Titleist 716 MB Irons Review

Titleist 716 MB irons
Golf Monthly Verdict

A truly stunning set of irons that offer genuine playability for better players in the mid and short irons, with surprising distance. The long irons are more intimidating and we’d be tempted to switch these out for the CB long irons or the even bigger, and more forgiving, T-MB irons.

Reasons to buy
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    One of the best-looking irons on the market. The feel through impact is sublime and for those consistent ball-strikers, the flight and distance control will help set up plenty of birdie opportunities.

Reasons to avoid
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    The lack of offset and thin toplines look great in the short and mid irons but as you reach the longer irons in the set, they begin to look very hard-to-hit.

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The new Titleist 716 MB irons are a pure blade that promise the ultimate in flight and distance control. Read and watch our full Titleist 716 MB irons review to find out if they could help your game

 

Key technology

Bladed or thin muscleback irons are never packed with huge amounts of technology but there are some new features worth mentioning here. The muscle in the back has been raised for a more solid contact, the leading edge of the sole has been pre-worn and it has been forged from 1025 Carbon Steel. The stock steel shaft offering is also new – the AMT shaft from Dynamic Gold (Ascending Mass Technology) are lighter in the longer irons to help launch the ball a little easier.

 

Titleist 716 MB Irons Review

Titleist’s new 716 MB irons are one of the very few, pure blades left on the market. Certainly, when you set the long irons down behind the ball you can see why. With little offset and wafer thin toplines, these are not for the feint-hearted and only the most confident ball strikers will even consider putting these into the bag. But as you work your way into the mid and short irons, things change. There is actually a fairly generous striking surface from heel to toe and with more loft to look down on, they didn’t seem too hard to hit. What’s more the work Titleist has done on the sole design mean these get through the turf fantastically well (we noticed a significant distance increase as a result).

NEW TITLEIST 716 IRONS

The feel, as you would expect is superb. By raising the muscle in the back, the strike is very solid and any good player will enjoy the shot-shaping potential here.

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."


Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X