716 CB/MB Combo

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By TUser

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  1. TUser

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    I've been playing the 712 AP2 since they came out and am in the market for a new set of irons. I've had a fitting for the 716 CB and was amazed when I compared the MB model along side the CB in the short irons. The numbers were very similar in terms of ball speed and distance. I wasn't brave enough to hit the long irons but compared the 7 & 8 in both and there was very little difference in it, however, the look and feel of the MB is just sublime. The fitter recommended me to go for a combo set, T-MB 3, 4-7 CB and 8-PW MB. I was wondering if anyone else has gone down this route and how it has worked out. It also got me thinking, what about T-MB 3,4 and 5 and then 6-PW in MB but I'm just not sure if my ball striking is good enough moving higher than a 7 in MB. I don't get to play that frequently but I'm looking to play more now and the MBs just make you want to practice more and play great shots. I have quite a shallow swing, which I feel would suit the MB. Any thoughts would be very welcomed.

  2. DV

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    TU,

    I would recommend that which ever way you go you should not make a decision based on your ego. Clubs are just too expensive to make purchasing mistakes that you have to live with. Your decision should be based on what is going to help your game the most and what you can afford. If you are not a low handicapper (5 h.i.) you should not consider the MBs. I have a 1 handicap and I love my 716 AP1s. They are long, they are very forgiving, I can work the ball easily either direction, they go very far, and man oh man are they great from the rough.

    When I bought my new set of clubs, I tried every club Titleist makes. I could easily hit them all well. I had played blades for 30+ years. The clincher was how much better the AP1s hit from the thick and medium rough nor did I sacrifice any distance compared with AP2s, CBs, or the T-MBs. Unless you can hit the center of the clubface with a strike pattern no bigger than the size of a quarter, you should forget the MBs. You will lose too much distance and we all know what happens then. From what you indicated it does not appear your game is there.

    Just my .02 cents.

    Good Luck,

    DV
  3. Edward K
    Wesley Chapel, FL

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    DV said:

    TU,

    I would recommend that which ever way you go you should not make a decision based on your ego. Clubs are just too expensive to make purchasing mistakes that you have to live with. Your decision should be based on what is going to help your game the most and what you can afford. If you are not a low handicapper (5 h.i.) you should not consider the MBs. I have a 1 handicap and I love my 716 AP1s. They are long, they are very forgiving, I can work the ball easily either direction, they go very far, and man oh man are they great from the rough.

    When I bought my new set of clubs, I tried every club Titleist makes. I could easily hit them all well. I had played blades for 30+ years. The clincher was how much better the AP1s hit from the thick and medium rough nor did I sacrifice any distance compared with AP2s, CBs, or the T-MBs. Unless you can hit the center of the clubface with a strike pattern no bigger than the size of a quarter, you should forget the MBs. You will lose too much distance and we all know what happens then. From what you indicated it does not appear your game is there.

    Just my .02 cents.

    Good Luck,

    DV

    Agree 100%.......I play the MB's, better than scratch, and often wonder why I'm hitting them....LOL
  4. B.A.
    Los Gatos, CA

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    I think about the same sort of thing all the time. I LOVE the feel of the MB, but although I consider myself a very good ball striker, I do occasionally have off center hits and you know what they say... It's not how good your good shots are, it's how good your bad shots are.

    So, I have the T-MB 3-5 and the AP2 6-PW. If you hit the MB well in the 7-PW, you could go 3-6 T-MB and 7-PW MB, but don't go with the MB just because of how good they are in the teeny little sweet spot unless you're sure you'll hit it almost every single time. There is a reason so many pros use the AP2.
  5. Dave N
    Lady Lake, FL

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    I also hit the AP1's like DV. Wouldn't trade um for anything.Your money, buy what you like. Hit um straight, Dave....
  6. Martin H
    Wokingham, Berkshire

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    Hi - after my fitting I went for a T-MB 4, CB 5-7 and MB 8-PW.
    I haven't looked back, they're a great combination.
  7. 19hole
    Woburn, MA

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    I fit a lot of combo sets. I would suggest that you go back and hit the MBs again before you make your final decision. They are a great feeling club, but if your ball striking is a bit off they really aren't all that forgiving.

    As a reference, my bag is a combo set. I use an 816H2 as a 3 iron, a T-MB 4 iron, 5 & 6 are CBs and 7-W are MBs.
  8. Darron K
    Fate, TX

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    Personally I would go 3-6 T-MB & 7-PW AP2. Unless you're a robot and pure every shot, you'll find more pleasure when playing especially if you don't play that often. As B.A said, "There is a reason so many pros use the AP2."

    Heck, I've been thinking about getting a 5 T-MB to replace my AP2 5i. I don't have a 3 or 4 in my bag I replaced those with Hybrids a long time ago and still do. I do play weekly or more than once a week and I wouldn't put a 3 or 4 in my bag still. The hybrids go higher, I get the same if not a little more distance and I can still work the ball.
  9. Samuel C
    Phoenix, AZ

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    To be honest, you should get whatever you want and that you are confident in using the clubs. Confidence is such a big part of golf and if you're standing over a shot and you look down at the club and you know you can pull off the shot, then get whatever that club is.

    There are lots of people out there that play a combo set, but there are also a lot that do not because they just pick up whatever they find at the store and don't want to get fit for it.

    But as B.A. said "It's not how good your good shots are, it's how good your bad shots are," you want to make sure that your misses aren't going to hurt your game.

    To be honest, I'm about a 12 handicap and I play a combo set. I have hit all of the Titleist irons for years and I have a 716 MB PW-6, 716 AP2 3-5 and also a T-MB 3-iron that I switch out depending on the course I play. So people always ask me why I play blades and that I should be playing this or that. But I play my game and I know what I like, and I like the way the MBs interact with the turf better than the CBs, or AP2s or AP1s. It's all about looks, feel and sound for me.

    So play what you like and let us know what you get.
  10. Edward K
    Wesley Chapel, FL

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    I don't get the whole forged combo setup's.......I'm a plus handicap, and often think I'd get a lot better with a cast club.......
  11. terry l
    mt. vernon, IL

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    I just got fit today. I went with 4 5 6 T M B AND 7 thru wedge 718 mb . I played my best golf with players clubs and always forged. One good strike with a forged iron and I was never going back to cast . Good luck to all . And remember you are playing with the best clubs made . Just my humble opinion.

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