An Active Recoil Channel, Ultra Thin Face, and high MOI design are three main technologies used in the mew Titleist 915 fairway metals and hybrids.
The proprietary Active Recoil Channel is a long, deep, forward-positioned sole channel designed to flex at impact and recoil to launch the ball off the face with higher speed and lower spin.
The Ultra Thin Face has a high-strength, uniformly thin, high-speed face insert to increase ball speed across the face.
The high-MOI design offers a low centre of gravity (CG) location to delivers stability and forgiveness, preserving ball speed across the face for more distance.
“The new 915 fairways and hybrids really bring us to another level from a distance perspective,” said Dan Stone, vice president of research and development for Titleist Golf Clubs.
“The combination of the Active Recoil Channel and Ultra Thin Face is powerful in creating more speed with spin reduction for maximum distance and with our high-MOI design strategy, we’re able to provide golfers with the best combination of distance and forgiveness,” he said.
Titleist R&D designed 915 fairways and hybrids to maximize their potential,with the SureFit Tour weight placed in a low, central position behind the Active Recoil Channel on each model to help create ideal CG properties.
Golfers can select their models – 915F or 915Fd, 915H or 915 Hd – based on head shape, forgiveness or ball flight.
The 915F and 915H feature larger profiles for all-around performance with forgiveness, while the 915Fd and 915Hd offer smaller head shapes for workability and forgiveness, with slightly lower launch and spin and therefore, lower flight than F and H.
The first week they were available on the PGA Tour, 15 new 915 fairway metals and nine new 915 hybrids were put in play at the World Golf Championships event at Firestone. The following week at the PGA Championship, there were 29 new 915 fairways and 13 new 915 hybrids in players’ bags, including Jordan Spieth, Bill Haas, Victor Dubuisson, Jason Dufner and Webb Simpson.
“The new 915 fairways and hybrids, just like our new 915 drivers, really exemplify our R&D team’s design strategy of distance with forgiveness, ” said Steve Pelisek, general manager of Titleist Golf Clubs.
“And from our player testing on tour and with amateurs, we know that these products are longer, more consistent and more playable than ever,” he said.
The new 915F and 915Fd fairway metals are designed to provide golfers with low-spin, high-speed performance in two distinct chassis options.
The 915F features a full pear profile (175 c.c.) for forgiveness. The large profile produces a slightly higher flight versus the 915Fd. It is offered in five lofts (13.5, 15, 16.5, 18 and 21 degrees), including a new high-lofted 16.5-degree three-metal and new 18-degree five-metal.
The 915Fd, with its traditional pear profile (160 c.c.), is designed to be workable and forgiving. The compact profile delivers slightly lower launch and spin versus 915F. The 915Fd is available in 13.5 and 15-degree lofts.
Neither model promotes a draw bias.
“In previous generations, Fd was a significantly lower-spinning product than F, so we saw an opportunity to bring them both to a more optimal CG position. Now, players can make their decision based on shape, trajectory and amount of workability or forgiveness – not solely on the fact that one spins more than the other,” said Stone.
Like their fairway counterparts, 915H and 915Hd hybrids offer low-spin, high-speed performance in two different shapes and sizes.
The 915H has a subtle pear profile (118 c.c.) to provide confidence at address. The fuller, rounder profile offers forgiveness and slightly higher launch and spin versus Hd. The 915H is available in 18, 21, 24 and 27-degree lofts.
The 915Hd is a slightly offset, small pear (107 c.c.) designed to deliver distance with shot control through a flatter trajectory and less spin (about 120 r.p.m.) versus the H. The 915Hd is offered in 17.5, 20.5 and 23.5-degree lofts.
“If you’re a sweeper who likes to play your hybrids more like a fairway wood, you’re probably better suited in H,” said Stone. “Hd has a little more offset in it, so if you’re a more aggressive player who likes to engage the turf, that’s probably the better choice.”
The 915 fairways and hybrids have a stock shaft matrix featuring four new aftermarket options to fit a wide range of players and swing speeds.
The stock fairway lineup includes the Aldila Rogue Black 80 (mid-launch) and Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80 (low launch), Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Blue 70 (mid launch), Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Red 60 (high launch).
The stock hybrid lineup includes the Aldila Rogue Black 85 (mid-launch) and Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 90 (low launch), Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Blue 70 (mid launch), Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Red 60 (high launch).
Titleist also offers custom shaft choices.