14 players use Titleist 913 driver at AT&T National
Sunday, August 18, 2013
The official Darrell Survey equipment count from the AT&T National revealed that 14 golfers put the Titleist 913 driver in play during its first week on the PGA Tour.
The total count for Titleist drivers at the AT&T was 34, with 20 golfers using the 910 or other previous Titleist models.
TaylorMade led the driver count at the AT&T with 52.
Three players (Bud Cauley, Tom Gillis and John Merrick) used the 460 cc Titleist 913D2.
Meanwhile, 11 players went for the 445 cc 913D3: Mark Anderson, Ben Curtis, Brendon de Jonge, Martin Flores, Hunter Haas, K.T. Kim, S.Y. Noh, Tom Pernice, D.J. Trahan, Nick Watney and Gary Woodland.
Woodland’s decision to become an early adopter is interesting and perhaps predictable. Although Woodland is considered by many observers to be the longest hitter in golf, he likes to work the ball and keep it in play. Heading into the AT&T, he ranked just 16th in driving distance with a 300.4-yard average.
Workability is one of the words used by Titleist to describe the smaller-headed 913D3 driver. Balance and forgiveness are key words associated with the larger-headed 913D2. Titleist is touting both drivers as being longer on offcenter hits, thanks to a new titanium insert in the driver face.
At the Irish Open, another headliner decided to play the 913D3. That was Rory McIlroy, No. 2 in the official world rankings.