A lot of the discussion points relating to the Titleist TSi3 can also be attributed to its sibling, the TSi2, no surprises there. The shape is very Titleist-y, with attention to detail that is expected. The TSi3 is clearly a different beast to TSi2, in address appearance, sound, and flight. In reality, it’s as different as its target player, the TSi3 being aimed at the stronger player who likes to work the ball, and dial in their flight.
WHAT WE LIKE
+ Classic pear-shape look at address
+ Precision and Adjustability
+ Variety of shafts available
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
× Lack of spin will mostly suit stronger players
× Face detail won’t appeal to everyone
× Sound was dull compared to TSi2
TS stands for Titleist Speed project, and the framework for this beast was created with the first iteration in 2018. The concept was around speed through aerodynamics and ensuring every piece of the driver was adding ‘value’. The approach for this model is the same.
As with TSi2, the biggest change for to the TSi3 is the piece that makes contact with the ball, the face. For the first time from any manufacturer, Titleist has used an ATI-425 Titanium face. Why is this important? This is where both speed and consistency are born, and given the face has been used in the military with armour, you can bank on it thriving on impact and ability to withstand force and collision.
From a tuning perspective, the TSi3 now features a CG Track at the rear of the head with 5 positions, as opposed to the CG Weight that could only be set Neutral, Draw or Fade.
The most striking part of the TSi3 is the face cosmetic that despite looking highly technical is all about diverting the players eye to focus on the face not the shape, especially at the toe.
The TSi3 also looks deep of face and slightly shorter front to back, giving a sleek address look that will suit the more ‘traditional’ eye. This driver is about shaping and precision more than flat-out bombing.
It’s amazing how much 2 drivers from the same stable can differ in sound and feel. Whilst the TSi2 sounds like the ball explodes off the face, the TSi3 creates a more subtle note at impact letting everyone know you’ve hit your shot without screaming it from the rooftops.
It’s a positive, for most.
The biggest challenge for people choosing between the TSi2 and TSi3 may well be managing spin through loft and shaft. The TSi3 needs a good amount of speed as well as a perfectly matched shaft to ensure the ball carries as it should. Fortunately Titleist has a number of shaft options that, with the skill of an expert fitter, can help deliver a solution. Distance and precision are really a function of this too. But once dialled in, this is a driver that will stay with you for a long time.
The TSi3 is clearly the more refined of the two siblings. The adjustability sets it apart for the tinkerer, whilst the overall shape reminds you how a driver should look. Be aware of the spin characteristics of this machine. They can work for you but like a wayward drive, a wayward choice can cost shots. Fitting is a must. Ø