DougE wrote:While watching the US Open all day, I had my computer in front of me watching an Ebay auction for a Titleist driver that matched the specs of the one I was fit for at a Titleist Thursdays event a couple months ago. In the end, I won it! I am now the proud owner of a brand spanking new, still in the plastic, Titleist 917D2 that matches my specs exactly. Retail price $500. I got it for $310. No tax. Free shipping. Reputable dealer. 100% Positive feedback. It's coming from across the country, so I won't see it for a week. I'll probably start hitting my old 915D2 better than ever while I wait for the new one to arrive, as it tries to convince me to stay with it!
So what are your thoughts on the new driver? Seeing any difference. I like my new Cobra driver - not sure it's longer, but it is a little more forgiving and I'm getting a better ball flight. The good drives are really good. But I'm still struggling to control the amount of fade I'm getting.
At first, I was not sure about the new driver. It felt different than my 915. The sensation was more that of a TM M1 or M2 off the clubface with the new 917. It seemed in my mind
as if I was not hitting it as far as my 915 as a result of the sound and feel I was getting. As I mentioned in another thread, not sure if the fitting was right, I took the new driver and tested it against the old one shot for shot, while changing the shaft in it to a couple other options, both in stiff and regular flex. What I found after hitting about 30 balls was that the 917 was longer, on average, than the 915. Not by much, maybe 5-10 yards, but the 5 longest drives were with the 917. Two of those drives with the 917 were 15-20 yards longer than the other 28 I hit. I measured them with GPS, so I know they are accurate yardages. Both were with the same shaft and settings that I was fit for by Titleist a few months back. (Diamana 60 Stiff.) So, I was then convinced they got it right and the next day I put the 917 in the bag to play with the entire round. Had a great day off the tee, distance-wise.
So, yes, to answer your question, I am seeing a difference, now that I realize the sound at impact has nothing to do with how far the ball is traveling. It seemed softer off my 915 and translated to longer in my head, but after doing my testing, I got over the sound issue. The 917 appears to be longer, more often than not. I am drawing the ball easier. Most of my misses are left. The few that are missed right, are generally as a result of obviously poor releases or being off-balance and not getting through the ball. The ones that are left are usually well-struck, in balance swings, with good finishes. At this point, I am happy with the 917D2. I have already hit my longest drive of the season with it---290 yards, a monster drive for this old man---and I have only played it two rounds so far. In those two rounds, I would guestimate that my driving average is up from 225 to 235 on good swings/good contact off the tee. If I just average the drives on par 5s, it's an even longer yardage.