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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
913Fd vs. 915Fd
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Our review of Titleist’s 915D2 and 915D3 drivers
- Our review of Titleist’s 915F and 915Fd fairway woods
- Our review of Titleist’s 915H and 915Hd hybrids