Titleist is out to prove itself with the Titleist 910D2 driver. A few
years ago, Titleist brought out its stellar 905 series drivers.
Although 905s quickly became a favorite with professionals and low
handicap amateurs, the later Titleist 907 series was (in my opinion) a
dismal failure. And, the Titleist 909 series drivers that followed the
907s were better clubs, but they still failed to make their way into
professionals' bags or win any popularity contests. So, Titleist hopes
that the Titleist 910D2 driver will help the company reclaim its
position among the world's best driver manufacturers and help people
forget about the failings of the 907 series.
Titleist drivers have primarily been known as "player's drivers" - elite clubs that are much more suitable for professionals and highly skilled amateurs than for mid- or high-handicap players. This driver is intended to be a much more forgiving club than its predecessors.
It has a black, pear-shaped titanium head that should appeal to most traditionalists. But, despite its traditional appearance, the club is the company's first adjustable model.
Titleist's "SureFitTM Tour" adjustable hosel technology improves on most other driver adjustment systems: it allows the player to adjust the club's loft and lie independently of each other in 16 different combinations. In other words, with the Titleist 910D2 driver you can use the included torque wrench to adjust the loft to alter your ball trajectory without affecting whether the ball flies to the left, right or center. The driver lets you get the trajectory you want without forcing yourself to promote a draw or a fade. Or, you can set the lie angle (and therefore the face angle) to be neutral or up to 1.5 degrees open or closed without affecting the trajectory. The standard setting is 0.5 degrees open.
There's also an optional weight kit which lets you exchange removable weights in the sole for fine tuning the club's swing weight. I didn't have access to the weight kit so I can't tell you how well it works.
Titleist claims that the face of this technologically advanced 460cc driver has a sweet spot that's 15% larger than its predecessor, in theory making long bombs possible even on slightly off-center hits. I tested a 10.5-degree Titleist 910D2 driver with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Kai'Li regular flex graphite shaft to find out if the company's claims for all this technology are true. 8.5- and 9.5-degree lofts are also available, as are several other shaft options.
I learned that when I adjusted the club's loft, the change in trajectory was obvious. When I adjusted the lie, however, the left/right change in ball flight was less dramatic than with some other adjustable drivers I've tried. So, the Titleist 910D2 driver won't cure a horrible slice, but it can give you a nice little draw or fade if your natural shot is straight.
Despite its now-shorter-than-normal 45" shaft length (46" seems to be the new "standard" length), distance was not an issue with the Titleist 910D2 driver. The variable-thickness face felt "hot" and the ball flew at least as long as my current driver, possibly a bit longer. Accuracy was also a strong point with the face set to 0.5 degrees open (the standard setting), but I have a slight natural draw. That particular setting (or any other open setting) could pose problems for people who slice. Fortunately, those folks can simply adjust the club's lie angle to one of the closed positions.
Although the Titleist 910D2 driver is more forgiving than the company's previous drivers, it won't give you a great drive if you completely miss the sweet spot. Slight mishits weren't overly penalized but terrible hits stayed terrible.
The Bottom Line: Titleist drivers have always had the reputation of being suitable for "better" players - clubs that higher handicap players would have a hard time handling. The Titleist 910D2 driver could change that perception, at least enough so that it's not automatically disregarded as a choice for average players. Its looks, distance and accuracy are spot-on. It even seemed a bit more forgiving than I would have expected from a Titleist driver. It's a solid "player's driver" for accomplished players, but it's long enough, straight enough and forgiving enough to also help higher handicap golfers keep the ball in play. It could be a good choice for low- to mid-handicaps looking for an adjustable driver.