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Like the 915 driver I was looking forward to taking the new Titleist 816 H2 Hybrid with me to Morocco to test. Hybrids have become such a versatile club in a golfers armoury, they can be utilised on longer par 3s, chipping from rough and semi rough around the green, they are great for longer shots out of rough and of course are fantastic replacement clubs for those who have trouble with their longer irons.
The 816 H2 is packed with technology, the main one being the Active Recoil Channel that Titleist are using throughout their new range of drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. The channel along with the ultra thin face work together to deliver you a powerful, low spinning ball flight.
The Active Recoil Channel flexes the whole face at impact and then recoils to put all the energy you have created during your swing back into the ball powering it off the ultra thin face as it recoils.
The ultra thin face increases ball speed not just in the sweet spot but across the entire face of the club, this works in conjunction with the constant thickness face insert that is made from high-strength carpenter steel.
The centre of gravity in the 816 H2 has been improved and moves lower and deeper in the club and helps increase the clubs launch angle, while still keeping its high MOI for optimum forgiveness and stability.
Like the 915 driver, I really enjoyed playing with the 816 H2 hybrid and still have it in my bag at the moment. The club sits behind the ball perfectly and with the adjustability working with the recoil channel and thinner face, all helped gain me added yards. I found myself using the hybrid more on second shots on par 5s than I did pulling out my 3-wood.
But as I said about the 915 driver, I do think the SureFit hosel needs to be a bit more intuitive. I do like the idea of being able to adjust the loft as well as the lie on the club and I think being able to adjust trajectory as well as shot shape gives golfers more options to combat different types of courses and weather conditions.
If you are in the market for a new hybrid I would certainly make sure you put the 816 H2 on your testing list, the technology on these clubs have come a long way in a short amount of time. If you havenít got a hybrid in your bag, I would highly recommend you get one and in the 815 H2 you will have a powerful weapon in your armoury.