FARMINGTON, N.Y. - Two months ago at Congressional Country Club, Titleist gave members of its tour staff their first opportunity to hit the new 913D2 and 913D3 drivers. On Monday at Bethpage State Park, home of the Black Course and site of this week's Barclays Championship, players like Zach Johnson, Charley Hoffman and Tom Gillis were shown the company's yet-to-be-released 913F and 913F.d fairway woods.
While the 913F is designed to appeal to golfers who want more distance in a traditional fairway wood, the 913F.d -- with a slightly larger head and a center of gravity that is closer to the face -- was built to appeal to players who like to hit their 3-wood off the tee and maneuver the ball around the course.
Like their predecessors, the 910F and 910F.d, these stainless steel clubs are adjustable and allow golfers to independently change the loft and the lie angle by unscrewing the head and then reattaching it in one of 16 different positions.
However, by making the crown slightly thinner and the adjustable sleeve that connects the shaft to the head lighter and tapered, Titleist engineers were able to shave some weight and then reposition it in a flat pad positioned in the sole. While the weight pad is near the back of the 913F, it is noticeably more forward in the 913F.d.
Titleist says that both clubs now spin the ball less, with the 913F producing the same trajectory as the 910F while the 913Fd launches the ball a little higher than the 910F.d, but still lower than the 913F.
Both clubs are slated to hit pro shop shelves in early February 2013.