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Spotted: New Titleist “TS2” and “TS3” drivers at the 2018 U.S. Open

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Titleist first went to market with its 917D2 and 917D3 drivers on October 21, 2016. Now, on Monday of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, the company has announced its new TS2 and TS3 drivers — and we have in-hand photos of them here.

According to Titleist, the company is starting its “rigorous validation process.” Essentially, that means Tour players will begin testing, playing and providing feedback to Titleist on the new drivers and what tweaks need to be made before the company brings them to retail.

Of course, Jimmy Walker had already been spotted testing a Titleist TS3, but that was before Titleist made its big U.S. Open announcement. There had also been rumors swirling in our forums about the new driver for months.

Check out more photos of the drivers below, and see what GolfWRX Members are saying in our forums.

Titleist TS2 driver

See more photos of the TS2 driver here.

Titleist TS3 driver

See more photos of the TS3 driver here.

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  1. Michael Lee

    Jul 15, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    spotted *insert random new club*…. new club goes just as far and straight as 5 year old clubs! Manufacturers still want you to buy!!

  2. Kieron

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Guess I’ll be sticking with my 910’s for now 🙂

  3. truth

    Jun 28, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    If this were a JDM release you guys would be posting “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!”

  4. Chuck Barkley

    Jun 13, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Damn near resembles that Wilson customer trap!

  5. Travis

    Jun 12, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Boy is this a step in the wrong direction… you know, there used to be a joke where people would say that instead buying new equipment, shouldn’t you spend that money on lessons? Well… the manufacturers are starting to make that really easy by just releasing ugly equipment!

  6. Jeff Martin

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    I saw a thread in the junior forum that this was the US Kids Golf Tour Series TS3. Hilarious!!

  7. Joey5Picks

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Wouldn’t $400 be better spent on lessons?

    • Steve

      Jun 11, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      More like $500 in the recent trend. Cant afford a new drivers these days

  8. Steve

    Jun 11, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Ts2 looks exatly like the Bridgestone J40 driver. Look it up and tell me what you guys think!

  9. Thomas Horonzy

    Jun 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    You want us to rave looking at a number on the sole? Show me how it look when holding it behind the ball, from the rear, front, and side.

    • James T

      Jun 15, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Show me what it does. I don’t care about how it looks.

  10. Kool Aid

    Jun 11, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Looks like a component club that was made at Budget Golf in 1997

  11. Bushwood Caddie

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    At least the removed the AAA battery!

  12. Dane

    Jun 11, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Kind of unfortunate looking clubs

  13. scott

    Jun 11, 2018 at 10:22 am

    I currentley play the 915 d2 and love it.The biggest change I see & most excited abput is the headcovers????. They finally decided to change them from the horrable ones that they have been using for years and were the biggest P.I.T.A. to put back on.

  14. dat

    Jun 11, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Looks like a JDM release, but it isn’t. Interesting.

  15. Pullhook

    Jun 11, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Well I guess it will be another two years before I get a new driver. Pick a line titleist, are you taylormade or the classic titleist I know and prefer. If ugly looks are a mainstay I might as well go to a competitor with better performance.

  16. juststeve

    Jun 11, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Unlike the rest of these guys I can’t intelligently comment on the product before I hit it

  17. Shawn Mcbride

    Jun 11, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Looks exactly the same as all their old drivers.

  18. Bingobango

    Jun 11, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Looks kinda cheap

  19. golfraven

    Jun 11, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Long awaited pics since I am in the market for the new Titleist driver. Intrigued why the ARC went away and why the TS2 has the traditiona weights from pre 917 models. Eager to test those once they hit my local Titleist fitting center. At this moment I would likely go with the TS3 since this looks like the D3 option

  20. Man

    Jun 11, 2018 at 8:45 am

    What happened to the ARC? Got chased by TM for patent infringement?

  21. Joe sponcia

    Jun 11, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Looks like an r9

  22. Jeffrey

    Jun 11, 2018 at 8:32 am

    No active recoil channel on either? TS2 a rebadged 913 and TS3 a rebadged 913 with 917 weights.

  23. BirdieBouy18

    Jun 11, 2018 at 8:26 am

    TS2 would be like Ping G400 MAX

    • HDTVMAN

      Jun 11, 2018 at 9:41 am

      Sorry but the Ping G400 Series, including the MAX, are the real deal…long and straight. I’m a fitter and have not suggested a Titleist driver for years. They are short on distance and forgiveness. With the exception of the new AP3, the AP1 & 2 irons leave a lot to be desired.

      • JJVas

        Jun 11, 2018 at 11:11 am

        If I played a driver on just looks and sound, it would be Titleist every time… but every time I put them against Cally and TM drivers, they come up last… and not by a little. Hopefully these are better.

  24. JB

    Jun 11, 2018 at 8:13 am

    wow i love it! FS3 looks like jt contains the surefit cg like the 917D (Thomas & Walker my guess would be using the FS3)… while the FS2 is more up the alley of the 915D weight placement and sole appearance (Speith i guess would be using something like the FS2)

  25. Wiger Toods

    Jun 11, 2018 at 8:11 am

    But why?

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In-hand photos of prototype Ping “Blueprint” irons

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Our Johnny Wunder paid a visit to Ping HQ in Phoenix, and in addition to getting to step inside to company’s legendary gold putter vault, The Gear Dive host got an exclusive in-hand look at Ping’s new prototype Blueprint irons.

While we can’t provide any additional details at present, we do have these photos of a 6-iron for your viewing pleasure.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the irons in the forums. 

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You have a golf trip planned in two weeks. One day after work, you head to your car to hit the range and get some grinding in for the trip. As you walk to your car you notice your car has been broken into and your clubs are gone. Not good. You need new clubs for the trip but aren’t in a position to shell out the $2,000-$3,000 for a brand new set. What are your options? I recommend hitting the used market.

Every year, thousands of used golf clubs go on the market. Some of the clubs had a rough life and some have barely been hit. As an exercise to see what you can get for your dollar, I browsed one of the web’s largest used golf equipment sites (3balls.com) with a budget of $500 for a full set of clubs in my specs. What I found was really interesting.

Rules: 14 clubs for under $500 shipped. As close to my specs as possible.

Driver

Since I play a low loft driver with a low launch, low spin shaft, I knew I was in for a challenge with finding a driver. Once I took a minute to search, I found this beauty of a driver. I remember hitting the Ping G10 back in the day, and it was one of the most forgiving drivers at the time. Plus, it was very close to my specs at standard length, 7.5 degrees, and a mid-launch Grafalloy shaft.

Wood

While searching for a 3-wood, I had two things in mind, I needed a X-stiff shaft, and I needed it to be heavy. After about five minutes, I found this great Titleist 913 with a heavier X-stiff shaft. Normally I play a 13-degree 3-wood, and this 3-wood would allow me to loft it down to get the desired flight. Really a solid deal for $50.

Hybrid

In an ideal world, I’d be hitting a 2-iron or a driving iron here. The problem is that driving irons can sell for $100-plus fairly easily, so that was out of budget. After searching, I found a nice 17-degree hybrid from Ping with an X-stiff shaft. The shaft is a little lighter than I would like, but it is not a bad pick up for 80 bucks.

Irons

I knew I would want to spend the majority of my money on some solid irons. After searching, with the parameters being a 3-PW set with X100 shafts, I found this great Titleist combo set. I current play a MB/CB combo from another company, so this set fits well with what I am looking for if I was to replace my current set. All of this for $200.

Wedges

Wedge shopping was hard because I needed a lob wedge with good grooves and a gap wedge that wasn’t trash. I got really lucky with the Ping lob wedge. It is in very good condition which is really what matters for the grooves since I will be using it greenside. Since it is blue dot, I can get it sent to ping to be adjusted for my specs. For the gap wedge, I picked up a heavily used 52-degree. Ideally, I would have more money for a slightly better grooved GW.

Putter

Can’t go wrong with a White Hot in my preferred length. Not much more to say.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Is it easier to hit players irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day was created by lazyjc4, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what they feel are some of the easiest to hit players irons on the market. Our members have mentioned a multitude of players irons, with plenty of detailed reasoning behind their choices.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

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  • Sonja Henie: “Very interested in the comment about the 745s being similar to the 545s in forgiveness.  I’ve been very tempted by the 565s but might do better with the 765s.”

Entire Thread: “Easier to hit players irons?”

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