The Titleist 915 series of metalwoods are all about distance. As with the Titleist 915 driver the message with the 915F and 915Fd fairways is about implementing technology to get less spin, more speed across the whole face and with more consistency so that it translates into more yards from both the tee and turf.
Active Recoil Channel
The Active Recoil Channel (ARC) on the 915 fairways is striking at first glance, as it is deep, long and positioned very close to the face of the club. This positioning is key to its success in the fairways as it controls spin, keeping it low and consistent across the whole face.
As in the 915 drivers, the ARC allows flexing of both the crown and sole of the club increasing the deflection of the clubface at impact. The result of this deflection is an increase in recoil output that results in more speed and less spin for greater total distance.
It is interesting to note that even though the 915 Fairways are lower spinning for increased distance than than the previous generation 913 fairways they have a higher peak trajectory. This means more distance and Titleist Tour player Brett Rumford found this combination added 8 yards of carry and 10 yards of total distance.
Ultra Thin High Strength Face
The face of the 915 Fairways is the thinnest Titleist has ever constructed. Made possible by the ARC technology, the high strength Carpenter Steel construction is of uniform thickness of just 2.0 mm, compared to the tapered thickness of 2.1 to 2.4mm of the 913 fairway. This translates directly to increased ball speed across a larger area of the face.
The combination of the Ultra Thin Face and ARC technology in the 915 fairways is an impressive gain in average ball speed over the 913 of 1.5 mph and 2.4 mph from the turf.
High MOI Design
Creating high MOI golf clubs used to be the preserve of those looking for forgiveness first, but Titleist are very clear their High MOI design is focussed on more distance.
An ultra thin crown that is 0.5mm thinner that in the 913, z reduced topline thickness and a variable thickness face flange means that weight can be placed low and forward to make the 915 fairways more forgiving.
More forgiveness means players will get more distance more often and to achieve this consistency the proper fit is essential. The excellent SureFit Tour hosel continues in the 915 fairways allowing players to match the fairways to their game. Visiting a Titleist fitter is recommended to ensure the right configuration or loft, lie and shaft for maximum performance.
915F and 915Fd
Aficionados will spot that Titleist have swapped the profile round from previous generations of their fairways with the 915F now being the larger headed fairway, whilst the 915Fd is now the smaller, compact metal wood.
The 915F is a full pear profile design with a 175cc head and Titleist has introduced a new loft of 16.5° to the four previous lofts that range from 13.5° to 21°. In comparison with the 913F, the 915F offers up to 3.5mph more ball speed, averages 200rpm less spin and 3 yards more carry distance.
The 915Fd is a traditional pear profile with a 160cc head and comes in 13.5° and 15° loft options. It is up to 3.2 mph faster than the 913Fd and it spins around 115 rpm less to give an average of 3 yards more carry distance.
Titleist has put together a strong shaft offering to complement the 915 fairways 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.