Q & A
Over the course of the last several years, hybrids have become incredibly popular, as they combine the best attributes of both long irons and fairway woods. With that being the case, Titleist has set out to create its hybrids for two distinctly different groups of golfers, those who use their hybrids more like an iron and those who utilize their hybrids more like fairway woods. If you’re in the latter category, the 816 H1 was designed for your game. More specifically, it was designed for the player who likes to sweep the ball off the turf. The H1 has a slightly larger overall profile than its H2 counterpart, as well as the face progression typically seen in a fairway wood. From a technological standpoint, the H1 is a high MOI design, which contributes to added forgiveness on mis-hits, and it also features a relieved leading edge that, along with the club’s Recoil Channel, improves turf interaction. The Recoil Channel and thin clubface, meanwhile, combine to create faster ball speeds from impact points across the face. Additionally, Titleist’s SureFit Tour hosel allows for independent loft and lie adjustment, giving players the ability to fine tune the H1 for their preferred ball flight and trajectory, as well as the exact yardage ranges they’re looking for. In one degree increments, the H1 can accommodate lofts of one degree stronger or two degrees weaker, while the lie angle can be played from one degree flat to two degrees upright. The H1 is available in lofts of 19, 21, 23, 25, and 27 degrees, and several premium shaft options are available at no upcharge.
|Models/Lofts||2H/19° • 3H/21° • 4H/23° • 5H/25° • 6H/27°|
|Grip||Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360|
|Length||2H/40.5" • 3H/40" • 4H/39.5" • 5H/39" • 6H/38.5"|
|Click the Enter Custom Specs tab above for custom shaft & grip options|
Golfers of all ability levels who like to sweep the ball off the turf with their hybrids. The H1’s design was created for that type of swing shape and will deliver high launch, low spin, and impressive distance. It will, however, create a little bit more spin than the H2, making it a great option for players with more modest swing speeds, as they’ll be able launch the ball higher and enjoy more carry distance. The adjustability features are also a differentiator for the H1, and that along with its playability benefits, most notably forgiveness, are why it’s among the best hybrids on the market.
Allows the club face to flex more at impact, leading to high ball speeds and low spin rates for incredible distance.
The relieved leading edge enables better turf interaction for more solid contact from any lie condition.
Allows players to independently adjust loft and lie to create proper yardage gaps and achieve their preferred ball flight and trajectory.
“The H1 definitely had better feel (in terms of sweeping the ball). I noticed a little bit straighter ball flight with it, and I thought a little bit more distance. Personally, I would go with the H1 just because I feel like it would fit the game just a little bit more that I’m trying to play.”
TGW customer Miles, 8 handicap
“Hybrids and I typically don’t get along very well. I’ve never found one I liked and have opted have to keep long irons in the bag instead. But the H1 has me considering a switch. I couldn’t have been more impressed with how easy it was to hit, how consistent the ball flight was, and how easy it was to control trajectory. And best of all, it was equally good off the fairway or the tee.”
TGW customer Chris, 2 handicap