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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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Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD GP 6-TX

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Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 70 TX

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Irons: Callaway Rogue Pro (4), Callaway Apex Pro 16 (5-PW)
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Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Product: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

Pitch: The TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3 is a stronger-lofted version of the standard TaylorMade M5 3-wood. The Rocket is 14 degrees. The standard M5 is 15.

Our take on the TaylorMade M5 Rocket 3

“WOW, you really hit that 3-wood like a rocket!”

” Not like a rocket… an actual Rocket!”

The beloved 3-wood. A favorite club of both average golfers and pros alike, a club that many will hold onto well after what some might consider their “best before” date. But with new options and improved technology, these old faithfuls are getting the boot quicker for a lot of reasons including the ability to better dial in a fit and help minimizing misses.

Since making a club faster off the middle is becoming more and more difficult thanks to the limits set forth but the USGA, OEMs are changing the way we think about clubs and putting a greater focus on decreasing dispersion and optimizing misses. TaylorMade is doing this with TwistFace, which was originally introduced in drivers a generation ago, and has now been included in the M5 and M6 fairway woods.

I got to spend some time with the knowledgeable crew at TaylorMade Canada in their new indoor facility just north of Toronto (lets call it Kingdom North) In that time, we went through a driver fitting, and then to the new M5 fairway woods to try and replace one of my oldest faithfuls: a 14-degree SLDR Tour Spoon. To say I have a unique ability to elevate a fairway wood is something that even my fitter was a little surprised by. My numbers with my cranked down to 12 degree (measured) fairway off the deck were good but could be improved. I can hit it both ways (as much as a 6-handicap can actually claim that) but my trusted go-to shot is a slight fade with some heel bias contact because of my swing. I am willing to sacrifice some distance but usually hit it where I want.

What I saw at the end of the fitting was a club that produced longer shots along with a tighter dispersion without having to make or to try and make any changes to my swing. The final fit was a 14-degree “Rocket” M5 fairway set to 12 degrees. It beat out my SLDR by a total of nine yards, which is an increase of just over a total of three percent, including an additional six yards of carry.

To say I was honestly surprised would be an understatement. The SLDR TS is a club that the first time I hit it I went WHOA! Low spin, workable, looks exactly how I want that club to look (small and compact). You can see from the numbers below when it works it works.

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Let’s explain and get a little deep in the technology weeds for a second. Bulge and roll is not a new concept. In fact, it would be a lie to claim that all OEMs haven’t done something similar to this is the past or played with these two variables to help golfers hit better shots. Fact: Every OEM optimizes the bulge and roll on their clubs to increase speed and maximize performance. Tom Wishon actually had a line of woods at one point that went the other way had VERY limited roll from the top tine to the sole. With this design, more loft on the bottom of the head helped players who miss low or need help elevating the ball off the deck increase launch and spin. It worked. Cobra also has what it calls E9 technology to tweak bulge and roll to help maximize the speed and forgiveness of their woods. It also works.

What makes TaylorMade’s TwistFace different is that it is the most aggressive iteration of this bulge and roll tweaking yet, and by introducing it into the fairway woods and hybrids, it’s proving to be a winner — even for this now-proven wrong skeptic.

At the end of the day, the M5 Ti “Rocket” was a measurable improvement over my previous 3-wood. Now it would be disingenuous to say “if you aren’t using TwistFace in your fairway woods you’re not maximized,” but if you are someone that struggles with fairway wood dispersion and looking to find some extra distance for taking on par-5s, taking a look at the new M5 and M6 fairway woods as part of your next fitting should be very high on your list.

 

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