I have been eyeing a set of the 712 AP1's or AP2's however think I may now wait for the 714 series!
Who else is planning on gaming these when they come out? Neat looking clubs I must say
Very little difference between the 712 & 714 - mostly the bounce is modded on the 714 which is undetectable by most of us...get teh 712s cheap when you can. Honestly, I haven't even felt the need to up my 710 AP2s really.
Well, I freely admit that there is an element of "something new and shiny" in my new club wants.
My G20s have served me really well and have helped my game a lot since I got them. That said, one of my current gripes about the G20s is the massive sole the clubs have. Of course, this isn't all bad, and certainly seems to help launch from tighter lies. However, when the lie is fluffier I find that they are somewhat "dead" if you catch the ball higher on the face. I have found that my pitching has really improved when I swapped to a Vokey lob wedge from the Ping that came with the set, though they share the same loft and bounce. Part if this is perhaps silly and shows my lack of ability to focus, but the large "flange" on the back of the G20 wedge often caught in the wiry grass we have around here on the back stroke which tends to distract me worse than I like to admit. This is an issue with most of the rest of the set as well and goes on my excuse for new clubs list. Sadly, the new AP1s look as if they have a deeper open cavity than the 712s did, so I don't know if this excuse may go up in smoke or not.
I do recognize that the AP1 and G20 are both "Game Improvement" clubs, and appreciate that, as you so aptly suggest, there is no upper limit on GIRs with either. That is why I am seriously thinking about a mixed set, sticking to easier to hit long irons. I have also considered getting a set of Ping I20s, perhaps used, and blending them with the G20s. This would certainly be the most economical solution, but I'm getting to be a real Titleist fan and I'm really liking the look of the 714s. Something new and shiny, you know....
I absolutely cannot wait until I get a chance to game these! I've been waiting (semi-patiently) for the 714s, as I'm still on the AP2 708s. I know that they officially come out November 8th, so does anyone know if they will be doing fittings before that, or will it have to occur after then?