Thanks to a new sole design, the 915 family of fairway woods produces more ball speed and less spin off the tee and from the fairway, Titleist says.
There are two 915 fairway woods, the 175cc 915F and the 160cc 915F.d. Both have a classic look at address, featuring a black crown and an understated alignment aid near the face. Both clubs also feature Titleist’s SureFit Tour adjustable hosel system that allows golfers to change the loft and lie independently.
However, it’s the slot, which Titleist calls an Active Recoil Channel (ARC), that will garner most of the attention. The channel goes from the toe to the heel, right behind the leading edge. It allows the face of the club to flex more effectively at impact, which should translate to increased ball speed. Titleist says it helps to reduce spin, too.
“The channel is slightly deeper in the fairway woods, and positioned slightly closer to the face, than in the drivers,” said Chris McGinley, Titleist’s vice president of golf club marketing. “Compared to a driver, fairway woods have a lot more loft, and more loft creates more spin. So in order to have maximum effectiveness in terms of spin reduction, we needed to move the ARC a little more forward in the fairways.”
The channel won’t hinder turf interaction, but McGinley said golfers should not be surprised if debris gets trapped in it. The channel is wide enough that cleaning it with a tee, a towel or even your finger is easy.
“Our testing has shown that even if there is some grass and dirt in there, it doesn’t effect how the channel compresses,” McGinley said.
The 915F will create slightly more spin and a slightly higher launch than the 915Fd. Both clubs feature a weight in the sole that can be adjusted by a clubfitter to ensure the woods have the ideal swing weight based on a player’s preferences and shaft weight.
The 915F will be available in lofts of 13.5, 15, 16.5, 18 and 21 degrees. The 915F.d will be available in 13.5- and 15-degree versions. The stock shafts for both clubs are the Aldila Rogue Black 80 and the Mitsubishi Plus Series shafts, and each should cost $279 when they arrive in stores Nov. 14.