TITLEIST 917D2/D3

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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.

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