Titleist’s new 714 AP2 irons are as forgiving as the original AP1 irons.

Think about that for a second. That means that the compact forged irons used by Jason Dufner to win his first major championship have as much forgiveness as one of the largest cast irons Titleist has ever produced. How is that possible? According to Chris McGinley, Titleist’s vice president of marketing, it’s because of tungsten and the irons’ progressive design.

Tungsten is important because of its density. It’s about twice as heavy as steel, which means it can impact an iron’s performance in ways that steel can’t. And it’s plentiful in the AP2’s. According to McGinley, there’s an average of 43 grams of tungsten in each head, which accounts for about 20 percent of the headweight.

In the AP2 long irons, the tungsten is positioned low and toward the edges of the head, which lowers the center of gravity (CG) and increases moment of inertia (MOI). The soles of the long irons are also slightly wider, moving even more weight to the bottom of the club.

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A lower CG helps golfers to hit their long irons higher and carry them farther, while the increased MOI gives them more ball speed and less club head twisting on mishits. That means that on less-than-perfect shots with the 714 AP2’s, the ball will end up a little closer to the intended target with a little straighter flight than previous generations.

Click here to read about GolfWRX’s trip to Titleist’s Oceanside Test facility, where two members were fit for a set of 714 irons.

When most golfers think about moving weight to the edges of a club head, they think about the heel and toe sections of the back cavity, which is where most players irons like the AP2’s concentrate their discretionary weight. But Titleist truly took its weighting strategy to the edge with the 714 AP2’s, adding a tungsten weight slug in the bottom portion of the hosel.

The clubs are forged with the tungsten slug in place, which McGinley said gets the tungsten slug into a very critical area of the heel. The wider distance between the two tungsten weights gives the irons a higher MOI without having to increase the size of the iron — an important consideration for better golfers, most of whom prefer smaller-sized iron heads.

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Engineers were also able to trim extra weight from the iron’s dual-cavity design. In the long irons, the upper cavity was thinned to 2.1 millimeters, which allowed more weight to be moved to the perimeter of the irons. But in the short irons, engineers did the opposite, adding weight to the upper portion of the club heads.

Adding weight to the top of the AP2’s short irons is key part of the set’s progressive design. Along with the short irons’ thinner soles, it moves the CG of the clubs higher, creating a lower, more penetrating trajectory that most golfers prefer from their higher-lofted irons. To further enhance the irons’ ball flight, Titleist strengthened the loft of 6 iron through gap wedge one degree, which will make them fly a little lower and go a bit farther as well.

Just like previous generations, the irons are forged from 1025 carbon steel, which gives them a soft, solid feel. They have the same amount of offset as previous versions, but it is less visible thanks to a new hosel blend.

Compared to the 712 AP2’s, the 714’s have soles that feature slightly more camber, as well as pre-worn leading edges, which remove a small amount of metal from the front of the sole to allow for better turf interaction, particularly in firm conditions.

The AP1 irons

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In 2013, Titleist’s 712 AP1 irons — the company’s largest, most forgiving model — became the best-selling Titleist iron in the marketplace, generating 51 percent of the company’s iron sales.

It’s very likely that the 714 AP1 irons will sell better than their predecessors, thanks to their extremely progressive makeup. The new long irons were made to be higher launching and easier to hit, while the short irons are noticeably more compact at address and offer a more penetrating trajectory.

Like the 714 AP2 irons, the AP1 long irons use wider soles and tungsten to lower the CG. They also share the AP2’s dual-cavity construction, but instead of thinning the top of the face, engineers removed weight from underneath the long irons’ thicker topline, creating a deep undercut that allows 10 grams of discretionary weight to be positioned around the perimeter of the irons for a higher MOI.

The 714 AP1 long irons are cast from the same 431 stainless steel as their predecessors, but they feel better because of a new support bar that was added in the cavity. Like the iron’s multi-layer medallion, the bar fine tunes vibration to give the irons a pleasing sound at impact.

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The most dramatic change, however, are the sole widths of the AP1 short irons, which were made substantially more narrow and with thinner toplines than previous models to give the irons a much slimmer look at address. The faces were made thicker as well, which not only improved feel, but raised the CG to a level where tungsten was not needed in their design.

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Like the AP2 irons, the trajectory of the short irons was lowered with slightly stronger lofts. The 7 iron through gap wedge were strengthened one degree, which brought the pitching wedge loft to 44 degrees and the gap wedge, or “W1″ as its stamped on the sole, to 48 degrees. To fill the gap between golfers’ pitching wedge or gap wedge and their sand or lob wedges, Titleist added a second gap wedge, stamped “W2,” which measures 52 degrees.

The AP1 irons come stock with either True Temper’s XP 95 steel shafts or Mitsubishi Rayon’s Kuro Kage 65-gram graphite shafts. Both shafts have a flighted design, which complements the AP1’s flighted make up.

The MB and CB Irons

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Titleist’s MB and CB irons are the company’s smallest and most workable irons. While the 714s are very similar to their predecessor — they’re still one-piece irons forged from 1025 carbon steel — engineers made a few tweaks to their designs to improve the look and feel of the clubs.

Like the 714 AP1 and AP2 irons, the MB’s and CB’s have an improved hosel blend that makes offset less apparent at address. They also have slightly straighter leading edges, and the CB has a sole with increased camber to help improve turf interaction.

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The CB short irons also have a slightly shorter profile that makes them look more compact at address, which many better players prefer. Unlike the AP1 and AP2 irons, the MB and CB irons retain their traditional lofts — the 6 irons measure 31 degrees, while the pitching wedges measure 47 degrees.

The 714 MB and CB irons come stock with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold shafts in regular, stiff and extra-stiff flexes.

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Both the 714 AP1 and AP2 irons have a combo satin and mirror-polish finish that reduces glare at address, but gives the irons some “bling” in the bag. They’ll be available at retail on Nov. 8 along with the MB and CB irons, which come with a satin finish. 

The AP1 irons will sell for around $799 with steel shafts and $999 with graphite. The AP2 irons will carry a street price of $1099 with steel shafts and $1299 with graphite, while the MB and CB irons will cost $999 with steel shafts and $1199 with graphite.

Click here to read about GolfWRX’s trip to Titleist’s Oceanside Test facility, where two members were fit for a set of 714 irons.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. I’m switching from TaylorMade to Titleist. I’m convinced that the AP1 or AP2 are superior than the RocketBladez of TaylorMade. I’m a 9 Handicap and could tell the response from the clubs was quite dramatic with Titleist irons giving much better results.

    • I am toying with making a switch to the Titleist. A 3-5 most of my life, I no longer have the distance. For example, a 7-iron was a comfortable 155 yards for many years. Now it seems I am fortunate to hit a 7-iron 135 yards. I am in the throes of trying to find five or more yards. Iam 70 and closer now to a 12 handicap than a five. Seems like everybody is telling me to go to the cast irons, but they don’t feel the same. Looking for advice from other seniors.

    • I agree. I have both the ap2 714s and 710. The KEY is to make sure you get the right shaft. There are 3-4 different shaft offerings for both reg. and stiff. If you have the wrong shaft you won’t maximize the excellencies of the iron set. The 714 seems to have slightly more distance than the 710, but only if you hit the sweet spot perfectly. 714s have less vibration feedback on all shots. Some people are splitting up making ap1 and ap2 combos. I wouldn’t do it. the ap2 has plenty of muscle behind it. If you are not confident with the longer irons use some Ping i25 hybrids at 19 and 22 degree lofts and you will not need any long irons in ap1 models. I recommend the 714 over 710 if you want a softer feel on the sweet spot. Also, the Ap2s seem to play great with the calloway supersoft ball. Give it a try. I’ve always been a pro v or lethal guy, but the supersofts work great with these irons. Jeff Stephan

  2. […] Tech Talk: Titleist 714 AP1, AP2, CB and MB irons – GolfWRX . hosel blend. Compared to the 712 AP2′s, the 714′s have soles that feature slightly more camber, as well as pre-worn leading edges, which remove a small amount of metal from the front of the sole to allow for better turf interaction, particularly in firm conditions. I've had a demo day this week and believe me everyone with 712 where blown away by the performance and details wich makes it a better club then 712! My vote is: titleist please don't follow TM! […]

  3. Everyone needs to quit complaining about the price. You’re only complaining because you know Titleist makes the best clubs on the market and you want them but can’t afford them. I bought my combo set because it’s an investment. Knowing that my irons will be the newest available for the next two years is refreshing, especially because within the next two years companies like taylormade and callaway will come out with 4 or more new models of clubs.

    If you want top of the line you gotta pay up. Mizzy irons are $1000, same as the CB and MB. New callaway apex forged irons are more expensive than the AP2s, but in my opinion Titleist is better quality and performance for the same price. If you only wanna pay $500 for new irons then you might wanna look into pine meadow irons or 3 year old irons from any other manufacturer.

    I sleep even better at night know I made a great investment on a product I’ll be using for the next 5-10 years.

  4. After extensive research and demoing the 712 AP2 and CB I just ordered an AP2, CB, MB comb set. I tried Mizzy, Callaway, and other brands of irons but because I’m left handed I didn’t have a big selection. Thanks to Titleist for offering all their irons for lefties and righties, that’s part of the reason I went with them. The other reason is because the irons are absolutely superb. I couldn’t decide between the AP2s or CBs so I decided to order both and complement them with MB short irons.

    I highly suggest trying out Titleist’s new offerings because they are perfect; you can work the ball however you want and they’re more forgiving than you would expect. Make sure you get fitted by an authorized fitter to get what’s right for you.

    I order AP2 3,4 irons for some extra forgiveness without sacrificing workability, 5,6,7 CBs for even more workability with some forgiveness, and 8,9,PW MBs for maximum workability without worrying about forgiveness since short irons are easy to hit.

    I would suggest a combo set for anyone who is serious about maximizing their iron game. I am now and will always be a Titleist iron man.

    Exact specs:
    -AP2 3,4 irons; 5,6,7 CBs; 8,9,PW MBs; all have KBS Tour X-Stiff shafts, 2 degrees upright, Golf Pride Patriot grips

  5. Just placed my order for the AP1/AP2 combo set …. 3,4 AP1’s, 5-PW AP2’s …. with the Project X PXi shafts 5.5 (I’m getting older so I need all the help I can get)
    Can’t wait for them to arrive! They are going to be sweet sticks!

  6. What is everybody crying about 1 degree of loft! About the price tag, first hit them then you’ll know its worth the money or not! I’ve had a demo day this week and believe me everyone with 712 where blown away by the performance and details wich makes it a better club then 712! Good products have a pricetag, stop crying!

  7. To me it just seems more like a cosmetic upgrade rather than anything else. Although it is mentioned that there are changes. I don’t think I will notice much. But I might be wrong. With hit a few AP2 714’s and compare them to my 712’s. But somehow I get a feeling it won’t be necessary.

    Btw just to add I am not a fan of the stronger lofts!! Although I’m not sure how much a degree stronger loft would change my distances but I’m sure most people will have to adjust their wedge lofts with the stronger lofts in the irons in mind or maybe in just overthinking.

  8. Always love the posting wars between brand loyalists. Here our concern seems to be profit margins, hard goods,elitism and snob appeal. Not much chatter concerning performance. We are still talking about a game whose origin dates back to Scottish shepards. No?

  9. Come on….$799 for AP1’s and $1099 for AP2’s…Ridiculous.
    Yes, they are great clubs, but come on Tileist, control the costs a little better. Again, Ridiculous!!