With a plethora of short, tight par fours next week at Merion you can expect to see a lot of players hitting long irons off the tees. Many Titleist staff players like Masters champ Adam Scott will be using one of these new utility irons, the 712U, which provide more shot control than a hybrid yet are more forgiving than a typical long iron.
Utilizing a forged, hollow-body 1025 steel construction with a high-speed 455 steel face insert, the 712U features a deep center of gravity and a wider, camber sole design for clean turf interaction, making it more versatile than a long iron or hybrid in trying to hit high and low shots. A tapered tip shaft also adds trajectory control. Looks-wise, the club head is slightly larger than the Titleist MB and CB long irons and has a thicker top line. The satin finish on the chrome plating is also very appealing to the eye, as is the high ball flight.
If you feel like hybrids don’t give you enough directional control, but traditional forged long irons aren’t forgiving enough, the 712U is for U.
2-, 3-, and 4-iron; $209, titleist.com
Now available by custom order, this forged club provides better players with another long-game option
By: Tom Cunneff