Titleist D1 Review

By February 14, 2008, 5:00 pm
Wintertime in the Midwest is probably not the opportune time in which to purchase a brand new driver, especially without any range time. I recently purchased the Titleist 907 D1 Driver with a Graphite Design YS6+ shaft and without range time I might add. I have been somewhat reluctant to get with the times and bag a size 460cc driver. Perhaps I have been very satisfied with my current gamer, a 395cc KZG Gemini with the exact same shaft set up. The D1 is the type of golf club that is intriguing; you want to buy it, but you are not totally sure if the monstrous looking triangular head is really for you. It sure looks bigger than 460 cc, although it's not. It sure looks like it could be really strange to hit, but again, it's really not. It sure looks expensive, and it is, but not really all that much more than my custom built KZG set me back. Your wallet will be lighter, but what the heck, swing away.
Yes, I actually purchased this driver without any range testing. I know, I know, that is a no-no in the here and now. Custom club fitting is all the rage. And, it really is recommended. However, I am more of a feel player and I was already familiar with the Graphite Design YS 6+ shaft. What can I say? In the middle of winter, I took the D1 home with me.
First Impressions:
The first thing I thought of when setting up to my ball was one of two very similar things, Darth Vader's helmet or Spaceballs' Darth Helmet himself. Well, maybe not that big, but this driver looms large. In all seriousness, it really takes very little time to adjust to the triangular head shape and once you do, it's all confidence and no hesitation. It sure looks much more pleasing than anything square. As usual, the quality is top notch, just like you would expect from anything Titleist. Swing away.
You don't actually hear anything really loud with the D1, it has a nice, somewhat muted sound when smashing your drive off the tee. If you are the type of golfer who equates feel with sound, it might take you a little while to get used to the D1, but don't give up on it.
The weather broke in January for a day and I took my new driver out for a spin. Without any range time, I was totally unsure of how I, or my rusty swing would react to this golf club. As I was getting ready to tee off with this behemoth, the stone caught my eye. Out of respect, I had to pause for a brief moment. You see, Bobby Jones himself hit the inaugural tee shot right from right where I was standing almost 70 years ago and it is forever etched into a granite block located in the back corner of the 1st tee box at Sharon Woods Golf Course. I wonder what Bobby would say if he saw me standing over my ball, brand new, gigantic sized triangular 460cc driver in hand, ready (somewhat) to hit a drive in the dead of winter. Swing away. I did and the ball went a near perfect 265-270 right smack down the middle. Immediately, I liked it. I liked it a lot. Although I had some difficulty judging this club completely in the mid 40's weather, I can sure say one thing, the D1 is extremely accurate and really wants to go straight. This is a tendency I enjoyed and can use more of in my own game. I can play a fade and I can play a draw. I usually don't play the shape of shot I really want or need at that present time, so this club's tendency to want to travel in straight line was very much welcomed. Off center hits garner decent distance on most tee shots. The D1 is a great all around performer that really inspires confidence on the tee, I wish I had more time with it, but I'll have to wait until Springtime to really run it through its paces. My low to mid 90's swing speed is well suited to the YS6+ shaft, it actually felt a might tip stiffer than the same shaft in my KZG, and I liked that.
Final Opinions:
If you have been reluctant to venture into the high MOI, 460cc driver realm, definitely take the Titleist 907 D1 for a spin. Try it at the range, grab a demo from a green grass golf shop and see what happens. The D1 is definitely a top gun in its class and after a few swings on the golf course, it really doesn't feel as big as it looks. Go ahead, swing away.
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry