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Titleist 714 AP1 Irons Review
2nd Swing Golf Blog writer and PGA Pro Instructor Matt Keller gives high marks for the 2013 Titleist 714 AP1 Irons, which he describes as a rare entry — and excellent — player improvement club from Titleist.
The Titleist 714 AP1 Irons are the longest and most forgiving irons they ever produced, according to the company, of course.
Now, while Titleist is generally known as a “players club,” the Titleist 714 AP1 Irons are designed as a game improvement iron, yet I see as still playable for lower-handicap golfers.
Technology (8 out of 10)
The Titleist 714 AP1 Irons are designed with a multi-material and dual cavity that helps maximize distance and forgiveness.
In addition, a progressive center of gravity (CG) helps flight the irons with a larger sweet spot and enhanced feel. The irons feature improved feel and less vibration at impact due to a new face support bar.
In fact, the impact was improved by adding more mass behind the face for a feeling similar to a blade. Titleist placed a priority on improving technology for a longer and more forgiving iron. The Titleist 714 AP1 Irons are very solid and rate very well.
Looks (8 out of 10)
Compared to other Titleist irons, the 2013 Titleist 714 AP1 Irons clearly have a more forgiving appearance. The thicker topline and sole offer more forgiveness and make the irons relatively easy to hit.
The long irons are designed with a wider topline, while the short irons have a slightly thinner top line and sole.
The no-glare satin color also looks great at address. Additionally, the “Titleist” written in script letter with satin, black and red color combination fits the classic Titleist tradition. Overall, the Titleist 714 AP1 Irons have a classic appearance yet game improvement look and rate high.
Performance (9 out of 10)
I tested the irons with the stock True Temper XP95 shaft in stiff flex. The True Temper XP 95 is designed to produce a flighted launch and exceptional feel. In addition, the shaft is designed 15 grams lighter than the previous stock shaft in the Titleist 712 AP1 Irons.
Despite the D1 swing weight, the irons have a lighter feel throughout the swing. The irons produce longer-than-average results.
The Titleist 714 AP1 Irons are one of the longest irons I have tested.
However, Titleist strengthened the lofts of the irons for longer distances and added a second gap wedge (52-degrees) to the set composition to improve the gap between each iron. Most game improvement irons produce a strictly high and straight ball flight.
However, the irons provide the ability to work the ball and still control ball flight. Most shots result in a mid to high ball flight. Shots seem stable across the entire clubface and off-center hits still travel toward the intended target.
The impact produces a muted sound, and the long irons seem easy to hit and launch in the air. The Titleist 714 AP1 Irons overall are simple to hit, and the majority of tested shots went straight. I’d say that the Titleist 714 AP1 Irons perform very solid and consistent and rate excellent.
Final Thoughts (Overall: 9 out of 10)
The Titleist 714 AP1 Irons are around the same price point as a large portion of the competition. Buyers can pick up a set of eight irons for around $800 in steel or $1,000 with a graphite shaft (See customized 2nd Swing Golf prices here.). The slight offset and progressive appearance make the irons look solid at address.
The irons perform extremely well, consistent and long — which should rank among the top game improvements on the market. Everything about the irons is solid and ranks as top tier clubs in their overall value.