Since they arrived in early November, I have been gushing about the AP3s to anyone that will listen. I have had AP2s or AP1s (or some combo set) in my bag since probably 2009. I love the looks of the AP2s but preferred the max forgiveness of the AP1s regardless of things like feel and sound. The last few years my regular set was 7-PW in the AP2 and 5-6 in the AP1.
Now the AP3 eliminates the need for a mixed set, in my mind. I can't believe how far, high and straight I am hitting the ball. I am in my mid-50's and for a variety of reasons, I have lost a full club with the irons in the last 5-7 years. With the AP3s I KNOW I have picked up that full club. The new AMT shafts have the 5-7 launching high, yet I can knock down the shorter irons if need be.
No more combo sets for me. So far, gaps between my 818 H1 24 and my AP3 5 iron and then my AP3 PW and my Vokey 50F seem to be manageable. While the AP3's don't sound as good as the AP2s, they sound and feel incredible compared to the AP1. And they have the look of a forged club-look more like the AP2 or a more forgiving version of the AP2.
Anyone else have the same experience? I have to know-is anyone playing the 4 iron from the AP3 set, and especially want to know if this is the first 4 'iron' you've played in a while. I am curious and may want to try it since I tend to play a lot of my rounds in windy conditions-might flight the ball lower than the 4 hybrid and be almost as forgiving.