Titleist, whose motto reads "unwavering commitment to continuous improvement, performance and quality excellence", for 2016 released the 716 AP1 and AP2 irons. The AP1 was designed to be the longest, most forgiving Titleist iron ever made while the AP2 attempts to continue being Titleist's most advanced players' iron. For this test I was able to do some extensive testing on our FlightScope Xi Tour.
AP1 Player Benefits
- Speed, launch and distance from the thin, fast face
- Even more speed and distance from strong lofts
- Enhanced launch from the high density tungsten, low CG design
- More ball speed off-center from the high density tungsten, high MOI design
- Precise flight through the set from the optimized CG progression
- Fast through the turf with less dig from the pre-worn leading edge
- Fast, lively feel
Although not my personal preference of the two (too much offset), the AP1 had the most consistent launch, shot shape and was 10 yards longer off the deck. The 31* of loft for the 7 iron is very aggressive and the lighter weighted AP1 generated more club and ball speed but less spin. One thing I did find odd was the lower ball flight with the AP1. The AP1 is a great club for the golfer looking for all the help they can get out of a club. Super easy to hit, long and a Titleist!
AP2 Player Benefits
- Speed from the high density tungsten, low CG design
- Speed on off-center hits from the co-forged high density tungsten weights along the perimeter
- Precise, Tour-proven trajectory through the set from the optimized CG progression
- Fast through the turf with less dig from the slightly wider sole with trailing edge relief
- Solid forged feel
My preference from a look, feel and playability standpoint, the AP2 is a forged and precise iron. The AP2 is compact and very forgiving for a players club. The AP2 is a heavier club with 34* of loft for the 7 iron and was easier to work the ball right to left, my typical ball flight. Unlike the AP1, this is a club that requires the player to work more to get the most out of the club. The lower to mid handicap looking to sharpen their skills should take a look at the AP2 irons!