Titleist 915F Fairway Wood Review – Performance Without Sacrifice

by | January 27, 2016

Titleist 915F Fairway Wood

Titleist 915F Fairway Wood Review

Here I will be reviewing the Titleist 915F fairway wood.  Compared with its sibling 915Fd, the 915F has a slightly larger head and is designed to produce higher spin rates and launch angles.  Labeled with the slogan “distance without compromise“, Titleist claims great length, workability and forgiveness off the tee and the turf for the 915F.  Also claimed is more distance and lower spin over the previous 913F models.

Is the 915F worthy of being called an upgrade to the 913F?  What are its strengths and weaknesses? How does it compare to the 915Fd?  Read on to find out what you need to know to make an informed purchase.

In a hurry?  Here’s the quick overview and verdict for you…

Rating:  5/5 (Fantastic)

Pros:  Distance results are excellent particularly when ball flight is dialed in; forgiveness is great for a players wood; premium feel (with good mis-hit feedback) and sound is among the best in the industry; a definite improvement over Titleist’s previous model fairway woods; extensive stock shaft selection and loft options allow every golfer to personalize and realize the full potential of the 915F

Cons:  A bit on the expensive side

Classification:  Better-Player

Best suited for:  This is a must-try for those in the market for a quality fairway wood.  As a players club, the 915F is best suited for low handicaps and professionals looking for premium feel and workability without sacrificing distance.  There’s plenty of forgiveness to keep mid and high handicaps happy as well.

Best places to buy online:  For new 915F fairway woods, see this eBay page or this Amazon page.  For used 915F fairway woods, see this eBay page.  At the time of writing, used 915F fairway woods are 15% off on Global Golf.

Want a closer look at the 915F fairway wood?  Click on the composite image at the top of the page and navigate the photos on the left-hand side of the screen.


What are the reviews like?

The 915F has been received extremely well since its debut, with average customer ratings of 5/5 on Amazon, 5/5 (100% recommended) on Golfsmith and 4.9/5 on Global Golf (those reviews are here), as well as numerous positive in-depth critic reviews.

People who have used the 915F have lauded it for its length off the tee, solid adjustability and forgiveness, good workability and great feel through impact.  It seems Titleist has you covered in nearly every respect when it comes to the 915 fairway metal.

What are the features?

  • an “Active Recoil Channel” (a long, deep, wide channel) positioned on the sole of the 915F close to the face.  The ARC allows the lower half of the clubface to flex at impact, whether from the tee or the turf, to increase ball speeds and reduce spin of thin shots.
  • a high speed, constant thickness “ultra thin” face insert, made of high-strength Carpenter steel, that increases ball speeds across the entire face effectively increasing distance on off-center hits.
  • a low and fairly deep center of gravity that delivers a higher moment of inertia (MOI) — this results in more stability and ball speed preservation on off-center hits.  The CG on the 915F is slightly more rearward than on the 915Fd and this contributes to a slightly higher launch angle and MOI.
  • a “SureFit Tour” adjustable hosel that allows you to independently adjust the loft and lie of the club.  Sixteen (16) available loft and lie combinations allow golfers to dial in their launch flight; loft and lie can be set to one of four positions each, 0.75° apart over a range of 2.25.

Titleist offers a number of premium stock shafts for the 915F including the Aldila Rogue Black 80, Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80, Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blue 70, Mitsubishi Diamana M+ Red 60 and Mitsubishi Diamana M+ Red 50.  The stock grip is the Titleist Tour Velvet 360.  For more information and specs on the stock shaft, see the Titleist website.

The specifications for the Titleist 915F are summarized in the table below:

Loft13.5°15°16.5°18°21°
RH/LHRH/LHRH/LHRH/LHRH/LHRH/LH
Length43"43"43"42.5"42"
Lie56.5°56.5°56.5°57°57.5°
SwingweightD2D2D2D2D2

How does the 915F perform?

Distance:  Distance results with the 915F are terrific once you dial in your ball flight with the adjustable SureFit Tour hosel and club shaft.  In fact, well-struck shots with the 915F can often end up within 10-20 yards of a driver ball.  In this regard, the 915F can definitely compete with the longest woods currently on the market.  Lower spin and a hotter face translate to better distance overall compared with the previous 913F.

Forgiveness:  Note that the 915F is slightly more forgiving than the 915Fd due to the slightly larger head and higher MOI resulting from the more rearward CG.  Although you’re penalized for bad misses, the 915F turns out to be impressively forgiving for a players wood.  It can even compete with many of the so-called game-improvement fairway metals out there.  Slight to moderate mis-hits (whether near the toe, heel, low or high on the face) retain a solid line and ball speed.

Playability and Trajectory:  The 915F is praised by many for being relatively easy to hit and shape shots with from a wide variety of lies.  In terms of trajectory, there shouldn’t be anything to be concerned about.  The 915F has a straight flight bias.  Typical ball flights are mid to high and low-spinning (a recipe for distance), thanks in part to Titleist’s new ARC channel mentioned above.

The exact flight of the 915F will depend on the individual’s swing as well as the loft/lie settings and shaft.  Do be aware that, when trying to customize an optimum ball flight for yourself, it’s quite important to experiment with the loft/lie settings and also use a shaft that doesn’t work against your swing and your goals.  Once you take care of those things, there’s little doubt you’ll be very impressed with the performance.

What about look, sound and feel?

Look:  The 915F has a 175cc pear-shaped profile which should help inspire a little more confidence for mid and high handicappers.  

Although the aesthetic design is a bit different from the usual of Titleist’s past offerings, it still manages to maintain the clean and classic red/white/black colour scheme look Titleist lovers have come to know and love.  The crown has a rich black finish and a prominent triangular alignment aid.  The sole features the Active Recoil Channel just behind the leading edge, a “three-pronged” layout with scattered labeling, and an adjustable weight near the center that may be used by Titleist (or anyone else who knows what they’re doing) for swing weighting and fitting purposes.

Sound and Feel:  Despite some structural changes in the head, feel at impact is wonderfully solid and soft — a satisfying combination that has traditionally been one of Titleist’s greatest strengths.  Sound at impact is crisp, not muted but not metallic or sharp either.  Some would argue that sound and feel has actually improved since the 913F.  In addition, mis-hits feel quite stable with little twisting or vibrating.  As expected from a players fairway wood, feedback is accurate and distinct even when hitting through thicker rough.

Where should I buy this fairway wood online?

Your best bet for new 915F fairway woods probably be to look through eBay (link above or below) for the configuration you’d be most interested in.  Several configurations are being sold on Amazon.

What about a used one?

If you’d rather save money and get a used 915F fairway wood, try looking on Global Golf which is currently offering 15% off on used 915F fairway woods. eBay is another one of the best places to look for unbeatable deals.  You can also look through the used 915F listings on Amazon.

Conclusion

Distance, forgiveness, workability, quality feel: the 915F is a terrific fairway wood that performs well in virtually every category, a definite step up from the 913F.  It’s very difficult to find anything negative to say about it.

For those looking for a quality fairway wood to squeeze out optimal performance in their long game, this is a must-try.  As a players club, it’s no doubt a good fit for professionals and lower handicaps looking for quality feel and workability.  On the other hand, higher handicaps will appreciate the superb distance and forgiveness offered.

Any thoughts or opinions about the Titleist 915F fairway wood?  Be sure to drop them in the comments below!


Images courtesy of:  Amazon

4 thoughts on “Titleist 915F Fairway Wood Review – Performance Without Sacrifice

  1. G.C.Horton

    To call me a hacker would be a compliment. I’m such a pathetic golfer, I don’t think there is a club or device that can save me, but the Titleist 915F fairway wood will surely help. Other than that, I’d need sniper rifle that shoots golf balls in order to hit the green.

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    1. Paul Post author

      Horton, do you want to challenge yourself to get better (while still playing a fairway wood with decent forgiveness) or do you just want a head with maximum forgiveness? If it’s the former, the 915F would be a great choice. If it’s the latter, you may want to consider game-improvement options like the Callaway XR.

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  2. Molly

    As a keen golfer, I am sure that I don’t speak alone when I say that one of the most satisfying feelings is that the moment when you strike a tee shot right out of the heart of the fairway metal, and you sense the power of the club head going through the ball. The Titleist 915F definitely sounds like it can offer that to me, and I’ll be trying it out for sure. Thanks for the detailed review!

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    1. Paul Post author

      I agree Molly; it really does feel great when you hit a pure shot. Feel is important to most golfers, and the 915F certainly doesn’t disappoint in that regard. Do be sure to tell me about your experiences with it.

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