Pros: Long, Forgiving, Deadly Accurate, and Feel beyond any other driver I've hit this year.
Cons: $400 isn't exactly pocket change.
The last generation Titleist 910 D2 earned top honours from me. I was willing to call it, "Driver of The Year." Now the 913 D2 is a pretty terrific driver in and of itself, but it isn't quite the revolutionary club that its predecessor was. Still, it takes everything the 910 D2 had to offer, and enhances it with a little more distance, and a dash more forgiveness. Titleist makes a great club, and this is a great example of exactly how great a club Titleist can build. Still, at $400 a crack, it's not exactly a big screamin' bargain either.
Even so, after attending yet another Titleist fitting, (I was matched to the 10.5* model with the Rip Phenom Shaft in Stiff Flex), I still walked away slack jawed and only able to utter one word over and again--"WOW!" I brought my own driver for a little side by side comparison, and even though my Mizuno could hold her own in workability, The Titleist left her in the dust in the "Feel" department (we all know how good Mizuno clubs feel),as well as the overall distance department. This Titleist is the only driver I have hit that has anywhere near the same consistency as the Zuno--stroke afte stroke. This is the only club I have hit that can outdo The Zuno in distance and still not have me spraying the ball left and right. It may only be by 7 or so yards, but there's a lot of people that are willing to pony up $400 for that kind of distance and consistency. If you are one of those folks--read on!
As I said earlier, this isn't about raw distance, but consistency of distance and direction. This club truly delivers in that regard. There's not a whole lot to say here, except--get fitted. For one thing, there are several different shafts to choose from, and they all differ in the way they deliver up overall flex, torque, trajectory, and feel at impact. To top all that off, if you are willing to pony up even more cash, you can get any one of a literal boatload of optional custom shafts. Keep in mind that it is worth getting fitted. Titleist club heads work extremely well with the several standard shafts available, and odds are, one of those will fit your swing just as well as, if not even better than, what a lot of the custom shafts might offer up to your imagination. That fitting matched me up with the last shaft I'd have picked for myself, and the club turned out longer than my favored driver, and it remained just as consistent as the most consistent driver I have ever put in my bag.
With the proper shaft, this club is more forgiving than just about anything else out there. Don't laugh! A Titleist...forgiving? The words rarely go in the same sentence together, but in this case Titleist has definitely upped the ante. This club is easily as forgiving as any Game Improvement Driver out there, and it even takes a swipe at some of The Super Game Improvement Models. Besides a very fundamentally sound design and fitting concept, there are two other basic factors that Titleist factored into the equation. This driver induces less spin than a lot of clubs out there. Less spin off the driver buys more distance and forgiveness.
Titleist also realized that the vast majority of amateurs are doing everything they can to combat a slice off the tee box. This driver has a slight draw bias to it. It's not so much as to create an "Insta-Hook" off the tee box, as did so many of the old school offset and closed face drivers, but it is just enough to tame a slight over the top move. Combine that with less sidespin, and you've pretty much killed a lot of the slices that most golfers have, or at least tamed them down to a slight fade.
Workability --4 Stars
Okay, so its slight draw bias tends to make it harder to work the ball left to right or right to left at will. Still, with a little foresight and some knowledge that a little less sidespin is going to take a little bit of effort on your part in order to get the directionality you want. Knowing that the club already has a "slight" draw bias, you need to make sure that you don't overcook the flattening of your swing plane and the late release when tackling a draw. Conversely, a power fade is going to take pretty close to a full bore "hold off" as you come up on your follow through. If you can remember these two tricks, this club will do the rest of the work for you. It's simply a matter of adjusting to a club whose basic design isn't inherently set for those who love to work the ball. That is what the somewhat smaller and less forgiving D3 version (445cc head vs 460) is all about.
This was the biggest surprise for me. This driver feels like a dream. It's ever so slightly clingy at impact, and the ball just pops off the face like a rocket. The best part is that you can feel all the shots. The bad ones don't give off that nasty shoulder blade numbing "Thunk" on a toe hit or "Thwack' on a hosel rocket, but they do let you know that that is what you hit, and where you hit it. Still, even those shots see minimal directional and distance penalties.
You really do need to get fitted to get all the enjoyment out of this club that it truly has to offer. I really loved the 910 D2, and I was prepared to say--"This new one is just another update." Well if that's the case, the feel seems to have been updated more than anything else. I almost had to be dragged kicking and screaming away from that fitting when I realized that a $400 driver just wasn't part of my holiday budget.
Techs and Specs--4 1/2 Stars
All the top drawer technology that made the 910D2 such a winner is still present on this year's model. The tour proven opti-fit hosel that allows you to adjust both loft and lie (the only one in the business that does so) is still part and parcel of the package. The face is slightly hotter, and Titleist has taken Variable Face Technology to a new level with this version. The club's face is thickest at the center, and thins more and more as you approach the perimeter on all sides. Titleist did so well with this design that, as I said earlier, the forgiveness and distance factors of this club go off the charts. Titleist would like you to think that,"... the interchangeable screw weight on the rear sole..." is something new, but that's actually a technology that dates all the way back to brass screw weights and or lead plugs in wooden drivers This is simply a very well executed update of a very old idea.
Still, available lofts are very generous. 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, and 12* are all available. That's not bad in a marketplace that so rarely sees 7.5* drivers anymore. Titleist is so confident that they've shrunk the sidespin on this new model that they are willing to make a 7.5* driver in a Game Improvement Version. That in and of itself is pretty impressive.
Overall Value-4 1/2 Stars
This truly is a great club, and I haven't been this juiced about Titleist clubs since the first time I played an old 975 D Driver in the aforementioned 7.5* loft. I don't have that type of swingspeed anymore, and I've recently had to move up to a 10.5* driver. None the less, after hitting this club, I felt as invincible as I did all those years ago when I could swing a 7.5* club in stiff flex.
Hey, I'd like to give this driver the full bore 5 stars here. It's got distance, forgiveness and feel, like nobodies business. Unfortunately, in all honesty, I still feel that $400 is an awful lot to ask--even for a club that packs all of these benefits. I'm sure there's somebody out there that has that kind of dough, and I'm sure they'll be glad to give it the full bore 5 stars that she probably does deserve in this deparatment. I'm just not that guy.