Titleist's 716 Series Irons and 816H Hybrids

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Titleist 716 AP1 and AP2 Irons

Titleist AP1 and AP2 irons
Titleist AP1 (front) and AP2 (back) irons. Acushnet Co.

Titleist's October 2015 product releases included four sets of irons plus several utility/hybrid clubs. (And we threw in their latest golf balls at that time, too.)

The Titleist 716 AP irons - which come in AP1 (for a wider range of golfers) and AP2 (for lower handicappers) - replace the 714 models in the company's lineup. So do the 716 CB (cavityback) and MB (muscleback) forged blades.

Titleist also announced in late 2015 the 716 T-MB utility iron, plus the 816H hybrids (which come in 816H1 and 816H2 models).

You'll also find the DT TruSoft golf balls in this article, which replace the DT SoLo in the company's golf ball lineup.

We'll start with the AP irons:

Titleist 716AP Irons

The 716 AP irons from Titleist are engineered for the combination of a low center of gravity with a high MOI, helping golfers by minimizing the effects of mishits (added forgiveness) while boosting launch angle (getting those irons shots up in the air).

The differences between the two sets, the AP1 and AP2?

  • The AP1 irons are for a wider range of golfers and is the more forgiving of the two models; if you want maximum distance and forgiveness, the AP1 is the set you'll prefer.
  •  The AP2 irons target "players seeking distance and forgiveness in a tour-proven iron," Titleist says. These are player's irons for golfers of lower handicaps.

Both sets reach retail outlets worldwide on Oct. 23, 2015.

Titleist 716 AP1 Irons

Every new generation of irons results in one of a company's latest offerings being called "the longest, most forgiving irons we've ever designed!" And the 716 AP1s now have that distinction from Titleist.

Tungsten weighting is incorporated throughout the design - 50-percent more tungsten is used compared to the previous-generation Titleist 714 irons - to increase perimeter weighting, and creates more stability at impact without requiring an increase in blade length.

That repositioned weighting boosts MOI and lowers the CG position, too, common aims in irons built for a wide range of golfers. The higher launch angle that results allowed Titleist to strengthen lofts (examples below) for greater distance.

The "Thin Fast Face," fixed over an extreme undercut cavity, flexes more at impact to boost ball speed.

The pre-worn leading edge and cambered sole help turf interaction, creating cleaner contact with less digging.

The stock shaft options are the True Temper XP90 (steel) and the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 65 (graphite), both of which are high-launch designs.

The lofts start at 19 degrees for the 3-iron and include 25 degrees for the 5-iron, 31 degrees for the 7-iron and 43-degrees for the pitching wedge.

The MSRP is $125 with steel shafts or $150 with graphite (MAPs $112.50 and $137.50, respectively, or, for the set, $899/$1,099). The 8-club configuration is 3-PW, with two gap wedges (47 and 52 degrees) also available.

Titleist 716 AP2 Irons

"Tour-proven distance," forgiveness, forged feel - those are the hallmarks Titleist cites for the 716 AP2 irons (which, in fact, went into play on the pro tours earlier this year and are, according to Titleist, one of the most-played cavityback irons on the pro tours).

As with the AP1s, the 716 AP2s have more tungsten weighting in the clubheads than their predecessors, 25-percent more than the 714 AP2s. The tungsten weights are co-forged with the 1025 carbon steel body, helping create the low CG/high MOI profile that helps on less-than-ideal impacts (and on perfect impacts, too).

The MOI is 8.5-percent higher in the long irons compared to the 714 models, and 5.5-percent higher across the full set. The blade lengths are shorter relative to the AP1s, as preferrred in player's irons. The soles are just a smidge wider than they were in the 714 AP2 model, and with trailing edge relief to help with turf interaction.

The stock shaft for the 716 AP2 set is the steel True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT, which is lighter for the long irons and heavier in the short irons. Additional shaft options can be ordered.

Lofts start at 21 degrees for the 3-iron and include 27 degrees for the 5-iron, 34 degrees for the 7-iron and a 46-degree pitching wedge.

The MAP is $1,199 (3-iron through PW) with steel shafts or $1,399 with graphite. For more info, visit titleist.com.

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Titleist 716 CB and 716 MB Irons

Titleist 716 CB and 716 MB irons
Titleist 716 CB and 716 MB irons. Acushnet Co.

As with the 716 AP irons on the previous page, the Titleist 716 CB and 716 MB irons feature an expanded use of tungsten weighting in the clubhead to create preferred ball flight characteristics.

But both these sets are best-suited to highly skilled golfers. The biggest difference between them is in their name:

  • The 716 CB irons have a cavityback that gives it more forgiveness than the MB;
  • The 716 MB irons are full muscleback blades for golfers who like that solid, sturdy feel and traditional look.

Both sets are forged, and both hit retail outlets worldwide on Oct. 23, 2015.

A co-forging process creates higher MOI with tungsten weighting low and toward the toe and heel, which also lowers the center of gravity position. The resulting forgiveness in the 716 CB irons is comparable to that in the 714 AP2 set, and the MOI is 12-percent higher in the 716 model than in the 714 CBs.

The forged blades have a constant length through the set, and the CG position progresses slightly up through the set, keeping a more boring, tour-preferred trajectory, along with workability and solid feel.

"It's still a shotmaker's club," said Dan Stone, Vice President of Titleist Golf Club R&D. "It’s still a pretty small blade, but it’s now also a very forgiving club."

The stock shaft in the 716 CB irons is the steel True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT, which is lighter in the long irons and heavier in the short irons. (Custom options are available.)

Lofts include 21 degrees for the 3-iron, 31 degrees for the 6-iron and 47 degrees for the pitching wedge. There is a minimal amount of offset that decreases as you move from the long irons to the short irons.

The MAP for a set of 8 (3-PW) is $1,199 with steel shafts and $1,399 with graphite shafts. A 2-iron is also available.

Titleist 716 MB Irons

If you want that traditional, full muscle look to your blades, the sturdy feel of forged and irons that emphasize workability, the 716 MB set will be your choice.

The muscleback is weighted higher, putting more of the muscle behind the sweet spot. The thin topline and squarer toe hearkens all the way back to 2003's Forged 680 irons, Titleist says.

In tandem with the higher muscle are CG positions that progress up through the set, keeping the trajectory under control as you move into the short irons.

A pre-worn leading edge helps the club move through turf without digging (and is also present in the CB model).

The stock shaft of the Titleist 716 MB irons is the steel True Temper Dynamic Gold, but additional, and graphite, options are also available.

Lofts are identical to those in the the 716 CB set, although the MB irons have very slightly less offset.

The MAP for a set of 8 (3-PW) is $1,099 with steel shafts and $1,299 with graphite shafts. For more info, visit titleist.com.

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Titleist 716 T-MB Utility Irons

Titleist 716 T-MB utility iron
Titleist 716 T-MB utility iron. Acushnet Co.

Iron-shaped hybrid clubs used to be much more common, back in earlier days when hybrids first started catching on. Today, not so much - wood-like hybrids make up almost the entire hybrid market.

Titleist is bucking that trend with the 716 T-MB Utility Irons - but continuing its own trend of offering utility irons. The "T" is for "technology" and the "MB" for muscleback. That's right: utility irons built on a muscleback frame.

Don't think of the 716 T-MB utility iron as a driving iron; think of it as a hybrid: It's designed to replace the long irons in a golfer's set, although given its iron-like construction and muscleback design, the T-MBs are targeted at better golfers.

While the 716 T-MB utility irons that reach retail on Oct. 23, 2015, are long-iron replacements, a full set of them - from long irons to short irons - can be ordered custom.

The Titleist 716 T-MB utility irons offer a higher launch angle, more carry distance and more forgiveness compared to long irons.

A thin face sits on the muscleback frame and gives a boost to ball speed. And the tungsten weighting approach used in the other 716 irons featured on previous pages applies to the T-MBs, too: the tungsten weighting inside the body creates a lower center of gravity (which relates to a higher launch) and allows for stronger lofts.

You can think of the 716 T-MB utility irons as successors to the 712U models in the Titleist family. Most of Titleist's tour staff that used the 712U irons have switched to the newer model. Compared to the 712U in robot testing, the 716 T-MBs produce up to 2 mph more ball speed, 200 rpm less backspin and, despite having lofts 1-degree stronger, maintain a similar launch angle. They boost average carry distance by four yards.

T-MB 2-irons through 5-irons are what you'll see at retail. Titleist MOTO will offer custom ordering of a full set (3-iron through PW).  

The MSRP is $225 per club with steel shafts and $250 with graphite. A custom-ordered full set will have an MAP of $1,599 (set of 8)/$1,799. For more info, visit titleist.com.

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Titleist 816 H1 and H2 Hybrids

Titleist 816 H1 and H2 hybrids
Titleist 816 H1 (top) and H2 hybrids. Acushnet Co.

The Titleist 816H hybrids are long-iron replacements designed to increase distance with a higher launch angle and a steeper landing angle. Hit it higher, farther with more stopping power, Titleist says, compared to the long iron they replace.

The 816H hybrids come in two models, labeled H1 and H2:

  • 816H1 hybrids: These are higher-launching with a focus on distance and have a larger profile (bigger clubhead). An increased face progression helps with shots out of the rough.
  • 816H2 hybrids: A smaller clubhead will probably appeal to better players; they have a slight offset. Good fit for golfers who swing more aggressively and have more turf interaction. Also produce a flatter ball flight than the H1.

Both models have Titleist's "Active Recoil Channel," a long, deep slot in the sole just behind the clubface that lets the face flex more at impact. That means less spin, more ball speed. It also helps protect ball speed for shots struck lower on the face.

The moment of inertia (which translates into forgiveness) is 7-percent higher in the H1 than in Titleist's previous generation 915H model (the H2 has a similar MOI to the 915Hd).

Also in both models is Titleist's adjustable SureFit Tour hosel that adjusts loft and lie angle independently; and the adjustable SureFit Flatweight (available in weights of 6 grams, 9, 11, 13 and 16).

The Titleist 816H hybrids have gray crowns with black faces and soles. Both models come in lofts of 19, 21, 23 and 25 degrees, plus there is a 27-degree H1.

Retail availability begins on Oct. 23, 2015, with MSRPs of $269. For more info, visit titleist.com.

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Titleist DT TruSoft Golf Balls

Titleist DT TruSoft Golf Balls
The 'DT red' packaging of the Titleist DT TruSoft golf balls. Acushnet Co.

The newest DT golf ball from Titleist replaces one of the other members of the family, while continuing its tradition.

The DT TruSoft replaces the DT SoLo in the Titleist golf ball lineup. The SoLo was the company's lowest-compression ball, but the TruSoft takes over that title, and is lower in compression than the SoLo.

The very low compression core is larger and softer than the SoLo's, and the ionomer cover is the its softest yet, Titleist says. But that soft feel comes without sacrificing distance or playability around greens, the company says.

The Titleist DT TruSoft golf balls come in white and yellow and in the familiar red box of Titleist's DT line. The MAP is $21.99 and retail availability begins Oct. 1, 2015.