Titleist TS3 Driver Review

Titleist Redesigned Their Drivers to Give You More Speed

I used the Titleist TS3 Driver for many rounds of golf and range sessions.

This is my overall opinion and review of the club and how it performed for me!

Titleist TS3 Driver – Overview
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Titleist has always had loyalist that would play their driver no matter what.  They loved the looks, the sound, the feel and it really didn’t matter how long it was.  These golfers were simply happy to have a Titleist driver in their bag.  Unfortunately for Titleist, many of those golfers that tested drivers from other companies would pick up yardage.  One of the main reason I always found was spin.  Titleist drivers spun too much, which often led to a loss of distance.  Titleist knew they had fallen behind just a smidge so they started fresh 2 years ago with the TS project.  The plan was to catch up and surpass their competitors in the driver market.  Titleist now has drivers that even the non-loyalists should check out because it brings the speed.
Titleist strongly encourages all golfers to get a driver fitting for their new line.  Actually they’ve encouraged that with their previous clubs too, but if you really want to get the most out of your driver; get fit.  They offer free Thursday fitting all around the country.  This is a great introduction to Titleist and there is a strong possibility you might just walk away with some new clubs.  This way you can be assured you are getting the proper model, loft, shaft and flex for your swing.  I had mine at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, AZ.  The fitter had all the heads and all the new shafts to let me swing away and see if I could best my current gamer.  The Trackman Launch Monitor was there to help us decifer the shots and data to get me in the best Titleist driver.  As the numbers shook out, I ended up with a TS3 8.5* head with HAZRDUS Smoke 60g 6.0 shaft at 45″.  This combo was giving me the best launch and spin numbers.
The new Titleist TS3 driver will still appeal to the Titleist loyalist; it has a pear shape, clean looks, simple colors and is mostly black.  The SureFit hosel still has the 2 cog settings for just the right fit.  The TS3 model has an adjustable weight for moving the CG and changing some flight characteristics.  The biggest changes are “under the hood” with a lighter titanium crown, a speed chassis, a new aerodynamic shape and a hotter face.  All in all, the new T3 was built to be faster than previous Titleist drivers and it is.
 
I’ve reviewed Titleist drivers in the past and was even fit for them, but it seemed no matter how hard we tried, we could never really “best” my other drivers.  This year things have changed, after my fitting I was impressed with the numbers I was getting out of the Titleist.  I actually had found the TS3 to be better than was I was playing.  The numbers don’t lie.  I was excited to get this driver on the course.  To me is the most important aspect of testing.  Nets are great, numbers are wonderful, but if you don’t play it on the course with water on the right and OB on the left, those things don’t really mean anything.  My on course testing was most interesting with this club.
 

The first round I had this club in the bag, it was amazing!!  Bombs down the middle all day long.  It hit mid-high drives that carried and rolled out nicely.  It was impressive, certainly the best Titleist driver I had ever played.  But then came some driver swing yips.  The next 3 rounds I was a mental mess.  I couldn’t swing the driver for anything, I could barely hit the driving range.  But when I handed it to a friend whom I regularly out-drive, he kept up with me.  This is when I knew that Titleist had a real winner.  He hit the ball so well with this driver it blew us both away.  I quickly put it back in my bag and had my swing settled down.  It was back to bombing it again for me too.  The TS3 didn’t hit the ball  20 yards further, but the few yards that were picked up on average add up over time, especially if it is just enough to hit one less club into the green.

Flightscope Xi Tour Launch Monitor

Titleist TS3  Driver

  • Spin: 2178 rpms
  • Launch Angle: 12.6*
  • Dispersion: 6.2 yds
  • Club Head Speed: 105.9 mph
  • Ball Speed: 157.1 mph
  • Total Distance:  295.2 yds
  • Carry Distance:  277.0 yds
The Titleist TS3 driver comes with a really great selection of new “real deal” shafts.  I tried them all and settled on the HZRDUS Smoke.  It is a slightly easier hitting version of the Black (which has been one of my favorite shafts).  The weighting is slightly different, but the low spin and lowish launch really have me liking this shaft.  I’ve messed with the SureFit hosel some, but seem to end up back and A1 as my preferred setting.  I wish however that different weights were available for this driver.  They stock weight allows you some adjustments, but I’d like to try this head just a touch heavier and there isn’t a kit available.
 

Summary

If you are a Titleist loyalist, the new TS drivers are going to blow you away, if you’ve leaned toward other drivers, you might just want to give the new Titleist TS drivers another chance.  They are completely redesigned and are better in every way.  The TS3 is the best fit for me and shows that it can really compete with any drivers.  The improved speed makes a difference and all the other fine tuning points that Titleist made to this driver certainly have it competing and even beating the best.  Take a Thursday and get fit for Titleist Speed.

Check the price online: PGA Superstore

For more information: www.titleist.com/golf-clubs/golf-drivers

Pros and Cons

+ Redesigned for more speed
+ Great sound
+ Clean looks
+ Real deal shafts
+ Better performance

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Ryan Heiman – Founder and Head Author of Independent Golf Reviews
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