April is the first full month of spring, and for me it signals the start of the golf season. Learning about all the new products out there is on of my favorite ways to get ready for the course. This year I thought it would be fun to do my own product reviews. I did several video reviews but it quickly occurred to me that I am only one guy, while there are people out there that have been perfecting the art of club testing for years. So I’ve started this new series where I compile all the best product reviews and put them into one place to make it easy for everyone to find. I hope you find these ultimate product reviews helpful! – Matt
Club Name: 915D2 and 915D3 Drivers
Price Point: $499.00
Specs: The 915D2 (460cc) is available in lofts of 7.5, 8.5, 9.5 10.5 and 12 degrees. The 915D3 (440cc) comes in lofts of 7.5, 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 degrees.
Shafts: the stock lineup includes the Aldila Rogue Black 70 (mid-launch) and Aldila Rogue Silver 60 (lower-mid launch); and the Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 (low launch), Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Blue 60 (mid launch), and Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Red 50 (high launch).
Two years after the highly successful 913 series, Titleist is making a bold statement with the new 915D2 and 915D3 drivers. There’s a lot of new technology that the folks at Titleist are very excited about. The Active Recoil Channel™ delivers more distance through higher speed and lower spin by wrapping around the sole of the driver to create a more efficient energy transfer on off-center hits. The Radical Speed Face insert uses variable face thicknesses to further improve ball speed distance on mishits. The high MOI (moment of inertia) design results in a low and deep CG (center of gravity) that gives players plenty of forgiveness.
Most golfers should lean toward the 915D2, while the 915D3 will work for advanced players who need less spin.
Learn more about the Titleist 915 series by visiting the Titleist website here.
1. Golf Digest: Gold Rating. There’s a welcome consistency to the look of Titleist drivers and their 16-way adjustable hosel. But the 915 series breaks new ground by installing a channel in the sole. The depth and length of the channel aren’t designed just to help the face flex at impact (for more ball speed). It also helps shots launch with less spin. Both the crown and face have been strategically thinned to save weight and improve what happens when you don’t find the center of the face.
2. Golf Magazine
915D2: Love it. 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.
915D3: Like it. 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. 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.
3. Golf WRX: Love It. The performance of the 915 drivers is one reason to buy them. The other is the slew of loft and shaft options. The variety allows golfers to dial in nearly any loft, lie and face angle combination they desire, and the two distinct club heads should fit most interested players. There are drivers on the market that are slightly more forgiving than the 915D2 and ones that are lower spinning than the 915D3, but chasing one attribute such as low spin or maximum forgiveness is not what these drivers are about. If you’re looking for the complete package — possibly the best combination of looks, sound, feel and performance — the 915D2 and 915D3 are it.
4. Hacker’s Paradise: Like it. Though lacking any groundbreaking advancement in relation to the current metalwood climate, the 915 D2 performed admirably and maintained the bulk of the aesthetic qualities that make Titleist drivers so sought out by their fan base. The one sticking point may be the hotter sound off the face, especially for those that are set on what a Titleist driver should sound like, but compared to current offerings like the G30 it was still arguably superior acoustically. While there weren’t any major advancements noted in ball speed or distance, the off-center performance showed that it can be a driver for the masses, and that steady advancement will be appreciated by many.
5. Plugged In Golf: Just OK. I find myself in a tough spot with the Titleist 915D2 driver. I really find the club pretty exciting, love the different shaft options, and think it should be one of the best drivers out there for the average golfer. There’s a reason Titleist is known as one of the premiere brands of golf decade after decade. Where I’m struggling is trying to maximize the 915D2′s potential. Typically, I have a general idea of what works for me in a driver and it doesn’t take long for me to get dialed in, but with the 915D2 I’ll have to devote more time to figure out exactly what this club can do.
6. My Golf Spy: Like It. While it still surprises people when I tell them, the reality is that recent Titleist drivers have been among the most forgiving in the industry. Seriously…that stuff about Titleist drivers being almost exclusively for better players…it’s mythology at its worst. If high MOI and forgiveness is at the top of your list, you definitely should be looking more closely at Titleist.
7. Golfalot.com: 5 stars.