New Titleist 716 T-MB utility irons are engineered using high density tungsten for a combination of high launch, long carry distance and forgiveness in a sleek, muscle back frame.
“T-MB’s are the most playable, most forgiving utility irons in the game. They will change the way players look at this type of club from a driving iron to a true utility club that can be integrated into the long end of a players’ set to improve distance gapping and shot stopping,” said Chris McGinley, vice president of Titleist golf club marketing.
“T-MB is loaded with technology. That’s what T in T-MB represents. Our R&D team has given players more launch, carry distance and forgiveness where they need it most at the long end of the set, all with an incredible, lively feel,” said McGinley.
“The design and technology of T-MB was so compelling that we did not stop at the long irons,” added McGinley. “We’re also offering a full set of T-MB irons through our MOTO (Made Only To Order) program for golfers that want this type of performance throughout the set.”
T-MB features a high-tech muscle back frame with a thin, fast, unsupported face for increased speed and launch, leading to more distance. High density tungsten weighting inside the body is used to drive the centre of gravity (CG) low and deep, allowing for stronger lofts.
T-MB’s construction allows for maximum use of high density tungsten, an average of 80 grams per head, the most of any Titleist iron.
“T-MB provides the most deceptively shocking performance result versus what you see,” said Dan Stone, vice president of Titleist golf club R&D.
“You’re looking down at a muscle back blade, then you hit it and realize how much performance it offers. The ball jumps off the face and launches high but just keeps carrying downrange,” added Stone.
“Our 712U models have been the most played utility iron on the PGA Tour for more than two years now. The first week we brought this out on tour, many of our players switched to T-MB immediately,” he said.
A thin, 431 stainless steel body with a high-strength thin, fast face allows the face to flex more at impact, increasing launch and speed for more distance. The thin body design also creates discretionary weight for redistribution to other areas of the club head.
Extreme high density tungsten weighting within the muscle back frame concentrates the discretionary weight to produce a low and deep CG for higher launch, lower spin and increased carry distance. The improved launch allows for one degree stronger lofts (as compared to 712U) to increase speed.
A forgiving High-MOI design – with an average of more than 80 grams of tungsten per head – is used to drive higher ball speeds across the face for more consistent distance on off-centre hits, without the loss of workability or shot control at the T-MB’s tour-preferred blade lengths (same as Titleist AP2).
T-MB, with high density tungsten weights precisely placed in the heel and toe, has nearly seven per cent higher MOI than 712U.
“T-MB’s construction allows us to use an extraordinary amount of high density tungsten. With an average of 80 grams per head, it’s nearly one-third of the total mass,” said Marni Ines, director of Titleist iron development.
“What that tungsten helps us achieve is high launch, high speed, stability and forgiveness, the type of performance that is highly desirable, but rarely attained in a long iron,” said Ines.
A full set of 716 T-MB irons (2-P) will be offered through the new Titleist MOTO program. MOTO products include metals and irons with specialized performance characteristics that make them the optimal fit for a limited group of golfers.
Golfers can try and get fit for T-MB and other Titleist MOTO products at 110 U.S. locations within the Titleist Fitting Network, plus more than 3,000 fitting events held annually around the country. MOTO products can be ordered through any authorized Titleist retailer.