CATEGORY: Better Player Drivers
WE TESTED: 8.5° (adjusts 7.75° to 10°), 9.5° (adjusts 8.75° to 11°) and 10.5° (adjusts 9.75° to 12°) with Fujikura Speeder Pro TS 74, as well as Mitsubishi Diamana Ltd. Blue 60 and Ltd. White 70 graphite shafts.
KEY TECHNOLOGY: The new SureFit CG tube in the sole shifts the club’s center of gravity to optimize spin and launch for golfers of varying abilities.
Once you set it up right, it provides more mustard off the tee than the previous D3; solid performer yields the yardage testers expect with their normal gamers.[gallery:13812541]
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One of the highest-rated clubs; its medium-low launch and flight is easy to replicate time after time; draws and fades are a snap to dial up; the removable rod in the sole does what it promises, creating clear differences in backspin, launch and direction.
“The most playable driver I tested… it can shape shots like an iron.”
A few testers couldn’t produce enough spin to maximize performance; not as forgiving on misses as one or two would like; for some guys, the D3 doesn’t quite hang with the bombers in the category.
One of the best drivers in its class. The 917D3 is a clear improvement over the 915D3 in terms of workability, forgiveness adjustability and distance. Titleist took a very good product and made it noticeably better.
Listen to the 917D3 at Impact