New 716 Titleist AP1 and AP2 irons are engineered with high density tungsten to deliver the best combination of low centre of gravity and high moment of inertia for distance, forgiveness and control.
“AP1 and AP2 irons are designed for two distinct player profiles. AP1 is for players seeking maximum distance and forgiveness. AP2 is for players seeking distance and forgiveness in a tour-proven iron,” said Chris McGinley, vice president of Titleist golf club marketing.
“Our R&D team has precisely engineered both models to create speed and launch for distance with maximum forgiveness to help all players improve their iron play,” added McGinley.
AP1’s 360-degree undercut cavity design with a large, thin, unsupported face is used to deliver speed and launch for more distance, while the use of high-density tungsten is used to provide forgiveness.
“Golfers looking to improve their games need the best technology available,” said McGinley.
“We understand these golfers want as much distance and forgiveness as they can get, but we also know they want to score better. AP1 has technology that will help golfers hit the ball farther with the proper flight to stop the ball closer to the pin more consistently. That’s what good iron play is all about,” added McGinley.
The 360-degree Undercut Cavity creates a large, thin, unsupported face area, resulting in a thin, fast face for more flex at impact. The thinner face, constructed from specially heat-treated 17-4 stainless steel for strength, is designed to increase both speed and launch for more distance. Additionally, the deeper undercut creates discretionary weight that allows the use of high density tungsten.
The high density tungsten, precisely placed low and in the toe of the long and mid irons, produces a lower centre of gravity (CG) for a higher launch angle. The improved launch allows for stronger lofts to increase speed for even more distance. The high density tungsten also moves weight to the perimeter to increase moment of inertia (MOI).
A forgiving, high-MOI design, with 50 percent more tungsten than previous generation 714, at an average of 42.5 grams of tungsten per head is used to maximize heel and toe stability without increasing AP1’s preferred blade length to produce higher ball speeds across the face for more consistent distance on off-centere hits.
“Golfers are getting a double helping of distance with new AP1 without sacrificing trajectory,” said Marni Ines, director of Titleist iron development.
“By carving more mass from the undercut and thinning the face, we get more launch and speed. On top of that, we’ve added a significant amount of tungsten, which lowers the CG and increases launch. We’ve taken that extra launch and used it to strengthen the lofts,” added Ines.
“Stronger loft means more speed. More speed means more distance. There are a lot of companies that chase distance mainly by strengthening lofts and lengthening shafts, but we think we’re doing it the right way, with superior technology,” said Ines.
Dan Stone, vice president of golf club R&D for Titleist says distance is just one part of the equation.
“Distance control and accuracy are just as important and that’s where forgiveness comes into play. We are the only company in this category using high density tungsten. You can make a club more forgiving just by making the club head larger, but golfers don’t always want that,” said Stone.
“Through our technology, we have the best combination of low CG and high MOI in the game-improvement category. What that means to the golfer is hitting the ball far enough to reach the green and stopping it close to the pin more often and maintaining distance consistency and trajectory even when you hit it off centre,” added Stone.
New 716 AP2 is an advanced players’ iron designed to provide distance with forgiveness and solid forged feel. New AP2 irons use high density tungsten weighting to position the centre of gravity low and aligned at impact for more speed. A co-forged construction places the high density tungsten low and to the perimeter to increase MOI for greater forgiveness and consistent distance.
“AP2 is the gold standard in the tour-played iron category,” said McGinley.
“It’s been one of the most-played cavity back models on the PGA Tour and has been trusted over the years by players such as Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and Jason Dufner. AP2 is also one of the best-selling tour played irons in the market,” added McGinley.
High density tungsten weighting creates a low CG that is aligned at impact to increase speed and distance. The tungsten weights are shaped to perimeter and precisely placed low and out using a co-forging process for solid feel and higher MOI.
A high-MOI design with an average of 56.2 grams of tungsten per head, 25 per cent more than AP2 714, is used to provide higher ball speeds across the face for more consistent distance on off-centre hits at a blade length that allows workability and shot control.
Compared to the previous generation, 716 AP2 has 8.5 per cent higher MOI in the long irons and 5.5 per cent for the full set.
New AP2’s construction combines a forged 1025 carbon steel body with extreme perimeter tungsten weighting in the long and mid irons for an combination of low CG and high MOI for solid forged feel.
“New AP2 is a direct result of advancements in our co-forging process,” said Ines.
“When the development process began, I told my team to design the best club they could, put the tungsten where we wanted it and not worry about whether we could actually make it. We shaped the tungsten to the perimeter of the club and brought it right to the edge so, literally, it’s part of the profile, added Ines.
“Incredibly, our manufacturing team figured out how to make it. You can always make a golf club more forgiving by making it bigger, but a tour player doesn’t want to play anything bigger than this, so we had to get more creative in order to boost our MOI. Really, the only way to get the weight farther out now would be to pull it outside of the head,” said Ines.
Stone adds the technology carries on a tradition with the AP2.
“It’s been the forgiveness leader by a substantial margin for years now and we just keep expanding on that. Our 712 series AP2, which we introduced in the fall of 2011, would still be a leader in the category in terms of combination of low CG and high MOI,” said Stone.
“Our construction has improved two times since then. Our tour players like ball speed on off centre hits just like everyone else does. Consistent distance comes from consistent speed. The forgiveness of 716 AP2 is now on par with 714 AP1 and brings distance control in a players’ club to an entirely new level,” added Stone.
AP1 has a new pre-worn leading edge and cambered sole to reduce digging and allow a smoother entry and release from the turf.
AP2 features a fractionally wider sole (as compared to 714 AP2) with trailing edge relief to help the club get through the turf fast with less dig.
New 716 AP1 irons are available in three (19 degrees) to P (43) irons, plus W (47) and W2 (52) gap wedges, with an optimized loft progression that facilitates distance at both ends of the set and create preferable yardage gaps.
Strong lofts in the short irons provide distance with trajectory and spin control. Strong (but not too strong) lofts in the long irons provide distance with proper launch, longer carry and shot-stopping ability.
AP1’s provide tighter dispersion at the short end of the set where control is paramount and less yardage gap compression at the long end of the set, where launch and trajectory are critical.
New 716 AP2 irons are available in 3 (21) to P (46) irons, plus a W (50) gap wedge, with player preferred lofts similar to prior generations.