Spotted: Titleist TSR – Mini Driver or Biggie Fairway
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Spotted: Titleist TSR – Mini Driver or Biggie Fairway

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Spotted: Titleist TSR – Mini Driver or Biggie Fairway

We are fresh off a captivating weekend that included Scottie Scheffler winning in style and Anthony Kim showing signs of life. However, there is more news this Monday morning. A new Titleist golf club just hit the USGA’s conforming list—it appears to be some sort of TSR mini driver or maybe a biggie fairway wood.

Titleist TSR "Mini"

USGA pics aren’t the best for determining scale, but the photo we have suggests some sort of REALLY “mini” variation of a TSR Series Driver, with similarities to the Titleist TSR4 being the most obvious. You can see the two flippable weights to provide CG change – higher flight with more spin in the back, flatter, lower spinning in the front.

The USGA lists loft at 13° only. So again, there’s just a sliver of insight as to whether this will be a “mini” driver or a new fairway addition to the family.

A Bit of Backstory

It is fair to say this listing is an attention-grabber. While TaylorMade currently has the mini market all to itself, we know there has been some curiosity inside Titleist about a shorter-shaft driver that’s easier to hit or at least easier to hit straight.

Titleist’s Director of Player Promotions, JJ Van Wezenbeeck, isn’t afraid to experiment (he’s a bit of a mad scientist in the club world). Dating back to last summer, we’re aware of some prototypes that were basically TSR1 heads with a fair amount of hotmelt added to the head. Those flew absurdly straight with not a whole lot of distance loss.

At the time, Titleist thinking was it didn’t make sense to sacrifice the benefits of a larger head size for something that was going to be hit almost exclusively off the tee.

That said, thinking continuously evolves. Is Titleist buying in on the idea of a sub-400cc driver, or is this TSR more akin to an oversized fairway wood – a TSR2+ on steroids? You know, something you can hit reliably off a fairway.

Without anything to provide scale (would it kill the USGA to add a dollar bill to its photos), it’s hard to decipher much. The inevitable in-hand pics should provide more detail.

That said, the USGA lists the marking as:

HOSEL: (club number/letter)

2 is a number and W is a letter. Just saying …

Sources at Titleist declined to provide any specific detail other than to say it’s a prototype.

Have Your Say

Are you interested in the mini driver category? And if so, what are you more interested in, a moderate to slightly undersized driver (like the current Mini Driver), or something closer to an oversized fairway wood that’s still serviceable off the deck (like TaylorMade’s SLDR mini)?

We’d love to know.

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      Timothy Secor

      2 months ago

      I think its a boring release for Titleist that only a handful of players will enjoy. Its much ado about nothing if you ask me and i am a TT fanboi

      Reply

      Dave Mopar

      2 months ago

      Callaway made a Bertha Mini 1.5, with adjustable Hosle. The club came as a 14 or 12 degree. Unfortunately Callaway stopped making this club years ago.
      The club is easy to hit from the grass or a tee, and I do not suffer much of a distance loss from my regular driver but always stayed in the fairway.
      I love this club but would be willing to try something else if I needed to replace it.

      Reply

      Morse

      2 months ago

      I play those tight, twisty courses many others find themselves on. Picked up the BRNR last year, thinking this would either be a great addition to the bag, or a mistake. It’s the former. I treat it as a 2W. I could see Titleist marketing this as a 2W. There’s a market for them.

      Reply

      Vito

      2 months ago

      I’ve never understood the allure of the mini-driver or hitting the 3 wood off the tee. The sweet spot is smaller, the COR tends to be lower and lower MOI. The guys I play with that claim they are straighter and/or longer with their 3 woods tend to have 46 inch long drivers and lofts that are too low for them. I never use a 3 wood off the tee. If I want to hit a fairway finder I just choke down on the driver so it’s actual length is 42-43 inches and swing away. The reason drivers kept getting bigger was to make them easier to hit and hit well. If you can keep a 3 wood(13-15 degree) or mini-driver(11-13 degree) in the fairway you’ll do a better job with a 460cc driver set at 11 or 12 and a shaft length at 42-44.

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      Clay

      2 months ago

      Interesting thought, but many of us only take the 3w off the tee when there isn’t enough room for the driver. I don’t feel the 3w is much straighter, but it flies shorter and will fit a fairway where the driver might run through.

      Reply

      Bryan

      2 months ago

      I still think I hit my best drives with my old R5 tp. Am curious to see what Titleist puts out in the compact head category

      Reply

      Phill ward

      2 months ago

      Very interesting especially if it does what you say , goes straight without a loss in that much distance. Would be great to test if you get my drift 🤣

      Reply

      Victor

      2 months ago

      I’m hitting my 3 wood really well, sometimes almost as far as my driver. But it’s much harder to keep the ball on the fairway with the driver. I always wonder if I would hit a mini driver better and further than a big head driver, because I think I can probably create more swing speed with a lighter head.

      Reply

      Jason S

      2 months ago

      I picked up a Taylormade BRNR to give a go since I can hit my 13.5* Stealth+ farther than my Callaway Rogue ST Max LS driver. It’s been this way with 3 wood for me for as far back as I can remember. So I may be one of the people targeted with this type of club, depending on what it turns out it actually is.

      Reply

      Tom

      2 months ago

      Yeah, so….I want this to become available for the masses to test/bag!

      Reply

      WYBob

      2 months ago

      Given the comments by the USGA (when they announced the ball rollback last Fall) that they are not done regarding raining in distances , I suspect Titleist and other Tier 1 manufacturers will be prototyping a variety of these concepts. Anticipating potential new regulations and not wanting to get caught flat footed, prototyping smaller drivers seems prudent. Today’s mini-driver may be a precursor to tomorrows mainstream drivers. Regardless, its great to see TaylorMade gets some competition in the mini-driver space.

      Reply

      DaveyD

      2 months ago

      The new version of the Taylormade BRNR (QiBRNR?) has apparently hit the conforming list. I’m looking forward to the Titleist version and the new TM edition.

      Reply

      glen o

      2 months ago

      Apparently? Why dont you check for yourself cause if you did there is no new version of the BRNR on the conforming list.

      Reply

      Gary

      2 months ago

      For those of us who play tight courses where placement matters, this could go straight in the bag. High launch, low spin, reliably straight, with 3-wood confidence off the tee.

      Reply

      Wiz

      2 months ago

      I agree with Joseph, you have to stay in the fairway too have any chance of a good round. That’s why I play with Callaway’s Bertha mini driver. I haven’t found a full size driver yet that I can control as well as the Mini!

      Reply

      Willie T

      2 months ago

      I’ve always been partial to smaller headed drivers (still game a 400cc R580 for fun now and again, and of course those Tony Penna persimmons that are a trip). As a shorter hitter, the distance loss is not super significant. If TItleist calls it a 2W or a TSR-mini, who really cares. They must see a potential customer base that is significant enough to warrant production…

      Reply

      MIKE JOHNSON

      2 months ago

      Give the old TM 320 ti a try as a mini driver. I found one on ebay with 12*, went with newer shaft at 44″. Very straight and works well off the deck.

      Reply

      Joseph Parent

      2 months ago

      I am all in on a club that likes to be in the fairway without any discernible loss of distance. Staying in the short stuff is paramount to a good day on the course. At 71, I remember and played when all of the drivers were sub 400cc. Unfortunately Father Time has removed the ability to hit the ball as far as I used to, but I’ve learned with time that to have any kind of scoring chance, your best shot at it is to be in the short stuff. I know I’d be real interested in putting a club like this to the test!!

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      WhoaNellie

      2 months ago

      Amen brother! Plus, a smaller head is a better look to me.

      Reply

      Brian Willis

      2 months ago

      Would you know what part of the club head of the TSR one? The hot melt was added to I’ll be interested in doing that to mine. If you can tell me where to put it. Thank you come on.

      Reply

      Dean

      2 months ago

      It’s about time someone else came to the party with a mini driver. Have you seen how well the TM models hold their value? Everyone wants one, but they always seem to limit the run.

      Reply

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