TaylorMade M4 Vs. Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Comparison Overview
For players looking for more forgiveness and distance, selecting irons can be very difficult. It seems that every company claims to make the longest and most forgiving irons on the market. And while there are a lot of options for players, the sheer volume of choices can be dizzying.
To help make your choice a little clearer, we went out and tested two iron sets that claim to be made for beginners and high handicappers. Which were longer and more forgiving? Which are the best game-improvement irons? Let’s find out!
TaylorMade M4 Irons Overview
The design of the TaylorMade M4 irons is marked by a large footprint and a wide sole that peeks out behind the club head at point of address.
So far, so good. At address, these irons look really nice. The deep cavity back will help out with distance and forgiveness while the wide sole helps out with turf interaction. The only thing we didn’t like about the design of these clubs was the weight.
The M4 irons are a bit heavy and feel a bit clunky. This may be a problem if you are the kind of player with a steep angle of attack as they may cause you to get way too much turf. The M4 irons also had weaker lofts which really showed when attacking the pin.
Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Overview
The hallmark of the Titleist 718 AP1 irons on the other hand is hollow body design in the long irons.
This allows the face to float more or less freely which means more flex at impact. We really thought this feature would work against the Titleist 718 AP1 irons and create erratic flight paths but just the opposite was true.
Bad shots from the toe were made really straight with the Titleist 718 AP1 long and mid irons. We were a bit alarmed at the low spin rate in the pitching wedge but the impressive apex height put those concerns to rest. The Titleist 718 AP1’s played longer and held onto more greens than the M4’s.
To go back to the questions posed at the beginning of this overview: the Titleist 718 AP1 irons were longer and more forgiving than the Taylormade M4 irons. What’s more, they are better scoring irons as it is much easier to stop them dead on the green.