What does Titleist say about their TS2 driver?
‘It began with a challenge from the game’s greatest players. A mission to solicit speed from every detail of the driver, embarked on by a collection of uniquely-gifted R&D minds. The TS Project is a peerless pursuit of speed where every micron and milligram matter. Two letters that mark the way to the future of Titleist Speed.’
This all sounds very dramatic, but then Titleist have spent 2 years developing their TS2 driver so we can forgive them for the exuberance. In fact, it may very well match the quality of the driver and we will find out shortly.
In addition to the introduction above, Titleist have spoken about how they completely deconstructed the driver and designed the TS2 with greater speed into every detail. Considering the letters ‘TS’ in the name of the driver stand for ‘Titleist Speed’ it should come as no surprise to find speed is the key factor in this golf club.
Additional quotes from Titleist include ‘Refined TS driver shapes help increase clubhead speed for more distance’ and ‘Variable thickness face delivers faster ball speeds and increased forgiveness’. So, let’s take a closer look at the Titleist TS2 and see if it lives up to the billing.
How Does the TS2 Driver Look?
For those who have previously used a Titleist driver or at least seen them in action in the hands of another player, there is no real surprise in the look of the Titleist TS2. The Crown is a gloss black and this keeps in with tradition for Titleist. There is an alignment aid which you can see when looking down at the driver at address but this small triangle is the only addition to this section of the head.
Some golfers may feel the Titleist TS2 driver looks a little bland at address but for others, the no nonsense and simple approach is just what they want from a driver. If you keep it in good condition, you may even be able to look down and check yourself out in the reflection, if you are that way inclined.
The Titleist TS2 Driver is the larger of the two drivers in comparison to the TS3. When placing the two side by side it is easy to see the difference in length from back to front. However, while many of the longer head designed drivers on the market tend to appear triangular in shape, that is not the case with the Titleist TS2, which is more rounded.
How Does It Perform?
When making the perfect connection between ball and driver face, the Titleist TS2 sounds good. It is not particularly loud and the pitch is generally low with a slight metallic sound. It will not be the greatest sound you will hear off the tee and some would say it wouldn’t even get a second glance from other players. In addition, the sound does get a little thinner the further you move away from the sweet spot so keep it in the middle.
If sound is important to you and you are not consistently finding the middle of the driver, this may not be the club for you. But you nail your drives every time, right? So, there should not be a problem. However, the sound and feel when you do mishit a shot gives you a good idea of where you have struck the ball.
The Titleist TS2 has a weight in the back of the head which can be adjusted but only for swing weight. This adds to the stability of the driver. The SureFit hosel is available to adjust the loft, lie angle and face angle of the driver and allows you to work on the best personal setup at the range.
In terms of performance, the Titleist TS2 does show improvement in comparison to similar previous Titleist driver models. For example, in comparison to the Titleist 917 D3 driver you can expect to see gains in clubhead speed and carry. The consistency of ball speed has also improved in the Titleist TS2.
In comparison to the Titleist TS3, the TS2 offers increased forgiveness and a higher ball launch. That being said, if you are looking for a driver which will see you find twice the number of fairways than your previous club, the Titleist TS2 is probably not for you. In fact, the difference in forgiveness between the TS2 and TS3 is not that significant.
Who is Using the Driver?
A look back to June 2018 shows several professional players were using the Titleist TS2. They may not be the biggest names on the planet but Lanto Griffin, Bill Haas, Chesson Hadley and Cam Smith were among those using the driver.
Fast forward to 2019 and many players continued to use the Titleist TS2. For example, at the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship, 10 players had the Titleist TS2 in their bag.
As you can see from the points above, the pros certainly outweigh the cons when it comes to the Titleist TS2. In terms of design, build quality and performance, the Titleist TS2 delivers. However, this driver is not suitable for beginners (don’t take offence but you will struggle) and is aimed more towards golfers between a 10 and 20 handicap.
- Increased clubhead speed due to efficient design and weight distribution
- Increased distance and consistency over similar and past Titleist models
- SureFit technology allows players to control launch conditions
- Easy on the eye
- Makes Titleist competitive with the leading driver manufacturers
- More expensive than similar drivers available on the market
- Not particularly suitable for players with high ball flights