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Here’s Titleist’s yet-to-be-released 915D4 driver, which we photographed on the range at the Honda Classic where it was being tested by Titleist player John Peterson.

According to a Titleist representative, the 915D4 has a slightly more forward center of gravity than the company’s 915D3 driver and more crown curvature for a slightly rounder appearance at address. It measures 450 cubic centimeters, 10 cc larger than the 915D3. All the other features — Titleist’s Active Recoil Channel, Radial Speed Face and SureFit Adjustable Hose — appear the same.

The 915D4’s slightly more forward CG makes it roughly 300 rpm lower spinning than Titleist’s 915D3 (440cc) and 915D2 (460cc) drivers, however, it has a lower moment of inertia (MOI) than those drivers, which makes it less consistent on mishits. But the potential for more distance is there for golfers who want a lower-spinning Titleist driver.

The driver is expected to be released in May.

Related: Click here to read our review of Titleist’s 915D2 and 915D3 drivers. 

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Titleist’s 915D3 (left) and 915D2 drivers.

Forums: Click here to see what our members are saying about the 915D4. 

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  1. mac

    Apr 17, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    just bought this driver and yes its nowhere near as forgiving as the D2 or D3 but for sure longer! I went from hitting the ball around 230 yards off the tee to about 270. I’ve owned both the D2 and D3 but this ones beats them both in my opinion.

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  3. Mat

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Oh look, we have a G30 LST also…

  4. James

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Most people don’t understand ball flight laws and what amount of spin is optimal for them in the first place. Go get fitted into a shaft and driver head that work together by a PGA professional or a custom club fitter.

  5. zstwins2

    Feb 27, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Adam Scott couldn’t play this thing. I don’t know who would be able to game this thing.

  6. zstwins2

    Feb 27, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Driver was too much for Adam Scott. I don’t know who be able to game this thing.

  7. Kai

    Feb 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    If the D4 has the same horrible sound and feel like the other 915 versions, I won’t even test it.
    The 915 is a big step back to the 913 when it comes to sound/feel.
    The TM R15 and SLDR beat the 915 in this category by miles!

  8. Tom

    Feb 25, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    hey look all you MF’ers… i play an original callaway big bertha with an x100 steel shaft – the same type used in the mid-late 90’s – as small/big as a modern day 5 wood. i hit 12 to 13 fairways a round, while the new guys are spraying the ball all over creation. the fairway is a lonely place. tee it down, choke down, swing it like it’s your 6iron and watch your ball hit the short stuff. i’ll beat your butt

    • Dave

      Feb 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Good for you, Tom

    • Ethan

      Feb 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

      And what does old Tom shoot on the daily?

    • I'm Ron Burgundy??

      Mar 1, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      I love it!

    • Marco

      Mar 2, 2015 at 10:26 am

      cool, i hit also 90% FW with my 8 iron. I guess its the same distance than your driver 😀

  9. Raymond Norris

    Feb 25, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    gawd, have we all gone mad ? Most folks on here couldn’t hit it better with a cannon. Hit what you have and hit it more in the center with a gooooood swing. Another new driver won’t help.

  10. Jon

    Feb 25, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Kind of liking the 450 cc head size, as it seems “just right” for myself. What would have been really interesting is if D4 came with an empty weight slot in the back, so the weight could be moved forward or backward, a la new Cobra Fly-Z drivers..

  11. WarrenPeace

    Feb 25, 2015 at 11:54 am

    This is nothing more than a 915d3HD. I’ve often wondered why they didn’t do this in the 913 lineup? I love my 913hd 15* 3 wood- Its nearly as long as my driver but can be shaped better. I have to think that the driver with a slightly higher loft would get you and extra 7-10 yrds.

  12. NFR

    Feb 25, 2015 at 11:28 am

    After my Superfast 2.0 cracked I actually replaced it with an old R7. Found an 11.5 degree head, put all the weights forward and reshafted it (I play a 44 inch driver, so I put in a little heavier weights to get the swing weight back up). I didn’t like the flight initially, but the trackman numbers were clear, I was hitting it longer than the Superfast. And it’s nice to hit a smaller head again instead of swinging with a dinner plate. All in all, spent less than 50 bucks on the driver.

    I guess the low spin/high launch stuff actually makes sense.

  13. Golfraven

    Feb 25, 2015 at 7:22 am

    hope they will not start offering different Hybrid or Fd models as well. Just ordered my #2 915H. If they will offer something between the H and Hd hybrid, I will not be happy. I for my liking would go with the D4. Currently playing 913d3 and just slighly bigger head would be nice. Don’t fancy the D2.

  14. NG

    Feb 24, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    if this isn’t a blatant reaction from tour that the TM drivers are performing way better then I don’t know what is!!!

    • slider

      Feb 25, 2015 at 12:07 am

      wrong bud

    • jonno

      Feb 25, 2015 at 6:13 am

      would be so nice to own a company with customers who will defend every thing you do, even when it’s blatantly hypocritical.
      Kudos titleist you guys are superstars when it comes to marketing.

    • Pooch

      Feb 25, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      It may also be following the Callaway BB815 double diamond with the placement of the weight.

  15. Tim

    Feb 24, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Low forward CG…didn’t they bash this a couple years back???

    • Regis

      Feb 25, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Don’t forget the slots…..Oh I Apologize…..Active Recoil Channel…. My Bad

  16. Gary Williams is a tool

    Feb 24, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Seems Titleist is getting into the marketing game other companies have been playing for years. Interesting, I’ll have to demo it. Wasn’t impressed that much with 915’s relative to 913 line up. Marginal at best.

  17. other paul

    Feb 24, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Looks like the rest of the line up. If it out performs the D3 the same as the LST out performed the regular G30 then the D4 could be awesome.

    • Jonzone

      Feb 24, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Disagree on your LST outperforming the regular G30. There is a reason why 90% of their staffers are still gaming the regular G30…if by outperform you mean spin less, then you’re correct….

      • Big Mike

        Feb 24, 2015 at 10:15 pm

        Less Spin = Better Performance For Me. And that’s a fact for ME. And the other thing to consider is that the Tour Players G30 may be a bit different than the one you and I can buy. Mi would bet those heads spin less than the ones average Joe can get

    • Big Mike

      Feb 24, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Could,be. But will it be soon enough? Why did they not think of this sooner?

  18. Ryan K

    Feb 24, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    so whom is this driver aimed at?

  19. Cwolf

    Feb 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Those are perfect. Can’t wait to buy one on bst in 2016 ????

  20. Eric

    Feb 24, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    So really there’s no discernible difference other than its 10 cc’s larger and spins a little less than D3. Then why offer it?

    • Rich

      Feb 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Because it looks slightly different and spins 300rpm’s less.

      • christian

        Jun 2, 2015 at 2:35 am

        This. It’s just another choice in the Titleist line-up. You don’t HAVE to buy it! People are getting upset over the fact that they offer a driver that won’t suit them personally and shout “why release this to the public when 90% of golfers are better off with the D3!!” Well, because there are people in the remaining 10% that might like it, and it might suit them better? Just because you can’t use it doesn’t mean it should be banned from the surface of the earth. The other versions are all still there aren’t they? People are nigh on psychotic sometimes.

  21. Mark

    Feb 24, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Hope we’ll see a demo day in my area where I can get this side by side with the DBD and R15!

    • slider

      Feb 25, 2015 at 12:09 am

      don’t need a demo day to know that titleist will out preform the R15

      • Jimmy

        Feb 27, 2015 at 7:11 am

        Would be very hesitant to make such ignorant claims.

  22. Greg

    Feb 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I spent 2 hours last month on a launch monitor at Golfsmith, tried a few different shafts etc…I like they way the D3 looks, feels and sounds, but couldn’t get it to out perform my current driver. maybe the D4 can do that?

  23. Joe S

    Feb 24, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I thought Titliest reps were told not to talk about face forward ‘technology’? I like their clubs fine, but all of the Taylor Made bashing in the end is funny when you consider Titleist copying what TM started years ago with slots, hosel adjustments. Is Titleist going to released movable weights in another 2-3 years? Probably.

    • The Real Jim Parsons

      Feb 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      TaylorMade didn’t start anything to do with slots for the billionith time. Nike and Adams had slots before TM. Also, check you history books. Other’s have done similar tech in drivers for a long. A softer flexing sole (slot) with weight forward is not rocket science, nor anything new. TM is not a technologically advanced company. They are a branding and marketing company that has you fooled.

      • adam

        Feb 24, 2015 at 2:41 pm

        -1

      • Leon

        Feb 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm

        +1

        • NG

          Feb 24, 2015 at 11:15 pm

          I believe low forward CG was TaylorMade first…we’re not talking about slots…

          • MP

            Feb 24, 2015 at 11:37 pm

            Didn’t Adams Launch Lab have low forward CG several years ago?

          • Rich

            Feb 25, 2015 at 1:26 am

            I’d even say Ping did it before TMAG with the i15. Had to loft up with that to get it to go anyway. Low spinning bombs with that and when you missed it, boy did you miss it.

            • Jengus

              Feb 25, 2015 at 3:48 am

              Taylormade and Adams are the same company lets not forget.

              • Teaj

                Feb 25, 2015 at 9:19 am

                ya now, not when the slot tech came out, thanks for playing.

          • RLP

            Feb 25, 2015 at 11:34 am

            Actually it was Cally with the original Big Bertha. If you look back, the original 9* driver was closer to 11.5*, and the 10.5* closer to 13* due to the ultra low-spin and low forward CG. That was a deadly combination back with wound and balata, so Cally just lofted up for you without anyone knowing and man-hood was saved by having a driver in your bag that read 9* and not 11.5*

            • Connor

              Feb 25, 2015 at 1:43 pm

              how do i stop 3 putting

              • Sean

                Feb 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

                My dad invokes the “I never 3-putt rule” when he’s playing against my sister or I.

      • Fsubaseball21

        Feb 25, 2015 at 9:28 am

        Fooled? There stuff works plain and simple. There is nothing that offers not only distance but also accuracy like a taylormade driver or even their new irons. Like I always say. Go do an objective equipment testing and see for yourself.

      • Regis

        Feb 25, 2015 at 1:37 pm

        Metal woods. Adjustable Hosels. Slots. Other may have toyed with the ideas but TM brought them to the masses. (Actually nobody fooled with metal woods before TMAG). All incorporated into every new Titleist but its not rocket science. So what technology has Titleist brought to the party? The “Active Recoil Channel” “The Sure Fit Adjustable Hosel”?. Cutting Edge.

        • JH

          Feb 26, 2015 at 11:02 am

          uhhhhh, no

        • christian

          Jun 2, 2015 at 10:48 am

          Toyed with the ideas? nakashima sold adjustable drivers long before TM. And they still are selling clubs.

  24. BustyMagoo

    Feb 24, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Interesting timing. This seems like a late edition to their ’15 drivers. Is this an quiet admittance by Titleist that their other 915 drivers weren’t satisfying the pros or perhaps that their D2 and D3 drivers couldn’t compete with the latest drivers from Taylormade and others?

    • The Real Jim Parsons

      Feb 24, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      No, If you followed the rumor mill for the last 8 months it was known this is coming. There was always going to be 3 Titleist drivers for 2015.

    • gwillis7

      Feb 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      I thought this as well when Ping had their G30 drivers SFT and LST come out after the original G30. Either way, doesn’t matter, more options is a good thing.

    • vonge

      Feb 24, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      I wouldn’t call it an admittance by any stretch. This is not the first time they’ve done this, please see 907 D4. Tour pros ask for a smaller footprint, deeper face and more workability. That’s what they get, regardless of the brand.

    • The Real Jim Parsons

      Feb 24, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      No, We knew three heads were coming 8 months ago.

      • BustyMagoo

        Feb 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm

        Good to know. Thanks for the info. Then I have to wonder if the timing for the release of this new club was purely a biz move and planned along to be released when sales start trailing off for their D2 and D3? Seems like they would have the potential for more sales this way by staggering the releases of similar models rather than all at once? Maybe capture those buyers who already bought the D2 or D3 but must always have the latest?

    • Josh

      Feb 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      I would say no to the concern over Taylormade and others.

      Titleist has proven that while they pay attention to the other OEMs, they are quite comfortable with their strategy in releasing clubs to the market.

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GolfWRX Insider: Odyssey White Hot OG – “A good idea then is still a good idea now”

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It started in the late ’90s as a random thought by Ely Callaway: How can we make an insert that has the sound and feel of a golf ball? Seems like a logical pursuit, considering the sound of the strike has as much influence over a player liking or disliking of equipment as anything else.

In the case of putters, it made a ton of sense to match the experience of the putter face to the feel of the golf ball. This led to the development of a new insert based on the Callaway Golf Ball at the time, the Rule 35.

The actual development process didn’t go through a ton of iterations—the recipe came together rather quickly. It was only the question of how to make them that posed the biggest work through.

From a performance standpoint, Odyssey was already on a serious roll with its Stronomic inserts. The soft, lightweight material gave R&D new ways to distribute weight (stability) across the putter head, and the impact experience was one most responded favorably to.

There was one catch, however, for better players, Stronomic inserts were too soft compared to the metal faces they were used to, and in addition, once you peeled back the onion a bit, it actually didn’t transfer energy as well as one would want. At that level, “softer” means “less roll out,” apples to apples, against metal.

Engineers asked: How can we replicate the feel but make it play firmer?

Enter the creation of the White Hot in 2000. In simple terms, “ball on ball” contact. The urethane blend gave Callaway the ability to create a face that was not only soft but also had the crispness of strike that milled steel faces had. The recipe was an instant hit on tour.

From the time it was introduced at the professional level across the globe, it saw immediate adoption. To be fair there was one element beyond the White Hot insert that cranked up the numbers a bit—the best-selling putter of all time, the 2-Ball. Nonetheless, White Hot hit the ground running and saw great success in year one and beyond with LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam being the first to really win big with her Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball in late 2001 and into 2002.

700 worldwide wins later, it’s easy to say Mr. Callaway’s instinct paid off.

If you have paid close attention to Odyssey over the years, you know White Hot has been the bedrock of future developments. The company has done impressive work in the insert game—the below timeline (courtesy of Odyssey) gives you a slice of the history.

2020-2021: Odyssey Introduces the White Hot OG

This brings us to today and the White Hot OG. We had the opportunity to chat with Senior Director of Product for Odyssey Luke Williams, and this is what he had to say about the return of White Hot.

GolfWRX: What inspired you to bring back White Hot, and why was now the best time?

LW: We decided to bring White Hot back because people kept asking for it. On tour, even though it was not an inline offering, it was still our most popular insert. Whenever we would launch a new putter or new insert, golfers would ask us about White Hot and tell us how much they love their White Hot. Finally, we just felt that it was time to give the people what they wanted. Based on the early reaction, we think the timing was perfect.

GolfWRX: How do you compare the feel/benefits of an insert like White Hot vs milled faces, etc?

LW: Relative to milled faces, White Hot is definitely softer and it has a more consistent sound and feel. In terms of ball speed, it is very similar to a milled face, so it is easy for players to adjust to in terms of how the ball rolls out.

GolfWRX: How has Stroke Lab technology enhanced the performance of the White Hot Insert?

LW: Stroke Lab is a significant enhancement to the White Hot OG line. Stroke Lab technology helps golfers by making their strokes more consistent from one to the next, and this new version is lighter, stiffer, and more stable than the original.

GolfWRX: We have to ask: Any plans to bringing back Tri Hot?

LW: I’d never say never!

The thing about White Hot we find the most fascinating is the loyalty to it by certain players over the years. Below are some pictures of a few Callaway staff and others that have lived and died with an Odyssey White Hot for a long time—all these putters are still in the bag, with the only exception being Phil Mickelson, who swaps between his WHXG and milled model.

Graeme McDowell’s Odyssey White Hot XG Insert #7

Henrik Stenson’s Odyssey White Hot Pro #7

Steve Stricker’s Odyssey White Hot #2

5-time major champion Phil Mickelson’s Odyssey WHXG PM Blade

Joe Toulon (yes, Sean’s son) is the man in charge of the tour, and this is what he had to say on the strong connection to the White Hot.

“Tour players still love White Hot, and when they first started testing OG the response was positive right away. We did a soft launch during the Fall season, and there were a few models that went into play right away. On the European Tour, there were eight in play the first week it was out there, and on the PGA Tour, we’ve seen a consistent increase in adoption. We still had a few players that were loyal to that insert, and we would do one-off putters for them so the momentum never really left.”

“Players just really trust the sound and feel, and they know what to expect with it on every putt. That’s so important to players of that caliber. Nostalgia and good memories in regards to equipment is still a powerful thing, and the White Hot insert is just one of those things that a ton of players had success with in the past so bringing it back in a big way was kind of a no brainer.”

There have been over 700 worldwide wins and over 100 PGA Tour wins to go with 48 majors. Check out this list of the major championships won with White Hot.

LPGA majors

2002 Kraft Nabisco – Annika Sorenstam
2003 McDonalds LPGA – Annika Sorenstam
2004 McDonalds LPGA – Annika Sorenstam
2004 US Womens Open – Meg Mallon
2005 Kraft Nabisco – Annika Sorenstam
2006 U.S Women’s Open – Annika Sorenstam
2007 Kraft Nabisco – Morgan Pressel
2008 US Womens Open – In Bee Park
2009 Ricoh Womens British open – Ji-Yain Shin
2009 US Womens Open – Eun Hee Ji
2010 LPGA Champ – Christie Kerr
2013 Ricoh Women’s British Open – Ji Yai Shin
2014 Kraft Nabisco – Lexi Thompson
2015 KPMG Womens PGA – In Bee Park
2015 Ricoh Womens Britihs Open – In Bee Park
2016 ANA Inspiration Lydia Ko
2018 Ricoh Womens British Open – Georgia Halltonytoulon

PGA Tour Champions majors

2003 US Senior Open – Bruce Lietzke
2004 Senior British Open – Pete Oakley
2006 Jeld Wen Tradition – Eduardo Romero
2007 Senior British Open – Tom Watson
2008 US Senior Open – Eduardo Romero
2010 Senior British Open – Berhard Langer
2010 US Senior Open – Bernhard Langer
2011 Senior PGA – Tom Watson
2013 Senior PGA – Kouki Idoki
2014 Senior Players – Bernhard Langer
2014 Senior Open – Bernhard Langer
2015 Senior Players – Bernhard Langer
2016 Regions Tradition – Bernhard Langer
2016 Senior Players – Bernhard Langer
2016 US Senior Open – Gene Sauers
2017 Regions Tradition – Bernhard Langer
2017 Senior PGA – Bernhard Langer
2017 Senior Open – Bernhard Langer
2019 Regions Tradition – Steve Stricker
2019 US Senior Open – Steve Stricker
2019 Senior Open – Bernhard Langer

PGA Tour majors

2005 U.S. Open – Michael Campbell
2006 Masters – Phil Mickelson
2008 British Open – Padraig Harrington
2009 PGA Championship – YE Yang
2010 Masters – Phil Mickelson
2010 U.S. Open – Graeme McDowell
2011 PGA Championship – Keegan Bradley
2016 British Open – Henrik Stenson
2018 Masters – Patrick Reed
2019 British Open – Shane Lowry

C/O Golf Avenue

It’s comforting to know that in all the buzz and chase for the next big thing, there are still things in our game that stand the test of time. A good thing then is still a good thing now. Great ideas in golf, like White Hot 2-Ball, have a long shelf life. With the direction the game is going as a whole and any potential tweaks the rule gods put in to play, these stubbornly good ideas will keep us going.

 

 

 

 

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Justin Rose WITB 2021 Masters

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Driver: TaylorMade M1 440 (2017) (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M6 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange

Irons: Srixon ZX U (4), Mizuno MP-20 (5-PW), 1/2″ over length D3 Swing weight.
Shafts: KBS C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (52-12F), SM7 (56-08M), SM8 60-06K Proto
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+ (52), KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 (56, 60)

Putter: Axis1 Rose Prototype

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (2021)

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Rory McIlroy WITB Masters 2021

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (45.5 inches, 59.25 lie, D4)

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX (43.25 inches, 58 lie, D4)

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (19 degrees @ 18.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P760 (3-4) P730 (5-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 7.0 (6.5 in PW)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09SB), MG2 TW (56 and 60)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X

Ball: 2021 TaylorMade TP5x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (58R 1+1, logo down)

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