Titleist are the first company to reveal their 2014 irons, there will be 4 new styles of irons to choose from the Titleist AP1 , AP2, MB and CB. They are now available, just in time for your Christmas wish list
The 714 AP1 stock shafts are the True Temper XP 95 steel and the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 65 graphite. On the AP2s, the stock shaft is the Dynamic Gold steel.
Titleist 714 AP1 and AP2 IronsTitleist new versions of the AP1 and AP2 sets as clubs that are about distance with control: Not just propelling the ball far, but the correct distance, and with a soft landing.
The design of both is built around progressive center-of-gravity positions, interior tungsten weighting, and head shaping, all with clubhead sizes and blade lengths that are, Titleist says, "preferred by serious golfers."
Titleist says the 714 AP1 irons are now its longest iron and the most forgiving iron. The AP1s have a new, deep undercut cavity, with a lower center of gravity to help boost launch angle. The CG is higher in the short irons, and the short irons also have 1-degree stronger lofts than traditional, to help lower trajectory for more control on short shots. The shorts irons also have thicker upper faces and narrower soles than the long and mid-irons.
The AP2 set is a multi-material, forged set of irons designed around trajectory control and workability within its distance-and-forgiveness design. The upper cavity in the AP2 irons is 25-percent thinner compared to the AP1s; the topline is thinner in the AP2s; the AP2 short irons have a more compact profile.
Both models have pre-worn leading edges and more camber to prevent digging. The AP2 irons have what Titleist terms a more Tour-preferred blade length.
Titleist 714 CB and MB Irons
The "CB" and "MB" in the names of these 714 Series irons from Titleist stand for "cavityback" and "muscleback." These are traditional forged blades, the MB with a full muscleback and the CB with a shallow cavity. These are clubs for low-handicappers who want trajectory control and workability.
Titleist says it hasn't made a lot of changes relative to the previous generation CB and MB sets, but the changes the designers did make revolve around turf interaction and the clubs' address profile.
Both sets have a minimal, progressive offset, but the hosel-to-leading-edge blend is tweaked to reduce the amount of offset the golfer notices. The satin finish on both clubs, Titleist says, helps alignment by accentuating the toe and topline; and a straighter leading edge helps promote a square setup.
That leading edge is pre-worn, too, to resist digging, and both sets have sole-width progression, which the company says enhances ground interaction. Both irons have compact clubhead shapes and consistent blade lengths through the set.
What are the differences between the CB and MB sets? The most obvious is the appearance, with the full muscleback vs. the shallow cavity. However, the CB irons do have an "inner cavity muscle" behind the impact area for a very muscular feel.
The soles of the 714 CB irons are slightly wider than those on the 714 MBs, which allows for more front-to-back camber in the CBs (improving playability from varying attack angles and turf conditions).
PING I25 IRONS
The Ping i25 irons set has a progressive design, with head sizes and soles widths in the long irons geared to "extreme" forgiveness with a higher trajectory; and with short irons that feature less offset and narrower soles for more emphasis on control and accuracy.
Face-stabilizing bars also differ between the long and short irons: narrower in the long irons to boost ball speed and add yards; wider in the short irons for a lower, more controlled ball flight.
Additional tungsten weighting low in the toe adds forgiveness. They have a foggy chrome finish.
The Ping i25 irons come in 3- through 9-iron, plus pitching wedge, U-wedge (gap wedge), sand wedge and lob wedge. The stock steel shaft is the PING CFS; the stock graphite shaft, the TFC 189i.
The Standard model of the X2 Hot irons have a deep undercut cavity paired with a stabilizing arch to help optimize stress distribution across the clubface, as well as the stiffness of the face.
That helps with feel and sound, Callaway says, as well as boosting ball speed. It also moves the most productive impact zone lower on the clubface, which is where most golfers make contact.
Callaway says the dispersion with the X2 Hot irons is also much improved, through higher MOI, improved turf interaction, plus a repositioned center of gravity.
The standard X2 Hot irons come with a stock steel shaft of True Temper Speed Step 85 ; or a lighter graphite shaft . The X2 Hot Pro irons have a stock steel shaft of Project X Flighted .
There are three sets of new tour preferred irons introduced by TaylorMade in 2014, the Tour Preferred MB, Tour Preferred MC and Tour Preferred CB. You can probably guess that the initials reference the type of backing on the clubhead: MB for muscleback, MC for "muscle cavity" and CB for cavityback.
Tour Preferred MB: These irons are full-on muscleback blades, with the compact shape of classic forged blades, including a thin topline but with minimal offset. There is no Speed Pocket, and the sole has a reduced (TaylorMade calls it minimal) amount of camber.