On this page you’ll find our detailed Titleist 816H2 Hybrid Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other hybrids we have recently reviewed.
Evolution, not revolution. That’s always been my opinion on new releases from Titleist, generally speaking. When you have a brand reputation as well entrenched as theirs, and tried-and-tested products across the board, then reinventing the wheel doesn’t make a lot of sense.
It seemed in line with my initial musings when sampling the 816 hybrids too. The 915 hybrid, launched a year previously, was a pretty hard act to follow, given that it has been billed by many as Titleist biggest success within the hybrid category to date. They have covered themselves pretty well by launching both the H1 and H2 within the 816 range – the former geared more towards game improvement, and the latter targeted at better players.
But is the H2, which is the core focus of this particular review, a groundbreaking head-turner of a hybrid in its own right? To be honest, by the end of a grueling morning of testing, the jury was still out…
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Titleist 816H2 Hybrid
The 816H2 sports some excellent features, with a tremendous variety of loft options and the use of Active Recoil Channel, which creates an efficient turf interaction. There is also plenty of distance on offer, which Titleist attribute largely to the Ultra Thin Face design. It is clearly aimed at better players, and ticks a lot of boxes. But there are no standout qualities as such; nothing which especially catches the eye, and for this reason, we’d stop short of singing from the rooftops about it.
Pros and Cons
- Active Recoil Channel and relieved leading edge create a smooth interaction with the turf
- Plenty of distance at your disposal
- Surprisingly forgiving for a smaller hybrid. Good feedback too
- Four loft options, coupled with SureFit adjustability, means there’s plenty of versatility
- Doesn’t come too cheap at $250 a pop
- Not a big fan of the grey-ish crown
|Product Details||Titleist 816H2 Hybrid Review|
|Gender||Men’s & Ladies|
|Handicap Range||Low – Mid|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left Hand|
|Lofts||19°; 21°; 23°; 25°|
|Length||40.50” – 39.00”|
|Shaft Type and Name||MRC Diamana / Adila Rogue|
|Grip||Titleist Tour Velvet|
Video Length – 01:42
Titleist 816H2 Hybrid Review
Closer look at the 816H2 Hybrid and players thoughts
Titleist 816H2 Hybrid Detailed Review
There are a few defining features in the H2, and they’re all impressive. The Active Recoil Channel (ARC) isn’t necessarily new, but it does an excellent job by enhancing turf interaction, which in turn yields favorable playability, and, ultimately, consistent distance.
It’s well complemented by the so-called Ultra Thin Face, which gives MOI a boost, and, via some flex at impact and reduced spin, widens the sweet spot. As a result, we’d say this is one of the leading hybrids we’ve sampled in terms of distance.
The other important thing to note is the SureFit adjustability, which is located on the hosel of each hybrid.
Both loft and lie are independently adjustable, and tweaking it is very easy. And when you consider that there are four loft options available, there is physically no way that you can’t tailor it to suit your needs, and plug every yardage gap.
Then there is the impressive array of shaft options too. No wonder they call it Precision Fit.
Control & Performance
Testing the H1 and H2 side by side, you could really appreciate the difference in a number of ways, and one of them was trajectory.
The level of loft adjustability notwithstanding, the H2 boasted significantly more penetrating ball flights. It has a relatively low launch, and we’d say it offers reasonable levels of forgiveness.
But it is still very playable and, despite the offset (see below), this hybrid by no means feels like a ‘hooker’ in its natural state.
In terms of output, there was more than enough distance to flatter the old ego, and there is a good bit of zing off the clubface. We also found relative consistency with varied strikes – albeit less so than some other hybrids in the game. Credit to the ARC though: it’s a good feature and this hybrid cuts through most terrain pretty effortlessly.
Design & Appearance
Another vast difference with the H1 is the size of the clubhead. The H2 is considerably smaller and geared towards those with a steeper swing angle on such shots (ie: iron style). As such, it will grab the attention of better players right off the bat. It also has the hint of pear-shapedness which I’m a fan of, although it is quite long from front to back.
The silver/grey crown is a deviation from the classic black finish, and I personally am not sold on it.
Perhaps I’m too much of a traditionalist, but it just doesn’t quite suit the eye in the same way, and gives it a look and feel of being bulkier than it really is.
There is a fair degree of offset in the hosel too, although around 2.5mm less than the H1. Nothing too much to report with respect to the sole, other than the ARC, and a beveling leading edge to keep you from accumulating turf within.
All in all, a decent-looking club, but not the most stylish ever produced by this cutting-edge brand.
Value for Money
A brand name like Titleist always commands a substantial price, and the 816 H2 hybrids aren’t really any different in this respect. $250 per hybrid is by no means extortionate, but it certainly pushes the upper reaches of this market niche.
There are a lot of good things about this hybrid – excellent features and ample versatility to name a couple. And as with any Titleist club, it doesn’t look too shabby either.
But at the end of the day, we just felt that, while this particular set does plenty of things well, there is nothing especially prolific about it, and we are thus a bit lukewarm about the value on offer.