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The Titleist CNCPT CP-02 irons are the players version of the company’s exclusive new irons. Stellar looks and strong performance but disappointing feel and enormous price.
Titleist’s new CNCPT irons arrived with limited explanation and even less warning. One morning, these futuristic irons were all over my social media feeds, followed by questions like, “When do they come out?” and “How much do they cost?”
The CNCPT irons – a two model family which includes the CP-02 that we are reviewing here – are now available, but you better save your pennies. With a price that raises the bar, we had to ask, does it have the performance to match?
The Titleist CNCPT CP-02 are gorgeous from head to toe. At address, they have a classic players look: minimal offset, slightly thin top line, and modest blade length.
In the bag, these irons look even better. The CNCPT branding is sharp and matches the futuristic vibe of the cavity design. This is a club that will have your friends sticking their hands in your bag, jealously asking, “What is that?”
Sound & Feel
Based on the great look and the massive sticker price, I took my first swing expecting transcendent feel. I did not find it.
Pure strikes feel OK. This iron isn’t very soft, but it’s not super crisp or hot either. It feels like a compromise that doesn’t really make anyone happy.
When you miss, the CP-02 let’s you know it. The sound gets very loud, and it feels hard. While this isn’t a pleasant combination, it does let you know you’ve made a poor swing.
Between the price and Titleist’s description, which includes the phrase “unprecedented iron designs,” I went into this test with high expectations. Titleist states that the CP-02 has an “ultra-thin face” that uses a “rare, super strong alloy never before used in club making.” To Titleist’s credit, the ball speeds are quite good. They’re not unprecedented but certainly among the upper tier.
Part of the ball speed, of course, is due to the lofts. While the CP-02 has weaker lofts than the CP-01, they’re fairly strong for a players iron. Launch and spin are still sufficient to hold greens thanks to the tungsten low in the head. The final result is distance that’s among the best from a players iron.
The CP-02 failed to impress with its forgiveness. I understand that this isn’t meant to be a super game improvement iron, but at this price it should offer more. With the iron performance we’re seeing today, a pretty iron with high ball speed isn’t enough to command $400/club, in my opinion.
I have little doubt that the Titleist CNCPT CP-02 irons will find their audience. High end, exclusive golf products often do. However, for the golfer that only wants to pay for performance, the CP-02 misses the boat. It looks cool, but you can find equal or better performance for far less money.