Considered as Titleist’s bestselling and most popular iron, the AP1 is back with a latest edition for 2014. Famous golf equipment company Titleist believes that this year’s generation of the AP1 will appeal even to Tour players since it is the longest and most forbearing iron they’ve manufactured while preserving the size and style.
Aesthetics and Design
The AP1 has the toughest or most modern cavity badge among the 714 iron series. Yet, this current version maintains a practically refined look with standard script inscription and the red, silver and black Titleist color scheme. It’s really a fine progression though it’s not like the 712’s badging. With regards to its overall appearance, the new brushed satin finish on the face, the sole, and the top line is a complete change from the former generation’s polished chrome finish. Visually and functionally, it’s a big improvement for 714 (due to lack of glare).
Clear-cut Flight. Titleist AP1 irons are engineered for the finest launch, distance and trajectory. It delivers superior distance from higher launching, reduced CG long irons. Better control from solid, flatter launching short irons. High density tungsten is accurately placed low in the toe of the long and middle irons to produce high MOI that propels higher ball speeds across the face for more consistent distance without sacrificing workability.
Solid Feel. AP1 gives a strong and consistent feel through the set from progressive center of gravity. The camber sole with pre-worn leading edge releases smooth turf.
Improved Profile. AP1 showcases an enhanced image along with its dynamic length, sole and topline widths. Its appearance is even more improved by satin polish playing spot as well as bright polish cavity highlights.
Double performance. Stock shafts of AP1 provides high dual performance with “flighted” designs to match the flight goals of the new golf irons.
In terms of ball distance and flight, AP1 irons are surprisingly long and exceeded our expectations. It bested all the other irons tested last year and matched the launch conditions on the Vector X. This awesome golf iron proved to be longer than anticipated on both driving range and golf course as well.
In terms of forgiveness and playability, AP1 irons should be playable for low to high handicap golfers. With regards to workability, it’s an extremely versatile club. All praise to the addition of 48-degree gap wedge. Just like the rest of the irons, AP1 is forgiving and easy to use or full swings.