While I was relatively happy with my driving stats when I set foot into the Titleist National Fitting Centre at the St Ives Golf Club near Huntingdon recently, I left with a whole new world of driving ability at my fingertips.
Fitted for my ideal 10.5-degrees in the new Titleist 913D2 - the more forgiving option of the two models that also comprises the 913D3 - my custom fitting expert Paul Thomson sought to find the optimum loft and lie setting and shaft to suit my game.
The 913D2 has the same SureFit Tour hosel that debuted in the 910 series, which allows the customer to set the loft and lie independently to optimise ball flight. You can then raise or lower the loft and open or close the face depending on your preference. The hosel sleeve is adjustable by changing the club to one of 16 settings; one ring has settings of 1, 2, 3 and 4, while the other has settings of A, B, C and D.
Having fully explained the system Paul then got me playing around with four different shafts before analysing my feedback. Results was that the Phenom 60 S shaft was my new best friend. The shaft helped retain my launch angle while reducing spin for a longer, straighter and more consistent ball flight.
He then dialled in the code and fitted me to my new shaft. Within seconds, I could see and feel the improvements in distance, trajectory, spin rate and accuracy.
Distance had dramatically increased because of a new face insert in the 913D2 which makes ball speeds faster on a larger area of the face – perfect to counteract the occasional off-centre hit. Paul also told me the new, improved face of the 913 has increased the maximum ball speed area up to 11% from its 910 predecessor.
As for driver spin, I'm now enjoying a much lower spin rate, a more pleasing launch angle and consequently longer carry and roll out.
For example I averaged 273 yards off the tee during my fitting session - a huge gain on my current driver, and since putting the club in my bag, I have recorded a career PB of 310 yards down the fairway of the par-4 second hole at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Ok, it was wind-assisted and on the links, but I’ll take it!
The 913D2 is consistently delivering for me with a lovely mid-to-high ball flight, tremendous accuracy and a beautiful crunching sound at impact. I could not be more impressed or pleased. This is one of the best drivers I have ever hit.
Most golfers continue to waste hard-earned cash on equipment that might work a little better than their old stuff, yet not nearly as well as a club or set of irons fitted to their specific swing and their personal size and specifications.
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