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The Titleist U505 utility iron has a big footprint and the big forgiveness to match. Huge ball speed on center. Above average launch and spin.
A lot of golfers are intimidated by the Titleist brand, associating it with the best players in the world. Many golfers are also scared away from utility irons, viewing them as reserved for golfers with elite ball striking ability. It makes sense that the club that lives at the intersection of these two things, the Titleist U505 utility iron, would be a no-go for the majority, but, as I found out, this is a club that’s built to broaden the Titleist audience.
The Titleist U505 utility iron is one of the larger utilities that you’ll find. While it has a moderately sized top line, there is a lot of “extra” sticking out behind it. It also has the long, low face that is characteristic of larger utility irons.
Aside from the enormous sole, the U505 has the classic, clean Titleist look in the bag. The centered branding is moderate in size and sticks to the chrome, white, and black color scheme. Each club’s number is announced in a large, simple font on the sole.
Players seeking a more compact utility iron can check out the Utility Build of the new Titleist T200 irons [review HERE]
Sound & Feel
A good strike with the Titleist U505 utility iron produces a quick, lower-pitched “clack” or “snap.” It’s an interesting response in that it blends a more player-ish volume and tone with a poppy sound that I would expect from a more game improvement-type club. I did not find significant audio feedback on mishits.
The feel of a pure hit is very snappy and quick. Your hands immediately know that you found the center of the face and that the ball will be traveling a long way. The feel does provide good feedback. Mishits lose the snap, feeling more dead off the face. If you have a big miss, the feel gets very hard.
Having really enjoyed the previous U505 [review HERE], I came into this review with high expectations. The new Titleist U505 utility iron exceeded them all.
What stood out first was the ball speed. On center, my smash factors were consistently in the high 1.4s, which is everything you can ask for from a utility iron. If you do your part and make a good swing, the U505 will send the ball flying.
Next, I noted that the U505 was doing a lot with that ball speed. It launches the ball high and easily with spin that’s just a hair above average. With the 20 degree 3I, I was routinely launching the ball around 13 degrees with spin in the high 2000s, both of which are excellent for me. As someone who hits a low ball, I’m never going to stop a club like this on a dime, but the U505 did help me to get more carry distance than I typically see.
The Titleist U505 saved its most impressive trait for last. As testing wore on and more mishits occurred, I started to see how forgiving this club is. On small misses, the ball speed did drop off some, but the results were still largely on target. The big misses impressed me most. Strikes off the toe or heel that would be unplayable with other utilities turned into very acceptable shots. While the U505 isn’t going to turn your worst swing into an eagle opportunity, it’s going to keep birdie in play by advancing the ball straight down the target line.
If you’ve been scared off by utility irons or the Titleist name or both, it’s time to leave that behind. The Titleist U505 utility iron has a big, inviting footprint and the forgiveness to get you closer to the green even when your ball striking isn’t A+.