Titleist 2023 U505 Utility Iron review

Irons tester Joe Ferguson wants to know if the Titleist U505 utility iron could help your game…

Titleist 2023 U505 Utility Iron
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The Titleist 2023 U505 utility iron is a seriously potent weapon both from the tee and, thanks to its wide sole design, also from the fairway. Surprisingly easy to hit with a powerful, solid feel, this is a very versatile club that could suit a broad spectrum of players.

Reasons to buy
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    Easy to use from both the tee and the ground

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    Good level of forgiveness

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    Very consistent ball flight and distance output

Reasons to avoid
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    The bulge at the back of the clubhead will distract some at address

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As someone who has always filled the gap between my 3-wood and iron set with either a ‘set’ 2-iron or a utility iron, I was excited to see what the Titleist 2023 U505 utility iron had to offer. One of two utility irons that Titleist produces, alongside the T200 (utility build), I was keen to see if it could sit amongst the best utility irons on the market.

Photo of the Titleist U505 Utility Iron

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In terms of the design, Titleist has drawn upon tour feedback to enhance the shape of the U505. It has a slightly shorter blade length and a shallower face than its 2021 predecessor, giving a much cleaner playing position. Titleist has then used what it refers to as ‘Max Impact Technology’ by adding dampening in the polymer muscle badge to fine-tune the feel and audio. It has even called on master wedge craftsman Bob Vokey to improve the turf interaction with a variable bounce sole.

From a looks perspective, the U505 is very clearly a premium offering in terms of shelf appeal. The minimalist, clean branding and classy chrome finish just ooze quality, something that has become synonymous with the Titleist brand. 

Photo of the Titleist U505 Utility Iron

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Down behind the ball, it won’t suit everyone's tastes. The protrusion from the back of the head is pretty large and is something I often find off-putting in a utility iron, however, I must say the more shots I hit with the U505, the less noticeable it became. Otherwise, the profile is flawless. The head sits extremely square, the leading edge is crisp, and the overall dimensions of the head did give me an awful lot of confidence.

Performance-wise, the Titleist U505 did an excellent job for me in terms of ball data. I conducted my test sessions both on the course and practice ground at Saunton Golf Club using my FullSwing KIT launch monitor and TaylorMade TP5 golf balls.

Data table from the Titleist U505 Utility Iron

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I was sent the 1-iron model which comes in at 16 degrees and despite its low base loft, I was achieving some decent launch angles, averaging out at 10.8 degrees. Ball speed was strong too at 151.2 mph on average, while the spin number was a very manageable 3996 rpm. From the ground my average carry was 221 yards and off the tee it jumped up to just over 230. This was a really nice set of numbers for me personally and more or less exactly what I was expecting.

Photo of the Titleist U505 Utility Iron

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In terms of feel, the U505 did produce quite a firm impact sensation, firmer for example than the Callaway Apex UT I tested earlier in the year, however, it was far from unpleasant. I got great feedback on mishits and felt I could pinpoint strikes very accurately, but ball speed didn’t suffer much at all off-center, and ball flight remained very stable.

Photo of the Titleist U505 Utility Iron

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The standout feature of the U505 for me is the versatility in terms of usage both from the tee and the fairway. I found it just as easy to hit some bullet tee balls as I did to hit a floaty approach from around 220 yards which is exactly what I want in a utility iron and testament to the sole design in my opinion.

The U505 is a must-try for those on the lookout for a utility iron. Classy looks, strong performance, and exceptional versatility make this a very strong offering from Titleist.

Joe Ferguson
Staff Writer


Joe has worked in the golf industry for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles. After a successful amateur career being involved in England squads at every age group, Joe completed his PGA degree qualification in 2014 as one of the top ten graduates in his training year and subsequently went on to become Head PGA Professional at Ryder Cup venue The Celtic Manor Resort. Equipment has always been a huge passion of Joe’s, and during his time at Celtic Manor, he headed up the National Fitting Centres for both Titleist and Taylormade.  He’s excited to bring his knowledge of hardware to Golf Monthly in the form of equipment reviews and buying advice. 

Joe lives in North Devon and still plays sporadically on the PGA West region circuit. His best round in recent years came earlier in 2023 where he managed a 9 under par 63 at Trevose GC in a Devon & Cornwall PGA Tournament.

Joe's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Ping G430 Max 10K 9 degree - Fujikura Ventus Red 6X 45.75"

Fairway wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour - Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White shaft 70TX 43.25"

Irons: Callaway Apex CB 24'  3-11 - Project X LS 6.5 shafts

Wedges: PXG Sugar Daddy 54 and 60 degree - Project X LS 6.0 shafts

Putter: Odyssey Toe Up #9

Ball: TaylorMade 2024 TP5x