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    In a new series of articles coming to you from the Forum Staff we bring you the Titleist T-Series Irons.

    Every iron has a purpose and there is a purpose for every iron.

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    This is what has become abundantly clear throughout my time using the Titleist T-Series irons and it all started with the fitting. However I have to go back a little further to connect all the dots. 

    In 2018 I was selected to test and review the PING i210 irons. As I had been using the PING iE1 irons I thought the transition would be easy. It wasn't, however my struggles soon drifted away and this set of PING irons became my main set for the next 4 years.

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    I had some great rounds with them and fond memories, but being a bit of an equipment junkie I soon wanted to take in the full forged iron experience and transitioned to a set of Sub70 659 TC Irons. I wanted the superior feel of forged irons and felt I had the iron ability to play something with a little less tech, more feel. I wasn't concerned with any distance loss, even though I didn't find much of any. However once again I had early struggles with the new irons.

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    I know enough about equipment to be able to know what works and what doesn't for my game. I was a bit surprised, however again I had a few stellar rounds, but still felt something was missing. My next step was into the players distance category with a set of TaylorMade P790 irons. Having found I was using a lot of my longer clubs in previous sets I wanted to see if my game could be elevated by using a set of irons on the complete opposite end of the Sub70 659 TC's. 

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    This time around I didn't have the early struggles. I clicked nearly right away with the P790s, but something was still missing. It was hard to put my finger on what that was until I had my fitting with Titleist.

    Titleist T-Series Irons

    Titleist created their new T-Series to be blended and according to Titleist "80% of tour staff have blended sets." and this is where the light bulb moment came. Even though I had success with all my previous sets and most of the sets had some sort of progressive design to improve performance throughout the set they still were just that one set. In truth this moment should have come much earlier as I had long ago replaced the PING i210 4 iron with a PING Crossover, but that was to create better gapping at the top end of the bag which is normal for many. 

    What I ended up with for my Titleist set is purposefully selected specific irons for each area of my game and bag to ensure that I have all the proper irons for each situation. So what does this mean exactly? Well let me walk you through my setup. 

    My Golf Bag - The Finer Details

    I prefer to use a 58, 54 combo of wedges. I also prefer and have had more success with cavity bag type wedges (Mizuno S23 and Ping Glide series). For my next club I either wanted to add another one of those wedges or as what happened add a set wedge. 

    The main reason I go down this route is forgiveness. I am a solid ball striker, but I consider any opportunity with a wedge or less to be a scoring opportunity. I want to be set myself up for the most success possible, even if that means a less sexy looking club. When discussing this situation with my fitter and going through several shots we landed on a GW(50*) and PW (46*) in the T100. These are an all forged, slim top line and built for greater precision. If I want the best scoring club possible that fits my comfort zone this was going to be the choice. 

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    The next section of my bag we wanted to be able to add a little extra distance, keep a certain level of forgiveness and still have the ability to use these irons as potential scoring clubs. While I don't expect to hit every green I still want to see if I can make improvements in that area. While my fitter did suggest I could continue with the T100 set throughout this area, I wasn't as confident. I knew the gapping would be easier, however the Iron distance was a little shorter than I would prefer to see knowing the courses I play and the clubs I would have more confidence in playing. 

    When we factored all of this together we landed on the Titleist T150 9-6 irons. The T150 have a bit more technology in them, while aiming to mimic the feel and the performance aspects of the T100. The T150 have an added 2 degrees of loft meaning a bit more distance. However this also left a decent gap with the T100's which we needed to address and did by making both the GW and PW 1* stronger. I now had a middle section which was better suited to longer approach shots and tee shots into par 3s. The nice part with these together is they look nearly identical. Yes the topline on the T150 is marginally bigger, but it isn't enough to truly matter. 

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    The feel for both is exceptional and the main difference I can say is that the T150 have a bit more pop to them. I am sure that is partly their tech, but also the loft. The other key feeling both keep is their responsiveness to strike location and turf interaction. In this area both sets excel and versus any of my previous sets. 

    This left me with one more club to select for my set and where I often use my 5 iron. There are two main areas that I have need or use this club. One is off the tee on shorter par 4s or situational par 5s, sometimes into longer par 3s and to progress up the fairway on par 5s. While not a max distance club I was less concerned about exact carry number and more in getting a club that would meet those needs of distance versus accuracy. 

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    Once again the fitter did give some leeway in the decision as he felt I could use either the T150 or make the leap to T200, which is where I ultimately settled. The look on the Titleist T200 is a lot different to to the T100/T150 irons that have the brushed look. The T200 is shiny and does a better job appearance matching the T350. That is where the similarities end though, as at address the T200 has the same shaping of the T150 as well as offset. The topline again is marginally thicker, but not by much. 

    All the irons used the same Project X IO 6.0 shaft that matches up well for my swing and it was a toss up between that and the Project X LZ. Both performed really well, but with a slightly higher peak height on the IO it just felt really good and we loved seeing the window that the ball came out of. 

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    With the fitting done and everything awaiting arrival the anticipation grew. When irons arrived it didn't take me long to get them out to the range. A slightly similar trend followed and while not my first round, but my first session on the range I struggled. This meant a lot of my initial excitement dampened and maybe expectations lowered because the first round turned it all around. 

    Key Takeaways - On Course

    I have since played 20 or so rounds with these irons and here are my biggest takeaways from this time. 

    - I wish I had never played a straight set of irons and it will be nearly impossible to consider a non blended set in the future. 
    - PW and GW are way more forgiving than I had initially anticipated and the quality of precision is exceptional. 
    - With the mid irons (non T100) my GIR have gone up along with my confidence. 
    - T200 is not my favorite club, however the purpose in which I need it for does the job. 
    - Stopping power! I have never owned a set that has had this level of stopping power. Not just spin, but flight and consistency. 

    I have still of course had awful shots and struggled at times, as with any amateur golfer. I also still have not reached my ceiling in terms of potential. But I can say with extreme confidence that my floor has been raised. This is due to each iron being purposefully selected and built to work best for not just my game, but having the proper purpose. Where previous sets aimed to fit the bill everywhere and do everything well, this set is built to excel only where it needs to and not provide performance aspects which are not going to be utilized. 

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    Moving Forward

    The Titleist experience is exceptional, from fitting, to delivery to putting them in play. I had never owned a set of Titleist Irons before and much like my PING i210 irons staying in the bag for several years, I can see these irons holding their spot for many years to come. 


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    great job using the offerings available by the manufacturer to create the best performing 'set' for your game.

    I do wonder if it's possible to do something like this without a fitting? (i.e. "off the rack")

    Also wonder how many OEMs this would work for outside of Titleist. 
    I know that Srixon has the ZX4/5/7 line and I have tried all 3 and can see some something similar done here.

    Another thought is how "extreme" one can get with this.
    For example 
    4/5/6 traditional length
    7/8/9/P/G single length

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    19 minutes ago, StrokerAce said:

    great job using the offerings available by the manufacturer to create the best performing 'set' for your game.

    I do wonder if it's possible to do something like this without a fitting? (i.e. "off the rack")

    Also wonder how many OEMs this would work for outside of Titleist. 
    I know that Srixon has the ZX4/5/7 line and I have tried all 3 and can see some something similar done here.

    Another thought is how "extreme" one can get with this.
    For example 
    4/5/6 traditional length
    7/8/9/P/G single length

    I would imagine you can mix any of the clubs you want to as long as the gaps with Loft are what you want.  

    I have the Srixon ZX5's and ZX7's and love the combo.  

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    8 minutes ago, Josh Parker said:

    I would imagine you can mix any of the clubs you want to as long as the gaps with Loft are what you want.  

    I have the Srixon ZX5's and ZX7's and love the combo.  

    Certainly! and some clubs can be bent to your needs.

    I tried the ZX4 and the long irons were really nice. If $ were not an object I'd probably have them at the top of the bag (4/5) and the 5's as (6/7) with the 7's as (8/9/P)

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    1 hour ago, StrokerAce said:

    great job using the offerings available by the manufacturer to create the best performing 'set' for your game.

    I do wonder if it's possible to do something like this without a fitting? (i.e. "off the rack")

    Also wonder how many OEMs this would work for outside of Titleist. 
    I know that Srixon has the ZX4/5/7 line and I have tried all 3 and can see some something similar done here.

    Another thought is how "extreme" one can get with this.
    For example 
    4/5/6 traditional length
    7/8/9/P/G single length

    I believe Mizuno was a pioneer when it comes to combo sets... that was so long ago.

    Just think Titleist, Srixon and Mizzy do it in such a seamless way... 

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    6 hours ago, Kanoito said:

    Perhaps a little OT, but how do you find the S23 wedges? Probably more similar to the T100 instead of Vokeys, but how about opening the club face and tight conditions? I always had the feeling that cavity wedges are not that versatile?

     

    I like them a lot of full shots, but not so much bunkers.

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    1 hour ago, Kanoito said:

    I believe Mizuno was a pioneer when it comes to combo sets... that was so long ago.

    Just think Titleist, Srixon and Mizzy do it in such a seamless way... 

    Showing my age, but the true pioneer in combo sets was MacGregor. I had a sweet set of VIP’s that were a blend of cavity back and blades. 
     

    Presently play the Apex and Apex Pro Combo set- love them! 

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    5 minutes ago, DukeStKing said:

    Showing my age, but the true pioneer in combo sets was MacGregor. I had a sweet set of VIP’s that were a blend of cavity back and blades. 
     

    Presently play the Apex and Apex Pro Combo set- love them! 

    Ah sorry, those were before my time 😄

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    21 hours ago, Geogolf007 said:

    I love the MGS Headcover...curious if they are still available?

    I don't believe it is. I'm not sure if it was the 1 in 99 or normal sale from a couple years ago.

    I'm fortunate to have 2 🙂

    While still likely a little ways away there is work being done on merch side at HQ. As soon as we have details we can share we will!

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    I finally sat down and read the article. It's a great take on both the fitting process with a company that can pull multiple levers to put together a set of irons that meets every need individually, and how a set of irons can and should be fitted for each golfer to provide the best possible outcome for on-course performance.

    Shockingly, there are still many golfers who don't believe being fit for clubs is of any value to them or to their game/performance. Luckily, us smarter golfers know better. And your experience shows exactly why it's so important. Those other irons were fit to you as well, and I'm sure they performed well and many golfers would have likely been completely happy with either set fitted to their swing/need. But as you mentioned multiple times, you felt something missing for your particular need on the course.

    I'm really looking forward to my fittings next Spring. Titleist has never really been an option I considered in the past. They always felt like only the best golfers were capable of playing them and they were on some type of pedestal that was far above my "station" as a higher handicap. But thanks to the testing done here for the new T-Series (and MGS Forum as a whole), they are top of my list with Srixon and Mizuno right behind. All of which I'm looking at blended sets only for the exact reasons you hit on - each part of the bag needs a specific tool to complete that specific job.

    I look forward to more articles from the staff and on highly applicable topics like this one. Well done Jamie, and thanks.

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    To note, I was fit through a Titleist sponsored fitting and have bought into the mixed bag of results. Trying to do something similar off the rack can be ordered at the same price per club as a straight set. The T100-T350 irons are all the same price. What you can’t do is determine what your starting point is and where the logical point is to move down to the next head to maintain the 5 mph ball speed rather than flattening the launch and descent. Keeping the decent angle over 35 degrees. Holding greens is better than maintaining 4 degrees of loft between clubs. 
    My set starts at the T200 GW through the 7. The 6 is a T350, and I now move to a 23 TSR-1, then the TSR-1 7W and 5W. At my tender age of 73, the gapping works through the bag. Others with more speed will have other combinations based on the starting point of their set.  Also, when/if standard irons run out of gas, each will find the need to best combo of hybrids, fairways, and/or driving irons (with a choice of U-505 or a T200 built as a driving iron) to fill in between driver and irons. You just can’t know empirically what the best club is to fit the role needed for the next club. I would be surprised to ever see (even a RH) set that is the same as mine. 

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    15 minutes ago, WiTerp50 said:

    To note, I was fit through a Titleist sponsored fitting and have bought into the mixed bag of results. Trying to do something similar off the rack can be ordered at the same price per club as a straight set. The T100-T350 irons are all the same price. What you can’t do is determine what your starting point is and where the logical point is to move down to the next head to maintain the 5 mph ball speed rather than flattening the launch and descent. Keeping the decent angle over 35 degrees. Holding greens is better than maintaining 4 degrees of loft between clubs. 
    My set starts at the T200 GW through the 7. The 6 is a T350, and I now move to a 23 TSR-1, then the TSR-1 7W and 5W. At my tender age of 73, the gapping works through the bag. Others with more speed will have other combinations based on the starting point of their set.  Also, when/if standard irons run out of gas, each will find the need to best combo of hybrids, fairways, and/or driving irons (with a choice of U-505 or a T200 built as a driving iron) to fill in between driver and irons. You just can’t know empirically what the best club is to fit the role needed for the next club. I would be surprised to ever see (even a RH) set that is the same as mine. 

    Sounds like you should read the forum member reviews! Couple of guys right in your area and our T350 tester threw some fairways or hybrids (don't remember) to get the set matched.

    Best way to determine start point is to hit everything!

    Thanks for sharing you experience!!

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    I haven't really swung a club in a while, but everytime I see these irons in my bag I smile. They have been such a great addition to my bag and continue to be impressed. Others have also made many comments on them and their looks as well as flight when I have played with them. 

    The final thing that gets noticed a lot is the shaft. The Project X IO shaft is one that I had never tried before and really come to like. The look for many think it isn't steel which is also kinda cool!

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    On 11/13/2023 at 6:57 AM, ChuckZ said:

    Good stuff.  Thanks.  Visited my Titleist certified fitter a few weeks ago and picked up a set of those awesome T350 irons.  Liking them.  6-48W.  Replaced the 5 iron with the TSR1 23* hybrid.  

    Also picked up a TSR1 20* hybrid and 18* TSR1 fairway.  Taking them, with me to Scottsdale tomorrow.  TT event and playing the Champions and Stadium courses Friday and Saturday at the TPC.  Hoping to see any new releases Titleist has coming out in the spring.  Titleist will be there doing demos and hopefully one of their tour Ambassadors will be there.  Nov has not been a good month for me.  Five recorded rounds for the month.  Between epidurals and physical therapy, my golfing has been limited.  This should be interesting.  Golf is about having fun. so lets go have some fun.   Bucket list course.  Talked to the pro and they have beer cans to throw at us on number 16.  HA...HA...HA.... going to enjoy my new clubs......two rounds with them......feel good......still on honeymoon....

     

       

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    6 hours ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

    Haven't played in a while, but these are still so nice to look. I am thrilled each and everytime I pick them up. Can't wait to get to the range later this week!

    NE golfers have a very specific golf routine and I’ve been called out on it recently by my wife…

    I’ll pick up an iron out of my bag, address it, toss a few waggles and make a 1/4 swing then put it back in my bag…Just making sure I remind myself how fortunate I am to have such a great set of irons.

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