Titleist 716 AP2 Irons Review

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The Titleist 716 AP2 Irons are a modest update of an established player’s iron with familiar feel and performance and a new look.

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Introduction

I actually played the Titleist 714 AP2 irons for the last portion of the 2014 golf season with quite a bit of success.  Like a true gear geek, I was enthusiastic for the 716 AP2 from Titleist this season, and I was eager to get my hands on them to see how one of my favorite irons of all time was updated and improved.

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Looks

The calling card of the AP2 iron line is the player looks and performance with added forgiveness.  The Titleist 716 AP2 irons have the same compact size, thin-ish topline, minimal offset, and narrow sole we’ve all come to love.  There are no major changes there, so players looking to update their crusty 710 or 712 AP2s should be perfectly happy.  The biggest difference in looks comes from the cavity of the club and its updating badging.  Though many are criticizing the branding of the AP2 and are unhappy with its appearance, the branding is in line with the current 915 series and has a little more of a modern look to it.  Personally, I feel the AP2 is a traditional staple for Titleist and would have preferred that they stuck with the appearance favored by most loyalists, but the new branding is not quite a deal breaker for me.

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Sound & Feel

Consistent with most other aspects of the Titleist 716 AP2’s, there isn’t much change to the sound of these irons.  The sound of the 716 AP2 is still the traditional soft click with a nice thwack from the turf interaction.  Mishits have a similar click but a little more emptiness in the tone to let you know you missed the sweet spot.

The 716 AP2’s are supposed to have a softer and more forgiving feel because of the low center of gravity.  Frankly, I didn’t notice a significant change to the feel from this update, but that’s not the end of the world.  The AP2’s are perennially one of the best feeling clubs on the market and the adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” can certainly apply here.

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Performance

Again, I didn’t notice a significant change in performance with the Titleist 716 AP2 irons.  While we’re knee deep in a culture of seeking more and more distance, the AP2 is meant to be a playable club for players looking to be accurate and in control of their game.  Being arguably the most traditional equipment company in the game, Titleist is not looking to take their staple irons and turn them into golf ball rocket launchers.  Titleist knows what has made their equipment successful and makes sure to keep the performance a consistent standard for their players.

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Conclusion

If you’re looking for a new age, high-tech, extra long, scientific breakthrough of an iron, the Titleist 716 AP2 irons are not going to be that club.  While some may argue this is a recipe for a company to go stale in the equipment industry, the consistency and reliable performance of the AP2 is what players find appealing in these clubs.  If you’re due to replace a worn out set of AP2’s the 716 is a fine option, but you don’t have to worry about missing out on a big upgrade if you aren’t quite ready to replace your current AP2 gamer.

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9 Comments

  1. If you have any playing experience with the Wilson FG Tour V4, could you compare to the AP2? Thank you.

    • Matt Saternus

      Brian,

      I have some experience with both. I prefer the way the Wilson looks, and I prefer their performance in the short irons. The AP2’s are a bit bulkier, though not much. Both are good sets – between the two, it’s personal preference and a bit of splitting hairs.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Hello,

    Do you have a recommendation for a player with an 11 handicap that has been playing the Titleist AP1 714 irons. Not looking to give up too much in forgiveness but looking for better overall performance. I feel like the AP1 doesn’t have any feel. Thanks!

    • At the risk of sound a little negative, I need clarification around what you’re actually looking for. Better feel doesn’t equal better performance. I think the AP2’s have a little more response in them, but I don’t necessarily think you’re going to see a performance improvement as an 11 handicap.

      • I guess what I should have said is that I don’t like the look of the AP1 at address. I also feel like there is limited feedback on shots with the AP1. Regardless of if you hit it in the sweet spot, toe, etc. The sensation is dull and dead feeling. I also do not like the high trajectory of the ball. I am looking for an iron that I can carry with me into a single digit handicap. I want a responsive, forgiving club that inspires confidence in my shot making ability.

        • I’m going to try to individually address the points you raised. In regards to playing an iron that you can carry into single digits, the AP1 is fine. Just because they are a little larger with more offset doesn’t mean they can’t be played once you hit 9.9. I know plenty of low handicappers that play AP1’s or equivalent. If the shot ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

          As far as different looks to your eye, feel in your hands, and performance of the club, I can’t answer that for you, and not because I don’t want to. The truth is, no one can. You have to have the club in your own hands to make those assessments. True, I can show you pictures of what the clubs look like, but that’s only a start. Also, in regards to performance, the lofts of the heads and then the shaft combination are going to be the biggest impact to the shot trajectory. The AP2 has forgiveness when compared to blades, but not comparable to a game improvement iron.

          So short answer, you’re looking to address a lot of criteria that can only be tested and proven by actually swinging the club. As we say, everyone’s swing is like a snowflake so the results from the equipment will be different from player to player.

          Best of luck.

  3. Best advice is to get professionally fitted for whatever clubs you might like. I’d try all the manufacturers, shafts and if possible get a trial set of clubs you might like and demo on the course. I went to a Titleist Demo day and signed up for a fitting. They used Trackman and all kinds of analysis to fit me in the right clubs, plus they had a trial set I took on the course of the Ap1 and 2’s. Within all the standard strike performance data, they also checked grip size, shaft flex, shaft lengths, loft and lie which is all valuable information beyond just the club head. And handicap is no longer a good gauge of what club to use. It all depends. Is a 10 handicap a past low single digit handicap with excellent ball striking who has now moved to a higher handicap due to lost distance? Or is a person who is a 10 just an average golfer who has worked hard to bring their handicap down from a 16?
    I’m an 8 index and after wanting the CB’s, I ended up with the AP1’s! I somewhat prefer the sleeker look of the CB’s and AP2’s but my numbers and strike was much more consistent with the AP1’s, plus I went with the standard stiff Dynamic Gold AMT shafts, and added a TMB 3 iron. My previous irons were longer than standard based on an old fitting but data showed it was causing me inconsistency. But as one said above, that was what worked for “me” but you would need to test everything to see what works for you and do more than just hit on a Launchpad at a big box store. Get someone to FIT YOU professionally.

  4. Looking into Ap2 710’s. Are they good? What is the difference between the 710’s and the 716’s?

    • Matt Saternus

      Levi,

      I haven’t reviewed the 710, so I can’t speak to that. All AP2s are the same type of iron; there are iterative improvements from one generation to the next.

      -Matt

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