By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Titleist's 913 D2 "Dot" driver caused quite a stir this week when it appeared on the USGA's list of conforming driver heads. Similar to when Nike added additional versions of its VR_S Covert to the conforming list earlier this year — most assumed the drivers were for Tiger Woods to test, which was partly correct — many wondered if Titleist had built the new head with a specific player in mind.
According to GolfWRX, the Titleist 913 D2 "Dot" driver was made with someone in mind: PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner.
Chris McGinley, Titleist's vice president of golf club marketing, told GolfWRX that Dufner was interested in switching to 913 because of the increased ball speeds the new model produced.
Dufner had recently moved into Titleist's 913 fairway woods and 714 irons, but when it came to his 910 D2 driver, the previous model, he couldn't find a 913 head that had similar high launch and spin characteristics.
In search of a 913 driver that could work, Dufner reportedly tested out two different heads — a 10.5-degree 913 D3 with a modified center of gravity that was lower and more forward in the head, and a 9.5-degree 913 D2 with a center of gravity that was higher and farther back.
When neither driver produced the flight and spin Dufner was looking for, Titleist went to work on a new driver called the 913 D2 "Dot." McGinley noted the head was identical to the retail version, with the exception of 0.5-degree more loft and a marginally higher, deeper center of gravity for a higher trajectory and spin.
Due to the slight adjustment to the driver, Titleist had to submit the adjusted 913 D2 to the USGA for testing and approval before it could be used in tournament play.
It's unclear if Dufner will switch to the 913 D2 Dot driver next week at the BMW Championship, but if Titleist went to these lengths to get the new head approved, you can bet the PGA Championship winner will be testing it in the near future.