About this time two years ago we saw the first photos of Titleist’s current drivers, the 913D2 and 913D3. It looks as though the company will stay true to that release cycle with its next-generation 915D2 and 915D3 drivers, which we spotted on the range at the Quicken Loans National.

Titleist is mum on any details about the driver, but it looks as though the 915 drivers will incorporate slots on the bottom of their soles that Titleist appears to be calling “Active Recoil Technology.” The technology isn’t new, but it’s been proven to have its benefits, particularly in fairway woods and hybrids. Golfers tend to contact the ball below the sweet spot with those clubs as well as with the driver, and what slots can do is allow the lower portion of the clubface to flex more on shots hit below the center of the face, creating ball speeds that are more similar to those produced on center strikes.

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Some manufacturers have shied away from using slots on their drivers, saying that they don’t need them because the spring-like effect of the club faces has already been maxed out. Both TaylorMade and Adams have incorporated slots in their latest drivers, however, including TaylorMade’s SLDR, SLDR S, JetSpeed and Adams’ XTD.

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Above: The 915 series has a slightly different alignment aid than the 913 drivers.

Titleist is known for producing classic-looking driver heads with neutral weighting that allows better players to work the ball both ways, and these look to be exactly that with their pear-shaped, glossy black crowns. The 915D2 driver, like D2 models in the past, appears to be slightly more forgiving and higher-spinning thanks to its longer front-to-back profile. The 915D3 looks to have a shorter front-to-back length and a deeper face, which are generally the characteristic of a lower-spinning driver head. In most cases, lower-spinning heads are a little less forgiving because of their slightly more forward center of gravity positions.

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Like the 913 series, the 915 drivers appear to an adjustable hosel and rear weight, which help golfers fine tune loft, lie angle, face angle and swing weight to their preference.

Several players at the Quicken Loans National are already testing the new driver, including last week’s winner Kevin Streelman. Click here to see those photos and what GolfWRX Members are saying about the drivers in our forum.

Click here to see those photos and what GolfWRX Members are saying about the drivers in our forum.

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  1. I switched from my TM RBZ tour 8* with a stiff fujikura tour vista shaft to the 915D3 8.5* with a Diamana White stiff shaft today.

    All i can say is AWESOME.

    The head was forgiving and on good shots i drove the ball 280 yds vs my old TM at 250 yds. I left it at the standard A1 setting and my drives were straight and had good carry and roll to it. Perhaps the shaft and head combo did the trick for me.

    I used to play the 913D3 as well but couldn’t play it well. Kudos to the new 915D3!

    Great driver from Titleist

  2. Lets face it what is left to come up with? Rockets on the bottom? Or they could follow Tayloremade/ping/callaway’s path and release a new driver every two months with a new paint scheme or matt finish! Titleist D3 beats any driver – but we all play with equipment hungry golfers that think its the club…not the swing!!!

    I won’t be trying this new driver, purely for the fact that my current Titleist combo is bombing!!

  3. Titleist drivers r junk d3 spins like crazy short as got ping i25 low spin straight blows d3 by 30 metres at least sldr long & straight but no feel compared with ping jus saying,

    • what a load of crap ping drivers have a £10 shaft in – titleist components are by far superior and better made – clearly you can’t swing…

  4. Well this quite a conversation. I have Titleist irons 714 AP 2, which I love. They have excellent distance and accuracy.I have the Titleist 913 D 2 driver which is good, but 10-15 yards well short of my TM Jet Speed driver. I have tried Nike irons, and Woods and for whatever reason I don’t like them. Maybe it’s personal preference. Maybe that’s why Pro’s play all different kinds of clubs.

  5. I’m not liking the look of the new alignment aid on the crown.
    Should stick with their old one. Don’t mess with a good thing.

  6. I love the feel of Titleist products – especially their woods, wedges, Scotty C puttrrs and the PRO v1 balls

    I got fitted for a 913 at Titleist last year in the UK with a Graphite Design ADDI 6 S shaft – £250 upgrade. That head and shaft combo have me an extra 17 yards over my 910 RIP combo.

    I have been driving terribly this year so I purchased a TM SLDR driver with a stiff standard stock shaft and I hit it much further than my Titleist driver and straighter.

    I think Titleist is a great golf brand with great feeling products. I am sure the 915 will be a great driver.

    I am not sure why people on this site get so emotional and opinionated about certain golf brands and products. I think it is fantastic that we all have so much choice and so many products to select from. It keeps the game interesting and life interesting!!!

  7. That’s not to say I won’t test this and maybe even bag it, lol. I really do love the look of this on the other hand.

  8. This “Active Recoil Technology” isn’t anything new, besides taylormade and Adams, my driver, the old Nike VR Pro has this same exact time of thing although back when it came out it was known as the “Compression Channel”. Well done Titleist, real original.

    • If a technology has proven benefits, is your point that Titleist should sit it out until it can come up with an “original” solution to a solved problem. That seems really dumb.

  9. If the understanding that every driver iteration is an improvement over the previous generation than logic would state that the Covert Tour 2.0 is better than the VR Pro Limited. If the VR Pro limited w/ its compression channel is equivalent in tech to this Titliest ARC stuff then logic would state that the Covert Tour 2.0 is superior to this 915 and any previous Titliest generation. With that said why do I see Rory Mcilroy more often in the rough w/ his Nike drives than when he was w/ Titliest? I know it may not be a strong argument for quality nor have I put in any facts but this is what I see whenever I watch him on TV. With that said this club looks cool but the ROI I’ll get from it probably won’t justify the brand new sticker price.

    • Per Rory’s own words he’s driving the ball better than ever and supposedly the stats back it up. With that said drivers haven’t really improved much in 10 to 15 years, it’s more about that bag bling than actual performance increase.

      • Sadly I agree w/ you. I use to be a guy that believed a better arrow had a greater effect than improving the Indian until I shallowed out my swing and improved my angle of attack. Now it seems like every driver gives me the same result and the promise of a better game through a new club isn’t as glamorous as it use to be. On the bright side I’m saving money but the excitement of a new toy isn’t as cool anymore.

        • Right there with you man. I’m starting to come to the same realisation. It’s a bummer. But I’ll try them anyway, I can’t help it.

          • Oh yeah I still love looking at the new stuff and trying it, but in the end when I do an honest comparison between it and what I’m currently using it just isn’t any better.

      • Wait – you mean Rory would actually support the company that has paid him $$$$ to play their product? Get outta here!
        Wouldn’t put a Nike product in my bag unless I was paid as well. Crap stuff. Would not be surprised to see if Nike stopped making their own stuff and just bought out another company.

        • Well of course Rory is supporting the company who pays him just like every other player on tour. The thing is it’s not just him saying he’s driving it better than ever it’s also the PGA tours own stats, can’t really argue with that. Clearly your one of these guys who has an allegiance to one brand or another but to say Nike makes crap is way off base and clearly just your opinion not at all based in fact. I’ll say this my bag has 6 brands of clubs in it and the driver is a Nike VrPro lmt. Probably the best driver I’ve ever had and the 4 previous drivers before where all Titleist. Don’t get me wrong the Titleist drivers where all good especially the 975J but for me the Nike has been better.

        • Their player level irons are as legit as irons get. It is far, FAR from “crap stuff”. Ever hit the VR driver Titleist is emulating here? Ever hit the VR Pro’s? Clearly not, or you’d know…

        • Theres a reason my titleist ap2 irons are sitting in an extra bag while my nike irons are in play. Titleist has the best balls by far but their clubs are so overrated and overpriced.

    • This comment is hysterical now that Rory has won two majors in 2014 with exceptional driving. Can you say #10 at Valhalla. And I have an all Titleist bag, but you just make zero sense man.

  10. I’m still using my 2009 Cleveland Launcher with the stock Fujikura Fit On Gold shaft and don’t see giving it up any time soon. Its long (300+) and fairly forgiving but yet very easy to work the ball. I stopped into Dicks Sporting Goods the other week to kill time while my wife was shopping and hit all of the “NEW” drivers that are on the market and not a single one was any longer or any more workable than my Cleveland. Don’t get suckered in with all this new tech mumbo-jumbo that is being thrown at you. The shaft in any club is where your horsepower is and “NOT” in the club face. Odds are the driver that you have now is a monster waiting to be unleashed if it has a shaft fit to your swing speed and the right kick point and torque, so before you lay down a wad of your hard earned cash for a new modern marvel GET FIT !!! for what you need to be swinging not for what you think you should be swinging. A new shaft in your current head will save you BIG BUCKS. GET FIT !!! GET FIT !!! GET FIT !!!

  11. The difference between Titleist and all the company’s you are accusing them of copying is that whatever they release, it will be much, much better than the others mentioned. Titleist only release a new driver every 2 years and have built up a reputation of quality that the others aspire to yet never reach even after releasing a new product (or two in some cases) every year. I’d have a Titleist over a TM or Nike any day.
    Golf clubs will always look similar. Lets wait until the technology explanation before whining about how it looks like this or that.

    • Better because they said so, or because they charge more? Problem is, there aren’t any numbers to back up what you’re saying and there never have been. You can’t form a solid argument with subjective terms like “much, much better”. I honestly like the looks of this driver and I’ll look into it, but I can’t stand the Holier than the Rest attitude Titleist breeds, when there’s just no ground holding it up.

      No lie, the only thing Titleist makes that’s better than anyone else is their ball.

      • bradford! Better because market testers continually say so. Since when did Titleist “charge more” for their drivers than TM, Ping, or most of the others? Their products are more in line with the other big name competition BUT they do hold their value way longer so you can’t say that this happens means that the people who but their products are all wrong and you are right. It’s a simple FACT that Titleist as a brand are seen as the class act in the market. As for your “numbers” statement, there have been but we all know (or anyone that truly knows golf) that’s all down to each and every player, what shaft they use etc. They are consistently ranked as one of the top pics almost every time they bring out a product so the testers say so.From my own personal experience, I have tried many other drivers and the one thing I would say is that when being fitted, apart from perhaps Ping, the range of shafts that come with each club Titleist produce is and always has been better than any of the other companies that simply offer an off the shelf R/S/X option and that is me being “subjective”.

        • They offer those “Quality” shafts to make up for the average heads they put on the driver.. The 913 I have came with a $300 shaft standard.. they must be saving somewhere? oh yes the head. Other manufacturers put the $100 saved on the shaft in the head development. Thats why PING, TM, Nike Callaway etc all have much hotter faces and higher ball speeds.

          Check some of the reviews on Youtube the Titleist always has 5-10mph lower ball speeds by the same pro.

        • What testers? I believe you’ll find Titleist products on some lists, sure, but rarely have I seen the quote “much, much better” in any review. It’s also not a review I would pay any attention to. Like I said, I’m not a hater, but I’d prefer to see some numbers. You claim they’re out there…care to show me where?

          • He’s full of crap there isn’t anything on the web to support his statement. I swing at the same speed as the avg tour player and the fastest ball speed I’ve ever clocked was with a Titleist. But they all come with in a couple miles an hour of each other.

          • Golf magazine and Golf Digest both include club testing. In almost all cases Titleist comes out on top. Irons, wedges, putters, hybrids, fairway woods and drivers. They use testers from 0 to 20 handicaps. What more do you want?

          • Actually Steve, it’s constantly an honorable mention. “On Top”, right next to TM, Nike, and Callaway, but rarely in the #1 spot. Problem is you could say that about ALL of the major manufacturers.

  12. Ummm why is Titleist so scared of innovation and tech advancement? Look at what TMAG and Callaway have done with the SLDR and BBA lines respectively, and all Titleist brings us is a copy of Nike’s Speed Channel and a new alinement sticker decal?!?! Seriously not very impressed. If their strategy is to stay within the high spin niche, congrats, but this 915 line looks no different/better than the 910 or 913. Titleist needed to bring a low spinning, forward CG, multi-weight, draw- or fade-biased adjustable driver head, just like what we see with the leaders of the pack…Congrats on sticking with the surfeit hosel!

    First time I think I will be switching to a different driver brand than my 3 wood or hybrid…

    • The only people looking for Titleist to do all this gimmicky crap that Taylormade and Callaway are doing are the newbies/hacks looking for technology to help them break 90. Any good player knows its just that gimmicks. I’m actually a little disappointed that Titleist has given in as much as they have. But I guess since the majority of players fit into the newbie/hack category they by into the gimmicks so Titleist hand has been forced.

      • Please…I broke 80 twice last year. Regardless, I carry both the SLDR 430 and Callaway BBA both 15-20 yards further than my 913 D3, and then get an extra 10-15 yards of roll. It’s not a “gimmick” if it works…

        You’re like all the traditionalists that Nike pokes fun of in their commercials. Play in the now, you old fart. And let me know when you’re in CO so we can see who is the real hack.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUvBRv5ssUM

        • So West, your saying that your 430 Slider & your BBA are that much longer than your 913? And all three clubs are packing the exact same shaft? if that’s the case, than you have my attention..
          But if your sporting different shafts in all three clubs? then I think it’s a ridiculous comparison and really isn’t warranted!

          • Oban Devotion 65g 04 flex…Try em before you knock em. Granted the SLDR and Callaway were 0.5′ longer, they were also tighter in dispersion.

        • Ok West, I won’t argue with that, If indeed you do have that exact shaft in all three of the drivers mentioned.

          So I guess your saying you’ve 2 Grand invested in Driver Heads & Shafts looking for that magic gain?

          Whatever floats your boat!

          At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter
          what manufacturer is doing what, if you like something and it works for you, then use it, I’ve seen scratch golfers play with 15yr old equipment. They laugh at people like me and you.

          But as I say whatever works for you, not sure where all this competition comes in about who’s making the best, or has the latest technology.

          And the end of the day, these companies are in business to Market and Sell you product.

          It looks like they’ve succeeded in doing so!

          Good luck with your drivers, and your game! I dare to ask how many sets of irons, wedges, and putters you have.

          Enjoy!

        • lol, I shot par just last week on the same course the 100th ranked player in the world Ben Martin shot 70 on just a couple days later and my current handicap is 2.9. Oh and I play a Nike VrPro limited driver because it reminded me of an older Titleist driver and worked very well for me. Funny how that same company per their own advertising stated the VrPro wasn’t aimed at all golfers but at the better player who preferred a cleaner more traditional driver. With that said I never said Taylormade or Callaway made bad clubs just simply they use gimmicks to get people to buy new crap every few months. If you look at most Pro’s driver set ups they have their clubs set up neutral. They may have the loft adjusted a little but that’s usually it. I’ve demoed most of the new stuff along with my current VrPro and even My old Titleist 905T and my ball speed, spin rates, and distances usually don’t vary much from one club to the next once I find the right set up. Trust me or hell don’t, I don’t really care but I’m a good enough player who’s been playing for 20 years and I know it’s nothing but gimmicks to try and sell clubs.

      • I really hate the “hack” comment/label. It doesn’t matter if you break 90 or not, unless you’re on tour, top-rated amateur, D1 stud, or PGA professional, we are ALL “hacks.” It’s comments like yours that deter people from the game because they think it is filled with pompous, arrogant, schmucks such as yourself. You don’t need to be a poor player to benefit from so-called “gimmicks” as you put it, it’s simply called technology.

        As for the club, looks phenomenal, and knowing Titleist, will perform as well as it looks…

        • Ok JJ your right I apologize for the “hack” statement (damn all this political correctness, peoples feeling get hurt so easy now a days). From now on I’ll say new or unskilled golfers. But they are gimmicks. Technology maxed out over 10 years ago because the USGA and R&A set limits so companies couldn’t keep making clubs that hit the ball longer and longer. Just look at the PGA tours own statistics, driving distances have actually gone down the last few years and the longest driving avg for a season goes way back to 2003 or 2004 thanks to Hank Kuene.

          • Actually John I was a 1.3 after 5 years. I’m worse now, but anyone who’s played as long as I have knows how hard it is to keep getting better once you reach a certain level. You know I have a job I don’t do this for a living and weather you believe I’m a 2.9 or not I could really care less but I’d be happy to play you heads up for a $100 any time.

          • How many different playing partners have you had? did any of them come back for a second game? with an attitude like that you’d find yourself playing 9 holes by yourself after the competition round was over at my club.

    • What was innovative about the SLDR? Was already done years ago by Mizuno. They lucked into the weighting and even they said they didn’t expect that. When is the last time you heard them talk about the slider part of the club. All they talk about is lofting up. Big Bertha Alpha on the other hand has some great technology behind it.

  13. Oh hell yes… Gimme D3 8.5 w/ Fubuki J & I’m in heaven. Of course everyone is going to point out that it’s not something new that no one has ever seen in a driver before, because that is Titleist. It’s not the 3rd new driver they have put out this season so far, but it sure is the cleanest, best looking, probably best sounding driver on the market (once on the market) & if history serves, will feel like butter & pound it out there with the rest of the class. Fairway metals & hybrids, same deal. They make the prettiest clubs out there, don’t have to have 3 different lines with 3 models each, just the “everyone” model & the “players” model, a killer hosel system, clean & classic looks, same as it ever was & it gets the job done. Can’t ask for much more than that.

  14. Can’t wait to buy a 913 D3 with the Aldila tour green shaft once the 915’s come out and the 913s drop in price.

    Sincerely, a broke college kid

    • I think the surfeit hosel does a good job. I don’t need weights in my 910 or 913 titleist stuff to change the flight left or right if need be.

    • There may be some weighting welded into the inside of the clubhead, or the thickness may vary inside to maximize MOI.
      If you are referring to using weights for the purpose of changing where the ball goes, I think they’ll just stick with the adjustable hosel for that purpose.

    • Hey I got a novel idea. Learn how to put a decent swing on it and quit looking for some gimmick to help you break 90.

        • Your right and most of the guys on tour have theirs set in the neutral position, same as it would have been if it came out not adjustable.

          • Where did you get this information? I can tell you with 100% confidence it’s inncorrect–the vast majority have them adjusted open with weight in the toe (if applicable)

  15. I like the shape will probably perform admirably, but my i25 with fujikura motore speeder vc 7.2 combo is so lethal i think i will be sticking with it. But i will try it out.

    • I’ve heard so much positive feedback on the i25. They sound awesome and feel awesome and obviously perform great as well. I just don’t think I can do the racing stripes. Ping is awesome but other than the anser, the i15 wad their last good looking driver.

      • After a range session you might like them i wasnt to keen on them but the help with alignment and swing path for different shaped shots has been fantastic . Ive seriously never had so much confidence in my driver. I like that setup so much i put that same shaft in my g25 3 wood and turned a great club into an animal

        • Thanks Jim. I should probably give them a bit more time. I didn’t like white TMAG stuff to start with but don’t mind it now so the stripes could be the same. I have hit the i25 and got good number so I’ll see how I go given some time. Like you though, I will be trying the 915’s too.

  16. all this technologies mean nothing without proper pro and practice… last Saturday I bombed consistently over 250m, 1 drive 300m and one drive 340m dead straigh… slight draw or fade… i am still a hacker but have been working with AAA+ coach for last 2 months… using standard stiff R1 and gym 3x per week… I am 36 yo

  17. Don’t judge a book by its cover. If you think that Titleist R&D didn’t do their homework before releasing this driver you are mistaken. Wait for all of the technical specs. Spin, launch and ball speed then you can make your judgments.

    • It’s been done before! Nike compression channel. High moi and center of gravity way back in the head produce high spinning shots. Fact.

      • The folks who make the Ping G25 might disagree with you on that.
        That particular setup seems to work pretty well for Bubba Watson without causing high spinning shots. Don’t let those racing stripes on his clubhead fool you. He’s playing a G25, not an I25, but he had the stripes put on his pink Ping. Many others also use Ping G25, such as Billy Horshel. It’s more popular on tour than the I25. It’s known as the highest MOI driver, it has a shape that puts center of gravity way back in the head, yet Ping advertises high launch and low spin.
        Fact.

  18. Golf clubs are all copied to some degree from others in the past. If they are able to do it legally without breaking a patent or whatever, why not? Both the SLDR and big Bertha “borrowed” the sliding weight from Mizuno and Scotty Cameron “borrows” from other designs all the time. There’s only so much innovation as far as shape and design that you can have. Having said that, I think they look pretty nice but I like the old alignment aid better. Very keen to try these. You can’t beat Titleist drivers for feel and sound.

    • GolfWRX or MyGolfSpy already covered that whole sliding weight issue in a prior article. Mizuno may have been the first one to promote it a lot, but it had already been patented, I think by Callaway if I recall the article properly.
      Nobody stole that idea from Mizuno, as they weren’t the first to design it. Either Callaway or TMag was, but they just didn’t use it right away.

      • Fair enough. My point was that nothing these days is new because it’s all been done before (more than likely anyway) so all the comments about copying is a bit silly because it’s all around us in everything (not just golf). If you like it buy it, if you don’t, don’t.

  19. You know I replaced my old Titleist 905T about 2 years ago with this driver. Accept mine had a glued hosel and said VrPro lmt edition on it. Best driver I’ve ever had.

  20. Generally very nice one. Bit reluctant to switch so will likely keep my 913 D3 to see which way Titleist will take with the 917 model and if they will keep the ARC concept. looking forward to see the woods and hybrids though. those will be on my wish list for 915 season.

  21. I hope they make a model with the weight forward or release something saying why it’s great for thier 3-wood but not driver…?

  22. Welcome Titleist to the 2013 (or earlier) for your 2015s. I guess it is the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” technology and marketing. Typical of this company going back to their very first clubs when they bought Continental Golf and put their name on those irons. They have embraced “tradition” and frankly created their own by following 2-4 years behind the innovators!

  23. Let’s see all the Titleist fanboys shout praises to this. Not mention the “borrowed” technology from the companies that released it first. Typical.

  24. Seems a little uninspired to me for Titleist. They’re THE last brand to the party on a slot and there doesn’t seem to be anything special about how they’re applying it either. This just looks so Nike Compression Channel its hard not to think they’re falling behind in the innovation game a bit…

    • Oh I would say it’s called marketing gimmicks. Companies have to make constant changes these days with a bunch of B.S. promises to get all these hacks to buy new s–t every 3 to 6 months. All I know is I game the VrPro limited and its a great driver. Ruffly 10 years ago I was gaming the Titleist 975J and it was awesome too. However I was playing really good golf back then and I am again, so in truth its probably more me than the drivers. With that said I remember before all the gimmicky marketing hype got started with all the hacks bying into it all the top players chose Titleist drivers because they where simply the best. Now all the major OEM’s make good stuff. It really comes down to personal preference and for me I don’t care for moveable weights, funny shapes, and adjustable hosels.

  25. They should have moved the weight forward like in the 913f h.d series fairways. You can really smoke those things- just wonder how it would react in the D2 driver which tends to spin to much and IMO is shorter off the tee than the D3. Maybe in another 2 years we will know-

  26. Please be lower spinning in the D3! Please! With how good these look, sound and feel (assuming), they lose money competing against the SLDR and i25.

  27. Pretty much a vr pro ltd with an adjustable head and a weight in the back. In all honesty it’s a testament to how far nike has come as a golf company “imitation is the highest form of flattery”

    • The compression channel is to reduce spin on lower hits, the only reason why people think the 910/913 spins too much is that it does, but only on off-center hits…hopefully the compression channel takes care of that because on the mid-upper center of the 913 drivers is where the spin is reduced the most…tee it up and you’ll drop 500rpms…

  28. Just FYI the driver pictured is the 915 D3 and it’s being compared to the 913 D2. Not exactly apples to apples…

    • Yea, but the Titleist will sound 10x better than the Nike. Titleist has sound perfected and straight perfected but unfortunately not distance perfected.

      • Sound “better”? I’m not sure that’s a consistent scale…I love the sound of my RBZ Tour, which most can’t stand. I loved the sound of the original VR Pro as well, although much quieter. This Titleist VR Pro may sound different, but “better”?

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