Titleist AP1 714 Iron Reviews
This is a review of the Titleist 714 AP1 irons, which Titleist claimed were the longest and most forgiving irons they had ever made back in 2014. The 714 AP1 is an upgrade in nearly every conceivable way (forgiveness, ball speed, spin) over its predecessor, the 712 AP1. The AP1s also made the 2015 Hot List for Golf Digest.
How well do these irons perform? How do they compare with similar offerings in the game-improvement category? Read on to find the answers.
In a hurry? Here’s the quick overview and verdict for you…
Rating: 4.7/5 (Excellent)
Pros: CG progression makes for nice long trajectories; mis-hits do a great job of holding the line with minimal sidespin; can get the ball up in the air out of a variety of lies; brushed satin finish is functional and looks good; satisfying impact sound and feel
Cons: Doesn’t afford as much control and workability as other irons; some may find the large, thick clubhead clunky and unappealing; relatively expensive
Recommended for: Any golfer can be successful with 714 AP1 irons, but they’re best suited for beginners or mid to high handicaps looking for a quality, forgiving iron.
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What are the reviews like?
The 714 AP1s are generally regarded as premium quality irons and they have excellent ratings. They have a 5-star customer rating on Amazon (although the sample is small), a 4.8/5 on Global Golf, and they are also recommended by just about every other reviewer. The 714 AP1s are lauded for their high long-iron trajectory, very long carry/distance, legendary forgiveness, great look and great feel. Indeed, there isn’t much that the 714 AP1 doesn’t do well.
Some dislike the large and thick appearance of the clubhead and feel that it somewhat limits shot workability. Others have found that the irons sometimes produce more spin than desired in certain situations.
What are the features?
According to Titleist, the 714 AP1s are “precision engineered for optimum flight and distance” and, as game-improvement irons, they are intended to be very forgiving. Full features and benefits (which can be found on the Titleist website) include:
- a low-to-high height progression of the center of gravity (CG) that enables longer irons to be launched at a higher trajectory and shorter irons to be launched at a flatter trajectory for more carry and distance
- high-density tungsten weights that are “precisely placed” in mid and long irons — this results in a higher moment of inertia (MOI) and hence better forgiveness and ball speeds across the entire face
- a deep undercut dual-cavity design that also helps with forgiveness
- a camber sole with a pre-worn leading edge that delivers a “smooth turf release” (a marketing term that refers to better club-turf interaction)
- progressive sole widths (wider with length), blade lengths and top lines
- a satin polish finish and bright polish cavity highlights
The 714 AP1s are available in one of three stock shafts (True Temper XP95, Kuro Kage 65 or Kuro Kage 50) and the Titleist Tour Velvet Grip. For iron specifications, see the table below:
|Name||Loft||Lie||Length (steel)||Offset (mm)||Bounce||Swing Weight|
How do these irons perform?
Distance: Well-struck shots with the 714 AP1s fly a very long and consistent yardage, more so than many other modern irons. Mis-hits and shots hit from bad lies (such as deep rough) retain a very decent ball speed and distance. Many people will find themselves gaining a half a club or more in distance over their previous irons, particularly with the shorter irons due to the more flat and penetrating trajectory.
Playability/Workability: Sidespin is minimal and a straight ball flight is strongly favoured. While the AP1 doesn’t offer as much control as the tour-level AP2, shots can still be shaped fairly easily — draws, fades, low balls, etcetera. The thick and bulky clubhead can power through the rough to extract most lies, and the camber sole can smoothly cut through the turf.
Forgiveness: Many golfers will greatly appreciate the exceptional forgiveness of the 714 AP1s. Shots that are mis-hit near the toe or heel still tend to go relatively straight, and shot dispersion with a repeatable swing is minimal. Of course, this is great for mid-to-high handicappers.
What about look, sound and feel?
The 714 AP1s have a simple yet sophisticated and refined badge design on the cavity, with a classy white/red/black colour scheme. I personally prefer the aesthetics of the brushed satin finish on the various parts of the clubhead much more than the chrome finish of the previous generation irons. The satin finish also produces less glare, which is a nice little benefit.
The 714 AP1s have slightly less offset and slightly smaller blade sizes than similar game-improvement irons in their class, but it’s certainly nothing extreme. At address, these irons look clean and inspire plenty of confidence that you’ll hit a respectable shot.
Sweet spot hits on the face feel flush, balanced and very satisfying. Mishits feel muted to some degree, but there is sufficient feedback to be able to tell where the ball made contact with the face. The impact sound can be described as a slightly muffled “click” that gets more muffled as you move away from the sweet spot. Overall, the profile of the 714 AP1s is very solid.
Where should I buy these clubs?
At the time of writing, new 714 AP1 sets (4-PW plus 48° wedge) are being sold on Amazon (link above). You can also find some amazing bargains from trustworthy and reputable sellers on eBay, but just be aware of their policies. If you look through the search results, you can find plenty of listings for both new and used irons.
What about a used set?
If you would rather save some money and get a used set of 714 AP1 irons, check out the eBay — eBay is arguably the best place to find deals on golf equipment, and you’re completely protected by their Money Back Guarantee. Global Golf is selling used (and new) sets as well; use coupon codes 99afs or 15OFFLEFTY for free shipping deals and discounts.
The Titleist 714 AP1 irons are wonderful irons that really don’t have any major weaknesses. They do a fantastic job of addressing the needs of the mid-to-high handicapper who wants a forgiving, high quality all-around performer.
The price of these irons reflects the aggregation of premium quality, craftsmanship and performance. The best thing to do is try them out for yourself and find out whether or not they’re for you. If you aren’t having the success you were hoping for, you can always look into getting a custom fitting.