The Titleist AP2 714 Irons were introduced to tour pros at Congressional Country Club in June before the start of the AT&T National. The newest AP2 long irons (3-5) have faces that are 25 percent thinner than their predecessors, along with a dual-cavity design.
The combination of the AP2’s thin face, perimeter weighting and lowered CG is designed to make these irons easier to hit and help mis-hit shots maintain ball speed. Within the encased lower cavity of the AP2, Titleist has positioned a high-density tungsten weight. Another piece of high-density tungsten also has been co-forged in the heel section, just below the area where the shaft enters the hosel.
The Titleist AP2 714 features more meaningful changes under the skin, but not so major that they change the characteristics of the AP2 chassis that has been so successful. Each iron has been designed to match the loft so the long irons have thinner faces than the short irons with the upper cavity face being only 2.1mm thick.
The irons are forged and feature a constant blade length throughout the set. That means unlike the Titleist AP1 714 irons that feature longer blade lengths in the lower-lofted clubs, each of the AP2 irons has the same length from heel to toe. To help make all of the AP2 irons work more effectively through the turf, Titleist added camber to the soles and gave the leading edges a “pre-worn” treatment that makes them less likely to dig.
Titleist has also ensured there’s a wider distance between the two tungsten weights in the AP2 714 to present these babies with a higher MOI without having to increase clubhead size – an important consideration for better golfers, most of whom prefer smaller-sized iron heads. A lower CG in the long irons has already improved my ball flight considerably, too. Balls are stopping within several feet of their descent, rather than scurrying on the front edge and running through to the back fringe.
And the finish of the AP2 just oozes class. The combo satin and mirror finish reduces glare but at the same time, doesn’t give up its bag appeal. AP2 714 irons is a modern, high performance iron, all in a progressive, Tour-proven chassis.