About this time two years ago we saw the first photos of Titleist’s current drivers, the 913D2 and 913D3. It looks as though the company will stay true to that release cycle with its next-generation 915D2 and 915D3 drivers, which we spotted on the range at the Quicken Loans National.
Titleist is mum on any details about the driver, but it looks as though the 915 drivers will incorporate slots on the bottom of their soles that Titleist appears to be calling “Active Recoil Technology.” The technology isn’t new, but it’s been proven to have its benefits, particularly in fairway woods and hybrids. Golfers tend to contact the ball below the sweet spot with those clubs as well as with the driver, and what slots can do is allow the lower portion of the clubface to flex more on shots hit below the center of the face, creating ball speeds that are more similar to those produced on center strikes.
Some manufacturers have shied away from using slots on their drivers, saying that they don’t need them because the spring-like effect of the club faces has already been maxed out. Both TaylorMade and Adams have incorporated slots in their latest drivers, however, including TaylorMade’s SLDR, SLDR S, JetSpeed and Adams’ XTD.
Titleist is known for producing classic-looking driver heads with neutral weighting that allows better players to work the ball both ways, and these look to be exactly that with their pear-shaped, glossy black crowns. The 915D2 driver, like D2 models in the past, appears to be slightly more forgiving and higher-spinning thanks to its longer front-to-back profile. The 915D3 looks to have a shorter front-to-back length and a deeper face, which are generally the characteristic of a lower-spinning driver head. In most cases, lower-spinning heads are a little less forgiving because of their slightly more forward center of gravity positions.
Like the 913 series, the 915 drivers appear to an adjustable hosel and rear weight, which help golfers fine tune loft, lie angle, face angle and swing weight to their preference.
Several players at the Quicken Loans National are already testing the new driver, including last week’s winner Kevin Streelman.