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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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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. I'm Ron burgundy??

    Jun 26, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    So are the AP3 supposed to be similar to the AP2 Korean Forged? I sure hope so cause they’re fantastic looking.

  5. Twalkrz

    Jun 26, 2017 at 10:22 pm

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

  6. H8R

    Jun 26, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    AP3 will do well

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Beef’s clubs. 

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The hottest blade irons in golf right now

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As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

Mizuno MP-18

The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TaylorMade’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TM’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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