If you want us to sum up this article in one sentence, here it goes.
The Titleist T400 irons are bulky, super long, and super forgiving, but they are not worth the $1,300 in our opinion.
That’s it. If you want to read further, by all means go for it. We’ll just be reiterating this same sentence using slightly different words, though.
We were thrilled to be able to demo the Titleist T400 clubs last weekend at a local country club. Although we were very pleased with the clubs in general, the price tag is just a little off-putting.
Let’s get into it.
Appearance: Bulky, But Bearable
Let’s be real: no mid to low handicap golfer is going to LOVE the look of these irons. They are sort of like your first girlfriend in middle school: a little on the bigger side, but not crazy big.
If you take a look at the club, you’ll notice that the club face comes down all the way to the sole of the club. If anything, that will help make your slightly thin shots a little more playable.
For a super game improvement iron, the Titleist T400 irons don’t have a super wide sole, which is great for versatility. This will allow you to be a better ballstriker from a variety of lies: fairway, rough, fairway bunkers, dirt, woods, etc.
The bulkiness of the club head is due to the additional perimeter weighting behind the clubhead. Titleist specifically placed two weighted tungsten weights, one towards the heel and the other towards the toe of the club, to help with stability through impact.
Performance: Super Long and Super Forgiving, But Lacks Distance Control
If you want an iron set that is focused on distance and forgiveness, this is the set for you. Although many other club manufacturers have released “the longest AND most forgiving” iron set on the market, you simply can’t go wrong with Titleist clubs.
I was hitting the stock shafted T400 irons anywhere from 2-10 yards longer than my current gamers (Mizuno JPX 825 Pro). That may sound promising, but the distance control was tough. Compared to my forged irons, I simply couldn’t dial this set in when it mattered most. However, this wouldn’t be a big concern is you are more focused on hitting the ball longer and getting more forgiveness on your mishits.
Thankfully, on my few really bad swings on the range, the results weren’t too bad. A few shots off the heel and toe still ended up close to my perfectly struck shots. That extra forgiveness is probably due to the perimeter weighting, specifically the two tungsten weights near the toe and heel of the club.
For a super game improvement iron, I was pleasantly surprised by the feel of the Titleist T400 irons at impact. Most chunky irons like these feel heavy and sound loud at impact — not the case here.
Price: Just $300, Oh Wait… We Forgot The Extra $1,000
Yep, an iron set costing $1,300. You are probably used to it by now, with the current releases starting at roughly $1,000 and up. This site is dedicated to suggesting the best VALUE golf clubs on the market, so we have a tough time recommending brand new releases like the Titleist T400 irons.
However, and this part is important… if you CAN afford a great set of clubs, then this is a great iron set for a golfer looking for distance and forgiveness. Sure, the price is high, but the set will last you hundreds of rounds and hundreds of hours on the range. And thankfully, Titleist irons keep their value pretty well, so you can probably sell them down the road and recoup a lot of your investment.
If you are looking for a better value set of irons that would perform relatively the same, check out Callaway X Hot irons. They were made around 7 years ago and were the HOTTEST set on the market back then. Super long and super forgiving at the same time. You can pick up a set for around $350 in good condition. Spending $1,300 vs spending $350 on the Callaway X Hot? Seems like an easy decision to us.
Short Little Summary For Those That Struggle With Reading
- A little bulky appearance, but nothing crazy for a super game improvement iron
- Super long and super forgiving, but not the best distance control as a cast iron set
- A little on the pricey side at $1,300, but well worth it if you will get a lot of use out of the set. If you would rather have a more budget friendly set, consider the Callaway X Hot irons.