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Titleist 907D1 and 907D2 Driver Review

May. 18, 2007     By     Comments (77)

Titleist may be the "traditional" golf company, but that hasn't stopped them from introducing a triangular driver. How's it play? Read to find out.

Titleist 907 D1 D2 Drivers HeroSome have called 2007 the year of the square driver. After all, big names in the golf industry - Callaway and Nike - have pushed square drivers on the market with others (Nickent) following. And hey, the logic behind pushing weight to the back corners makes sense. These facts have led some to claim that within five years, all drivers will be squarish in shape.

But not so fast! Feedback from demo days is that the square drivers are shorter than the traditional drivers. And, since they're engineered hit the ball straighter, the better players who likes to shape their tee balls aren't taking to the shorter, straighter, squarer drivers at all.

With all the hype, it's easy to overlook the more traditional drivers from companies like Titleist. This April, Titleist followed up on their 460cc 905R with the fairly traditional 907D2 and the triangular 907D1. Both designed for the better player - and neither at all resembling a box - the 907 line continues Titleist's "two-driver" strategy.

How do these drivers stack up to the competition? Is a triangle better than a square? Which of the two is better for you? Read on to find out.

Construction and Technology
The 907 duo, like the 905 and 983 lines before it, continues Titleist's history of all-titanium clubheads. The 907s feature a 6-4 Titanium body with an SP700 beta titanium face. On both the D1 and the D2, the thickness of the beta titanium face is tapered from a thinner top to a thicker bottom, leading to more optimal launch conditions across the face - high launch, low spin. You've heard the mantra before.

Like the 905 (S, T, and R models), the 907 drivers both feature an aluminum bore-through hosel and sleeve that better marries the shaft to the clubhead. Unlike in the 905 series, the 907 hosel sleeve is threaded and screws in, eliminating concerns of clubmakers and avid golfers that they could accidentally pull the hosel sleeve when changing shafts.

Titleist 907D1 and 907D2 Driver Soles
The "Big Vicks" shape appears a bit more pronounced from the bottom than at address and the 907D2 is more circular than pear, marking a substantial change for Titleist. Both drivers are 460cc.

Titleist calls this dual titanium/aluminum trio "multi-material design," and it's interesting to note that Titleist is one of the few companies not including carbon composite materials in their drivers. In the words of someone famous, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." If nothing else, Titleist's all-titanium construction has continued to create some of the best sounding drivers on the market.

The buzz word with drivers this year is, as mentioned earlier, MOI. These three letters stand for "moment of inertia" and the higher a club's "MOI," the less it will twist when a shot is struck off-center. MOI is measured in two directions: horizontal (heel/toe) and vertical (high and low on the clubface). As a general rule, higher handicap players mis-hit shots on the toe and heel, while better players miss high and low.

Model    Heel-Toe MOI    vs. 905R    High-Low MOI    vs. 905R
-----    ------------    --------    ------------    --------
907D1    5000+ g cm^2     + 14%      3100+ g cm^2     + 24%
907D2    4500+ g cm^2     + 2%       2700+ g cm^2     + 8%
905R     4400 g cm^2                 2500 g cm^2

The 907D1 - the triangular one - uses what Titleist calls a "Limit Geometry Triangle" to maximize MOI, leading to improved stability on off-center impact and improved ball speed. In fact, Titleist claims that the peak ball speed face map area of the 907D1 is double the size of the 905R.

The 907D2 - the more circular driver - uses a "Traditional Geometry Circle" to blend higher MOI with workability. The USGA and R&A limit for heel/toe MOI is 5900 g*cm2, and though neither 907 model approaches the limit, this is to be expected from Titleist. High-MOI clubs, like ultra-game-improving irons, benefit the higher handicapper. For high handicappers, Acushnet has Cobra drivers. For single-digit handicappers, Titleist drivers - "serious clubs for serious players" - will do just fine.

Other changes have been introduced that may not be as noticeable as some of the above. The crown has lost some weight and is now "low mass," allowing Titleist engineers to move more discretionary weight around (likely lower and deeper) to tweak or enhance the center of gravity (CG) and the MOI. Finally, the clubface on both the D1 and the D2 is more symmetrical, unlike the 905R which featured a more pronounced toe and a smaller heel.

Esthetics
The symmetrical face helps usher in another change: the "pear" shape for which Titleist is known is gone. Even the 905R was described as a "pear-shaped" driver, but the 907D2 is described by Titleist as having a "traditional geometry circle" design. Most drivers these days are more circular than pear, so the moment of silence I took to observe the death of the pear lasted longer than my adjustment period to the more circular clubhead.

Adjusting to the 907D1, on the other hand, took a little time. I'm fairly quick to adjust to unusual looking drivers (like the FT-i, SUMO2, and HiBore), so after hitting a few balls on the range I was rather comfortable over the club. The triangular shape, at address, is not nearly as pronounced as it looks from the bottom, but I did find that I had to focus on using the clubface to align the club to the ball. If I wasn't careful, I found that I'd often set up a bit left.

Titleist 907D1 and 907D2 Drivers at Address
The D2 is more circular than pear, and the D1 is of course triangular. Beware of your alignment with the D1, though.

Other than the above, most of the rest of the club is true Titleist. Both drivers feature the classic triangle/bar alignment aid on the crown. Both feature the shiny metallic black look Titleist has used with their drivers lately. Both feature the bore-through hosel and a slightly redesigned sole, complete with a new "foggy mirror" finish instead of the satin finish used on the 905 series. The model "D1" or "D2" is stamped and paint filled on the toe, and the symmetrical face and a slightly adjusted set of scorelines really look great at address and inspire confidence.

Performance
Last year I found that the UST ProForce v2 75 shaft suited my game well, and so I tested both the 907D1 and 907D2 with this shaft. The Titleist stock ProForce is the 75, a 76-gram shaft weighing nearly 10 grams more than the UST ProForce v2 65 (67 grams) that most other companies will stock by default. I like a slightly heavier shaft in my driver, so this works out well, but beware the difference if you're coming from another company's driver with a ProForce v2 shaft.

According to Steve Pelisek, Vice President of Titleist Golf Clubs Sales and Marketing, in Golf Talk [Episode 058], the 907D2 is an evolution of the 905R. I was not the biggest fan of the 905R because it didn't really suit my game - it spun a bit too much and seemed to send the ball left a little more than I'd have liked. The 905R was itself an evolution of the 905T, and I was always more comfortable with its sibling, the 905S - the lower spinning, deeper-faced driver of the pair.

So, with Titleist sticking with the two-driver approach with the D1 and D2, I was worried that I'd be left out in the cold. If the 907D2 was an evolution of the higher-spin 905R and the 907D1 was the high-MOI, resists-working-the-ball driver, what would I do?

I needn't have worried. The 907D2, while an evolution of the 905R, is an evolution forward as well as towards the middle of the S-T/R line. It spins less and launches higher than the 905R and, from what I can tell, performs like a larger, more powerful, and more forgiving 905S.

The 907D2 has a relatively deep face, and combined with the symmetry and the more circular head shape, works to really inspire confidence at address. This driver sets up beautifully for draws or cuts, and I've always preferred a driver I can work both left and right. My home course demands it, and the 907D2 is as capable a driver at hitting shaped shots I've ever hit. High, low, left, or right - this driver will respond like a finely tuned sports car. If your swing is on, this driver delivers, consistently, shot after shot.

The 907D2's length is impressive. I lost distance with the 905R due to ballooning from time to time, but the 907D2 suffers no such problem and outdistances virtually every other driver I've hit. I've never hit higher, longer drives than I am with the 907D2. Shots from the center of the clubface rocket off the face with a crisp, powerful crack and gain altitude quickly. The ball carries substantially farther than I've seen with most other drivers and still lands with a little kick and roll. Shots into the wind still get up quickly, but without ballooning and without much loss of distance. This driver's a bomber, folks, and it does so without employing any of the tricks other companies are using (like 50-gram 46" shafts).

Titleist 907D1 and 907D2 Driver Toes
The toe stamp tells you all you need to know. The D1 is sleek and pulled back to the maximum allowable dimensions under the rules while the D2 is more classic in form.

Though the distance really knocked my socks off, I was more impressed with the forgiveness. Though this is not Titleist's high-MOI driver, Titleist may have found the perfect middle ground between workability and forgiveness for the better player. My barometer is the 17th hole at my club, a par-five with a fairway measuring only 17 yards in width (seriously). Over the course of 15 rounds, I'll normally hit the fairway three or four times. With the 907D2 in the bag, I hit the fairway 13 times, and not all of them were with sweet-spot contact. I specifically remember one drive that caused me to wince right after impact. I'd hit the ball about ¾" towards the toe and expected a high, weak shot to curve left into the trees. I looked up only to find the ball starting down the center of the fairway, curving gently into the left side of the fairway… and almost exactly as far as my normal drive on that hole would go.

I've always liked Titleist drivers because, through a combination of the sound and the feel, they let you know exactly where they've been struck. I like knowing if I'm consistently missing the sweet spot so that I can correct my swing. The 907D2 is the first driver I've ever hit that communicates that information to me without penalizing me substantially on the resulting shot. It is, by far, the most impressive driver I've ever hit.

Of course, I also tried the 907D1 with the same shaft. Though available as a stock shaft with the D2, the ProForce v2 75 is a custom-order shaft with the D1. I think part of the logic here may be tip stiffness, weight, and torque - the stock D1 shafts (Aldila VS Proto 65, GDI YS-6+, Titleist Spec Grid 67) launch a little higher, weigh a little less, and have a bit more torque.

While the 907D2 evolved from the 905R, the 907D1 didn't so much evolve from another model as mutate into a related but different species. This is the high-MOI driver of the two, though it's still aimed at the single-digit handicapper. This isn't a game-improvement driver - it's got a neutral face and neutral weighting. If you battle a huge slice and play to a 20 handicap, you'll probably want to look elsewhere.

As I mentioned above, I battled setting up a bit left with the 907D1. The triangle is fairly symmetrical from straight above, but when viewed from the address position I subconsciously closed the clubface. The more upright lie angle (59° versus 57°) may have also contributed to the leftward tendencies. Once I learned to focus on using the clubface itself (or even the triangle/bar crown alignment aid) for alignment, the "left" problem was solved - just a little heads up for those of you who might demo this club.

The 907D1 stretches the clubhead size boundaries to the maximum allowable limits established by the USGA (see Appendix II, rule 4b(i)) in an attempt to increase the MOI, or forgiveness, of the driver. For the better players who tend to over-work their shots, it works beautifully. The 907D1 is not going to cure your 30-yard slice - it's still built for the "serious players" and lower handicappers - but it's virtually impossible to over-work a shot with the D1. As I mentioned, my course requires draws and cuts from the tee, and I had to work a lot harder to get shape from my shots with the D1. In testing on the range, even the most dramatic slice or hook swing produced a much straighter cut or draw than the swing deserved.

Titleist 907D1 and 907D2 Driver Faces
Though I prefer the deeper face of the 907D2 (left), the 907D1's face (right) is fairly deep, too.

The ball flight with the D1 was a bit lower than with the D2 and with what felt like a tiny amount less backspin. Total distance was perhaps a few yards shorter than the D2, though both the distance and trajectory difference may have been a result of me teeing the ball just a bit lower to allow for the shallower face on the D1. Any small distance loss from D2 to D1 pales in comparison to the square drivers I've tested, both of which suffer distance losses of 10-15 yards from their siblings in my experience.

The 907D1 is perhaps the loudest driver Titleist has ever made, but as with the D2 and perhaps due to the all-titanium construction, both drivers still sound rather good. The D1 has a higher-pitched, more reverberating sound, but it still says "Titleist." And though I've called the 907D1 "louder," please realize that its sound is much quieter and more pleasing than even the more traditional drivers from Callaway, Nike, and others.

All told, these drivers really impressed me. Though I'd strayed to the FT-3 Tour and the r7 425 TP in recent years, what with the 905S being "only" 395cc or so, I'm now happy to be back and driving with a Titleist 907D2. The symmetrical face, the Titleist sound, and the incredible distance, workability, and forgiveness afforded to me by this driver astounds me every time I pull it from the bag.

Comparison
This chart could be seen as a lineage chart, with the 905R on the left leading to the 907D2 in the middle. The "mutant" 907D1, which I've taken to calling "The Big Vicks" due to its resemblance to a Vicks cough drop, appears at the far right.

Titleist Drivers (2007) 905R 907D2 907D1
Target Player Serious Serious All Around
Head Volume 460cc 460cc 460cc
Head Shape True Pear Traditional Geometry Circle Limit Geometry Triangle
Ball Speed Maximum Maximum Maximum Across Face
Playability Distance w/ Workability Distance w/ Workability Distance w/ Forgiveness
MOI Medium Enhanced High
Forgiveness Very Good Very Good Maximum
Workability High Medium Low
Trajectory Penetrating Penetrating Penetrating
Feel/Sound Solid & Hot Solid & Hot Solid & Explosive
Body 6-4 Ti 6-4 Ti 6-4 Ti
Face Insert SP700 Ti Tapered SP700 Ti Tapered SP700 Ti
Face Angle Square Square Square
Hosel 6061 T6 Aluminum 6061 T6 Aluminum 6061 T6 Aluminum
Crown Traditional Symmetric, Low Mass Symmetric, Low Mass
Bulge 11" 11" 11"
Roll 11" 11" 11"
Length 45" 45" 45"
Lie 57° 57° 59°
Paint Finish Metallic Gray Black Black
Sole Finish Satin Foggy Mirror Foggy Mirror

Specifications
Some of the specifications are listed above. You'll want to note a few of the differences between the 907D1 and the 907D2. For example, the lie angle on the 907D1 is 59° and 57° on the 907D2. A more upright lie angle will lead to a little leftward bias, helping those who likely need a little help.

The D1 and D2 are available in 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, and 11.5° lots. All but the 7.5° and 11.5° models are available for lefties. Both drivers use a standard-length 45-inch shaft. The bulge and roll radius of both clubs is 11 inches.

The 907D2 is available with four stock shafts: the Aldila VS Proto 65, the GDI YS-6+, the Titleist Spec Grid 67, and the UST ProForce V2 75. The 907D1 is available stock with the first three, and a significant number of shafts are available for special order (including the UST ProForce V2 75 for the D1).

Stock grip is the Titleist Tour Velvet Rubber Round, though you can - as I do - custom order my own grips (Golf Pride New Decade Multicompound is my preference). As is the norm with Titleist drivers, the face angle on both drivers is square - no closed faces here.

Titleist 907 Driver HeadcoversFinally, and at the risk of sounding incredibly silly, I've got to comment on the headcovers. You see, Titleist has finally done away with the socks and gone with a leather-like and heavy fabric zippered headcover. Both drivers fit in their respective headcovers quite easily, and the distinctive patterns draw the eye without being gaudy. Though some will miss the socks, the convenience of the new headcovers far outweighs the nostalgia for me.

Both the 907D1 and 907D2 are available for $399 at Edwin Watts or local golf shops nationwide.

Conclusion
Titleist puts a lot of emphasis on PGA Tour validation, and the 907 drivers are no different. Jason Dufner and Tag Ridings are playing the 907D1. The 907D2 is in the bags of Bens Crane and Curtis, Luke Donald, Brad Faxon, Bill Haas, Arron Oberholser, Mark O'Meara, Tom Pernice, Jr., Brett Quigley, Adam Scott, and others.

Titleist, a company known for its deep roots in traditional equipment, has broken the mold and zigged with a triangular driver when others have zagged with their boxy looking behemoths. Do the 907 drivers herald a new era at Titleist?

Both the 907D1 and 907D2 offer incredible distance with fine-tuned amounts of forgiveness and workability. If you're a single-digit handicapper or a good driver of the golf ball, I encourage you to track these clubs down at a demo day. Odds are, one may make its way into your bag.

Like the bumper sticker says, "I'd rather be driving a Titleist." It doesn't just apply to the golf ball, folks.

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Discussion

  1. mdenari says:

    Great review!! I'd like to know your opinion on the D1 with the stock Aldila Proto shaft.

  2. Tom says:

    Awesome drivers! :lol:

  3. I'd like to know your opinion on the D1 with the stock Aldila Proto shaft.

    I wouldn't know - I haven't hit it with that shaft. I'd suggest finding a demo day or looking at fittingworks.com for a fitter near you.

  4. Jack Waddell says:

    Extremely thorough review, Erik. I've hit both of these drivers at ranges a couple different times and agree completely with your conclusions. They are both solid clubs with exceptionally good sound and feel.

    I also think that the many shaft options Titleist offers is a huge advantage. No one should buy a driver without hitting it first and, ideally, being fit for the club. It's a little more work and time to go through the process but the end result is a club you know is the best for you.

    Unlike competitors with a very limited selection of shafts, you can start with a great clubhead like the D1 or D2 and find the ideal match in a shaft for your swing.

  5. David Baker says:

    I made the move from the 983E to the 907D2 and wont look back!

  6. Mark says:

    Good to see Erik Barzeski, The King of Club Reviews, back in action!

  7. wtd says:

    Unlike competitors with a very limited selection of shafts, you can start with a great clubhead like the D1 or D2 and find the ideal match in a shaft for your swing.

    Jack, I think you might be selling some of the other manufacturers a bit short. I'm sure that availability of demo clubs varies from shop to shop, but my experience was that I was able to try a greater variety of shaft/head combos with both Callaway and TaylorMade than I was with Titleist. To the best of my knowledge (and by all means correct me if I'm wrong), Titleist does not yet offer any type of dynamic (interchangeable) fitting system. My proshop, however; had fitting carts for both Callaway and TaylorMade.

    With Callaway and TaylorMade I could have tried something like 12 different shafts with each head (I only tried 3 each as I had narrowed it down by that point). With Titleist, I was limited to the handful of demo models that were in the store.

    That being said, Titleist does a much better job of keep the cost of shaft "upgrades" reasonable. With stock options like the V2 on the D2, and the VS Proto on the D1, you'll have trouble convincing me that any other manufacturer provides more bang for the buck... at least with their drivers.

    I also give high marks to Titleist's customer support (they agreed to reshaft my 585H with the VS Proto shaft for a very reasonable upcharge).

    To answer mdenari's question about the VS Proto on the D1... I like the shaft/head combo a lot - it's the combo I would have bought if I had bought Titleist. As far as ball flight goes, I find that (for me anyway), the launch characteristics were very similar to the Proforce V2. The VS felt a little softer to me, whereas I found the V2 just a tad too firm (I'm talking about feel, not flex).

  8. craig 0 says:

    hi erik
    just wanted to point out that this driver (D2) is not just for lower handi cappers at least in my case, I'm a 14 and never broke 79.
    I used a nike ignite for the last 3 years and hit fairways 1/2 the time.
    i tried the d2 out of our proshop and was hitting the fairways 75% of the time.
    I took it out a second time and broke 79 for the first time. the first time i swung it i hit the ball 20 yards farther then i ever hit my nike.
    It flew about 10 yards farther then the nike most other times.
    i'm ordering 1 tomorrow, i'm sold on it

  9. Peter says:

    I just bought one, 907D1. Great driver, it is! Both sound and distance are terrific!

  10. Andrew Georgiou says:

    Hi There, great review & HELP, but Please i like to ask you, I had the 905R 10.5' on a Prolaunch S65 & V2 S65,(SOLD BOTH), and thinking about the 907D2...Will a 9.5' (D2) on same shafts have just as a high launch as the 905R 10.5' loft ??

    My swing speed is only 100mph.

    Rgs

    Andrew

  11. Danny says:

    How important is it to get properly fitted for these drivers?

    How much of a difference in distance and accuracy can one expect when he's properly fitted vs getting a loft/flex that's in the general ball park of his swing?

  12. Andrew Purdie says:

    Excellent review, I somewhat cynically demo'd both D1 & D2 and agree with all points mentioned. I did also find that the standard stock grip was unusually small even for my average hands, which made me a little wristy. However a couple of wraps added I was so impressed I bought a D1 X shaft V2. I didn't think either seemed as long as the Mizuno MX500, but was significantly better than Sumo, FT-i et al and very much more controllable.

  13. Double Gee says:

    Just been fitted with D1; 9.5; NVS stiff - and make no mistake this combo (for me) is awesome!

    I went to a Tour van fit session at my local driving range and after trying 10 or 11 combos we hit it just right with this. THEN IT WAS MADE UP FOR ME ON THE SPOT....IN THE BACK OF THE VAN - So I left with the exact club.. Great service indeed!

    I now have a Ping Rapture for sale as the D1 is 20 yards longer and 20 degrees straighter - and I can state this as i have played 3 rounds with it and hit 13 outta 15 fairways in each 3 rounds (I am 11 h/c) and carried several bunkers off the tee that previously were all precariously in 'range'.

    This is the first Titleist driver I have ever owned an I now feel like a real golfer as I now have 'that' brand in my bag ... thanx Titleist, thanx.

    FWIW - I also tried the D2 on the fit session. It seemed to hit a lower more piercing ball flight (again far better than the Rapture i was fitted for) but was not as forgiving with off centre strikes, and thus I hit a few fades that I didnt want!

  14. James Federis says:

    Have the Superquad with the Proto by-you shaft...nice...but also have the D2 with the same shaft....Taylormade is nice..but D2 is has a solid feel and penetrating ball flight..picked up 20 yards of carry with the Titleist..Superquad for sale!!!

  15. Philip says:

    Great review - thank you.

    I have a question:

    I've been using the 983E for the past 4 years now and to be honest with you have been very pleased with it. Never one for fitting, I just ordered one that was 9.5 degrees with a Graffolloy Prolite shaft.

    About a month ago I played with a couple of guys using these funky new 460cc drivers and they were hitting it 50 yards by me. I'm not a long hitter neither am I short, but this really surprised me as it was so noticeable.

    Anyway, to cut a long story short I decided to get fitted and was recommended the D2, 8.5 degrees loft, 76 gr, V2 shaft.

    How much extra distance and accuracy do you think I'll get if I purchase this new club?

    Thanks again.

  16. BP says:

    I demo'd the D1 on a local military course and hit a couple push slices swing too hard but the result wasn't bad and still outdrove my Cleveland Launcher 400. 4th hole I decided to swing smooth and got a center contact that was 310 with bounce and roll - same thing on a hole back the opposite direction (no wind aided).

    I didn't try to work the ball but all 3 shots were amazingly straight and good angle on bounce for some more distance on the ground. I'm a 2 handicap so I guess I need to consider the D2 with a demo session but I almost had the credit card out for the kind of distance and forgiveness the club gave me.

    BP

  17. JM says:

    I've played the 907 D1 for 3 rounds and it is the best driver I have ever used (12 handicap). I'm bombing the ball off the tee
    (280-330 yards) and that makes golfing fun. Mis hits are forgiving and I recommend this club.

  18. John says:

    :lol:
    just bought the D2 and for the first time in my young life i am in love. the ball jumps off the face and is shockingly playable for a titleist driver. i have my state junior amateur in a week im hoping my new distance and accuracy may take me to the top. THANK YOU D2!

    my bag:
    Titleist 907 D2, Aldila By You Shaft
    3 wood- Titleist 980F 15 degree S300 shaft
    Hybrid- Nickent 3DX 17 Degree- Aldila NV
    Irons 3-pw- mizuno MX-15
    Gap wedge- taylor made rac fe203 52 degree
    sand wedge- vokey spin milled oil can- 58 degree
    Putter- YES! c groove marilyn

  19. Todd says:

    Great review of the D2! I bought the D2 last week after multiple demo sessions with Calloway, Ping, Nike, Cleveland, etc. This is one fine club. It's long. It's relatively forgiving (esp. relative to my old Orlimar). It's easy to shape if needed. In summary, I love it so far. (15).

  20. golf snob says:

    I've been using the 983E for the past 4 years now and to be honest with you have been very pleased with it. Never one for fitting, I just ordered one that was 9.5 degrees with a Graffolloy Prolite shaft.

    Anyway, to cut a long story short I decided to get fitted and was recommended the D2, 8.5 degrees loft, 76 gr, V2 shaft.

    How much extra distance and accuracy do you think I'll get if I purchase this new club?

    I recently bought a 983E 9.5 with a prolite stiff shaft and for me it goes further than anything else out there. I have a high ball flight and really load the shaft up so needed a lwoer trajectory club, and the 983E with this shaft is perfect for me. It probably wouldn't be as forgiving as the new 460 clubs, but when struck in the sweetspot I couldn't imagine any clubs being longer or straighter for me. Having said that, the 983E really seems to be a specialist club that not everyone can hit, it's a bit of long hitters club. You said you've never been a long hitter so it may not be suited to your game, so the D2 may give you extra distance. But no new club will give you an extra 50 yards, no matter what all the hackers on these forums allege. Maybe you should demo the new combo before you make a decision to buy.

  21. Hans says:

    When Titleist says "all around" for Target Playr (D1), what does that mean exactly? I've always had the idea that Titleist makes products for the more ... skilled player. The guys at my local golf shop say that if you don't have a single digit handicap to not even consider Titleist products.

    Anyone think I should even bother trying the D1? I'm hitting high 80's, mostly because I trouble keeping the ball in the fairway off the tee. I'm leaning towards an R7 460 (the price is great now), but am open to any suggestions.

  22. When Titleist says "all around" for Target Playr (D1), what does that mean exactly? I've always had the idea that Titleist makes products for the more... skilled player. Anyone think I should even bother trying the D1?

    "All around" in this sense is about 5-15 handicappers. If you're a dedicated golfer and you're looking to improve, the 907D1 is probably a great driver. As always, get fitted for the proper shaft/head combo.

  23. Robert says:

    I took my 16.1 Hcp Index and 6'0" frame to a Titleist fitting session to replace my driver. The launch monitor and profesional advice from the Titleist fitter moved me into a configuration with the D1 model that was counter intuitive to where I thought I should be. I ended up with less loft at 9.5, a shorter than standard shaft length of 44.5, and the standard spec Titleist shaft.

    And guess what . . . I hit the ball straighter and longer than I have in years. With this shaft and set-up, I can still work the ball left or right on command. I expect to be hitting many more second shots from the short stuff for the rest of this season!

  24. Marshall says:

    If the 907 Ds are such an improvement over the 905R, then why do so many tour pros use the R instead?

  25. Fred99 says:

    If the 907 Ds are such an improvement over the 905R, then why do so many tour pros use the R instead?

    Good question!
    For what I can see a lot of pros stick to their R's, I think the difference between the D2 and R are not so big, more a preference thing and looks of course. I still find the traditional R pear-shape and grey metallic colour the very best for set-up, confidence and feel, I hit both on several sessions with the same shafts, and concluded: I'll keep my 905R, it's still the best for me!

  26. Richard says:

    I'm a 5 hdcp. Hit drives about 280-290. Traded my Ping Rapture 10.5 w/ a VS Proto 65 for a 907D1 10.5 w/ same shaft. Titleist is straighter than Rapture and just as long. Happy to play Titleist again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

  27. Philip says:

    To carry on the thread I started above on 21 June, I received my D2 about a month ago and after 8 rounds am now in a position to provide honest feedback.

    For the first 5 rounds I just couldn't get the hang of it. I wasn't sure if it was the size (I was previously playing the 983E), the loss of one degree (down to 8.5) or the weight (at 76 grams it feels extremely light compared to the 983E). I just couldn't find the sweet spot and all my shots ended up short and right. I really thought I'd made a huge mistake but I stuck with it and boy am I glad I did.

    Halfway through my 6th round it just clicked and I started bombing it. It was like I found the ideal swing and sweet spot at the same time. The ball really started springing off the clubface, very similar in fact to the trampoline effect I experienced with old ERC 2 - but with so much more control! I never had that feeling with the 983E. Although I hit some solid, long drives with the 983E it always felt like I had to muscle it out there and only really got the best out of it when I was on the top of my game.

    As golf slob rightly pointed out, I haven't gained 50 yards, but on average I'd say I'm up 25. This is taking into account ALL drives and not just a direct comparison between my longest drive with each driver. Now I have the hang of the D2 I find it very forgiving, only losing 10-15 yards with off centre hits. I'd lose 30+ with the 983E.

    I honestly think the 8.5 for me has really helped me too as the fitter told me I'd get more hang time and more roll with less loft as I actually 'add' loft at impact. Well he was right as I have now lowered my trajectory and getting decent roll which was rarely the case with the 983E. And with this I am now no longer afraid of hitting into the wind.

    The biggest benefit I've found though is that I cannot hit it left at all. I've always been a fader but capable of the ugliest pulls you're ever likely to see at any given point in the round. Many were round wreckers. But no matter how hard I try to turn the D2 over the best I can do is a little draw! Is this just me or have others found this? One thing that has just occured to me is the fitter recommend I add 2 layers of tape under my grips. Whatever the reason I am now no longer afraid of left!

    Anyway, I am delighted with this club and so happy I was patient during those first 5 rounds. I never played the R so I cannot comment on some of the posts above, but to reiterate David Baker's remarks, "I made the move from the 983E to the 907D2 and wont look back!"

    P.S. My handicap index is currently 0.8 and as you can all probably tell, I strongly recommend everyone gets fitted and buys the D2!!

  28. Malcolm Tompkins says:

    Thanks for a great review, im here in the UK and have been searching for a review since trying the D1 with a proforce v2 75 shaft. Ive been using a Cobra F Speed 10.5 reg(the original legal one) since it came out a couple of years ago and its been ok.
    But the other day i took out a 10.5 reg with the above shaft and hit it longer and straighter than ever before.
    Just as Philip said previously it seemed that my swing just found the right tempo and it just flew.
    Can you tell me does the proforce shaft give a lower trajectory as this seemed to be so during my round ive never had problems getting the ball airborne.

    Also to say out of the 9 holes i used the driver on out of the 13 i played i hit 6 fairways.

  29. Kirk says:

    Question for anyone. I've hit the D1 & D2 on an indoor range and love the feel but I'm not sure what shaft to get. I was previously using a Ping G5, 7.5 degree, extra stiff shaft. This was setup for me by the Ping guys on a local driving range. Do you know which stock shaft on either the D1 or D2 will keep the ball flight a little lower for me on an 8.5 Titleist driver? Since the 7.5 is pretty hard to find and really expensive I'm thinking an 8.5 with lower launch angle shaft will work for me. Thanks for any of your feedback.

  30. chris says:

    great review site, very indepth.
    i am a 2 handicap using the D1 9.5 with proto s flex shaft.
    awsome club.

  31. D Tom says:

    Kirk,

    Based on what you currently play with, I don't think that any of the pre-assembled Titleist drivers are going to work for you. I suggest that you call Titleist to find out what their tour vans carry--as far as shaft varieties--and when they'll be near you.

    The reason why I say this is because the pre-assembled clubs are geared towards more "mainstream" swings (i.e., slower and /or shallower). The average golfer doesn't load their clubs at the top of the backswing enough to require a 7.5* loft combined with an X-Stiff shaft. So, your needs tend to be quite unique.

    As a general rule, one way to lower your ball flight and spin is to use a stiffer overall shaft with a lower lofted head. However, that is just one way. There are other ways as well. Choosing a shaft that has a higher kick point will lower the ball flight and lessen spin. To further reduce spin, chose a shaft that has a stiffer tip. If the tour van carries it, I would suggest starting with the 8.5* head with the Grafalloy Blue shaft in X-Stiff. This shaft has a high kick-point with a stiff tip. Have them put you on the launch monitor to check your initial launch angle and spin.

    Once you have the right combination of shaft and head that puts you in the proper range (launch angle and spin), hit some balls on the range to make sure you can control it (soft draws and fades vs. hooks and slices). Also, have them check your grip size to make sure it's not too big or too small for your hands, as this will affect the type of shot you get as well.

    Be sure to bring your old driver. Do some comparisons between the two. So many times, my golfing buds show up with new drivers, because of hype, only to find that their old ones were just as good or just a few yards shorter.

    If you decide to get a new driver, the good news is that most of the Titleist optional shafts don't have an upcharge, so it shouldn't cost you any more for a club that is truly fitted to your swing.

    Lastly, I think I read somewhere that one of the officials at Titleist--when asked about the importance of club fitting--stated that approximately only 5% of the general public fits their "standard" spec clubs. While I think he was refering to irons, there is some carry-over to drivers.

    Hope this helps,
    DT

  32. kraig says:

    executive summary is this is a very good club.

    have been hitting nike ignite for last 3 yrs. i demoed it vs. many other drivers and kept coming back to the nike as it was consistent and long. being a golf hound and technological advances being what they are, it came time to start looking at new drivers. i took the d2 to the range and immediately started hitting it straight w/o any distance loss over the old club. i banged alot of balls, switching back and forth between the two drivers. the d2 was much more forgiving, which prompted me to keep it in the bag to demo it on the course. in the space of 3 weeks and 6 rounds, i found the d2 (10.5 ust proforce v2 75, reg flex) to have great feel and sound. it is amazing to get back in touch with "feel". i am amazed to hit the ball, knowing and feeling that i didn't hit it pure, but finding the ball in the fairway a healthy distance away from the tee.. the low torgue(2.2) in the shaft is opposite of what i expected--with the old nike i knew when i hit it on the toe and club twisted, trying to send the ball back into the fairway;now i don't feel the twisting, but the ball just starts a little right and comes back in. i thought it would start right and stay there.

    i thought the f or m speed cobra would be the new driver for me since i liked the look at address(very important) and many members at my club were having great success with it.. that thought ended quickly, the cobra was not longer and the shots were going everywhere.. and the nasty metallic clang when club face met ball sent shivers to my joints.

    last four rounds were 78,78,78, and 75 and the d2 had something to do with it since my handicap hovers between 10 and 13. my opponets were heard saying automatic every time after i teed off. half of the game is confidence and when i stand on the tee i am not wondering where my shot is going to land, but whether i am going to move it left to right or right to left.

    the d2 is strongly recommended.

  33. JP says:

    Hello Friends,

    I have to say this review is spot on. The Titleist D2 is the very best driver I have ever owned period. I have a 2 hdcp and 115 mph swing speed. Regardless of speed, the combination of low spin and playability makes this a great driver. I would highly recommend the Proto shaft. I needed a low torque shaft as I normally use the V2. I went to 85 gram Proto and it is extremely long and accurate. I use a 7.5 degree with the proto and found that I have gained over 30 yards in distance. I hit a 604 yard par 5 in two by driving my tee ball 337 and hit by Titleist 906f4 13 degree 270. What a great combination. I have tried the Super Quad, FT-3, Hi Bore and these Titleist sticks are much more accurate and long. Plus they set up square. No hard hooks left because of a closed face or whippy shaft. I have played three rounds with this driver and have to warn all of you. Get really good with your 60 degree lob wedge, because where you normally hit PW you will get much closer. I am so impressed with this club that I had to tell everyone. It is worth every penny and not many of the other drivers mentioned are in the same category. Also, misses on toe or heal still maintain long distance, my old 905R had much more spin and misses lost 40-50 yards. The D2 may loose 10-12 yards and still on edge of the fairy. Go to a demo shop and get the right loft and right shaft and prepare to be super long off the tee. I am 45 and blowing it by my club champion who is 25 years old. How rewarding is that. Give it a shot, you will not be disappointed.

  34. Frankie Boy says:

    I have just been bought a 907 D1 by my company for my retirement. I tried Ping G10, Callaway BB460, Nike Rapture, and a few others. I have a tendency to 'push' right quite a lot. However the D1 has nearly cured that and reaching distances I thought only PROs were allowed to do. It totally flew past my playing partner using a Ping G2. It is an awesome (much overused word these days), so I'll say stupendous. I'm not sure if it is possible to produce an easier club to use for a 16 hdcp player. I've just got a set of Mizuno MX900 irons, Mizuno MP-R 56 wedge, and Never Compromise 'Voodoo' putter. I believe these are a great set of clubs and look forward to playing many rounds of golf in Portugal where we have just bought a small villa for our retirement. :smile:

  35. NJ says:

    By far, the best and most informative review I have come across while researching these drivers. You are to be commended and thanked for your efforts.

    I now have the 905R and will be moving to either the D1 or 2 drivers. The leading candidate is the D2 with Zcom SIX shaft but have had great results with the NV line also. While a mid handicap player, the Titleist drivers have always been the best for me going back to the 975D. For some reason, they just work the best for me. I wouldn't let a higher handicap keep anyone from at least trying a Titleist. You may be pleasantly surprised with the results.

    Thanks again for a truly great and helpful review!

  36. Stuart says:

    Love the D2. It replaced my Ping Rapture driver, which while nice, didn't set up nearly as cleanly at address, nor does it sound as nice as the Titleist when hit in the sweet spot. As for distance I thought I had lost some distance at first, but that was due to my swing taking a turn for the worse with my driver. Now that I have sorted out what was wrong with my swing, I'm bombing drives longer than ever. I hit a drive 340 yards on the 17th hole the day before yesterday, which was at least 20 yards further than my best drive on that hole before. I also find that the D2 is much easier to hit straight than the 905r with a much more solid feel at impact, while allowing you to work the ball left or right when you desire to. A great club and one that won't be leaving my bag anytime soon.

  37. John says:

    As a 14 handicap who struggles most with his short game,
    should I consider either of the Titleist Drivers D1,D2?
    I'm 6'4 /230 lbs, and normally hit longer drives with decent control. Currently using the Cleveland 460 launcher with good results, but always an itch to try something new every 3-4 years. Are the new Titleist Drivers manufactured primarily for better players?

  38. Blake says:

    John,
    I would recommend giving either a try but start with the D1. It is noticably more forgiving than the D2 in my opinion. FYI, I am a 6'1"/235 pound (muscluar build) and have tried both clubs. Either is fairly straight, though you really have to try to miss the ball to hit a bad shot with the D1. I've tried the D2 (8.5, S, speeder), and D1 (9.5, S, proto). For comparison I shoot in the mid to lower 80's with a swing speed of 110 to 120.

    I would suggest testing both at the range AND on the course. Bottom line both are straight and long, but the D1 wins the forgiveness test.

    Good luck.

  39. TB says:

    im 14 and off 6 and ive just ordered a d2 with a grafalloy prolaunch red stiff shaft, i havent hit the d2 with this shaft in but ive hit a callaway with the shaft in, (i cant remember wether the callaway was a bore through shaft or not) and i hit it really low for me (which i like as i play at a course where its nearly always windy)and pretty straight (right 2 left slightly) does the bore through shaft effect the stiffness or playability of the shaft? i hit the d2 with the v2 shaft and found it really too stiff and wasnt sure about the proto and hit it with the matrix ozika(or something) shaft in andabsolutey bombed it miles and straight as an arrow but i am definateley not forking £300 for a shaft as tempting as itmight be :wink: also im getting the prolaunch red shaft pured, can you tell me what i should be expecting to see with the pured shaft in, thanks !!!! :cool:

  40. mikey says:

    Great review!

    Just moved to D1 after 2 very happy years with an R5.

    Firstly, the build quality is first class. the club also feels better at address and inspires a lot of confidence.

    I'd say it's probably a touch longer, but so far hasn't been quite as forgiving as the Taylor Made, although it's still early days. :wink:

  41. billy says:

    Is the D2 a good driver for a 5 handycap and lower?

  42. pjsaldanha says:

    GREAT GREAT REVIEW!!
    Because of it I bought a D2 ... with Zcom six shaft! Marvelous! I gainned more 20 yards!
    I am a 10 handicap and played for the past 1.5 years a 905R with Aldila NV Regular (65 g) - 100-105 mph swing speed.

    The Zcom Six shaft Stiff is awsome! Great Combo. You should give this a try and I believe you do not want to comeback to previous driver!

    My advice is, at least try it in a Range and you will see the results!

    Regards

  43. Jon says:

    This review is for all of us average players (at least my 2 cents):

    I just returned from 3 days of "golf school". I am 6'1", 250 lbs, and around 17-24 handicap. I have never had formal lessons or instruction, so 20 years of bad habits needed to be broken. Before this weekend, I had a horrible slice and could not figure out how to correct it - and when it did go straight, I could drive for 200 - 250 yards

    It took "coach" 5 minutes to correct my swing (inside-out, instead of outside-in, grip adjustment, relaxed arms, wide stance beyond my shoulders and a focused effort to close the face at point of impact). So now, it was 3 days, 36 holes and hundreds of range balls to get used to the adjustments.

    "Coach" took a look at my 20 year old clubs and told me to clip the head off the driver and it would be a good stick for picking up garbage! So, I got fitted for a set of Ping Rapture green dots. The trick was the driver. I really wanted to like the Ping driver. Or even the Taylor Made R series driver. But, the stats were only so-so. With both of those clubs, here were the stats:

    95 - 100 MPH swing speed
    3,200 -3,500 ball rotation
    18-20 degree flight
    200 - 220 yards

    And then, the golf pro said he wanted me to try the Titleist 907 D1. Ick...is all I could say when I looked at the club. It looked like an alien's head compared to the other drivers I was testing. And then I started smacking some range balls.

    HOLY HOTSHOTS BATMAN! This club made me look good. The feel was solid, but soft; crushing but smooth; interesting crack and whoosh sound when swung: I fell in love! I played 18 holes with the driver and have never hit the ball straighter or farther in all of my life. I was so happy; I just had to buy the sucker. All of my clubs had to be special ordered (stiffer, longer, fluffier grips, etc.). The BOTTOM LINE: This 907 D1 club is truly amazing. It is forgiving and ball crushing at the same time. I have never been more pleased with a club in all of my life. Here are the stats using the D1:

    95 - 100 MPH swing speed
    2,500 to 2,800 ball rotation = more distance.
    12 - 15 degree flight = more distance
    270 to 295 yards - CONSISTENTLY

    And do not forget, I am just your average ordinary golfer!!! My suggestion is to borrow a D1 from the Pro Shop & play 18 holes - I would bet money that you will fall in love with this driver.

  44. steve says:

    Bought a d2 10.5 with aldila vs proto shaft 2 weeks ago and have only missed 1 fairway in 4 rounds due to a bad swing this club just goes for miles even into a 25mph wind like i played on Sunday I was 25-30 yards past my plaing partners every time now they all want one.

    steve

    ps keep up the great reviews erik i bought my ap2s and my d2 on the strength of them.

  45. Phil says:

    Great reviews and great insight. I have been playing the D2 now for about a month and a half. I really am impressed with not only the feel and distance that the driver offers but also the fact that I can work it a little bit when needed.

    Thanks again.

  46. John says:

    I just received my 907D2 from a great ebay purchase and played it through the three day labor day weekend. I am a mid-teens handicap and compared with the the 905R I have been playing, the 907D2 suits me better. More consistency less spin and better distance with what feels to be lighter club. All good since I am 55 years old. On my 18th hole monday my drive went 285 on a straight away fairway. I will stick with this driver for awhile. Thanks Titleist. :mrgreen:

  47. Erik says:

    This driver is incredible (D1) and i can't believe how many people are whining about looks or whatever- I almost didn't buy a d1 because of some bad reviews, but i found a great deal on one, and it only took me one bag of balls to decide it was better for me than a 905r. the misses feel so much more solid, and after one bag of balls i hit the course and i crap you not, i hit 5 of 7 fairways, and three of my drives were my longest drives ever on those particular holes (my regular course) this driver is NOT for single handicapers, sorry!!! I am a 15 and am capable of playing much worse than that. I shot a 39 on that 9 holes, only done that once before. Freaking cast your doubts aside and try it. you can still work it a little and the carry is unreal.

  48. MB says:

    Well, I thought the 905R was a pretty sweet driver....but it truly does not compare to the D2. This puppy is much easier to hit and has all the playbility of the 905R. So, if you have a titleist and are wondering, well should I drop the coin? I say go for it, look for a deal or wait till next spring when it comes down some more...but it is the best driver I have hit to date.
    Thanks Erik, I would have passed on buying this had I not read your reivew.....

  49. Mark H says:

    This driver is incredible (D1) and i can't believe how many people are whining about looks or whatever- I almost didn't buy a d1 because of some bad reviews, but i found a great deal on one, and it only took me one bag of balls to decide it was better for me than a 905r. the misses feel so much more solid, and after one bag of balls i hit the course and i crap you not, i hit 5 of 7 fairways, and three of my drives were my longest drives ever on those particular holes (my regular course) this driver is NOT for single handicapers, sorry!!! I am a 15 and am capable of playing much worse than that. I shot a 39 on that 9 holes, only done that once before. Freaking cast your doubts aside and try it. you can still work it a little and the carry is unreal.

    I played 9 with a 907 D1 9.5* w/Aldila Byyou Stiff shaft. I had been hooking my 905S earlier in the day and was only taking a 3/4 swing to keep it straight. I did the same with the D1 and it stayed a little straighter than my 905. I went ahead and started full swings and found great results. I didn't hit it much longer, but I hit it in the fairway consistently. There was a distance benefit due to a straighter ball flight. Nice low trajectory. I am going to force myself to play a couple more rounds with the demo's, but it's going to be tough to resist buying this D1.
    Also, I don't think you have to be a 15 handicap to use these. I shoot between 95 and 100 and I think this is helping me plenty.

  50. EarnH says:

    I have a 907D1 and love it. First time I hit the driver I laughed in amazement at the distance I got. I poke the ball at average 300 yds. However, if you don't have control of your drive I would not recommend using this club as you will loose balls if not hit properly.

  51. kinmikey says:

    I have just put 10.5 deg D1 in my bag with the YS stiff shaft, and love the feel and results. So far, I can still miss it left, and still able to cut it too, but both those only result from truly poor swings. I did get fit for this combination on a launch monitor, my first time on one, and was surprised my swing speed was still up around 105-107mph. I'm 47 years old, 8 handicapper, and the big difference from my old Plus ten is the feel at impact. This D1 when hit well hardly feels like anything is coming off the club, just whoosh and gone, and wow, it really is long. Hit two drives out of the driving range today over 280, and it was quite cool temperature with a side wind. The earlier set up comment is quite valid, I find it's easy to aim left, but am looking forward to a great season next year with this bad boy now in my bag!

  52. Bart says:

    I have a 9.5 D2. The driver came with the factory shaft, which was nothing special. I put in a Harrison 2.5 Pro shaft and WOW. I gained an additional 30 yards plus I cant miss a fairway.

  53. Mark says:

    I am a 15 handicap who was using a 13.5 degree Ping G-5. Hit it short, but was always in play. Relied on my short game to mame up for my lack of distance.

    I demoed the D1 and found mysel consistently 40-50 yards closer to the green off the tee, withou losing any accuracy. Suddenly, I was on or around the green in regulation on almost every hole.

    Bought the demo. Am looking forward to a summer on the course for more than just the exercise.

  54. hank says:

    i have been looking at these drivers for a while, since they are priced lower these days, i am about a 8 handicapper and a 16 year old, i currently play a cleveland hibore xl and want a little more distance and normally keep the ball in the fairway, should i look in to buying the D2 or the D1 because i don't quite know they both are good drivers... i hope, or else i'll get a rapture haha

  55. David Arnar says:

    Bought the D2 with the Aldila VS Proto, its a great upgrade for me, I had the Cobra SZ 400. I hit it much longer and it is very forgiving and workable, even though I'm just starting to try to work my drives.

  56. Husker says:

    I tried out the D2 at the local golf course, as they had one in the "clearance" bag and I thought what the heck.

    It was a 10.5 degree, and regular Fuji shaft, but I thought what the heck I've got time to kill, and I haven't hit a Titleist since my persimmon head one in high school.

    WOW was this thing a BOMBER. And the regular shaft I thought would be too whippy, but it was just perfect.

    I bought it for $150 on the spot. Since then, I am hitting MOST FAIRWAYS and quite long, which is NICE!!!

  57. Ted says:

    I am testing a 10.5 degree D2 with a red Graffaloy XL Premier Mid Flex Point stiff shaft. It flights low when I try to draw the ball but quite high when I fade it. Distance seems good. I do notice some loss of distance on off center shots. Does anyone know anything about this shaft?

  58. Ben says:

    Great reviews,only place i go to to look up reviews. I am a 12 handicap golfer 15 years old. I do not struggle slicing the ball but i have no idea if i want the d1 or d2! The d1 does have bad looks and the d2 looks better and sounds better. Im stuck between these two and i know d1 forgiveness and d2 forgiveness with workability but my question is, is the d1 that more forgiving than the d2 or is it a big difference of forgiveness between the two?

  59. Mark says:

    Ben, if your are a 12 handicap then go with the d2 and don't look back. Club head is very forgiving and sends the ball deep. It allows you to work the ball when you want and is straight when you want straight. d2 looks better and its crisp "crack" sound will impress your buds. Paired with the 76g V2 shaft I think it is still the best driver made.

  60. John says:

    Ben, must agree with Mark.
    Same thinking. Go with D2, dont mess with the D1. Look and feel of D2 is far better, it sounds better and you will not give up any real forgiveness. If you are truly a 12 handicap, you need the D2 not a D1. Find ways to work your Tee shot not ways to get more forgiveness. Also that 76g V2 shaft is awesome. But study those shafts and get the correct one for YOU, a fitter can help and they DO make a difference verses the standard off the shelf rack shaft.

  61. Bobby says:

    Should i consider buying the 907 d1 or 907 d2, or should i spend the extra money, which is a lot, and buy the 909 d comp? I am a 12 handicap, and i just want a driver that hits straight with some forgiveness. The d1 and dcomp are high moi drivers for titleist and ive heard they hit straight. But is the d comp worth spending the extra money? Or is the d1 just as good and long?

  62. Ty says:

    I have been a professional golfer since April of 2007. On the way "to the top" of my goals I had ALWAYS played rounds with people who used Titleist. I myself carried TaylorMade from driver-PW.
    Although my irons have been the best set I have ever played with(R7-TP)I had ALWAYS had problems with my driver. It was so bad in fact, that I subconsciously opened the club face to the "square position" EVERYTIME I addressed the ball,then had to re-grip the club;THEN swing!
    Needless to say my shots scattered left and right, trajectory was dependent on how open the club face was;thus,I had NO consistency. VERY frustrating.
    I am a man who does his homework and after spending months of research, I found that the Titleist D2 was the best match for me because in it's "static position" the driver is square to open a degree. So upon addressing the ball NOW there is no need to open, re-grip, get unsure about the shot and end up in the rough NO MORE!It looks PERFECT, the ball bursts off the club-face, the sound is like listening to "The Beatles" for the first time (AMAZING LOL), I can hit a constant shot (and so can you) from "the deck" 280 yards and the distance is exactly what you want.
    Someone had wrote a review stating something along the lines of-that they "cannot tell if your hitting the ball in the right place because it all sounds the same off the face of the club." Well, that cannot be further from the truth. The sound the club makes is second to none and if you hit it off center you will know right away with 2 results;
    1. The ball does not go straight!
    2. The club sounds "dead" and doesn't have that "springy, soft pop" that the 907 D2 has. THIS IS THE BEST DRIVER OUT! BETTER THAN THE 2009 versions in my opinion-BETTER THAN ANY DRIVER for a low handicapper or professional. This is the last thing I will say about the head of the club- for the first time in my life I can honestly say that I'll keep this driver for YEARS AND YEARS (which means A LOT because I normally get all new clubs once a year). FOLKS, PLEASE remember ONE MORE THING- PLEASE!! ****If you get this driver(or ANY other driver)**** make SURE you get a good shaft! Here is a little secret not known by the general public-the shaft MAKES the club. If the club head looks and feels right- get a great shaft put in, and you will have the best driver you could ever imagine! You wouldn't sell it for all the money in the world! Think about this-ANY touring pro will switch clubs (for money)as long as they can keep their shafts! It's what controls ALMOST everything when it comes to the equipment. And STOP GETTING TOO STIFF OF SHAFTS! My swing speed is 118MPH and I use a "regular" shaft! It's all about how fast you swing (YOUR TEMPO)- not how great of a player you are that depicts what shaft to purchase lol! Good luck and hit them straight! tylersalminen@yahoo.com

  63. Jack says:

    So people who have hit both the d1 and d2, did you notice that the d1 was more forgiving than the d2? Or is the d1 just not as forgiving as titleist says. Was there a big difference between the d1 and d2 of forgiveness?

  64. Steve says:

    Titleist claims that the d1 has "outstanding forgiveness." Do you agree that the d1 is a forgiving driver?

  65. Matt says:

    Hey erik, great reviews on everything. But i am a 12 handicap who is a decent driver of the golf ball with no slices, it just that i miss to the toe a bit more than i would like. Did you feel like the d1 gave you more forgiveness than the d2? How did the two drivers compare in terms of feel? Did you feel like titleist did not do a good job with the d1 vs the d2? Because in the review you seemed overwhelmed by the d2's looks, sound, distance, etc. But with the d1 it seemed like you thought it was just another driver out there but nothing impressive and bad sound.

  66. Did you feel like the d1 gave you more forgiveness than the d2?

    Of course it did. The 907D1 was an MOI "play" by Titleist. It felt better than some of the square drivers (maybe all of them), but not as good as a standard driver.

    If I seemed overwhelmed it's because I like to work the ball and I'm a lower handicap golfer. I don't want a bunch of forgiveness in my driver if I'm going to work the ball.

    The 907D1 is probably a really good choice for a mid-handicapper like yourself.

  67. Matt says:

    Thank you for your response erik, and so sudden. But i have just one final question, (I promise) Would you say the d2 feels better/hotter than the d1, or is there not a noticeable difference between the d2 and d1? I'm a lefty golfer and no one has these clubs available to demo, so im depending on you. Clubs these days are expensive and I dont want to buy the wrong one. Thanks again erik

  68. Hayes says:

    So erik, if you had a decision between the d1 or the 909 d comp which would you pick? Im a 12 handicap and i want forgiveness from nothing else than titleist. Both the d1 and d comp are targeted to the mid capper, but is the d comp better in feel, length, etc. The d1 is.cheaper but if its a whole lot worse than the comp i would be willing to spend the extra coin. Thanks erik! :grin:

  69. Steve says:

    I've tested both the 907 models and also the 909D2 and DComp. When I tested the DComp I was expecting it to be perfect for my game and that I'd want to get one, but it didn't turn out that way. I kept hitting low hooks, which was very strange. I certainly got much better results and distance from my initial testings of a 907D1. Felt like a more solid driver than the DComp, I reckon.
    Each to their own, but if offered a DComp with the stock Matrix shaft, or a 907D1 with a stock Diamana shaft, I'd be playing the 907D1. It's a top-notch club, so you have no worries there and is probably better value.

  70. Hayes says:

    907 d1 or 909 d comp? Which one and why

  71. Clay says:

    Thanks erik for all your time you put in to these reviews year in and out, but I have a question I would deeply appreciate if you answered. Which is, how did the 907 d2 differ from the 905r in terms of fell, sound and distance? I know the 905r spun too much for you causing ballooning, but take your best drivers with the 905r and 907 d2 to answer my questions above.

  72. Clay, the 905R spun too much, but is virtually identical in other ways to 907D2. The shape's a little different and thus the sound is very slightly different, but you're going to change the performance more by putting a different shaft in the same head than you will be changing the driver head itself between those two. 909D2 is even a little further down the line of 907D2, so changes start to be more noticeable when you jump two generations.

    Plus, look at this image and it'll help you.

  73. Shannon says:

    I play golf but I'm not very good at it BUT I love the game..and I'm looking for a driver that is very good and accurate..would this one be good for a beginner?

  74. Stapleford says:

    I play golf but I'm not very good at it BUT I love the game..and I'm looking for a driver that is very good and accurate..would this one be good for a beginner?

    Shannon, not sure how to respond. The D1 is forgiving, but so are most drivers on todays market, especially TaylorMade. I go back and forth with drivers. One thing that is really important is being fitted with the proper shaft regardless of the head, a good shaft (fitted for you) can and will make a difference. I'm a 14 handicap and feel now after using the D1 for the past 2 years that a D2 might be a better head. My last driver was a Cleveland and it worked as well as the D1. I would stay away from the Callaway square design. The D1 should work well, but again, get the proper shaft, ask a fitter at any shop or go to a specialist. A beginner should start with a medium stiffness and as your game progresses look at stiffness in the tip, length, balance. More shaft selections than there are driver selections, that should tell you something.
    Most mid hadicapper or higher grab a deal off the rack or buy something off ebay without knowing what shaft to look for.
    Just 2 cents.

  75. A. Yang says:

    i owned the D2 and i gotta say... AWSOME!
    average drive was 270 and now my average drive is 290-295 with this D2 driver... 20+yds and i love it!.. previously had the TM 07 Burner Driver... i gotta say the feel on this driver is correct in this review... it will give you feebacks on every hit so you can adjust your swing to hit it squarly center... my point of view on this driver is that to me its forgiving... the launch is a mid flight.. and very pearcing!... most of all the sound is like music to my ears... prefect driver right out of the box... got it for $75 from a local shop that was closing!!!... BEST DEAL EVER!!!!

  76. Kyle says:

    I'm SOLD!! Ordering my D2 TODAY!!

  1. [... Some have called 2007 the year of the square driver. After all, big names in the golf industry - Callaway and Nike - have pushed square drivers on the market ...]

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