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Ian Poulter spills the beans on Titleist’s AP3, 718 irons

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Thank you, Ian Poulter. That’s how Titleist fans are feeling toward the Ryder Cup hero for spilling the beans on Titleist’s new 718 iron lineup, which looks to include an all-new model called the 718 AP3. His photos, which were posted on his Instagram account, also include photos of what appear to be the new 718 T-MB, 718 AP2 irons.

As in past years, Titleist is expected to officially release its newest equipment to PGA Tour players at next week’s Quicken Loans National. We’ll have our boots on the ground to capture more images of the clubs, which will allow us to make better educated guesses about the design of the all-new AP3.

For now, enjoy speculating on what Poulter posted below. You can see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the clubs in our forum here.

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Titleist’s new irons. 

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  1. Scott

    Jun 28, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    I think this time around its time to simply mix and match clubs to go in the bag. Looking forward to the fall the dial in on these. Curious to read about the testing.

  2. Ira Shoff

    Jun 26, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I still like the looks of the old 714’s the best.

  3. Scott

    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Just when Jordan finally wins with his 716’s…NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jevarn ONeal

    Jun 25, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I want!

  5. Jim

    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Where is the 7 iron?

  6. Luke

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:10 am

    I think they could be a more forgiving long iron along the lines of the t-Mb but geared towards people not wanting hybrids or t-mb to replace the stock ap2 long irons. The sole looks super deep as wide as the t-mb. Don’t think I’ll love them at first look.

  7. Tim

    Jun 24, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Quicken Loans will be held at TPC Potomac this year.

    TBM

  8. Howard

    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Just fell in love with my 716s anyways.

  9. Shooter McGavin

    Jun 24, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Yeah I’ll be keeping my 716 AP2 beauts. See you in 2019 Titleist.

  10. golfraven

    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I seriously went to Titleist site to peek at this years models because those don’t look like the new 718 range. Just judging by looks the Ap2s look like a throwback to the 914 model. The AP3s have a newer style but I am not stunned. Hope the CBs will look nicer.

  11. Michael Constantine

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    In logic the AP3 should be more along the lines of the CB model. As all prior AP2 are more player geared than AP1. So it would only make sense that for AP3 would have a more better player geared design and look. I think if Titleist did away with the CB and made the AP3 more like prior CB designs they would sell more of the CB type design. So basically what I’m saying is change the CB name to AP3 and there you go. Shake things up a bit.

  12. SH

    Jun 24, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Well done, Wilson Golf, I like what you’ve done with the new version of the FG6

  13. SV

    Jun 24, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Looks a little like a cross between the AP 1 and AP2 (1+2 =3).

  14. Jack

    Jun 24, 2017 at 11:03 am

    718 MB irons hiding in the background as well. Not sure how the ap3 are more players clubs than ap2? The cavity looks pretty deep.

  15. Rich

    Jun 24, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Looks like someone has copied from Mizuno .Just added chrome and a different badge .

    • Ccshop

      Jun 24, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Looks nothing like a Mizuno iron. Looks like the color of the 714 with the design of the 716.

    • Tom1

      Jun 24, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      everything looks like a Mizuno…even my dogs collar.

  16. Gordy

    Jun 24, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Yawn..boring

  17. Tom1

    Jun 24, 2017 at 10:35 am

    eeeEEew aaaAAAww

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Dustin Johnson WITB 2020

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @ 10 degrees, D4 swing weight)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.75 inches)

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila RIP Alpha 90 X

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (22 @ 19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 105 X

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (soft stepped)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09, 60-10 @ 62 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Custom Black 120 S

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Mini
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (1 wrap 2-way tape + 2 wraps left hand, 3 right hand)

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Top 10 clubs of 2003—inspired by Adam Scott’s Titleist 680 irons

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As has been well documented, Adam Scott recently won the Genesis Invitational with a set of Titleist 680 blade irons, a design that was originally released in 2003. One of the great benefits of being one of the best players in the world is you don’t need to search eBay to find your preferred set of 17-year-old irons. Titleist has been stocking sets for Mr. Scott—even to the point of doing a limited production run in 2018 where they then released 400 sets for sale to the general public.

A lot of time has passed since 2003, and considering the classic nature of Scott’s Titleist 680, I figured now was a good time to look back at some other iconic clubs released around the same time.

Ping G2 driver

This was Ping’s first 460cc driver with a full shift into titanium head design. The previous Si3 models still utilized the TPU adjustable hosel, and this was considered a big step forward for the Phoenix-based OEM. The driver was a big hit both on tour and at retail—as was the rest of the G2 line that included irons.

TaylorMade RAC LT (first gen) irons

The RAC LTs helped position TaylorMade back among the leaders in the better players iron category. The entire RAC (Relative Amplitude Coefficient) line was built around creating great feeling products that also provided the right amount of forgiveness for the target player. It also included an over-sized iron too. The RAC LT went on to have a second-generation version, but the original LTs are worthy of “classic” status.

TaylorMade R580 XD driver

Honestly, how could we not mention the TaylorMade R580 XD driver? TM took some of the most popular drivers in golf, the R500 series and added extra distance (XD). OK, that might be an oversimplification of what the XD series offered, but with improved shape, increased ball speed outside of the sweet spot, and lower spin, it’s no wonder you can still find these drivers in the bags of golfers at courses and driving ranges everywhere.

Titleist 680MB irons

The great thing about blades is that beyond changing sole designs and shifting the center of gravity, the basic design for a one-piece forged head hasn’t changed that much. For Adam Scott, the 680s are the perfect blend of compact shape, higher CG, and sole profile.

Titleist 983K, E drivers

If you were a “Titleist player,” you had one of these drivers! As one of the last companies to move into the 460cc category, the 983s offered a classic pear shape in a smaller profile. It was so good and so popular, it was considered the benchmark for Titleist drivers for close to the next decade.

Cleveland Launcher 330 driver

It wasn’t that long ago that OEMs were just trying to push driver head size over 300cc, and Cleveland’s first big entry into the category was the Launcher Titanium 330 driver. It didn’t live a long life, but the Launcher 330 was the grandaddy to the Launcher 400, 460, and eventually, the Launcher COMP, which is another club on this list that many golfers will still have fond memories about.

Mizuno MP 33 irons

Although released in the fall of 2002, the Mizuno MP 33 still makes the list because of its staying power. Much like the Titleist 680, this curved muscle blade was a favorite to many tour players, including future world No. 1 Luke Donald. The MP 33 stayed in Mizuno’s lineup for more than four years and was still available for custom orders years after that. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a set now you are going to have to go the used route.

Callaway X-16 irons

The Steelhead X-16 was a big hit at retail for Callaway. It offered greater forgiveness than the previous X-14’s but had a more compact shape with a wider topline to inspire confidence. They featured Callaway’s “Notch” weighting system that moved more mass to the perimeter of the head for higher MOI and improved feel. There was a reduced offset pro series version of the iron, but the X-16 was the one more players gravitated towards. This is another game improvement club for that era that can still be found in a lot of golf bags.

Ben Hogan CFT irons

The Hogan CFTs were at the forefront of multi-material iron technology in 2003. CFT stood for Compression Forged Titanium and allowed engineers to push more mass to the perimeter of the head to boost MOI by using a thin titanium face insert. They had what would be considered stronger lofts at the time sounded really powerful thanks to the thin face insert. If you are looking for a value set of used irons, this is still a great place to start.

King Cobra SZ driver

In 2003, Rickie Fowler was only 15 years old and Cobra was still living under the Acushnet umbrella as Titleist’s game improvement little brother. The Cobra SZ (Sweet Zone, NOT 2020 Speed Zone) was offered in a couple of head sizes to appeal to different players. The thing I will always remember about the original King Cobra SZ is that it came in an offset version to help golfers who generally slice the ball—a design trait that we still see around today.

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Today from the Forums: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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Today from the Forums we delve into a subject dedicated to wedge fitting. Liquid_A_45 wants to know if wedge fitting is as essential for golfers as iron fitting, and our members weigh into the discussion saying why they feel it is just as imperative.

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.

  • Z1ggy16: “Super important if you’re a serious golfer. Even better if you can get fit outdoors on real grass and even go into a bunker.”
  • ThunderBuzzworth: “The biggest part of wedge fitting is yardage gapping and sole grinds. If you have a grind that doesn’t interact with the turf in your favor, it can be nightmarish around the greens. When hitting them try a variety of short game shots with different face angles etc. with the different grinds to see which one works best for what you need.”
  • Hawkeye77: “Wedge fitting I had was extremely beneficial when I got my SM6s a few years ago. Mostly for working with the different grinds and how they interacted with my swing and on different shots and having an eye on my swing to help with the process and evaluate the results. My ideas of what grinds were right for me based on researching on Titleist, etc. just were not correct in 2/3 of the wedges I ended up with as far as the grinds were concerned. Good to have an experienced fitter available to answer questions, control variables, etc.”
  • cgasucks: “The better you get at this game, the more important wedges are.”

Entire Thread: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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