Seeing new Titleist equipment for the first time is always special, but never more so than when we arrived at their national fitting centre in St Ives recently to find a pile of pristine boxes containing the new 913 hybrids tucked away at the far end. Even the fitters had yet to see them – so they were just as excited as we were.
“It’s a progressive design,” says Steve Pelisek, Titleist’s general manager. “We’re trying to make a set of clubs that work together. A lot of players have two hybrids and they are that difficult transition from metal woods to irons. “We have tried to build that transition into the clubs – a 17˚ plays a little different from a 24˚. Actually pretty different clubs.
“We’re trying to make a set of clubs that work together." – Steve Pelisek
“We moved the CG as far back as we could in the 17 and 19 to make them play a bit more like a metal wood.
“With the 24 and 27 we can move the CG a little forward and cut some of the speed out.”
I much prefer the new head shape compared to the 910. It looks more compact at address – Pelisek decribes it well in saying it has a “slimmer waistline in look”. To me, it looks like a hybrid that will give a penetrating flight and not want to turn over – which is exactly what I want. It’s early days, but it could be the start of something special between us.
Key facts and figures
Available: February 8
Lofts: 17, 19, 21, 24 & 27˚
• Read about the new Titleist 913F and F.d fairway woods here