Pros: The 915F and 915Fd are longer and lower spinning than their predecessors. Titleist leads the way in loft, lie and face angle options, and offers an impressive variety of premium stock shafts.

Cons: Compact head shapes could intimidate less accomplished players.

Who are they for? Golfers looking for well-rounded fairway woods that maintain traditional looks, sound and feel. These are easy to fit, and their top-tier distance and forgiveness makes them suitable for a wide variety of players.

The Review

At a glance, many golfers might not be able to tell the difference between the company’s 915F and 915Fd fairway woods. Both are a traditionalist’s dream, with pear-shaped heads and clean, glossy, black-painted crowns, but upon closer inspection distinct differences do exist.

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The 915F is Titleist’s larger, higher-spinning fairway wood, which will also launch higher for the majority of golfers. It measures 165 cubic centimeters (at 15-degrees) and has a slightly shallower face than the company’s 915Fd fairway wood.

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The 915Fd is a little smaller (155cc), which makes it more workable. It also has a slightly taller face that golfers with steeper angles of attack tend to prefer.

So how do you know which model is best for you? In Titleist’s two previous lines of fairway woods — the 910F, 910Fd and the 913F, 915Fd — it was a fairly easy thing to predict. Golfers who needed less spin generally fit into the Fd model, while most others played the standard F model.

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Because of the Titleist’s engineering improvements, the answer is not so predictable with the 915 line. Both fairway woods are noticeably lower spinning, which means that high-spin players won’t necessarily fit into the company’s Fd model. And lower-spinning golfers may even find themselves playing a fairway wood with slightly more loft than what they’re used to, which can help them launch the ball higher for more carry distance.

Let me be clear. This is not a loft up story, but fairway woods are often the most difficult clubs in the bag for golfers to hit consistently. Any time a golfer can use fairway wood with a little more loft and possibly a slightly shorter length, that’s a win — especially if they’re maintaining or adding distance.

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The low-spin nature of the 915 fairway woods can be atrributed to their new Active Recoil Channel (ARC), a deep slot that extends underneath the entirety of their 465 stainless steel club faces. It allows the club heads to flex more on impact, creating more speed, a higher launch and less spin — all good things. It also improves spring-like effect on shots hit away from the center of the club face, creating more distance on those shots.

Click here for more on the technical aspects of Titleist’s 915 drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. 

The Results 

We took the 915F and 915Fd to the Launch Pad at Carl’s Golfland in West Bloomfield, Mich., to test the clubs against their predecessors on a Doppler Radar launch monitor. Since Titleist used the same SureFit Tour Hosel on the 915 line as it did the 913 line, we were able to test all four of the fairway woods with the same shaft.

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For our test, we had two golfers of different swing speeds (102 mph and 109 mph) hit five shots with each club. Obvious mishits were discarded, and the clubs were tested in the following order: 913F, 915F, 913F.d, 915F.d.

All clubs were hit in Titleist’s neutral A1 setting. The results are below.

913F vs. 915F

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913Fd vs. 915Fd

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If you’re familiar with launch monitor numbers, you’ll notice that the results are somewhat mixed, and expectedly so. Fairway wood launch monitor numbers are generally more inconsistent than driver numbers because they’re hit off the ground, not a tee. There are some general, positive trends in the numbers, however.

Both testers picked up ball speeds with at least one of the models and saw higher smash factors with the clubs.

  • Tester 1 saw a ball speed increase of 1.3 mph with the 915F and 1.1 mph with the 915Fd.
  • While Tester 2 saw a 2 mph drop in ball speed with the 915F, he saw a substantial jump of 3.3 mph with the 915Fd. He also saw a higher launch and less spin with both models than their predecessors.

Again, there’s no hard and fast rule on which 915 fairway wood will work best for you, but there are a few good starting points.

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The 915F at address
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The 915Fd at address
  • Do you rely on your fairway wood as a second driver off the tee?

If so, the lower-spinning 915Fd is likely your best option. Its smaller head size also makes it more workable for golfers who like to draw and fade the ball.

  • Do you need a fairway wood that launches higher and stops faster, or do you prefer higher-lofted fairway woods?

The 915F is likely your best option, and its slightly larger head size and more rearward center of gravity offers slightly more forgiveness and stopping power than the 915Fd.

Whatever model you choose, Titleist makes it easy to dial in the fairway woods with five premium stock shafts, and countless others that are available through its custom club department. The slew of available lofts and Titleist’s wide-ranging SureFit Tour Hosel also make it easy for golfers to get the loft, face angle and lie setting they need to play their best.

The 915F ($299) is available in lofts of 13.5, 15, 16.5, 18 and 21 degrees and comes stock with the following shafts: Aldila Rogue Black 80, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ 80, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ 70, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana M+ 60 and Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana M+ 50.

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The 915Fd ($299) is available in lofts of 13.5 and 15 degrees and comes stock with the following shafts: Aldila Rogue Black 80, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ 80.

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The Takeaway

Like Titleist’s 915 drivers, the 915 fairway woods might not be the longest fairway woods that you test — but they’ll be close. And they probably aren’t the most forgiving fairway woods you’ll test — but they’re even closer. The 915F and 915Fd could have the best combination of distance and forgiveness we’ve seen in a 2015 fairway wood.

They truly do everything well.

If you’re currently using an older Titleist fairway wood, these are an easy way to add a bit more distance to your game. If you’re using some other fairway wood, these are still a must test.

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  1. 109 and 110 swing speed players. Nice woods that (with stock shaft offerings) are still getting sub 3000 spin rates on a couple of these tests.

    (Thats how you glean out data regardless of your personal swing)

  2. I didn’t think the 915F would knock my RBZ Stage 2 fairway wood out of the bag, but I put an AD DI 7x in the 915, and it was actually longer (not to mention more consistent) than the Taylormade. Absolutely love it.

    • Jason… I’m so glad I saw your post… I’ve been torturing myself about picking up the 915 16.5 with AD DI 7s to replace RBZ stage 2 16.5 w/ aldila rip alpha S … while I tattoo that club 1-2 times a round, I just have never felt 100% comfortable going after the green from 220+… glad to see someone else got past their dilemma and is satisfied!

      thanks

      Dan

  3. As others have mentioned it would have been nice to have the average golfers tested. Most golfers are in the 85-90 Driver MPH (not over 100+). The reaction to those much lower swing speeds would have been interesting to see. The days that I swung in the 100+ range are way way behind me. Now I’m lucky to hit 80+. Why would the average senior or super senior play these. Nothing here to prove it one way or another. Believe me, The reaction of a ball hit at 85 or even 75 is way different from a person hitting in excess of 105MPH. Compression of the ball is totally different. And what ball can make more of a difference than the club can for these speeds.

  4. I think part of the reason, besides Titleist has kinda always just stick to their roots. I find a small portion of my like for their product, reason being was because I had over two years to get acquainted (bad spell) and they won’t come out with a new fairway or driver in 4 months and be on clearance rack, then feeling like I’m playing my OEM of choice inferior product. I still see people playing 910’s. They are all pretty solid, come well equipped with shafts as well particularly this year

  5. I put both the 915 driver and Fd in my bag recently. I found that I had the same carry on the launch monitor with my old 913 13.5 degree fairway wood as the 915 Fd at 15 degrees (spot on 243 yards with each one). So to get more loft, yet going the same distance was a win for me. The 13.5 in the Fd was too long and messed up my gaps between driver and my next club, a hybrid.

    I do find the Fd tends to have a bit more “workability” than my 913 – and a lot of times that results in a draw/hook for me, whereas I had more of a straightball/slight fade with the 913. All set to A1. Still trying to sort that one out and what’s going on there…. I tend to hit the 3 wood a bit closer to the toe on misses, so wondering if the gear effect has been changed up due to the new slot, which results in more toe hooks rather than a straighter ball on 913 “misses”.

  6. If I was looking for a 3 wood I would go with the fd model. But I actually chose the 915 #2 hybrid and looking to take my 910 5 wood out of the bag eventually. Love the new design and technology. Classic Titleist woods again.

  7. Adam: You’re correct, F and Fd has been changed in 915 compared to previous 910/913 models. I’m surprised Golf WRX, hasn’t been informed or taken notice of this….-But I hereby confirm your statement…. These 915s are great clubs though, no matter what club fits you the best…. :-)

  8. I feel like I’ve been beating myself over the head for 3 months trying to determine if I should get the 915 driver and 3 wood over my 913 D3 driver and 910 Fd. I got fitted by one of the best Titleist guy’s in Atlanta outside with a launch monitor and still unsure if the 915 woods are worth the money. I ended up getting the 915 D2 and 915 Fd b/c I had credit to use at my club. My point is, all of these reviews you read make a reader more confused. It makes you question things more. How can you look at the numbers above and buy the 915? Is it really worth the hundred’s of dollars? Probably not. All these reviewers I feel are scared to be honest because of backlash from companies and the lack of readers if they say all the marketing of clubs these days is a joke. Callaway released 5-6 Big Bertha’s last year. How is anyone supposed to keep up with that and believe each one is much better? Just be honest and say that if you own a club that was made around 2010 and you are fit perfectly, then you can’t do much better. If the 915 is worth buying, then just tell us that and translate it to # yards gained from the results we see or how much more accurate we may be with the results above. What does less spin rate translate to for the average or better player? If these clubs are really hotter, then prove it to us and not cover up the truth.

    • your questions would be hard to answer as mentioned in the article its hard to determine between players the added benefit in relation to yardage as different players will have a different attack angle (sweepers/pinchers). The main difference in the previous and latest models is a reduction in spin which for the most part will add distance. Titleist for years has been known to spin a little to much for some people which they have rectified with the “Slot” technology which helps reduce spin on balls struck low on the face which is likely to happen off of the fairway. Also what are you looking to have your fairway wood do for you? Are you going to be hitting this off of the tee for the most part like the pros do or are you looking for something thats going to launch higher with a little bit more spin to hold long approach shots into a green? So what your asking for without getting feedback from you as to what you are looking for is know a guessing game, im sure once a knowledgeable sales person or fitter gets you hitting some balls and can look at your data and has a discussion with you of what you are looking to get out of a 3 wood or other woods for that matter they can get the right club into your bag, if that is your current gamer so be it.

      • I think Adam is referring to the fact that head sizes have swapped between 913 and 915 so comparing 913F to 915FD could have arguably been fairer?

        My big issues with tests is taking out obvious mis-hits! That’s just not a reflection of what happens in real life. However, I also appreciate that you can’t please everybody all of the time and people will always question the testing method

        • Even though the head sizes have changed, the 915Fd is still the deeper faced lower spinning option so it makes sense to compare it to the 913Fd.

          On a side note, are the head sizes correct? This is from Titleist’s website…

          “915F VS. 915Fd FAIRWAY METALS: The new 915F and 915Fd fairway metals provide golfers with low-spin, high-speed performance in two distinct chassis options.
          915F features a full pear profile (175cc) for maximum forgiveness. The large profile provides confidence and produces a slightly higher flight versus the 915Fd. It is offered in five lofts (13.5º, 15º, 16.5º, 18º and 21º), including a new high-lofted 16.5º 3-metal and new 18º 5-metal.
          915Fd, with its traditional pear profile (160cc), is workable and forgiving. The compact profile delivers slightly lower launch and spin versus 915F. 915Fd is available in 13.5º and 15º lofts.”

        • Yes, I agree. The 915 F.d. should have been compared to the 913F. When you do that the 913F actually spins less than the 915 F.d. for tester 1 and only 94rpm more for tester 2.

          Comparing the 915 F vs the 913 F.d., the 915 F spins more for tester 1. Makes sense by the logic of the review. The 915 F actually spins LESS than the 913 F.d. for tester 2 by 404rmp! I thought the F versions were supposed to be more spin.

          Conclusion: If you need less spin, it’s a toss up between the 915 F.d. and the 913F. If you need more spin and have a lower swing speed, pick up the 915F, if you have a higher swing speed pick up the 913F.d.

          • You guys are wrong. The head size is not the main criteria for comparison. The Fd in each model is the low spin model according to Titleist so they’ve been been compared as such. The head size for the low spin version for each model has been swapped around, that’s all. It actually makes more sense now because the smaller head is low spin and more workable, a combination more commonly suited to the better player. Larger head for the F, slightly more spin and forgiveness.

  9. Thanks for another great review. I have the 915f 13.5 and the 915h 18 both with the Rogue Black and they are GREAT clubs. I’m fixing to move to the 915 D3 and get rid of my SLDR. Thanks for maintaining an awesome website!

  10. Loves these clubs. I just put the 15* (3 wood) 915F in my bag about a week ago. I absolutely love it. I traditionally have used the Diamana shafts in my Titleist clubs but I was hearing so many good things about the Rogue that I had to try it. So I game my 915F with the Aldila Rogue Black. What a club! I am sure the Diamana shafts are still great as always but the Rogue shafts have impressed me. Thanks Titleist for always have great stock shaft options!

  11. I play with a guy who hits a 905R with a UST Proforce V2 shaft. He consistently hits it 290 to 300 yards down the middle, yesterday he cranked one out there 350.

    A couple of years ago he bought a 913D but he didn’t hit it as well as the 905R so he got rid of it. I think it had more to do with the shaft and not the club head.

  12. Someone please explain to me how for Tester 2, in testing both the “F” models, had a swing speed increase and a ball speed decrease for the 915, and yet his smash factor increased??

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