The importance of sound as an ingredient in feel?

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By Len D

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  1. Len D
    Boston

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    I read someplace that Ben Hogan always said that with golf, “the game is all about feel.” I was thinking today, that sound is actually an important part of that. When I started playing again last year after several years away from the game, the first irons that I bought were “distance machines,” but they had a very brittle feel, and a very high pitched sound at impact.

    My 716 AP1 irons impressed me with their solid feel, but also with the sound. I had a similar experience today when I tested a 917 driver.

    So - it seems like someone at Acushnet is doing their homework when it comes to acoustics.

    Just wondering if anyone else has seen (well, heard) the same thing?

  2. Speedy
    Newmarket, NH

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    For me it's different. I'm hard of hearing so everything is feel with me... I mean I do hear some sounds but I don't hear it the same way as everyone else..

  3. Barry B
    Lake St Louis, MO

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    Absolutely. Noticeable difference in acoustics from the 714 AP1s to the 716s & 718s and from the 915 to the 917.
  4. Keith M
    Acworth, GA

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    Agreed. A well struck shot has a distinctive sound off Titleist clubs and you can always tell.
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    I definitely agree. I do notice a difference in sounds leads to a difference in feel. I tested the TM M1 a year or so ago, and couldn’t stand the feel, part of which came from a horrible sound. I hit my Titleist driver now, and love both the sound and feel! Great clubs, great feel, great sound!

    Interesting topic! Thanks for sharing!

    Jack
  6. Dwayne N
    Island, KY

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    Sound is important to me as well. My son in law notes that when I am on with my driver it has a completely different sound to it.
  7. Dale V
    Escondido, CA

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    Sound is definitely important to me. The sound of the ball on the club, the sound of my playing partners laughing at me, the sound of a ball against a tree or splashing of water, the sound of my buddies groaning as i sink a putt, all different but sounds i react to. I have hit some clingy sounding drivers but never one that was made by Titleist. Love Titleist driver sound.
  8. Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

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    Yes, today it's both sound and feel. I've been to demo days at the club and the others don't have that nice sound and feel of the Titleist woods.
  9. Don O
    Madison, WI

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    Titleist worked hard on sound after listening to pros with the 915. The have an acronym FAST, and the S is for improved sound. And I couldn’t agree more.
  10. Michael JC
    Orwell, VT

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    Nothing better than pure shot, both sound and feel!
  11. Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

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    Think it is a combination of both. Before you even look up, you know you have hit your number.

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