Titleist TS2, TS3 drivers, fairway woods are result of new "speed project" and "taking it to another level"
To put the new Titleist TS2 and TS3 metalwoods in perspective, consider this comment regarding how much of a departure the lineup is from the company’s relatively conservative, though effective, approach to driver design in the past.
“We pursued so many different things that in the past we might have said, ‘Oh, that’s not traditionally us,’” said Stephanie Luttrell, Titleist’s director of metalwood development. “Well, this time we did look at those things. This is taking it to another level for us.”
What Luttrell is talking about is a departure from the big-brother/little-brother approach in drivers that Titleist has employed for more than a decade. In recent years, that included D2 and D3 versions that were more similar in their technologies and player profile than they were different. With TS2 and TS3, though, there’s been a fundamental shift. While TS3 in many ways picks up directly from where 917 D2 and D3 left off with its cylinder weight in the sole that tweaks center of gravity in the heel-toe direction, TS2 is more what Luttrell calls “that high launch bomber trajectory.” It’s a large profile, high moment of inertia driver that’s built for both forgiveness on off-center hits and aerodynamic efficiency. (The MOI on TS2 is 12-percent higher than 2017’s 917D2.)
Those two elements, which also help boost the MOI on the TS3’s more workability-focused frame (vs. the 917D3), reflect a renewed focus on ball speed. That includes improving on-center hits through a thinner face, and boosting off-center hits through better perimeter weighting, as well as lowering the center of gravity to improve launch conditions and performance on impacts low on the face. The Titleist team even developed a “virtual wind tunnel” to digitally test computer head designs to improve swing speed-enhancing effects through aerodynamic changes to where the crown meets the face and the high toe area. (The “TS” refers to the company’s internal nomenclature for the new drivers: “Titleist Speed Project.”)
“The cool thing about these is they deliver the speed in two different ways,” Luttrell said. She explained that TS2 is about “maximum forgiveness, maximum distance potential,” and the TS3 builds on the company’s idea of manipulating a driver’s center of gravity to match a player’s preference because “we know that fitting a player to the right center of gravity can absolutely unlock more distance potential for some players.” One of those is Justin Thomas, who used the TS3 driver in winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in his fourth tournament with the new club, which debuted at the U.S. Open.Michael Kim became the first player to win with one of the new drivers when he used the TS2 in his victory at the John Deere Classic in June.
These new drivers both incorporate a 20-percent thinner crown than past models for weight savings and a sleeker curve to the meeting of crown and face for better aerodynamics. Luttrell said the new crown and lighter face meant there was no need to add a carbon composite crown.
“Where that puts us is really at parity in terms of what we could accomplish with a composite crown in terms of center of gravity and inertia properties,” she said. “We also know that we can develop a better player preferred sound and feel with the all-titanium constructions. So for us it really solidified our direction.”
A further piece in the TS2 and TS3’s approach to speed is their face design, or more specifically, how the face design is maxed out. During manufacturing, Luttrell said, every driver is tested for spring-like effect at the USGA limit. Those that fall short of the goal speed are reengineered to match the goal number.
“It allows us to for sure push it,” Luttrell said of the 100-percent inspection process. “And we get an even tighter tolerance.”
While both clubs continue Titleist’s 16-way adjustable hosel, one other change gear geeks might notice is that the TS2 and TS3 have done away with the sole slot (“active recoil channel”) seen on previous Titleist drivers that was designed to provide more face flexibility for more distance. It’s not needed, Luttrell said, because of the weight savings that yield a lower center of gravity.
“We could accomplish the launch and spin that active recoil channel was giving us without using active recoil channel so we’ve been able to reallocate that mass,” she said. “Another added benefit is better sound and feel.”
The line includes new TS2 and TS3 fairway woods, as well. Both also embrace speed-enhancing features including a lower, more forward center of gravity through an 11-percent thinner crown and a taller internal slot on the sole’s “active recoil channel.” The face insert is a high-strength Carpenter 465 steel. Like with the drivers, the TS2 is the more forgiving of the two models, while the TS3 offers a weight cylinder that moves the center of gravity between draw and fade bias.
Titleist offers a wide selection of custom shaft offerings, but its stock options include three new models that are five grams lighter than past versions. They include the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black Dual Core, the Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue, the Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black and the Project X Even Flow T1100 White. With the shaft weight savings, the TS2 and TS3 drivers feature a 45.5-inch shaft, a half-inch longer than Titleist’s past drivers. It’s one final piece of evidence that these Titleist drivers are a distinct departure in a search for new ways to boost speed.
The TS2 (8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5 degrees) and TS3 (8.5, 9.5, 10.5 degrees) drivers begin fittings Sept. 6—and can pre-ordered now—with in-store availability on Sept. 28 ($500). Those dates hold also for the TS2 (13.5, 15, 16.5, 18, 21 degrees) and TS3 (13.5, 15, 16.5, 18 degrees) fairway woods ($300).
ClubTest First Look: Titleist unveils new TSi drivers, fairway woods and hybrids
By: Andrew Tursky
Back in October 2020, Titleist officially launched its new TSi2 and TSi3 drivers and metalwoods, and the clubs found immediate success. Not only did tour players switch in droves – 57 PGA and European Tour players switched the first week they were available – but GOLF’s own testing found big performance increases compared to previous TS models.
While the TSi2 and TSi3 products will satisfy the needs of most golfers due to their speed, forgiveness, and adjustability, some golfers have more extreme needs.
Golfers with slower swing speeds often need lighter clubs that can produce more height, distance and accuracy. For those golfers, Titleist has unveiled new TSi1 drivers, fairways and hybrids. Better players with fast swing speeds, on the other hand, sometimes need a driver that’s a spin-killer to keep the ball from ballooning. For that enviable group of golfers, and those with other unique needs, Titleist has designed a new TSi4 driver.
Additionally, as hybrid lovers have been anticipating since Titleist’s October TSi release, the company has officially unveiled its new TSi2 and TSi3 hybrids.
Below, we dive deep into the technologies that make Titleist’s new TSi products different. Each of the new TSi drivers, fairways and hybrids will hit retail on February 26. In case you missed it the first time around, make sure to also check out our ClubTest review video on the TSi2 and TSi3 drivers for more information on the original TSi2 and TSi3 drivers.
Titleist TSi1 drivers, fairways and hybrids
The new TSi1 family of products are made for moderate swing speeds, which Titleist defines as less than 90 mph with the driver. That segment of golfers may be larger than you think; Titleist says that moderate-speed swingers include approximately 30 percent of all golfers. Titleist’s TSi1 clubs are designed specifically to help these golfers hit the ball farther, higher and straighter.
In particular, the 460cc TSi1 driver is nearly 40 grams lighter than standard, as Titleist reports. The light weight, and the reshaped head compared to the previous TS1 driver, means faster swing speeds for golfers. Also, like the TSi2 and TSi3 drivers, the TSi1 drivers have faces made from a special ATI 425 Aerospace Titanium material, which was originally used for military applications.
“With the new TSi1 driver, we focused on how to deliver even more speed than we did with the original TS1 for that player,” said Stephanie Luttrell, Titleist Director of Metalwood Development, in a press release. “We maintained the launch, spin and draw bias, while successfully accomplishing our goal of increased club and ball speed with the combination of new aerodynamic head shaping, higher inertia and moving the CG closer to face center.”
This segment of golfers also tends to struggle getting enough height on their fairway wood shots, and Titleist’s new TSi1 fairways are designed to help them out. The fairway woods weigh-in at nearly 50 grams lighter than standard, according to Titleist, and they have centers of gravity (CG) that are pushed rearward in the head to boost forgiveness and launch.
“We have seen many tour players put higher lofted fairway metals, especially 7-woods, in the bag since the introduction of the TSi line,” said Josh Talge, Vice President, Titleist Golf Club Marketing. “While the TSi1 is not a tour product, the interest in them by players at the highest level has exposed an opportunity to expand to the moderate speed player and offer higher lofted fairways (15, 18, 21 and 23 degrees), which we have never done before.”
In addition to the drivers and fairways, Titleist’s new TSi1 hybrids are designed for high launch and big forgiveness. With larger profiles than Titleist’s TSi2 and TSi3 hybrids (more on those below), the TSi1 hybrids have wider soles, low CG constructions, and they weigh 20 grams less than standard, according to Titleist.
The new TSi1 drivers ($549; 9, 10 and 12 degrees RH, 10 degrees LH), fairways ($299; 15, 18, 20 and 23 degrees RH, 15 and 18 degrees LH) and hybrids ($279; 20, 23, 26 and 29 degrees RH, 23 and 26 degrees LH) each come with lightweight Aldila Ascent shafts. They will be available for pre-sale on February 17 and hit retails shops on February 26.
Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 hybrids
While the TSi1 hybrids are designed for moderate swing speeds, most golfers will find what they’re looking for in the TSi2 and TSi3 hosel-adjustable hybrids.
The TSi2 hybrids – Titleist calls them “work horse” hybrids – have slightly larger shapes compared to the TSi3 for golfers who want high launch and more forgiveness.
The TSi3 hybrids, on the other hand, have more compact shapes and squarer toes that offer more iron-like control. Designed with input from Titleist’s tour staffers, the TSi3 hybrids also have SureFit CG Track adjustability systems in their soles to dial in trajectory.
“One of the key points of difference in fitting and performance between the new Titleist TSi hybrids and the competition is the level of adjustability we offer, especially in the TSi3,” Talge said. “We all stress that golfers should be custom fit for drivers and irons, so why not hybrids? The golfer may need or want to increase or decrease loft, add a degree upright or make the club flatter. Those adjustability options are available with the new TSi hybrids and we think that, in combination with outstanding performance, sets these hybrids apart.”
Adjustability and different head shape options are great, but Titleist also says the TSi2 and TSi3 hybrids have “the fastest hybrid face Titleist has ever made.”
Each selling for $279, the TSi2 hybrids (18, 21 and 24 degrees RH, 18, 21 and 23 degrees LH) and TSi3 hybrids (18 and 20 degrees RH and LH) come with a variety of shaft offerings: Mitsubsihi Tensei AV Raw White/Blue, Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX, and Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black DC.
Titleist TSi4 drivers
As previously discussed, Titleist’s TSi2 and TSi3 drivers have been widely popular on the PGA Tour. You may have noticed, however, that there’s been another driver in the bags of players such as Adam Scott, Russell Henley and Richy Werenski. It’s called the TSi4, and it’s designed for ultra-low spin and high speed.
“The TSi4 fulfills the ultra-low spin product within our TSi lineup,”Luttrell said. “For those players that need aggressive spin reduction to improve their distance, we now have that product in the TSi lineup.”
To achieve the desired effects, Titleist designed the TSi4 with the lowest and most forward CG in the TSi family of drivers. Measuring 430cc, compared to the 460cc sizes in the other offerings, the TSi4 heads have small pear shapes that traditionalists prefer. They also come with ATI 425 faces for fast ball speeds, as with the TSi1, TSi2 and TSi3 drivers.
Although the TSi4 will appeal mostly to high-speed players, other golfers may find the designs beneficial, too.
“In general, high spin comes from players that either come over the top, have a steep attack angle, or are adding significant loft at impact,” Luttrell said. “So, the TSi4 is not strictly reserved towards high speed players, but absolutely dedicated towards all golfers who require spin reduction in order to improve their distance by producing a longer, more piercing ball flight.”
Titleist’s new TSi4 driver ($549; 8, 9 and 10 degrees RH, 9 degrees LH) comes with either a Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow or Mitsubishi AV White Raw 65 shaft.
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Andrew TurskyGolf.com Editor
Andrew Tursky is the Senior Equipment Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com.
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|Model||Head Size||Loft Options1||Standard Lie1||Men's Standard Length2||Ladies' Standard Length2|
|TS1||460cc||9.5° (RH Only), 10.5°, 12.5° (RH Only)||58.5°||45.75"||44.5"|
|TS2||460cc||8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°||58.5°||45.5"||44.5"|
|TS3||460cc||8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°||58.5°||45.5"||44.5"|
|TS4||430cc||8.5° (RH Only), 9.5° (RH/LH), 10.5° (RH Only)||58.5°||45.5"||44.5"|
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