First look: Titleist 718 T-MB ironsAugust 24, 2017 Golf Equipment
We've seen them as long-iron replacements but now the T-MBs are available as a full set. Equipment editor James Savage finds out why...
We got a first look at the Titleist 718 T-MB irons at the 718 launch event at Archerfield Links.
Well, that was our first look in the flesh but we’re pretty sure the whole world saw Jordan Spieth hitting THAT shot from the driving range at Royal Birkdale using a 718 T-MB 3-iron.
One of the most interesting things at the 718 launch was finding out that Titleist were introducing the T-MBs as a full set.
We had seen them in the 716 launch but only as utility/long-iron replacement clubs.
So why have Titleist decided to go ‘all in’ with the 718 T-MB irons?
Titleist 718 T-MB irons – First impressions
The 716 T-MB long irons were really popular among tour players and club golfers alike.
Titleist say there were lots of requests from consumers asking for them in a full set which is why we now see them available from 2-iron right down to a 50˚ wedge.
So the T-MBs are still available as utility clubs or as long-iron replacements for those who don’t fancy hybrids much but also there as a full set.
These irons are in more of a ‘players’ package than the AP1 or AP3. There’s a clean muscleback look at address with less offset than AP1 and AP3.
So these irons will appeal to those who want a ‘proper’ looking golf club but also want the help and extra ball speed on offer from the technology in the T-MBs.
Titleist 718 T-MB irons – The technology
There’s a hollow-back construction with a thin, unsupported face insert which allows the face to flex more at impact, increasing launch and speed for more distance.
Then Titleist have added loads of tungsten for stability and a low centre of gravity. There’s more tungsten in the T-MB than any other model in the 718 line-up with
The most high-density tungsten in the Titleist 718 lineup – with an average of 93.9 grams placed in the heel and toe to help launch the ball nice and high.
Titleist 718 T-MB irons – NCG verdict
There’s a very distinctive sound and feel when you hit these and you really get a sense that the ball is coming hot off the face.
I hit them during my 718 fitting and really liked the flight and ball speeds but I just didn’t have the same consistency through the set as I did with the AP1.
And when it came to the longer irons I had more joy with the AP1 4-iron and the two new hybrids which are launching next week.
From a profile point of view, they are very similar in size to the AP3 but there is less offset.
So who do I think these irons are going to appeal to? At £230 per iron, it needs to be someone with a fair amount of money.
But there is a lot of tungsten in these clubs which has driven the cost up quite considerably.
I think these irons are for decent players who are used to using blades, want to use blades but could really do with a bit more help and ball speed.
There’s stronger lofts than AP2, CB and MB but the low centre of gravity and high launch should still give these enough stopping power on the greens.
Maybe older players – possibly previous MB/CB players – who don’t swing it quite as fast as they used to will gravitate towards these.
There’s a bit of a sacrifice on the shelf appeal compared to an MB but once players hit these they’ll soon learn what they are all about.
SRP: £230/£255 per club (steel/graphite)
Available irons: 2-P & 50˚˚
Stock shaft: Project X LZ
On sale: September 29, 2017.
More information can be found on the Titleist website.