Titleist 915 D2 Driver Review

With the release of the 915 D2 Driver, Titleist left old fashioned designs behind and made the decision to move in a more contemporary direction. This stick is noticeably more modern and sleek in appearance and it offers some of the key pieces of technology of the day. For instance, with its previous drivers, the manufacturer seemed to focus too heavily on launch distances, but the Titleist 915 D2 is great for off centre play as well. After five years spent in development, has Titleist hit a home run with this club?

This review of the Titleist 915 D2 Driver aims to find out, with a thorough look at its advantages, weaknesses, and special features.

What Titleist Says

According to the manufacturer itself, the 915 D2 is built to hit a greater number of fairways and provide better distances, with the help of a more forgiving design. The sturdy 460cc pear profile gives shots not just predictability, but also significant power and heft. With this driver in hand, players can expect to create improved flight patterns and more dynamic face closure. The release of the club marks a number of ‘firsts’ for this maker, because it has, in the past, been primarily concerned with technical play, as opposed to distance or speed.

Getting to Grips with the Technology

Active Recoil Channel

The Active Recoil Channel was the technological innovation that Titleist was most excited to bring to the market, back in 2014. This is the feature that it spent five long years developing so it is perhaps a little disheartening to realise that the Nike VR Pro Driver already had it way back in 2010. It does raise the question of why Titleist waited so long and what makes its version of the ARC special enough for a second look. In short, the ARC allows the face of the driver to flex at impact, which lowers spin and boosts ball speeds.

It also increases the moment of inertia by around fifteen yards (or twenty yards for the newer, more souped-up D3) more than all of the main market rivals. Titleist claims that this is unprecedented and places the club above its competition. The reason why the technology appeared later is its size. The ARC on the 915 D2 club is significantly longer and wider, which means that producing it in large quantities was a challenge.

The Active Recoil Channel also serves to relocate the centre of gravity. On this stick, it is positioned slightly forwards, especially compared with its predecessors. This allows for mass from the internal pocket geometry and face insert change to be redistributed, without the need for a compromise on that higher than average moment of inertia. Ultimately, this leads to a fairly low and deep centre of gravity that balances forgiveness with ball speed.

Radial Speed Face

This is a high-speed face insert, with a thick middle and a radially thin perimeter on the toe and heel. It is designed to provide higher quality off centre strikes, with a significantly greater launch distance. What is interesting is the fact that this Radial Speed Face was, in part, a concession for a dramatically faster centre of face. The inclusion of the ARC boosted it to beyond the legal limit and the thicker, fatter face is a way to tone this down a little.

What it also does it substantially boost ball speed on off centre strikes and this is a really important feature for the Titleist 915 D2 Driver. If struck with enough force, there is only a negligible loss in ball speed, no matter whether thecontact is made in the centre or not. The degree of consistency that the Radial Speed Face provides is, undeniably, brilliant. For players who aren’t hitting the sweet spot every time, the 915 could be a great choice.

SureFit Tour Hosel

There is nothing new to report when it comes to the SureFit tour hosel that has become a signature for Titleist. It features no real changes, but it does – as expected, enable independent and loft and lie modifications. There is a small tweak to the moment of inertia, due to the internal weight pockets on the crown, but it isn’t a striking development. For the most part, the SureFithosel simply works as effectively as it usually does.

It is one of the best on the marketand helps players to enhance their ball flight with ease. There is a total of sixteen unique loft and life combinations, so the 915 D2 Driver can be suitable for a broad range of different players, all with slightly different styles. The only downside is the slight awkwardness that can come with having so many technical options, at least at first. The majority of players will need to spend some time getting to know this club and feeling out its ways and quirks.

Appearance and Visual Features

The Titleist 915 D2 is a pretty club to look at, that’s for sure. The manufacturer appears to have gone for a stylish blend of the old and new, which makes sense considering this stick represents its first real jump into cutting edge technologies. From the point of address, the pear shaped profile and sleek black crown are aesthetically appealing. Some players could end up finding the back to front balance a little off, but this will largely depend on personal preference.

Other than a nifty dual triangle alignment feature, the crown is bare and this lends the driver a real sense of timelessness. It has that trademark Titleist ‘cool,’ but it is also distinctly modern as well. The club head has a mostly flat footprint on the sole, which some would say is an improvement on a centre swollen sole, but again, you might feel differently. The most important thing is that the 915 D2 doesn’t really have any inherently dislikeable features.

Sound and Feel

If you are used to playing with the older Titleist clubs, you’ll get a pleasant surprise when you pick this driver up. It is significantly louder than its predecessors, but not obnoxiously so. There is a slight – and satisfying – ‘thwack’ upon strike. It has a slightlyspringer feel too, which could put some players off if they favour firmness and that sense of heft more than anything else. Creative players, however, are bound to love the 915 D2 Driver, because it offers plenty of forgiveness and support.

On the other hand, the level of feedback could be better. It can be tricky to know if you’ve hit the ball right in the middle of the sweet spot or dead centre of the club head, but this is a minor inconvenience at best. This combination of sound and feel is relatively new for Titleist, but it manages to hold together well enough.

Performance/Handling

Even with a few slight weaknesses, the 915 D2 Driver is consistent in its performance. It pulls in some impressive launch stats and because the degree of forgiveness is so high, there is a lot of support for dispersion from left to right. It is true that workability and precision aren’t quite as high as they could be, but then again, not everybody is interested in technicalities. In fact, most golfers want to be able to hit it hard and fast, without too much warm up, and still come out with great results.

The 915 D2 Driver is longer and straighter than the club that came before it, which means that pure strike feel is ever so slightly less satisfying. Yet, when you get onto the fairway and into your stride, you’re unlikely to notice the difference at all. For those who don’t always hit the sweet spot, this club is an easy way to maintain speed and keep performance levels high, even when the strikes are untidy. You can hit your tee shots with a low launch angle and still enjoy a substantial degree of roll out and distance.

The Bottom Line

Major Pros

This club is, by some margin, one of the most forgiving on the market and certainly one of the most flexible that Titleist has created. Such quality is to be expected from the leading manufacturer, so it isn’t a huge surprise. The accuracy levels are satisfying, there is a lot of control over things like sidespin, and for such a sleek and stylish club; it really packs a punch when needed. It performs wonderfully at impact and can make magic when the ball is struck hard and fast in the sweet spot.

Major Cons

While the degree of flexibility is reasonably high, this is more to do with the focus on adjustability and options than a specifically off centre design. For players who hit the sweet spot less often than they’d like to, there are clubs out there that offer more support. Plus, some players find the acoustics on the 915 D2 to be oppressively loud and oddly high-pitched. Ultimately, it is something that you should explore for yourself before you put your wallet down and make an investment.

The Final Word

The Titleist 915 D2 driver doesn’t really come with any industry shaking advancements. There are more innovative products on the market right now. Yet, it performs extremely well and manages to create a reasonable balance between precision play and the options needed to get a little looser and more flexible. It is these options that enable it to be mastered by a broad range of abilities. It is not a club that only serves technical players, so don’t shy away from the 915 if forgiveness is an essential quality for you.