919FD FAIRWAY DRIVER

A Superb Fitting Option for More Control on Tight Holes

The 919F/D Fairway Drivers are the answer for players looking for a high COR “mini-driver” or for a tee shot club for use on tight par-4 and par-5 holes for greater control without losing any distance normally achieved with a conventional high COR titanium driver. Wishon’s proprietary bendable hosel allows an extremely wide range in custom fitting specs for loft, lie and face angle.

Features:

  • Designed for the golfer who needs more control off the tee or wishes a much smaller size driver head

  • Thin, variable thickness, high strength steel face for high 0.830 COR for maximum distance

  • Bendable hosel for a wide range of fitting options for lie and face angle, +/-4° from spec

  • Can also be played off the fairway by more skilled players who want every bit of second shot distance on long holes

  • Available in RH in 14°, cosmetically designed to complement the appearance of the 919THI Drivers

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Steve Hoard
1 month ago

Tom, I’ve been devouring your Youtube videos having finished reading your book The New Search for the Perfect Golf Club. My college friend and I are working locally with Ed of Ed’s Custom Golf to modify our bag makeup. As I understand club technology and my game I’m planning on changing the mix of my clubs to more reliance on hybrids for my longer irons. That’s the first project for me with Ed. I’ll look at my driver solution next and likely take advantage of your insights on driver clubhead loft and the other fitting criteria you recommend. That leaves… Read more »

Steve Hoard
22 days ago
Reply to  Tom Wishon

Tom, Thanks much for your response. It will help me when I begin working with Ed at Ed’s Custom Golf. Yesterday, my college bud just got his driver with Ed’s help after previously getting several Wishon hybrids. My turn now. My swing speed is in the 80’s and I have found benefit from choking down an inch or so on my driver shaft so I believe your advice about shaft lengths. I’m reading another of your books right now (The Search for the Perfect Golf Club) and finding it filled with “ah-ha” moments. Excellent reading and very helpful in improving… Read more »

Manj S Mahil
1 month ago

How long is the stock shaft for this club…

And would you recommend putting a different shaft in than the one supplied?

I will be going to see Kevin at Custom Golf Stix who put a great shaft intoy taylormade m6 driver but I prefer hittingy 3 wood.

Hemce wanting to use the shaft in this 919FD. I think it’s prob 44 or 44.5 as had it shortened

Manj S Mahil
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom Wishon

Superb Tom and thank you for such a swift and detailed response. Will only be using this off the tee as a Driver replacement for Long Par 4’s so thank you.

Will await seeing Kevin or Damian as both seem to be very very busy atm!

Alan
3 months ago

Hi Tom, To optimize flight and distance with F/D off a tee, is it best to strike on upswing as with regular drivers or swing as a fairway wood? Thank you

Alan Pollet
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom Wishon

Thanks Tom. Was bit frustrated with lower ball flight, wanting to get more carry. Think just experimenting teeing it up a bit more should solve it. Visually want same mid high flight I get with my 12degree driver.
Appreciate all you do, Alan

Jason Barber
3 months ago

Hi Tom,
 
Crazy that I found this site after doing some research. I’ve found that I struggle with large faced drivers and prefer the smaller face woods to drive off the tee. I’m currently hitting a Taylormade Burner 3W 15 degree. I can hit as far or close to a driver. Curious to know why I prefer a smaller club face over a larger face. I have more confidence and I think my clubhead speed improves….

Jason Barber
3 months ago
Reply to  Tom Wishon

Thank you for the poignant response. I think you hit the nail on the head with the shaft length and loft. That’s the real reason and not the size of the head. I love your Finding the Perfect Driver book which sums up the difference beautifully. My club head speed is better than 95 mph but I still get better results with a shorter shaft length and more loft. I am going to get fitted properly for clubs and I know the difference will be monumental.

David
3 months ago

Has anyone had success adapting this club for single length play? I was thinking about cutting it down to 37.5″ to match my single length set and adjusting the lie angle to 60* … bad idea or worth a shot? I have a launch monitor to experiment with and was thrilled at my hybrid single length numbers. Would be neat to complete the set. Thanks!

David
3 months ago
Reply to  Tom Wishon

Wow thanks for the reply, Tom. That saves me from a failed experiment. I’ll stick to my day job! I’ll try the new EQ1-NX fairway woods at the 40″-41″ length. Appreciate all that you do for the game. I just got your new bladed single length wedges and am excited to try them out this weekend.

Paul H
7 months ago

I’ve just managed to pick up an F/D to compliment my 929HS 7 wood (and hopefully a 5w soon to sit between them), it’s 43/5 inches and looking to remove half inch, where in the UK can I purchase the little weights that sit in the sole port?

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Ash
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul H

Hi Paul,

Your best bet for the weight plus required is to use our Find a Clubfitter tool to find your nearest Wishon stockist/fitter in the UK.

Otherwise, if you’re a clubfitter yourself, you can apply for a Wishon account here.

Best Wishes,
Ash

Jerry Markham
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul H

Hi Tom Hope you do not mind me injecting at this point? I have had your ‘919FD 14deg’ made up for me by Nathan at St. Andrews Golf Company (Scotland) And I have to say it is superb, great design, ideal head size, hot face! Playing Lvene Links it gets used a lot on the tight links fairways where accuracy is at a premium. Nathan made it up to 43″ (3 wood length?) with a Modulus S80 Stiff Shaft (their own brand) but I believe it is a tad too light it measures C9-D0…. My other clubs are: DRIVER: Srixon… Read more »

Paul H
6 months ago
Reply to  Jerry Markham

Turns out it already has a weight installed, I got it used with a Novatech Vega shaft, shortening it from 43.5 to 43 inches resulted in a D2 swing weight and have to say it’s superb, boring ball flight, carry is superb and it’s easier to control than driver without significant distance loss, has to be the best mini I’ve hit so far having had Cally mini 1.5, SLDR mini, Aeroburner mini and Ping rapture mini.

Alan
8 months ago

Does the F/D come in the black oxide finish?

Alan
8 months ago
Reply to  Alan

Hi Tom, Thanks for quick response, always enjoy and learn from your answers. Have and use the F/D regularly and it does help minimize those directionally challenged shots, just love black oxide look. Am 69, mid hcp, driver swing speed low 90s, use an older 12 degree (other mfg) driver that gives decent flight character when struck well. Shaft length around 44”. Do prefer smaller head size. Would Shapr in 11 degree be worth a look and a good fit? Beginning to read chatter about return to slightly lower lofts to get rollout benefit. Thanks again, Happy, Healthy 2020,
Alan

Rich
8 months ago

I’ve been thinking about getting the 919 F/D as my driver replacement. Would getting the 919F/D (11 or 12*) in a very short length such as 39″ or 40″ be feasible / recommended ? The reason I ask is because I play a 775HS 3 hybrid (21*) .5 deg open at a 39″ length with a Wishon S2S Red S (D4 SW) off the tee box. I usually hit it 225-230 yards on average and very accurate with a high percentage of fairways hit, but even my misses are usually just on the right off the fairway. I benched my… Read more »

Rich
8 months ago
Reply to  Tom Wishon

Tom, I appreciate your response. From reading your blog over the years, I had a general sense that there is a limit to how short I could get the club. However you gave me a couple of ideas to try as far as length of the club. I also went to the range with a radar device (MLM) and confirmed that at a hybrid length, I wouldn’t have enough speed for that short of a club. At a 39″ length for my 3H the average clubhead speed (15 swings) was 96.8mph; while for my 44.5″ Driver it was 106.6 mph.… Read more »

Tom Summerhays
8 months ago
Reply to  Rich

If I can jump in here to make an observation of the White shaft in your driver and the Red shaft in your hybrid are quite different animals. You describe control with your hybrid and being offline with the driver. Give the Red shaft a go in the driver

Rich
8 months ago
Reply to  Tom Summerhays

Tom Good observation. I was fitted for both, my hybrids and driver….so I ignore the reason for the different shafts. Perhaps I am “gentler” with my driver swing in the transition from the top to the downswing, whereas I play my hybrids more like my irons which is a bit more violently. In going back to my measurements I also realized the swing weights are very different as follows: 919 THI Driver – C9 – S2S White S; no tip trim 775HS hybrids – D4 – S2S Red S Perhaps I should get refitted and see if my swing characteristics… Read more »

Rich
7 months ago
Reply to  Tom Summerhays

I had to come back and say you were right about the white shaft not being a good fit for me. I’m absolutely confused why I was put into this shaft as I was fitted for it in 2013. I’m wondering if the “fitting papers” were mixed up with another customer and I ended up with the wrong shaft. However, at Tom’s recommendation I visited a local fitter in Tucson (Rick Grinstead) who diagnosed and had me test a couple of shafts and had me hitting the driver straight/ with a slight draw a little over 270 yards carry (Late… Read more »

Rich
6 months ago
Reply to  Tom Wishon

Tom,

Absolutely, I can’t thank you enough for recommending Rick to me. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and his knowledge of fitting ultimately translated into being able to put the 919 THI driver back in my bag for play. I will be going back to him as soon as the Sterling iron replacements are released to get fitted and order a set.

Thanks again!
Rich

11 months ago

Hi Tom I have a older white 919D with the longer hosel, assuming it’s bendable for lie and face angle. As you have stated many fitters don’t have the machine to do that. Would it be best to send it to Diamond with or without shaft in it? Live in Albuquerque, you don’t buy chance have one in Durango as I could drive up there since I bought it there? I also want to reshaft it with a 43-43 1/2” shaft with more control. It’s your stellar inerflexx. 2S2 White 43” to whippy. I hit my 929 and 515 fairways… Read more »

Dan
1 year ago

Hi Tom, I had a couple of questions regarding this driver head (919F/D) when compared against a 460cc driver (EG 919 THI) and was hoping you might be able to help. By having a smaller head size, I understand that this might give a potential advantage for good players that are capable of playing this size head from good lies on the fairway. The additional COR and potentially lower loft of this head in comparison to a 3-wood might see a distance gain in these kind of scenarios, that aid in reaching the green in 2 shots on a PAR… Read more »

Tom Wishon
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

DAN Not at all contentious, these are all good questions for sure and I enjoy having the chance to respond. The 919F/D is a specialty design that has a handful of small things that it can do over a normal large volume driver, but one big thing it can’t. It’s primary use is as a club to use off the tee on tight holes that otherwise would require a driver. The F/D headweight means you won’t build this to a length any longer than 43.5 with 43 being what most would do. With our knowledge of high strength alloys and… Read more »

Fred Huff
2 years ago

I currently use a Cobra M/Speed Offset 3-Wood with an Accra shaft as my driver. I had the shaft installed by my club fitter. I use the 3-wood because my slow swing needs loft for maximum distance. Can the 14-degree Fairway Driver be fitted onto my Accra Shaft?

Tom Wishon
2 years ago
Reply to  Fred Huff

Fred:
As long as the Accra Shaft has a tip diameter of 0.335″ which is most likely, it can be removed from the other head and installed in the 919F/D with no problems. As to what length it would come out to be, that depends on the difference in the distance from the bottom of the shafting bore to the ground between the two clubheads. That is something a competent clubmaker should know about to be able to allow for any differences there might be in this dimension in the two heads.
TOM

Ben P
2 years ago

Tom,
Thank you for answering all of my questions, especially in a timely manner.
Does the F/D have any amount of face progression? I couldn’t find the measurement. As mentioned before, I own a 12 degree model that is 1 degree open and the face progression seems minimal.
Thanks as always.

Tom Wishon
2 years ago
Reply to  Ben P

BEN To give you a frame of reference, the FP of the 919THI 11* loft driver is 19mm. The FP of the 919F/D-11* model is 17mm and the FP of the 929HS #3wood is 16mm. As a designer I only see FP as a visual aspect of the head that has to be matched to the size of the head. In very, very minute terms only with players who have a very late release, more FP on a head can contribute to a slightly higher trajectory for any given loft while less FP is the opposite. But these things are… Read more »

Ben P
2 years ago

Hi Tom,
Does the hosel bore open up to the sole of the club? I am wondering how I can get hotmelt to that area, mostly for sound purposes.
Thank you.

Tom Wishon
2 years ago
Reply to  Ben P

Ben All metal woods regardless of maker are manufactured so there is a small hole in the bottom of the bore that will open up into the open cavity of the head. The head production factories do this so they can inject a special “sticky glue” into the heads that is intended to catch and hold small particles that may break loose from inside the head during the life of the club. All makers of metal woods do have a stopper plug installed in the bottom of the bore to close off that access hole so when a shaft is… Read more »

Jarrod
2 years ago

Tom,
I have the F/D and I just noticed there is a tubular hollow near the toe end on the underside of the club. It seems that there was a sort of cover for the hole, but the cover is no longer there. Ironically, the club whistles in the key of D along with the Doppler effect when swung, Ha, and that is how I discovered that there was this hole in the club. Would you explain to me what the purpose of this void is for?
Thank you,
Jarrod
BTW, love the club.

Tom Wishon
2 years ago
Reply to  Jarrod

Jarrod that is one of the two weight bore chambers in the head which are there to enable the clubmaker to add weight to the head to get it to the swingweight or head feel that best fits each golfer’s strength + swing tempo and sense of headweight feel for good timing and rhythm in the swing. The other weight bore is below the tip of the shaft in the hosel. The weight bore on the toe end of the sole is covered by a little oval shaped medallion with an adhesive back. Unfortunately it sounds like it just gave… Read more »

Kourt
2 years ago

Love the 919 F/D! I’ve played a 10 deg 919 thi for a few years and absolutely love it, but for me with the modern driver head sizes I really have a tough time hitting a draw with them, not sure why, but it isn’t a huge deal because most tee shots I just want to hit a nice little controlled fade anyways. The 919 F/D fills the perfect spot for an alternate tee shot club for me. Slightly larger face than a 3 wood gives a little more confidence, but its small enough I can really turn over a… Read more »

Jarrod
2 years ago

Tom,
Can the f/d hozel be bent 4 degrees in any direction as the driver can? The description says only two degrees. Also, is it possible to ream these hozels bores to accept a .370 shaft, or even a .355 shaft? Thank you for your response in advanced.
Sincerely,
Jarrod

Tom Wishon
2 years ago
Reply to  Jarrod

JARROD Yes, the 919F/D has the same identical construction and materials as the 929, 950 and 775 which are the other steel/high COR face models with bendable hosels. So the F/D can be bent +/-4* in any direction provided the clubmaker has the right bending machine to properly clamp and secure the body of the head to enable the hosel to be bent. While the hosel could stand reaming to a 0.355 taper or 0.370 parallel I would question doing this from the standpoint of performance with an iron shaft. This is a wood, made to the weight of a… Read more »

Rich Strzelecki
2 years ago

I purchased a 919FD @ 11* and shafted it with the TW shaft that was recommended for my 98-100 mph swing speed. I struggled to elevate my shots and Not hit a fade with it. I generally have a high ball flight and I don’t usually hit fades, so I re-shafted it 2 more times with similar results. I also never got much distance out of it. 3 Questions: 1)Can I order another head at 1 or even 2 degrees closed? 2)Is my swing speed enough to compress the face to get max output out of the 919? 3)Should I… Read more »

Tom Wishon
2 years ago

RICH: First questions I would ask to try to get to the bottom of the performance issue you have had with the FD would bem 1) what length did you make it, 2) what swingweight did you build it to at that length, 3) what length is your 3 wood or 4 wood in your previous woods, 4) did you have any issues at all in the past hitting a fairway wood high to fly and carry. Most people who use the FD play it at a length of between 43-44″. Most build it to have the same shaft and… Read more »

Bruce Neerhof
2 years ago

Hi Tom,
I have a TM 16 degree mini driver for short or tight holes. I have a 17 degree Callaway 4W for the fairway. I am a 14 HC with a driver speed of 93-95 MPH. Could I use a 16 degree 919F/D for both so I could put an extra wedge in my bag?
Thanks
Bruce

Tom Wishon
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruce Neerhof

Bruce The 919F/D is offered in spec loft models of 11* and 14*. Through our Hand Select service, we could sort through inventory and potentially find lofts of 10, 12, 13, 15 in addition to the spec lofts of 11 and 14. But we would not be able to find one at 16* because the production tolerance on the heads is only +/-1* from spec. I kind of doubt you would want to use the F/D as a fairway wood because it has a 40mm tall face height. Typical fairway woods these days have a face height between 32mm and… Read more »

Allen Griggs
3 years ago

I have a wishon fd driver 14* and love it. Hit it high with good distance but no roll because of high ball flight. Would like to try 11* to possibly get lower flight. But all fitters have only 14* and also believe that absolutely nobody could be a fit for a 11*. We’ll I know I would be. This same attitude is why I can’t buy or try a wishon driver. I currently use a 9* callaway with a blue stiff shaft and hit it good. I think I could go from good to great with wishon but absolutely… Read more »

Tom Wishon
3 years ago
Reply to  Allen Griggs

ALLEN Sigh. . . . having been a teacher to the clubmakers for over 30 yrs now through my books and articles and information, I can tell you with great disappointment that there are some of the clubmakers who start to spew out bad information when they think they are starting to get smart in this field. I used to call it “sophomore-itis in clubmaking” when I began to see this among some clubmakers many years ago. Whoever said that you no one could use an 11* 919F/D head is ignorant and has no idea what he is talking about,… Read more »

Steven
3 years ago
Reply to  Allen Griggs

Allen Griggs I’ve got the fd driver in 11 deg and it’s the best thing I’ve ever hit I don’t think I need a driver as this is long off the tee but I do want to try Tom’s driver as people say it’s long It’s easy to hit off the fairway and when in the rough it flys out with no spin (I was laying up to a par 5 hit it out of the rough and it rolled on to the green 250yards could not believe it) Just wished they could do this club in 8 deg to… Read more »

Allen Griggs
2 years ago
Reply to  Allen Griggs

I found a 10* and had it bent closed 1 1/2 degrees and I am loving it. I use it instead of my 3 wood since I also bought a 8* driver and finally hitting the ball straight. Love it

Garry
3 years ago

Hi Tom, I’m interested in understanding a little more about the 919f/d, particularly how it compares against the stronger lofted options in the 929HS Fairway Wood line, and why someone would choose one design over the other. Reading between the lines I would assume that the 919F/D offers more forgiveness (and distance?) off the tee due to the larger face/head, and the 929HS offers more playability from the fairway due to the shallower face/head? I see you sell a 12 and 14 Degree 929HS and an 11 and 14 Degree 919f/d, how do the two designs compare in terms of… Read more »

Tom Wishon
3 years ago
Reply to  Garry

Hi Garry Thanks very much for your interest and we’re always happy to help. I designed the F/D to offer an alternative to those players who, 1) disliked the larger size drivers and just mentally wanted a driver that was much smaller, 2) wanted a shorter tee shot club for tight holes and wanted a larger head with larger face and potentially higher COR than what they could get if they used a 3w for such shots. Because of the larger face area vs the 929HS woods, the COR of the F/D is higher than the 929, but not by… Read more »

William Herzig
3 years ago

Tom,
I was just wondering if you could clarify something for me – what is the actual size (volume) of the 919F/D? I have seen both 200cc and 260cc, both in multiple places. What would be the size difference between this and a 365PF 3 wood?
Thanks,
Bill

Tom Wishon
3 years ago
Reply to  William Herzig

BILL
Sorry for the confusion. The 919F/D is 260cc not 200cc. To contrast to the 365PF #3 wood, the 919F/D has a face height of 39.5mm while the 365PF has a face height of 33mm. To give you more of a frame of reference, a typical 460cc driver will have a face height anywhere between 52mm and 58mm. Hope this gives you a better sense of the relative size difference with the 919F/D head.
TOM

William Herzig
3 years ago
Reply to  William Herzig

Tom,
Thanks for the info, that was just what I wanted to hear. I am thinking about making up a set of woods with the 11 degree 919F/D, and 4/79 365FS fairways.
Bill

Kourt
3 years ago

In the catalog it says the f/d has an adjustable hosel that can be bent 2 degrees. The website description says it can be bent 4. Just wondering which one is correct.
Thanks again for the time you spent sharing and answering our questions and I wanna wish you happy holidays.

Tom Wishon
3 years ago
Reply to  Kourt

KOURT
Actually, the hosel on the 919F/D head is a BENDABLE HOSEL and it can be bent to change either the lie or the face angle or both by a range of +/-4 degrees, not 2 degrees. This must be a typo in the catalog, I am sorry. Lots and lots and lots of spec numbers to get right and I have always missed a few when I do the catalog info work.
TOM

Robert Markwell
3 years ago

Good evening Tom. It’s me Rob again from the UK. I have a question about shaft fitting on the new 919FD. Your UK agents recommended the white shaft 60 gram stiff flex to my coach for fitting. This shaft is rated for 90 to 105mph swing speeds.My swing speed average is 103 mph and quite an aggressive swing. So my coach built the club with the recommendations of the UK agents. However when I hit the club there is a terrible aftershock from a clean ball strike and it feels like the shaft will shatter. The result is total loss… Read more »

Tom Wishon
3 years ago

ROB Than that sounds to me like you should be into either the S2S Black 85 S with a bit of additional tip trim such as +1″ or you could be into the S2S Black 85 X with normal 0 tip trim to fit your more aggressive move at the ball. Whether you go tipped S or std X depends on your sense of feel for the shaft – if you have a definite dislike for a shaft to ever feel even slightly soft, then go with the X. Other wise the tipped S. The 85g weight of these shafts… Read more »

Ronnie
3 years ago

Tom, does the 919F/D use a driver or fairway driver headcover?

Tom Wishon
3 years ago
Reply to  Ronnie

Ronnie, the fairway wood covers will fit the 919F/D.
TOM

Brett
3 years ago

Hi Tom: Can you comment on the strategy of building a mini driver from a 919THI versus a 919F/D? I very rarely use a fairway wood off the deck. Almost exclusively off of the tee. I suppose if I built my mini driver from a 919THI then I definitely could not hit off the fairway, but then I am not sure how useful an 11-14* 919F/D (with a slightly higher face hight than some of your other woods) would perform off the fairway either. Really looking forward to hitting some next summer!

Tom Wishon
3 years ago
Reply to  Brett

BRETT: When I designed the 919FD fairway driver, I designed it chiefly to be a club to use off the tee with a peg under the ball for tight tee shot holes. While I knew that better players could hit it off the deck, that was not the intent. So any use of the FD for fairway wood shots off normal lies is an afterthought, not a primary intent. Mini driver to me is a smaller head size built to a driver length. What you sound like you want is a driver that you can control better and hit much… Read more »

3 years ago
Reply to  Brett

Brett I’m sure Tom will answer this properly, but I can tell you what I have found with the 14 deg 919 F/D after putting it in the bag a few months ago. The main benefit for me is that I can use it for accuracy on tight holes, and also can use it instead of my driver for the whole round if my driving isn’t that good. Perfect example just yesterday. I hit two poor drives and then just used the F/D for the rest of the round. I lose very little distance and am more accurate. With my… Read more »

Brett
3 years ago
Reply to  Brett

Thanks Tom and Frazer I think this kind of club is exactly what I am looking for. A 2-wood. Maybe even have it as a 15th club that I can alternate with a 4-wood depending on the course. My driving can be my biggest weakness so having a go-to straight club is ideal. My only thought is that building the 2-wood from a 919THI head would give a lot more off-center forgiveness. I have to admit that I do like the smaller size of the F/D head. Either way, something to discuss with my fitter when the time comes. As… Read more »

David J. Clement
3 years ago
Reply to  Brett

Building a 43″ 919 FD per my fitting. Do I tip trim inbetween Driver (none) and 3-Wood (1″) for the S2S Red Stiff shaft? Thanks!

Tom Wishon
3 years ago

David
We’ve always advocated a 0″ tip trim for the F/D,even if it is to be built to 42 or 43″ playing length. It’s been that way ever since we intro’d the model and never had anyone say a negative comment about the shaft installation being done that way.
TOM