Titleist is known for bringing equipment to the tour prior to release as part of its "validation" process and is holding to that strategy with the new 712 iron line. The clubs--new MBs, CBs, AP1s and AP2s (the latter two shown below)--are out on tour for the first time this week at the AT&T National. Visually, the MBs and CBs are not a big departure from previous iterations, but the AP1 and AP2s have revamped cavity designs and a higher moment of inertia for more consistent results on mis-hits. According to Titleist, the AP1 and AP2 irons each have a better application of multi-material design (both in terms of location and densities) that have allowed engineers to more effectively use the weight in the clubhead.
At Aronimink today Titleist's tour reps gave GolfDigest.com the lowdown on what players have been working with the irons and who may put them in the bag this week. In all expect at least 10 players to use the new irons this week including Geoff Ogilvy, Troy Matteson and Jason Dufner.
Kris Blanks - CBs (in the bag)Greg Chalmers - CBs (in the bag)Eric Compton - CBs (will pick them up)Mike Connell - MBs (short irons), CBs (long irons)Ben Crane - AP2s (withdrew, sending home)Ben Curtis - AP1s (testing)Brian Davis - trying CBs tomorrowBrandon de Jeong - AP2s (in the bag)Graham DeLaet - MBs (6-P), CBs (3-5 irons)Jason Dufner - AP2s (in the bag)Rickie Fowler - MBs (testing)Harrison Frazar - MBs (6-P), CBs (3-5 irons), (sending home)Bobby Gates - MBs (in the bag)Tom Gillis - CBs (sending home for testing)Bill Haas - CBs (testing)Hunter Haas - AP2s (testing)Charley Hoffman - MBs (testing)Ryuji Imada - CBs (in the bag)Matt Jones - MBs (sending home)Chris Kirk - CBs (in the bag)Marc Leishman - AP2s (sending home)Troy Matteson - CBs (in the bag)Kevin Na - AP2s (testing)Geoff Ogilvy - MBs (in the bag)Adam Scott - MBs (picking up tomorrow)Michael Sim - AP2s (testing)Kyle Stanley - MBs (picking up later)D.J. Trahan - MBs (testing)Cameron Tringale - MBs (hasn't picked up yet)Bo Van Pelt - MBs (testing, unsure what he'll do)Johnson Wagner - CBs (tried them, sticking with old irons. "He's not one to make a quick change.")Jimmy Walker - MBs (in the bag)Gary Woodland - MBs (testing)
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