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    The Testing Opportunity

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    In 2023, MyGolfSpy Forum members had the exciting opportunity to test various sets of irons. However, none generated as much anticipation and buzz as the newTitleist T-Series irons. More than 11,000 members offered their services as testers, making this a milestone moment for our Forum.

    For this testing opportunity, participants experienced a comprehensive Titleist fitting to ensure they were matched with the appropriate set of irons.

    If you're interested in delving into the complete specifications and details of the new Titleist T-Series release, you can find our comprehensive overview HERE. In brief, Titleist made significant refinements and enhancements to each model in the series, accompanied by adjustments to the names to increase recognition and clarity across the lineup.

    Among these models, the T100 series stands out as the most widely used iron on the PGA TOUR, featuring a sleek, high-performing cavity-back design. It boasts full forged construction, delivering a premium feel, and offers a degree of forgiveness.

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    Following closely is the newly renamed T150, taking the place of the T100S. It shares a similar look with the T100 but features a slightly larger top line and a standard additional two degrees of loft. This was the iron that captured the attention of nearly 40 percent of the 11,000 applicants.

    The T200 is Titleist's player’s distance iron where significant improvements were made compared to the previous series. These improvements focused not only on performance but also on enhancing feel and construction. The 2021 T200 was criticized for its plastic back but the new version features refined tungsten placement and construction.

    Replacing the T300, we have the new Titleist T350. Much like the T150, it represents a rebranding of a similar previous package. Positioned as the game-improvement iron in this series, it's the largest, although not oversized. Featuring strong lofts and more offset, it appeals to golfers with slower swing speeds or those seeking increased height and distance.

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    Caption: T-200 5 Iron, T-150 6-9 Irons, T-100 PW, 50

    A significant narrative with the new T-Series is the integration of these irons with their utilities (T200 utility and U505 utility) to ensure a seamless optimization of each golfer's set from top to bottom. According to Titleist, 80 percent of their Tour staff use blended sets. Therefore, while applicants and testers were asked to select their preferred iron, the actual iron set they received for testing was determined by their fitting.

    What our Testers Said: Titleist T100

    Our chosen tester for the T100 series was Bens197 , a five handicap who was gaming Mizuno 223 irons. Having played with Titleist irons in the past, he was excited about this opportunity.

    The Fitting

    Bens197 underwent a straightforward iron selection process based on his recent fittings and understanding of his game. Unlike other testers, he didn't end up with a blended set and received a full set of T100 irons, from 4-iron to pitching wedge, all with Nippon Modus 120S shafts.

    Titleist T100 Performance

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    Upon receiving the irons, the testing began promptly and Bens197's review was unequivocally positive. He found it challenging to identify any notable shortcomings with his set of T100 irons.

    "I can't help but admire Titleist's commitment to tradition, reflected in their timeless logo. As I picked up the 8 iron, it felt like reconnecting with an old friend."

    "I had concerns about the narrower, squarer sole compared to what I had been playing, but somehow, it just works. I could confidently extract a ball from the rough from 165 yards without fearing that these irons would dig me into deeper trouble."

    A standout feature for Bens197 was the forgiveness of the T100 irons. He emphasized that these blade-type irons, despite potentially being blended with the T150s, performed remarkably well even with the longer irons. He advised against assuming that the longer irons would be challenging, stating that they perform admirably even on mis-hits.

    The Bottom Line

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    With a glowing review, Bens197 awarded a final score of 98/100, with the two points deducted due to personal preference regarding the badging. To conclude his review, he left an enticing message for potential buyers.

    "These irons are staying in my bag, and there's nothing more to add. If Titleist asked me to return them next week, I'd be buying a set to replace them. I never expected a club to outperform my Mizuno 223s, but here we are. How confident am I making this statement? Since starting this test 5 weeks ago, my USGA Index has dropped from 5.3 to 3.5. These are the best irons I've ever played in 35 years of golf. Period."

    What our Testers Said: Titleist T150
    As mentioned, nearly 40 percent of the 11,000 applicants eagerly sought to test the Titliest T150. Our tester, Ben Joest, a 4.3 handicap, was particularly intrigued, having previously owned the T100s.

    Titleist Fitting

    Ben's fitting with Titleist was thorough and he approached it with an open mind. After exploring various options and finding the right shaft, he settled on a combination set of T150 from PW to 8-iron, T200 for the 7- 5-iron and a T200 utility iron, all equipped with KBS Tour stiff shafts. He wanted to try the SteelFibre shaft but it was unavailable during his fitting.

    Titliest T150 Performance

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    Once the irons arrived, extensive testing commenced through rounds and range sessions to ensure a comprehensive evaluation. Ben Joest was highly impressed with the irons from the outset.

    "These irons epitomize elegance, with a minimalist approach to ornamentation. They're almost too beautiful to hit. While the T150 and T200 lines prioritize forgiveness and performance, their clean and minimal top lines set them apart. Particularly, the T200 boasts a sleek top line, avoiding the chunky appearance common in hollow body player's distance irons."

    When it came to on-course performance, the results were promising.

    "Performance, especially in terms of ease of use and consistency, was excellent. Throughout the testing period, my shot dispersion remained well within an acceptable range for my game. These irons inspire confidence in my ball-striking and overall game. There's no 'hit and hope'; I know exactly what to expect. These irons personify confidence, period."

    Ben Joest's only minor critique was the gap between the 7-iron T200 and the T150. Despite adjustments, there was still a noticeable difference, prompting him to order a T150 7-iron to address this. Additionally, the T200 utility and T200 5-iron didn't quite offer the expected distance gaps.

    The Bottom Line

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    With an overall score of 92/100, Ben Joest's impressive performance improvement was evident, with his handicap dropping from 4.3 to 1.6 during the testing period.

    "These irons are as good as you can imagine them to be; their only limitations are those of the individual swinging them. They're designed to perform, with the singular purpose of enabling any golfer to play their best. The seamless integration of these clubs across the product range is truly magnificent. If you're in the market for new irons, booking an appointment with a certified Titleist fitter is a must, even if you don't intend to purchase. The $100 for a fitting with a Titleist club fitter is a valuable experience. Want a taste of what Tour pros feel? Go get yourself a Titleist fitting!"

    What Testers Said: Titleist T200

    The T200 was briefly mentioned in the blended set for Ben Joest but our dedicated T200 tester,GregB135 , playing off a 14.3 handicap, owned the previous model of Titleist T200 from 2021.

    Titleist Fitting

    Like the other testers, GregB135 underwent a comprehensive Titleist fitting. Surprisingly, he was fitted into a set that included a hybrid, unlike the previous testers. The end result was a set of Titleist T200 5-PW irons with the Mitsubishi Tensei Blue regular shaft and a Titleist TSR2 21-degree hybrid, also equipped with the Mitsubishi Tensei Blue regular shaft. The most surprising aspect was that GregB135 had always played with steel shafts so this was his first experience with graphite.

     Titleist T200 Performance

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    What were his thoughts upon receiving and testing these irons? You'll notice a recurring theme.

    “From the very beginning the testing experience for the T-series irons was first rate.”

    However it is how these compared to the previous version of the T200 that everyone really wanted to know about and this is what GregB135 had to say.

    “The previous T200 got a bad rap for sound because the badge enclosing the back of the clubhead made a goofy, annoying, clicky sound if you happened to tap a ball with the back of the club. Granted, you would only do that on the range and not when hitting a shot, but it was still there. They improved that mightily with the new version. Comparing these directly to the original T200s, the sound of the strike tells me a little bit more than the feel. Maybe it’s the combination of the updated design and the graphite shaft but the feel feedback I get from this set feels a bit muted versus their predecessors that really told your hands when you flushed it or missed it. The sound and feel together though is more than enough to decipher the quality of the shot. The good news: Even when sound and feel say you missed it by a bit, the inner workings of the club provide a shot that stays pretty close to the one you intended.”

    The new set also brought along some added confidence with the longer clubs.

    “With my previous set, I dreaded pulling the 4- or 5-iron for approach shots. I had just about zero confidence in either of those clubs. Interestingly, it’s been the 5-iron and 4-hybrid that have generated some of the best and most clutch shots I’ve hit with this new set.”

    Bottom line

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    These irons fit the bill for GregB135 as he ended up with a stellar 97/100 grade for the Titleist T200 irons. He went through all the claims that Titleist has for these irons (Enhanced Feel, Clean and Confident Shape, Effortless Turf Interaction, Better Tungsten for Better Scoring) and concluded that every claim proved true. 

    For his final words in the review GregB135 stated: “At least for this mid-handicap, self-described “B-Flight hack”, the Titleist T-200 irons more than fit the bill, and proved out just about every detail Titleist claims. If you are in the market for a new set of Player’s Distance type irons, I am more than a believer in these.”

    What Testers Said: Titleist T350

    While not the most popular iron in the series, the T350 occupies a unique niche and deserves recognition. These irons turned out to be a surprising standout during testing.

    The Fitting

    Our tester for the Titleist T350, Ole Gray, was an ideal candidate for these irons, with a 15.4 handicap and a maximum swing speed of 90 mph. His fitting experience with Titleist was exceptional with the fitter working through the T350s with him and addressing alignment issues in his swing. In the end, Ole Gray was fitted into the Titleist T350 48-degree wedge to 7-iron with the Mitsubishi Fubuki MV IR A flex shaft. His next clubs included 20- and 23-degree TSR1 Hybrids to complete his desired distances.

    Titleist T350 Performance

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    As a more typical player for this set of irons, how did they perform for him?

    Once again, the initial impressions left Ole Gray highly impressed. "I've owned some good-looking irons over the years, but the T350s, and the entire T-Series irons, are simply stunning. Sleek lines without the over-the-top aesthetics make these the best-looking irons I've ever laid eyes on. If you're seeking irons with exceptional performance and aesthetics to match, your search ends here."

    The success in his fitting translated into immediate comfort with the T350s. "I was surprised at how quickly I felt at ease with the T350s. You've heard of the 'honeymoon phase' with new clubs, but these already feel like my go-to irons. A proper fitting ensures that the irons in your bag will perform to their fullest potential. Titleist fitters do it right, and you can trust that your clubs will be perfectly matched to your playing abilities."

    This newfound confidence translated into better scores. "Since adding the T350s to my bag, my handicap has dropped from 15.4 to 11.9. I've shot three consecutive rounds in the 70s (74, 79, 76), a feat I'd never achieved before. A few rounds later, I carded a 75. So, yes, I can confidently say that these irons have significantly improved my game."

    The Bottom Line

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    Ole Gray awarded the Titleist T350s a final score of 96/100, highlighting their game-changing impact. The flight, distances and consistency he sought were all achieved, making these irons a remarkable addition to his game.

    Want to read all the full reviews? You can find them here: Full Titleist T-Series Reviews here. 


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    Caption: Topline T-200 5 iron, T-150 8 iron & T-100 PW

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    4 hours ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

    Following closely is the newly renamed T150, taking the place of the T100S. It shares a similar look with the T100 but features a slightly larger top line and a standard additional two degrees of loft. This was the iron that captured the attention of nearly 40 percent of the 11,000 applicants.

    If it matters at all, the T150 is also slightly larger than the T100. The previous generation was just stronger on lofts but the same head. The T150 is both stronger on lofts but also slightly larger overall to add some additional forgiveness the T100s didn't have. Might be nit-picky of me to mention, but Titleist makes note of that fact in all the videos I've watched on the new T-Series line-up. Just a thought.

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    2 minutes ago, Shrek74 said:

    If it matters at all, the T150 is also slightly larger than the T100. The previous generation was just stronger on lofts but the same head. The T150 is both stronger on lofts but also slightly larger overall to add some additional forgiveness the T100s didn't have. Might be nit-picky of me to mention, but Titleist makes note of that fact in all the videos I've watched on the new T-Series line-up. Just a thought.

    Thanks for the input.

    I'm playing both and the top line is ever so slightly thicker, but I have also asked several ppl to tell me the difference and they haven't been able to pick which is which at address..

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    7 minutes ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

    Thanks for the input.

    I'm playing both and the top line is ever so slightly thicker, but I have also asked several ppl to tell me the difference and they haven't been able to pick which is which at address..

    I have no doubt. It's obviously not supposed to be T100 v T350 different, but slightly. 🙂

    From Titleist's website: "Based on player feedback, T150 presents an optimized topline that inspires confidence over the ball. The slightly larger shape provides just the right amount of forgiveness, while still maintaining a compact, Tour-inspired look."

    I would have never looked at the T100s as it didn't add anything other than loft, but I'm working on my swing to hopefully look at the T150's in the spring now that they're slightly larger and slightly more forgiving. Likely a combo set with the T200's, but still something I'd never have looked at in the previous gen.

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    On 10/17/2023 at 11:39 AM, GolfSpy_APH said:

    Thanks for the input.

    I'm playing both and the top line is ever so slightly thicker, but I have also asked several ppl to tell me the difference and they haven't been able to pick which is which at address..

    I’m interested in several months from now, the thoughts on 100 v 150 forgiveness when most golfers have had the chance to play through the pendulum of good and poor rounds.  The 100 in the mid & longer irons have been far more forgiving than I expected.  

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    My order for the new T350s are on floor at Titleist, being built and should ship next week.  Cannot wait to put them into action and see how the new forged compare to my older model T300s.  The feel and sound are great.  I ordered 6-48W with a TSR1 23* hybrid to replace the 5 iron.  Getting older requires us to look for easier clubs to score with.  Worked with my fitters and instructors on this set up.  The hybrid shipped on Wednesday.  We tried numerous shafts and decided that the AMT Red R300s were again the best for my numbers with the irons.  For the TSR1, we went with the Fujikura ATMOS HB Tour Spec Red hybrid shaft. 

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