Titleist 917F3 fairway wood.
Courtesy of Titleist
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CATEGORY: Better Player Fairway Woods

PRICE: $320

WE TESTED: 13.5° (adjusts 12.75° to 15°) with Aldila Rogue Max 75, Fujikura Speeder Pro TS 84, Mitsubishi Diamana Ltd. (Blue 70 and White 80) graphite shafts.

KEY TECHNOLOGY: The updated high-strength steel face increases ball speed on mis-hits.

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Playability

Top-shelf; shots launch fast and climb high from any lie; responds to shot-shaping requests—low runners, high draws and baby fades are all on the table; preset the sole weight and hosel and let the club do the work.

"These are great woods—powerful, forgiving, terrific feel and a sexy look."

Distance

Consistently above-average length; shots hit low on the face eat up yards, and toe shots don't seem to lose a thing; noticeably longer than previous models.

Cons

A few guys struggle to hit the lower-lofted head off the deck; one or two wish it packed more muscle; the hosel and sole adjustments may require a manual.

Bottom Line

The highest-rated fairway wood in its group, Titleist's 917F3 masterfully blends workability, forgiveness, length and feel, all in an attractive package.

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