In this review, I’ll be taking a close look at the 2021 model of the Titleist T200 iron.
Titleist first came out with the T200 iron in 2019, and the goal was to provide a strong distance iron for players that want a Tour-inspired look and feel. Now, Titleist has revamped the T200 for 2021 to have a smaller, sleeker look with a new back design and less offset.
The 2021 T200 iron is meant to deliver great distance without sacrificing looks, feel and controllability. But how does it actually perform in practice? Is it worth putting the 2021 T200 irons 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.
What are the reviews like?
Critic reviews of the 2021 T200 irons are overall very positive. The only main criticism that many seem to share is that there is little difference in ball speed between the T200 and slimmer T100.
Customer ratings are just as good, if not better. They have average scores of 5/5 on Golf Galaxy and 5/5 on The Golf Warehouse.
The 2021 T200 earned a gold medal on the Golf Digest 2021 Hot List in the players distance category. It has also been used by Tour pros such as Troy Merritt and So Yeon Ryu.
What People Like
- better than the 2019 T200 in almost every way
- sets up beautifully at address
- looks like a muscleback
- solid forgiveness and excellent accuracy
- appealing to a wide range of handicaps
What People Don’t Like
- little to no added distance over the T100 irons
What are the features?
Compared to the 2019 T200, Titleist now uses a denser D18 tungsten, which is put through a 2000°F brazing process used in aerospace construction.
This enables the center of gravity (CG) to be shifted to an optimal position for every club in the bag. In particular, the CG is such that the long irons launch high and long, while the short irons are forgiving and accurate.
There are two main components to the 2021 T200’s multi-material construction.
First is the thin L-Face insert, which increases energy transfer to the ball. The L-Face wraps around the sole, preserving ball speed low on the face and leading to a more solid feel.
Second is the Max Impact Technology. This consists of an enhanced polymer core, located directly behind the face, that improves the mass efficiency of the club and increases ball speed.
Engineered Muscle Plate
This unique addition to the 2021 T200 seals the cavity on the back of the iron. It not only enhances looks, but also has a specific structure and composition that:
- allows weight to be shifted to a more optimal location
- produces a crisper, more satisfying sound and feel through tuned acoustics and vibrations
The muscle plate contributes to a look & feel that appeals to aspiring or skilled golfers.
The 2021 T200 iron is available from the 4-iron through the 48° wedge. The stock set is 4-PW. Individual irons are available for purchase.
The stock steel shaft is the True Temper AMT Black (mid-high launch), and the stock graphite shaft is the Mitsubishi TENSEI AV Blue AM2 (mid-high launch). These shafts are made with ascending mass, meaning they are a little heavier in the long irons.
Other shaft options are:
- True Temper AMT Tour White (low launch)
- True Temper AMT Red (mid-high launch)
- Project X (low launch)
- Project X LZ (low-mid launch)
- Mitsubishi TENSEI AV White AM2 (low-mid 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?
To be honest, I was expecting to get a little more distance out of the 2021 T200 irons coming into my testing session. Compared to the T100, I was getting 5-7 more yards on average (a little more with the longest irons), but I was hoping for 10+ yards.
I also wanted my distance numbers to be similar to the T300, but it didn’t quite get there. Even so, I didn’t feel like the distance of the 2021 T200 was at all hindering my play in terms of how I wanted to play approach shots.
In fact, the high launch and decent amount of spin made it easy to stop the ball practically on a dime on the green. At the end of the day, that’s what’s important.
Aside from the wider sole width, there aren’t many physical traits of the 2021 T200 iron that suggest it might have good forgiveness.
Despite this, I found mis-hit performance to be quite impressive. When you really think about it, it’s not that surprising, because the T200 shares many of the same technologies (like the Max Impact core) that the game-improvement T300 has.
The T200 will be less forgiving right off the bat because of the shorter blade length, so you can expect to see a noticeable loss of performance towards the heel and toe. However, it’s certainly not going to be as penalizing as it is with the T100.
As a side note, the amount of forgiveness the 2021 T200 has is just right for my game personally. To each their own.
Playability & Trajectory
With the True Temper AMT Black stock steel shaft, the long irons gave a nice, high launch. Golfers with faster and even moderate swing speeds should be able to keep the ball in the air with little issue.
With the shorter irons, launch is more in line with what you would expect from a players iron — medium with excellent controllability. Spin was mid-range, allowing me to go flag-hunting when the circumstances allowed.
I didn’t notice an inherent fade or draw bias in the 2021 T200 iron, although I could hit both easily. The iron affords more than enough workability for most golfers, but some Tour players will demand the shotmaking power of the T100.
What about look, sound & feel?
First, I must say that I love the “filled” design with the muscle plate — I definitely prefer it over the look of the 2019 T200 irons, although those are quite nice as well. It just looks fantastic in the bag and suggests that you’re perhaps a more skilled golfer than you actually are!
The 2021 T200 iron has a slimmer profile with a thinner top line, thinner sole, and shorter length from heel to toe. There is very minimal offset — no more than the T100 and T100S.
The overall shape and look of the iron makes it clear that it’s on the players side of the spectrum, while still having a cavity back and enough heft to provide some stability and forgiveness.
The Sound & Feel
The sound of the 2021 T200 iron at impact is very solid. It feels explosive even though it doesn’t quite have the distance to back it up.
Compared to the other irons in the T-Series, the 2021 T200 sounds a little louder and sharper than the T100, but more muted compared to the T300.
I’m also pleased to say that the clicky feel in the longer irons of the 2019 T200s is much reduced, if not completely absent in the 2021 irons.
Clarity of feedback takes a noticeable jump from the T300s. Mis-hits don’t feel as crisp, nor do they sound as sharp, and it’s fairly straightforward to understand where you made contact. The feel of the ball coming off the face is most distinct around the sweet spot.
Where should you buy the 2021 T200 irons online?
For new 2021 T200 irons, 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 T200s or even used sets.
For used 2021 T200 irons, your best bet is probably eBay. They are a fantastic source for golf equipment, both new and used.
Even though the Titleist 2021 T200 irons aren’t quite as long as I was expecting, I still think they’re terrific. They really don’t have any weaknesses; they have plenty of length, they’re consistent and reliable, they have solid forgiveness, they look amazing, and they perform better than the previous 2019 model.
I’d be happy to put them in my bag because they suit my game in so many ways. But the huge price tag makes me do a double take, as it will for many other golfers.
If you have the budget and are interested in what the 2021 T200 irons have to offer, they’re a must-try.
Are you interested in the 2021 T200 irons? Have you played them? What’s your experience? Let us know in the comments below.
Titleist 2021 T200 Iron
Sound & Feel9.6/10
- Clicky feel in the 2019 model long irons is no longer present
- Better than the 2019 T200 is just about every way
- Good distance and solid forgiveness
- Accurate, consistent and workable
- High launch and great stopping power
- Muscle plate gives it a players look
- Not much added distance compared to the T100