Titleist didn’t become one of the premier golf equipment companies in the world by settling for good enough. With the release of the TS2 andTS3 drivers, Titleist is seeking to reassert itself in a crowded marketplace and remind everyone that Titleist isn’t afraid to do things differently.
The internal mandate to the R&D team at the company was to develop something that gave golfers instant speed from the first shot. The 917 is widely praised as a solid, consistent driver. But, it was clear that other drivers were delivering much better speed.
The R&D team went to work, and after an intense and grueling process, they delivered the TS2 and TS3 drivers.
But, did the team create a worthy successor to the 917?
TS2 and TS3 Driver Specs and Design
One thing that didn’t change with the new drivers is the Titleist look. At a glance, you know the TS2 and TS3 belong to the Titleist family. Both drivers are a futuristic, glossy black. While other companies are accentuating the bulge and roll of their drivers, Titleist has doubled down on the flatter face for the TS2 and TS3.
The TS2 and TS3 are sleeker than the 917, and Titleist claims they have 20% less drag over the 917. Both drivers are made from premium-performance titanium. They also feature thinner titanium crowns that saved 10 grams of weight. An additional six grams of weight was shaved off by making the variable-thickness face thinner. However, the club is still within the USGA and R&A guidelines.
In the TS2 the saved weight was redistributed into a sole weight in the back of the head. The goal of this weight redistribution was to reduce spin and a higher launch angle than was achievable with the 917D2. Golfers should enjoy more distance from the same swing with the TS2. The TS2 also features a slightly more pear-shaped design than the TS3.
The TS3 is more adjustable than the TS2. It comes with a SureFit CG weight (similar to the 917 drivers) that can be adjusted as needed to promote a draw, fade, or neutral weight bias. The rounder shape of the TS3 makes it easier to align than the TS2.
How do the new Titleist Drivers perform?
Did all of these changes in design and engineering make a difference?
Already, many pros are experimenting with the TS2 and TS3. So far, there has only been praise for these new drivers.
Testing shows that these both of these drivers deliver much more ball speed compared to the 917 models, and when it comes to distance, they are extremely competitive with any other driver currently on the market.
For a look at all the new drivers on the market, click here.
Should You Buy the Titleist TS2 or TS3 Driver?
Both the TS2 and the TS3 are priced at $499, and based on the performance these clubs deliver in terms of distance and accuracy, they are well worth the investment.
The hardest choice for most people won’t be whether or not to buy a new Titleist driver, but which one they should buy. Both drivers deliver comparable results and the right choice for a golfer will depend on their swing and comfort-level with the club.
As a rule of thumb, I would recommend the TS2 to most players. It is the higher launching, lower spin version of the two. The TS2’s adjustability resembles the older 915 and earlier models.
However, if you really like to experiment with different setups, the TS3 gives you even more adjustability with the SureFit CG Weight. This model’s adjustability closely resembles the 917 drivers.
Everyone in the Titleist R&D department deserves a raise because they have created two of the finest drivers on the market and have significantly raised the bar for other drivers.