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Today I will be reviewing the Titleist 913D2 driver, the game-improvement brother in the Titleist 913 line of drivers.
At the time of its debut, it was considered Titleist’s most playable and forgiving driver along with the tour-level 913D3. It was also touted to have additional distance over the older 910D2.
In what ways does the 913D2 shine? What are its weaknesses? How well does it do in terms of distance and forgiveness?
Read on to find out what you need to know about the driver to make an informed purchase.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, stock shafts and stock grips are used when evaluating this club. In most cases, the golf clubs reviewed on Golfstead are acquired temporarily for testing purposes and are not purchased. The review that follows is based on the personal experience and research of the author. Because everyone’s swing and body are different, results with a particular club may differ from person to person.
What are the reviews like?
The 913D2 has generally been received very well both by customers and professional reviewers.
It has a 4.5/5 aggregate rating on Global Golf and very positive verdicts on other authority golf sites.
What People Like
- excellent distance off sweet-spot strikes
- impressive mis-hit forgiveness both in terms of distance and direction
- decent workability
- awesome look and shape
- solid feel
What People Don’t Like
- some have remarked that the distance results aren’t quite as good as with their previous driver
- the look and muted impact feel isn’t everyone’s cup of tea
What are the features?
The 913D2 driver features a 460cc full pear-shaped titanium head (discussed further in another section below).
It has a high-speed forged insert in the clubface which delivers more ball speed (and hence distance) over a larger area of the face.
The center of gravity (CG) has been lowered to a more optimal position, and a rear SureFit Tour weight has been added to both reduce spin and optimize the launch angle for more distance.
SureFit Tour Hosel Technology
The 913D2 also has an adjustable hosel with SureFit Tour hosel technology. This allows the golfer to dial in their launch flight.
You can adjust the loft and lie to one of four positions each (4 x 4 = 16 total configurations). The adjustments can be made in increments of 0.75° over a range of 2.25°.
Compared with its brother, the 913D3, the 913D2 has a slightly larger head (460cc as opposed to 445cc) and delivers slightly more spin and forgiveness on off-center hits.
The 913D2 driver is available in 5 standard lofts, one standard lie and one standard length.
The stock grip offered is the rubber Titleist Tour Velvet 360, and the stock shafts offered are the Mitsubishi Diamana +Plus White 72 (low launch), Mitsubishi Diamana +Plus Blue 62 (mid launch), Aldila RIP Phenom 70 (low-mid launch) and Aldila RIP Alpha 60 (lower-mid launch).
For more specs, see the table below:
How does the driver perform?
The great thing about the 913D2 is the fact that, beyond choosing the standard loft, you can adjust the loft and lie using the SureFit Tour hosel until you’re satisfied with your ball flight.
Be aware that this will change the angle of the face slightly and introduce draw/fade biases, so you should adjust your alignment accordingly.
Once your trajectory and spin is optimized, you should start to see fantastic distance results. Mis-hits retain a very respectable amount of ball speed, more so than the previous 910D2 driver.
Whether or not you will realize any distance gains over your previous driver is impossible to say as it depends on your unique situation, but chances are that you won’t be disappointed.
The forgiveness of the Titleist 913 line of drivers remains among the best in the market.
As mentioned above, forgiveness has been improved since the 910D2 — the face insert results in ball speed increases of about 2 mph near the toe (which translates to 4-6 more yards) and around 1% near the heel.
Dispersion is minimal, and you should expect slight to moderate mis-hits to not deviate much from the intended target line.
Note that the face angle adjustments can help suppress slices or hooks to an extent.
The location of the center of gravity (and consequently the low spin attribute of the driver) results in mid-trajectory piercing shots that don’t balloon and perform well in the wind.
Typical ball flight is fairly straight with perhaps a slight draw bias, but it can vary of course depending on the individual and intended shot.
Overall, the 913D2 is impressively workable for a game-improvement driver. Thanks, in part, to the extensive adjustability, it can accommodate a wide range of swing speeds.
What about look, sound & feel?
The 460cc pear-shaped titanium head of the 913D2 has a rich black finish along with some white and red accents.
The sole has a classic and sharp design that’s not too busy: a Titleist logo surrounded by the driver model and standard loft. The crown has an effective and nondistracting aid to help with alignment.
I think it’s definitely a confidence-inspiring look that many people will love.
For a higher-resolution look at the 913D2, click on the composite image at the top of the page.
The Sound & Feel
The 913D2 feels stable and balanced through the swing, even with a lighter shaft.
The sound and feel at impact is a little less muted (a little crisper and louder) than the 910D2, but otherwise they’re quite similar. It’s still by and large the classic Titleist sound/feel combo that people have come to know and love from the company.
Mis-hits feel quite solid and produce minimal vibrations.
Note that the rear pentagon-shaped weight can be removed and replaced to change the weight of the clubhead, and you can do so (purchased separately) if you don’t like the feel of the current weight.
Where should you buy this driver online?
Years later, it can be difficult to find the 913 D2 driver in new condition.
Regardless, you can find some fantastic deals from trustworthy and reputable sellers on eBay, but just be aware of their policies. If you look through the search results, you can find plenty of listings for both new and used drivers.
eBay is great because you’re completely protected by their Money Back Guarantee.
- long (especially after optimal launch is dialed in)
- features the classic look/sound/feel that we have come to know and love from Titleist
- forgiveness is superb and improved over the previous model
- workability is surprisingly good given its game-improvement qualities
- not everyone will like the Titleist profile
- general results (particularly distance) can be disappointing if your configuration isn’t a good fit for you
In the past, Titleist recommended a thorough fitting in order to unlock the full potential of the Titleist 913D2 driver, but this might not be possible now considering the age of the driver.
Even without a fitting, you can still be successful, especially if you properly take advantage of the built-in adjustability.
Whether you’re a low, mid or high handicap, the 913D2 is a great all-around performer that you should consider putting in your bag.
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