What we say...
Oct 2012 - First Hits
The first thing to note is how appealing the clubheads are at address. The D2, at 460cc, is particularly inspiring as it looks to offer a larger hitting area than many on the market. But even the D3, a smaller 445cc head, won’t intimidate the life out of a higher-handicap player. In truth the differences between the two aren’t vast. Both deliver the same initial launch and spin characteristics and deliver high ball speeds across more of the face.
However, the D2 is likely to prove the more popular of the two in terms of mass market appeal as its slightly deeper centre of gravity helps promote more of a draw than the D3.
Another positive is the sheer number of shafts available as custom-fit options while Titleist’s SureFit Tour hosel is a brilliant way to fine tune your ball flight with the right guidance. Titleist’s refusal to go above the 45” standard shaft option is also a refreshing change in an era where shafts seem to be getting ever longer in the quest for distance.
As always, we would recommend a custom-fit session as a must. A poorly-fitted driver simply won’t be as forgiving. The 913s, once fitted, definitely lived up to Titleist’s forgiveness promise. These are great drivers – and with one in your bag, your playing partners might even mistake you for a great golfer too.
After months of on-tour testing, including a major win in the hands of Rory McIlroy at the U.S. PGA Championship, Titleist's 913 drivers are finally available to the public.
At first glance the 913 D2 doesn’t look drastically different from the 910, but in its first week on Tour in July around 50 per cent of Titleist staff players switched to the new driver. By the end of 2012, 90 per cent of Titleist’s staffers are expected to have switched – a clear sign of a measurable performance boost.
The key difference, say Titleist, is their newly developed face insert; invisible technology to the naked eye but a development that has a big impact on performance. Thicker in the middle and progressively thinner towards the edges, the insert is designed to give improved ball speeds on off-centre strikes. Hit the ball out the middle of the clubface and you won’t notice much difference – but on mis-hits Titleist insist the 913 models deliver an 11 per cent increase in the maximum ball speed area on the face.
Other subtle differences include a thinner crown, a flatter weight design to lower the centre of gravity and slight shape changes. But one thing that remains from the 910 models is the adjustable SureFit Tour hosel, allowing loft and lie to be independently altered.
RH: 7.5º, 8.5º, 9.5º, 10.5º, 12º
LH: 8.5º, 9.5º, 10.5º, 12º.