Titleist U 500 Utility Hybrid
Who’s It For?
The U500 utility iron is ideal for highly skilled golfers who prefer to play a long iron over a hybrid, but also want a little bit of forgiveness. The club features a compact shape and little offset that creates a highly attractive “players aesthetic” and promotes a high degree of versatility. The U500 is just as deadly when used to find the fairway on a tight par-4 as it is when it is required to launch a par-5 second shot high and land it softly on the green. Low-handicap golfers and more consistent ball strikers will most likely find that the U500 utility iron best fits their needs. Mid- to high-handicap golfers may prefer the wider-soled U510, which puts more emphasis on forgiveness.
The Tech Story
For the U500 utility iron, Titleist’s engineers took the wildly popular clubface of the Titleist 718 T-MB and thinned out the forged high-strength steel to just 1.9mm thick, increasing ball speed and contributing to the excellent feel. The excess weight from the thinned face was replaced with high-density tungsten, which lowered the center of gravity and created more forgiveness. Overall, tungsten weighting makes up roughly 98 grams per clubhead in the U500 options, which is about five percent more tungsten weighting than was used in the T-MB irons. The L-shaped face design wraps around the leading edge to improve performance on strikes to the lower portion of the face. The U500’s also possess a higher-MOI clubhead than the T-MB irons, resulting in more stability and balance at impact. This club found immediate success in the hands of professionals, and it will have no trouble providing an instant boost in performance for other low-handicap golfers.
Facts and Figures
- Available Lofts: 17 degrees (2-iron), 20 degrees (3-iron), 23 degrees (4-iron)
- Stock Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black
- Stock Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 Flat Cap
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