My Thoughts on Titleist 905R Driver

Published: 24th February 2011
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Late last year, PGA Tour pros began playing the rumored "905R" in significant numbers. Ernie Els and Adam Scott were playing the driver as early as one year ago, and "spy shots" were showing up on Internet forums. Speculation ran rampant, as it is wont to do, and the public was interested, to say the least.

Until earlier this year, I was one of those 905S users. I had a chance to give the 905R a spin, and here are my thoughts. Like the previous 905 models, the 905R Driver incorporates a variety of materials. The main portion of the head is 6-4 titanium. A lightweight aluminum hosel tube guides the shaft through the clubface in a traditional bore-through design, but also saves weight.

I'm a fairly traditional golfer, and Titleist is arguably the most traditional of the larger golf companies. Golfers from any decade in the 1900s would likely feel at ease looking down at a Titleist club. The center of gravity (CG) has also moved further back from the face than in the T, resulting in slightly more spin and a more stable, higher launch. Some of that CG movement came from moving the acoustic sole plug, a multi-material plug that, in the S and T, is located closer to the center of the sole.

If you've been properly fitted for loft, lie, and shaft, a signification portion of the decision between driver A and driver B comes down to esthetics and personal feel. Given the choice between another driver with similar performance and the traditional, classy 905R, I'd take the Titleist every time.

In addition to moving the weight back just a bit, the plug helps to fine tune the sound of impact. The Titleist 905R features a square face and a gently rounded sole designed to keep the face square at address. The metallic grey finish doesn't extend to the sole, but two "pie slice" accents accentuate a sole that is both uncluttered and immediately recognizable. Though I've become accustomed to driver heads of all shapes and sizes this year.

My first round with the 905R did not go very well. I hit two fairways, and both were a result of bad swings that blocked the ball to the right. The other twelve drives were pulls to the left: the heel weighting had nabbed me. For 95% of the golfers in the world, this is a good thing. Unlike most golfers, however, my bad misses are left, and I typically don't need any extra help closing the face of my driver through impact.

After a small correction to my grip and a minor forward press to counter the "helpful" weighting, I began pounding drives with my normal small cut. I could feel the location of the head throughout the swing, providing a very connected feeling, and the results were surprising. Though I'm not a fan of changing a swing to suit a single club, the changes I needed to make to get good results from the 905R were rather small.

In conclusion, though the Titleist 905R Driver isn't my gamer due to the heel weight and the extra RPM, I sometimes take it with me in practice rounds to check my contact and to feel that awesome "springy" feeling. It's a feeling unlike any other, and if you find the center of the face often enough with your driver, the feeling alone may be worth.

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