Titleist 917 Drivers at Congressional

Charley Hoffman's Titleist 917D2 driver

Titleist 917 Drivers at Congressional

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Titleist 917 Drivers at Congressional

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BETHESDA, Mary. – Titleist brought its newest prototype drivers, the 917 series, to Congressional Country Club on Monday before the event and allowed pros who arrived early for the Quicken Loans National to try them.

Among the players on the range trying the drivers Monday morning were Charley Hoffman, Andrew Loupe, Blayne Barber and Scott Stallings. More players were fitted throughout the week, and 18 players in all put a new driver into play. Nine used the 917D2, and nine used the 917D3.

Titleist representatives did not disclose details about the drivers, but one said Loupe gained about 8 yards off the tee compared to the 915D2 he was playing. As of Monday before the event, Loupe ranked seventh on the PGA Tour in driving distance with an average of 306.3 yards. Barber said his ball speed went up about 3 mph, which normally would add 7 to 10 yards of distance.

The eye-catching technology in the sole is an adjustable weight cartridge system. Labeled SureFit CG, it closely resembles the adjustable weight that can be found in the $999 Titleist C16 driver that became available by special order in April.

The C16 driver comes with two 10-gram weights, one that is balanced with 5 grams on each side to create a neutral setting and one that has 9 grams on one end and 1 gram on the other. Placing the heavy side of the second weight in the toe promotes a fade, and placing the heavy end in the heel encourages a draw. There were 8-, 10- and 12-gram weights being tested by various players at Congressional during their fittings.

Like the weight in the C16, the SureFit CG weight in 917 drivers appears to be positioned in the head diagonally, from low in the heel to high in the toe. Titleist representatives unscrewed a cap at one end of the system to swap weights, then screwed the cap back into position to secure it.

The company’s SureFit adjustable hosel and Active Recoil Channel were designed into the new clubs. The current SureFit hosel allows golfers to increase the club’s stated loft by as much as 1.5 degrees or reduce it by .75 degrees. It also lets players make the club up to 1.5 degrees more upright or flatten the lie by .75 degrees.

The Active Recoil Channel helps the face flex more efficiently at impact to increase ball speed and reduce spin, which can boost distance.

Last year Titleist unveiled the 716 iron family at this event, and those clubs arrived in stores Oct. 23, 2015. In 2014 the pros were given their first chance to try the 915 woods here, too, and they were made available to the public Nov. 14, 2014. Titleist has not released any price or in-store information for the 917 drivers. Golfweek will report more details as they become available.

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