From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2013 (March 2013)
Titleist 913D2 Driver
Category: Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5° with Aldila RIP Phenom 70 graphite shaft; 9.5° with Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blue 62 graphite shaft; 10.5°, 12° with Titleist Bassara W 50 graphite shaft
DISTANCE: One of the longest; better than average length and very consistent for most testers; gives you what you expect on solid hits.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Receives top marks; significantly more forgiving than previous models; very strong directional correction.
FEEL: One of the favorites; pleasing, balanced weight through the swing and very strong, solid feel at impact; relatively soft sensation with little vibration.
PLAYABILITY: One of the most workable models; shots can be curved in either direction with ease when the head is dialed in; mid launch works well in most conditions.
LOOK: Hard to beat; great looking stick; traditional shape and high-quality black finish is a big hit.
A few players say they get a bit more spin than they want; some testers prefer a slightly firmer feel at impact.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the toprated models. It's long, easy to hit, and good-looking.
HOT STIX'S TAKE
Spin: Low to mid
More forgiveness on off-center hits than the 913D3. Will fit the majority of players.
Titleist 913D3 Driver
Category: Tour Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5°, 10.5° with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ White 72, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Blue 62, and Aldila RIP Alpha 60 graphite shafts
DISTANCE: Several testers hit it 5 to 10 yards longer than their own; loses less distance on off-center hits than other small-headed drivers; 910D3 users hit this one farther.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Surprisingly forgiving for a player’s driver — accuracy and consistency are its trademarks; a real fairway-finder — one tester hit 13 of 14 fairways, another guy found 12 of 14.
FEEL: Testers really like its balance and weighting through impact; firm, satisfying thump— instant gratification—as the ball jumps off the face.
PLAYABILITY: A real strong suit; reliable, controllable draw; boring, medium to low flight; great for making a good player better—easy to shape shots.
LOOK: All-business, 445cc head inspires confidence; tasteful alignment aid and graphics.
A few testers find that off-center hits suffer distance-wise versus their own; natural tendency in the neutral setting is for a lower ball flight, which may cost some guys distance; minority of testers prefer the 910’s deeper, richer sound.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the best drivers in the test. Top-shelf distance, accuracy, and maneuverability.
HOT STIX'S TAKE
Best for higher-swing-speed players seeking a lower spin rate.
From Golf Magazine (November 2012)
Speed. You’ll hear the “speed” theme from all the big club companies in the coming months. that’s because today’s design game is all about boosting ball speed across the clubface to help you hit it farther and with more control. titleist’s fully loaded, adjustable 913 series drivers, for instance, have a “faster” forged titanium face than its 910 drivers—the thinner, “variable taper” face allows the perimeter to flex more (like a trampoline) for increased ball speeds. Company testing reveals that off-center hits come off the face 1 to 2 mph faster, which equates to 4 to 6 yards more length. further testing indicates that the face delivers 99 percent of maximum ball speed across an 11 percent larger area than 910 drivers. In addition, the 913 drivers are designed to generate spin numbers that are more similar to one another than their predecessors were. that’s a significant change because many high-swing-speed players wouldn’t consider the 910 D2 because it produced too much spin. With the 913 series, fittings likely will focus more on your preferred head shape and how much forgiveness/workability you want. specifically, the more rounded 913 D2 offers additional forgiveness with slightly more draw bias (2 to 3 yards), while the pear-shaped 913 D3 is more workable with no draw bias. — Rob Sauerhaft
From GOLF.com (June 25, 2012)
BETHESDA, Md. — The Titleist 913D2 and 913D3 drivers won't be available to the public until November, but both clubs were on the driving range at Congressional Country Club on Monday. As players arrived at the course, site of this week's AT&T National, Titleist's tour staffers were waiting with launch monitors ready and plenty of clubs waiting to be tried, tested and put into play.
The 913 drivers are not radical departures from the clubs they will replace (the 910D2 and 910D3); the new model retains its predecessors' glossy black crown, traditional pear shape and simple alignment marks. The 913 driver also features the same SureFit Tour adjustable hosel system that debuted in the 910 drivers, which allows you to change both the loft and the lie angle.
"Essentially, what we've done is re-design our face insert," says Stephanie Bezilla, Titleist's director of metalwood development. "It's still titanium, the same material we used in 910, but we've invented a new process and we're using it to create a more compliant face through the overall design of the face and the geometry. We've created more flexibility along the perimeter, and with that you get more ball speed."
Bezilla said the new drivers should produce similar trajectories to the 910 drivers. The difference between the 460cc Titleist 913D2 and 445cc Titleist 913D3 is workability, she said.
"In the 913s, we've really focused on enhancing the stability differences," Bezilla said. "The 913D3 is more workable, a control-type product, while the 913D2 is more balanced, combining performance and forgiveness, but they launch and spin the ball very similarly."
Aside from a pair of red and silver racing stripes, the only thing on the sole of the 913 drivers that might catch your eye is a small weight plate positioned in the back. Previously, Titleist had designed an adjustable weight plug in that area, but according to Chris McGinely, Titleist's vice president of club marketing, the adjustable plate is an upgrade.
"This weight has a larger area and it stays mainly on the perimeter of the golf club instead of having most of the weight inside the head," he said. "That helps us take a little spin out of the drivers."
McGinley said that when the 913 drivers are released to consumers, different weights will be available for purchase so golfers can fine-tune the feel of the club. Titleist hasn't finalized exactly which weights will be sold, or what the stock shaft options will be.
Bezilla said that while club-fitters and golfers can adjust the weights, doing so won't affect the launch angle or the spin rate too much. "It's more about getting the swing weight and the overall weight of the club to fit the player," she said.
The next generation of Titleist fairway woods and hybrids are scheduled to debut on the PGA Tour in August before the start of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
When they arrive in pro shops in the fall, the 913 drivers will cost about $399. — David Dusek