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ClubTest 2015: Titleist 915D2 Driver

On The Range: Titleist 915D2 Driver
ClubTester Michael Kaye talks about one of his favorite drivers at ClubTest 2015, the Titleist 915D2.

Titleist 915D2 Driver

 

Category: Game-Improvement Drivers
Price: $449
WE TESTED:
9.5° (adjusts 8.75° to 11°), 10.5° (adjusts 9.75° to 12°), 12° (adjusts 11.25° to 13.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70, Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blue 60, Mitsubishi Diamana M+ Red 50, Aldila Rogue Black 70, and Aldila Rogue Silver 60 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A thinner, lighter crown means more mass can be distributed to the back of the head.

PROS

 

DISTANCE: One of the longest tested; consistent results with a good mix of carry and roll; adjustments are key—dial in the proper setting and let the launch party begin; some say it ekes out extra yardage over the previous D2.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Straight and simple, shots travel like they’re on a track, time after time; not a ton of curvature—misses are more likely pushes and pulls than hooks or slices.
FEEL: Upper echelon; sturdy and metallic at impact, with superb weighting and admirable feedback; the slot in the sole doesn’t change the characteristic Titleist crack.
PLAYABILITY: One of the best—puts you in control of the club, not the other way around; expect high, straight shots with enough adjustability to tune in your ideal ball flight; better testers found a touch of workability, too.
LOOK: Top marks—the 915D2 is a purist’s club that’s locked and loaded at address; long, deep head with no fuss, gimmicks or distractions; a large footprint for a Titleist, but not overwhelming.

CONS

 

Slightly less workable than its predecessor—more bomber than swashbuckler; sole slot doesn’t salvage low strikes quite like some guys hoped.

BOTTOM LINE: Titleist’s most user-friendly driver to date is the top game-improvement vote-getter. It offers the variety and versatility needed to keep lower-handicappers interested, with enough pop (and pardon) to excite aspiring players.

HOT STIX'S TAKE: Loads of help in a traditional-looking head. All skill levels could play the 915D2. It produces higher-launching shots with less spin than the 913D2.Launch - Mid; Spin - Low

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Titleist 915D2

NEXT REVIEW: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond

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Titleist 915D2 Driver

MORE INFO ON THE TITLEIST 915D2 DRIVER

From Golf.com, November 13, 2014

Every club company worth its salt is dedicated to boosting driver performance on off-center hits. Lively clubfaces with a range of thicknesses are a given, but companies such as Nike, TaylorMade, Adams and Tour Edge have begun to look beyond the face [or, more accurately, below it], adding slots and other design elements to the club's sole to produce more pop. The by-product, they say, is faster, more consistent ball speed on low hits. Well, count Titleist among the believers. The new 915 D2 and 915 D3 drivers feature a deep, wide cutout known as an "Active Recoil Channel" [ARC] on the sole behind the leading edge, which allows the sole to flex more than it does in the 913 series drivers. Think of the cast titanium body as a spring that flexes in the crown and sole areas. The bottom line? Faster ball speeds [by 0.5 to 1 mph] and less spin on shots struck low on the face. What's more, the forged titanium face insert [which has thin sections in the heel and toe] delivers 99 percent of maximum ball speed on shots hit up to a half-inch off center.

The clubs also feature a similar MOI to 913 drivers. That's no small feat considering the ARC adds 8 grams close to the face. To counteract this, Titleist created a thinner crown, then redistributed the weight they saved to the back of the sole.

 

Company testing shows that the 915 D2 produces slightly higher-launching shots than the 913 D2 and, on average, 115 rpm less spin. The result? An average of three yards more carry and up to 15 more total yards. The 915 D3 spins 250 rpm less than its predecessor, which helps produce nine extra carry yards.

At 440 cc, the pear-shaped 915 D3 produces a lower, flatter trajectory, with about 250 rpm less spin than the 460 cc D2. The new D3 is also more workable than its sibling and has less built-in draw bias, making it a better fit for lower-handicappers. Both models feature the same SureFit Tour hosel as 913 drivers, so you can easily adjust loft [+1.5° to -0.75°] and lie [1.5° upright to 0.75° flat].

In conjunction with the 915 release, Titleist is offering five stock shafts -- two Aldila Rogues and three Mitsubishi Diamanas. With various weights and flex points available, finding the right fit should be simple. Both 915 models are available now. 915 D2: 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°; 915 D3: 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°. -- Rob Sauerhaft

NEXT REVIEW: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond

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