Titleist 909D3 – Did Titleist Finally Get It Right?

I had the “opportunity” to test out the new tour issue Titleist 909 D3 in August before the retail addition hit the streets. It was shafted up with a Diamana Whiteboard X flex 73 gram shaft. My first impression was that it looked quite sharp, classic Titleist muted colors which I love and a very nice shape. It also sounded ok, not too tinny and loud and not too muted, but certainly not my favorite club. How did it perform?

It felt like I was hitting a marshmallow with a twig. The ball felt dead leaving the face and spun like a wedge. It had been a while since I had hit anything other than a Matrix Shaft or Nakashima head, and this quickly reminded me why I switched! The clubhead felt like it would just never catch up and square up, it felt loose and inconsistent. After having just played and driven the ball fantastic¬†while beating Adrian Wadey at his home course of Glenwild in Park City, Utah, I was shocked to see all three shots I hit with the Titleist fly wide right of the target with far too much spin. Did I mention the clubhead felt completely dead? The Nakashima heads produce unreal ball speeds as you guys have seen from our test data, and I felt like I was going back to persimmon with the Titleist 909D3. Once again, the OEM’s lose out on this deal and have missed the mark – wide right and by a mile.