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I’m an avid golfer, 8ish handicap on my way to a 2 (been a 5.6), and frequent tester of golf clubs and equipment since 2015.
I had the 2021 and 2023 versions of the T200 irons for two weeks each and I tested them about two weeks apart. Both saw the course multiple times and the range once or twice.
Summary: Club for club and shot for shot I can’t tell any difference in performance (which is great – details below) between the 2023 Titleist T200 irons and the 2021 versions of the T200 irons. The 2023 T200s look more refined and I prefer the new design. Keep your 2021 T200s unless you’ve got money burning a hole in your pocket.
In this comparison of the 2023 Titleist T200 irons and 2021 T200 Irons, I discuss my experience with the clubs, unique features and benefits, and my pick for which iron set I’d buy.
2023 Titleist T200 irons
Set Tested: 4-PW Iron Set Men Right Hand
Shaft: True Temper AMT Black S300 Steel Stiff Flex
The 2023 T200s are player distance irons and are where Titleist starts introducing game improvement features in this year’s lineup. The other game improvement irons are the T350s and the T400s.
- The 620 MBs, 620 CBs, T100s, and T150s are low handicap irons, like the T200s.
- The T350s are for mid handicaps and the T400s are for beginners or high handicaps.
The 2023 versions are hollow-body with a forged face with higher-quality tungsten inserts to optimize MOI – think better launch, better spin dynamics, more forgiveness, and more distance, and better distance control. The inserts also reduce vibration at impact and give the T200s a more solid feel.
They re-engineered the whole chassis to improve feel. The face is bonded tighter and better to the body.
They’ve taken great pains to give the T200s a “tour” look by giving them cleaner lines with less offset, thinner topline and soles, and a compact head. (I concur – they look straight-up player now)
They worked with Vokey Design experts to improve the Variable Bounce Sole to soften the trailing edge for faster turf interaction.
Titleist T200 Irons Specs
2021 Titleist T200 irons
Set Tested – 4-PW, Standard Lie, Right Hand
Shaft: True Temper AMT Red Steel S300 Stiff Flex
This struck me when I first pulled them out of the box. The heads are compact, not far from the T100s I tested at the same time. They’ve got a thicker topline and sole, stronger lofts, and more offset to add some game-improvement features.
They look great at address, deliver a powerful ball flight, and feel great while doing it.
My round with the T200 irons couldn’t have been better.
2021 Titleist T200 irons Specs
Testing the Titleist
2023 T200 & 2021 T200 Irons
I put in more range time with the 2023 T200s but had them both on the course for 2 rounds.
TLDR – Both sets.
Two rounds with the 2023 T200 irons. (My swing was mui hit and miss, so I needed a second crack at them)
One 18-hole round with the 2021 T200 irons. (My swing was on and I flushed the ball. I learned what I needed to know.)
My experience with the 2023 T200 irons:
They have a pretty good amount of forgiveness, but you can’t be sloppy with these irons.
The ball jumps off the clubface and goes high by default when you catch it good. When my contact was off (like in much of this video), the ball took off on a mid trajectory and lost about a half club to a club distance. For me, “off” is a little fat and towards the toe.
During my rounds, this had me on the front of the green or just in front of the green instead of pin-high or past pin-high.
The lofts are what you expect to see in player distance irons. 6-iron through pitching wedge lofts are 3 to 3.5 degrees stronger than the Hogan Players Combo set I play. The 4-iron is 1 degree stronger than my 4-hybrid and the 5-iron is 2 degrees stronger than my 5-iron.
So, except for the T200 4-iron during my rounds, I considered every iron about a club more when accounting for distance. And, this generally worked out well.
I found the T200s consistent in their distance. Which is great for scoring and confidence when pulling a club.
Conclusion – Catch them good and your ball gets up quickly, goes straight and carries a long way, and stops quickly on the green. Miss them a little and you’ll lose half a club or so and end up on the front of the green or just short.
My experience with the 2021 T200s:
1st hole from the middle of the fairway into a one-club wind, I pulled the pitching wedge (43 degrees). I got steep on it, but ended up just short of pin high on the green. So, marginal contact with a more-than-acceptable result. Exactly what these clubs are meant for.
The next hole is a par 5. I had a semi-layup situation. I don’t often go for greens on par 5s because I’m not good with long irons or fairway woods.
But, I’m testing clubs. So, I pulled the 5-iron. Again, I was into the wind and had to clear a bunker – about 183 yards.
I absolutely flushed the 5-iron. High and arrow straight. I cleared the bunker easily and ended up just short of the green. I could not have hit a 5-iron better.
The next hole is an uphill par 3. About 200 yards and uphill about 5-7 yards. I pulled the 4-iron. And, proceeded to mishit it toward the toe and a smidge fat. Still, I finished less than a yard off the front of the green.
Another example of the club filling in for my crap contact.
I flushed quite a few short, mid, and long irons after that. A delightful ball-striking day for me.
Conclusion – If you’re a good ball striker who sometimes needs help, the T200 irons are that help.
Are there big differences between 2023 T100 & 2021 T200 Irons?
No, not in the way they perform.
Yes, the cosmetics have been upgraded for the better.
2023 T200s are in the top two or three low handicap or player distance irons I’ve gotten my hands on. I think the 2021 versions look nice, but this is a serious upgrade.
The 2021 T200s are good-looking irons on their own. I love the compact head. The thicker topline and sole don’t jump out at me. I dig the minimal and sleek design. They have the high-shine finish which isn’t my favorite, but I don’t hate it.
Winner – 2023 T200s
They both feel and sound great with solid contact.
Both sets default to high and straight without ballooning, but they both can be flighted or worked both ways if that’s part of your game.
Both sets make up for minor mishits. You’ll lose about half a club or so in distance, but hold their line well. (I tend to catch it a little heavy and towards the toe and this is what I found)
I know the lofts of some of the 2023s are 1-degree stronger, but I pulled the same clubs for the same distances and got similar results.
2023 T200s: ~$200/club
2021 T200s: ~$178/club
Winner – 2021 T200s
Verdict on the 2023 Titleist T200 irons vs 2021 T200 Irons
These are both excellent player distance irons with
nearly identical performance… at least according to my experience.
I know Titleist improved the design and Definitely improved their look, but I don’t think this is meaningful for the average player on the course.
Should you upgrade to the 2023 T200s if you own the 2021 T200s?
No, I don’t recommend that. Though I MUCH prefer the new design, their performance is
What should you do? See below
My #1 suggestion is to test both sets before you buy. Either at your local golf store or take advantage of Global Golf’s Utry trial program. I use it and recommend it.
Thanks for checking out my comparison of the 2023 Titleist T200 irons vs 2021 T200 Irons.