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The Buzzz on 710 Irons from Titleist

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Nothing gets the buzz going like shiny new blades.  Titleist really wowed the golfing world with the new 710 MB, CB, and AP2s at the Buick Open tourney at the end of July.  The new 710 MB is a muscle back, true blade design. 

Some have commented that this offering is an attempt to make a more user-friendly design that has slightly higher ball flight and a more forgiving sweet spot.  The 710 CB irons are forged and have a thin sole with a minimal offset.  The 710 AP2 is the most forgiving of the forged cavity back design and will be available to the masses closer to 2010.  This club has a wider sole and longer heel to toe length than previous AP2 models.  In addition, the medallion is one piece instead of the former generation’s two piece design.  A new 2-way adhesive material is used and it is said to add to the “right feel” that a player looks for.  The AP2 is considered the most forgiving of the Titleist cavity back designs.  At the Buick, Tour players commented several times about how great they thought that the Titleist irons felt and many made them immediate additions to their bags. 

The naming convention is as follows: 710 is a series designator, with the 700 for irons, the 10 for 2010.  These will be available sometime toward the end of the year.  Stock shafts have not yet been announced and there is not a retail price listed yet.

As always, Golf WRX forums have plenty to say about the look of each new club:

“Blades are uber sexy! Hopefully, they’re available in lefties too.”

“Lovvve the look of the MB and CB. I like how they have gone back to a classic look and away from the Z on the back.  First look of the new AP2 looks great, but not so hot on the new rubber insert sticking out. But….true test is on the course!”

“Gosh, those blades are so chromed out they look like some 22s on some baller’s Tahoe.
Those things look tight, and I’m nearly sure I’m gonna be bagging those AP2s to replace my R7s.”

“Superb pictures! All three sets look awesome, in particular the 710 CBs which look out of this world. They remind me a bit of the old 690CB, a club I have always loved even if I’ve never been good enough to play them.  In terms of looks at least Titleist are on the money with these clubs. They’ve kept them clean, simply and classy looking at a time when so many other OEM’s are coming out with increasingly garish and tacky looking graphics.”

“Now that is how a blade should look – beautiful. As mentioned before, the MB and CB certainly look similar to the older 690 series, which I’m a big fan of.  Hopefully the specs for these clubs will also reflect their traditional appearance, with lofts to suit and no daft 45* PWs coupled with the DG shaft as stock option. A matching 2-iron would be the icing on the cake. Do I want a set? You bet.”

“Dear Nike, Please look at pics and take note. You blew it with the VR line. You too had the chance to go back to the classic line approach – especially with the split backs (see 710 CB) – but you couldn’t resist the gimmicky Vr logos, redlines, and waffle designs. I hope you learn your lesson when these clubs fly off the shelves for next season.”

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  1. Stephen Pelletier

    Oct 1, 2009 at 1:13 am

    The 710 MB looks great, and it’s clear that the line was made for the purist looking for one great lookin’ club- and no doubt titleist has done very well with this design. My ONLY gripe is the continuation to brand so much on the club, this is clearly aimed at the purist- give him something to goo over- get rid of the stamping that says forged and the MB logo on the blade, put it in printing on the hosel so it says 710 MB and leave the Brand Stamp where it is- now THAT would look sexy.

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Justin Thomas’ WITB for course-record 61 at Medinah

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX

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3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

5-wood: Titleist 915FD (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4), Titleist 718 MB
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 (46, 52, 56 degrees), Vokey Design SM6 (60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Photo via Vokey wedge rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ghoul31 who created a thread dedicated to finding the ideal golf ball for players with slower swing speeds. Our members have their say on what is the ball most suited to slower swing speeds, with a variety of models receiving a mention.

Here are a few posts from the thread but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Hogan9: “My SS is 80 to 85. I play the Titleist AVX. Many people on these forums tell it’s wrong for me. I’ve tried several brands and types over the last year ( Pro-V-1 and 1X, Cally Supersoft and Chrome Soft, TM TP5X, Wilson Duo Soft and the Snell MTB. The AVX gives me the best overall performance for my game. I’ve had to slightly adjust to how it reacts on chips and pitches, but the extra distance off the tee is well worth it. “
  • North Butte: “Maybe 90mph driver swing on a good day. Driver 205-ish hit 6-iron from 150. Pro V1x but I have played AVX, B330, TP5 with pretty much similar results to my favorite V1x. Also played the Chrome Soft for a while but it seemed to fly a little low and sometimes have trouble holding greens (or maybe I just didn’t give it a long enough chance to know for sure).”
  • Hat Trick: “Pro V1X – Spin and higher launch keeps it in the air longer, but at the same time that spin holds the greens – SS 96-98 mph.”
  • Kmac: “My SS is right around 95-100, and I find the QST to the perfect for my game. I will also play the AVX or Chrome Soft Truvis. But for the money, nothing beats the QST.”

Entire Thread: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from rbark11 who has sparked an interesting debate over single length irons in our forums. Rbark11 has been playing single length irons for the past seven months, and he is concerned that he may have issues changing back to regular length irons. Our members give their take on the matter, as well as discussing single length irons in general.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • mcs4: “No, it will not. Both my father and I are currently playing Cobra One Length irons after decades of playing variable length irons. It took both of us maybe a few rounds to feel comfortable with the switch. This weekend I played a round with my old irons, and it was different but not a big deal. My opinion is that there are pros and cons with each approach, but I don’t think picking one will make any particular negative impact on your ability to later switch to the other.”
  • Quadra: “I’ve played both. Right now I am back to VL clubs ( Wishon 560 irons). Find VL gives me more shot-making options. With uneven lies, especially with the ball above or below foot level, the shot seems easier with a more upright or flatter lie, rather than trying to manipulate a shot from clubs with only a single length/lie. VL = more shot possibilities.”
  • Aucaveman: “I played Cobra ftbo for a year. Shot my best scores ever. Our club switched to Mizuno exclusively, so I had my first real fitting. I switched to the 919 forged and had to sell the Cobras to fund the mizunos. Really wished I hadn’t. I really liked the Cobras. The shafts in the Mizuno’s are better suited for me but had I put the same shafts in the Cobras; I’d prob been better off. At some point, I’ll prob do it and go back to one lengths. I was perusing eBay yesterday actually.”
  • Brandons68: “I think that the consistency you gain from SL irons is pretty great. I have not played them personally, but have talked to several people that have, and they really like the feel of the irons and the fact that they swing every iron the same because they are all the same length.”

Entire Thread: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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