Titleist 718 AP1 Vs. Titleist T300 Irons Comparison Overview

In recent years Titleist has sort of welcomed more players into the fold as they have been making more and more irons for higher handicap players. It used to be that Titleist clubs were more or less reserved for scratch players and pros.

That is not the case anymore. Our proof? The Titleist 718 AP1 irons and the Titleist T300 irons. Both of these models are built to help players hit longer and score lower but which ones are best overall? Find out in the following comparison overview.

Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Overview

The first thing we noticed about the Titleist 718 AP1 irons is that they have a sleeker look compared to the T300 irons.

The elegant looks belie the beast that lies within each of these clubs. Each iron in the set has a custom-shaped tungsten weight to optimize CG for better launch and distance. If that wasn’t enough, the Titleist 718 AP1 long irons also have a hollow body design.

This moves weight away from the face so that it can flex more resulting in considerable distance gains. Our testers were hitting close to 180 yards with the 4 iron in this set, giving it distance more akin to a 3 iron.

Titleist T300 Irons Overview

The T300 irons give a very confidence-inspiring look at address if your are a high handicap player.

The head profile on these irons is nice and large so you have a lot of sweet spot to work with right off the bat. It should be noted that the T300 irons are lofted slightly weaker than the Titleist 718 AP1 irons so that certainly affected launch for us.

We weren’t getting the kind of steep angle of descent and soft landing with the T300 irons as we were with the Titleist 718 AP1’s. This made holding onto greens a bit trickier – especially from mid to long approaches.

However, the Titleist T300 irons are still very forgiving. They have variable face thickness architecture and are very good at producing long, straight shots inward towards the heel.

While the Titleist T300 irons are very forgiving on mis-hits, that’s about where they stop helping high handicappers. The Titleist 718 AP1’s played longer than the T300’s and were more controllable on approaches. The Titleist 718 AP1’s also produce higher launch and have a more refined head design.

Titleist 718 AP1 Irons

Category: Game/Improvement

Titleist T300 Irons

Category – Distance/ Game Improvement 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.

Titleist T300- First Impressions

The first thing you notice about these Cavity Irons is how the top line looks deceptively thin for an iron that is primarily built for distance.

The second thing that is immediately obvious is that there are a few key differences between the short and the longer irons.

The shorted irons have thinner soles, leading to increased workability that can be useful to even single digit handicappers while that trend is reversed in the longer irons, which focus more on distance.

The long irons have a polymer insert that makes these cavity backs sound and feel much better than a regular cavity back. The longer irons also have tungsten weighting in the head that keeps the center of gravity low and MOI high for ultimate performance.

The result is irons that generate quite a bit more distance than the AP1’s and can hold their own with any forgiving distance iron on the market.

While you are looking at a shorter distance from heel to toe with the Ping G400 irons, the COR-Eye technology ensures that if you make contact with the sweet spot, your ball is gonna go far. Almost immediately, our testers were nailing shots in the 160 yard range with the 5 iron in this set.

We also really liked the way these irons sounded – particularly the long irons. The cavity badge really works to enhance sound when you hit the sweet spots of these irons. It didn’t take us very long to get the hang of these irons and start sending missiles down the fairway.

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 T300 Irons – Selling Points

  • Tungsten Weighting In Longer Irons
  • Polymer Badge On Longer Irons For Superior Feel
  • Excellent Workability In The Shorter Irons
  • Impressive Distance Gains
  • Less Offset For Straight Shooters
  • Ultra Thin Steel Face

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 T300 Irons For

The T300 Irons are for Mid Handicappers looking for maximum distance, without compromising on forgiveness.

These are also great for mid handicappers looking for more workability in their shorter irons.

Titleist T Series Family Of Irons

The T seriers from Titleist carries on from the AP range and it goes from T100, the best for low handicappers, the T200 for Low to Mid, the T300, for Mid To High and the T400 for High handicappers and beginners.

Distance: 96/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 93/100

Feel And Control: 92/100

Overall Score: 95/100

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