Yes, the 2021 Titleist T-Series irons are coming, and they are stunning.
Consistent with their traditional release timeframes, Titleist recently brought their newest irons and utilities to Tour, and the world got a sneak peak through social media. But now, it is time to unwrap the whole thing and unpack it layer by layer.
Are you ready? Then let’s get to it.
2021 Titleist T-Series
Before we break down all the entities within this T-Series release, it makes sense to dive back into the design goals. The T-Series debut came in 2019 and sent shockwaves through the golf industry as it marked the official end of the companies AP lineups, and a move into something much more aggressive and forward than we had seen to that point from the company.
T-Series was about iron engineering from the absolute ground up, not something piggy-backed off of previous releases, but its own specific existence and identity. Within that came technological jumps like Max Impact while intently focusing on what Titleist refers to as the “three dimensions” that an iron must be judged on: Distance, Dispersion, and Angle of Descent.
For all intents and purposes, the 2019 T-Series irons hit the mark that the company had set for them, but they also recognized that there was still work to be done, be it in feel, appearance, and overall performance. So, with that, the 2021 T-Series is coming in hot with what I personally believe is the most “Titleist” looking iron lineup in a very long time, and perhaps even the best looking that they have ever done in these specific iron classifications. Gone are many of the badging distractions, particularly in the T100 and T200 who’s players typically prefer a more classic look, and finally Titleist has brought a sleek and durable satin finish to the table that screams class.
Without further delay, let’s jump in to the all-new T100, T100S, T200, and T300.
How excited is Titleist about the new T100? Well, they debuted on Tour not that long ago and the company has already seen some of their fastest adoption rates ever. You see, the T100’s are what Titleist believes to be the “Modern Tour Iron”, and it is the iron played by more Tour members than any other in the world, still, the move to the newest iteration was so seamless and immediate that even Titleist was amazed.
The T100 is the best of all worlds for the golfer with the discerning eye and demand for versatility but wanting to add game-improvement like performance. The key here, is that historically one couldn’t get all of those things in an iron, you had to choose footprint and versatility or forgiveness. That said, Titleist believes they have cracked the code and designed and iron which looks like an MB or Player’s CB at address with a super thin topline, minimal offset, and traditional loft. Oh, and have I mentioned an ultra-sleek Tour preferred satin (brushed chrome) finish? Frankly, I don’t think that can be brought up enough, and it might just prove to be a masterstroke move in the eyes of many consumers.
The larger part of the story here is the fully forged dual cavity, which at its root has allowed the T100 to move back to a single piece design and continuous face construction once again, meaning no more face inserts here. Why is that a big deal? Well, feel is a big factor, but there is more to that puzzle as well. Additionally, the 3-7 irons feature 80g of Tungsten, which for those unfamiliar is an amazing amount in an iron of this size profile. This is done thanks to that dual cavity and by using a denser (D18) type of tungsten which is also being positioned in the heel and toe. Not only will this impact feel, but it will increase the stability of the heads in those longer clubs as well. One cool aspect to this lost on people is that Titleist has actually been using tungsten applications for over 50 years, and they are also the only manufacturer who can put this much weight in the heel and toe while others are having to place it more centered in the clubhead.
Like the tungsten and the fully forged design, the placement of the thicker bar on the back has also impacted the feel, according to Titleist. Where the feedback on their T100 irons last year was on the sharper and firmer end of the spectrum, the whole company is emphatic that this is a different beast and brings a sound/feel at impact much more on the dense and full side of things. Another very interesting trait is that R&D wanted to improve the sole interaction, so they used their greatest asset, the Vokey Team. What resulted is a Tour designed sole with variable bounce, less in the heel, and more in the toe.
The T100’s will feature the full array of True Temper AMT shafts as the company truly believes in what ascending mass technology can do for fitting. Also, there is a Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei White AM2 option for graphite. Of course, Titleist has a massive assortment of shaft options available through custom fitting as well. These will come in at $186 (steel) per club and hit retail officially on 8/26/2021.
The T100S are a bit of an enigma for people. Upon its debut last go around it was met with a lot of the flack you sometimes see from the anti-loft strengthening crowd out there in the golf world. This time, there is much more clarity on these irons and just what their role is within the T-Series lineup. Titleist is calling this one “The Faster Tour Iron” for a reason, through the strengthening of lofts from the standard T100 by 2° they will absolutely generate more ball speed than their siblings. But wait, there is much more to that story.
First off, to get the rumors out of the way, dimensionally at address and in terms of blade length, topline, and offset, the T100S are identical to the T100. No, your eyes aren’t perceiving a slight difference in the pictures you see floating around the internet. Where the difference does lie is in a “muscle channel” on and into the rear bar of the clubheads. Titleist found that through their exhaustive research when this material was removed and filled in with a polymer (that they worked with their golf ball segment to develop), it actually brought the center of gravity in the heads down to counteract the strengthened loft almost entirely when it comes to flight. Not to mention the same placement of tungsten in the 3-7 irons, but 90g here versus the 80g in the T100.
What exactly does it all mean? It means that the T100S provide all of the precision, versatility, and feel of the T100, but faster, while still providing an angle of descent that is pretty ideal. It is because of this that Titleist is anticipating very big things for the T100S beyond the already impressive Tour adoption in long irons, but also into overall use of Tour and amateurs alike.
Like the T100, the T100S will offer the full array of Titleist custom fit shafts, but they will feature the Project X LZ as their primary option as well as the Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei White AM2 for graphite. These irons will also come in at $186 (steel) per club and hit retail officially on 8/26/2021.
Perhaps no iron in the new T-Series underwent as dramatic of a visual change as the T200, and I believe that most would agree that it was desperately needed. Where the decision last time was to really showcase the Max Impact technology, it necessitated a lot of badging that also brought the overall curb appeal of the irons down for the more discerning golfers. Now, that isn’t to say they didn’t perform, because our testing showed that they very much did, but it simply wasn’t the most Titleist looking release. That has now been rectified.
Titleist is touting the T200 as “The Tour’s Distance Iron”, and based on its early use, especially in the long irons the past few weeks, that is dead on accurate as the 2 and 3 irons are already dominating bag counts in the utilities segment. A big reason for this is the careful thought and consideration which the T200 was given to not just make it visually look like a Titleist players iron, but to also let it blend more into the profiles of the T100. Yes, there is a shorter heel to toe length than last time, along with a narrower topline, and thinner sole, but the company also decided to match the offset in the T100’s here which gives a continuity not seen before.
The irons themselves have an almost hollow body look to them which was intentionally done to give that façade of a MB while offering all of the playability and forgiveness of the tech under the hood. Speaking of Max Impact, it is alive and well with 2.0, it simply isn’t smacking you in the face now when you have the club in hand. The chassis itself have been improved since last time with a new support around a high resilience polymer core all sitting between the engineered muscle plate and a forged high COR SUP-10 face. Add into all of that a whopping 100+ grams of D18 tungsten in the same heel/toe placement of the T100’s, the most tungsten of any iron on the market in this class.
Take all of those things and what do you have? The most advanced iron that Titlest has ever created, in any size or classification with 10 different patents in play. You also have a club built to flat-out perform with massive power and distance potential while still maintaining the “three dimensions” that Titleist holds so critical in any design.
The T200 will come stock with the True Temper AMT Black and offer the Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei AM2 as a graphite option as well, with ample custom options available. Pricing on the T200 is $186 (steel) per club and will begin retail on 8/26/2021.
Rounding out the T-Series iron sets is the T300, and it stands alone from the other options in that this one intends to be a full-on game improvement club that is focused on going high, far, and being as forgiving as possible. As you will notice, the T300 looks much more in line with what we saw from the whole lineup in the 2019 T-Series. What I mean by that is it is all about visual tech and badging, and make no mistake, that was very intentional. No, it wasn’t done to differentiate it from its siblings in the T-Series, but rather, it was a savvy decision in that traditionally the golfers who gravitate to the more mid-to-larger sized forgiving irons love to see all the tech that is under the hood. In fact, they thrive on it.
With that, the T300 is a mid-sized cavity back with badging that accentuates and shows off the Max Impact 2.0 in the 4-7 irons and keeps a cohesive look in 8-P. The updated design features a cantilevered support structure accenting a high resilience polymer core and high COR face to maximize ball speed production and retention across the face while also offering easy launch. Additionally, the T300 does have 40% more tungsten than the last version which helps maximize the stability even more while keeping that center of gravity low.
Yes, these are also stronger lofted and offer two additional wedge options for gapping purposes, but Titleist is adamant for those who like to get hung up on lofts, go hit them and see. Even in the T300, massive emphasis has been placed upon angle of descent and maximizing it in that 45° realm that makes the loft and spin inconsequential when it comes to holding greens while still making the game as fun as possible for golfers.
The featured shaft in the T300 is the True Temper AMT Red as well as the Mitsubish Chemical Tensei AM2. As is the case with the other irons in the lineup, there are also extensive custom fitting shaft options. The T300 will release on 8/26/2021 alongside the rest of the T-Series and be priced at $143 (steel) per club.
A Realm of Possibilities
As you can see, the 2021 T-Series is one that Titleist is not just excited about, but one which they have swung for the fences with a swagger reminiscent to that of the massively successful TSi metalwoods the past year. When you have a Titleist that is on top of their game and with maybe the most cohesive branding vision we have seen from them yet in terms of what a Titleist iron is supposed to look and feel like, then I’m not sure how that excitement doesn’t bleed over to everyone educating themselves on these clubs.
The T-Series will be in fitting carts everyone starting today, with the official release hitting on 8/26/2021. Not only are the individuality of the irons in play here, but so to is the potential for any set makeup one might desire. Titleist has streamlined the designs and is fully welcoming the notion of combination sets, it’s common for Tour players, so why not us mortals as well?
The 2021 T-Series release is clearly a massive one for Titleist, but what do you think? Do you plan on hitting them or getting fit? Please jump into the conversation both below on this article as well as the THP community and have your voice heard!