Driver of The Year--- Titleist 910 D2 and D3
This guide is for you if you've heard about the Titleist 910 D2 and D3 Drivers and just want to know more. These are by far the best drivers that Titleist has brought to market since the 983K. They may even be the best driver Titleist has put out since the legendary 975D and 975 J models. Remember when TIger was ripping everybody up back in 2000 and 2001. That was no Nike Driver he was carrying folks---it was a Titleist 975 Model. As a matter of fact, that was the driver he was so accurate with that he literally had to have his arm twisted in order to give his rather begrudging consent to graphite shafts in his Nike Drivers. Even so, he held onto his steel shafted Titleist 3 Wood for some time, despite the pleas of his new sponsor.
Why I Am Such A Believer
First off, let's just say that my first good driver was the same aforementioned Titleist 975D with the old more than competent, though less than stellar, EL 70 Graphite Shaft. Similar to Tiger's Driving Woes that began with his very first Nike Ignite Driver, I learned to regret the switch to a different brand. Let's just say that it's no coincidence that you can read so many Driver Reviews written by yours truly. Occasionally I flirted with a return to Titleist Drivers, with the 983K coming closest to winning me back. Trouble was, as is the case for so many other players, while Titleist was quick to charge Premium Prices for their new models, they were slow to catch up with everyone else's technology. They were last to the dance with a 460 CC Driver, and they' re currently the last to come up with some sort of adjustable loft and or lie. On top of everything else, Titleist was definitely not known as a distance club, and we had all grown accustomed to those extra yards brought to us by the likes of The TaylorMade Burner, Cleveland Launcher, Callaway Diablo, and Nike Sasquatch, as well as various and sundry models from her former corporate sibling Cobra Golf.
Titleist has always had a reputation as a player's club, and deservedly so. Unfortunately for them, and those of us in waiting, they had come up with too many makes and models that gave up way too much distance, while still only offering minimal forgiveness, and worse yet--mediocre workability. None the less, they were constantly in the hunt as far as learning what the customer was looking for; they were just too slow in the eventual execution of it. Titleist, once an amazing innovator in the golf industry, had become "a me too wannabe." If they were going to change things, they were going to have to leapfrog their competitors and the industry as a whole. It's not as if they hadn't done this before, but it has been a very long time since they led the industry in feel, balance, and technology. Behold the Titleist 910 Series. These clubs are that leapfrog, and here is why.
Hosel On A Mission
Lots of companies have drivers that allow you to adjust the face angle via the hosel. Look at Nike. All of their latest and greatest can get you 8 different settings, and Their Victory Red driver can get you a whopping 32 different settings. That's fine and dandy if all we are talking about is setting up the club faces degree of Closed-Square-or Open, bu there's more to shot shaping than that. What if you want to change the actual trajectory of the ball Vertically as Well as horizontally. Lots of clubs have softer hosels, allowing you to bend the face a little upright or a little flat.Titleist looks to be the first one to the game to offer a dual action hosel that allows you to diddle with the face via both "The X" and "The Y" axis.
Based on a grid you can adjust this club Horizontally from .75* flat, to Standard, to .75*Upright , and as much as 1.5* Upright. Similarly, you can adjust the loft to .75* Stronger (i.e.-10.5* can become a 9.75*), to Standard (as stated 10.5* remains 10.5 *) , to .75* Weaker (the 10.5* becomes an 11.25* driver), to as much as 1.5* Weaker--(that same 10.5* driver can play as weak as/play to a loft of 12*.) Now as astounding as all sounds when considering all the possible combinations of loft and lie adjustments available, it is just the tip of the iceberg.
Usually when I hear the phrase "shafting options" I hide my wallet and keep an eye open for the guys selling used cars and aluminum siding. In this case, however, the options are fair to partly astounding. Let's start with the 5 Basic shafts. Usually available OEM Shafts are at best mediocre. Then there are the "look-alike shafts" that sport names similar to the ones on tour, but sport softer tips, lower kickpoints, and torquier mid-sections. This is the first driver I've seen besides custom shop drivers that allows you the benefit of getting the perfect fit. There are 5 very good shafts off-the rack:
- Diamana 'ahai
- Diamana Kai'li
- Diamana 'iliama
- Aldila Rip 60
- Project X Tour Issue X-7C3
Qu'elle est la Difference
The D2 is 460 CC's while the D3 is 445. That makes the D3 more workable, and the D2 more forgiving. Considering all the combinations of loft and lie you can get with this club though, its really more a matter of feel. In all honesty--my 15 handicap has me leaning much more to the D2 rather than the D3, and I have seen people who really like to work the ball, and have the low handicaps to match this skill, leaning much more towards the D3. My 93 MPH Swing Speed had me loving the Kai'li shaft in Stiff Flex on the 9.5* D2 Model. I have a friend with a 115 MPH who absolutely preferred the 8.5* D3 with an X- Stiff Aldila Rip. Both The D2 and D3 come in the rather handsome looking black PVD Finish, and have red hot face inserts. Last time I hit a driver with a face insert that seemed this hot when compared to others on the market was the old Tsunami Driver from 8-9 Years ago. Both models are also available in 8.5,9.5 and 10.5* versions. Once again, considering the adjustments one can make to loft and lie--that is more than enough--and that only reinforces the one major conclusion I have drawn about this driver---go to An Authorized Titleist Fitter to get the most for your buck. When spending this kind of dough on a club--make sure you get the optimum performance out of the premium dollars that you have payed.
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