A few days ago we gave you a sneak peek at Titleist’s upcoming 710 Series of irons: the CB, MB, AP1, and AP2.
Today, we present our own images, from the range at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, OH, as well as some video. Enjoy.
Let’s start with the AP1, a club that was perhaps under-valued by golfers in the 8-18 handicap range. Titleist really feels that the 710 Series AP1 is going to be a great club for those golfers. Given my experience with the club, I’d tend to agree. Titleist has made some great improvements to the AP1, but the question remains: does the bogey golfer think that all Titleist clubs are for the low handicappers? Will Titleist’s “For Skilled Players” reputation continue to dampen sales of the forgiving, game-improvement AP1?
Here’s a look at AP1 at address, followed by an image of the cavity and some shots comparing AP1 to the new AP2.
For those wondering about blended sets of the CB and the MB, that won’t be quite as easy as with previous generations. The lofts on the CB and MB are the same (previous generations had stronger-lofted cavity back models), so the CB launches a little higher and with a bit more spin than the corresponding MB iron. Golfers may need to do some set tuning or loft bending in order to blend CB long irons with MB short irons.
One final note: as with the previous generation of clubs – AP1, AP2, ZM, and ZB – these clubs conform to the new groove rule going into effect on January 1, 2010 for professional golfers and for serious amateurs on January 1, 2014. You won’t need to buy new irons just to conform to the rules.