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Titleist 816 H1 and H2 hybrids

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As loft decreases, it becomes more and more difficult for golfers to hit their irons the distance required to create meaningful distance gaps. That’s true for beginning golfers, all the way to the golfers on the PGA Tour.

The solution is to identify the longest iron a golfer can hit effectively, and replace the remaining irons with clubs that perform better for them. For most golfers that means adding a hybrid (…or two, or three), which is why Titleist made the decision to release its new line of 816 hybrids alongside its new 716 irons.

After all, if golfers are being fit for new irons, shouldn’t they be fit for new hybrids at the same time?

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The 816 hybrids use Titleist’s redesigned Active Recoil Channel (ARC), which has pre-worn edges for better turf interaction. It also won’t hold as much dirt and grass as the 915 hybrids.

  • Price: $249 steel
  • Lofts available: 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 (H1 only)
  • Stock Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 8.8 Tour Spec (S, X), Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ White 90 Hybrid (S), Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Blue 70 Hybrid (R, S), Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana M+ 60 Red Hybrid (A, R, S), Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana M+ 50 Red Hybrid (L),
  • Availability: In stores Oct. 23

While there are similarities between Titleist’s 816 hybrids and the 915 hybrids the company released in November 2014, several improvements were made to help golfers more easily fill the gaps between their fairway woods and irons.

The 816 hybrids are offered in two models: the 816H1 and 816H2. The 816H1 is similar to Titleist’s 915H hybrid, with a round profile that appears more fairway-wood like at address. The 816H2 hybrid has a pear-shaped head that includes a slight amount of offset, and its club head is slightly larger than the 915Hd it replaces.

According to Marni Ines, director of product development at Titleist, the center of gravity (CG) of both hybrids is fractionally deeper than the 915 models, creating up to a 1-degree higher launch than their predecessors, with similar ball speeds and spin rates. Compared to each other, the 816H2 is said to be between 150-300 rpm lower spinning than the 816H1.

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Both hybrids are available in lofts of 19, 21, 23 and 25 degrees, with the H1 also being released in a 27-degree loft. Changes to their loft, as well as the lie angle of the clubs make adjustments simpler than ever on a Titleist hybrid thanks to the company’s new 1-degree SureFit Tour hosel. Thankfully, previous SureFit Tour sleeves will still work with the new hybrids, although golfers should consult Titleist’s chart to ensure accurate loft and lie adjustments.

Titleist decided to move to the new loft and lie system, which gives golfers a 3-degree range of loft (-1 to +2) and lie adjustability (1-degrees flat to 2-degrees upright) because it is more similar to the way irons are adjusted. I can relate, too. When people ask me what loft my 915Hd hybrid is, their eyes often roll when I tell them that it’s 19.75 degrees.

The hybrids also come with a skinnier SureFit “Flatweight,” which is available in weights of 6, 9, 11, 13 and 16 grams, the heaviest of which give golfers the ability to play shorter-length hybrids and still retain a normal swing weight.

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The most noticeably change to the hybrids, of course, is the switch from Titleist’s traditional glossy black-painted crowns to a glossy gray grown, which contrasts with the black PVD faces and soles of the hybrids to improve alignment. Detail-orientated golfers will also notice that the bulge, or the horizontal curvature of the club face, has been reduced to more closely mimic that of an iron.

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Both 816 hybrids ($249) come stock with Fujikura’s Motore Speeder HB 8.8 Tour Spec shaft. They are available with steel shafts, however, which will be built with a taper-tip- accepting SureFit Tour sleeve at a stock length of 0.5-inches shorter than stock graphite length.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the 816 H1 and H2 hybrids in our forum. 

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  1. Jordan S

    Sep 23, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Somebody saw how well the Cally XHot hybrids did.

  2. Tommy P

    Sep 22, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Love that they went back to the gunmetal grey like the 905 series.

  3. Teaj

    Sep 22, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I like the fact that they are offering Steel shafts as I put a steel shaft in my VRpro hybrid and love the feel and consistency.

  4. other paul

    Sep 22, 2015 at 8:57 am

    First article sentence “as speed and loft decreases. Should be “as speed increases and loft decreases”.
    Pretty clubs ????

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Sep 22, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Thanks for the feedback. You’re right, as loft decreases ball speed usually increases, as does swing speed because of the tendency of lower-lofted clubs to be built longer. But that was not how I hoped readers would interpret the sentence.

      The original sentence was meant to address both golfers who have slow club head speeds, as well as the hard-to-hit-nature of low-lofted irons. I’ve since edited the sentence to only include a discussion of loft, as that will simply things.

      All golfers should know, however, that lower-lofted irons are usually easier to hit for golfers with more club head speed. So if you have a slower club head speed, that’s an indication that you will be better served with fewer long irons and more fairway woods/hybrids in your bag.

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Puma Golf has launched its new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear – a new version of the NXT with premium leather accents.

The upper of the shoe features a premium leather saddle wrapped around Pwrframe reinforcement. The Pwrframe TPU is an ultra-thin frame that is placed in high-stress areas of the upper for lightweight in a bid to offer added support and increased stability.

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The new additions feature Puma’s Pro-Form TPU outsole with an organically-altered traction pattern, containing over 100 strategically placed directional hexagon lugs in proper zones, designed to provide maximum stability and traction.

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The Ignite NXT Crafted footwear contain a full-length IGNITE Foam midsole, wrapped in Soleshield in design to offer maximum durability, comfort and energy return. Soleshield is a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole designed to make cleaning off dirt and debris effortless.

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Speaking on the new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear, Andrew Lawson, PLM Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The Ignite NXT Crafted perfectly fuse the beauty of handcrafted shoemaking with modern development techniques to deliver optimum elegance and peak performance. With the combination of style and performance these shoes will appeal to a wide variety of golfers – those who appreciate the classic look of a leather saddle shoe and those who value modern comfort and stability technologies being a part of their game.”

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The Ignite NXT Crafted shoes are available in 4 colorways: White-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Black-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Peacoat-Leather Brown-Team Gold and White-Hi-Rise-Team Gold) and come in sizes 7-15.

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The shoes cost $140 per pair and are available online and at retail beginning today, June 5, 2020.

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Nike drivers. WRXer ‘DixieD’ is currently building up a Nike bag and has reached out to fellow members for driver advice, and WRXers have been sharing what they feel is the best Nike driver ever made.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Ger21: “VR Pro LE? I have two I was still playing last year.”
  • mahonie: “The STR8-Fit Tour was one of the best drivers I’ve played. Still have it the garage and take it to the range occasionally…it would possibly still be in the bag if it hadn’t developed a ‘click’ in the head which I cannot fix. Long, straight(ish) and nice sound.”
  • jackr189: “The VR_S is one of the best.”
  • Finaus_Umbrella: “I played the Vapor Fly Pro, and still do on occasion for nostalgia sake. Sound and feel are great, but it demands a good strike.”
  • PowderedToastMan: “I enjoyed the SQ Tour back in the day, the one Tiger used forever. Do I miss it? Not at all, but it was a pretty good club for its time.”

Entire Thread: “Best Nike driver?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about driving irons for mid-handicappers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing whether mid-handicappers can benefit from a driving iron. WRXer ‘jomatty’ says:

“I average about 230 off the tee on good drives. I can get a little more sometimes, but 230 is probably the average. I’m 42 years old and shoot in the mid to low 80’s. I do not get along with fairway woods very well, especially off the tee, and really don’t get enough extra length over my hybrid to consider using it aside from very rare situations on par 5’s (I’ve considered just going from driver to 19-degree hybrid and getting an extra wedge or something).”…

…and wants to know if he would be better served by a driving iron. Our members have been sharing their thoughts and suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MtlJeff: “If you can shoot mid 80’s, you probably hit it well enough to hit a bunch of different clubs. Personally, I think hybrids are easier to hit….but some driving irons are quite forgiving. I use a G400 crossover that is very easy to hit and looks more iron-like. Something like that you might like. Be careful with some of them though because they aren’t always super forgiving, so you’d have to hit them first.”
  • HackerD: “G410 crossover is my version of a driving iron, feel like I hit it straighter than a hybrid. Just as easy to hit as a hybrid.”
  • hanginnwangin: “I shoot in the low 80s normally and in the 70s on my really good days. I have probably around the same or similar swing speed as you. I have been hitting my 4 iron off the tee on tight holes, and it’s been working pretty well so far. I hit it about 190-220. I have a 4 hybrid but just can’t hit it as consistently as the 4 iron, and it doesn’t even go much farther. I have a 5 wood which I only use for 220+ yard par 3s or wide-open fairways. Basically, it’s all personal preference and what you do best with. Everyone is going to be different. Try new stuff out and see what works. But if irons are the strongest part of your game (they are for me as well), I would give the 4 iron a shot. You can get a lot of roll out on the tee shots with it,”
  • Hellstrom: “Don’t laugh, but I bought a 17* hybrid with a senior flex shaft at a garage sale for $5, and I can hit it nice and easy and keep it in play without losing any distance. My driver SS is between 105 and 110 usually and swinging this thing feels like swinging a spaghetti noodle, but it works. I don’t have it in the bag all the time, but I do use it for certain courses. I take my 6 iron out and throw that in, so if I struggle with getting the ball off the tee, I just go to that.”

Entire Thread: “Driving iron for a mid-handicapper”

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