Titleist T200 Vs. Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Comparison Overview

One may look at these two iron sets and think that they are in completely different categories. We thought the same before we tested them. And while the Titleist 718 AP1’s and the T200’s irons are meant for different kinds of players, they share some striking similarities.

In the following comparison overview, we will be talking about these similarities as well as the important differences you need to know about. Let’s take a look!

Titleist T200 Irons Overview

The Titleist T200 definitely have the loft profile of a player’s performance iron set.

For example, the T200 7-iron is set to 31 degrees. The T200’s also have the look of a player’s performance iron set with thinner top lines and shorter blades compared to the Titleist 718 AP1’s. However, the T200’s blur the line a little bit between game-improvement and player’s irons.

Take the forged L-face insert for example. This insert wraps into the heel to promote forgiveness on low-face mis-hits. Indeed, our shots were flying amazingly stably and long when we struck low on the face.

The T200’s also feature a polymer energy core meant to increase ball speed and hollow body design – very similar to the hollow body design of the Titleist 718 AP1 irons.

Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Overview

The Titleist 718 AP1 irons have lofts more akin to player’s irons than game-improvement irons.

The Titleist 718 AP1 7-iron is set to 30 degrees which really knocked our socks off. It lacks the soft feel that the T200’s and most other Titleist clubs have but it has it where it counts: distance and forgiveness. Like the T200’s, the long irons in the Titleist 718 AP1 set are hollow, providing more distance.

Unlike the T200’s though, the AP1’s have a chunkier look at address. Behind the ball, they look really nice and will be a welcome sight for beginners and high handicappers. And while they lack the shiny face that the T200’s have, they are more forgiving.

Shots hit out near the toe were flying farther. In fact, we often had to check our swings as we were consistently hitting the back of the green with the 7 iron.

While the T200’s straddle the line, they are still more on the player’s performance side. That’s great news for mid handicappers; but if you are a high handicapper, the Titleist 718 AP1’s would be better for you.

Titleist 718 AP1 Irons

Category: Game/Improvement

Titleist T200 Irons

Category: Distance/ Game Improvement

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.

Titleist T200 First Impressions

You can tell just by looking at them that the Titleist T200 irons are player’s irons

The first thing you will notice about these irons is the size of the head. The Titleist T200 feature a player’s profile shape and a very thin topline. However, the Titleist T200’s also have strong lofts which becomes apparent pretty quickly.

You wouldn’t expect the high level of feel that you get from these irons just by looking at them though. The engineered muscle back plates are tuned to enhance feedback and feel while at the same time dampening unwanted vibrations.

The Titleist T200 can surprise in terms of forgiveness and distance too. While certainly not the longest or most forgiving irons in the T series, the L-shaped face insert helps expand the sweet spot out towards the toe.

What advanced players will be able to enjoy almost immediately is the feel from the forged face insert. These irons give an unmistakable forged feel that low handicappers will go crazy for.

The “Max Impact” polymer insert also helps out with ball speed. It acts as a springboard behind the face to push the ball further and faster. The only catch is that you pretty much have to hit the ball dead-center to benefit from the Max Impact insert.

The Titleist T200 feature a unique combination of features that mostly improve feel and accuracy.

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

Titleist T200 Irons Selling Points

  • Tight shot dispersion
  • Tight shot dispersion
  • Amazing feel from the forged face insert
  • Great for low handicappers
  • Tour-grade irons
  • Plenty of premium shafts to choose from
  • They produce high-arcing shots

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 Titleist T200 Irons For?

It’s apparent that the Titleist T200 irons were designed for advanced, low handicap players.

The Titleist T200 irons are definitely for low handicap player who are seeking irons that feel really nice. They would also be a good fit for you if you like to shape your shots and need higher spin rates and more accuracy.

The T Series

The T series of irons from Titleist run the gamut from beginner-friendly sets to ones reserved for tour-level players.

The great thing about the T series is that every kind of player can benefit from them. They all have technologically advanced features but each one was designed for a specific skill level.

Distance: 92/100

Accuracy: 96/100

Forgiveness: 88/100

Feel and Control: 96/100

Value: 92/100

Overall Rating: 94/100

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