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Titleist introduces new 2021 TSi2 and TSi3 fairway woods

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  • New 2021 Titleist TSi fairway woods are here

It was just over two years ago that Titleist engaged in the TS (Titleist Speed) Project. The original campaign gave us four unique drivers (TS1, TS2, TS3, and TS4) for all levels of golfers and two fairway woods that were not only popular in the marketplace but also at the top of countless fairway wood counts on the PGA Tour.

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What made them good? Simplicity. The TS2 did exactly as advertised—it launched high, was extremely forgiving and playable across a huge handicap range. Its lower spinning brother, TS3 satisfied the higher-speed players that wanted lower launch and reduced spin.

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It would have been easy enough for engineers to cruise along and get five-percent better in this next cycle, but like the TSi drivers, Titleist has taken the best of the TS fairway line and cranked up the volume in a huge way.

New 2021 Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 fairway woods

TSi2

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What’s new: Deeper and lower CG than ever before giving the player even better launch conditions and flatter spin rates for increased distance overall. The face is supported by a lighter Active Recoil Channel (fourth edition) that strengthens the face for added ball speed and playability, especially on the lower face strikes. That saved weight was then distributed to the back for a lower CG and higher MOI.

Looks: Enhanced better player detailing than in previous generations of the two series, the toe area has an outward flow to it that gives a more square-to-open look at address. A new TSi alignment aid in combination with a re-imagined face profile frames the ball well in the playing position that gives the player the appearance of loft, which is key in fairway woods.

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  • RH Lofts 13.5°, 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21° | LH Lofts 13.5°, 15°, 16.5°, 18°
  • Head: 175cc, 58.5° lie, SFT Hosel (compatible with TS, 917, 915, 913)
  • STD Lies: 56.5°, 56.5°, 57°, 57.5°, 58°
  • STD Weight: 9g

Available at Retail 11/12 with MSRP of $350

Stock Shaft Offerings

  • Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 55G  A, R, S
  • Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 65G R, S, X
  • Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 75G R, S, X
  • Project X HZURDUS Smoke Black RBX 70G 6.0, 6.5

*custom offerings also available on Titleist.com

TSi3

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What’s New: Improved acoustics, enhanced adjustability, faster face with ARC 4.0, enhanced shaping, and overall optics to please the eyes of better players.

Titleist TSi3 introduces a new Fairway Track system that incorporates more weight deeper in the head to lower the CG, all while giving the player the ability to easily alter the CG with a sliding weight system that is far superior to the previous models’ SureFit CG system. The three-position system (heel/toe/neutral) is secured by a robust Kyron Max Polymer with a carbon fiber cover.

In comparison to the TS3, the new Titleist TSi3 fairway wood will give players an overall better experience from the playing position to launch.

Looks: “Confidence-inspiring” is the best way to describe it. A lower-spinning profile in a body that sits in between a shallow and deep face is a winner. This design is one most OEMs are nailing these days and this case is no different. The TSi3, like its sibling, has a softened toe area to give an open look that better players prefer.

  • RH Lofts 13.5°, 15°, 16.5°, 18° | LH Lofts 13.5°, 15°
  • Head: 175cc, 58.5° lie, SFT Hosel (compatible with TS, 917, 915, 913)
  • STD Lies: 56.5°, 57°, 57.5°
  • STD Weight: 12g

Available at Retail 11/12 with MSRP pf $350

Stock Shaft Offerings

  • Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 55G  A, R, S
  • Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 65G R, S, X
  • Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 75G R, S, X
  • Project X HZURDUS Smoke Black RBX 70G 6.0, 6.5

*custom offerings also available on Titleist.com

Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 fairway feel

The combination of the newly constructed face (with ARC 4.0) and lower CG position gives the TSi metal woods a unique feel at impact. Like the driver, they have a softer feel and acoustic than most on the market but when you look up the increased ball speed is clearly visible. I believe the feel and sound of the TSi line will pleasantly surprise almost everyone, it’s def unique.

Overall: Excellent but not as big of a leap as Titleist made in the driver category but a sure-fire step forward. Let’s be honest, they have always made a great fairway wood, since the PT Series I cannot think of one that I didn’t think was top tier.

In my testing, apples-to-apples against the previous models, I’d say they are both a touch longer if at all but they look better, sound better, and are easier to hit across the board. That’s huge.

I truly appreciate what Titleist did optically here. There is very little difference visually between TSi2 and TSi3. This is important because I’m a player that likes the look of a low spin head but want the performance of a higher launching head, so selfishly, I’m elated they designed them this way.

Performance-wise, it’s no surprise: These fairway woods look good, sound good, and perform. Fairway woods have a job to do, and it’s not just to go a long way, it’s a club you need to rely on off the tee, fairway, and outta jail. The TSi Series fairway woods will be in a ton of bags in 2021…on the Tour and at the local muni.

 

 

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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons. @johnny_wunder on IG

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Ben Hogan adds GS53 MAX driver to lineup

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Ben Hogan golf is throwing its Hogan flat cap into the ring and entering the MAX driver-category with the introduction of the all-new 460cc GS53 MAX driver.

The GS53 MAX creates extra forgiveness, thanks in part to its multi-material construction and a 22-percent larger and 11-percent taller face than the current GS53. For those that love the original GS53, don’t worry it will continue to remain in the line, with the new MAX being a line extension for those looking to get extra help on shots missed around the face.

The driver is constructed from 4 distinct pieces

  • Carbon composite crown to reduce mass around the top of the driver’s head and to push more mass low to increase MOI.
  • Forged face for precision, and ball speed
  • Titanium soleplate with perimeter mass
  • Tungsten weight at the rear of the sole to further increase MOI and help increase launch while reducing spin.

Thanks in part to the weight savings from the crown, the titanium soleplate has more mass positioned away from the face and around the edges to increase the stability of the head, and to acoustically tune the driver for a solid sound at impact.

“The combination of the lightweight composite crown and tungsten sole weight allows us to position the Center of Mass so that we maximize launch while decreasing the amount of ball spin. This provides a higher ball flight, especially for players who don’t have Tour-caliber clubhead speeds for increased carry and roll out. “
– Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Company.

The GS53 MAX driver will initially be available right-handed and come in lofts of 9° and 10.5°. It will be adjustable using their proprietary hosel adjustment system known as “flight control”, which offers the ability to add or decrease loft by 1° and lie angle all while never having to worry about realigning the shaft/grip.

The last part of the driver puzzle is the shafts options and to increase the value to consumers the GS53 MAX comes with the choice of three premium aftermarket shafts including:

  • Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black for golfers seeking a lower trajectory
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Blue for golfers seeking a mid trajectory
  • UST Mamiya Helium for those seeking a higher trajectory

Price, specs, and availability 

Thanks to Ben Hogan Golf’s direct-to-consumer model, the new 460cc GS53 MAX, is available starting today fior $355.00 with the choice of the 3 premium shaft options.

For more information on other Ben Hogan clubs including fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putters or to purchase the GS53 MAX Driver visit www.benhogangolf.com.

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U.S. retail golf equipment sales exceed record $1 billion mark

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This summer, golf saw a surge in business as states emerged from COVID lockdown and equipment sales is one of the areas that has been booming.

On Wednesday, Golf Datatech, an industry research firm, announced that U.S. retail golf equipment sales surpassed the $1 billion mark for the third quarter – which is the first time sales have reached $1 billion for July, August and September.

That figure also represents the second-highest quarter ($1.013 billion in Q2, 2008) of all-time, and per Golf Datatech, golf equipment sales for 2020 are up a whopping 42% over the same period in 2019.

Speaking on the incredible surge in equipment sales, John Krzynowek, Partner, Golf Datatech, LLC, said

“The story keeps getting better as golf continues to surge coming out of the shutdown, and Q3 equipment sales suggests that 2020 will likely end up positive for the entire year. Year-to-date sales for total equipment are now up 0.2% compared to 2019, and considering the size of the hole created by the shutdown in April and May this recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. While the US economy will not enjoy a ‘V Shaped Recovery’ in 2020, if golf continues on this trajectory we will be there soon.”

Per the company, the best selling items for September were golf bags at +19% and wedges at +18%, while golf shoes were +2%.

Overall, the golf club category was +0.9% for the month, with balls and gloves trending slightly lower at -2.7%. Krzynowek also revealed that rounds played was another area with surging numbers:

“These month-over-month sales records are unlike anything we’ve ever seen since Golf Datatech started tracking performance data in 1997. Our Rounds Played data also shows similar record-breaking growth over the past several months, which is a strong indication that avid golfers and newcomers alike are driving the sport to new levels right now.”

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‘Play a big driver. Why not big irons?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the case for big irons. WRXer ‘2Down’ plays a Ping G410+ driver and has recently put Ping’s G710 irons in the bag, saying:

“Wondered how many play a large headed driver and play a draw or fade off the tee but when they pull an iron it’s some blade size thing so they can “work” the ball.

Recently I put G710 in the bag and answered my question for myself. They feel different for sure, but I am quickly adapting to only bringing the putter with me to the green.”

Our members have been discussing the combination in our forums.

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.

  • Itsjustagame: “Personal preference but big irons tend to have more bounce, more offset and wider soles some or all of which may not suit a particular player.”
  • Fairway14: “Driver is played from a lie with the ball sitting on a tee, irons are played from a variety of lie types.”
  • J13: “They don’t really make “big” irons for players. Most have offset low CG for high launch, and super strong lofts.”
  • LeoLeo99: “I love my big irons. G400. Best I’ve ever used.”

Entire Thread: “Play a big driver. Why not big irons?”

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