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post #1 of 59
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Staying true to it's release cycle, Titleist will be introducing their new 915 line of drivers. Here's a pic of the 915D2. Haven't gotten any info from Titleist but obviously the design feature that stands out is the slot on the bottom of the sole. It's called "Active Recoil Technology". The overall shape seems similar to their past pear shaped designs as does the black glossy finish. 

 

What do guys think?

 

 

 

post #2 of 59
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Originally Posted by mvmac View Post
 

Staying true to it's release cycle, Titleist will be introducing their new 915 line of drivers. Here's a pic of the 915D2. Haven't gotten any info from Titleist but obviously the design feature that stands out is the slot on the bottom of the sole. It's called "Active Recoil Technology". The overall shape seems similar to their past pear shaped designs as does the black glossy finish. 

 

What do guys think?

 

Looks gorgeous. Even with its speedpoc... active recoil channel.

post #3 of 59

That looks an awful lot like the bottom of my vr2 pro driver :-P except for the color and the little weight. Not necessarily "new" technology there :-)
 

post #4 of 59
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Originally Posted by Jeremie Boop View Post

That looks an awful lot like the bottom of my vr2 pro driver b2_tongue.gif except for the color and the little weight. Not necessarily "new" technology there a1_smile.gif

 


First thing I thought of was the VR
post #5 of 59

Good looking club overall. I saw a photo somewhere else with a pic of the crown and they've gone to a different alignment aid on the top which I don't like as much.

post #6 of 59
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More info

 

http://www.pgatour.com/equipmentreport/2014/06/23/Titleist-915-quickenloans.html

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BETHESDA, Maryland -- Titleist unveiled its latest driver offering, the 915 series, on Monday morning at Congressional Country Club to give staffers the opportunity to test the final product for the first time and potentially put it in play at Quicken Loans National.  

Sticking to its two-year equipment release cycle, Titleist's 915 series driver, which includes the 915D2 and 915D3, will eventually replace the 913 series later in the year when it's launched at retail.

While the driver is the only club currently going through the company's tour seeding and performance validation process this week, Titleist confirmed it will eventually launch 915 series fairway woods and hybrids on TOUR in the coming months.

Chris McGinley, Titleist's vice president of golf club marketing, declined to provide technical details about the new driver with the launch still several months away. However, based on in-hand photos and what players were saying on the practice range during testing, there are some difference between the 915 series and its predecessor.

The most noticeable difference is a slot in the front portion of the sole called an "Active Recoil Channel" that extends all the way from the heel to the toe of the driver head. Slot technology has been used by a few equipment manufacturers -- TaylorMade and Adams -- in recent years to extend the sweet spot lower on the face.

The technology not only makes the sweet spot larger on a critical part of the face -- most amateurs tend to contact the ball low on the face with the driver and metalwoods -- it helps create balls speeds low on the face that are similar to a middle strike.

Along with a new channel in the sole, Titleist also made a significant change to the sole graphics, adding white lines to the rear potion of the sole that point towards the heel and toe of the club. It's unclear if the graphics are merely for looks or have a performance benefit.

Another minor change was made to the face graphics face, where Titleist went away from the grey dashes between the score lines and added solid grey line graphics.

As far as similarities go, the 915 still has the classic 913 head design, Titleist's SureFit hosel that allows golfers to adjust the loft, lie angle and face angle, and an adjustable weight in the rear portion of the head for swing weight purposes.

Titleist also stuck with the high gloss crown finish but added an updated version of the traditional alignment aid.

The 915D2, typically known as the more forgiving, higher spinning of the two models, appears to still have a full pear-shaped head, while the 915D3, the less forgiving, low spinning option still has a shorter head and deeper face.

Former No. 1-ranked amateur Patrick Cantlay was one of the first players to test the 915 driver on Monday morning and mentioned to Titleist Tour rep Chris Tuten that the club was definitely firmer at impact and didn't feel nearly as soft off the face as the 913 driver. Cantlay also noted that he liked the higher launch angle and how the ball wasn't rising rising on him.

South African Tyron Van Aswegen, who finished tied for 26th at the Travelers Championship, told Titleist Tour reps he was really excited to get a new driver at Congressional. So excited, in fact, that he said it was going straight in the bag after a Monday morning test session.

Van Aswegen told Titleist Tour reps that the driver was lower spinning, had a higher launch and was more solid off the face than his previous driver.

post #7 of 59

I see they changed their weight shape again.  I wish they would keep them the same.

post #8 of 59
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Originally Posted by boogielicious View Post
 

I see they changed their weight shape again.  I wish they would keep them the same.

 

Me too.

post #9 of 59

I really like my 913 D3 so I doubt I end up with one of these. Hopefully the 913 fairway woods price will drop soon.

post #10 of 59

Every time a new driver comes out, my distance is fairly consistent. I was only getting about 7 more yards with the 913 over my current 910 D3, so I could not justify the $400 for 7 yards by any means. The 915 will probably be the same, but I do intend to put them up against one another as soon as possible. It would take something drastic like a consistent and highly noticeable increase to get me to upgrade.

post #11 of 59
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Originally Posted by 03SMURF View Post
 

I really like my 913 D3 so I doubt I end up with one of these. Hopefully the 913 fairway woods price will drop soon.

Yep, i'm with you on that one!! 

 

But that 915 looks pretty nice. I'm a little surprised they haven't ventured down the low spi, high launch model of the SLDR seeing how popular and success that has been for taylormade.

post #12 of 59
The statement said they're still using the sure-fit hosel. So will existing shafts swap with no problem?
post #13 of 59
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Originally Posted by cristphoto View Post

The statement said they're still using the sure-fit hosel. So will existing shafts swap with no problem?

Probably, but maybe not. I know that they tweaked the SureFit hosel for the 913 and the fairways and hybrids couldn't be swapped with the older 910s even though the driver could.

post #14 of 59
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Originally Posted by FooFader View Post
 

Yep, i'm with you on that one!!

 

But that 915 looks pretty nice. I'm a little surprised they haven't ventured down the low spi, high launch model of the SLDR seeing how popular and success that has been for taylormade.

Titleist usually doesn't chase gimmicks from TMAG, though the 915 appears to have a "speed slot" like feature so who knows.

post #15 of 59
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Originally Posted by newtogolf View Post
 

Titleist usually doesn't chase gimmicks from TMAG, though the 915 appears to have a "speed slot" like feature so who knows.

 

I don't see it as "chasing gimmicks", Titleist doesn't rush into things. Same thing they did with the ProV1 and SureFit hosel. They aren't typically the first ones in the market place with new technology but when they do introduce something new, it's usually an improvement to what is already out there.

post #16 of 59

Interesting new driver.  I still play the Titleist 909, so I am curious about this one and cannot wait to see the iron byron results versus the 913 etc in terms of trajectory, distance, spin etc..

 

Aesthetically it looks a little odd with the slot thingy...

post #17 of 59

I'll be interested to see the launch and spin profile on this club. I always liked how Titleist clubs felt, and the shafts they offer. 

post #18 of 59

I heard from a retailer that they will be out in august, has anyone else heard anything similar?

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