Titleist T100 Irons Review

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The Titleist T100 irons are beautiful – a perfect fit for the eye of the accomplished player.  Great feel and surprising levels of performance.  One of the best players irons available.

 

Introduction

Titleist’s AP2 irons have enjoyed a tremendous run of success both on Tour and in the bags of skilled amateurs worldwide.  However, with the near-complete shake up of Titleist’s iron line for 2019, the AP Series has been replaced by the T Series.  The AP2’s successor is the new T100 which is already a fixture in the bag of Jordan Spieth and other Titleist Tour players.

Looks

Titleist set out to make the T100 the “ultimate Tour iron,” and they certainly nailed the look.  At address, there’s not much more you can ask for from a players iron.  The blade is compact, the top line is thin, and there’s very little offset.  The contrast of chrome in the toe and heel with the matte along the grooves makes the club appear even smaller.

In the bag, the T100 is a little busier than you might expect.  The cavity is framed in chrome, and there’s a bar of matte silver near the sole.  The “T100” and “Titleist” branding is very compact.  While there’s quite a bit going on – different shapes and levels to the cavity – the fact that it’s entirely silver and black allows it to retain a classic look.

Sound & Feel

Sweet.  Striking the T100 on the center produces a crisp, satisfying sensation that you’ll want to feel after every swing.

As you would expect from a players iron, the feedback is very good.  From the first range session, I was easily able to discern where each shot struck the face.

Performance

Better players have been some of the biggest beneficiaries of modern club design.  Thanks to the use of different materials – in this case, tungsten – OEMs can create an iron that looks traditional but still has strong forgiveness.  The Titleist T100 is a premier example of a players iron that is easy to hit.

By using a co-forging process, Titleist fused tungsten into the head of the mid and long T100 irons to boost stability.  The forgiveness is noticeable in both the feel and the results.  Shots on the toe and heel don’t twist in your hands, and the ball lands closer to the target than it otherwise would.  Even more important for me, the T100 handles thin strikes marvelously.

The other notable performance trait of the T100 is the spin.  Compared to similar irons, the T100 produces more of it.  The difference isn’t enormous – I was still carrying each iron my normal distance – but it’s definitely measurable.  This additional spin can be beneficial for players who have trouble holding greens or who want more spin so they can curve their shots more.  As always, proper fitting is the key.

Conclusion

The Titleist T100 is one of the best players irons of 2019 or any other year.  Titleist married wonderful feel to a classic look and mixed in more forgiveness than can reasonably be expected from an iron like this.  Whether you’ve been a loyal AP2 player or are new to Titleist, check out the T100 if you’re in the market for new irons.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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8 Comments

  1. Gary Newlon

    These seem like great irons, but I can’t afford them. Being retired I’ll have to pass on these great clubs.

  2. Matt,

    Big fan of the site. How would you compare the T100s to the Apex Pros, particularly in terms of workability and forgiveness? Thanks.

    • Matt Saternus

      Brian,

      I don’t have any direct comparison data, but my sense is that the T100 is very slightly more forgiving. If I was between the two, it would come down to A) fit and B) subjective preference (look, feel).

      Best,

      Matt

      • Thanks, Matt. I did a fitting yesterday and found that the T100s spun at a~6500 while the Apex Pros spun ~6000 at 100mph 7i swing speed. I actually found the Apex Pros to be slightly more forgiving, but I was also finding the center of the face on the Apex Pros more consistently for whatever reason. Ended up going with Apex Pros 5-PW and Apex Forged 4i.

  3. Scott Coldiron

    Interesting that you mention these irons create more spin. My swing (90-95 w/ driver) doesn’t generate enough spin and has lower trajectory. When I try distance clubs I don’t get enough spin or height. I use higher spinning golf balls to help with spin.

    Do irons like the T100 generally create more spin and height? I have been fitted, but a players iron with a less than players shaft (DG for example) was not part of the fitting. Reading your review makes me think that is a path I should try. Thoughts?

    • Matt Saternus

      Scott,

      With the caveat that I’m painting with a broad brush: yes, generally players irons will spin more than distance irons. Total height brings launch into the picture and because of the interplay of loft and construction differences, that will be dictated more by fit.
      I think all things are worth trying. If you’re a low launch, low spin players, a more traditionally lofted head with higher spin would make sense to me.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Anthony Perrault

    I love my T100s. I played Mizuno MP-53s for a long time, and I was concerned about the small face on the T100s and losing feel. But once I got used to the T100s, I feel like, if anything, my ball striking has improved because I have to focus a little harder to ensure good contact. The feel is great – a little less buttery but a little more solid. You definitely know when you’ve struck it well. The T100s produce more than enough spin for the average course; in fact, I had all my irons bent 1-degree stronger to bring down the spin and increase distance a little bit. Turf interaction is phenomenal; the beveled leading edge helps when you catch a little more turf than you expected. The T100s are more forgiving than blades but you will still get punished for poor strikes. When I got fitted, I also tried the MB and CB, and the difference in dispersion and distance was immediately noticeable. The tungsten in the 7i – 3i definitely helps stabilize the blade without sacrificing workability. Two (2) warnings: 1) These are not players distance irons – the distances are closer to blades. Don’t let the thin face and tungsten fool you. 2) These are players irons that require solid ball striking skills. Poor shots are still punished, just not as much as a pure blade like the MB or CB. If you’re a mid to high handicapper, don’t be lured by the good looks. Remember, there are plenty of player’s distance irons that look just as good – e.g., T200 – and are more forgiving.

  5. Scott Coldiron

    Matt,

    Thank you for your reply and information! I will be testing that theory in the off season.

    Scott

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