The new Titleist 913 drivers feature SureFit Tour hosel technology and a a high-speed, forged face insert.
The 913D2 driver features a 460 c.c. full-pear shaped head designed for forgiveness and a slight draw bias, while the 913D3 has a 445 c.c. classic pear shape to combine forgiveness with workability. Unlike the 910 series, both D2 and D3 models provide the same launch and spin characteristics to provide fitting flexibility.
“Golfers can now choose their 913 model based on size or shape preference, amount of forgiveness or workability,and amount of draw bias,” said Dan Stone, vice president of research and development for Titleist golf clubs.
“They can then dial-in their launch and spin settings precisely using the SureFit Tour hosel,” he added.
The 913D2 and 913D3 drivers have a new forged, variable thickness face insert.
The 913’s 6-4 titanium face insert has a central thick portion that mirrors the outer face profile. As you move out from the centre, however, the insert is thinner and organically tapered so that it perfectly matches up with the body thickness at the face perimeter.
It is also 2 grams lighter than the previous 910’s face insert, allowing that mass to be redistributed to the new SureFit Tour weight low on the clubhead.
“We are always engineering our centre face ball speed to the maximum, but the new insert allows for a more consistent deflection across the whole face which gives us more ball speed and more distance across a larger area of the face,” Stone said.
“The face insert is not a symmetric geometry, it’s a complex structure and it required us to really think outside the box. We had to invent a new process just to produce it,” he added.
“It’s faster on heel and toe hits and I think that’s something everyone can understand,” Pelisek said.
Improved centre of gravity locations are designed to further maximize the distance potential of 913D2 and 913D3 drivers, while providing stability and forgiveness.
While past generation D2 and D3 models each featured different launch and spin characteristics, the new 913D2 and 913D3 drivers have equivalent launch and spin because of CG positions that are equally low. To accomplish this, the CG in the 913D2 was lowered to produce similar launch and spin to 913D3.
“You have speed around the face, you have the ability to reduce spin and you have the SureFit Tour hosel to adjust launch. That’s a pretty powerful combination to increase distance,” Pelisek said.
The SureFit Tour weight has a new, flat geometry with a screw that holds the weight in place but does not extend up into the driver head, contributing to a lower overall CG.
The standard SureFit Tour weight has increased from seven grams to nine grams, taking the two grams of weight saved from the new forged face insert and reapplying it in this lower, more optimal position.
The SureFit Tour hosel, which debuted on Titleist 910 drivers, allows golfers to set loft and lie independently to improve ball flight – higher or lower, and for more draw or fade for improved shot control and distance.
The club head retains its black PVD finish with a new black body paint and five shaft options.
The stock lineup includes the Mitsubishi Diamana +Plus White 72 (low launch), Mitsubishi Diamana +Plus Blue 62 (mid launch), Aldila RIP Phenom 70 (low-mid launch) and Aldila RIP Alpha 60 (lower-mid launch). Rounding out the stock shaft matrix is the Mitsubishi Titleist Bassara W 50 (higher launch).