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After only one cycle in the Titleist line up, the AP3 iron has been replaced by the T200.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.

27 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

  8. Hello Matt. Really appreciate your comments. I’m playing ap3 now with KBA Tour shafts, the shafts have been in the bag a long time with other Titleist irons. I’m very interested in the T200. I can get the T200 with KBS 105 stiff. Is that a comparable move ? Or do I stay put with Tour? Or do you like another shaft. I’m a 4 index.
    Thank you

    • Matt Saternus

      Ernie,

      Depending on the flex in your KBS Tour, you’ll be dropping about 20 grams going to the 105. That’s a lot, especially for a better player. I would test the 105 extensively to make sure I liked the lighter feel before making that move.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. Hi, I’ve been playing the 710 AP2s for several seasons (high single digit handicap) and I’m in the market for a new set of irons. Which set would be closest to what I’m playing now, the T100 or T200? Thanks.

  10. I’m a 22-handicap who plays forged Mizuno MX-200 irons, which I love. How would the T200s compare to my Mizuno MX-200s?

    • Matt Saternus

      Eric,

      My recollection is that the MX-200 is a bit bigger than the T200, and I would guess the T200 might be slightly stronger in lofts. Ultimately, I think they’re reasonably comparable and it will come down to fit.

      Best,

      Matt

  11. Matt.
    As a low/ mid handicap, could I save a few bones and get a set of AP3 irons and be just as happy than if I spring for the T200s? After being fitted, I can’t see that much difference between the two.

    • Matt Saternus

      Dale,

      If there isn’t much performance difference for you, and you don’t find a major subjective difference (feel, looks), then there’s no reason not to save the money. I recall that I wasn’t overwhelmed with the AP3’s feel, but the performance was solid. And ultimately, all that matters is how it performs for you, not what it does for me.

      Best,

      Matt

  12. Well, I just read the review on the AP3s and it looks like the T200 is an improvement.
    Thanks

  13. Matt,
    I’m looking to replace my 704 CBs and am torn between T100 and T200. I’m not as young as I used to be and my handicap is hovering in the lower mid range. I hit my 704 7-iron about 150 yards. When I’m playing / practicing like I should, I strike my irons pretty well, I’m just conflicted between wanting more distance vs. losing some of the launch and spin rates the T100 seems to give. Any thoughts are appreciated.

    John.

  14. Matt,
    No, I haven’t been able to with all the lock downs right now. Was just looking for insight as I’m not sure when things will open up here. I do plan to hit them when I finally can.

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      Barring any unusual fitting issue, it just comes down to what you’re comfortable looking at and whether or not you want to maximize forgiveness. For me, the T100 has enough forgiveness and looks great, but those are personal judgments.

      Best,

      Matt

  15. Brian Fong

    I picked up a set of the T200 in Dec 2019. Just started to feel better about hitting them and then the SIP shut us down. But a quick review now that play has resumed here in Calif. Currectly a 14hcp. 7 ior is 145-165, 4I is 190-200+. Over all Distance has increased anywhere from a half club to a full length. Accurate has been better and hopefully will start to improve now.

    But my question is about finish durability?. Got about 30 rounds on them now with some range time. My last set was raw cast and didn’t show much wear over the many years of service.. But with the T200 Chrome finish looking like is is starting to take a beating. What if any reported review have you gotten. My old cast club shows some wear but never gave it much thought. Your thoughts?

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