Titleist has launched two new drivers with the Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers officially hitting the market as successors to the popular 917 drivers.
Images of the two new products were first released back in June when they were unveiled at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
It was at this stage that a validation process was started with the likes of Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood all testing out the drivers and offering feedback and data.
New equipment making its mark
That process has been completed. The TS2 and TS3 drivers are already making their mark on Tour as Titleist bid to claim a share of the market.
TaylorMade, Callaway and Ping have all launched new drivers over the last 12 months with the release of the MP3 and MP4, Epic and Rogue and G400 respectively.
The TS name is because both drivers are known as Titleist Speed, after the manufacturer was set a goal of extracting even more ball speed from a driver by some of the biggest names in the game. It was two years in the making, but the finished TS drivers are pretty impressive.
Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers: Mission to enhance speed
“Our new Speed Chassis is the result of a two-year mission to deconstruct the driver and then design greater speed into every detail,” Titleist says. “Now available in two designs, each born to bring the future of Titleist speed to your game.”
The TS drivers are instantly recognisable as Titleist products with the familiar classic black look. They look very much like a tweaked version of the Titleist 917 driver in shape, but there are noticeable differences in the technology and design.
The SureFit CG system that featured in the 917 drivers has been replaced in the TS2 with the cartridge gone and weights in the back of the head added. The SureFit Cartridge is still present in the TS3, running from heel to toe and allowing golfers to change the angle of loft and lie from draw to fade bias.
Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers: A completely different look
As a result of those changes, the sole of the two TS drivers has a completely different look. The Titleist TS2 driver has an X-shaped plate, while the Titleist TS3 driver has a V-shape design. The tweak in design of the sole has meant drag has been reduced by 20 percent to increase club head speed through the air.
The crown has also had a makeover from the 917, which had a grey colour scheme. In the new product, Titleist has opted to go back to a high gloss black version in the TS2 and TS3 similar to what had been used in models before the 917.
The titanium crown is lighter than any other driver, allowing Titleist to shift the weight lower and deeper than ever before and increase launch angle.
There is added forgiveness across the face of both versions, created by varying sizes of thickness, to allow you to swing more aggressively than ever before and extract that added speed without losing control.
The TS2 and TS3 drivers really do deliver the goods with added ball speed and they should be an incredibly popular option for golfers seeking a new driver for the 2019 season.