New Titleist 915 drivers are designed using patented Active Recoil Channel technology for lower spin and higher speed for more distance without sacrificing forgiveness.
The proprietary Active Recoil Channel is a long, wide and deep sole channel designed to actively flex at impact and recoil to launch the ball off the face with higher speed and lower spin;
The 915s also feature a Radial Speed Face, a high-speed forged face insert with a radially thinner perimeter in the heel and toe, which works with the Active Recoil Channel to increase ball speed on off-centre hits.
In addition, a precise, high-MOI design with a low and deep centre of gravity location is used for stability and forgiveness, preserving off-center ball speed for more distance.
“The new 915 drivers are a game-changer for us,” said Dan Stone, vice president of research and development for Titleist Golf Clubs. “We’ve increased speed and lowered spin. without sacrificing MOI or forgiveness – and we’re the first to get that combination right.
“The Active Recoil Channel is a major technical leap in the area of spin reduction. In player testing, we’ve seen significant distance gains, up to 15 yards for players who need spin control,” said Stone.
“We began incorporating Active Recoil Channel in the prototype phase about four years ago, but this kind of technology requires a lot of fine-tuning if you’re going to do something that’s different, as opposed to making a cosmetic or marketing change,” he said.
“By adding significant technology for speed and spin without sacrificing MOI, we think we’ve done something very special that nobody’s done to this point,” said Stone.
The 915D2 driver is a 460 c.c. full-pear shaped head designed for forgiveness and a slight draw bias.
The 915D3 features a 440 c.c. pear shape designed to be forgiving and workable, offers 250 r.p.m. less spin than 915D2 to produce a lower peak trajectory. Both models launch similar to their previous generation Titleist 913 models.
Eighteen players put new 915 drivers into play the first week they were available at the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loan Invitational in late June, including Geoff Ogilvy, who used a 915D2 9.5-degree driver to win at the Barracuda Championship a few weeks later.
Twenty-four players used 915 drivers in early August at the PGA Championship.
“Titleist players demand the highest quality and performance from their driver. They want more distance, but not at the expense of forgiveness,” said Steve Pelisek, general manager of Titleist Golf Clubs.
“With 915 drivers, our R&D team has produced the best combination of high speed, low spin and high MOI the game has ever seen,” said Pelisek.
“It’s distance all the time – distance on centre hits, distance on off-centrehits, more distance more often. We know that players truly understand and value that distance consistency.”
The dual-angle SureFit Tour hosel allows golfers to set loft and lie independently to optimize ball flight – higher or lower, and for more draw or fade for improved shot control and maximum distance.
“The SureFit Tour hosel continues to be a significant competitive advantage for us,” Stone said. “Through our testing, we know that putting a golfer in the most precise fit unlocks the technology and distance potential in 915 even more.”
The 915’s high-performance stock shaft matrix features includes the Aldila Rogue Black 70 (mid-launch), Aldila Rogue Silver 60 (lower-mid launch), Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 (low launch), Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Blue 60 (mid launch), and Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Red 50 (high launch).
In addition, Titleist offers custom shaft choices.