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JW's Titleist 913D3 Review


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#1 J.W.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:02 PM

A little background about myself.  I am a golf professional in Ohio and my true passion in the golf business is custom clubs and club fitting.  I would consider myself an above average player that struggles off the tee at times, but hey I've passed the PAT twice :cheesy: .  I've been as low as a +4.4 with scores ranging from 66-80 this season.  The strongest part of my game is my iron play and driving is definitely the weakest.  The last several years I've been a Titleist Staff Professional which leads into the background of my drivers.  Before I was working on TrackMan or other high end launch monitors the 909 drivers were out and I ordered one with DI-7 because of the chart on the fitting manual that Titleist gives you as a dealer.  It showed as higher launch than Whiteboard with similar spin so I ordered it.  Not too long after Tiger switched and I've been on the Graphite Design bandwagon since.

910 came out and I ordered my driver, 9.5 D3 with Tour AD DI-8X at 44.75" because I've always liked heavier shafts.  This driver was good, spun just a bit too much.  My go-to shot is a push fade and the numbers with it were 14-15 launch, 2800-3100 spin at 160-165 ball speed.  As I started to play a bit more golf and saw my swing improve I became pretty comfortable with this driver.  I played it for over a year until I started playing quite a bit of golf with another rep.  He always gave me a hard time that a guy so into clubs and fitting (and who does it for a living) would leave yards on the table so he offered to see if he could beat it.  He worked in the tour department prior and made a few calls which got my driver approved because at that time the shaft he wanted me to play was not available yet.  Enter 8.5 degrees with Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 7.2 Tour Spec.


As soon as I got this to the course I knew it was good.  On TrackMan my ball speed was similar but swing to swing it produced an additional 1-2 mph of ball speed.  However my launch was now between 13-14 with mid 2000's spin on the same push fade which gave me additional yardage.  The head however was not something I was used to because I had played a tradtional looking Titleist for the last several years.  I loved the driver and played it from March until September but I actually found that I had a hard time moving it right to left and now began using 3 wood on several more holes on my home course because driver was too much club unless I could turn it over.  My only real gripe with this driver was the feel of the shaft.  Don't get me wrong, it was good but the shaft is very stiff feeling and reminds me a bit of that Aldila RIP feel.

Well about a month ago my Titleist rep approached me and said because of my job (and boss) I would be getting a 913 early so I could pick out the specs.  Seeing as I had just helped fit a top Division 1 golf team for their sticks and watched them hit every high end shaft on the market I knew immediately what I wanted.  I ordered D3 8.5 with Tour AD BB-7X.  I was like a kid on Christmas when it showed up the following week.



The first day I got it I hit one ball on TrackMan after work and got: 167 ball speed, 13.8 launch and 2190 spin...best swing I could make so I stopped there...


I've now had the driver for 3 weeks and have played about six 18 hole rounds with it.  I would say the biggest improvement with it over 910 are the slight misses.  Ball speed has improved and was every bit as fast as my other non Titleist driver.  I put it to the test on my first round where the 9th hole at my home course is a 430 yard dogleg left par 4 that favors a draw if you can hit it past 260-270 or so.  Anything more than 260 will be blocked out unless you can turn it over, which was a very difficult shot for me with the other driver so I began hitting 3 wood which left me anywhere from 150-180 depending on the conditions. Well I piped one that started right center with a small 5 yard draw that left me 122 yards to a front pin.  That shot just wasn't possible with the other driver... The D3 is a no nonsense driver that looks great, feels great, and performs as well as anything out there properly fit.  

The guys I was playing with could only play 9 so I took both drivers out and hit several balls with each one on different holes.  I would say I hit both almost on top of each other (keep in mind this is 10-12 yards longer than my 910) until I hit one that almost looked like a pop up... very high and REALLY low spin.  A shot that was not possible with my 910 combo.  It was a good distance past the rest of the grouping.


I played a couple rounds of golf with some guys that I used to work with (and play a lot of golf with) this past weekend and they both said this is as good as they've ever seen me hit the driver.  One guy is a HUGE PING fan and he even commented about how good the driver was which is surprising for him to admit that... Rob...

I decided to go with Tour AD BB-7 because the day I had all the new high end shafts at my disposal this is the one I was most impressed with...  Not quite as low launch and spin as VC Tour Spec but VERY close with a much smoother (softer) feel.  It felt very much like DI but with a flatter flight.  So slightly less loft, this shaft and I was in business!  I am definitely more comfortable with the look, sound, and feel of this head and now its just as long as anything else I've owned.

I've had the new fitting cart for 913 for a couple weeks now and so far so good with the fittings.  They've improved the sound, ball speed, ball speed on off center contact and kept the classic Titleist look that their loyalists are drawn to... The very high speed player should not struggle as much with too much spin with 913 over 910 either.  Excellent stock offerings and the most extensive exotic/upgrade shaft list of any OEM out there right.  913D2 has been a winner in a couple of my fittings because it allows more forgiveness and is much lower spin than its predecessor.  D3 was the choice for the 1 handicap that I fit and a 2 handicap WRX member who chose D2 for his 2013 weapon.  Titleist truly has a winner on its hands again this year with 913 and I think the biggest positive is the amount of excellent shaft choices available at no upcharge.... S+, D+, RIP, RIP Phenom, Diamana White 73, 83 and Blue 73 and 83 (yes, real deal x5ct White and Blueboards at NO upcharge) just to name a few.  I honestly believe 98% of guys will not need to go upcharge unless they choose to or just want something "cool"... I could have went D+ and been happy myself.

Titleist seems to agree with my assessment of the BB as well.  Here is their new updated shaft chart that I thought you guys would enjoy:




I'm sure I missed something and spelled a few things wrong so if anyone has any comments or questions, fire away.  I hope you guys enjoyed!!

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Edited by J.W., 25 October 2012 - 11:17 AM.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:18 PM

Thanks for taking the time  to post your experience with the 913.I can't wait to try it out in the spring-Great looking driver with alot of shaft options too.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:24 PM

Great review. I can't wait for mine.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:29 PM

Great review and awesome numbers.  Love those spin rates.  I'm getting 2100-2400 on my Ping Anser.  Gotta give this one a go when it comes out.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:35 PM

enjoyed the read, my mom's a proofreader and would've had a fit reading this, but i'm a simpleton, and enjoyed it very much.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:39 PM

View PostNaughty Mazz, on 19 October 2012 - 06:35 PM, said:

enjoyed the read, my mom's a proofreader and would've had a fit reading this, but i'm a simpleton, and enjoyed it very much.


Better than the some of the wrx colums here.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:43 PM

View PostNaughty Mazz, on 19 October 2012 - 06:35 PM, said:

enjoyed the read, my mom's a proofreader and would've had a fit reading this, but i'm a simpleton, and enjoyed it very much.

I know its bad, I graduated from college over 4 years ago!!  Cut me some slack now all I write are spec forms.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:07 PM

Thanks for the review. I'm hoping this is finally the driver that kicks my 905s out of the bag.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:26 PM

Hey if you get a chance JW pm me and let me know where in OH you are, I'm looking for a teacher and I'm near Lexington. I'm old but you'll get over that. Would love to go through a fitting with someone that knows what they are doing and be fit for a driver, or maybe you could recommend someone to me. Thanks

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:53 PM

Shaft looks awesome!

With the flatter 913 weight isn't it designed to create a lower CG in the 913 heads for more LA or spin? Where as the 910 weight sits up into the body of the head for a slightly higher CG -- lower flight etc?

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:55 PM

Thanks for the review. I have the 910D3 and I so love this driver.  Mine has the Senior flex Ilima which fits me well.  I'm an old guy 65.  Anyway this is the best driver I have every had.  I will test the 913D3 but it is going to have to be good to kick the 910 out.

It would be nice if Titleist would have more senior flex shaft selections for this driver.  Good Review.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:59 PM

Great post JW!  Thanks for sharing
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:08 PM

Thanks for the great review. I ordered a D2 since I felt that I need that extra forgiveness.

I was going to order the 913 with the TS 7.2x but I already have a BB 7x that I ordered from Titleist laying around earlier this year so I figured I'd give it a shot in my 913 first. After reading your review sounds like I made the right decision to hold off first since I do like the feeling of the DI and BB vs a more boardy shaft.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:08 PM

How much better than the 910?? (hard question to answer I know)   Is it $100 better than the 910??

I just was fit for 910, picked up 10yds on old set-up but I think that because my swing slowed since last fitting 6yrs ago so the 910 shaft set-up just worked better....

I will prob try the 913 in the spring but really dont want it to be better...HAHA

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:14 PM

View Postfinalist, on 19 October 2012 - 07:53 PM, said:

Shaft looks awesome!

With the flatter 913 weight isn't it designed to create a lower CG in the 913 heads for more LA or spin? Where as the 910 weight sits up into the body of the head for a slightly higher CG -- lower flight etc?

Man, that's such a small amount of weight to affect things THAT much.  913D2 definitely spins less than 910D2 lofts being equal.  Its my opinion that 913D3 spins less than 910D3 as well based on the fittings I've done so far.  I have two more 913 fittings tomorrow so I should have more data to add to my excel sheet for comparison.  I haven't had a VERY high speed player yet, I had a couple 185+ guys in 910 that spun it too much and a kid (yes 16 year old kid) at middle 190's that is ready for a 913 fitting that spun 910 too much.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:45 PM

How's the 913 compare to the Anser?

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:59 PM

View Post24vince, on 19 October 2012 - 08:08 PM, said:

How much better than the 910?? (hard question to answer I know)   Is it $100 better than the 910??

I just was fit for 910, picked up 10yds on old set-up but I think that because my swing slowed since last fitting 6yrs ago so the 910 shaft set-up just worked better....

I will prob try the 913 in the spring but really dont want it to be better...HAHA

You might be like me.  At 94 mph ss, the 913 D2 probably isn't going to perform any differently than my 910 D2/Motore F1 55R tipped a bit.  I just really want to try the Diamana S+ in stiff and Reg tipped 1/2" to see if it is a bit better.  I like my 910, and I want to compare the new head and shaft.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:19 PM

Wow you must have seen me this summer Lol hit my i20 with the AD BB shaft as that is one very nice shaft. I'm sure this shaft is awesome with the 913 head. I was so ready to pull the trigger on one of the new 913's but I have an Adams Launch Lab 10.5* with Fujikura Rombax Platinum 65R shaft which is long & forgiving & I just got my Yonex Ezone Type 450 10 with UST Mamiya Attas T2 5S shaft which I haven't played it yet as that will be my go to club for 2013. I'm really liking a glued headed driver more than an adjustable driver as maybe someday I will convert over.  JW I can't imagine you struggling to hit your driver before but glad this new 913 is working out for you. Excellent review, let me know when you want to hit one of my drivers as I would like to know what you think. I won't tell anyone else Haha.. This sounds like Titleist has just came out with their very best driver to date.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:24 PM

JW - thanks for the great review! I loved it, and can't wait to try the D3. Also, thanks for posting the shaft chart - I now know to look between the S+ 72 and the Phenom 70!

I never got accustomed to the 910D3 because it just didn't feel right. I'm hoping that the 913s will be better!
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:00 PM

Thanks for the thorough review! Can't wait to get my hands on one at my local GG's fitting day in a couple of weeks!

So pumped that Titleist is going to give golfers a better choice of shaft offerings!

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:08 PM

Good stuff here...love the look of that shaft/head combo.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:26 PM

My son and I had the opportunity to go out and spend some time with JW and the 913.  First of all, if you are within an hour of his location and are looking for clubs, you should go out and see him.  They carry just about everything you could want and they have fitting carts that actually have a nice selection of shafts.  On top of having a good selection, JW does a good job and knows his stuff.  A LOT of good players are out there and I am sure he has built up a good bit of data on what has worked and what has not worked.  Both my son and I liked the 913 a lot and we may be stopping out to see him again tomorrow to do a comparison with the Anser.  Very interested in these two clubs and its nice that I can go out and hit them on the range and not be stuck hitting them on a simulator.  May even take them out on the course for a few holes and do some real world testing.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 11:58 PM

Great review, Im looking forward to hitting this.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 12:36 AM

View PostJ.W., on 19 October 2012 - 06:02 PM, said:

A little background about myself.  I am a golf professional in Ohio and my true passion in the golf business is custom clubs and club fitting.  I would consider myself an above average player that struggles off the tee at times, but hey I've passed the PAT twice :cheesy: .  I've been as low as a +4.4 with scores ranging from 66-80 this season.  The strongest part of my game is my iron play and driving is definitely the weakest.  The last several years I've been a Titleist Staff Professional which leads into the background of my drivers.  Before I was working on TrackMan or other high end launch monitors the 909 drivers were out and I ordered one with DI-7 because of the chart on the fitting manual that Titleist gives you as a dealer.  It showed as higher launch than Whiteboard with similar spin so I ordered it.  Not too long after Tiger switched and I've been on the Graphite Design bandwagon since.

910 came out and I ordered my driver, 9.5 D3 with Tour AD DI-8X at 44.75" because I've always liked heavier shafts.  This driver was good, spun just a bit too much.  My go-to shot is a push fade and the numbers with it were 14-15 launch, 2800-3100 spin at 160-165 ball speed.  As I started to play a bit more golf and saw my swing improve I became pretty comfortable with this driver.  I played it for over a year until I started playing quite a bit of golf with another rep.  He always gave me a hard time that a guy so into clubs and fitting (and who does it for a living) would leave yards on the table so he offered to see if he could beat it.  He worked in the tour department prior and made a few calls which got my driver approved because at that time the shaft he wanted me to play was not available yet.  Enter 8.5 degrees with Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 7.2 Tour Spec.
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As soon as I got this to the course I knew it was good.  On TrackMan my ball speed was similar but swing to swing it produced an additional 1-2 mph of ball speed.  However my launch was now between 13-14 with mid 2000's spin on the same push fade which gave me additional yardage.  The head however was not something I was used to because I had played a tradtional looking Titleist for the last several years.  I loved the driver and played it from March until September but I actually found that I had a hard time moving it right to left and now began using 3 wood on several more holes on my home course because driver was too much club unless I could turn it over.  My only real gripe with this driver was the feel of the shaft.  Don't get me wrong, it was good but the shaft is very stiff feeling and reminds me a bit of that Aldila RIP feel.

Well about a month ago my Titleist rep approached me and said because of my job (and boss) I would be getting a 913 early so I could pick out the specs.  Seeing as I had just helped fit a top Division 1 golf team for their sticks and watched them hit every high end shaft on the market I knew immediately what I wanted.  I ordered D3 8.5 with Tour AD BB-7X.  I was like a kid on Christmas when it showed up the following week.
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The first day I got it I hit one ball on TrackMan after work and got: 167 ball speed, 13.8 launch and 2190 spin...best swing I could make so I stopped there...
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I've now had the driver for 3 weeks and have played about six 18 hole rounds with it.  I would say the biggest improvement with it over 910 are the slight misses.  Ball speed has improved and was every bit as fast as my other non Titleist driver.  I put it to the test on my first round where the 9th hole at my home course is a 430 yard dogleg left par 4 that favors a draw if you can hit it past 260-270 or so.  Anything more than 260 will be blocked out unless you can turn it over, which was a very difficult shot for me with the other driver so I began hitting 3 wood which left me anywhere from 150-180 depending on the conditions. Well I piped one that started right center with a small 5 yard draw that left me 122 yards to a front pin.  That shot just wasn't possible with the other driver... The D3 is a no nonsense driver that looks great, feels great, and performs as well as anything out there properly fit.  

The guys I was playing with could only play 9 so I took both drivers out and hit several balls with each one on different holes.  I would say I hit both almost on top of each other (keep in mind this is 10-12 yards longer than my 910) until I hit one that almost looked like a pop up... very high and REALLY low spin.  A shot that was not possible with my 910 combo.  It was a good distance past the rest of the grouping.
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I played a couple rounds of golf with some guys that I used to work with (and play a lot of golf with) this past weekend and they both said this is as good as they've ever seen me hit the driver.  One guy is a HUGE PING fan and he even commented about how good the driver was which is surprising for him to admit that... Rob...

I decided to go with Tour AD BB-7 because the day I had all the new high end shafts at my disposal this is the one I was most impressed with...  Not quite as low launch and spin as VC Tour Spec but VERY close with a much smoother (softer) feel.  It felt very much like DI but with a flatter flight.  So slightly less loft, this shaft and I was in business!  I am definitely more comfortable with the look, sound, and feel of this head and now its just as long as anything else I've owned.

I've had the new fitting cart for 913 for a couple weeks now and so far so good with the fittings.  They've improved the sound, ball speed, ball speed on off center contact and kept the classic Titleist look that their loyalists are drawn to... The very high speed player should not struggle as much with too much spin with 913 over 910 either.  Excellent stock offerings and the most extensive exotic/upgrade shaft list of any OEM out there right.  913D2 has been a winner in a couple of my fittings because it allows more forgiveness and is much lower spin than its predecessor.  D3 was the choice for the 1 handicap that I fit and a 2 handicap WRX member who chose D2 for his 2013 weapon.  Titleist truly has a winner on its hands again this year with 913 and I think the biggest positive is the amount of excellent shaft choices available at no upcharge.... S+, D+, RIP, RIP Phenom just to name a few.  I honestly believe 98% of guys will not need to go upcharge unless they choose to or just want something "cool"... I could have went D+ and been happy myself.

Titleist seems to agree with my assessment of the BB as well.  Here is their new updated shaft chart that I thought you guys would enjoy:
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I'm sure I missed something and spelled a few things wrong so if anyone has any comments or questions, fire away.  I hope you guys enjoyed!!

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 05:54 AM

Great review i think this will knock the i20 out of my bag. What's your swing speed?


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Posted 20 October 2012 - 06:02 AM

And there was me happy with my 910 D2 until I read your review, food for thought!

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 06:15 AM

Very nice review and really appreciate you keeping track of data on an Excel spreadsheet from your fittings,
I'm sure many would be interested in seeing the data when more is accumulated.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 07:20 AM

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 07:40 AM

Great write up.

The fitting chart is weird because I got fitted at the UK National Fitting Centre by a very experienced fitter who usually works on the Tour van. Initially he was going to put me in a D3 10.5 with D+ Blue 62 S flex because it gave a nice mid flight with a soft fade, and I was pretty happy with the dispersion. But he decided to try a few others, and we ended up with the Oban Devotion 6 S flex, which gave a very similar flight to the D+. But according to the Titleist chart, the Oban is a lot lower launch and spin. My numbers were very similar, but the dispersion was just a bit better with the Oban. The shafts felt pretty similar and I would have been happy with either one.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 07:56 AM

great info JW the driver combo looks sweet.  

QUestion:
WIth the BB are you finding it necessary to tip it just as much as the DI ?  For example if you played the DI 1" tipped would you recommend 1" tipped on the BB as well?

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