Martin Hopley
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For a pure forged blade there are only a couple of companies that do it right and Titleist is one of them and the latest 718 MB continues this fine trend.

Titleist 718 MB Irons

Compared to the previous 716 MB there is very little technical change and the lines are still based on the original 680 forged blade of 2005.

The shape of the muscle on the 718 back has become a little straighter again after the curve of 716 MB and combined with the shiny chrome finish, it is a very classy looking iron with simple lines.

Titleist 718 MB Irons

Titleist say that the subtle changes will give better distance control and that is what the 718 MB iron is all about. It is for those elite players who can strike the centre of the face consistently, but who want a lower MOI head in order to shape shots.

Titleist 718 MB Irons

Hit it from the centre and the one piece forging gives a lovely sharp sound and feel which will tingle your fingers if you don't quite get it right.

Titleist 718 MB Irons

The MB sits beautifully behind the ball and the heads could only be described as compact as the 6-iron below shows.

Titleist 718 MB Irons

The heads do get progressively larger as you go up through the set and the consistency of sound and feel is very good.

Titleist 718 MB Irons

Even the sleek 3-iron can give you that unique feeling of hitting a long iron well, but you will need the club head speed in order to get launch angle right for today's modern lower spinning balls.

Titleist 718 MB Irons

The 718 MB comes with a Project X shaft as standard but there are many more options available through Titleist custom fitting, so you should find one to suit your game.

Titleist 718 MB Irons

The lofts are pretty much as they have always been for the MB blade, so if you are blending in with any of the other 718 irons then you will need to match the gaps.

Titleist 718 MB Irons

Don't be afraid to have more than one iron of the same number in two models as Adam Scott apparently carries two 5 irons which have different lofts so he can benefit from the slightly larger head sizes of irons like the 718 CB and 718 AP2.

Titleist 718 MB Irons

Titleist 718 MB Irons

As semi-cavity and cavity back forgings improve each generation to offer more forgiveness with greater feel, then the days of blades like the MB could be numbered.

Titleist 718 MB Irons

However I hope not as they are beautiful to look at for most of us and lovely to hit (well) for those elite players who can take advantage of the shot shaping flexibility they offer.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Titleist 718 MB Irons - Product Details

UK Launch29 September 2017
UK Launch RRP£1050
USA Launch29 September 2017
USA Launch RRP$1137.50
Europe Launch29 September 2017
Europe Launch RRP€1260
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
ManufactureForged
MaterialSteel
FinishChrome
Shaft NameTrue Temper Project X
Shaft TypesSteel
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff
DesignBlade
Set Makeup4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW
Additional Clubs3
Manufacturer's WebsiteTitleist Website

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