Titleist 716 T-MB Irons Review

Titleist 716 T-MB, Best Golf Hybrids And Utility Clubs 2017
Golf Monthly Verdict

The standout performer within the new Titleist 716 irons line-up. From the best ball strikers in the world onto mid and even high handicappers, there is performance to enjoy for everyone.

Reasons to buy
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    Despite the classic address profile, there is noticeably more forgiveness and distance at work here than you would get from other long irons. The hollow construction clearly works and the ball flight was both strong and long.

Reasons to avoid
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    Some traditionalists may not love the sound through impact here. With a hollow construction, it is different but with such a strong performance, this was a minor downside for us.

With its' T-MB iron, Titleist is looking to offer a long iron alternative with more distance and forgiveness but retain the classic look of an AP2. Our Titleist 716 T-MB irons review reveals the full story

Key technology

Titleist engineers have again used high density Tungsten in the heel and toe to aid forgiveness. The hollow construction allows for a fast face insert that should help increase ball speeds for greater distance.

 

Titleist 716 T-MB irons review

Despite having the same blade length and profile as the Titleist 716 AP2 irons, this is a totally different animal. The hollow construction creates a different feel through impact (perhaps not quite as pleasing as the AP2) but, crucially, these are incredibly easy to hit. The Titleist 716 T-MB model just launches the ball effortlessly and we loved both the flight and overall distance gain. Of course, this is also more forgiving on shots struck towards the heel and toe.

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The Dynamic Gold AMT shaft that's available here (designed to be lighter in the long irons), is an interesting addition. The exact effect was hard to tell however, the powerful flight and ease with which the ball launched, both suggest the shaft works really well.

The two-tone colouring on the sole might not be to everyone’s taste but the performance cannot be ignored. If you are in the market for traditional-looking long irons but are in need of some extra distance or forgiveness, these are well worth a try and we think comfortably justify their premium price-tag.

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 TSi2 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