Martin Hopley

As I get on in my golfing life and watch the advances in manufacturing and technology I really do wonder (a) why manufacturers keep making blades and (b) why amateurs keep playing them.

Maybe major winners like Adam Scott, who currently plays the Titleist 716 MB irons, could benefit from the feel, feedback and the ball shaping options blades give, but surely something like the Titleist CB 716 irons are hardcore enough these days even for him?

Titleist 716 MB Irons

However when you look at works of art like the Titleist 716 MB irons then you realise why they still make them and why people still play them. They glint and tempt you to take them on and master them like a rodeo horse standing calmly in the pen before being released into the ring.

Titleist 716 MB Irons

Having grown up playing blades, but long since gone to forged cavity backs, old timers like me still feel that you can saddle up and reach for that butter knife long iron and nail that stinger.

So donning my battered Stetson I moseyed on over to the bag holding the set of Titleist 716 MB irons and looked them straight in the eye.

Titleist 716 MB Irons

The 716 version features a higher, more curved muscle back that not only increases the material behind the sweet spot but also gives a fresher, more stylish look than the straight line muscle on the previous 714 MB irons.

Titleist 716 MB Irons

The toe is also a little squarer to enhance the look at address, which can only be described as compact.

Titleist 716 MB Irons

The length of the heads is not drastically different to the CB 716 irons, but the real difference is that the CB has perimeter weighting and the tungsten in the toe to make them more forgiving.

Titleist 716 MB Irons

That is really the deal here, because really unless you are a full time amateur or professional then the CB irons should give you all the blade style and performance you need.

Titleist 716 MB Irons

Titleist 716 CB MB Iron Lofts

The 716 MB irons feel as good as most forged blades in the market, but there are couple that use other materials and design features to enhance the standard blade a little more.

However if you are old school and like your blades pure then the 716 MB irons are worthy challengers for one more duel before you ride off into the cavity back sunset.

Because us old cowboys still have it. Oh yes.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
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Titleist 716 MB Irons - Product Details

UK Launch23 October 2015
UK Launch RRP£819
USA Launch23 October 2015
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Swing WeightD2
Shaft NameDynamic Gold AMT
Shaft TypesSteel
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff, X Stiff
Set Makeup4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW
Additional Clubs2, 3
Manufacturer's WebsiteTitleist Website

User Reviews

November 2016

I'm a high handicapper and I've been wanting blades for a while. I got the 716 MBs and fell in love with them immediately. I was playing the 712 AP2s and I can hit the blades higher and further. I can even hit the 3 iron believe it or not. I think every golfer could hit these and I don't know why more people aren't playing with these clubs. THEY ARE INCREDIBLE!!

November 2016

I am a 3 handicap and I have to say that I LOVE the 716 MB's. I bought a used combo set of 716 CB (5-7) and MB (8-P) and i actually am not a fan of the CB's. If you want a "forgiving" blade that is easy to play then order up a set of these.Ii am waiting for my order to be delivered as I ordered another set of all MB's (5-P) and can't wait to get them.

April 2016

I bought the 714 MB's last year, at a great deal, just before they got discontinued. I absolutely love them! The feel is incredible. I actually prefer the look and feel of the 714's over the 716 MB's.

April 2016

This is the dream of any player that knows how to release a forged blade on the sweet spot. The reason this has extra allure is the pure has become has become the purist. To the player who has been there the challenge is to find out what it feels like to have arrived. Granted technological design has given us the true pure blade with an expanded sweet spot and added just enough distance to make this iron an instrument to rely on. To be sure just wait for players caddies to sign on.They custom made my plus1'' 2 degree upright set the way that true club makers know how to do. It will make "your ball" feel and perform as your game requires. All players owe it to their game to try this.

March 2016

Moved from the 712 AP2 to the 716MB and I love the difference. More stylish and more forgiving than most other blades I tried. When you find the sweet spot can't even tell you hit a ball. Very smooth!

November 2015

I'm playing the 690 MB. They have been the best clubs I have owned & I have recently had them re-grooved. They are still like butter, upgrading to the 716 MBs. Is there much difference?

November 2015

Same as above went from 714's to 716's. More feel and foxy looks. They seem to have more distance and balance. Can't believe they get any better than this.

October 2015

Moved from the 714 MB up to the 716 MB and love the difference. The 716's have more feedback and are more stylish. I love the art of blades they are more like jewellery than clubs. Once you have tamed them you will never go back.

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