As per Titleist’s standard two-year cycle of metalwoods, it’s been two years since the company launched its 917 drivers and fairway woods. But for some reason, the launch of its new TS2 and TS3 drivers this year feels different than launches of year’s past. Maybe it’s because of the nomenclature shift away from the 900s, or maybe it was the 17 players who put the driver in play the first week possible (including Justin Thomas and Jimmy Walker) at the 2018 U.S. Open, or maybe it’s because Titleist was calling this driver mission the “Titleist Speed Project.” Could Titleist make these drivers faster and longer without giving up forgiveness? And if so, how?
Well, the GolfWRX team traveled to the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, California to find out everything possible about the new TS2 and TS3 drivers. First, we learned everything there is to know about the technology, design, specs, shafts and pricing from Josh Talge, the Vice President of Marketing at Titleist, and Stephanie Luttrell, the Director of Metalwood Development. Then, we put the drivers to the test on Oceanside’s range, as GolfWRX’s Original Content Creator Johnny Wunder received a full fitting from Titleist’s Master Fitting Supervisor Glenn Mahler, comparing his gamer driver to the new Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers.
The cool part? We had the cameras rolling the entire time. Check out the information, photos and videos below to learn about Titleist’s new TS2 and TS3 drivers.
Tech Talk: Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers
Why did Titleist get rid of the Active Recoil Channel in the TS2 and TS3 drivers? Find out here.
To summarize, the TS2 and TS3 drivers have a 20 percent thinner titanium crown than the 917 drivers, allowing weight to be placed lower and deeper for lower CG (center of gravity) and higher MOI (moment of inertia, a measure of forgiveness). The faces also use variable thickness for faster ball speeds across the face, and this year, the faces have been made 6 grams lighter.
According to Titleist, the faces are so thin now that the scoring lines have to be lasered onto the faces instead of etched, as with previous generations. With the combination of weight savings from the face and crown, Titleist says these drivers have the lowest CG ever for a Titleist driver, and MOI is 12 percent higher than the 917 drivers.
Additionally, for more club head speed, Titleist says that enhanced aerodynamic shaping of the club heads that reduces drag by up to 20 percent.
As with the previous Titleist 917 drivers, the TS2 and TS3 will have a SureFit hosel that has 16 independent loft and lie settings. The 460cc TS2 has a fixed CG location, a “high launch, low spin” profile, and is available in 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 degree lofts.
The TS3 driver, on the other hand, has a SureFit CG weight system that does allow golfers/fitter to adjust for launch characteristics. Also at 460cc, the TS3 driver has a “mid launch, low spin” profile, and is available in 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 degree lofts.
Stock shafts include Mitsubishi’s Kuro Kage Black Dual Core 50, Mitsubishi’s Tensei AV Series Blue 55, Project X’s HZRDUS Smoke Black 60, and Project X’s Even Flow T1100 White 65. Each of the drivers will be available on Sept. 28, and will sell for $499.
To find a free fitting or trial event near you, click here.
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Matt Kuchar debuting new putter and stroke at the 2021 Masters
Matt Kuchar has returned to form over the past few weeks, and at this week’s Masters tournament, the 42-year-old will be implementing a new strategy on the greens.
The American will put a Bettinardi BB8 Tri-Plane putter in play for the year’s opening major and will be using a right arm lock technique to conquer the Augusta greens.
Model: Bettinardi BB8 Tri-Plane
Face: F.I.T. Face
Kuchar, who has been testing an array of putters over the past few months, gets his Masters’ campaign underway at 12.48 PM ET.
Ben Hogan launches game improvenemnt Edge EX irons
After the successful recent releases of the Icon blade iron and the larger GS53 Max driver, Ben Hogan Golf is again turning its attention to golfers looking for extra forgiveness with the release of the new Edge EX game improvement iron set.
The 2021 Edge EX is the newest iron to carry on the Edge name which was introduced in 1989 with the first forged cavity back from the Texas-based company. The new Edge EX’s are designed to be easy to hit while still maintaining the traditional look golfers have come to expect from Ben Hogan.
A big push for the direct-to-consumer equipment company is to show golfers that Ben Hogan equipment is made for every golfer and not just lower handicap competitive players, which was a conclusion made from a consumer survey conducted by the company.
“Some golfers who play the game just for fun felt that our products weren’t for them. We continue to try to educate golfers that forged clubs are not reserved for only the best players in the world. In fact, quite the contrary. Edge EX irons will offer average golfers the playability, forgiveness, and feel that Ben Hogan once described as ‘… that blissful feeling that goes from your hands, up your arms, and into your heart.” -Scott White, President and CEO of Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company.
The Edge EX irons offer a deep undercut cavity and extreme perimeter weighting to increase launch and raise MOI. Along with the overall design, the actual iron head has been increased to create a larger effective hitting area to maximize forgiveness.
“We tested these irons more than any other product we’ve brought to market in recent years and golfer response and feedback has been exceptionally good throughout the development process. Golfers of all ability levels, but especially those with double-digit handicaps told us that Edge EX irons were some of the easiest-to-hit irons they’ve ever played.” -Scott White
Price, specs, and availability
The new Ben Hogan Edge EX irons are available now for pre-order with products scheduled to ship in late April.
The Edge EX irons will be separated by consistent 4-degree gaps, and start at a 44-degree pitching wedge and going to a 20-degree 4-iron.
Seven-piece (4-PW) sets will be priced at $800.00 with a choice of premium steel and graphite shaft options.
Six and five-piece sets with also be available for $720 for 5-PW and $630 for 6-PW for golfers that would like to build a combo set with either the Ben Hogan UiHI utility or VKTR hybrids — priced individually.
Edge EX irons are available for purchase exclusively at www.BenHoganGolf.com.
The ‘knock down’ bag – GolfWRXers discuss
In our forums, our members have been discussing a theory and strategy often employed by Phil Mickelson. WRXer ‘ExtraStiff’ kicks off the thread saying:
“In one of Phil Mickelson’s 2021 Masters interviews, he says he considers going game improvement irons around Augusta because high and spinny/attacking is usually the shot of choice. But he uses less forgiving clubs at a lot of other venues cause he is hitting ‘knock down shots’,… taking a couple of clubs extra, and taking some speed off it to keep trajectory and spin low so wind and such is less of a factor.
Anybody here playing two sets of irons for this reason, or have any thoughts? Are there any other pros that have suggested this philosophy?”
And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the strategy in our forum.
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.
- jvincent: “Phil is the ultimate WRXer. That said, he actually has the skill to pull this off. I’d say there may be a handful of guys on here who actually have enough skill to do this kind of thing.”
- acemandrake: “Ben Hogan said he always used more club on approach shots. That way, his swing never changed. He also liked to aim for the middle of the green.”
- PEI_Golfer: “This just seems like Phil being Phil and overthinking something. He is talented enough that if he wanted to hit it higher, he would just hit it higher. It is almost like trying to give yourself an excuse for poor play with the clubs he is supposed to be the most comfortable with.”
- cardoustie: “I have more success with smaller short irons (7-PW) … and I hit a load of knockdowns … it’s my preferred shot inside 155. I have 9 sets of irons right now but no full set of SG!”
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