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New 2021 Titleist Drivers TSi3 & TSi2 and Fairway Woods (UPDATED with in-hand photos)

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New Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 Drivers and Fairways woods for 2021 spotted on the PGA Tour this week. After a great deal of speculation around how the new Titleist woods line would continue to build on the great strides the TS series took, we now have official visual confirmation.

The Titleist TSi Series will be kicked off with TSi3 and TSi2 models for late 2020 into 2021 in both drivers and fairway woods, and it is not a stretch to believe that they will fall closely in line with previous TS2 and TS3 segmentation.

*Updated with in-hand photos from the Safeway Open

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Titleist TSi2 driver

Titleist TSi3 driver


The new Titleist’s TSi drivers and fairway woods are here! And by “here,” I mean we have preliminary images as found on the USGA conforming drivers list. (USGA images below, featured image c/o Titleist)

We have reached out to Titleist and have no official comment yet, but based on the images and our knowledge of previous models, we can draw some conclusions based on the visual elements and markings—including the fact that the new TSi3 will have an external sliding weight track—the first time a sliding weight has been built into a Titleist wood.

Titleist TSi Series (speculated) technology

Although we can only see the sole of the new drivers, there are some design points that allow us to make strong assumptions on the new products, including the adjustable tip being used is the same as in previous generations.

Titleist TSi2 Driver

The TS2 driver has been a big hit for golfers whose natural swing dynamics create mid-to-lower spin, and the TSi2 looks to continue to fit into this category with a single adjustable weight in the rear of the club.

The big tell appears to be a lot of mass positioned low and in the middle of the sole – based on the graphics/visual technology represented in the available images. I would expect the next steps to be a lighter and/or stiffer crown and an improved shape to boost MOI—potentially making the “i” in “TSi” stand for “improved.”

The last part of the ‘improvement” is most likely a new face design to help increase ball speeds on mishits, which leads me down another speculation path: The “i” could stand for “intelligent,” and Titleist will be selling an AI (artificial intelligence) story, but based on Callaway’s success in that department, I highly doubt it.

TSi2 Fairway wood

The TSi2 fairway appears to fall in with the TSi2 driver with centralized mass and adjustable rear weight. Since fairway wood technology is being advanced as quickly as drivers, I would expect to see an improved face paired with an overall lighter frame.

As for continued technology, the woods will have ARC (Active Recoil Channel), and what looks to be the same hosel sleeve.

Titleist TSi3 Driver

The TSi3 looks to be the big kahuna, with Titleist pulling out all the stops by adding both an adjustable and sliding rear weight.

The 2018 TS3 was a driver designed to help lower spin and help players fine-tune ball flight with adjustable CG. The TSi3 is taking it further by moving that adjustability to the perimeter of the head to create greater CG movement and higher MOI. We have seen this very rear-positioned mass on a number of recent releases, including Cobra, TaylorMade, and the upcoming new Ping G425.

The reason we are seeing these similar design trends is thanks to physics and finite element analysis, which is “a computerized method for predicting how a product reacts to real-world forces, vibration, heat, fluid flow, and other physical effects.” Golf club engineers are smart people, and they are always pulling levelers in an attempt to maximize a club’s potential based on available technology and manufacturing methods. It’s the same reason we are seeing super-car designs in relation to aerodynamics become more homogenized because of the goal to achieve aerodynamic perfection.

*Update: Photos of the TSi3 driver from Ian Poulter on Instagram

Like with the aforementioned TSi2 I would expect to hear more about weight savings from the removed weight housing of the TS3, which will boost the TSi3 MOI along with an updated face designed to maximize ball speed.

The last note is on the overall shape. Compared to the 2018 TS3, the new TSi3 looks to be smaller front to back and shorter heel to toe. In a way, its shape makes it look like the previous TS3 and TS4 had a bit of a baby and it could also mean that Titleist has no plans to possibly expand the line if they have achieved in getting the spin low enough in the TSi3. Obviously, that is a big bit of speculation, but one we should consider under the circumstances.

Titleist TSi3 Fairway Wood

The visual technology seems pretty self-explanatory for the TSi3 fairway woods with a compact shape paired with an adjustable forward weight to help control launch and lower spin. The weight looks BIG, and this most likely means engineers have shaved a lot of mass around the head to help centralize mass in the sole.

Fairway woods already go a very long way, and if Titleist has figured out a way to make their new ones go farther and straighter, then that’s a winning combination.

Like the TSi3 fairway, the patented ARC is behind the face and should help with lower face strikes too.

Conclusion

This release from Titleist is going to be interesting to follow since the entire TS series from Titleist was such a huge success. We don’t have information on the retail dates, but Titleist has generally stuck to a late fall schedule after the tour seeding process initially conducted on the PGA Tour, so with these now on the USGA list we can expect tour seeding to begin shortly.

Fairway wood lofts on the USGA conforming list

TSi2: 13.5, 15, 16.5, 18, 21 in RH and LH
TSi3: 13.5, 15, 16.5, 18 (RH)
13.5, 15, 16.5 LH

To see what other golfers are saying about the speculated Titleist TSi drivers and fairways, check out the GolfWRX Forums and join the discussion.

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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. MNW

    Sep 26, 2020 at 12:29 am

    who does reviews of new clubs with pictures of every angle except from address looking down??
    yes you did for drivers but not fairway woods.
    Who cares what a club looks like from the bottom or side angle

  2. jgpl001

    Sep 21, 2020 at 4:06 am

    Anyone know the stock shafts?

  3. T$

    Sep 11, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Honest question…how much better (distance, forgiveness, etc…) do you think a modern driver is than my Cleveland Launcher from 2005?

    • phizzy

      Oct 13, 2020 at 9:33 pm

      A lot better. I have the SIM max with ventus black and it’s more forgiving on off center hits compared to drivers before 2016. Balls that would normally fly off the face of the planet for me tend to stay inbounds and I get higher ball speeds off the hosel and toe compared to older models which means less distance lost off the tee.

  4. Jason

    Sep 8, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    TSi1 and TSi4 will be available early 2021

  5. Shallowface

    Sep 8, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    That upside down faux insert looks like a rendition of a golf club from a cartoonist who doesn’t play golf.

  6. Jbone

    Sep 8, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Let’s get a new driver with the shape of 905S or 983E

    These are too much towards game improvement for my taste

  7. Tony

    Sep 8, 2020 at 7:11 am

    The TSi 3 is one of the best looking new drivers I’ve seen in a while. Nice!

  8. president O'bama

    Sep 7, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Uhhh…..I need the face design to be busier! Lol! Sheesh, good luck with these guys!

  9. Travisty

    Sep 7, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Geez these look horrendous, and with a terrible alignment aid to boot. 100% will not be trying these this year. *barf*

    • TD

      Jan 7, 2021 at 12:19 am

      The TSi3 is literally the best looking driver made in the metal wood era lol.

  10. alex jones

    Sep 7, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    I’m definitely in on the TSi3, time to upgrade my TS3 from 2018!!!!

  11. Dave

    Sep 7, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    AI in a golf club is not possible unless its made of nano’s. The alignment aid is awful. Very little difference between the previous TS models. I’m out

  12. Larry

    Sep 7, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I currently play a TS4- will there be a TSi driver to uopgrade/replace it??

  13. Travis Duckro

    Sep 7, 2020 at 5:55 am

    Its finite element analysis, not infinite element analysis…. lmao

  14. Maximillian

    Sep 7, 2020 at 3:55 am

    All companies have to stop referring to computer programs as “artificial intelligence”. These programs cannot think for themselves – they are just ordinary computer programs. They are 100% only as clever as the people who wrote the code.

  15. Tom

    Sep 7, 2020 at 12:33 am

    Ouch…that alignment aid…bad…

    • Jbone

      Sep 7, 2020 at 11:01 am

      They need the DCI triangle back. I think this alignment is better than the flipped triangle they’ve been using

  16. Tyler Made

    Sep 6, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Wow! They look like dog s h I t!

  17. stanley

    Sep 6, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    these companies keep finding ways to take my money….

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Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX

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3-wood: Ping G425 LST (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 85 TX

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Irons: Ping iBlade (3, 4), Ping Blueprint (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

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Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F) WedgeWorks 2021 Prototype (54-M, 60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

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Putter: Bettinari Inovai 6.0 Tour
Putter grip: Lamkin Deep Etched Cord
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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Highlighted by Phil Mickelson’s early adoption, the Callaway Apex UW is having a bit of a moment in professional golf.

The fusion of elements of both hybrid and fairway wood and the absence of traditional drawbacks make it an intriguing option at the professional level and a club that better players are gravitating toward (including our Brian Knudson, who reviewed it on his Club Junkie podcast).

We spoke with Callaway’s PGA Tour manager Jacob Davidson about the rise of Apex UW on tour.

GolfWRX: We know the tech story of the UW. But from your perspective, where does the club succeed? How is both “utility” and “wood”?

Jacob Davidson: The great thing about Apex UW’s success is that Callaway has been leading the industry in this space, and it’s almost as if we’re creating a new category. With the increase in speed for a lot of these players, we want to make sure that fitting for a 5-wood or hybrid type of club is a focus for our players, when maybe they wouldn’t think about it as much in the past.

Using analytics, we really understood how important having a club that could work well as an option for high-speed guys and for players who maybe wanted something that provided a balance between a hybrid and a 5-wood, something that is versatile and that they can work both ways. It’s really filled a need in a lot of players’ bags and the reason that it’s been successful is that once we’ve explained it to them, and they’ve had the ability to test it, they quickly realized that maybe there was a hole that they didn’t even realize.

GolfWRX: What is it that appeals to tour pros, though? Why is this club working for them?

JD: It obviously allows for a fairway wood shaft which gives you a lot more options for tour guys, where they’re getting a shaft that they’re familiar with in their driver or 3-woods or even 5-woods. The ability to have a 2-hybrid, a 3-hybrid, or filling the gap of a 5-wood with a spin robustness that’s easier to a control, a flight that’s much better, and a sole design with forgiveness with the long heel-to-toe really allows guys to avoid that left miss that might peel off on them, especially off the tee.

GolfWRX: Who on Tour has put the UW in play?

JD: It’s been a popular choice already with our staff pros for guys like Marc Leishman, Phil Mickelson was the first to put it in play, Kevin Kisner, Wesley Bryan, and Adam Hadwin, among others. We’ve seen some strong conversions as well on the LPGA, Champions, and European Tours.

What’s especially stood out over the past few weeks is that more and more players who aren’t on Callaway’s staff are coming onto our tour truck and asking us to build UWs — more than we’ve seen for a club like this in a long time. There’s a lot of buzz, and we know we have a great product when guys who aren’t on our staff are asking for a club like this as much as they are.

GolfWRX: Can you share any stories about players testing and putting the UW in play?

JD: One thing we’ve really noticed initially is how happy players are after they try it — since it is a new category, and they didn’t know what to expect with how it would perform. Once they hit it, they usually love it. A few guys have delayed testing it because they were comfortable with their setup until they see other players hit it on the golf course, then they’re coming and asking for it.

Specifically, Tyler McCumber and Sam Burns weren’t early adopters for Apex UW, but they were coming to us because they saw other pros play with it in competition and they said, “Wow, that’s really good.”

GolfWRX: Sam Burns recently put a UW in play. A younger, higher-speed guy…what worked for him?

JD: He’s been playing an older Apex Hybrid, he’s liked it, he’s been playing well all year, and he’s probably the hottest golfer in the world so he’s very hesitant to make a change in his bag. However, we sent some to his house, where he did some initial testing. Then last week in Houston we really had a chance to work with him.

What he really liked about it is how aggressive the flight is without the ball spinning high up into the air. It launches quite a bit higher than his hybrid and spins less at a higher apex. For a guy like Sam who likes to work the ball slightly left or right, he couldn’t believe how neutral it was whether he was trying to take a little off a cut into a par 5, or flight it lower off the tee with a little bit of a draw. It gives him more versatility than his old hybrid.

GolfWRX: Why should better amateurs, who haven’t taken to hybrids in the past, give the UW a shot?

JD: Overall, this is the next thing for what a players hybrid can be. It gives you the benefits of hitting a reliable club into longer par 3s or second shots into par 5s where they can hold the green, particularly on firmer, faster conditions. This club gives them the height to do that without overspinning it when they get into conditions where they are slightly into the wind or they slightly mishit it. That ball is not going to spin into the upper 5,000 RPMS and come up 15-20 yards short. This club is a lot more forgiving in that aspect.

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It’s that time of year again, GolfWRX members, the moment we start filling our wish lists with the golf gear we want this holiday season.

The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and hopefully receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet. These gift ideas will suit any budget, and each item was hand-picked by our staff.

In an effort to provide more value and tailored recommendations, we’re presenting our guide as a series this year, targeting “the purist,” “the gearhead,” “the value seeker,” “the golfer looking to improve,” “the clothes horse,” and “the big spender.”

You know the golfer looking to get better by his/her closet full of every infomercial training aid and a pursuit of forgiveness that would put the most penitent sinner to shame.

Here are our best recommendations for “golfer looking to improve” in your life.

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So you want to hit that ball farther? OK. Well, you can swing harder and see what happens (probably not great things for shot dispersion or body), or you can gather the requisite tools and put a plan in place to smash soaring drives.

At the professional and amateur levels, speed is the name of the game in golf these days, and SuperSpeed is the standard for training. Give the gift of speed this holiday (or get it for yourself!) with the #1 overspeed training system in golf. SuperSpeed is used by over 700 tour players, and you’ve no doubt seen their signature sticks in many of our tour photos.

Coupled with free online video instruction, the SuperSpeed Golf Training System/PRGR Launch Monitor bundle is an easy way to 20 more yards.

Increase the speed and power of your golf swing by 5% to 8% in as little as 4-6 weeks of regular practice.

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Lag Shot Triple Threat – $299

The perfect way to get a tour-level swing feel is with the Lag Shot Triple Threat. Practicing with the Lag Shot driver, 7-iron, and wedge will make you a more consistent golfer regardless of your age or skill level. The Lag Shot driver is designed to add distance off the tee and fix your slice, the 7-iron to hit straighter, solid iron shots, and the wedge is aimed to help you get perfectly dialed in to your yardages.

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For the golfer aiming to break 100, Me and My Golf have you covered with their tailored course containing 40 lessons. The course has helped thousands of golfers to break 100 in a matter of weeks, so those looking to improve will be thrilled with this gift that is packed full of golden nuggets.

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Groove Putting Mirror Special Edition – $59.95

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