Titleist 917F2 Fairway Wood Review

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On this page you’ll find our detailed Titleist 917F2 Fairway Wood Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other fairway woods we have recently reviewed.

Sometimes the challenge with multiple releases can be to clearly differentiate the properties and virtues of each club within the range. After all, the last thing you’d want is too much overlap, rendering one or the other(s) redundant.

But, absolute perfection in every category is often elusive with fairway woods, and, as you’ll see below, the 917F2 is no exception – even if the drawbacks are largely minor.

We reviewed the Titleist 917 F2 Fairway Wood as part of our Best Fairway Woods Review.

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Titleist seemed to nip this in the bud when they released the 917F2 and F3 fairway woods, with the F2 – the focal point of this review – sporting a bigger clubhead and a more distinguished pear shape. But what of the performance? In truth, we were actually really, really impressed.

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Our Assessment

8.8 Total Score
Great (B+)

The F2 woods have plenty to offer. The fullish shape of the clubhead, combined with easy, high launch makes it a suitable metal both off the tee and on the deck. It also does an excellent job of instilling weight-based versatilities for things like CG and fade/draw bias, while still retaining good balance across the various settings. Higher handicappers will be charmed by improved user friendliness compared with some of its predecessors too. Yet while it is difficult to criticize anything about the F2, there was nothing to really set our lives on fire either; nothing especially memorable. And it doesn’t come cheap either.

Build Quality
9.5
Control & Performance
9
Design & Appearance
8.5
Value for Money
8
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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Elastomer-filled ARC reduces spin and gives distance a big boost
  • World-class adjustability and versatility
  • Excellent, soft feel across the whole clubface
  • Arguably the most forgiving Titleist fairway wood to date

CONS:
  • Titleist prices for Titleist clubs. This one seems particularly costly though
  • By their high standards, not the best-looking wood they’ve ever produced

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Titleist 917 F2

Titleist 917F2 woods have plenty to offer. The fullish shape of the clubhead, combined with easy, high launch makes it a suitable metal both off the tee and on the deck.

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Detailed Review

Build Quality

In some respects, Titleist haven’t actually delivered anything new with regard to features. But what they have done is noticeably improve the already impressive. The Active Recoil Channel (ARC), which sits behind the clubface, is a prime example of this. This area was previously hollow in the 915 woods, but has now been filled with elastomer, making it both conforming and enhanced in terms of flex and ballspeed at impact. The filler also prevents dirt getting in there, which is a handy bonus.

The ARC works nicely in tandem with the variable thickness face insert (Radial Speed Face 2.0, as it’s been coined) to really maximize ball speed. It’s thicker in the center, and thinner around the edges and this really reflects well in the distance and forgiveness columns.

The SureFit CG is what sets this club apart though. This package includes a 14g (customizable – also comes in 10, 12, 16 or 18g if you purchase separately) weight cartridge inserted into the head, and a draw-fade weight, also at 14g.

Shifting and swapping these to your heart’s content is as easy as swivelling the torque wrench, and when you throw the 16-position, SureFit adjustable hosel for loft and lie into the equation, it’s safe to say that a world of versatility is very much at your feet. Or fingertips. Whichever metaphor you prefer.

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Control & Performance

Distance, forgiveness, consistency and all-round balanced performance are what Titleist set out their stall for with the 917F2, and they’ve pretty much got it spot on. Our MOI figures made for positive reading, and Titleist’s theory that you can expect 3-7 yards more carry was pretty much in line with our distances when a direct comparison was made to the 915s. The significant upgrade is in terms of forgiveness though, and off-center hits are the biggest winners in terms of hang-time and consistency.

The fabled higher launch is appreciable, without being dramatic. What interested us far more is the ability to really hone in on an optimal trajectory thanks to the CG adjustability. We couldn’t help but be impressed – not just with the array of options in terms of weight adjustability, but also with the level of balance that was maintained across the board.

Believe me, we tried a ton of combinations, and yet felt in control the whole time. These woods are as easy to hit off the tee as they are off the fairway too, and that’s unequivocally a good thing.

In terms of sound and feel, we really liked it. It makes for a soft, but solid sensation at impact, and you really get every ounce of feedback needed to make whatever assessments you desire. Some may describe it as a dull sound, especially those with a preference for more explosive thumps. It’s a subjective matter I suppose, but we couldn’t fault it.

Titleist 917F2

The F2 woods have plenty to offer. The fullish shape of the clubhead, combined with easy, high launch makes it a suitable metal both off the tee and on the deck

Design & Appearance

Obviously the first striking element of the 917F2 is its size. With a cranium of 179cc, it’s considerably bigger than the F3 – not to mention both shallower and fuller in shape, if that makes sense? Certainly at address, it looks a big unit, and leaves a sizeable footprint. It rather underpins the efforts to reach out more to a certain type of player. Some will think it cumbersome though, there’s no getting away from that.

The other obvious deviation from previous models is the color. It’s been termed ‘Liquid Slate’ by the boys (and girls) at Titleist, which is lofty jargon for what is essentially a crown with a more silver/greyish tinge – albeit a gleaming, shiny one. For brand fanatics with an affiliation with the classic, silvery woods of years gone by, it will be a very pleasant throwback. For those who’ve grown accustomed to the black finish of the more recent models, it may be seen as sacrilege.

We were a little bit on the fence. Either way, these are still good-looking woods (and we like the old-school sockless head covers). Yet by Titleist’s standards, it certainly isn’t anything which moves the tectonic plates.

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Value for Money

We put ourselves in the mindset of both low-handicap and then ‘social’ golfers when assessing price and value of the Titleist 917 F2, and we struggled to get too excited in either scenario. Don’t get us wrong – this is a high-quality set of woods, with the sort of performance that will appeal to many better players.

And conversely, you can see that Titleist have extended the olive branch to higher-handicap players too, with vastly improved levels of forgiveness, consistency and even distance.

But in both cases, the burning question was: do you really need to pay $350 a pop to take advantage of these benefits? We just weren’t able to muster the gusto to give a resounding yes.

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Titleist 917F2 Fairway Wood Review

A closer look at each of the 917 Fairway Metals and 917 Drivers

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Key Facts

Product Details Titleist 917F2 Fairway Wood Review
Launch RRP $350
Gender Men’s
Handicap Range Low – High
Hand Availability Right & Left
Lofts Right & Left Hand (RH only for 13.5° & 21.0° only)
Lie 56.5° – 57.5°
Length 43.00″, 43.00″, 43.00″, 42.50” and 42.00″
Shaft Graphite – Aldila / Fujikura / Mitsubishi
Grip Golf Pride
Manufacturers Website Titleist

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Last update was on: July 20, 2017 10:07 am

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