Titleist AP3 718 Vs. Titleist T200 Irons Comparison Overview
Titleist is known for breaking the mold in many respects. They have been innovative over the decades and continue to look beyond the status quo when it comes to golf clubs.
This is evident in the Titleist AP3 718 which seek to marry distance and player’s performance.
Titleist has made missteps in the past though so how do the Titleist AP3 718 irons pull off this combination of player’s performance and distance? To find out, we pitted them against true Titleist distance irons.
Titleist AP3 718 Irons Overview
The Titleist AP3 718 irons sit between the AP1 and AP2 in terms of head size. They are a great middle ground between the two AP iron sets without being oversized.
Titleist calls the Titleist AP3 718 irons “distance player’s irons” which at first, sounds like blasphemy.
However, when we tested these irons we noticed that they really do have compact heads. In fact, if you weren’t testing them against other irons, you would think they are straight up player’s irons.
However, the heads are slightly larger than say the T200 irons from Titleist. This gives them a bit more forgiveness and the hollow body design creates an unsupported face that allows for more flex.
And if you are reading this article, then you probably already know that flex is good for distance.
The shorter irons have a nice sold feel thanks to the 17-4 stainless steel face inserts. You get tight shot dispersion and roll control around the green.
All in all, we are inclined to say that Titleist did a good job of combining a player’s iron with easier distance.
Titleist T200 Irons Overview
The T200 irons are pure distance irons. However, the Titleist AP3 718 irons did more for us around the green.
The Titleist T200 irons feature super-dense tungsten weights around the heel and toe which gives them plenty of oomph while at the same time increasing side-to-side forgiveness.
To push the ball even further, an elastomer core sits right behind the sweet spot of these irons.
The T200’s actually played a bit longer than the Titleist AP3 718’s overall. However, these irons are very difficult to work around the green.
The Titleist AP3 718’s provide more short-game trajectory control and spin dynamics. We liked them better for overall performance as opposed to the Titleist T200 irons – even though they are a bit shorter.