Titleist Driver Comparison: 915 D2 vs D3
Active Recoil Channel
The Active Recoil Channel runs behind the face of the driver, which can be seen on the sole of the golf club. This channel helps produce more distance by actively flexing at impact. The flexing action at impact results in higher ball speeds and lower spin, both of which create the perfect solution for longer distance. Here’s a little more technology talk from Dan Stone, VP of R&D:
With the Active Recoil Channel, the ball is compressing in a different manner and doesn’t have the chance to gather as much rotational energy so it departs the club face with less spin. It also creates a greater recoil effect, which imparts more speed, particularly low on the face. The effectiveness of the Active Recoil Channel is maximized by its efficient, proprietary construction. Relative to competitive drivers with slot technology, ARC is wider, deeper and longer, stretching across the entire sole from heel to toe.
Radial Speed Face
The Radial Speed Face is a face insert that’s constructed in a manner to have a thick center and progressively thin out towards the toe and heel portions of the golf club. This face design creates a surface that produces high ball speeds in all areas of the club face which helps deliver more distance on off-center hits. Here’s more of what Dan has to say about Titleist’s technology in these drivers.
Active Recoil Channel and the Radial Speed Face are two technologies that really work well together. ARC does an excellent job increasing ball speeds overall, however, its biggest effect happens low on the club face where the channel is positioned. As you move off center and mishit heel or toe, that’s where the Radial Speed Face insert kicks in –you’re getting more flex in those areas which helps generate more speed.
A high moment of inertia is achieved by reducing the thickness on the front of the club and strategically placing it in the back of the club. Moving the weight lower and deeper, increases ball speed while keeping the club very forgiving.
The Surefit hosel technology has sixteen unique loft and lie combinations to provide a very precise fit for every skill level. The dual-angle hosel allows loft and lie to be independently adjusted to optimize ball flight and make sure gaining all the distance that’s possible. The hosel also features a sleeve and a ring that feature four settings each.
Here Are The Differences You Need To Know
The Titleist 915 D2 driver has a clubhead size of 460cc for maximum forgiveness and distance. The clubhead has a pear shape design to provide confidence and stability. The Titleist 915 D2 driver also delivers a high trajectory with more dynamic face closure compared to the Titleist 915 D3 driver. It’s available in a variety of lofts, which include the 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, and 12 degrees.
- Larger (460cc) Clubhead
- More Forgivness
- Higher Trajectory
The Titleist 915 D3 driver has a clubhead size of 440cc which maximizes the forgiveness, workablility, distance and trajectory control. Based on the smaller size, the Titleist 915 D3 driver produces a lower ball flight with less spin compared. It’ss available in a variety of lofts, which include the 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, and 10.5 degrees.
- Smaller (440cc) Clubhead
- More Workability
- Lower Spin
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