I know I am writing this review almost a decade after this driver came to prominence, but I can safely say it changed the face of golf. The 975D was the first premium driver I bought. I went for the 7.5 degree with a Grafalloy ProLite X flex shaft.
Full titanium construction was a major selling point for this driver, as many of its competitors at the time were still manufacturing with steel. One of its main characteristics was the penetrating flight from the driver, wind was never an issue with this club. Combined with the low flight was the solid feel and muted sound at impact. I genuinely don't believe any driver released since has offered such feedback as this clubhead gave, with maybe the exception of the Taylormade 510TP deepface.
The 975D paved the way for a decade of Titleist drivers up until the (unsuccessful) release of the 907 series. The latest models, the 909, have a deep faced version, the D3, which harks back to the 975D era both in shape and feel.
The Prolite shaft is a classic, the most popular shaft on tour of all time to date. The profile of this shaft is what the recent Grafalloy Red was based on (although with lower torque ratings to compensate for todays 460cc driver heads).
In summary, this driver was ahead of it's time, and although it is far less forgiving than todays offerings, it is great value for money at todays prices. You would not pay more than £30 for a good example, therefore making this club a bargain.
I'd heard great things about this driver before trying it out (at the driving range) and to be honest I found it pretty difficicult to hit - it was a very stiff shaft model. In the end I went for the Mizuno Titanium driver. The driver looks great and is extremely well made but it didn't work for me. The classic looks stand up to the quality that Titleist are known for, and if you try it and hit it well then by all means buy it...I'd say this driver is definitely for the lower handicap golfer, although I'm sure the large price tag will dissuage other players from buying anyway. For a driver of this price, make sure you make the right decison - as the mistake you make could be very costly!
Its amazing what a small sum of £250 + can do to your golf performance. Sure thre price is expensive noone can debate that. However if you've got it its worth the investment because you'll probably get the money back in prizes for hole in ones on par 4's as you will be able to hit the ball so far. The club improved my driving by at least 40-50 yards. The club with a strong loft will hit the ball out of site in the air and will carry into the distance. You might be asking yourself but what about if you hit one badly? well with smaller clubheads everyone must have severely topped a drive once or twice but with this driver it is so large that it is hard to miss! However because of the extra height of shots with this club some have a tendancy to swing off to the left if you cut accross it too badly. I would reccomend using a relatively small tee. In comparison to other expensive drivers on the market the comepetitors come in the callaway clubs. The hawkeye is an equally expensive club but is not as powerful as the titleist which is the same with the callaway steelheads. Buy it today. If suffering with coming up with the cash i suggest that you look around for second hand clubs which more often than not are in near perfect condition and can easily be half the price. A friend of mine bought a second hand titleist 975d driver for £115 cheap or what! looking closely there were only a few tiny scratches on the club but untill he told me i thought it was brand new. Also i reccomend looking in small mail order or internet shops for buying new equipment: American golf discount price for a new Callaway steelhead 10 degree graphite shaft driver: £189 Direct golf uk (mail order) price for a new Callaway steelhead 10 degree graphite shaft driver £139 £50 off! - case closed