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Spotted: Titleist’s new 917F2 and 917F3 fairway woods

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We first caught a glimpse of Titleist’s 917 fairway woods when Jimmy Walker posted this video on Instagram. Now, we have in-hand photos of the clubs that were onsite at the 2016 John Deere Classic on Monday.

Titleist has yet to officially comment on the new equipment, but there are a few things we can safely assume from our photos.

  • The 917 fairway woods will use Titleist’s new SureFit CG weighting system, which appears similar to the system used in Titleist’s new 917 drivers. They will be the first adjustable-CG fairway woods in Titleist history, and likely offer golfers the ability to control draw and fade bias of the clubs.
  • Like the 915 fairway woods, 917 models use an “Active Recoil Channel,” which appears to have been redesigned. The channel helps improve ball speed and forgiveness, while increasing launch angle and lowering spin rate.
  • The 917 fairway woods use a new model naming system. Instead of the familiar F and Fd models, 917 fairway woods will be released in F2 and F3 models.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks, but for now, enjoy our exclusive photos of the products.

Titleist 917F2 

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Titleist 917F3

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Related: See more photos, and what GolfWRX Members are saying about the new 917 woods in our forum.

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  1. Tyler

    Sep 2, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Those clubs look great, I’m in the market for a new driver….I’m glad I found this article. Thanks

  2. KK

    Aug 25, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Hoping the 919 goes back to black.

  3. Spider

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Nothing they make will ever compel me to take my 1 iron out of my bag. But if I did game a fwy wood this one would be it. Or maybe a tour edge exotics.

    • KK

      Aug 25, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      My alignment sticks get more course time than your 1 iron.

  4. AlDoc

    Aug 9, 2016 at 11:30 am

    You sound like a snob

  5. Matty

    Aug 9, 2016 at 11:24 am

    This fairway wood makes me wonder why Titleist didn’t move the Active Recoil Channel more forward on the 917 driver, which is basically is a 915 driver with Surefit CG.

  6. golfraven

    Aug 9, 2016 at 1:05 am

    I am glad they managed to cover the recoil grove since it has been a pain to clean it in the 915 models. Not sure what I should think of the screw but soon you forget about it when you take it out of the bag. Also wondering about the grey ish finish – prefare the darker tone of previous lines (910-915). Hope they come up with smaller head shape in the hybrid line though – the 916 still is too big.

    • ta

      Aug 10, 2016 at 11:29 am

      You mean 816. Which is why the 917 are also grey

  7. Uncle Buck

    Aug 9, 2016 at 12:50 am

    The sole reminds me of an exercise logo from the Jack LaLane European Health Spa days!! I know I know, everybody under the age of 49 is clueless……..Jack who??

  8. COGolfer

    Aug 8, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    The 915F was enticing enough to consider moving from the 913F. I’m not sure this one has the same draw.

  9. Tanner V.

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Maybe you should get your eyes checked

  10. TMNT

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    It’s a TaylorNikeleist.

  11. TWShoot67

    Aug 8, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I like the deeper face more rounded sole kind of like my TM R7 HFS. Still playing the R7 HFS, maybe time to upgrade to one of these. Maybe have to give these a good demo.

  12. Adam

    Aug 8, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Oh my. That looks like a star of David for the CG adjustment screw..

    Boy, the media is going to have a field day with this.

    Couldn’t resist..

  13. Mat

    Aug 8, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Interesting hot-melt port…

  14. Sam

    Aug 8, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    These look almost Callaway-ish in the shape, more of a rounded look.

  15. Jwowzer

    Aug 8, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Go on…

  16. Tiger Woodz

    Aug 8, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I like them golf clubs. I like to play that golf from time to time.

  17. Concerned Troll

    Aug 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    It’s actually an old model naming system. I had a 909F3. The D was always confusing. Surprised it hung around as long as it did.

    • Blake

      Aug 8, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      The d name is still around for drivers. This is replacing f/fd name system

      • Simon

        Aug 8, 2016 at 9:07 pm

        I think what Concerned Troll is referring to are the F and Fd woods in the past. D in the driver line has always stood for “Driver”. However, d in the fairway wood line refers to a deeper face. I agree having the f2 and f3 makes it easier to understand and more consistent with the 917 driver line.

  18. Tommy Lejund

    Aug 8, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Love the grey paint job and the adjustable CG option.

  19. G.W

    Aug 8, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Very nice,looks like they addressed the issue of cleaning the recoil channel that some had complained about.

  20. Dazza

    Aug 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    They look like they would be hard to keep clean. There is lots of holes and crevices for mud and grass to clog????

  21. dr. abo

    Aug 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Looks nice. I would bag it

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Jon Rahm WITB (October 2020)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @10 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

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3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 @14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

jon-rahm-witb-2020Utility iron: TaylorMade RSI TP UDI (4)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (52-09), TaylorMade MG2 (56-12SB, 60-11)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X (Chalk)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (#10)

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The most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now (Fall 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf shoes on Amazon as of October 2020.

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoes

From the listing:Mesh/synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Thintech, adituff, thintech cleat, traxion, adiwear. Lightweight mesh and synthetic upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. Soft eva insole for lightweight comfort and cushioning. 6-spike configuration with thintech low-profile technology for improved traction and stability.”

Price: $59.99

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2. Skechers Go Golf Men’s Torque Waterproof Golf Shoe

From the listing:Synthetic. Imported. lace-up. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Replaceable soft spikes. Waterproof.”

Price: $59.99

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3. FootJoy Men’s Fj Flex Golf Shoes

 

From the listing:100% Textile. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Performance Mesh – lightweight performance mesh delivers incredible comfort, breathability and all-day comfort. Complete support – a soft EVA midsole provides increased underfoot cushioning, enhanced comfort and exceptional stability.”

Price: $89.99

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4. PUMA Men’s Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe

From the listing:100% Textile and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Sole shield. Performance Mesh +TPU. Ignite Foam.”

Price: $99.99

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5. Skechers GO GOLF Men’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Skechers Goga Max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning for all day comfort. Durable grip tpu outsole with a spikeless bottom. Lightweight. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $74.97

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6. Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt Spikeless Golf Shoe

From the listing: Leather and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Leather and microfiber synthetic upper. Spikeless Puremotion outsole for enhanced flexibility and grip with X-Traxion primary lugs for grip and balance.”

Price: $135.59

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7. FootJoy Men’s Fj Originals Golf Shoes

From the listing: Built on the Austin Last, this last offers the fullest rounded toe character, fullest fit across forefoot, standard instep and heel. EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) Fit-Beds provide lightweight cushioning underfoot. EVA does not take a set, so the cushioning will remain the same for the life of the shoe. This easy care synthetic upper offers outstanding 1 year waterproof comfort, breathability, and durability.”

Price: $89.95

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8. Skechers Women’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Spikeless, durable grip tpu outsole. Ultra-lightweight, responsive ULTRA Flight cushioning. Goga max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $57.55

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9. FootJoy Women’s Sport Retro-Previous Season Style Golf Shoes

From the listing: ” Lightweight – the linen-textured synthetic uppers offer lightweight comfort and durability. Cushioned rubber – the gum rubber outsole is a soft rubber compound which provides flexibility and comfort. Enhanced traction – This molded rubber outsole provides turf gripping performance and durability.”

Price: $59.95

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10. New Balance Men’s Sweeper Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe

From the listing: Synthetic. Imported.Rubber sole.Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Waterproof microfiber leather upper. REVlite 10mm drop* midsole provides lightweight cushioning & premium responsiveness. NDurance rubber outsole with removable FTS 3.0 Pulsar spikes.”

Price: $59.99

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Justin Thomas: What makes him an elite wedge player

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It might be easy to say that a player like Justin Thomas is near the top of the leaderboard because

  1. He hits it the best
  2. He drives it long and relatively straight
  3. He is having a good putting week

I would agree and disagree with all three. Yes, they are definitely factors, but in my opinion, it’s his wedge play that has been the most notable part of his game—especially in 2020.

If you look at the stats, you will find a player who is not only damn-near deadly from 150 yards and in, but also a player who gets out of trouble about as well as anyone in the top 10 in the world.

We are talking about 2020 as a whole FYI.

(Stats via PGATour.com)

Now strokes gained wedge stats have multiple variables affecting the ultimate stat, fairways hit, where a player misses it, out of the rough vs out of the fairway, putting, yada, yada, yada….

At this point, if I had to pick a player to get it done around the greens it would JT or Jon Rahm. True artists. Go back and watch some of the shots from the FedEx at TPC Southwind or even Kapalua this year, it was the reliance on his wedges that became the secret sauce. Like the putter, good wedge play can be an equalizer when anything else is falling short. And when the rest of the bag is decent, for a player like JT, good wedge play equals wins.

I wanted to dig in a little deeper, so I asked my old friend, Vokey’s Aaron Dill a few questions on what makes JT unique with a wedge in his hands…

JW: As far as technique, what in his action makes JT so good? And if you could compare him to someone who would it be?

AD: Justin’s technique is really something to watch. His ability to stay loose, calm, and maintain effortless speed while delivering the wedge accurately really shows his comfort with a wedge in his hands. Justin keeps the club out in front of him and he has mastered the ability to control his golf ball’s flight and spin.  I could compare him to many, but I sometimes feel he is in a league of his own.  

JW: Beyond the great shots we see on highlight reels, where does JT really get it done from an SG perspective? What do you see that the average person wouldn’t? 

AD: Justin does it all very well. You know this because he is 9th in SG around the green and this is partly due to his spotless technique but his ability to scramble in difficult situations. Something he does that amazes me is his creative vision of shots. There are times when he is in a situation where he hits a shot we don’t expect or think of. His comfort with a wedge is fun to watch, he makes all short game shots seem like they are no big deal and you can see this by his free-flowing, loose and speedy wedge action. You can tell he feels at peace with his wedge technique.

JW: He has an interesting set up for his wedges that has been well covered, but since you first met him, how has his understanding and approach to his wedges and wedge play evolved?

AD: Justin’s wedge set is unique, however, a lot of thought and intelligence has gone into crafting this matrix. Since the first time I met him, he has worked hard and he has always had the desire to want to improve and push himself. You can see it in his strength training, his increase in ball speed, and his general approach to competitive golf. His knowledge of his short game has improved over the years and it shows in his success. You can see how comfortable he feels when a wedge is pulled from the bag, you can bet he will be landing the ball close to the hole setting himself up for a makable putt.

Justin Thomas’ wedge specs 

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)

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