THE BEST TITLEIST DRIVER EVER?
Who remembers the Titleist 975D? It is arguably one of the best drivers Titleist has ever made. However, many are now saying the Titleist TSi3 driver might be even better. Today, we review the Titleist TSi3 driver to find out if that is true.
TITLEIST TSi3 DRIVER REVIEW
Positioned for the better player, the Titleist TSi3 driver trades a little forgiveness for a more compact shape and adjustable weighting. The Titleist TSi3 Driver is 460cc but this is a classic example of size versus shape. The Titleist TSi3 is significantly more compact and looks smaller than it is. With the TSi3, you get flatter trajectory and adjustable center-of-gravity weighting. TSi drivers are 15 percent more efficient through the air (during the swing). If you’re looking to put a number on that, we’re talking about gains measured in 10ths of miles per hour. Not nothin’, but not a lot, either.
Apart from the TSi3 weight track, the most appreciable enhancement is the new face design. Titleist isn’t claiming any sort of spin benefit from its new textured face but Titleist has some preliminary data to suggest the design might assist in producing more centered impact. The research is ongoing but Titleist patented it just in case.
With Titleist TSi, there is some front-to-back MOI improvement (five percent over TS) but the most significant gains come top to bottom where MOI is up 13 percent in the TSi2 and 10 percent in the Titleist TSi3. That’s going to give you more consistent spin which, apart from generally providing more consistent ball flight, gives fitters an opportunity to fit to a lower spin number when it makes sense to do so.
HOW WE TESTED
We hit 18,000+ shots in our 2022 Most Wanted Driver Test to give you the most comprehensive breakdown of total distance, carry, ball speed and accuracy at three different swing speeds. (Low, Mid and High)
For this test, 35 golfers tested the Titleist TSi3 driver inside our lab over 420 hours. Data was collected using Foresight GCQuad launch monitors. To minimize variables, all testers hit Titleist Pro V1 golf balls. Outliers were removed and data was aggregated before scores were calculated.
Today, we are going to break down the Titleist TSi3 driver like you have never seen before. We are going to break it down by multiple swing speeds and 35 golfers. This way, you will know once and for all if this driver is right for you. Just a quick reminder: Not all golf clubs perform the same at different swing speeds. That’s why we are going to break it down that way so you can find out if you should demo or not waste your money.
LOW SWING SPEED
If you’re a slow swing speed player (95 mph and lower), this data below is for you.
MID SWING SPEED
Swing speed is very often a key factor in determining the best performing clubs for each individual golfer. The mid swing speed group showed nearly 20 yards of difference between the longest and shortest drivers. As we’ve done in the past, we’re segmenting our data to provide more meaningful information to the individual golfer. If you’re a mid swing speed player (95-105 mph), this data below is for you.
HIGH SWING SPEED
The high swing speed group showed a whopping 20+ yards of difference between the longest and shortest drivers. Whether you’re an off-the-rack buyer, someone who’s constantly tweaking your gear or who is going to take the time to get fitted by a knowledgeable professional, we’re here to help you. If you’re a high swing speed player (105-plus mph), this data below is for you.
EXPERT TIP - Movable Weights
Moving weight forward can decrease ↓ launch angle and reduce spin by up to 250-500 RPM. Moving weight back will increase ↑ launch and spin, while boosting MOI (forgiveness). Heel positions are less forgiving than back positions, but help golfers fight a slice.
Moving weight forward often introduces a bit of fade bias, while back weight positions tend be more draw-biased (though not as much as heel positions)
The staff at MyGolfSpy hit all the drivers included in testing and provided feedback on how each individual driver compares on an club-by-club basis.
Director of Testing at MyGolfSpy Harry Nodwell says: “Feel and sound is best in class. The looks are classic Titleist with a more compact and traditional look at address. The moveable weight is not only easy to use but very effective. On my mishits I don’t lose much ball speed or spin rate which is exactly what I am looking for. The Titleist TSi 3 is the current driver in my bag.”
Tony Covey, Managing Editor, says: “I am currently playing the Titleist TSi3 driver and it is long and very accurate. Super clean look and the weight system is easy to use and intuitive. It’s low spin without being too low spin. If you struggle with a draw or hook, the TSi3 driver should help.”
NOTES FROM TESTERS
- Overall the Titleist TSi3 ranked in the top 5 for carry, total and ball speed.
- Both looks and feel were positive talking points with our testers.
- A few testers did mention that the glossy finish on the crown was slightly distracting.
- Those who preferred a “traditional” looking driver preferred the Titleist TSi3 in testing.
SPECS and DETAILS
Q: How often should I buy a new driver?
A: Typically, it takes three to five years for manufacturers to make any significant performance gains. Though we all want something new from time to time, our recommendation is to buy a new driver only when it appreciably outperforms what is already in your bag.
Q: Does the shaft matter?
A: Absolutely. While changes to spin and launch differences are rarely massive, shaft changes frequently lead to improved accuracy, tighter dispersion and greater overall consistency.
Q: What should I look for when testing drivers?
A: Don’t focus exclusively on distance. While we all want a few more yards, accuracy and forgiveness matter. Most launch monitors display standard deviations in small print under the averages. Smaller standard deviations correlate to greater consistency. That shouldn’t be overlooked.
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