Titleist T200 Irons Review

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The Titleist T200 irons are the successor to the AP3.  Game improvement performance with a more traditional look at address.  Serious distance.

Introduction

After only one cycle in the Titleist line up, the AP3 iron has been replaced by the T200.  For many golfers, the AP3 hit the sweet spot between the AP2 and AP1 – it had some forgiveness but still retained that “better player” look.  Can the T200 strike that same balance?  We tested it to find out.

Looks

There’s been a lot of internet hand-wringing over the cavity of the T200 irons, so I’ll start there.  Yes, the presence of what appears to be a weight screw (it’s not) is out of character for a Titleist iron.  However, for me, the total absence of bright colors balances that out to create a look that has some high-tech appeal without going overboard.  Also, I think it looks much better in person than it does in pictures.

What matters more to me is the look at address.  Above, you can see the entire T Series, T100, T200, and T300 from left to right.  The T200 has noticeably more offset than the T100 (full review HERE), but stays within the bounds of a game improvement iron.  Offset is far and away the biggest difference between the T100 and T200.  Yes, the top line is also slightly thicker and the blade is slightly longer, but those differences are very small.  Overall, the T200 is a very good looking GI iron at address.

Sound & Feel

When it comes to sound and feel, the T200 is noticeably different than the T100.  The impact sound is markedly louder, more of a crack than a click.  This louder sound pairs with a feel that is firm.

Feedback on strike quality is good through the hands.  I could clearly feel where the ball met the face.  Audio feedback is less clear: pure strikes and mishits sound quite similar.

Performance

One thing that’s worth noting at the beginning is the difference in lofts between the T100 and T200.  Despite being only one step apart in the Titleist line-up, there is a full club’s worth of difference in the lofts.  For example, the T200 5 iron is 24 degrees, the same loft as the 4 iron in the T100 set.  I’m agnostic about the merits of this, but it’s something you need to be aware of if you’re going to test both irons.

The benefit of stronger lofts is more distance.  I found the T200 to be 1.5 to 2 clubs longer than the T100.  This was due to a combination of more ball speed, lower launch, and significantly lower spin.  This puts the T200 on par with many of the distance irons on the market today.

In addition to being longer, the T200 is more forgiving than the T100.  I would not rate the T200 as a very forgiving game improvement iron, but it’s easier to hit than the T100.  With an average of 90 grams of tungsten in the heel and toe, the head is stable on mishits, and it’s very good at retaining ball speed on thin shots.

Conclusion

The Titleist T200 irons fit a clear niche in the new Titleist line up.  Paired with the right shaft, these irons can be as long as almost anything on the market, but they still have a traditional look.  They won’t have enough forgiveness for the higher handicap player, but the mid-handicap player will get everything they need from the T200.

Titleist T200 Irons Price & Specs

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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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13 Comments

  1. John a Balkevitch

    Interested

  2. Matt I have P790 are they close to T200 in play ability.
    Thanks,robin.

  3. Matt,

    How do you rate the pairing of the AMT Black shaft with the T200? What type of player would this fit?

    Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Antony,

      It’s all about fitting the individual player. It’s a good quality shaft, and it’s a mid launch & spin shaft, so it fits that “middle of the bell curve” player adequately.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. What is the difference between the AP3 and the T200?

    • Matt Saternus

      Harry,

      The lofts of the T200 are one degree stronger in the longer irons. There’s also more tungsten in the T200 to create a more forgiving head.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. I am trying to decide between Mizuno Hot Metal, Mizuno HMB, and TMp790. My handicap is 22, and as a 71 year old player I have lost some distance. Currently using JPZ EZs from several years ago. Originally interested in Titleist AP1s but have not seen the review on the latest version of this iron. Since all of these irons are pricey I have to get refitted so I am not sure I want a stock shaft. The Mizuno JPX EZs have a Project XLZ shaft and not sure I want to use it again. What are your thoughts?

    • Matt Saternus

      Bob,

      The new version of the AP1 is the T300, which we have a review of coming on Monday, 10/28.
      Of the irons you mention, my preference is for the P790, but I would let the fitting and performance determine which one I went with.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. What is the difference between regular nip pro 880 chrome iron and the recoil sumac wrap 760 f3 with ease of loading swinging and weight

    • Matt Saternus

      Scott,

      I don’t have much experience with Recoil and all its variants, so I can’t offer a comparison.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. Is the Nip 880 AMC Chrome a good shaft for slower swing speeds. Prob 75 iron speed?

    • Matt Saternus

      Scott,

      In the right flex, that can certainly work, but I’d recommend getting fit or at least testing that combination before making the purchase.

      Best,

      Matt

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