April 3rd, 2013 by Matt Keller
Titleist released the 913 driver to replace the previous Titleist 910. The 913 features two models, the D2 and D3. The 913 D2 features a 460 cc clubhead while the 913 D3 features a smaller 445 cc clubhead design. The glossy black finish and its pear shape look sharp on both models. The 913 also features a new sole plate design with all-black finish with red and silver trim.
Similar to the 910 D3, Titleist continues with its SureFit technology, which allows you to alter the lie and loft. The removable pentagon shape rear weight is larger than the previous circular weight on the 910 models. Control the weight and shot trajectory by altering the removable weight. The Titleist Tour Velvet 360 degree rubber grip is the standard grip available with the 913 D2 driver.
Titleist D2 Driver Performance
I tested the Titleist 913 D2 in a 9.5 degree loft with a stiff Aldila α Rip 60 stock shaft. All shots were hit in the A-1 SureFit position and standard weight. The D2 is very easy to play and favors a slight draw bias. Generally the D2 is extremely forgiving and delivers a straight ball flight with a mid-to-high ball trajectory. The 913 D2, matched with the Aldila α Rip 60, delivered a very solid carry distance. My normal shot pattern is straight or a slight fade; therefore, I was surprised to hit a shot pattern that was a straight to slight draw. The D2 is forgiving and easy to hit; however, it still offers the ability to work the ball. Most players will probably enjoy the ability to keep the ball on fairway with the 913 D2.
Available Stock Shafts for Titleist 913 D2
All stock shafts were tested with a stiff shaft and a Titleist 913 D2 driver in the standard A-1 SureFit position and standard weight.
Aldila RIP Phenom 70
The specs of the Aldila RIP Phenom 70 feature a 74 gram weight and 3.2 degrees torque. The Aldila RIP Phenom is designed to deliver a low-to-mid ball flight. It did not disappoint. In fact, ball trajectory was more on the low side. With the low ball flight, carry distance was average at best. However, ball flight was generally straight, probably correlating to the forgiveness of the 913 D2 clubhead. The Aldila RIP Phenom 70 shaft is gaining in popularity, with many tour professionals switching to it, most notably Ian Poulter and Fredrik Jacobsen. Based on my results, the Aldila RIP Phenom 70 is not the best match for my swing; however, it should be a good match for someone who sprays the ball and is searching for a lower ball flight.
Diamana S+ Blue 62
The Diamana S+ Blue 62 is 64 grams with 4.5 degrees of torque. The Diamana Blue is designed to deliver a mid-ball flight. I enjoyed some of the best results with the Diamana Blue. The Diamana Blue and Aldila α Rip 60 performed almost identical and both produced a high ball flight combined with the best carry distance. While it was not as straight as the Aldila RIP Phenom or Diamana D+ White 72, it was much longer with a high ball flight.
Diamana D+ White 72
Unlike the name suggests, the Diamana D+ White 72 shaft is black shaft. It features a heavier weight with 74 grams and 3.3 degrees of torque designed to deliver a low ball flight. The results were very similar to the Aldila RIP Phenom 70. The Diamana D+ White 72 delivered a low and very straight shot. Shots were like a knuckleball coming off the clubface. Since the launch is low, the carry distance was significantly less than some of the other stock shaft options. The club should perform for someone looking to hit a lower ball flight.
Titleist Bassara W 50
The stock Titleist Bassara W 50 shaft is the lightest shaft at 51 grams and highest torque with 5.2 degrees. The Bassara is designed to produce a high ball flight. The Bassara stands out from the others shafts with a bright red color scheme. Performance is very solid with a mid-to-high trajectory. Ball flight is very straight, long and is one of the top performers among the stock shaft options.
Titleist Bassara W 40
Titleist did not forget about the women. The Titleist Bassara W 40 is specifically designed for women. It is only available in a ladies flex. The Bassara W 40 is a 45 gram shaft with 7.1 degrees of torque. This is the only shaft I did not test, however, the Bassara W 40 is engineered to produce a high ball flight.
Titleist D3 Driver Performance
I tested the Titleist 913 D3 in a 9.5 degree loft with a stiff Aldila α Rip 60 stock shaft. All shots were hit in the A-1 SureFit position and standard rear weight. The Aldila α Rip 60 features a 63 gram shaft and 2.9 degrees of torque designed to produce a low-to-mid ball flight. The D3 is designed for the player who prefers the ability to work the ball. Overall, the D3 is perfect for the player who wants a lower ball flight. Most shots with the D3 club head produced a low-or-mid trajectory.
The Aldila α Rip 60 produced a mid-ball flight with the 913 D3 driver head. In addition, the workability in the D3 is apparent. The 913 D3 does not offer the forgiveness of the D2. It is much easier to spray the ball left or right. Many of the misses with the D3 were low and left with a right-to-left ball flight. Personally, I found the D2 produces a higher trajectory, more forgiveness and longer carry distance than the D3. However, some will enjoy the ability to work the ball and prefer the D3.
Available Stock Shafts for Titleist 913 D3
All stock shafts were tested with a stiff shaft and a Titleist 913 D3 driver in the standard A-1 SureFit position. The D3 was tested with the standard rear weight. The Titleist Bassara W 40 and Bassara W 50 are not listed as an available stock shaft in the Titleist 913 D3 driver.
Aldila RIP Phenom 70
The Aldila RIP Phenom weighs 74 grams with 3.2 degrees of torque. The Aldila RIP Phenom 70 stock shaft is designed to produce low-to-mid ball flight. Combined with the 913 D3 clubhead, ball flight was extremely low and straight. However, the Aldila RIP Phenom 70 shaft felt like there was no kick at impact. Carry distance was poor but at least the ball stayed in the short grass. Similar to the 913 D2, the D3 with the Aldila RIP Phenom 70 is not a great match for my swing characteristics.
Diamana S+ Blue 62
The Diamana S+ Blue 62 is 64 grams with a 4.5 degree torque. The Diamana Blue is designed to deliver a mid-ball flight. Testing the 913 D3 with the Diamana Blue resulted in a low-to-mid ball flight. Similar to the Aldila RIP Phenom, the majority of shots were straight. However, the Diamana Blue produced better distance than the Aldila RIP Phenom.
Diamana D+ White 72
The Diamana D+ White 72 shaft features a 74 gram shaft with 3.3 degree torque. The Diamana D+ White 72 is designed to produce a low ball flight. Consequently, most shots were a low-to-mid trajectory. Personally, I struggled with consistency with the Diamana D+ White 72 combination. Again, misses were left and low while good shots were straight with a low or mid ball flight. Carry distance was average with the Diamana D+ White 72 stock shaft.
Both models feel balanced at address and throughout the swing. Impact with the Titleist 913 D2 and D3 produces a crisp and muted sound. Both feel firm at impact on sweet shots or off center hits. Off center hits still feel solid with very little unwanted vibrations. The removable weight allows you to personalize the weight of the clubhead. Adjust the swing weight by purchasing individual weights. The SureFit Tour Weight Kit includes 4, 7, 9, 11 and 14 gram interchangeable weights.
The Titleist 913 D2 offers a clean look and easy-to-hit driver. With 6 stock shafts, it should be easy to find a match for your swing. Overall, the D2 is forgiving, long, and a great option for the upcoming season. The Titleist 913 D2 retails for $399.99.
The Titleist 913 D3 offers a smaller clubhead design and great look at address. In addition, the 913 D3 gives you the ability to work the ball. The Titleist 913 D3 is ideal for players who struggle with a high launch and ball flight. The D3 only offers 4 stock shafts, but it should be easy to find the best match for your swing. The Titleist 913 D2 retails for $399.99.
Both versions of the new Titleist 913 driver offer significant upgrades. Many players will prefer the simplicity and forgiveness the D2 offers. Personally, I found the most consistent results with the 913 D2. However, other players will gravitate toward the D3 and its ability to work the ball and produce a lower trajectory.