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Ap1 or Ap2?

Ben M


I'm looking to purchase my first set of titleist irons. I currently play png g20's and love them. The reason for the switch is that I am ready to take my golf game to the next level. I have been playing golf for about a year and a half and shoot anywhere from 82-89. The reason for the wide spread scoring is due to the fact that I cant drive or chip on a consistent basis but my irons are always pretty dialed in. I really want to get the ap2's and take lessons and learn to hit them but I fear they will be too difficult to adjust to and will take too long to get used to. That's where I have a dilemma. Do I get the ap2 and learn to hit them or get the ap1's that will be better for me now?

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  1. Christian J

    First off, get fitted!  Clubs that are built for you will benefit you the most and lead to lower scores.  However, if you don't want to pay for the fitting, I would strongly suggest trying them both before you buy them.  It sounds though like the AP2's might fill your wants more than the AP1's would.  The AP1's are more of a game improvement iron like that of the G20's, but don't let that stray you away from them.  Also since your iron play is consistent the AP2's might benefit you more, and the fact that you'll be able to work the ball better with them than the AP1's.  Both irons are great choices and you can't go wrong with either.  I would just suggest trying the AP2's, because you want to take your game to the next level.  Best of luck with whatever you decide to go with!

  2. eboos

    The AP2's are in no way difficult to hit. From what you described your game as, I wouldn't hesitate to get the AP2's. Of course, try them first. Before I got mine, I tried Amps, Pro a12's and CB3's, and AP1's. My shots were best with the Pro a12's and the AP2's. I liked the feel of the AP2's the best. I have also been playing for a year and a half, and shoot in the upper 80's (can't pitch, and sprayed drives).

    Before these I had Tech V3's. I couldn't stand the hybrids making up half the set. The AP2's gave me much more confidence both on the tee and on the fairway with the long irons. Rough shots with the 5 iron on down give equally pleasing results. The consistency of distance with these clubs is awesome. My only regret is not getting a stiffer shaft.

  3. C.Briggs

    Over experience, the AP1's really are more of a game improvement iron. The AP2's are a definitive "Players" iron. The short irons wont be much harder to hit then what you have, but the long irons are what make the difference. Quite frankly, hitting the AP2's solid will feel like butter, when compared to the G20's. Its up to you, but to break that 80 mark, you have to start hitting greens from 170+ and that takes some serious accuracy with the long irons. 

  4. Ron M.

     Ben... I was in the same situation your in and choose the AP2's ...They forced me to be a better student of the game and correct my swing with lessons and practice....I loving my AP2's now and glad I choose them...After the lessons I hit them better than any club I every had....I would go with them and dial in your swing...Good luck

  5. Norris

    Good to hear that you've only been playing for 1 1/2 yrs. and are already playing so well. In my opinion, (of course I'm bias) you can't go wrong chooseing Titleist clubs. PG make good equipment, but their just not in the same league with Titleist. As far as your question goes, I'd want to know how old you are? If you are a young person, and have many years left to gain experiance, and get better with your game I' say get the AP2's and learn to play them along with learning your game better. If your an old geezer like me your game will slowly go down hill (like mine) so in that case, I'd go with the AP1's. Ap1's have a little bit bigger hear, and are easier to hit, but with the AP2's you'll be more able to work the ball better as your game gets better, and you'll be able to grow into the AP2's if your a younger person. Which ever model you choose, be sure to get fitted for your Titleist irons, and you won't be sorry.  That's my 2 cents worth, for what it's worth.

  6. Rod C

    Hi Ben, I understand your delima and the answer IMO is it depends. If you really want to put the time into practice go with the ap2. When you hit bad shots you will know it and make swing changes to correct it. I think that's the satisfaction of hitting a good shots and improving your handicap. If you want immediate satisfaction go with ap1. Either way you win by enjoying this great game! Good luck!

  7. Keano26

    Ben, I am in the same boat as you, and went with the AP1s. I went with the AP1s because I wanted more consistency, not playability, with my irons. I found myself hitting a good draw for a week, then a fade the next, then a slice the next. The AP1 allows me to hit straighter shots more consistently. The AP2s are much less forgiving and are for damn good golfers. Could a 15 handicap play well with AP2s? Sure, but I'd take a look on Titleist's website under Irons and read, read, read. I read constant reviews and concluded that I was going to get the AP1s, and I am ecstatic.

  8. Connor I.

    I hit the Titleist Ap2's, and they are a very solid iron and also pretty forgiving. If you feel confident in your ball striking then I would definitely go with the Ap2's because you can work the ball a lot more than the Ap1. You just have to figure out which one will make you confident before every shot. If you like the smaller head with a slightly thinner topline than go with the Ap2's, if you like the more chunky head with a thicker topline than go with the Ap1. If you do happen to go with the Ap2, make sure you get the right shaft in them because it really makes a big difference.

    good luck in 2013!


  9. Richard M


    I went through this same dilema last season. I was hitting irons from another manufacturer and loved them but had always been a fan of Titleist products. I actually got fitted and during the fitting process it came down to Tileist AP-1's or another manufacturer and I went with the other manufacturer only because of cost. However at the end of the season I went back and bought a set of AP-1's 5 thru GW in graphite shaft with regular flex. My advice is to get fit properly. Titleist makes the best products by far. I have talked to many people in the golf industry and their products hold their value very well. Back to your question, I think the AP-1's would be a better fit. You will be leass likely to get frustrated and enjoy them more.

  10. clayton t

    go with ap2 learn to hit them if you get ap1 you may find after couple years your needing to get game improvement clubs have to buy again... atleast thats advise i got from instructor

  11. Norris

    Clayton; That's a good advice for Ben to get the AP2's instead of the AP1's so in a couple years he won't need to upgrade to the AP2's. But there are always 2 sides to every coin. If Ben is a married man (or not) if he gets the AP1's now and in a coupleof years he fells like he needs to upgrade, he will have a good excuse to buy a new set of Titleist Irons.

  12. philip g

    I would recommend going out and trying each set. I loved the set of AP1 that I had but switched over to the CB. I don't think you can go wrong with any set of the titleist irons 

  13. clayton t

    norris i done found excuse to saving for 712 ap2 told my wife the 710s ap2 are break in clubs although only had them a month they are new even though they are couple years old

  14. cam j

    if you are good with irons i say go with the ap2. they are a very good iron and are forged. They are easy to hit and for a forged club they are very forgiving. 

  15. Jan-Ivan L

    If you're shooting between 82 and 89 i'm pretty sure you can handle AP2's.  Just make sure you get fit for the right shafts and you won't be upset.  

    Just shot my best tournament round with my 712 AP2's last weekend (4-over 76) and my playing partner was trying to buy my clubs off of me!  LOL!

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