Well I'd like to start off by saying Happy Veterans Day tomorrow! Coming from one veteran to all you others: Thank You
Now to the meat and potatoes of this thread.
Today, my wife was so kind as to drop me off at Golfsmith for about an hour and a half while she ran around town running some errands (she's a gem). I walked in very excited to try the new 913 series based off of some reviews and threads rolling around here like J.W.
's. Actually, I was picking up my 9064ls that I had shortened to 44 1/8 and swingweighted to D4, but that's another story.
So, I didn't have any assistance from a salesperson because they've seen me in there enough to know that I know enough about clubs and how to use thier launch monitors to just leave me alone and I'll figure it out myself. Therefore I can pretty safely say that there was no monitor jacking or any shenanigans of the sort.
After hitting about 20 balls with my 9064 to get warmed up I went straight to the 913 section, and I found a 913D3 9.5 head attached to a Diamana D+ 72 Stiff. I prefer an 8.5 but they didn't have one. I proceeded to hit the D3 with the D+ for about 20 balls and WOW! The 913 series is definitely the best FEELING
driver that I've ever
hit. Every shot felt like it was pured. I'm not kidding, this thing feels amazing. After looking over the LM numbers, I was doing about the same as my 9064ls (about 16* launch with a little over 4000 backspin). Every shot was a ballooner with a decent angle of ALMOST 50*!! The amazing feel was definitely translating to performance for me.
I then found a 913D2 with the RIP Phenom in Stiff flex. Basicly the same results here. AMAZING feel, similar numbers as the D3 with D+. (Both of these heads were 9.5)
I really was surprised about the spin numbers I was getting. Then I look over tand see an 8.5 Anser with a stock Ahina 70S. So I randomly grab it to take a couple of swings. BOOM, then BOOM, then BOOM!
Whoa.... I walk over to the LM to check out the numbers and almost every swing was below 3000 rpms! I couldn't believe it. I kept thinking to myself: "Self, isn't this the same shaft that I was hitting in the D3 more or less?" Time after time, shot after shot I was KILLING it! As you can see from the LM numbers, my launch angles dropped to around 14* and my decent angle went down to the low 40's, but SPIN was consistently below 3000!
This translated to a nearly 20 yard carry increase over the D3. (not to mention Total Distance)
Now, as you can see I was getting a little better swingspeed numbers on average with the Anser, which can probably be attributed to my confidence while swinging it. I really wanted to love the 913 series, and I DO think they are great clubs. Like I said before, it feels better than anything, hands down. The Anser feels good, but not as good as the 913. BUT, I can't argue with the numbers?!
I really like looking down at the 913D3 more than the Anser, although the more I hit it the more I liked it. I really like the feel of the 913 better than the Anser. However, as you can tell, I'm pretty excited and will be OWNING an ANSER
I really wish I would have had my gamer there with me to compare. It's an RHT 8.5 with a Fubuki Alpha 60S 45" D3 (thanks Aces-6!), and I really love it. So, obviously the next step is to compare it to the Anser, but honestly I've never gotten LM numbers from anything like I was from the Ping today.
I did hit an i20 as well to try to compare a little, but I really hated the feel of it. Maybe it was the PX 6.0? I don't know. I got some decent numbers, but it felt like crap to me. I also don't really like the head shape of the i20. I know it's similar to the Anser, but I just didn't get along with it.
So, all in all, I really think the Anser head is a LOW SPIN monster as we say. I'm not sure what else it could be since I pretty much hit the same shaft in the 913? Now all I have to do is sell my 9064ls and RHT (oh man
not looking forward to that) so I can pick up my new baby! I hope you guys find this review helpful!