The 913 drivers are not radical departures from the clubs they will replace (the 910D2 and 910D3); the new model retains its predecessors' glossy black crown, traditional pear shape and simple alignment marks.
Like any young bachelor, Rory McIlroy can be a commitment-phobe. So it's no wonder his Titleist clubfitter was caught off guard when the 23-year-old star made a sudden midseason gear change, replacing his driver of two years for Titleist's new 913 D3 -- after only one session on the range. "Rory's not a quick-changer in terms of equipment," says Chris Tuten, 42, Titleist's director of player promotions.
It was love at first swing, as Tuten tells it. Since 2010, McIlroy had been using a Titleist 910 D2 driver, but he was having trouble with shots that didn't require a right-to-left trajectory. "Rory's 910 had more spin and was slightly draw-biased, so when he missed, he'd release the club too much, missing left," Tuten says.
In a July fitting on the practice range at his home in Northern Ireland, McIlroy toyed with the titleist 913 d3 driver head and four shafts of varying flex. His spin rate dropped 200 rpm to 2,400 rpm, he gained 15 yards of carry, and he could once again bend the ball at will, hitting drives left, right, high and low. Oh, and trouble lurking left no longer straightened his curls.
The 913 driver also features the same SureFit Tour adjustable hosel system that debuted in the 910 drivers, which allows you to change both the loft and the lie angle. "In the 913s, cheap golf clubs
we've really focused on enhancing the stability differences," Bezilla said. "The 913D3 is more workable, a control-type product, while the 913D2 is more balanced, combining performance and forgiveness, but they launch and spin the ball very similarly."
Aside from a pair of red and silver racing stripes, the only thing on the sole of the 913 drivers that might catch your eye is a small weight plate positioned in the back. Previously, Titleist 913H Hybrid Titleist had designed an adjustable weight plug in that area, but according to Chris McGinely, Titleist's vice president of club marketing, the adjustable plate is an upgrade.
"This weight has a larger area and it stays mainly on the perimeter of the golf club instead of having most of the weight inside the head," he said. "That helps us take a little spin out of the drivers."