Titleist debuts adjustable 910 series drivers
Monday, October 7, 2013
Two new glueless, interchangeable, adjustable Titleist 910 drivers debuted at the AT&T National, where 15 players used the successors to the popular 909 series.
The 910 series’ interchangeable designs mean shafts can be changed quickly with a torque wrench, and clubheads can be adjusted just as easily for face angle, lie and effective playing loft.
The new drivers will be sold to consumers – retail introduction probably will be in September or October – in two versions: the 460cc 910D2 and the 445cc 910D3.
At the AT&T, nine competitors (including Rickie Fowler) played the 910D2, and six carried the 910D3 (notably Davis Love III).
What’s the difference between the two drivers? The D2 has a slightly lower and deeper center of gravity than the D3, which should translate into somewhat straighter and higher tee shots. Meanwhile, the D3 is designed to produce a more boring trajectory with some additional roll.
“I felt like it was a little bit tighter ball flight,” Fowler said at the AT&T National.
Ryuji Imada used the 910D2 with a 7.5-degree head twisted to 8.5 degrees.
“It sounds more solid,” Imada said.
“For me, it goes a little bit further. I picked up a good 5-6 yards, even though I’m playing a 1⁄2-inch shorter shaft.”
Imada said the ball looks like it’s “tumbling” and has a “flatter” ball flight.
Both drivers have a thinner and lighter crown than the 909 series, lowering the center of gravity. A 7-gram weight on the sole of the clubs is interchangeable, with heavier and lighter weights available.
Standard face angle for both drivers is a half-degree open, although this can be altered in a range from 11⁄2 degrees open to 11⁄2 degrees closed. In the process of configuring the clubface to the left or right, the effective playing loft changes as much as 21⁄4 degrees.
Standard lofts are 7.5, 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 degrees. The 910 family eventually will include fairway woods and hybrids.
The retail cost of the 910 driver has yet to be announced.
– Sean Martin contributed