Titleist is back with the third iteration of the T-Series irons including the updated T100 model. Delivering ‘unrivalled feel with effortless turf interaction’ in the newest version of the most played iron model on Tour since it was first introduced in 2019.
The dual cavity forged irons look to provide a more solid feel at impact with stability and consistency for its players. The T100 irons can be seen in the bags of players such as Jordan Spieth, Max Homa and Cameron Smith, to name just a few.
Dual Split Tungsten
Across the T-Series irons we see the use of dense D18 tungsten weighting, split between the heel and toe of the club to allow for precision CG placement and optimum MOI. The tungsten is held in place by a 2000° aerospace brazing process, which ultimately removes the need for weld points, giving better control of the weight distribution throughout the clubhead.
Refined for Greater Control
Titleist have been working on improving both the body construction and a new precision CNC face milling process to eliminate imperfections. The T100 irons also see a subtle shift in CG from their predecessor to deliver better control and ball flight consistency.
Working alongside the experts at Vokey Design, the T100 irons have an improved Variable Bounce Sole, with a softened trailing edge to allow the club to flow faster through the turf. This is to bring a ‘tour-level feel’ through the turf in each iron throughout the set.
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Looks and Feel
As a player who’s used chunkier clubs for years, I found the T100 a little daunting. At address, these clubs felt incredibly small to me - I stood over the ball nervous to give them a go. However, a few shots in and I was enjoying the experience of these clubs, despite the initial impressions.
The overall design is incredibly slick and smart. The irons have only very few small details such as the T100 within the hollow cavity, the ‘Titleist’ logo moved slightly higher up from the older models, and ‘forged’ very subtly placed down the side of the hosel. The best way to describe these irons is just clean and very professional looking.
In terms of strike, the T100 feels great when you find the sweet spot. And in all honesty, there weren’t many shots I was unhappy with as I tested these irons out. The main issue arising for me came from how small the clubhead looked in comparison to the golf ball itself. This might not be a problem for everyone, and I’m sure a lot of golfers would like the visuals of this club, but for me the confidence wasn’t quiet there with the T100 irons.
Overall, the shots I was hitting with the T100 at Hukd Golf felt good. There were certainly a couple in there that weren’t my best, and I really noticed a difference in the forgiveness between these and the T150 irons.
The T100 is designed to excel in control and precision, not necessarily chasing ball speeds or long distances. Looking at the averages across each of the models, it was the shortest and slowest of the series. However, the benefit could be seen in the distance dispersion. The T100 came in 1st for the lowest carry and total variation, allowing for precise club decisions across the set.
Taking the T100 away from the simulator and out on to the golf course, I still came to very similar conclusions. The nerves I was feeling standing at address never really seemed to go, as I’d convinced myself this clubhead was simply too small for me to get confident with.
These irons give a very clean and satisfying feel when hitting off turf, but as you’d expect, the level of forgiveness seen in the other models isn’t there.
Working with the experts at Vokey Design, Titleist has looked to enhance the feel of the turf interaction with the T-Series irons. I much preferred hitting these clubs outdoors compared to on the range, as you lose that element of feel hitting from the mats.
With the T100 being so heavily focused on exceptional feel and control, hitting these clubs on the course and being able to sense the turf interaction gave me a greater appreciation for these irons compared to my initial thoughts at Hukd.
Titleist T100 Irons Verdict
I can see the level of control and precision that could be possible with these clubs, however there was a big barrier in the way for me in the lack of confidence stood at address. Over time I’d potentially be able to get used to the look of these clubs, but that wasn’t something I had to consider through my custom fitting process.
Something I can imagine many players doing is utilising the T100 and T150 irons within a blended set. As we go along the four models, we see a slight increase in size and forgiveness of the irons, which is why Titleist believes some players may benefit from their shorter irons to be in one model and the longer ones in another.
At £178.50 per club for a steel shaft, or £192.50 for graphite, the cost of a full iron set comes with a large price tag.
However, depending on the condition and age of your current irons, the T100 could make a huge difference to your game in terms of control and precision. Luckily, a custom fitting session would help you make that decision before having to commit to spending that much on a new set of irons.
Who are these clubs for?
The T100 irons are for the player who wants ultimate precision and control above anything else in their game. The slight lack of forgiveness in the T100 is rewarded by very little dispersion in distance and direction, provided you can find the sweet spot on the clubface.
Would I use them?
I would possibly consider trying to incorporate the T100 in the shorter irons as part of a blended set with the T150 in the longer clubs. As well as less forgiveness, I saw lower ball speeds and distances with the T100 clubs which for my current game, isn’t something I’d be willing to give up alongside the lack of confidence given by the T100 shape.
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