On this page you’ll find our detailed Titleist 917D2 Driver Review, the pros and cons, and an overall assessment of the driver. If you already own the Titleist 917D2 Driver please leave your review in the customer review box at the end of this article.
Is the cost of golf simply becoming too prohibitive?
Don’t get me wrong, the quality you associate with certain brands exists for a reason. And the reputation Titleist have developed for years and years means that they, out of all of them, command big bucks for a reason. But when you’re paying over $500 at shelf price for a single club, it does make you sit up and take notice.
This was the sceptical frame of mind in which I – a lifelong Taylormade man – approached this review, especially having been previously underwhelmed by the 915 set of drivers.
But my stance softened almost immediately as I started whacking a few goons at the range with the D2.
There are two chief models within the 917 range, with the D2 (460cc’s) being the D3’s (440 cc’s) bigger brother. The obvious comparison thus is with its predecessor: the 915 D2.
The difference is immediately stark, with the 917 D2 sporting both a lighter shade, and a more pear-shaped head than its 915 counterpart.
But what else is there to this new Titleist gem, and did it translate into improved performance on the course? I thought it certainly did. So much so that the price tag almost became a distant memory. Almost.
Titleist 917D2 Driver
The 917D2 has a new look about it that may not win everyone over. But the deeper-set centre of gravity adds to the noticeable enhancement in forgiveness when compared to the 915D2. The new cutting-edge weight cylinder (referred to as the SureFit CG adjustable weight) within the sole, which can be adjusted so as to optimize trajectory, direction, shape and alignment at impact, is a fine addition to the pre-existing Surefit Hosel for loft and lie settings. This club has a lot going for it – not least of all some awesome smash and extra distance - but it is all underpinned by this unprecedented, high-level customization from the SureFit combo which allows you to tailor it so that it suits you perfectly. For this reason, we think they will sell a lot of these drivers to a broad cross-section of players – in spite of the price.
Pros and Cons
- The high degree of customization from the SureFit CG is by far it’s biggest drawcard
- Undoubtedly yields a few extra yards
- Larger profile means it’s a very forgiving club, and makes a decidedly agreeable sound at impact
- Comes in a variety of sizes and loft angles
- It’s expensive! No getting around that
- We all agreed we weren’t crazy about the square-ish shaped clubhead. Or the colour
|Product Details||Titleist 917D2 Driver Review|
|Handicap Range||Low to High|
|Hand Availability||Right and Left|
|Right Handed Lofts||8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°|
|Left Handed Lofts||8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°|
|Club Length||44.00″ (Women’s) & 45.00″|
|Shaft Type and Name||Aldila Rogue Max 65, Fujikura Speeder Pro TS 74, Mitsubishi Diamana (White 70; Blue 60; Red 50 and Red 40)|
|Grip||Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360|
Insight to the Titleist 917D2 driver and the entire 917 family – Video length 01:09
Titleist 917D2 Driver Review
Ultimate Distance and Forgiveness
Titleist 917D2 Driver Detailed Review
We have to start with the SureFit CG adjustable weight before we talk about anything else really. The brains trust over at Titleist put no fewer than five years into researching the technology and materials behind this, and they’ve got it bang on.
They aren’t exactly the first to pioneer movable weights, but the science behind this particular weight is novel to the Titleist bloodline.
The ‘adjustable’ comes in the form of a cylinder, ranging from 0.02lbs to 0.04 lbs (8g to 16g) which is made of composites, in collaboration with either steel or tungsten.
You unscrew the cover, and then from there you use the weights to manipulate the CG forwards or backwards.
Once you have the weight sorted, you then have a neutral weight and a draw/fade weight which can be inserted separately. The latter has a heavy end, so you simply put this on the toe if you’re after a fade, or towards the heel if you want a draw.
All of this, coupled with the now-established SureFit Hosel (with 16 independent loft and lie settings), means the ultimate in adjustability and customization.
Control & Performance
What does all this adjustability mean in terms of results? A lot, in truth. When it comes to manoeuvring trajectory, well, the logic of the weighting system is fairly self explanatory.
But what the Surefit GC also does is optimize both the launch and spin.
This works nicely in tandem with the Radial Speed Face 2.0, which in turn is tuned by the Active Recoil Channel 2.0, to deliver superior off-centre ball speeds and a higher MOI.
In layman’s terms, this simply equates to greater forgiveness, and, as you’ll see when you test it, more distance.
To cap it all off, the sound at impact is far superior to that of the formerly high-pitched 915, and it does have a rather pleasing smash factor that will leave you very satisfied as you watch your ball hurtle down the fairway.
Design & Appearance
Titleist have always prided themselves on producing goods which look the part, but I’m not sure they’ve got it nailed down here. The ‘Liquid Slate’ colour is a distinct deviation from the trademark black, and we didn’t love it. You get used to it after a while though. And it is shiny!
The clubhead is also subtly set squarer in shape than the 915. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it reminds me of some of Callaway models we’ve seen, but I’m not 100% sure it’s in keeping with the Titleist brand.
Nevertheless, it’s only because its predecessors are such a thing of beauty that we are being so harsh on the 917 D2.
Whether you’re looking at it from above, or staring into the eyes of the Radial Speed Face, it’s impossible not to be filled with confidence as you hold this club in your hands.
Value for Money
It is good to see the price dipping its toe below the $500 mark from certain sellers. But realistically you are likely to be looking at north of this figure, all things considered. And that is a lot of money for a solitary golf club, no matter which way you cut it.
We’d also caution that while the Titleist 917D2 is marketed as being geared for low to high handicaps, low to “medium-high” might be a bit more accurate.
But if you do fall within that range, there is so much to like about this club, and you will almost certainly be able to customize it – free of extra charge – such that you’re very happy with it. And as your swing evolves, so this club can evolve with you.
This is a friend for life, and for that reason, this could well be the best $500 you’ve ever spent.