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Titleist 913 Fairways and Hybrids Review
04 Nov 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

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Watch an amateurgolf.com interview with Brett Porath, Titleist Director of Golf Club FittingThe great thing about technological advances as they pertain to the game of golf is that with every new design, the quality of product and the positive impact it has on the consumer's game only improves.

That much is evident in Titleist's 913 fairway woods and hybrids.

The 913 fairways and hybrids, like the 913 driver released late last year are a new --- and improved --- take on the successful 910 models released in 2010. With the advances Titleist's Research and Development team has made in the new 913 woods and hybrids, it appears a lot has changed in the last three years.

“Golfers are always looking for more distance and control in their long game, but they also need versatility,” said Steve Pelisek, General Manager, Titleist Golf Clubs. “The 913 fairways and hybrids not only deliver better performance, they provide serious golfers with more options to dial-in their set composition to fit their long game strategy and the way they play the game.”

Upon release in November, amateurgolf.com's Pete Wlodkowski took a deep look at Titleist's 913 Driver, which you can read here. Now, let's take a similar look at the 913 Fairways and Hybrids:

TECH AND SPECS

Titleist's main boast with the new 913F and 913H models is increased distance through improved launch conditions --- indeed, a growing trend in the equipment industry.

The 913 fairway woods and hybrids feature a much lower center of gravity than the 910 models, leading towards more distance thanks to reduced spin. The lower center of gravity, of course, also helps with stability and forgiveness on each swing.

To achieve the new center of gravity, Titleist made changes to the head designs and the SureFit Tour hosel structure, according to a recent Team Titleist press release. The changes allow for more weight to be redistributed lower in the club head.

“In combination with a new flat SureFit Tour weight, this allowed us to really move our CGs to new performance thresholds and obtain improved distance potential,” said Dan Stone, Vice President of Research and Development, Titleist Golf Clubs.

According to Titleist's official press release, engineers utilized a new casting and polishing process to produce an ultra-thin crown, with a lower, flatter sole profile similar to the new 913 drivers. The 913 hybrids were refined with a sleeker, tour- inspired design. For both the 913 fairways and hybrids, Titleist R&D created a leaner SureFit Tour hosel with a lower hosel height and tapered sleeve, which benefits CG position as well as the appearance at address. The new SureFit Tour weight on the sole further optimizes the CG for speed and forgiveness. The weight has a new, flat geometry with a screw that holds the weight in place but does not extend up into the driver head, contributing to a lower overall CG.

Respectively, the 913 fairway woods and hybrids also feature distinctive designs.

Titleist's 2013 line of fairway woods include the 913F and the 913F.d Low Spin. The chief difference between the two is a lower center of gravity in the 913F.d model. The Low Spin models also have a different weighting allowing for less spin on launch.

According to Titleist, the 913F is a high performance, classic pear shaped metal wood that delivers its distance thanks to low and deep weighting for all-around performance either off the turf or off the tee.

The 913F.d Low Spin, on the other hand, is a high performance, larger full pear shaped fairway that delivers distance with lower spin (measurements from Titleist player testing indicate about 200 rpm less than 913F) from low and forward weighting for a more penetrating flight.

The science behind the new 913H and 913H.d hybrids is similar. As with the fairways, both hybrid models were redesigned with a lower center of gravity to add distance.

The 913H was developed with a 'tour- inspired' shape, a softer toe and 'sleeker' heel. All of that, of course, leads towards improved ground contact, appearance, playability and forgiveness.

The 913H.d plays more like the 913F.d --- providing distance thanks to lower spin and optimized weighting in the clubhead.

All 913F and 913H models are equipped with Titleist's patented SureFit Tour adjustable hosel, which allows golfers to set the loft, lie and bias of the clubhead to their specific swings.

“We call it ‘Tour Van-in a hosel’ because that was our inspiration for designing SureFit Tour in that it provides all the power of a tour van – the ability to bend for loft and lie, and interchange shafts – right on the tee at the point of fitting,” Stone said.

Titleist's SureFit technology is present in all 913 models and, according to Titleist, the dual angle SureFit Tour hosel features a sleeve and ring, each with four settings. The sleeve settings are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 and the ring settings are lettered A, B, C, D. In total there are 16 settings, each creating a unique loft and lie combination.

CUSTOMIZATION OPTIONS

The 913’s high performance stock shaft matrix features four tour-proven options, including three high-performance aftermarket shafts (one from Aldila and two from Mitsubishi) to fit a wide range of players and swing speeds.

The stock fairway lineup includes the Aldila RIP Phenom 80 shaft, the Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 82 and Mitsubishi S+ Blue 72, along with the Titleist Bassara W 55 (S,R,A) and 45 (L) by Mitsubishi.

The stock hybrid lineup includes the Aldila RIP Phenom 80 HYB, the Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 92 HY, the Diamana S+ Blue 82 HY (S) and 72 HY (R), as well as the Titleist Bassara W 60 HYB (S,R,A) and 50 HYB (L) by Mitsubishi.

In addition, Titleist offers an industry- leading number of custom shaft choices, which can be viewed here.
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