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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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Farmers Insurance Open Tour Truck Report: Details on Adam Scott’s AutoFlex experiment, Jon Rahm’s new putter (and shoes)

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Adam Scott was spotted testing an AutoFlex SF505XX shaft in his Titleist TSi4 (9 degrees). In early testing, Scott was looking at numbers to the tune of 182 mph, 11 degrees launch, and 2,200 rpm. Scott has been near the top in driving leaders all year, and this switch may be a new way in to optimizing that even more. The AutoFlex shafts are unique in their profile—in simple terms, they are light/stiff, AND whippy. Yes, that’s correct. Word is the shaft will most likely go into play this week.

Charles Howell III tested (and will put in play most likely next week) a set of Mitsubishi Chemical MMT 125 TX shafts. Howell was looking for a bit tighter dispersion with his irons, especially on mis-hits, and found that the MMT gave him that plus a bit more launch with his long irons. Howell would be the third player to make the switch to the MMT 125 TX following Rickie Fowler and Davis Love III. CH3 will have the MMT in his Titleist T100 4-iron this week.

Jimmy Walker went in the opposite direction of Adam Scott going into a Ventus Black 10 X is his TSi3 (8 degrees). It’s a beast of a stick at 43.5 inches, which to Walker felt more comfortable with his new swing.

Max Homa added a Titleist TSi2 7-wood to the arsenal with a Graphite Design Tour AD XC 9 TX shaft.

Wedges with Aaron Dill

Adam Scott switching from 60-14K to 60-12D the change was inspired by Adam needing more forward bounce to control trajectory. True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100 shaft.

Sung Jae Im is changing from 52-08F, 56-08M, 60-04L setup to a 52-08F, 58-04L because of length of golf course. Im wanted to add an extra club to the top part of the bag. Both are set up with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.

TaylorMade

Matthew Wolff was testing new putters with Keith Sbarboro on Tuesday afternoon. Not 100 percent if the Spider Chalk will get replaced, but he was testing a TP Model with a long neck that was pretty cool looking.

Callaway

Patrick Rodgers put the new New Epic Speed Max LS driver at 46 inches with a Fujikura Speeder TR 757 TX shaft in the bag. The new setup gave Rodgers 4 mph increase in ball speed.

Jon Rahm put Callaway’s new Odyssey 2-Ball “10” with a red Stroke Lab shaft in play this week. It’s quite a monumental occurrence as the putter was the final holdout from his TaylorMade days. And peep the Air Jordan 11’s!!

Ping

Louis Oosthuizen put a BGT Stability Tour shaft in his Vault 2.0 Voss Platinum putter.

Old news, but Bubba showed up with these again. Seems to be something he’s committed to.

Another long hitter (although non-staff), JB Holmes put the Ping G425LST in play (9 degrees, Small -) with a Fujikura Ventus Black 6X.

Free Agents

Newly minted free agent Lucas Glover showed up to the Farmers with a bag full of PXG Gear. The bag included a mixed set of PXG Gen3 T (4, 5, 6) and ST irons (7-p) with Nippon Pro Modus3 120 X shafts. Glover has a Srixon Z785 driver in the bag with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X shaft. In the woods department: Titleist TSi2 3-wood with a Fujikura Atmos Blue 8 X shaft and a PXG 7-wood with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X shaft. In addition to a PXG putter, Glover has Vokey wedges: SM7 52-12F, 56-14F, SM5 60-08M.

Jason day is making his 2021 debut this week at Torrey with a new Chris Como swing (#workinprogress), and a brand new mixed bag.

Driver: Ping G425 LST (9 degrees @8.5)
Shaft: TPT 14 LO 5

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

Irons: Mizuno MP20 HMB (3,4) Mizuno JPX 921 Tour (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7

Wedges: Artisan Prototype (50, 54, 60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey 2-Ball

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS

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Most interesting photos from Tuesday at the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open

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If you haven’t already had the chance to dive into the more than 10 galleries of pictures we have from the Farmers Insurance Open being held once again at Torrey Pines, be sure to check them out here in the GolfWRX Tour & Pre-release Equipment forum.

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But if you are looking to get the Cliff’s Notes version of what we have seen at the event so far—like a high school kid prepping for a book report—here are the top things we’ve spotted.

Bubba using iron covers

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As a lifetime Ping staffer, I don’t think Bubba is worried about the resale value of his irons, but these iron covers from Ping Japan are still a fun way to keep them clean and organized.

Harold Varner III’s custom Jordan “elephant print” bag

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Being a Jordan ambassador has some perks, and for HV III that means his own custom elephant print bag, which also features the name of Jordan’s personal course Grove XXIII (23) on it. I hope that means Harold gets his pick of tee times.

Blast from the past “YES” putter spotted

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It’s been a long time since YES! Golf was a major player in the putter world, but we did manage to spot this Mollie model being used by Troy Merrit.

Jhonattan Vegas wearing True Linkswear

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Jhonattan has been a long-time Nike staffer, and it’s a bit of a surprise to see him wearing anything but the “swoosh.” Judging by his golf bag along with his outfit, Mr. Vegas is a complete free agent, so following him week to week could be interesting.

Charl Schwartzel with Bettinardi wedge in the bag

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Former Masters champ Charl Schwartzel is a notorious tinkerer to the point that he once drilled holes in his own irons to reduce their head weight. Although they are more well know for their putters, Bettinardi has been producing some amazing wedges and it looks like one has ended up in Charl’s bag.

Billy Horschel’s Florida Gators bag

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Hunter Mahan’s swing is still pure

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Although he has struggled in recent years, you wouldn’t know it by his golf swing—Hunter Mahan’s got game and some serious flow out the back of his hat!

Adam Scott with AutoFlex

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Although less well known outside of the main shaft companies AutoFlex has been making headlines thanks to some in-depth reviews, especially from the team at TXG: Testing Autoflex golf shafts. Adam has gone through a number of shafts recently including a Ventus Red from Fujikura, so it will be interesting to see how this works out.

Jason Dufner with Odyssey Jailbird

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Jason must have a love for the classics. He refuses to give up his Titleist 915F 7-wood, and this week he was spotted using an Odyssey Jailbird Versa which was released all the way back in 2014.

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As promised, we’re checking out all the digital booths at the 2021 Virtual PGA Show for items of intrigue and note, and we’ve found no shortage of interesting items.

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Winston Collection: Dancing Head Covers

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Website: https://wellputt.com/big-tilt

Precision Pro: GPS Golf Speaker

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JumboMax: St8 Tech Non-Tapered Grip

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Website: www.jumbomax.com

Boston Scott Golf: Dandelion Four Button Polo

We like the creative patterns and modern spins on classic styles. 

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