Review: Titleist TS2 and TS3 driversSeptember 6, 2018 Golf Equipment
Titleist say their new TS2 and TS3 driver are their fastest and longest yet. Equipment editor James Savage has been testing them to find out if the claim stacks up
Our Titleist TS drivers review took place largely at Woburn but was followed by launch monitor and on-course testing at Leeds Golf Centre, Moor Allerton and Hillsborough.
Titleist TS drivers review: First impressions
We saw a raft of Titleist staff players putting these in the bag ahead of the US Open.
Rather than two super-adjustable models of driver and fairway like we had with the 917 range, there’s a simpler ‘grip it and rip it’ T2 line and a T3 for fine-tuning.
Both drivers are the same size in a 460cc head.
We’ve gone back to the black crown which gives these woods more of a traditional feel and we’ve got an exciting line-up of new shafts.
There’s a slightly different shape with the TS2 having more weight pulled back.
Rather than offering different options of one shaft make and model we’ve got a real variety now which should suit a wider range of players.
These drivers are the result of Titleist’s Speed Project (TS) where the focus has been ball speed and distance.
It’s an interesting move from Titleist as they look to prove they can go as long as anything else on the market.
Titleist TS drivers review: The technology
So what have Titleist done in their bid for faster and longer drivers?
Well, they have really stripped these drivers back to ensure everything was being done to make them their fastest yet.
And there are four key areas.
An ultra-thin titanium crown has allowed weight to be repositioned for ideal launch. There’s a lighter and more flexible face which is so thin the score lines have to be lasered rather than etched on.
A new streamlined shape enhances the aerodynamics and reduces drag by up to 20 per cent. And the optimised weight redistribution has resulted in the lowest centre of gravity ever in a Titleist driver for higher launch and lower spin.
They say the MOI (resistance to twisting on impact) is up to 12 percent higher than 917, creating a powerful combination of speed and stability.
The TS3 should be just as fast as the TS2 but has the SureFit CG moveable weight to fine-tune shot shapes and account for common strike patterns or misses.
So that’s the lowdown on the new Titleist TS drivers, but how did they perform? See the results and James’s verdict on the next page…