Titleist’s 913 D2 “Dot” driver was added to the USGA’s list of conforming driver heads this week, creating a lot of buzz in our in the forums.
Who is it for? What’s different about it? Will it come to retail?
According to Chris McGinley, the prototype driver was made for Titleist Staff Member Jason Dufner, who has continued to use the company’s three-year-old 910 D2 driver because of its higher launch and spin characteristics, which suit him better than Titleist’s lower spinning 913 drivers.
McGinley said that Dufner was interested in switching to a 913 driver because of the faster ball speeds the new models can provide. That’s why prior to creating the 913 D2 Dot driver, Dufner tested a 913 D3 driver with 10.5 degrees of loft and modified internal weighting that moved the center of gravity lower and more forward in the head. He also tested a 913 D2 with 9.5 degrees of loft with a CG that was higher and deeper in the head.
According to McGinley, neither driver was a fit for Dufner, which is why the company decided to create the Dot driver. McGinley said that the Dot head is exactly the same as the retail 913 D2 driver, except that it has 0.5-degrees more loft and a slightly higher, deeper CG to give Dufner a higher launch and more spin. Because of the extra 0.5 degrees of loft (10 degrees instead of 9.5), Titleist had to resubmit the driver to the USGA to be approved for tournament play.
At this time, McGinley said that there are no are no plans for the Dot driver to be tested by anyone besides Dufner.
Dufner is currently ranked No. 13 on the FedExCup points list, and is scheduled to play in next week’s BMW Championship, the third round of the PGA Tour Playoffs. We’ll keep an eye on what driver he brings to the tee.