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GolfWRX.com First Looks at 2008 Titleist AP Irons!

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GolfWRX.com recently had the opportunity to take a look at the upcoming 2008 lineup of Titlieist Advanced Performance irons, the AP1, AP2, ZB, and ZMIt was a rare peek into the technology, design, and fitting factors which are driving the next generation of Titleist irons.  

 The 2008 crop is definitely not your Father’s 681s or DCIs.

The initial reaction from seeing pictures on the forums, make most take a double look, and beg the question, “What is Titleist thinking?”  The typical Titleist player may not be used to seeing thicker top lines, multi-color paint fills, or grooved badges; however, they all have a purpose.  Titleist seems very intent on expanding their core market and to prove their approach to today’s accomplished golfers has been simplified without sacrificing performance.
 

 

The 2008 crop of irons were designed and built around the concept of pure feel.  The typical Titleist player loves the look of a “Player’s Iron” but at the end of the day all that matters is performance and being in the Winner’s Circle.  The AP1 is a multi-material, dual cavity cast iron versus the AP2 which is a multi-material, dual cavity “contemporary” forged iron.  The AP1/AP2 is aimed at those players who are currently playing 775 and 755 irons who are looking for a better shot control, forgiveness, and that typical Titleist feel.  These irons will be well positioned against competitors like the Callaway X-20s, TM R7, Mizuno MX-25, and Ping i10 iron.

 

 

 

The AP1 is an attempt to focus on the 5-15 handicap of aspiring golfer who seek better feel and shot control for their game.  Feel is the driving factor 2008 lineup and that is achieved with multi-material construction.  The AP1 body is made by casting 431 stainless steel while the AP2 is forged from 1020 mild carbon steel.  Both have sole plates that are compromised of tungsten nickel to achieve extreme perimeter weighting.  Within each head is also an elastomer cushion. All these components work in conjunction to deliver that muted click feel traditional players love. The AP1 has a semi-under slung hosel which aides in bounce and forgiveness. The AP2 has a traditional blade-like hosel junction which allows for a relieved trailing edge for shotmaking.

 

The AP 1 will be strong loft and play off of a PW of 45*.  The AP2 will be set at Tour lofts with a PW of 47*.  Irons are slated for availability in March of 2008 and will have the typical Titleist custom options available.  Project X 5.5 will be standard on the AP2 and Dynamic Gold HL for the AP1.  No 2 iron specs were seen at this point but will be available for leftys.  These irons should start showing up in stores in early spring of 2008.  Pricing has not been officially announced yet.

 AP1 Specifications
 

Iron No.

      3      4      5
6
7
    8
9
PW
GW
LOFT( ° )
20
23
26
29
33
37
41
45
50
LIE ( ° )
60
61
62
62.5
63
63.5
64
64
64
BOUNCE ( ° )
       1     1
2
    2
3
4
5
6
7
Offset
.0245"   
0.220"
0.195"
0.170"
0.145"
0.125"
0.110"
0.105"
0.100"
 AP2 Specifications
 

Iron No.

3
     4
5
6
7
8
9
PW
GW
LOFT( ° )
 21
24
27
31
35
39
43
47
51
LIE ( ° )
 60
61
62
62.5
63
63.5
64
64
64
BOUNCE ( ° )
 0
    2     3
4
4.5
5
6
7
8
Offset  0.160
0.145"
0.130"
0.120"
0.110"
0.100"
0.090"
0.085"
0.080"

I didn’t get much time to hit the AP1 and AP2 in depth but, from the few shots that I did take, they did deliver on the feel promise.  For those who are used to thin top lines, the transition to a thicker top line may very well be worth it because of the performance benefit involved.  The sole versatility is also quite evident and those who like to shape their shots will not be disappointed.  Titleist has had very good feedback from all its Tour Staff and believes that most of them will move to the AP2 irons by next season.  These should definitely be on every one’s list to try out who’s looking for a player’s cavity back for the 2008 season.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best 3-woods for a high handicapper

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In our forums, our members have been looking at 3-woods for high handicap players. WRXer ‘Metro07’ is very much a Cobra guy but is open to other suggestions, saying:

“I am 53 and not a long hitter so I obviously don’t have a fast or even moderate swing speed. I got back into golf 5 or 6 months ago after being out for many years and was never really that good back then, I still haven’t broken 100 on a real course. I’m hitting my 4 iron about 175 carry.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

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.

  • Nichex524: “I’d focus on either a 4 or 5 wood honestly… and as far as forgiving goes, most Ping models will probably be helpful enough as far back as the G20 even. Make things as easy as possible, especially if you’re not looking for distance.”
  • ThwFlyingWasp: “I know you’re a Cobra guy, but I swear the Ping G410 SFT is the easiest fairway wood I’ve ever hit off the deck… it’s not the longest out there (by far), but it’s point & shoot easy & great off the tee as well if you tee it down… plus lofts are a little higher than normal to help the ball in the air… 16* 3 wood & 19* 5 wood… it’s like cheating… it’s so good… seriously lol… try them.”
  • Striker Ace: “I highly recommend the Callaway Big Bertha B21 5 wood, IMO it is so easy to hit straight, especially with the amount of offset that this thing has. I use it as my driver also, but it is also easy to hit from the deck. Give it a try!”

Entire Thread: “3-woods for a high handicapper?”

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GolfWRX Classifieds (11/25/20): Triple Track Ten, Nike VR Blades, SIM head only

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member mpstein – TaylorMade SIM head

The hottest driver head of the year, in immaculate shape and ready to roll – what are you waiting for? Scoop up this Black Friday like deal now!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: SIM Head

Member TigerInTheWoods – Nike VR Pro Blades

What is there to say really? A set of one of the nicest looking blades of all time in amazing shape – better bring your wallet.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: VR Pro Blades

Member Lvanwheeler1 – Odyssey Stroke Lab 10 Triple Track

With this putter in your bag, you should never have to worry about making a 10 again—maybe Tiger or Bryson should trying this out… Too soon?

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Triple Track Ten

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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Phil Mickelson WITB: The Match 3

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Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (8 degrees)
Shaft: KBS TD 60 C5 TX (@47.5 inches)

2-wood: Mystery Blacked Out Club
Shaft: Accra TZ6 M5 75

4-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: KBS TD 80 C5 TX

Irons: (4-PW) Callaway Epic Forged Or Callaway Epic Forged (4-6) Callaway Apex MB ‘21 (7-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour V 125 S+

Wedges: Callaway PM Grind ’19 “Raw” (54-10, 60-12, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125 S+

Putter: Odyssey WHXG Blade “Phil Mickelson”
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X (with Triple Track)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC (White-Black)

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