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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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Justin Thomas WITB (2020 Zozo Championship)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (9 degrees, B1 setting, T1)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana TB 60 TX (44 7/8”)

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 85 TX

5-wood: Titleist 915 Fd (18 degrees @18.75, C3 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4), Titleist 620 MB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

Photo c/o Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5.5 Tour Prototype
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/23/20): Mizuno ST200G, Custom TP Mills, Raw Cleveland irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for 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 – the equipment itself.

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These are some of the latest cool finds 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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Just WOW! This is not a set you see often, and for those looking for a bit of history surrounding this set, the Forged 588 irons were the last set of forged irons produced by Cleveland before they left the “players iron” market behind.

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To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: ST200G

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: Flybyublue

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of Flybyublue.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: Flybyublue

Handicap: 1.8

Flybyublue WITB

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Subzero Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Tour AD DI-6x

3-wood: TaylorMade ’16 M2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Kiyoshi Purple 75g 05

Driving iron: TaylorMade UDI Tour Preferred (19.5*)
Shaft: Tour AD AD-85 x

Irons: Srixon Z545 (4-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus3 Tour105 x

Wedges: Vokey SM8 (50-08F, 54-10S, 58T raw)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400

Putter: Odyssey O-works Black 3T (WH Insert)
Grip: Odyssey SX Black

Golf Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

Grips: Golf Pride MCC Midsize

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

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