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Spotted: Titleist 718 MB, CB, AP2, T-MB, AP3 and AP1 Irons

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We spotted Titleist’s new 718 irons at the Quicken Loans National, where the clubs were officially released to PGA Tour players for testing. We photographed the company’s new AP1, AP2, T-MB, CB and MB irons, as well as its all-new AP3 model. The irons have also been released to players at the European Tour’s HNA Open de France.

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“Product seeding and player validation is a critical step in the go-to-market process for all Titleist equipment,” Titleist said in a press release. “Earning the validation of the game’s best players, as well as dedicated golfers at every level of the game, ensures that new products are faithful to the Titleist brand promise of innovation, performance and quality excellence.”

The 718 Lineup

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From Left: Titleist’s AP1, AP3, AP2, T-MB, CB and MB Irons (Photo from Titleist).

Titleist isn’t sharing any details of the new irons at this time, nor do we expect any details from the company any time soon (those will likely come closer to the retail launch, which is expected this fall). The most anticipated details are about the company’s new AP3 irons. We can make some educated guesses about the AP3 based on our photos, as well as a photo Titleist released of the clubs.

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The new AP3 irons seems to fill a gap between the company’s AP1 and AP2 irons. It appears to be larger in size than the AP2, which is one of the most popular iron models on the PGA Tour. It looks smaller than the AP1, however, Titleist’s longest-flying iron model that targets higher-handicap golfers.

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On Friday, Ian Poulter shared photos of the new 718 irons in his bag on Instagram. He appeared to be testing a mix of AP3 and T-MB irons as his long and mid irons, along with a mix of AP2 and MB irons for his short irons. The arrangement indicates that the AP3 irons, or at least the AP3 long irons, will have hot faces like Titleist’s 716 AP1 and T-MB irons to create additional height and distance.

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More Photos of the 718 MB and CB Irons

718 CB

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More Photos of the 718 MB and CB Irons

718 T-MB

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More Photos of the 718 T-MB and AP1 Irons

718 AP2

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More Photos of the 718 AP2 and AP3 Irons

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718 AP1

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  1. ooffa

    Jul 10, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Grumpy much!

  2. JD

    Jun 28, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    So do the 718 AP2’s have tungsten in 4-7 and no tungsten in 8-P just like the 716’s?

  3. DrRob1963

    Jun 27, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Any idea about the specs???

  4. Twalkrz

    Jun 26, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Titleist and callaway work together? The new drivers look similar and these look like Apex irons.

  5. H8R

    Jun 26, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    AP3 will do well

  6. D

    Jun 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    It’s great that Titleist does not add clutter to the AP3 by etching the word “forged”. They should remove the word “forged” from the AP2 as well. Best to avoid as much badging as possible.

    • Beefhouse

      Jun 27, 2017 at 6:42 am

      If it’s forged they’ll you about it. Fairly strong guess that the AP3s are not forged…

  7. golfraven

    Jun 26, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    The more I look at the CBs the more I can see the subtle changes Titleist made. I like the fact the head is partly chrome (back, sole) and brushed (face) which gives it a nice style and should reflect less. I don’t think this was as dominent oin the 716 line. Same for MBs from what I can see. The topline of the MBs is like a toothpick – rather sick. Fans of the 690 might love it.
    718 line looks OK but does not excite me as much as the Bridgestone Tour B CB and MB. Will need to compare both in fall.

  8. Sef

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Other than dropping the word tungsten the CB is very similar to the 716. The line above the muscle in the cavity changed slightly, but not much going on there.

    • golfraven

      Jun 26, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Fully agree. That was my first impression too. You as well may but a set of 716 CBs on ebay or new for couple 100 less. Not sure this line is going to fly of the shelf.

    • izzlist of izzles

      Jul 4, 2017 at 1:07 am

      Subtle difference, true but I think it’s the bullocks.
      Wish I could hit it.

    • Jball

      Jul 31, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Hopefully the gap the CB’s loft a bit closer to the AP2’s. I would love a blended set, but if its a 2-3 degree change, then I’m guessing bounce starts getting out of line.

  9. Juice

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:18 am

    They look boring but that’s what Titleist does…make boring looking clubs. They do perform and that’s the most important thing. I like the idea of the AP3. Do something new to offset the boring look.

    • Tom1

      Jun 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Huh… Titleist pretty much ran these gamut with these models

    • TR1PTIK

      Jun 26, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Some call it boring, others call it classic. No need for orange, blue, or “volt” colors that fade and wear off over time making your clubs look even more dated than they actually are. I even say that with a bag full of Nike Vapors. I’d much rather play Titleist or Mizuno irons, but I wanted (needed) fresh grooves and new tech (at a reasonable price) more than I wanted to keep playing my 735 CM’s which I still think look better. Like you said, it’s all about performance.

  10. Tom1

    Jun 26, 2017 at 10:51 am

    which one did Jordan use to win yesterday?

    • Dat

      Jun 26, 2017 at 11:02 am

      716 AP2. I can see him switching easily to the 718 since they look very similar to the 714s in a certain way. Can’t wait to try them all myself though. Classy looks.

    • Jack Nash

      Jun 26, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Jordan used the “Horeshoe” model. Specifically made for him.

      • Robert Parsons

        Jun 26, 2017 at 6:32 pm

        What is the horseshoe model? I’m assuming that was the word you tried to type. How is it different from the AP2 off the shelf?

        • Joe

          Jun 27, 2017 at 7:25 am

          Mr Parsons are you trying to steal plans from Titleist for your next PXG irons!?

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WRX Spotlight Review: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

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Product: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

Pitch: The TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3 is a stronger-lofted version of the standard TaylorMade M5 3-wood. The Rocket is 14 degrees. The standard M5 is 15.

Our take on the TaylorMade M5 Rocket 3

“WOW, you really hit that 3-wood like a rocket!”

” Not like a rocket… an actual Rocket!”

The beloved 3-wood. A favorite club of both average golfers and pros alike, a club that many will hold onto well after what some might consider their “best before” date. But with new options and improved technology, these old faithfuls are getting the boot quicker for a lot of reasons including the ability to better dial in a fit and help minimizing misses.

Since making a club faster off the middle is becoming more and more difficult thanks to the limits set forth but the USGA, OEMs are changing the way we think about clubs and putting a greater focus on decreasing dispersion and optimizing misses. TaylorMade is doing this with TwistFace, which was originally introduced in drivers a generation ago, and has now been included in the M5 and M6 fairway woods.

I got to spend some time with the knowledgeable crew at TaylorMade Canada in their new indoor facility just north of Toronto (lets call it Kingdom North) In that time, we went through a driver fitting, and then to the new M5 fairway woods to try and replace one of my oldest faithfuls: a 14-degree SLDR Tour Spoon. To say I have a unique ability to elevate a fairway wood is something that even my fitter was a little surprised by. My numbers with my cranked down to 12 degree (measured) fairway off the deck were good but could be improved. I can hit it both ways (as much as a 6-handicap can actually claim that) but my trusted go-to shot is a slight fade with some heel bias contact because of my swing. I am willing to sacrifice some distance but usually hit it where I want.

What I saw at the end of the fitting was a club that produced longer shots along with a tighter dispersion without having to make or to try and make any changes to my swing. The final fit was a 14-degree “Rocket” M5 fairway set to 12 degrees. It beat out my SLDR by a total of nine yards, which is an increase of just over a total of three percent, including an additional six yards of carry.

To say I was honestly surprised would be an understatement. The SLDR TS is a club that the first time I hit it I went WHOA! Low spin, workable, looks exactly how I want that club to look (small and compact). You can see from the numbers below when it works it works.

Why does TwistFace work?

Let’s explain and get a little deep in the technology weeds for a second. Bulge and roll is not a new concept. In fact, it would be a lie to claim that all OEMs haven’t done something similar to this is the past or played with these two variables to help golfers hit better shots. Fact: Every OEM optimizes the bulge and roll on their clubs to increase speed and maximize performance. Tom Wishon actually had a line of woods at one point that went the other way had VERY limited roll from the top tine to the sole. With this design, more loft on the bottom of the head helped players who miss low or need help elevating the ball off the deck increase launch and spin. It worked. Cobra also has what it calls E9 technology to tweak bulge and roll to help maximize the speed and forgiveness of their woods. It also works.

What makes TaylorMade’s TwistFace different is that it is the most aggressive iteration of this bulge and roll tweaking yet, and by introducing it into the fairway woods and hybrids, it’s proving to be a winner — even for this now-proven wrong skeptic.

At the end of the day, the M5 Ti “Rocket” was a measurable improvement over my previous 3-wood. Now it would be disingenuous to say “if you aren’t using TwistFace in your fairway woods you’re not maximized,” but if you are someone that struggles with fairway wood dispersion and looking to find some extra distance for taking on par-5s, taking a look at the new M5 and M6 fairway woods as part of your next fitting should be very high on your list.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Low handicapper switching to game improvement irons”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jasonTel3 – a low handicap player who plays blades but who has had his head turned by game improvement irons. According to jasonTel3, every ball was hit straight when testing out a set of Ping G400’s at a simulator, and he’s been asking fellow members for advice on whether he should make the move to GI’s.

Here are a few posts from the thread discussing jasonTel3’s conundrum, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • balls_deep: “My first thought is to say don’t do it.. but then if you’ve hit them, liked them, and the numbers were right, it could be a good option. A friend I play with uses G400 and they have too much offset for my liking. I also don’t like that you can see the cavity on the 4 and 5 iron. Top line is actually very nice for a SGI iron. I just read the Ping Blueprint article on Golf Digest where they were talking about how some players hit small heads better. I definitely fall into that category. That said, I just ordered a set of i210 to try as I had really good luck with the i200 and should never have sold them. Have you tried the newer I series? IMO it’s GI help in a players look with an acceptable sole width. Long story short though – if you felt comfortable and the fit was right, why not try them? If you don’t work the ball a ton, I don’t see any issue with it. High and straight is a good way to go!”
  • hammergolf: “I’ve been playing Ping G25’s for 6 years. Still can’t find anything I like better. I can hit any shot I need to whether it’s my stock draw, fade, high, or low. And when I hit it a little thin, or on the toe, it still lands on the green. My thought is why play golf with a club that will punish you for mishit when you can play one that will help you.”
  • azone: “Everyone has an opinion, and here is mine. If you are/have been a good ball striker with a sound mental game, your mind will keep writing checks your body may not be able to cash as you get older or don’t practice enough. Those “ugly” forgiving irons look beautiful when a miss ends up on the green, and you are putting– not in rough or deep in a short side bunker. Those irons won’t be AS ACCURATE as, say, a blade, BUT if you aren’t as dependable as in the past, your results will be better. I used to keep two sets of blueprinted irons; blades for practice and CB for play. I play with guys that have cashed checks playing…and they don’t care how ugly the iron is.”
  • Jut: “As a decent player (and ball striker) and a sweeper/picker (I could hit off of a green and not take any landscape with me), I’ve found much success with the F9s (which, with the wide sole, are very similar to the G410 irons). In the past 4 years I’ve gone from Mizuno MP-68 to Callaway Apex CF16 to Ping i500 (a brief and bad experience) to the Cobra F9’s. For what it’s worth, the Cobras have been the best of the bunch by far.”

Entire Thread: “Low handicap going to game improvement irons”

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WRX Spotlight: Stitch headcovers

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Product: Stitch headcovers

Pitch: From Stitch: “Your game should match your style. At Stitch, we aim to merchandise our line of products so you can easily put together items that not only match your bag and what is it in it, but also match your style and personality. We want to make it easy for you to have a unique and color-coordinated golf bag. We have designed unique products that have defined color schemes so that choosing which items to put in your bag becomes easier. We aim to provide you with various looks, mixing and matching our head covers to give you confidence that the purchase you make for your bag will take you to the course in style. Let us help you dress your game.”

Our Take On Stitch Headcovers

Stitch is a relatively new company – founded in 2012. The company initially only created premium headcovers but has grown into so much more, with all sorts of golfing accessories now on offer on their site StitchGolf.com. Their bags, in particular, are now some of the most popular amongst golfers, with the quality and uniqueness provided leading multiple Tour players to sport them in tournament play.

That sign of quality in the bags bodes well for what the company was founded on – their headcovers. Stitch provides both leather and knit headcovers in a variety of designs that do as good a job as any in covering the needs of all golfers.

Stitch describes the companies Monte Carlo headcover as being their “classic, timeless design”, and for those looking for that vintage style to add to their set up then they can’t go wrong with this headcover. A mainstay in the likes of multiple tour winner Paul Casey’s bag, the Monte Carlo headcover, as with all of the companies leather covers, is hand-crafted from 100% leather and is both water and stain resistant. The cover comes in four color codes: Black, White, Navy and Red, and at $68 is the most affordable of all their leather headcovers.

Other options in the leather department range from their intricately designed Camo cover which comes in a multiple color design, as well as Stitch’s tribute to “The King”, through their Arnold Palmer headcover.

The AP cover comes in a minimalist black with white stripes for a classic feel, but it also comes in a white color code decorated with red, white and yellow stripes which, for myself at least, looks even more alluring. Part of an exclusive collection, the only issue with the AP cover is that only those located in the U.S. are currently eligible to get their hands on one. But for those in the states, the company is now offering a set of three AP leather covers for $128 instead of $298 should you use the code APLEATHERS on their site.

From their Tour Racer, USA, Shamrock and Bonesman editions, Stitch provides a great choice when it comes to their leather covers, and as previously mentioned, all are hand-crafted from 100% leather, water and stain resistant and will assure an excellent fit on your clubs.

Stitch also provides knit headcovers which contain not only excellent designs but also the same quality which has gone into their leather covers. All of the companies knit covers are made from Techno Wool, which is 100% acrylic and designed in order for your clubs to stay entirely dry. Another feature of the knit covers from Stitch is their smart fit design which ensures all of the covers retain their shape over a long period, as well as providing for a cover that will reliably stay on your club.

The knit covers from Stitch cost $68 ($72 for the limited AP cover), and there are currently seven different designs available to choose from over at StitchGolf.com. The leather covers are, unsurprisingly, a little pricier, but still very affordable, ranging from $68-$98. The covers deliver in both style and performance, and for a relatively new company, it speaks volumes that the likes of Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau and many more tour pros are now sporting the company’s creations.

 

 

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