The Titleist T100 is an iron that looks and feels like a blade but plays like a cavity back - a dream combination for the low handicapper that likes to shape the ball and attack pins but is also prone to the occasional mishit. It’s not a drastic jump from where the performance was with the old T100, but you could make a strong case for the looks and forgiveness to have improved enough to warrant an upgrade.
A slimline, traditional looking iron
Packs in surprisingly high levels of forgiveness
Produces a soft yet solid feel
Tangible gains over the prior model are minimal
Questions the need for the 620 CB model in the range
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2021 Titleist T100 Iron Review
The latest iteration of the T100 iron for 2021 and beyond, which some of you may remember as the old AP2 from a few years ago, has been made even more compact to better suit the eye of the tour player gravitating towards an iron with a little more technology versus a traditional muscleback.
Watch Joel Tadman test four of the Titleist T-Series irons
Visually, you’ll struggle to find a better looking iron for the very low handicapper. Clean lines, no gimmicks and a beautiful brushed satin finish, it’s an iron that would look great in any bag. Looking down at the iron in the playing position, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a blade because of how compact it is, especially the topline and the distinct lack of any offset.
The profile is intimidating at first, but it also narrows your focus on the strike - connect with the ball out of the middle and feeling is sensational. The denser tungsten weights provides a solid, crisp ‘thud’ at impact. Over a wider spectrum of shots, the off-centre forgiveness becomes more apparent (especially in the heel/toe direction), manifesting itself with consistent spin numbers and carry distances.
The 7-iron loft is still 34°, so it’s not an iron designed for distance or slower swing speeds. We got custom fitted at the new Performance Fitting Centre at Woburn Golf Club and then tested our fitted spec indoors with Titleist Pro V1x golf balls on the Full Swing Golf simulator. Our average carry of 167 yards was higher than expected, probably because of how well we struck shots when testing, and it was refreshing to see the spin be high to add to the stopping power.
In all scenarios, it seemed easy to replicate the soft draw we play for into greens consistently, occasionally turning over too much but this was more down to user error than the club.
Forgiveness isn’t this iron’s strongest suit - there are more user friendly irons in the new T-Series - but the consistency of the flight and the ball striking experience sets this model apart from the best irons for low handicappers, especially how the club gets through the turf so briskly while still taking healthy sized divots.
You certainly start to question the place of the 620 CB and MB irons in the range given the extra forgiveness T100 offers with no obvious sacrifice in feel, flight or workability. The greater margin for error versus the 620 models is surely something a golfer at every level would welcome, making it one of the best golf irons for all round performance suited to the better player.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.8.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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