"Distance without compromise".
There is no mistaking the message Titleist are delivering with the 915 Driver. With previous generations of drivers Titleist haven't thrown all their eggs into the 'distance is everything' basket, preferring to focus on the all round performance and better player appeal of the 913 driver. However the technology packed into the 915 D2 and D3 models is unashamedly focused on one thing - more distance.
More distance as a result of the lower spin and higher ball speed made possible by the new Active Recoil Channel. More distance on off-centre hits thanks to the design of the 915's Radial Speed Face. And more distance thanks to the drivers High MOI design whose goal is not only forgiveness but also maintaining ball speed.
Throw these new technologies together with the excellent SureFit hosel to ensure each golfer gets the perfect fit for them and there's only one result. Yep, you guessed it, more distance.
Active Recoil Channel
For those familiar with the previous generations of Titleist drivers, the most noticeable feature is the introduction behind the face of a channel cut into the sole of the club called an Active Recoil Channel for ARC for short.
Although we have seen similar features in drivers from other manufacturers in the past, this is not a case of simply following fashion. Titleist has had the ARC in the pipeline for a considerable time and have been waiting for developments in manufacturing technology to allow them to create the design on a mass scale and to the requisite level of quality.
The ARC channel is deeper and wider than those found in competitor models and the same material is used for construction across the whole head. This removes the need for any fill materials that act to reduce deflection and therefore the ARC delivers more consistent spin and speed across the face.
In a traditional driver design only the crown of the golf club can flex. However the ARC allows the sole to also flex, thus increasing the deflection of the clubface at impact. This results in an increase in recoil to give more speed and less spin for greater distance.
Radial Speed Face
The ARC is so successful at increasing ball speed that Titleist has had to make the centre of the face thicker to ensure that the driver meets the 0.83 COR limit, which in turn facilitates the design of the Titleist 915 face insert.
The Radial Speed Face is a forged face insert that has thinner heel and toe sections that work together with the geometry of the face to maximise ball speed across the whole hitting area.
High MOI Design
The Titleist 915 drivers sit significantly higher in the Moment of Interia scale than their competitors as part of the philosophy to gain more distance by maintaining ball speed on off centre hits.
The precision design of the club has delivered a low and deep Centre of Gravity with designers positioning small parcels of weight around the club to deliver optimal performance.
The ultra thin cast crown, manufactured using Ti 8-1-1 titanium, is of a lighter density than in previous models. This combines with internal pockets in the front corners and a tapered topline and leading edge to allow weight to be moved to change the CG. The weight is be moved back and down through an internal weight pad and the SFT sole weight in order to counter the MOI impacts of the Sure Fit Tour Hosel.
As a result the 915 drivers have a higher speed from off-centre hits, with both the D2 and D3 drivers retaining over 99% of ball speed so that golfers will see a more consistent distance gain on all their shots.
Sure Fit Tour Hosel
The Sure Fit Tour Hosel remains the industry leading adjustable hosel allowing for loft and lie to be changed independently by up to 2.25 degrees to allow golfers to precisely set up the driver for their swing. Visiting a Titleist fitter will ensure you get the right configuration or loft, lie and shaft for maximum performance.
Titleist have put together a strong shaft offering to complement the 915 drivers with five high performance stock shafts available in the shape of the Aldila Rogue Black, Aldila Rogue Silver, Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White, Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blue andt he Mitsubishi Diamana M+ Red.
Distinct Model Performance
Keen Titleist observers will notice that the alignment aid on the crown of the drivers has had a refresh, but beyond that Titleist are keen to stress that the differences in the drivers goes beyond the size of the head which in the D2 is a 460cc full pear profile where as the 915 D3 has a 440cc head that has a deeper face.
Titleist 915 D2
The 915 D2 has been designed for maximum forgiveness with a higher MOI than the D3, with the centre of gravity further back as well as slight draw bias. It is a slightly higher spinning driver than the 915 D3 with an average of 250 rpm more spin.
In comparison to the previous generation 913 D2 driver the 915 D2 has a slightly higher launch and more consistent speed. It spins less with an average 115 rpm lower spin and has an average of 3 yards more carry distance.
Titleist 915 D3
The 915 D3 has a deeper face and has been designed to be both forgiving, but offer a higher degree of workability than the D2 with no in built draw bias. Spinning 250rpm less than the D2 the 915 D3 has a lower peak trajectory for a more penetrating flight.
In comparison to the previous generation 913 D3 the 915 D3 has a slightly higher launch and more consistent speed. It spins less with an average 250 rpm lower spin and has an average of 9 yards more carry distance.