July 17, 2019
By Andrew Tursky, PGATOUR.COM
- Spieth was spotted on Tuesday using new Titleist T100 irons instead of AP2 irons that he’s used throughout his career. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Jordan Spieth has been playing Titleist’s AP2 irons “since 2010, maybe earlier,” he said, according to a Titleist press release on Wednesday. That will change come competition time on Thursday.
Ahead of The 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush, where Spieth looks to win his fourth major and second Open Championship, he has switched from Titleist’s 718 AP2 irons into the new Titleist T100 irons.
PGATOUR.COM first spotted the T100 irons – which were unveiled along with the 620 MB and 620CB irons – at the U.S. Open.
Charles Howell III and Cameron Smith put the T100 irons in play the first week. Charley Hoffman and Sungjae Im have also put the irons in play, among others. Spieth, however, needed a bit longer to get comfortable due to his longtime trust in Titleist’s AP2 iron line.
"When I first saw the T100 irons and it didn't say 'AP2' on it, I had to have full trust," said Spieth. according to a Titleist press release. "I'm sitting there saying, 'Man, I played the same iron that said the same thing on it since 2010, probably earlier.' But I've been playing Titleist clubs since I was 12 years old, and they've never led me the wrong direction and they've always gotten better. And the idea of a name change – really an entire change across the board with their irons – is big. But there are big changes. These T100s are fantastic."
The road to getting these T100 irons in the bag didn’t start at the U.S. Open, however. For Spieth, it started much earlier.
"I remember a couple of years ago when we were talking about my AP2's and the Titleist team asked what I'd like to see improved,” Spieth said. “I told them I preferred the sole being a little bit different and the least amount of offset and top-line as possible. When I set the new T100's down for the first time I could already tell the difference compared to my gamer AP2 irons. They made the exact improvements I was looking for in an iron. They look really, really good. They slide through the turf nicely, and my mishits are straighter and further than on my AP2 irons."
While Titleist hasn’t officially launched the new T100 irons, and we don’t have full information regarding retail release, designs, materials, etc., we do know that they’re part of a new family of irons including the T200 and T300. It’s also very likely that this line of irons is a replacement for the AP series.
“As we created early prototypes and discussed specifics with Jordan and other players, we found an opportunity to take everything we learned with the AP2 line and build an entirely new iron,” said Titleist Tour rep J.J. VanWezenbeeck. “There was an obvious challenge to surpass the most played tour iron in the world."
Spieth will put the T100 irons into play this week, and they’re equipped with his familiar Project X 6.5 shafts.
Related: For more on the T100 irons, click here.