the lower-lofted clubs, each of the AP2 irons has the same length from heel to toe.
"Because we don't have the blade length or the size of the AP1, we have to get even more creative to make [the AP2] more forgiving," said Chris McGinley, Titleist's vice president of marketing.
The newest AP2 long irons (3-5) have faces that are 25 percent thinner than their predecessors, along with a dual-cavity design. Within the encased lower cavity of the AP2, Titleist has positioned a high-density tungsten weight. Another piece of high-density tungsten also has been co-forged in the heel section, just below the area where the shaft enters the hosel.
The combination of the AP2's thin face, perimeter weighting and lowered CG is designed to make these irons easier to hit and help mis-hit shots maintain ball speed.
The larger-headed 714 AP1 irons are more forgiving, but the AP2 long irons provide some margin for error for accomplished players who want to shape the ball around a corner, hit it under a branch or feather a shot into a tight hole location.
While the lofts of the AP2 irons had always matched the lofts of the Titleist CB and MB irons, the lofts in the 714 AP2 short irons (6-GW) have been strengthened by 1 degree. The center of gravity also gradually rises in progression from long irons to short irons. According to Titleist, combining the stronger lofts and higher CG with slightly thicker face designs and narrowed soles should make it easier to manage the spin and trajectory of the AP2's scoring clubs.
To help make all of the AP2 irons work more effectively through the turf, Titleist added camber to the soles and gave the leading edges a "pre-worn" treatment that makes them less likely to dig.
Aesthetically, the AP2 irons received a face-lift with the 714 model; the toplines have been lowered slightly, the area where the hosel blends into the face has been made smoother, and a new finish combines satin and mirrored chrome.