After a highly successful 917 series, the golfing community have waiting intently on the supposedly 919 models. The Massachusetts headquartered company however, had other plans. The ‘TS’ actually stands for Titleist Speed, and the departure from their three-numbered models symbolizes a significant change.
Labeled the TS Project, research and development engineers broke down their routine club making mechanics and instead, started from ground zero and experimented with the numerous factors in building the perfect driver. From crown and face materials to shape and weight, Titleist has spared no expense and the result is a very different looking long stick as compared to its predecessor.
The TS2 is a 460cc driver suitable for the golfer seeking to achieve higher launch with a significant lower and deeper CG for maximum forgiveness. In plain comparison to the TS3, the TS2 does not offer SureFit CG Weighting. There is one weight on the sole, and it is for swing weighting purposes only. The face is also 0.35mm thinner which saves weight, and the grooves are now laser-etched. The ARC, or the Active Recoil Channel has also been removed aesthetically but instead built into the club head. The MOI of the TS2 is also up by 12% on the 917 D2 to make it even more forgiving. The overall shape of both TS clubs has been streamlined by 20% by lengthening the top of the crown and the steeper drop off from the crown to the back improves aerodynamics effectively by trapping the air closer to the head for a longer period of time.
For more workability and adjustability, the TS3 is the better option between the two. Similar to the 917 D3, it offers lower spin and a mid launch. The SureFit CG weighting is available on the TS3 for horizontal CG adjustment, and Titleist’s philosophy is not to cure hooks and slices but rather change the initial direction of the shot by relocating the mass behind the impact position. The removal of the ARC as well as its ultra thin titanium face and crown is shared on the TS3.
Moving to their fairway woods, the TS2 is the longest and most forgiving Titleist fairway wood while the TS3 offers a speed-tuned performance. Using the same Titleist Speed Chassis as the drivers, the fairways now have a thinner crown, 27 percent to be exact as compared to the 917 generation, and the reduction of weight allows engineers to move the saved weight lower and deeper for maximum forgiveness. The thinner and lighter face allows golfer to generate higher ball speed across the face. The ARC slot is still present in the fairways however, but has been filled with a polymer to brush off the turf without catching the club.
Titleist TS is available at all authorised Titleist retailers.Leave a comment