Titleist 718 AP3 Vs. Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Comparison Overview
Titleist has produced the AP series of irons for a variety of different kinds of players. Today we will be taking a look at the Titleist 718 AP1 and the Titleist 718 AP3 iron sets to help you make sense of their differences.
With the Titleist 718 AP1 irons, we are definitely seeing a set that was geared more towards 18+ handicappers while the Titleist 718 AP3 irons look to be more useful for mid to low handicappers. Let’s take a closer look!
Titleist 718 AP3 Irons Overview
The Titleist 718 AP3 irons have the look of player’s performance irons but were also made to help with distance.
The loft profile tells more of the story. These are strong-lofted irons that are certainly reminiscent of the player’s performance category. The looks of these irons also tells a story. Compared to the Titleist 718 AP1’s the AP3’s have a more compact design head and shorter blades.
However, the Titleist 718 AP3 irons have a similar feature to the Titleist 718 AP1’s: a hollow body design. This is a feature that is meant to drive ball speed and distance. In our testing, we found that the Titleist 718 AP3 irons indeed played long as our testers were averaging 178 yards with the 4-iron.
Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Overview
The Titleist 718 AP1’s have larger blades and a chunkier look behind the ball so they will look better to higher handicap players.
The long irons feature a hollow body design while the mid and short irons feature an undercut cavity. This is a combination that makes for incredible distance and surprisingly high apex height. The 7-iron in this set is 30 degrees which should give you an indication of how lofted these irons are.
Our testers were also really impressed with the distance of the 5-iron as well, mentioning that it plays more like a driving iron. Offset is stronger in the Titleist 718 AP1 set than it is in the Titleist 718 AP3 set which could result in leftward trajectories for more advanced players; but is near perfect for high handicappers.
The Titleist 718 AP1’s also have a louder sound on impact. The AP3’s have a softer overall feel. Overall though, we got more or less what we expected from our testing results. The Titleist 718 AP3’s are certainly more workable while the Titleist 718 AP1’s are better for high handicappers.