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The Titleist 915H hybrid combines Titleist’s traditional good looks with more technology than we’ve seen in their previous metal woods. Solid performance, but probably best left to above average players.
While other OEMs trample each other to constantly have the newest product on the shelves, Titleist has stuck to the old school, two year product cycles. This virtually guarantees that each new line will bring legitimate advancements to the product. With the 915 line, Titleist is adopting the slots that are becoming ubiquitous in the industry. Will this addition make their clubs more playable for the masses or are these still best suited to the better players?
Titleist almost never disappoints when it comes to looks – the 915H hybrid is easily one of the best looking hybrids available. The crown is a traditional gloss black that is free of alignment aids. The shape is slightly asymmetrical, and the footprint is very modest. It’s just big enough to keep it out of the “tiny hybrid” category. All in all, better players, and those that want to be, will love the look of this club.
Sound & Feel
The feel of the 915H hybrid takes me back to Titleist clubs of the past, though that may not be a good thing for some players. The sound is click-y and fairly quiet, but it doesn’t feel like the face is as hot as other hybrids. That’s not to say that the ball speed is poor, it just doesn’t feel fast.
The feedback on this club is excellent, as you’d expect from a club geared towards better players. The feel gets very hard when you move away from the sweet spot, providing a clear signal to make a better swing next time.
The big performance upgrade in this club is the “Active Recoil Channel” in the sole. You can see it in the pictures above that this is not a paper cut – it’s a deep, wide slot. Titleist claims that it helps the club to deliver higher ball speed and lower spin.
While the slot does seem to help thin shots, this is still not a hybrid for the high handicap player. Compared to other current hybrids, the 915H loses a lot of ball speed on mishits which translates to shots that fall well short of their target. This club is also higher launching and higher spinning than some other hybrids, which may be desirable traits for accomplished players, but not for recreational golfers. Finally, the 915H is as much as 20 yards shorter than other current hybrids at the same loft. Again, better players may not care, but average golfers likely will.
One strong point in favor of the 915H hybrid is the wide variety of shaft options. At no up charge, you can pick one of four different Mitsubishi Diamana shafts or the Aldila Rogue. These shafts cover a wide range of feels, ball flights, and weights, so every golfer who buys one of these clubs should take advantage of being fit for their best shaft.
While I personally like the Titleist 915H hybrid, I don’t think it will be a great choice for the majority of golfers. In terms of looks and feel, this club takes a backseat to no one, but the lack of forgiveness and distance should cause recreational players to look elsewhere.