Titleist came out with this new TS line that everyone has been patiently waiting for. In our last blog post, we talked about the new TS2 & TS3 Drivers. Now we are going to discuss the TS2 & TS3 Fairways. Just like every release of a driver, there are fairway woods to match. Well, the time is finally near for these to be in full availability! We have heard a lot about the new changes and what Titleist has been working on, but we are ready to see for ourselves! There are many similar features that, both, the fairway woods and drivers have.
First, there is the new Speed Chassis. Like the driver, this reconfiguration changed the fairway woods for the better. The TS fairways are made to produce higher launch angles and less spin than the 917. The Speed Chassis’ shape provides 20% reduction in drag for faster swing speed. In the TS driver, the Active Recoil Channel (ARC) no longer exist. But Titleist decided to keep it in the fairway woods. Actually, they put in a new ARC in the fairways, the ARC 3.0. The ARC is taller which improves its ability to preserve ball speed, particularly on the low face hits that are common with fairway wood hits.
In the Fairway woods, there are still interchangeable weights as in the 917. The weights are different for each fairway, though. The TS2 has a flat weight that remains neutral but has a +6g, +4g, +2g, Standard, -2g, -4g weights. With this weighting, the TS2 has a fixed CG location which helps the fairway maintain spin with a high launch than the TS3. The TS3 has the adjustable SureFit CG in the same weights options as the TS2 weights. This makes the wood have a mid-launch and low spin. The difference of the TS3 weight is the SureFit CG allows for a draw, neutral and fade weighting in the driver club head, while the TS2 has the fixed CG.
This new shape of the fairway woods allowed Titleist to reconfigure the crown as well. The crown of the TS fairways is thinner which allows the weight to be positioned lower and deeper in the clubhead. The crown is an ultra-thin titanium crown. The new thinner crown connects with a thinner, faster face than before. The variable thickness of the face delivers a faster ball speed and increased forgiveness. Because of these two reconfigurations, there is up to 11% enhanced MOI (Moment of Inertia). Even though the TS fairways have taken on a whole new configuration, one thing they did keep the same is the size of the clubhead. Like the 917, both TS2 and TS3 have the 175cc profile that provides confidence and stability that most desire.
The TS2 and TS3 have the SureFit Hosel as the fairways before it. The SureFit hosel allows for independent loft and lies adjustment with each club. It features a sleeve and a ring, each with four settings. The sleeve settings are numbered (1,2,3,4) and the ring settings are lettered (A, B, C, D). This makes the fairway woods have 16 unique lofts and lie angle combinations! That’s pretty awesome if you ask me. The grid below helps you understand what each combination can do for the club and player.
For an example of how this grid works, the standard position for right-handers is A1. When you move up or down on the grid you are adjusting the trajectory (loft). When you move left or right in the grid you are fine-tuning the direction (Draw or Fade). There is a separate grid that works for left-handers that can be found here.
We recently conducted some testing on the TS Fairway woods. One of our Certified Custom Fitters compared the TS2 fairway wood to the 917F2. They were both 15-degree heads with the standard lie and loft. He used a Hzrdus Smoke 60g X-Stiff shaft in both fairway woods. Here are the results (3w00d is the TS2):
While testing these two fairway woods side by side, we noticed that the mishits weren’t as bad on the TS2 as the 917F2. The dispersion was a lot closer as well. He said that the TS2 felt crisper than the 917 and like he had more control over the wood. As you can tell in the charts the TS2, on average, carried about 4 yards farther and 3 yards total. We both were very pleased with that. Also, the thinner face helped the ball speed. With the 917D2 the ball speed was 155.0, but with the TS2 it was a 157.5! The thinner face really works, it gave both; a faster ball speed and more forgiveness. We were very pleased with the results from the TS2.
Which one is right for you?
When it comes to choosing a fairway, Titleist does not want you to assume if you fit into a TS2 driver, that you will fit into a TS2 fairway. The TS2 & TS3 both give a different feeling that you need to be fit perfectly too. The TS2 is made for people that have a hard time getting the ball off the ground. Whereas the TS3 is for the golfer that need less spin than what they would get from the TS2.
We thought that the TS fairway woods were awesome and we are excited for customers to try them. Customers can demo and pre-order at any location now! Due in full availability Sept. 28. It’s your turn to experience the #TSProject!