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In this review, I’ll be taking an in-depth look at the 2021 model of the Titleist T100 iron.
Titleist first came out with the T100 in 2019 — the goal was to provide premium Tour performance with slim looks and strong forgiveness.
Now, Titleist has revamped the T100 for 2021 to offer improved feel, improved turf interaction, and refined performance based on extensive feedback from the best players in the world.
The 2021 T100 iron is meant to provide the ultimate experience of control, feed and precision. But how does it actually perform in practice? Which kind of golfer could realistically put these in the bag?
I’ll try to answer all of these questions and more in this review. Here’s what I’ll be covering:
- Features & Technologies
- Look, Sound & Feel
- Where To Buy These Irons Online
- Final Thoughts
Read on to find out what you need to know to make an informed purchase.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, stock shafts and stock grips are used when evaluating this club. In most cases, the golf clubs reviewed on Golfstead are acquired temporarily for testing purposes and are not purchased. The review that follows is based on the personal experience and research of the author. Because everyone’s swing and body are different, results with a particular club may differ from person to person.
What are the reviews like?
The 2021 T100 is not a very popular choice of iron among recreational golfers because it’s aimed at scratch golfers and professionals. It does, however, enjoy very high ratings from professional critics who praise how surprisingly easy it is to hit.
The T100 irons earned a gold medal on the Golf Digest 2021 Hot List in the players category. They are also played by high-profile Tour players including Jordan Spieth and Cameron Smith.
What People Like
- impressive forgiveness for a Tour iron
- many prefer the look over the 2019 model
- unbeatable feel
- perfect spin and highly controllable
- brushed finish is very appealing
What People Don’t Like
- spin can be a little too much sometimes
- not much in the way of performance gains over the 2019 model
What are the features?
The Titleist T100 is the #1 iron on Tour, engineered based on player feedback to have a cleaner, more streamlined look.
The 2021 T100 iron now uses a denser D18 tungsten, which is put through a 2000°F brazing process used in aerospace construction.
This tungsten is used in the 3-7 irons. It allows for the elimination of weld points and extraordinarily precise CG placement.
Forged Dual Cavity
The 2021 T100 iron has a fully forged dual-cavity construction. This works with the tungsten weights near the heel and toe to provide very stable performance and a solid forged feel.
Engineers at Titleist were able to create a new variable bounce, contoured sole design with the help of Tour pros who are well-attuned to what makes great turf interaction.
The result is the best feel ever for a Titleist players iron.
Continuous Cradle Construction
A seamless impact surface and more uniform leading edge are created by a continuous cradle construction as part of the new T100 face.
In the 4-7 irons, the faces are designed to generate slightly more spin for improved controllability and stopping power.
The 2021 T100 iron is available from the 3-iron through the 50° wedge. The stock set is 4-PW. Individual irons are, of course, available for purchase.
The stock steel shaft is the True Temper AMT Tour White (low launch), and the stock graphite shaft is the Mitsubishi TENSEI AV White AM2 (low-mid launch). These shafts are made with ascending mass, meaning they are a little heavier in the short irons.
Other shaft options are:
- True Temper AMT Black (mid-high launch)
- True Temper AMT Red (mid-high launch)
- Project X (low launch)
- Project X LZ (low-mid launch)
- Mitsubishi TENSEI AV Blue AM2 (mid-high launch)
- Mitsubishi TENSEI AV Red AM2 (high launch)
The stock grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360.
Below are the specs of the Titleist T-Series irons. Click or zoom to enlarge.
How do the irons perform?
Cutting right to the chase, the 2021 T100 is fairly long for a players Tour iron of this caliber. It has the least raw ball speed potential in the T-Series, but it’s still only about 5-7 yards shorter on average than the T200.
In my opinion, the T100 strikes a perfect balance between distance, launch and spin. If your ballstriking is good enough, you can produce consistent distance almost down to the yard.
Other golfers who have hit the 2021 T100 irons will concur that their forgiveness is impressive for a Tour iron. Carry and spin rates are quite consistent across the face — dispersions are less consistent, but still very acceptable.
Forgiveness is best in the heel and toe direction where the tungsten weights are located.
The forgiveness of the T100 irons reflect the fact that Tour pros are moving towards irons with better mis-hit performance.
With the Mitsubishi TENSEI AV White AM2 stock graphite shaft, the long irons give a nice mid launch, but it shouldn’t be too difficult for competent golfers to get the launch even higher with an adjusted swing.
The 2021 T100 irons generate a powerful amount of spin, which enables you to play exactly the shot you want in practically any situation.
Hitting the short irons into greens really is a joy: super precise and controllable with impeccable touch at impact. In terms of workability, even the best shot-shapers in the game won’t be left wanting.
What about look, sound & feel?
One of the first thing that stands out to me with the 2021 T100 iron is the brushed chrome finish, which contrasts with the smooth finish of the 2019 model. I personally love the brushed aesthetic, and that’s not mentioning the fact that it conceal scuffs and scratches better.
Next is the thin top line, thin sole, and lack of offset that you would expect from a Tour iron, topped off with a compact blade length that just barely frames the ball.
These are no doubt one of the best-looking players irons I’ve tested in years. The back of the iron is very clean, simple, and professional — it’s basically a cavity back that looks like a blade.
The Sound & Feel
The interaction of the 2021 T100 iron with the turf is very sharp, clean and smooth.
At impact, the 2021 T100 feels the softest and most muted in the T-Series of irons. Sound and feel are very similar to the 2019 T100, but the 2021 model is perhaps a touch softer off the sweet spot.
Beyond the fact that the T100 delivers the premium feel you would come to expect from a Titleist Tour iron, there’s not much else to say. Strike feedback is very clear, even though mis-hits aren’t as penalizing as with many other players irons of years past.
To fully enjoy the feel of the 2021 T100 irons, you’ll need to be able to make quality contact with the ball. Hackers will not have a particularly nice time, but it is a great motivator to improve your ballstriking.
Where should you buy the 2021 T100 irons online?
If you’re at the level where a Tour iron like the 2021 T100 would be suitable for you, getting a fitting is strongly recommended. You can order custom T100 irons and find out more about scheduling a fitting here.
Otherwise, if you know what configuration to get, you should check out Global Golf or Rock Bottom Golf. They can accommodate custom requests and offer payment plans, performance guarantees, and club trade-in programs to help you minimize the financial hit.
New iron models don’t stay new for long, and eventually the option for custom orders will disappear. At that point, you’ll have to look at off-the-rack T100s or even used sets.
Another excellent destination for both new and used irons is eBay. You can usually get irons there for prices that can’t be beat anywhere else.
The second generation Titleist T100 iron is unquestionably the #1 most played iron on any professional tour worldwide, and there’s a reason for that.
With thousands of hours of feedback from Tour players, the T100 has become the modern mould for what a Tour player wants. Consider that the 2021 T100 irons were what Jordan Spieth used to go on a run at the 2021 British Open.
The 2021 T100 delivers some of the best spin control, accuracy, consistency, and soft Tour-like feel of any iron on the market in a fully forged package. Its dual-cavity design delivers impressive forgiveness, yet the way Titleist designed the back and sole makes it look like a blade.
With that said, these irons are not for those who are focused on distance and forgiveness. They can, however, be a viable choice for aspiring golfers who are serious about improving their game, so don’t think they’re exclusive to the pros.
Are you interested in the 2021 T100 irons? Have you played them? What’s your experience? Tell us in the comments below.