Marketed as offering distance without compromise, the Titleist 915 is a high end driver that is undoubtedly worth it’s price.
Players who liked the look of Titleist drivers in the past will be very pleased with the new Titleist 915 D2 Driver at address. The new club introduced by Titleist features a black crown and traditional look with a long and deep head, especially ideal for the purists out there.
Titleist 915 Driver Design
It’s what’s on the bottom of the clubs, running along the sole behind the leading edge, that makes the new driver very different from previous Titleist offerings with it offering a slot in the sole which Titleist calls an Active Recoil Channel (ARC). Titleist have stated that ARC allows for the hitting area to flex more at impact and broadens the area from where maximum ball speed is created which subsequently reduces spin. The Titleist 915 D2 was primarily designed to create more speed on the ball but with the flex on the front of the driver more effective at impact so with that pure speed, there is an added bonus of reduced spin which will certainly aid players in controlling their shots more efficiently. When talking about reducing spin, it isn’t limited to reducing spin in the middle of the club but reducing spin all around the face.
When the Titleist 915 D2 was first being developed, original prototypes of the driver actually exceeded the USGA’s limit on how springy a face could be, so with this news, Titleist done further research and developed a variable face insert using forged 6-4 titanium which is thicker in the middle and thinner around the edges. The insert helps the center of the hitting area reman conforming whilst shots hit around the perimeter lose a lot less energy meaning that they travel a greater distance.
For further assistance from the tee, Titleist have also lowered the center of gravity and moved it farther from the hitting area to create the perfect launch angle. They done this by creating a series of internal pockets and tapered areas in the 8-1-1 titanium crown. The weight saved from these pockets was duly shifted to the internal weight pad located in the back of the club and external weight pad in the sole. The shifting of weight to the lower and farther back aids the Titleist 915 D2 to produce a slightly higher launch angle than previous models while still helping to increase the moment of inertia.
Difference Between Titleist 913 and 915 Drivers
The difference between the Titleist 915 D2 and its predecessors such as the ‘913’ Driver is that the 915 D2 is larger and displaying a 460cc pear-shaped head that allows for an easier draw whilst it also features a 16-position SureFit Tour hosel system. The great thing about the SureFit Tour hosel is that it allows the golfer to increase the club’s advertised loft by as much as 1.5 degrees or it can decrease by 0.75 degrees. It is also possible to convert the club up to 1.5 degree more upright or flatten the lie angle by 0.75 degrees. The 915 D2 comes in lost of 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees.
Now that’s the basic information about the club out of the way, we will now go on to discuss the key attributes of the club in connection to performance.
Titelist 915 Performance
The 915 D2 is one of the longest distance drivers in the market and initial tests of the club have shown consistent results of both power and roll. Off the tee, the driver provides a great starting impact for a player of any level with the ability to earn that crucial extra yardage, especially in comparison to its predecessors. With the ability to make adjustments to the head, players are able to find their ideal setting and one suitable for the situation at hand. With the raw power and speed that the 915 D2 is able to create, accuracy and forgiveness isn’t compromised. It offers straight and simple shots at a consistent level with a lack of curve allowing the shot to hit the intended target with misses more than likely due to be down to pushes and pulls and not hooks or slices. With its sturdy and metallic feel at impact, the 915 D2 has great feel to give the player the utmost confidence in their shots especially with the ideal weighting of the driver. Furthermore, the slot in the sole gives a typical trademark Titleist crack feel.
With such advanced features that the Titleist 915 D2 provides, the playability of the driver really is one of the best in the business. Users of the club have claimed that it put the player in control of the swing, rather than control being swayed by the club. When using the 915 D2 expect high and straight shots with adjustability to seek your ideal ball flight with good workability also.
Retailing at $449, although on the expensive side, the price is in-line with the experience that the player will receive from using the driver. With variety and versatility in abundance, the Titleist 915 D2 really is an exciting driver appealing to players of all skill levels and abilities.