Titleist's AP series irons have been popular for more than a decade. They got incrementally better with each release, and eventually the AP1 and AP2 irons got a younger sibling, the AP3 irons, to round out the family with a player's distance option.
However, there comes a time in every iron franchise's life when it has to end, or at least go away for a little while. That time is now for the AP irons, as Titleist is coming to market with their new T-Series irons -- a trio of iron models designed to flex Titleist's R&D muscle, reflective of a team that's grown six times its size compared to the dawn of the AP line in 2008.
Before digging it, it's key to know the difference between the T100, T200 and T300 irons, all of which fall in the game-improvement spectrum in some fashion.
- The T100 irons are the players iron of the series, while boasting game-improvement technologies
- The T200 irons are more of a players distance or game-improvement iron, and the shaping somewhat mimics a Tour-preferred shape but in a bigger blade
- The T300 irons are the most forgiving of the three sets in a cavity-back design package
The big callout piece of tech in the T-Series is called Max Impact Technology, found in the T200 and T300 irons. The mid- and long irons in the sets have a super thin face with a polymer core behind it for improved distance and forgiveness across the face. The polymer was developed with Titleist's golf ball R&D team. The company claims the Max Impact Technology allows for consistent distance with higher launch angles that come down and stop on a dime.
Jordan Spieth, who played the AP2 irons for the better part of a decade, put the T100 irons into play at Royal Portrush in July, and he's been instrumental in feedback on these irons. The T100 irons have a thinner face in front, with a dual-cavity design in the back. In the mid- and long irons, co-forged dual-density tungsten is placed in the heel and toe for stability and forgiveness.
The T100 topline is thinnest of the T-Series, and there's minimal offset. The progressive design of the set features increasing blade length into the long irons, as well wider soles and varying hosel lengths for ideal center-of-gravity positioning.
The T100 irons are available from 3-PW and a 50-degree A-wedge.
The Titleist T100 irons are available for $1,400 for a set of 8 irons with True Temper AMT Tour White steel shafts and $1,500 for a set of 8 irons with Mitsubishi MCA Tensei White AM2 graphite shafts.
Titleist bills the T200 as this series' players distance iron, so akin to the AP3 irons, implementing Max Impact Technology in a shape and aesthetic a better player will like.
The T200 irons have a forged SUP-10 L-shaped insert, with the Max Impact polymer behind it. There's more tungsten in these irons over the T100s, with an averaged of 90 grams placed in the heel and toe of the mid- and long irons.
The progressive set design carries through here, and the camber has been enhanced for cleaner turf interaction.
The T200 irons are available from 4-iron through pitching wedge and a 48-degree A-wedge.
The Titleist T200 irons are available for $1,400 for a set of 8 irons with True Temper AMT Black steel shafts and $1,500 for a set of 8 irons with Mitsubishi MCA Tensei Blue AM2 graphite shafts.
The T300s are dubbed the "player’s improvement iron," which looks to be the most forgiving club while maintaining a mid-sized face profile. The T300 is for a player who wants to launch it high with forgiveness in a cavity-back design. Think of it as the successor to the AP1 irons.
While the Max Impact callout is more apparent in the T300 irons, there's less tungsten in these irons -- an average of 52 grams in the heel and toe of mid- and long irons.
The T300 irons are available from 4-iron through pitching wedge and a 48-degree A-wedge and a 53-degree G-wedge.
The Titleist T300 irons are available for $1,000 for a set of 8 irons with True Temper AMT Red steel shafts and $1,100 for a set of 8 irons with Mitsubishi MCA Tensei Red AM2 graphite shafts.
The entire Titleist T-Series is available Aug. 30.