During a year in which the golf world has witnessed a prodigious release of metal woods, Titleist is a late bloomer by virtue of their introducing the TS range just now. However, it may be the case of the one laughing last laughs the loudest.
“Titleist Speed”, as it is termed, offers a breakthrough in advancement that justifies a name departure from their usual ‘9’ series clubs to focus on speed, launch and spin.
“The Titleist Speed Project taught us how to unlock the speed and distance in every detail of metalwood design. It’s the culmination of all those little things that get you big results,” said Josh Talge, Vice President, Titleist Golf Club Marketing.
Those little things include a reduction in crown thickness by 20 per cent, a thinner, 0.35mm face that saves six grams and grooves that are etched rather than milled, with nothing but a clean face in the middle.
Gene Saunders, Titleist Golf Club Product and Club Fitting Manager, SEA, suggests that grooves on the driver face are more aesthetic than functional and its removal actually reduces spin, and hence increasing ball speed and distance.
Released in two models, both featuring 460cc heads, the TS2 is more forgiving with a head that looks slightly larger and more rounded while the TS3, with its more traditional compactness, lets players who can shape the ball.
The Active Recoil Channel that propels ball speed is ironically gone, but both clubs have gone faster by having a streamlined head with a sharper drop off on top of the crown to improve aerodynamics. The resulting MOI is up to 11 per cent higher than the 917, creating a powerful combination of speed and stability.
While the TS3 comes with the SureFit CG cylinder that allows for adjustable weighting, in the TS2, it is replaced with a single sole weight at the back to draw the centre of gravity behind and make it easier to launch.
Increases in ball speed vary but I for one, have found four miles per hour more on average, which translates to 9.2 yards further each time I tee it up with the Titleist TS2 driver.
Golfers can experience the speed of TS metals by attending a Titleist Advanced Fitting or Trial event (including Titleist Thursdays). To find an event, golfers can visit https://www.titleist.com.sg/golf-clubs/experience.