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Review: Titleist 714 CB and MB irons

by   |   November 1, 2013
Titleist 714 CB and MB Review
Review: Titleist 714 CB and MB irons Ben Jackson
Performance
Looks and Feel

Summary: The 714 CB and MB irons are everything elite golfers could ask for from a one-piece forged iron.

4.5

Titleist at its best


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Pros: Titleist’s 714 CB and MB offer no-nonsense looks and a soft, forged iron feel for all the feedback accomplished golfers need for precision iron play.

Cons: Not much difference between these and the 712 CB and MB irons.

Bottom Line: Unless you’re a golfer who pures it often, you probably want to look at more forgiving offerings. But these are about as good as it gets for one-piece forgings.

Overview

“Don’t screw them up.”

That was the advice Titleist’s touring professionals gave the company for the redesign of the 714 CB and MB irons, Titleist’s latest forged cavity-back and muscle-back irons that are played by several of the world’s best including Adam ScottBill HaasGraham DeLaet and Jimmy Walker.

And the company listened, which is why the new irons are very similar to their predecessors. Both are forged from 1025 carbon steel, and offer compact blade lengths, thin top lines and narrow soles. Because of that, they have the highest center of gravity of the four irons in Titleist’s 714 lineup, making them fly the lowest.

Technological advances are much less important to the design of irons like the 714 CB and MB, because they’re intended to be used by the most accomplished golfers; players who almost always hit their iron shots on the sweet spot or very close to it. Golfers interested in these should be willing to sacrifice distance and forgiveness for added workability, consistency and the one-piece forged feel that irons like the CB and MB offer.

That being said, there were still a ways Titleist felt it could improve the new clubs. Like the new 714 AP1 and AP2 irons (click here to read our review of those), the new CB and MB models have a new hosel blend that lessens the appearance of offset at address. They also have straighter leading edges, and the CB irons have more camber, or a “rounder sole” from front to back that helps the club move more smoothly through the turf, particularly for golfers with steep angles of attack.

The 714 CB and MB irons are available at retail beginning Nov. 8, and carry a street price of $999 (for a set of eight irons) with stock True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts.

MB Specs

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CB Specs

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Performance

There is no fooling these clubs and little room for error, but golfers are definitely rewarded for pure strikes. Distance control and shot shaping are vitally important when it comes to quality iron play, and the 714 CB and MB are exactly what the doctor ordered. Demanding as they are, the CB and MB are also one of the most consistent one-piece forged irons I’ve ever used.

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Above: The soles of the 714 MB iron (right) are slightly thinner and flatter than the CB irons, making them better suited to golfers who “pick”  their iron shots of the turf.  

While the CB and MB are similar in nearly every way, there are slight nuances that differentiate the two. The CB is slightly more forgiving, and launches the ball slightly higher. I also found it easier to work the ball with the MB.

Looks and Feel

The 714 CB and MB are what one would expect when it comes to a new Titleist offering; clean lines, minimal offset, satin finish and a solid feel. They are a pleasure to look at, and provide plenty of feedback to let golfers know if they caught the ball a groove too high or too low.

Titleist 714 MB 8 iron at address

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 Titleist 714 CB 8 iron at address

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At address, both have thin top lines, with the MB being slightly slimmer than the CB. The blade lengths are nearly identical. The CB irons also have slightly more offset in the long irons.

With fresh badging and a slightly scalloped muscle back pad reminiscent of the old Titleist 660, the 714 CB and MB irons have a modern touch of elegance in a time-tested, tour-proven chassis.

The Takeaway

I’d relate the 714 CB and MB irons to a supermodel girlfriend. These irons will let you know if your game gets even the slightest bit off track.

I tested the CBs alongside with the MBs extensively, and I have to say that a split set of these might be the trick for golfers who want to play a full set of blades but know that they can’t. The addition of the CBs in the mid-and-long irons would add some forgiveness, while smoothly flowing into the MBs in the short irons.

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Whatever set you choose, the beauty of these irons is also going catch the attention of everyone on the range. And if you’re good enough to be able to play them, you will be rewarded with some of the best-feeling, most versatile irons on the market.

About

Ben is the Sales and Marketing Manager for GolfWRX and is based out of Silicon Valley, California. Outside of golf his hobbies include cars, technology, and music.


25 Comments

  1. brian

    April 13, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I just got my handicap back after a 4 year lay off the game but still hit the ball pure. Just had a demo day from Titleist and still even hit the blades purely every time. Can’t putt anymore and short game is awful, but every other shot is pure as you like. 23 handicap! How snobby can some people be… ‘I play of 2 so only I can hit cb’s or blades’. What complete rubbish some people talk here, to judge off an internet comment.

  2. KYGolfer

    March 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    “Jack” he was clearly talking about the s56′s not being forged.

  3. Jordan

    November 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    After extensive research and a summer’s worth of testing irons, I just ordered a combo set of AP2 3-4 irons, CB 5,6,7 irons, and MB 8,9,PW. I’m left handed so I only got to test the AP2 and CB 6 irons, but after testing both with different shaft combo’s (KBS Tour, TT DG, and PX) and flexes, I was dead set on a combo set. I tested MP-59 and MP-53 (older set) but the 714s put them all to shame. The look, feel, consistency is unmatched and I hit them the furthest and worked the ball whichever way I wanted it. AP2 long irons give more forgiveness and distance in the hardest to hit irons, 5,6,7 CBs give more workability and some forgiveness, while the easiest to hit short irons are MBs for maximum workability without worrying about forgiveness since short irons are easy to hit. I would highly suggest trying out the new Titleist offerings and ordering a combo set if that floats your boat. Best irons I’ve ever hit and will be enjoying them for many years to come. And because I’m left handed I won’t be buying any other brands of irons for the foreseeable future because Titleist offers all their clubs for both dexterities and other companies do not share the love. Even if they did I would still get my 714 combo set because Titleist truly makes the best irons in the game.

    Exact specs:
    -AP2 3,4 irons; KBS Tour X-Stiff; 2 degrees upright; Golf Pride Patriot grips
    -CB 5,6,7 irons; KBS Tour X-Stiff; 2 degrees upright; Golf Pride Patriot grips
    -MB 8,9,PW; KBS Tour X-Stiff; 2 degrees upright; Golf Pride Patriot grips

    Before the season starts in late April (I live in PA) I plan on replacing my CG 16s with 52 and 60 degree Vokey’s, same specs except with KBS Tour Hi-Rev shafts.

    Titleist irons and wedges > anything else on the market

  4. MikeT

    November 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Jack,

    He meant the S56 were clacky.

    Lighten up a bit, chachie!

  5. Flamz911

    November 19, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Someone help me. Been playing Titleists 670mb for 5 years now. Rolling a 6 handicap now. Have been down to a 4. Was thinking a set of 714mbs with a 3,4 cb. Was never great with 2,3,4 was ok.
    Don’t care for AP2′s. But the Mizuno MP4′s are looking pretty sexy!! Help keep me aTitleist guy.

    • JP

      November 20, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      I have both 712 CB and 714 MB. I really like the 712 CB’s as I put a set of aldila proto shafts 85 grams in them and I am hitting them better than any set I have ever owned. I am going to do the same with the MB’s as the dg x100 are a bit heavy and it makes them harder to hit in the longer irons. I wanted to pass this one as I am a 0 handicap and 52 years old. My driver swing speed is 105 and I use x stiff flex. I found that the graphite shafts allow you to hit the ball consistently and about a club longer. I don’t need a hybrid as I hit the 3 iron about 231 yards. This shaft change made a major difference as the lighter shafts give you a nice high and soft landing and seems to be every bit as accurate as the steel shafts. I hope this helps.

      • Flamz911

        November 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

        Thanks for the input JP. I switched from x100′s to S300′s a few years ago. I have decent ball flight with them vs the x100′s. My carry distance with my 3 is around 225. It might change a little seeing the 714′s are all 1*stronger. Maybe I’ll have to try a graphite shaft. I just don’t know about the whole set though.

    • Larryoffthedeck

      March 2, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      I switched over from Titleist 681′s (completely worn out) to the 712 CB’s last year. I also added a set of Mizuno MP-64s to the arsenal with MP-H4s for the 3 and 4 iron. Very pleased with those last two clubs, but I’ve gravitated to the 712′s over the MP-64s because of the boring flight they provide (picking up about 5 yards/shot over the MP-64s) and a heck of a lot more predictable in the wind. If you’re coming from MB you may like the CBs over any blade. The 3 and 4 iron in the CB are perfectly acceptable if you can smash your irons, but I do find myself rolling the MP-H4s into the mix for a little more predictability and launch depending on the course. You could mix in some AP2′s or AP1′s if you wanted to stay all Titleist in the longest irons, but MP-H4 is worth a look.

  6. Dominic

    November 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I, personally do not like bridgestone clubs, but I just bought a set of the J40 Dual Pocket Cavity Backs. They are forged and feel great. If you are looking for a good club for higher handicaps and lower ones too you have to try these.

  7. Neil

    November 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I was lucky enough to try all the entire 714 range this weekend. I currently game the JPX 825 Pro models and have a 12 index. The 714 CBs were just amazing. I had just played 18, and spent 30 minutes hitting the AP1 and AP2 models, so was pretty warmed up. The flaghsip AP2 model was good, a great club – but I was surprised at how much better the CB felt. I understand there are tour players winning majors with the AP2 model and it makes me question why one would even consider the CB range, but I most definitely would, if I was due an upgrade.

  8. Tyler

    November 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I guarantee a 14 handicap will not be hurt by playing blades in the shorter irons. Those of you who think that a set of irons needs to be all one model or have very little change from one iron to the next need to join the present. An optimized iron set has smaller, more workable short irons and more forgiving long irons. To Scott King I would say get those 714 CB’s in the short irons and mix in some AP2′s and AP1′s in the mid and long irons. You won’t regret it.

  9. Scott king

    November 2, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I hit all the new irons at a demo last week. Ding dang I fell in love. I am a 14 handicapper that is looking to get a lower handicap iron in 2015 when I should be below a10. The CB’s are the ones for me I hit them so pure and the ball flight is amazing throughout the set from 3 to PW.

    • Joe

      November 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      No offense, but as a 14 the last thing you need are these irons to improve your game.

      • MD's

        November 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm

        …not nearly enough info for you to make that assumption!

        • al

          November 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

          “14 handicap”is enough information. I don’t in anyway want to be horrible, but don’t buy these irons. They will NOT improve your ball striking or your game, no matter what all the 300+ yard drivers on wrx tell you.
          If you want a set of forged irons look at the mizuno ez forged or something along those lines. A pure players iron is not the way forward. Loads of guys on tour don’t use blades or muscle back irons and I guarantee you they hit it way better than a guy who plays off the mid-teens!

          • Flamz911

            November 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

            Maybe he can’t putt very well. Never know, maybe he’s a gamer with his irons. I went from a midsize CB to a MB and shaved 8 strokes from my index in 2 years.

      • John

        November 3, 2013 at 2:40 am

        I was a 14 and started playing blades. Improved my ball striking tremendously, you know when you miss and experience is the best mentor. Now I’m a 4 handicap and it took 1 year. If you practice enough, blades will make you a player.

        • Dan

          November 4, 2013 at 9:41 am

          I agree 100%. Being punished for a bad swing/impact position is how you learn how to hit the ball properly, especially if you put in the practice/learning time to improve.

          Took me a while to learn the proper impact position and Mizuno Pro II’s always let me know when I dont hit down on the ball, hit it thin or high on the face…………

          That being said, you need to consistently hit the ball in the middle of the face.

      • To Joe

        November 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

        Why would you asses someone’s game via internet? Could be his putting, wedge play, off the tee….keep your mouth shut coach

        • Geordie

          November 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm

          I’m playing to an 8-handicap & it’s only because I hit it a long way off the tee & usually have less than 30 putts per round. I’m currently playing 710 AP2′s & will have a new combo set of 714 CB’s (6-PW) & AP2′s (4-5) in less than a week. My iron play is the weakest part of my game & my club-fitter agrees (like John stated) that this is the correct set (fit with X-stiff C-Tapers) for me to help me get better feedback. And, I do plan to practice just about every day with them until I don’t need to.

  10. Deaus7

    November 2, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Damn!!!! Wish I had 5mph of clubhead speed through the bag so I could realistically play the CB. Maybe if i lived in UK and would require 90% of my shots 20 foot stingers. They look AMAZING!!

    • Sullamon

      November 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      I don’t know what makes you think the UK plays low shots constantly…..stop being mislead by what you see at The Open and actually play golf in the UK before judging.

      • K Gray

        November 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        Ap2 or s55. This is easily the hardest decision of my life. Hah

        • K

          November 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

          Ap2′s…

          I bought s56′s at the beginning of this year, 5 months later I bought the Titleist Cb’s. No matter how well I hit them, they felt clacky.

          Go with forged.

          • jack

            November 24, 2013 at 1:45 am

            you may be the stupidest person i have ever read a comment by. you said that the cb felt “clacky” you should go with forged. fyi the cbs are forged irons. why don’t you go home and read up on golf for dummies then come back and delete your comment.

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