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18 players switch to Titleist 917 drivers at Quicken Loans National

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Titleist debuted its new 917D2 and 917D3 drivers this week at the Quicken Loans National. After the first tee shots of the tournament were struck, 18 of the 28 Titleist drivers being used in the tournament were one of the new models.

See in-hand photos, and learn more about Titleist’s 917 drivers. 

There was an even split between Titleist’s 917D2 (9) and Titleist’s 917D3 (9), with the most interesting model change coming from Justin Thomas (917D2, 8.5 degrees), who was previously using Titleist’s low-spin 915D4 driver. This could indicate that the 917D2 is significantly lower spinning than past D2 models.

See who changed into what driver and what loft in the list below.

Note: Players who made the cut this week are bolded. Webb Simpson and Bill Haas both changed to the new driver this week and are 10-under par, five shots off the pace of Round 3 leader Billy Hurley III. 

917D2

  • Blayne Barber (9.5 degrees)
  • Erik Compton (9.5 degrees)
  • Bill Haas (9.5 degrees)
  • Charley Hoffman (8.5 degrees)
  • Mark Hubbard (9.5 degrees)
  • Andrew Loupe (8.5 degrees)
  • Peter Malnati (8.5 degrees)
  • Justin Thomas (8.5 degrees)
  • Tyrone van Aswegen (9.5 degrees)

917D3

  • Ben An (8.5 degrees)
  • Brendon de Jonge (9.5 degrees)
  • Chesson Hadley (10.5 degrees)
  • Morgan Hoffmann (8.5 degrees)
  • Patton Kizzire (10.5 degrees)
  • Ben Martin (9.5 degrees)
  • Webb Simpson (10.5 degrees)
  • Cameron Smith (10.5 degrees)
  • Cameron Tringale (8.5 degrees)
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  1. KK

    Jun 29, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Good question about the Justin Thomas switch from a D4 to a D2….I’m really interested to see what real changes Titleist made with the 917. Anyone here still playing the SLDR and think it’s the best driver they ever hit due to the ultra low spin design? I’ve never hit one, but I’ve heard that the tradeoff with the low spin (and distance) is a not so forgiving head. TM released the R7 Superdeep and that lasted about 6 months. I wonder if Titleist has somehow figured out high launch, low spin, and forgiving….we’ll have to wait until the Fall to see.

    On another note, I don’t care about paint color, graphics on the sole or the club face, or what tour pro is playing this club. If it’s the best club for me, I’m gaming it. I’m not really sure why every time a new club comes out, there are so many negative comments about the club before anyone hits it or even sees it in person.

  2. Ron

    Jun 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Hmmm, wonder how long before we see the SureFit CG Bar in Titleist Irons?
    Rox

  3. Rarebit

    Jun 28, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Yeah well, unless they start selling maximum allowable CT and COR, Tour-stamped versions on the retail shelves people will believe Titleist can only make decent balls based on other companies’ ideas on compression

  4. Mark

    Jun 28, 2016 at 3:09 am

    They really need these to sell. 915’s are still gathering dust in my area. TM and Ping have battered them out of the park.

    • Jackson Galaxy

      Jun 29, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Not really. Unless people suddenly stop needing new golf balls they’ll be okay.

      • cgasucks

        Jul 4, 2016 at 2:46 pm

        Yeah…their golf balls is their most profitable segment and what is keeping them afloat even if their clubs tanked (which is unlikely).

  5. Marshall Moyes

    Jun 27, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I am 69 and now play to a handicap of 10.8. Having tried Callaway and Taylor made drivers, I still find the Titleist drivers longer and straighter. I cannot agree with C and T drivers being more forgiving or longer.

  6. the guy

    Jun 27, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    D2 made more cuts. Obvious choice.

  7. Steve

    Jun 27, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Honestly, unless you are a 4 handicapper or less, not sure knowing what the pros are playing means for most of us. Titleist (and I have played them over the years) has been known for making the best looking and purist feeling Drivers in the market. Their failure to challenge Taylor Made and Calloway seems to be rooted in their inability to gain traction in the “big box” retailers and the presumed more forgiving and greater distance offered by TM and C. It’ll be interesting to see if the latest offerings are more of the same. And oh….were they really serious about the new Titanium version priced at $ 1000? Great company, but beyond the Pro Vs….their marketing has been suspect.

    • 300 Yard Pro

      Jun 28, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      People buy what the pros play.

      • um

        Jun 29, 2016 at 3:24 am

        Exactly. They want to buy what the Pros play.

    • Jack

      Jul 20, 2016 at 5:19 am

      For sure the low spin options are not for most amateurs who have a SS less than 100. It’s always easy to get on a launch monitor and figure out what really works for you at a big box store.

  8. Pete

    Jun 26, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Didn’t Haas get one of those C16’s earlier in the year?

  9. Matt

    Jun 26, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Zak would love to know what those guys were using head/loft wise before and if they changed shafts or went to something new.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Jun 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Agreed, Matt. We will get that info as new WITB photos roll in over the next few weeks/months. Still lots of tinkering happening.

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L.A.B Golf unveils new MEZZ.1 Proto putter

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L.A.B Golf has soft-launched its new MEZZ.1. Proto, which is currently limited to just 1,000 individually numbered putters.

The new mid-mallet putter is fully CNC machined from a billet of 6061 aircraft aluminum (body) and 303 stainless steel (midsection) for what L.A.B are calling their “best-feeling putter to date”.

The new addition includes 10 weights (eight on the bottom, two on the sides) that allow the company to individually build each putter to a golfer’s exact specifications.

Golfers can also choose their preferred alignment aid, with blank (no marking), line, and dot all offered with the new MEZZ.1 Proto.

The putter comes equipped with a headcover and is available to purchase now at LabGolf.com for $600.00.

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WITB Time Machine: Justin Thomas’ winning WITB 2017 CJ Cup

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Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX (tipped 1.5 inches)

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915Fd (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X-Flex

Irons: Titleist 716 CB (4 iron), Titleist 718 MB (5-9 irons)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 (52-12 F Grind, 56-14 F Grind), Vokey SM6 (46-10 F-Grind, 60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), S400 (52, 56, 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5 Prototype (flow neck)
Length: 34 inches, 350 grams

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/14/21): Bettinardi Queen Bee #7

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Bettinardi Queen Bee #7

From the seller: (re_murphy13): “Bettinardi Queen Bee #7 = Just over 34”.  Comes with a leather sim mountain HC.  Few light patina spots on head and shaft.  Beautiful putter.  $175 firm”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Bettinardi Queen Bee #7

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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