Taylormade M6 Vs. Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Comparison Overview

The Taylormade M6 and the Titleist 718 AP1 irons aren’t exactly fresh on the market. Both sets have been around for a while so if you have never played them or got a fitting for them, we could understand how easily they can be written off.

After all, there have been plenty of newer, fancier and shinier game-improvement irons that have been released in the years since the Titleist 718 AP1’s and the M6’s. So do they still hold any value to the high handicap player? Let’s find out!

Taylormade M6 Irons Overview

One of the first things our testers noted about these irons is that they have an incredibly solid feel at impact.

This can be attributed to the Speed Bridge which connects the back of the sole and crown to increase stability. From a performance standpoint, increased head stiffness means less swing energy is lost at impact.

Other than that though, the M6 irons have a nice, solid feel to them. While certainly not the softest-feeling irons on the market, they will help you get the most distance from your swing speed. The M6’s also feature Inverted Cone face design which moves the sweet spot out near the toe.

While this feature will certainly not endear these clubs to low handicappers, it greatly increases forgiveness and accuracy for higher handicap players.

Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Overview

The Titleist 718 AP1 irons also provide a good deal of forgiveness and even better distance with hollow body design.

These irons flex to a very high degree and our testers even mentioned that the 4 iron reacted more like a 2 iron! On average, our testers were seeing distance gains of 8 yards. The wedges in this set performed spectacularly.

While the strong loft in the pitching wedge (43 degrees) may make for some gapping issues with the specialty wedges, we didn’t care much after we saw how straight the PW made the ball fly and how much stopping power it provided.

The Titleist 718 AP1 irons also have a good amount of offset which, similar to the M6 irons, means trouble for advanced players but can be a god-send for high to mid handicappers.

While both of these sets certainly have something to offer high handicappers, the superior scoring potential you get with the Titleist 718 AP1 irons can’t be ignored.

Titleist 718 AP1 Irons

Category: Game/Improvement

Taylormade M6 Irons

Category – Players Distance Irons

Titleist 718 AP1 First Impressions

We were expecting a lot from these irons before we ever hit the course with them simply because they were Titleist irons and we know Titleist to make awesome clubs no matter the category.

We can honestly say that we were impressed with these irons at the end of the day. What struck us the most was the fact that our high handicap testers were able to land more greens.

The Titleist 718 AP1 irons do an amazing job of launching high and landing soft. They produce an ideal descent angle no matter what your skill level is. In short, the Titleist 718 AP1 will help you perform above your handicap.

Our high handicap testers noted better short game control as opposed to the irons they typically use. We honestly weren’t expecting such accuracy around the pin from these game-improvement irons but of course, we were happy to have it.

Taylormade M6 – First Impressions

The Taylormade M6 irons represented a significant break through in the world of golf with the introduction of the speed bridge which adds stability, ball speed and smooth impacts, even on mishits.

The sweet spot on the M6 is massive, allowing you to hit it straight and far consistently.

While there is excellent forgiveness in the clubs, they are certainly built for ball speed and distance and that is the main reason for the speed bridge and the Speed pocket on the underside of the club and filling in the cavity on the ball.

The face is ‘Speed Injection’ for an amazing connection with the ball and better distance.

A deep undercut and low COG allow an easy launch and the High MOI of the irons maximizes speed and performance.

Still, one of the best iron sets on the market, for sure.

Titleist 718 AP1 Selling Points

  • Hollow body design in the long irons
  • Undercut design in the short irons
  • Pre-worn leading edge
  • Custom tungsten weighting in each iron
  • Fairly thin top line for irons in this category

M6 Irons – Selling Points

  • Speed Bridge Technology
  • Speed Pocket
  • Deep undercut
  • Massive Sweet Spot
  • Competitive Price

Who are the Titleist 718 AP1 Irons for?

We don’t want to say that these irons are best for high handicappers and beginners because that would be less accurate than saying they are best for high handicappers who are serious about their game.

If you are casual about the game, play a few times a year or aren’t particularly concerned about breaking 100, don’t get these clubs. There are plenty of cheaper irons that would suit you better.

If however you are committed to getting better, the Titleist 718 AP1 irons will work great for you. They provide great distance and surprising short-game control.

The AP1 Family

If you are looking for even more forgiveness then the Titleist 716 AP1 irons would be a good choice. They too feature an undercut cavity but have more perimeter weighting than the Titleist 718 AP1 irons.

This will help preserve ball speed when you hit near the perimeter of the face as opposed to the sweet spot. The 716 AP1 irons also have a more noticeable cavity in the back at point of address.

You can actually see the sole jut out a bit more with the 716 irons which may be a welcome sight to beginners and high handicappers. However, in terms of distance the 716’s come up short of the Titleist 718 AP1 irons.

The lack of a hollow body design in the long irons make the 716’s consistently shorter than the Titleist 718 AP1’s.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 97/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel & Control: 94/100

Overall Score: 96/100

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Who Are The M6 Irons For:

The M6 irons are going to be perfect for anybody who is getting into the game but are also going to provide a ton of performance for golfers of any ability.

Whether you are a high or a mid handicapper, the M6 irons are some of the best irons around for distance and forgiveness and are now available at a more competitive price point.

If you want to get more feel with a players iron as a better player would be one of the only reasons not to use the M6 irons or if you are looking for something specific.

The Family Of Irons

The M6 builds on the success of the M series which has changed the landscape for iron performance for the entire game with Iconic clubs like the M2 and M4 Irons as well.

Distance: 96/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel And Control: 90/100

Overall Score: 95/100

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