Pros: Great feel, Gorgeous look, Outstanding performance
Cons: none so far
My Titleist AP2's arrived as ordered with standard length X100 shafts, 2° flat lie, their standard grips and clubs 3-PW. These replaced the MP33's I was previously gaming.
First thing you notice with the irons is the appearance. The set is beautiful to look at, oddly inspiring confidence without even hitting them. The forged face has the most esthetically pleasing satin finish and the cavity is equally pleasing. At address, all irons just feel right. Not cumbersome and large but a rather confident comfortable visual presence, at least for those of us that appreciate a smaller club head.
Upon hitting the clubs I noted a smooth buttery sensation with well hit shots. The well hit shots included a rewarding "click" during the shot. Similar possibly to a well hit chip from a wedge.
Shots missing the sweet spot were easily recognized but maintained about 95% of their distance. The irons were definitely more forgiving with toe hits.
The AP2s are extremely accurate as well, other than hitting way past the hole due to unexpected added distance (I tried hitting the 8 iron three different times at the 155 distance only to fly past the hole each time before I learned my lesson and hit the 9 iron, putting it pin high).
The clubs seem easy to work, as much so as my MP33's were. I have not done a lot of working the ball but I hit a 5 iron with a large amount of draw.
Ball flight: I decided on the X100 shaft to help keep my ball flight down. I hit exorbitantly high iron shots generally. The iron ball flight with the AP2's start somewhat low and begin to climb gradually and seemingly endlessly at times and land softly. There is considerable backspin as noticed when landing on the
Distance: It has been 2 years since I played my I10's but I will use the as reference for comparison. I will also include the Mizunos as well.
- Ping I10 8 iron---------------157 yard average------- 38° Loft; Standard length ZZ65 stiff shaft
- Mizuno MP33 8iron------- 150 yard average------- 40° Loft; Standard length True Temper X100 stiff shaft
- Titleist AP2 8 iron--------- 165 yard average------- 38° Loft; Standard length True Temper X100 stiff shaft
I do not have a reason for the extra 8 yards but I have been working on mechanics more and this may be the difference. Also a better shaft fit could be part of the added distance.
Overall I could not be more happy with my selection. The look of the clubs invites you to play and inspires a ton of confidence.