PRICE R7 499 PERFORMANCE ★★ ★ ★ ★ INNOVATION ★★ ★ ★ ½
VERDICT A driver with movable weight is almost as common nowadays as a tour player with a logo on the sleeve. But the weight slug on the sole here is different. The cylinder comes in two forms: a neutral version and a topheavy version. The neutral version keeps the weight low and deep to maximise forgiveness. The topheavy version keeps that weight back, but it can be flipped so there’s more mass towards the heel or toe to control direction. Best of all, the 917 drivers accomplish this weighting ju-jitsu without touching the classic look, sound and feel of a Titleist driver.
COMMENTS (L) The face feels responsive and stable. (M) I like the grayish colour. This driver goes back to the old, crisp, pleasing sound at impact. The trajectory doesn’t balloon, and off-centre hits aren’t punitive. (H) I love the classic shape of a Titleist driver. The weighting options helped get me to a good spot, so I think working with a qualified fitter is important. The easier my swing, the more the technology seemed to help me.