Spotted: Titleist GT Drivers and Fairway Woods Land on Tour
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Spotted: Titleist GT Drivers and Fairway Woods Land on Tour

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Spotted: Titleist GT Drivers and Fairway Woods Land on Tour

It’s Memorial Week on the PGA Tour at Muirfield Village, which, among other things, means it’s time for Titleist’s annual teaser.

AKA: it’s time to validate the upcoming Titleist GT metalwoods on the PGA Tour.

Landing on the USGA conforming list today (in time for play at Murfield) is Titleist’s new/upcoming GT metalwoods family.

With that, I have 3 immediate questions:

  1. What’s new, different, improved, etc.?
  2. What does “GT” stand for?
  3. Hey, didn’t Mizuno use GT?

Questions Without Answers (Mostly)

#3 is the easy one to answer.

Yes, Mizuno Did GT (GT 180) the year before it transitioned everything to ST. That’s fine. Mizuno doesn’t own the letters. No different than the rest of us, Titleist is allowed to use them.

As for #2 … I have no idea, but I’m sure the speculation will be fun, and I absolutely encourage you to speculate in the comments section below.

Of course, the most important of my three questions is the first. While new and different can be fun, what Titleist has improved actually matters.

So, what has Titleist improved?

As is typical for Titleist, the company isn’t saying specific about the features and benefits (and likely won’t until the embargo lifts), but I was told that the engineering team is particularly excited about this release—and yes, I hear that all the time, but apparently, the excitement around this one is real.

Recent Titleist History – The Summary Version

Looking back at the highlights of the last 3 Titleist metalwoods releases:

  • TS made Titleist a contender in the driver category.
  • TSi introduced a new face material and a new weighting system in TSi3.
  • TSR brought improved aerodynamics and a flip weighting system in the TSR4.

What does that tell us about the GT family?

Precious little.

GT3 Differences

That said, what’s most notable for me during this time of little information is that the weight track in the GT3 has been moved to the front. Typically, that would give you more speed, albeit with an MOI penalty.

Has Titleist found a way to engineer around that? Is it a calculated sacrifice?

The Rest of the Lineup

With allowance for whatever advancements are part of the package, the GT2 and GT4 appear to be business as usual.

The GT2 is a fixed-weight design, which will likely fit the highest percentage of golfers (though the 11-degree GT3 head suggests the balance may shift slightly).

The GT4 will again offer a front-back weighting system and will continue in its role as the low-spin option for the guy who really needs it. Based on my spin numbers last week, I am that guy.

My best guess is that Titleist has boosted MOI just a bit on this one.

There is currently no GT1 in the lineup, but if history is any indication, Titleist will launch it early next year.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that GT will be the first metalwoods Titleist has produced since former Callaway VP of R&D, Alan Hocknell joined the team. Titleist R&D wasn’t lacking for talent, but I’m certainly curious to see what comes from adding DocHock to the mix.

Release Info

Titleist hasn’t said when the GT drivers and fairway woods will hit retail. The TSR embargo was lifted in early September, and the retail launch was later in September. That’s likely to be the case this time around as well (though earlier wouldn’t surprise me).

I’d also expect prices to hold at $600.

More information as it becomes available.

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      uhgolfguy1

      1 month ago

      Oh interesting, I didn’t know Titleist picked up the former Callaway R&D dude. Not that Titleist’s fw’s haven’t been great, I wonder what he’s going to bring in the coming years. I doubt there will be much change from the status quo for a couple years but his impact will be maybe 2-4 years from now. I kind of hope they stay the course and not add carbon to the mix (Callaway’s MO for a while) but we’ll see.

      Reply

      Stu Brown

      1 month ago

      Bring back the old triangular logo on the crown, having GT, TSR, TSi etc is naff.

      Oh, and matt finish please.

      Reply

      JLS

      2 months ago

      Curious what has changed. I love my TSR3. I also loved my TSI, and TS driver. I’ve never regretted the upgrade. It’s almost a certainty that a GT driver will end up in my bag.

      Reply

      Joe McManuis

      2 months ago

      I wouldn’t pay much attention to the new (10k)) MOI spiel others have- old story as all the major OMEs have it – just another method to measure MOI. So very likely these new woods will be very competitive

      Reply

      Brad

      2 months ago

      It will be interesting to see if these compete with the Qi10/Callaway AI Smoke for forgiveness. I have to think they will market it this way…

      Reply

      Rocco Panzitta

      2 months ago

      If It’s any indication, As all New Launch’s It’ll have all of your attention for a while. As a fellow professional and life long Titleist Staff Ambassador, I’ve heard through many caddies first (in testing) then a few players, one on Liv tour, that so far, This model Exceeds all expectations!! GT-2 – GT-3-& GT-4 all were above expectations to their prospective Market Niche’. All tour players loved the GT-3 Low Spin. Highest rated by the players of all 3. GT-4, Highest rated and above expectations of all High Handicap players tested who actually need more spin, and lastly the GT-2 also met and exceeded all players using at the testing center. This test was set at a neutral site. Ladies & Gentlemen Titleist Did it Again!! It’s who they are, It’s what they do!! Congrats Team Titleist.

      Reply

      Robin N.

      2 months ago

      Hope you stretched before you shilled that hard. Don’t want to pull a hammy.

      Reply

      Ryan Richardson

      2 months ago

      I’ve heard that the G stands for Generational, so it’s either Generational Tech or Generational Titleist, or something similar. Either way, I can’t wait. It will be in the hands of someone I know this week, so I will get some feedback.

      Reply

      TM3

      2 months ago

      Improved CG, MOI, aerodynamics, weighting, AI… the usual suspects. I’ll test it but it’s a formality. It will be mine… oh yes… it will be mine.

      Reply

      JT Dannhaus

      2 months ago

      Bet I can shank this as good as my Sim

      Reply

      Tim

      1 month ago

      If you can “shank” a driver you have truly reached legendary status!

      Reply

      Dave Horne

      2 months ago

      Can’t wait to test these drivers out on the course.

      Reply

      Tim Secor

      2 months ago

      I love Titleist but still havent found a replacement for my 910 D3….the TSR series only gave me 7 extra yards and thats not worth $650 to me….i wonder if this series will crack the 15 yard distance gain for me…..if so it may be time to spend the money…..that shiny top crown is somewhat annoying to me and i was hoping Titleist would do something to lower glare…..but….why change what works i guess

      Reply

      TM3

      2 months ago

      You’re a better man than I. 7 more yards, yes please.

      Reply

      B C

      2 months ago

      Its not always about added yards but added forgiveness while maintaining distance.

      Reply

      BH

      2 months ago

      So you’re telling me there’s about to be a TSR sale?

      Reply

      B C

      2 months ago

      Already is. they dropped the prices down a month ago.

      Reply

      atxrich

      2 months ago

      Ha! I was thinking about that. My local PGA Tour Superstore had a bin of demo TSi2 and Tsi3 drivers for under $300 when the TSR hit retail. I suspect the same will be true with the TSR. I’d suggest a fitting and waiting for a used TSR to show up with your specs as they start to flood the used market.

      Reply

      Scott

      2 months ago

      Prices have already dropped in my area for TSR product.

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