The new Titleist 917 driver promises greater customization of ball flight and launch conditions. It also provides more forgiveness through the introduction of some exciting new technology to go along with improvements on existing technology.
Titleist’s SureFit CG
The majority of the excitement for the Titleist 917 driver revolves around the introduction of Titleist’s SureFit CG port. It is featured predominately on the sole of the club, running from the heel to the toe. The driver comes with two weight cartridges that fit in the port, one will allow players the ability to promote a neutral, draw, or fade bias. The neutral cartridge will have the weight distributed evenly between the two sides allowing for a neutral setting. A second cartridge will have the majority of the weight on one side. Placing the heavier side toward the toe of the club will promote a fade. Placing it toward the heel will promote a draw.
Titleist took it one step further by placing the structure at an angle across the sole of the club as opposed to the straight placement of other manufacturers. The forward location of the toe weight promotes a low-spin fade while the back location of the heel side promotes a high-spin draw. For those that want customization, additional individual SureFit weights or a complete kit will be available for purchase.
Titleist 917 Driver vs. Titleist 915 Driver
The Titleist 915 series technology inspired the improvements that were made to the 917 driver.
- Active Recoil Channel 2.0 – This variable thickness in the front portion of the sole provides improved flexibility on the lower half of the face while reducing spin.
- Radial Speed Face 2.0 – This insert features eight well-defined areas that have varying thickness to optimize ball speed, especially on off-center hits, which boosts forgiveness. In comparison to the 915 driver, the upper and lower portions of the face are thinner.