The new 2021 Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 drivers are all about getting more distance more often, and the engineering team behind the TSi Series have exhausted every possible avenue to build the fastest, longest, and most consistent drivers they have ever put into the hands of golfers.
But, before we get to what’s new, we have to take a look back. The Titleist TSi Series drivers build on the unprecedented success of the original TS Series, which were kicked off with the introduction of the TS2 and TS3—the first drivers to come from what Titleist calls its “Titleist Speed” Project (in case you were curious what TS stands for). This resulted in Titleist forever changing the way they design and build their drivers, with the TS Series having 20-percent thinner crowns and faces six grams lighter than the previous models.
These changes and engineering breakthroughs immediately thrust Titleist into the conversation around the fastest drivers on the market, and forever did away with the old “they’re really good but not the longest” stereotype.
This “new boundary-pushing Titleist” is no accident either. Since 2008, the golf club R&D department has gone from 13 engineers and designers to over 70—that means more brainpower focused on each individual project, which in turn results in more people time per product category and better golf clubs.
Titleist’s driver evolution – From “concept” to reality
As much as the conversation around the new TSi2 and TSi3 drivers is about the evolution from the original TS Series, the truth is it really started years before that with the C16 (“C” standing for Concept and 16, its year of release, 2016 ). It was the first time Titleist introduced to consumers what it called a “no holds barred approach to design and materials”—a true “if we build it, they will come” line of clubs. The C16 driver alone debuted with a $1,000 price tag…and quickly sold out.
For Titleist and its team of engineers, it allowed them to remove the reigns of cost and do whatever it takes to push manufacturing and material technologies in search of ultimate performance. Looking back on the C16 driver now, even then they were dropping hints about future designs.
“These clubs are previews of what’s to come. Maybe not in the next generation. Maybe in two generations.” – Titleist on the C16 series.
The C16 driver gave us SureFit adjustable CG (center of gravity) weighting, which became part of the full retail line in within a year with the launch of the 917D3—and here’s the big one: an ultra-thin, ATI-425 Titanium Crown, the first driver to use this super-strong patented material in the golf club space.
Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 drivers
The “i” is for “innovation”
Titleist has enjoyed using extra letters to denote key features of some of its newest models—the most recent is the T100s with the “S” standing for both “strong” and “speed.” The “i” in TSi is no different but it has a few more meanings attached beyond the obvious “innovation.”
Both of the new TSi Series drivers have boosted MOI over the previous generation beyond the traditional heel and toe forgiveness.
Engineers spent a huge amount of time figuring out a way to make the drivers more stable higher and lower on the face to help boost “high-low” MOI to create smaller launch windows and greater spin robustness. Spin robustness is a term we will continue to hear more about since driver faces can’t get any faster (off the middle), per the rules of golf, but enhancing a club’s ability to generate tighter spin robustness creates more consistent numbers and smaller standard deviation from optimal conditions.
This was achieved in previous generations of Titleist drivers with ARC (Active Recoil Channel), to aid shots hit lower on the face, but it required the use of extra material which was able to be eliminated with the launch of the TS. In essence, Titleist engineered it obsolete for use in their drivers.
According to Titleist, the TSi2 has an improved high/low inertia of 13 percent, while the TSi3 comes in at 10 percent. In the world of engineering, single percent advancements are considered a big step so for Titleist to hit double digits on both products should be considered a big leap.
The final part of the inertial story is about shaping—for both speed and altering the internal weight properties of both drivers to make them more forgiving. Shaping is less a technology component and more about the overall design because when it comes to manufacturing a driver head, adjusting the shape doesn’t add cost—engineers call this “free technology.”
The weight saving and reshaping resulted in lower, deeper centers of gravity for both heads, which when taken out into the real world for testing creates more dynamic loft—this is why for the TSi Series drivers the lofts have all been strengthened by 1/2 degree to help maintain proper launch windows.
The reshaping also created a 15-percent reduction in total drag around the head thanks to improved aerodynamics. Truly no detail has been overlooked.
The Tsi2 and TSi3 drivers utilize ATI-425 titanium for the face insert, allowing engineers to once again make the faces thinner to reduce weight while also increasing the overall elasticity for better ball speed retainment. ATI is also known as Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, and you will find their logo has a nice little place on the face of the new drivers.
To add some additional background, ATI is a massive specialty materials company headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, with sales that surpassed $4 billion dollars in 2019. Materials they have designed are used in medical devices, jet engines, nuclear submarines, wind turbines, deepsea mining, military aircraft bodies, and other defense applications.
The ATI-425 titanium is manufactured in their state of the art factory in Pittsburgh, and compared to the conventional titanium alloys used in golf, offers a six-percent higher yield strength, four-percent higher tensile strength, and most importantly a 30-percent higher ductility. Titleist is currently the only company using ATI-425.
This titanium material allows Titleist engineers to design thinner, faster faces since it can handle higher stress while remaining extremely durable. This leads to higher COR/CT around the entire face while still keeping within compliance of the rules. It’s a fine line to walk, but when you’re pushing limits of performance, you need to look for every advantage.
The other advantage Titleist has on the manufacturing side is engineers don’t cut corners. Every head is tested for CT multiple times in multiple locations through the process—this leads to some of the tightest tolerances in the industry and ensures that the driver in your hands is at the limit. It’s no different than how Titleist treats clubs on the other end of the spectrum by measuring the grooves of every single Vokey wedge that comes out of production.
The final part of “impact” is of course the moment of impact and acoustics. The new Titleist TSi drivers have already been described as being “solid soft” (which I realize is an oxymoron). They have a nice pitch that lets you know you hit it well, but the overall tone is softer and more elongated rather than sharp. It’s not an easy thing to achieve when you have a thin-wall constructed object hitting another solid object traveling over 100 mph, but to get a good idea, here is our own Johnny Wunder hitting a TSi3.
This is where we bring together the new materials and the redesigned aerodynamic shape and add in a few more pieces of new and improved technology.
SureFit weighting goes all the way back to the C16, which was the first Titleist driver to offer an adjustable center of gravity. Since then, Titleist has continued to refine the technology, and the TSi3 represents by far the best system to date for both golfers and fitters alike for a number of reasons.
First, let’s talk about fitters. The original SureFit was the perfect “set it and forget it” system, but it also meant that if you had to check how the driver was set up, you had to look very closely at the small port. Then you had to pull the cap off, get out your weight kit, adjust, and then finally reinstall the cap. I’m willing to bet Titleist had to ship out a few replacement caps to golfers that lost them during the adjusting process.
The new system eliminates the need to remove any cap and instead replaces the old port with a new set five-position track. The driver comes stock with an eight-gram weight with additional weights available in two-gram increments up to 12 grams and down to four. This makes dialing in head weight and ball flight tendencies much easier than before and improves the overall fitting process.
Now for golfers. Beyond the much great ease of adjustability, the biggest issue some found with the configuration of the TS3’s sole was the way the SureFit port stuck out from the sole and created some resistance in the backswing—it was a comment both from regular golfers and some of Titleist’s tour staff. It seems like a minor issue, but when you’re about to launch a golf ball 300 yards down a fairway, it’s pretty important to feel comfortable making a backswing.
And there we have it, new face, new sound, new shape, and new weighting system to make the TSi Series drivers the best Titleist drivers to date—but wait there’s more!
New featured & premium featured shafts
With Titleist’s position as a premium golf brand, it is officially eliminating the word “stock” from its vocabulary and replacing it with “featured.”
At Titleist, we are a premium brand and the TSi series woods are a premium performance product. For that reason, we only use real deal aftermarket shafts – not make for “stock shafts.”
Yes, it’s just a name change, but it demonstrates just how far Titleist is willing to go to differentiate itself from its competition—even when it comes to its off the rack featured shaft offerings which include
- Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX: Weight- 60 & 70 grams. Launch- Low/Mid. Spin- Low/Mid, Flex- 6.0 & 6.5
- Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei AV Blue RAW: Weight- 55 & 65 grams. Launch- Mid. Spin- Mid. Flex- R, S, and X
- Mitsubishi Chemical KURO KAGE Black DC, 5th gen: Weight- 50 & 55 grams. Launch- High. Spin- Mid. Flex: A, R, and S
Beyond the featured shafts, Titleist is also offering what it is calling premium featured shafts in partnership with Graphite Design. This allows golfer access to Graphite Design’s top-three shaft brands for a reduced price compared to previous generation drivers.
- TOUR AD – DI: Weight- DI 5,6,7,8. Launch- Mid/High. Spin: Low | Flex: X, S
- TOUR AD – XC: Weight- XC 5,6,7,8. Launch- Low/Mid. Spin: Low | Flex: X, S
- TOUR AD – IZ: Weight- IZ 5,6,7,8. Launch- Low/Mid. Spin: Low | Flex: X, S
All Graphite Design shafts are manufactured in Japan to the highest quality standards, and offer unmatched stability and feel by using aerospace quality carbon fibers and cutting edge technology.
But what about a TSi4…and a TSi1?
This is the million-dollar question, and unlike with the previous generation, Titleist has been a little more open about discussing future line add-ons.
The TSi4 has already been spotted on the USGA conforming list, and in the bag of at least one PGA Tour player, while the TSi1 has not yet been spotted. The likely reason is the TSi1 will be a club designed to cater to golfers at the lower end of the speed spectrum much like the TS1, and since there aren’t any tour players swinging under 90 mph with their driver, there isn’t any rush to get it on the USGA conforming list until closer to its official release date—rumor has sometime in the spring of 2021.
But since both of these clubs are designed for the smallest portion of the fitting bell curve, the chance is if you are in the vast majority of golfers looking to get fit into a new TSi series driver, the TSi2 and the TSi3 is going to offer you an ideal platform to optimize performance and consistency.
TSi driver specs, price, and availability
Titleist TSi2 driver
The TSi2 driver will be available in 9, 10, and 11-degree lofts in both right and left-handed with an 8-degree head available through custom order in right-hand only.
Titleist TSi3 driver
The TSi3 driver will be available in 8, 9, and 10-degree lofts in both right and left-handed with an 11-degree head available through custom order in right hand only.
The stock lengths for both drivers is 45.5″, and the grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grey flat cap.
Both drivers are priced at $550 with featured shafts (see above options); the premium featured shafts are an additional $200, totaling $750.
The new 2021 Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 drivers will be available for custom fitting beginning today, October 15th, 2020 through Titleist authorized dealers, fitting centers, and at Titleist Thursday events being held nationwide. They will be at retail on shelves starting November 12th.
To find an event, or book a TSi driver fitting with a Titleist Product Specialist visit the website here.
Bridgestone launches special First Tee edition e6 ball
Bridgestone Golf has launched a special First Tee edition e6 golf ball, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to First Tee, a youth development organization that helps kids and teens build their strength of character through golf.
The special First Tee edition ball is available now exclusively through PGA Tour Superstore and comes in both white and optic yellow color codes.
“We’re very pleased to offer this special First Tee edition e6, exclusively at PGA Tour Superstore. For decades, First Tee has done very fine work, helping young people learn and grow through the game of golf, building strong individuals and communities. It is an honor to create a dedicated product where the proceeds from the sales will bolster their charitable endeavors.” – Dan Murphy, President and CEO, Bridgestone Golf
As a reminder, the e6 is the longest-running model in Bridgestone’s current lineup. The latest model, new for 2021, features a larger, softer core in design for a more responsive feel added distance for moderate swing speed players.
The new design, which is specifically tailored to modern players who value a ball that provides a very soft feel at impact, retails for $21.99 per dozen.
Adidas unveils new Stan Smith golf shoe in classic colorway
Adidas Golf is bringing the classic Stan Smith colorway to the course, with the new unmistakable white and green golf shoe.
Building upon the new PimeGreen upper made with high-performance recycled materials1 as part of Adidas’ mission to End Plastic Waste, this version is also waterproof (one-year warranty) to help keep golfers dry both on and off the course.
The new Stan Smith golf shoe features a PU cushioning in targeted areas in the midsole to go alongside a PU die-cut sockliner in a bid to provide maximum comfort.
The shoe also contains an adiwear spikeless outsole that features lugs inspired by the shoe’s original sole design, offering some added traction for all course conditions to go along with their style.
“When we were talking about bringing this shoe into golf, the original white and green colorway was a must-have as part of our planning. The Stan Smith silhouette is known throughout the world for being so versatile from a fashion standpoint, so we’re excited to give golfers that same style and versatility for when they head out to the course, now in a more sustainable way.” – Masun Denison, global footwear director, Adidas Golf.
As an ode to the traditions of the past, Adidas has also included a removable white kiltie to provide players another way to wear their shoes and give off some added flair for their round.
This classic white and green colorway of the Stan Smith Golf will be available on adidas.com, through the Adidas app, and at select retail partners worldwide beginning Saturday, May 1.
Lob wedge or no lob wedge? – GolfWRXers discuss
In our forums, our members have been discussing the necessity of a lob wedge. WRXer ‘rickybooby25’ kicks off the thread, saying
“Do you use a Lob wedge in your current set-up or not? Players nowadays immediately default to using a LW when playing a chip shot around the greens. I currently have a LW in the bag but have been debating on taking it out completely because it creates bad habits when facing a chip shot. What are your thoughts?”
And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the subject in the forum, with some very interesting responses.
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.
- Chadwickog: “I am in the NO lob wedge camp, it simplifies the decision making when it comes to wedge play, and all shots are still possible if you know how to hit them.”
- jholz: “I’ve always looked at the lob wedge as a specialty club for special situations. Lower lofted wedges (54* or 56*) are the ones I use for the vast majority of generic chip shots.”
- timmekang: “I’ve mentioned this in prior posts, but I carry 2 lob wedges. Not all lob wedges are created equal to don’t be afraid to bring more than 1 out on the course with different bounce/grind/etc. and see what works best depending on your lie and circumstances.”
- lefthack: “I bought one, learned to hit it, but didn’t find a need for it in my bag when there are other clubs I would use more.”
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