Titleist is back with the 3rd iteration of the T-Series irons including the updated T200 model being described as “The players distance iron”.
The T200 looks to be a player’s iron visually, while performing like a game improvement club.
The main story that Titleist are focussing on across the new T-Series range is a '3D approach' consisting of distance, dispersion and descent angle. Titleist have set out to achieve the optimum in these three categories by adding the following technologies:
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, held in place by a 2000° aerospace brazing process to avoid welding points affecting the weight distribution of the club. The weight distribution allows for high performance in terms of speed and height, whilst retaining accuracy and forgiveness across the set.
The T200 sees a stiffer structure through a re-engineered chassis, allowing the redefined Max Impact Technology to fit tighter against the face.
Clean and Confident Shaping
The tour inspired shape of the T200 remains as we’ve seen before in the 1st and 2nd T-series iterations. The larger clubhead compared to the T100 and T150 promotes confidence, while an identical blade length and offset measurements allow for a smooth transition for players using the T200 as part of a blended set.
Working alongside the experts at Vokey Design, the T200 irons use the same design from the T100 allowing for a player preferred feel through the turf. The trailing edge now works faster and smoother through the turf thanks to input from both the Vokey experts and tour pros.
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Titleist T200 23 Irons Review
Looks and Feel
Titleist have done a great job at developing a forgiving club with a similar sleek look seen in the T100 and T150 models. The larger size at address helps promote confidence standing over the ball – something I thought was lacking in the T100.
In the bag I feel like the T200 model has improved with every iteration of T-Series irons. Over the past five years, Titleist have cleaned the look up slightly - for 'game improvement-ish' iron, they look great.
Titleist also blurred the metal strip across the top of the club at address, to trick you into thinking you’re seeing less of the top-line than you are.
The clubhead still looks relatively compact, avoiding looking too wide and clunky as we see in some game improvement irons. Clearly there is a jump in design between the T150 and T200, however I feel Titleist has made this transition as smooth as possible across the designs for such varying club types.
The T200 was a great club to hit. There was a high level of forgiveness in the clubs, allowing for a very clean strike feel. There was however a very clear difference between the sound of the T200 compared to the T100 and T150 models. This was the first time ‘clunkiness’ came into consideration, as the design works well to keep you away from thinking about this.
The sound on impact was nowhere near as sharp and clean, but I wouldn’t put it down as a deal-breaker for most players.
Overall, this club just felt fun to hit. Forgiveness in such a sleek designed clubhead had a great feeling to it and made for an enjoyable playing experience.
The T200 model didn’t lose any distance on the T100 during testing, and almost kept up with the T150 which had been specifically designed for faster ball speeds and longer distances. Interestingly, this model had the lowest left-to-right dispersion of all four, which I was really impressed with.
I didn’t feel as though I was missing out on much performance-wise when hitting the T200 model compared to the T100 and T150, and Foresight data backed this up. It was also good to see there wasn’t a drop off in spin-rate with the T200 - it seems like these irons are doing what Titleist suggest when it comes to descent angle.
I really enjoyed taking the T200 irons out and hitting them off the turf at Woburn. A similar feeling is there with the T100 and T150 in terms of turf interaction, allowing for a very clean feeling strike with lots of control on approaches. I really did notice a step up in forgiveness between the T150 to the T200 however, which again made for a fun experience hitting these irons.
I wasn’t super keen on hitting the T200 wedge because it felt a bit bulkier than I’d usually go for with my own wedges. The way that the T-series irons have been designed overall allows for a very smooth transition between models, meaning that if you felt the same way with the shorter irons, you could always look to use a blended set of T150 at the lower end and T200 at the higher.
The difference in sound also isn’t as noticeable out on the course as it was hitting balls at HUKD Golf, so I can’t imagine this being an issue for many players.
Titleist T200 23 Irons Verdict
For me, the thing pushing me away from the T200 and more toward the T150 was mainly sound and visuals – which realistically comes down to personal preference.
Titleist have done a great job keeping the looks and feel of a player’s iron, whilst allowing enough forgiveness to just generally make these irons feel like a good friend on the course. As someone who would always choose a hybrid over a long-iron, I did really like the feel of the longer irons in the T200 set and was able to get a good strike going, so I was very impressed with that aspect of the clubs.
If you’re the type of golfer who’s been a little apprehensive about trying Titleist irons in the past because you like that extra forgiveness you would associate with other manufacturers (Ping or Callaway), these could be a great addition to the bag.
Who Are These Clubs For?
The T200 irons are for players who want the look and feel of a modern tour-like iron, without sacrificing distance, forgiveness or control around the greens. They’d also be a great addition for golfer’s who’d usually go for a less forgiving model that are struggling to get the best strike when it comes to the longer irons.
Would I Use Them?
The T200 irons would be a great fit for my game. The only reason I ended up going with the T150 over the T200 was because I preferred its sound and looks and got slightly more distance and speed with it. The overall performance was very similar, and I really enjoyed the feel and added forgiveness in these irons.
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