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In fashion topic. Info about 718's

BSummers

So. I am in the market for a new set of irons. I haven't tested anything as yet but thinking Titleist 718's. I currently play and old (and well loved) set of Hogan Apex Edge Pro Forged Irons, probably 12 years old now. The lofts of my irons exactly match those of the 718 CB's One question would be: In comparison to my Hogan's how forgiving would a modern forged iron be. Specifically the Ap2?

Second question: I play off of 13, but have been a single figure play in my youth (I'm 40). I'm a solid iron player. I'm interested to know if I would be considered good enough to play with the Ap2? I'm thinking Ap2 rather than Ap1 or Ap3 as I am not chasing distance (7 iron carry is 160 * 165) but want consistency of strike and distance.

Question 3. The videos I have watched all suggest blending different irons to make the best set. However looking at the lofts on each of the sets there are some real differences. Do Titleist adjust the lofts to ensure appropriate gapping on a blended set?

Anyhow, based on where I think my game is and where I want to take it I'm thinking of a set along the lines of: TMB 2-4 AP2 5-8 CB 9-P SM6 52,56,60 I am sure that this will change once the real figures from my fitting knock my ego into shape.

Interested to know what people think.

2 Replies

  1. Barry B

    The easiest way to get answers to your questions is to work with a Titleist fitter. Look for a Titleist Thursday event in your area and book a session!
  2. Travis W

    I grew up playing Hogans and Titleist Tour Models back in the mid 80's. (Older than you, BSummers.) Then I got a set of png Eye-2's (1 - SW) back in 1986. I played them through college golf and for a total of almost 30 years. After an extended layoff from golf to work and raise 4 kids, I got back into it 2 years ago. I thought I wanted to go back to some forged irons for feel to hone my swing. I bought a set of 714 AP-2's. For your first question, I can tell you, if you played to a single digit, then you will easily be able to hit these. I think they are very forgiving. I can only feel mishits off the toe, and even then, they are only a few yards short. For your second question, if you are a 13, and have been a single-digit, you can play AP-2s. I am 48 and play to a 5.5, and I'm thinking about moving to MB-type forged blades myself. As for a blended set, I think that makes perfect sense. I'm sure Titleist can bend the AP2's and CB's one degree. Best of luck.

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