We’re busy testing so that we can share an our Titleist TSR Driver Review. Our goal is to test with different swing types, swing paths and golfer skill levels. Ultimately, we aim to give you a sound review. The best way is to see for yourself by scheduling your own personalized club fitting.
High Swing Speed Test – 110-120 mph club speed
In our Titleist TSR Driver Review for our high swing speed tester, the TSR2 and TSR3 were compared to a Callaway Rogue ST Max LS. Using an Autoflex 505XX shaft, we found some interesting results with as we tested the TSR2 and TSR3.
- The TSR2 (set to 8.25 degrees [D1]) definitely showed that it can achieve higher launch with lower spin rates as promised. With spin rates within 5% of each other, the TSR2 launched almost 4 degrees higher than the Rogue ST Max LS (set to 8 degrees [-1/N]). The TSR2 also produced slightly more distance even with a steeper landing angle. Notably, there was a fair amount of left-to-right inconsistency with slight variances in club path and face to path. Conclusion: Titleist has delivered as promised. But, don’t let the inconsistency of head performance scare you away. If you want to achieve higher launch and landing angles without increasing spin – the TSR2 delivers. With the right shaft combination, players could see greater distance.
- The TSR3 (set to 9.25 degrees [D1]) was impressive with tighter shot dispersion when compared to the Rogue ST Max LS (set to 8 degrees [-1/N]). Titleist promises increased smash factor and ball speed from their speed ring technology. Honestly, we didn’t see it in this test. In fact, we experienced lower smash factors but very slight increase in ball speed. We attribute it more to the increased club head speed, possibly resulting from the newer aerodynamic design. Conclusion: We were impressed with the precision and accuracy resulting in our test. Distances were comparable, even with an additional 1 to 1.25 degrees of loft. Optimizing the TSR3 for loft, trajectory and spin rates with the right shaft could produce 5-7% (15-20 yards at 300 yards) more distance.
Medium-High Swing Speed Test – 95- 105 mph club speed
In our testing of the Titleist TSR2 and TSR3 against the Titleist TSi3 (set to 9 degrees) driver, we also found some interesting differences in performance. Typical mid-handicap golfers will often have outside-in club paths. This test results reflect an average club path of -7 degrees (outside-in) at an average club speed around 100 mph. Testing also consistently used the Graphite Design Tour AD HD-6S shaft.
- With the TSR2 (set to 8.25 degrees) vs the TSi3, we experienced slightly better smash factors and almost 10 yards more carry, but yielded just a few more yards in total distance despite similar spin rates. Notably, however, with the same attack angle was able to pickup almost a full degree in launch angle netting about 10% more ball height – still without increasing spin. And, the club was set to 0.75 degrees less loft. Conclusion: Absolutely love getting the additional carry and total distance from the head design alone. The increase is a combined net result of higher launch angle, overall height compiled with the increase in smash factor without increasing spin rates. As you’ll see in the chart below, while there was greater difference in shot dispersion.
- In comparing TSR3 (set to 9.25 degrees) vs. the TSi3, we experienced nearly 10 yards more carry, but didn’t see the benefit in total distance due to the higher spin rates (almost 10%) and steeper height. It is proof however that the lower CG produces the higher spin rates and launch angles as promised. The sound of contact inside the speed ring was also impressive. However, we did not experience the increase in smash factor from contacts inside the ring as Titleist promises. We did not witness increased club speed from the more aerodynamic design. Nor did we experience increased ball speed resulting from the speed ring. Conclusion: Spending a little more time optimizing spin rates and launch angles with the right driver and shaft combination could yield a real winner – sound, feel, playability, tighter shot dispersion, more carry, more distance and more control.
Medium Swing Speed Test – 80 – 90 mph club speed
Review coming soon