WHAT IT DOES: Already boasting the T200 model in the players-distance category, Titleist knew that although the extra distance was welcomed by many, a segment of players wanted that yardage gain in a slightly more player-ish package—and not just by loft-jacking. The forged dual-cavity design T100S is a reimagining of the T100. Yes, the lofts are stronger by 2 degrees, but each iron in the set was redesigned with a thinner face. A hefty amount of tungsten (an average of 66 grams) is located in the heel and toe areas of the long and middle irons to improve forgiveness and foster a higher launch. Also, an enhanced sole camber improves turf interaction.
WHY WE LIKE IT: This is a T200 in a T100 shape with progressive blade lengths, sole widths and hosel lengths delivering the optimal center of gravity for each club. Although this iron might not appeal to all who shop in this category, younger golfers in particular have played stronger-lofted clubs most of their lives and are loathe to give up those yards. Much of Titleist’s iron business results in custom specs, but the stock shaft—True Temper’s Project X LZ—is geared to the target player with its mid launch, mid-spin characteristics.
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"This is a unicorn. One of the easiest clubs to hit. Despite a small, compact head, still a lot of room to work with. Mis-hits feel good and the distance is consistent across the face."
“Gosh—so good. A compact players look with power to spare. Plowed through the ground with speed. No resistance.”
"This club puts the distance in players-distance irons. It has a nice, quick sound at impact. Easy to keep on line and watch land on the green. Clean design of the head is appealing."
7-iron: 32 degrees; PW: 44 degrees
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