Q & A
Complete performance. From a design standpoint, that is what Titleist engineers set out to accomplish with the new 917 drivers, creating products that offered more forgiveness, faster ball speeds, higher launch angles, reduced spin rates, and unmatched customization. Those performance benefits were accomplished in multiple ways, but SureFit CG just might stand out as most unique among the new innovations, as players can utilize a weight that runs through the clubhead to influence both center of gravity and ball flight. Additionally, different weight options are available to also allow players to adjust swing weight as necessary. Also new with 917 is Radial Speed Face 2.0. The clubface has been thinned out in optimal locations to increase ball speed and maintain higher ball speeds on mis-hits. Also redesigned was the 917’s Active Recoil Channel, as refined thickness in the channel leads to more flexing of the clubface at impact, which promotes greater distance. Finally, Titleist’s game-changing SureFit hosel system is being utilized in 917, giving players the ability to adjust loft and lie independently to achieve their desired ball flight and trajectory. As far as the two different models are concerned, at 460cc the D2 features a slightly larger profile than the D3, and it has a higher moment of inertia that will make it more forgiving. Additionally, the D2 will offer slightly higher launch conditions and spin rates for players to need help in maximizing carry. In terms of stock shafts, Diamana Blue and Diamana White, which have long been staples of the Titleist driver lineup, are being offered. However, two new shafts, the Aldila Rogue Max and the Fujikura Speeder Pro TS 74, are also available. Both are low-to-mid launching shafts, with the Speeder being the heavier of the two options. Other custom shaft options are available as well. Also of note, the 917 D2 comes in a ladies version as well. The ladies driver comes at a standard length of 44 inches, one inch shorter than the men’s version, and in terms of a stock shaft feature the lightweight Diamana Red, which is designed to promote higher launch.
|Grip||Tour Velvet 360|
|Adjustability||SureFit Tour Hosel with 16 loft/lie adjustments|
|Includes 12 gram weight set, adjustment wrench and pouch|
|*Click the Enter Custom Specs tab above for custom shaft & grip options.|
Players of all ability levels. Titleist’s 917 D2 has the performance features and forgiveness that will land this club in the bags of touring professionals and high-handicappers alike. In addition to its higher MOI, D2 will be a great fit for players who are looking to improve their carry distance off the tee, given its slightly higher launch conditions and spin rates when compared to D3. The improved shaping of the clubhead is also likely to appeal to more players as well. In summary, as mentioned, this is a driver that will fit the masses, but if enhanced workability and reduced spin rates are a must for your game, make sure to also explore the 917 D3.v
The new SureFit CG system is positioned to allow the Center of Gravity to be moved without affecting forgiveness. SureFit CG interchangeable weights optimize spin and launch for every player with more consistent impact and spin, enhanced shot shape, weight savings and swingweight adjustability.
The updated Radial Speed Face 2.0 has a thinner perimeter club face width for greater ball speed on off-center strikes and more distance across the whole face. The new Active Recoil Channel 2.0 features a refined thickness throughout the channel to increase speed and lower spin.
Titleist's signature SureFit Hosel is included in the new 917 drivers, allowing you to dial in loft and lie angle settings that match your swing, preferred shot shape and trajectory.
The SureFit CG system features interchangeable weights, one neutral and one that can be set to either a draw or fade bias. The 917 D2 driver comes standard with a 12 gram set but can be custom ordered with a set to match your specific swing.
“We’ve got a lot of momentum with 917 right now. We’ve had some exciting results on Tour, guys that are switching to this product quicker than we’ve ever seen in the past. In just a matter of weeks, eighty percent of our Tour pros have switched to 917 because they’re seeing tremendous results. They’re picking up ball speed, they’re optimizing their spin, and they’re really narrowing their dispersion. It’s exactly what they’re looking for in a driver.”
“We’ve seen ball speed increases at a minimum of one mile an hour; we’ve seen as high as five. You’re going to see more ball speed off the face. We’re seeing launches go up because that center of gravity has gone down. The spins, again, are reduced by about 200 RPM. The moment of inertia’s increased, (so) it’s more forgiving on those mis-hits.”
“SureFit CG is our first opportunity to really move center of gravity to help the golfer with dynamic face closure. We’re able to impart more speed on the golf ball, give the shot shape they’re looking for to really benefit their game.”
“The D2 is a slightly larger 460cc head. It’s a little bit more forgiving than the D3. It’s going to spin a little bit more and there’s a lot of players that actually need help with that.”
“The 917 in both the D2 and the D3 are going to spin about 200 RPM less. So if a player was a little bit low in trajectory in a 915, it’s probably going to be a little bit (lower) in the same setting in a 917.”
|Aldila Rogue MAX 65|
|Fujikura Speeder Pro TS 74|
|Mitsubishi Diamana Ltd. White 70|
|Mitsubishi Diamana Ltd. Blue 60|
|Mitsubishi Diamana Ltd. Red 50|