Titleist 915 Drivers, Fairways and Hybrids – Featured Review

Titleist 915 Drivers, Fairways and Hybrids – Featured Review

Full review of Titleist's latest addition to the family

With Taylor Made, Callaway and Ping using more and more visual technology on their wood heads Titleist had generally stayed with a simpler and more traditional shape of head, partly with success from the “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it – just refine it” mentality which has given an element of stability of product in an industry with ever more marketing and gimmick-fuelled changes.

With this series Titleist have moved into a more obvious use of technology and taken a leap into a much more accessible set of products over their traditionally better-player-oriented heads with the focus on better speed and performance across the whole face versus previous models where you were fine as long as you struck the ball off the sweet spot!

The technologies used and their affects on performance are:

Active Recoil Chanel (ARC)

This is a chanel in the sole of the club that runs the entire length of the face from the toe end of the club all the way to the heel. This chanel varies in width and depth whether it is in the driver, fairway or hybrid for slight changes in performance:

The Driver chanel is slightly wider than the fairway and hybrid and is set slightly further back from the face. This allows maximum compression across the chanel to get as much ball speed as possible across the entire face. The compression chanel also keeps spin down – all driver heads compress/flex slightly on the crown at impact which promotes a slightly higher launch but also higher spin. With the sole compressing too this reduces the amount of spin as it keeps dynamic impact loft down and produces a stronger ball flight.

The Fairway wood chanel does the same as in the driver, however the chanel is nearer the face but is also deeper, reaching up to nearly half the height of the face. The fact it is nearer the face produces the same results as in the driver but to greater extents. The greater flexion promotes a higher launch angle as well as far better ball speed retention on strike low out of the face over any previous Titleist wood and it also pushes spin that little bit lower as well making these fairways easily the most forgiving and longest fairway wood heads that Titleist have ever produced.

The Hybrid chanel is slightly further back form the face to the fairways with the main aim to ensure spin does not drop too low, giving these heads a reasonable level of spin control on landing rather than making them too strong and hot on landing.

Ultra-thin Face

On all the woods and hybrids the face has been thinned as much as possible, this helps to maintain ball speed across the face due to greater face flexion and reduced the “dead” areas on the outside of the face. On the driver the middle of the face has to be thickened slightly to ensure the COR stays legal, something that is not necessary in the other heads.

High MOI Design

Where other brands have pushed the Centre Of Gravity (COG) as low and far forward as possible, Titleist have maintained its position as low far back as possible to keep forgiveness and stability as high as possible without compromising flight and spin strength. With the reduction in spin using the ARC technology the deep COG position helps to maintain the launch angle as well, making sure the clubs are as playable and forgiving as they can be.

These changes make the 915 series by far the most forgiving and user-friendly heads Titleist have ever launched and take the brand away from the old tag of “better clubs for better players”, where you had to be a top notch ball striker to really realise the potential performance of the clubs, to a range where many more players will be able to get the best out of them and the line “serious clubs for serious golfers” is much more apt! This series could be the biggest thing for Titleist since the Pro V1 was launched.

Below you can click the image to download the flight data from our initial testing that shows the difference in performance from the 913 heads to the 915 – all tests were performed using exactly the same shaft in each of the heads (Oban Kiyoshi Black 65 in the Driver, Accra Dymatch 2.0 MTF in the 3 woods and Diamana S+ 70 in the Hybrids) and each head measuring exactly the same loft. [Please note these results are specific to the tester and there will not be exactly the same performance changes for all players.]

915 vs 913