Titleist 915D3 Driver
Category: Better-Player Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5° (adjusts 8.75° to 11°) and 10.5° (adjusts 9.75° to 12°) with Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70, Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blue 60, Aldila Rogue Black 70, and Aldila Rogue Silver 60 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The channel is designed to boost ball speeds and limit spin on shots struck low on the clubface.
DISTANCE: Good overall length—for most testers, it’s not super-long but definitely not a short driver; shots scoot out there a bit better than they do with the 913D3.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The channel in the bottom of the clubhead seems to help with shots hit low on the face; acceptable correction on off-center hits; it’s plenty accurate when you’re in control of your swing.
FEEL: This is what a driver should feel like when you catch the sweet spot; the audible click at impact is what you expect from Titleist; misses aren’t painful, while solid strikes are plenty satisfying.
PLAYABILITY: Piercing trajectory consistently puts you in the fairway; a shotmaker’s club, it can move the ball wherever you want—definitely for players who like to shape shots.
LOOK: One of the most beautiful clubs in the test; our panelists appreciate the classy, traditional appearance.
For some testers, it doesn’t seem to be a huge improvement over the 913D3; a few guys are left wanting more distance, and help, on misses.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the better models tested. The 915D3 is another very good Titleist driver that provides sufficient length and control in an extremely attractive package.
HOT STIX’S TAKE: The 440 cc clubhead delivers relatively low launch and spin but more workability than most.Launch – Low; Spin – Low
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Titleist 915D3
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From Golf.com, October 1, 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 November 14. Price: $449. 915 D2: 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°; 915 D3: 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°.
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