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Titleist has created a driver they feel is now superior in speed across the board. Now Available in pro shops and golf retail stores everywhere is the new Titleist TS Drivers.

Titleist has also created the same concept in it’s new fairway woods the TS2 and TS3.

The Titleist Speed Project, came from a challenge of top players to make the fastest Titleist Driver possible. The end result was the TS2 and TS3 drivers. That have been designed with the features of faster ball speed and higher launch, a lower spin and a increased MOI, for longer distance.

The first opportunity for Titleist staff players to play the new driver, was at the U.S Open last June at Shinnecock Hills. 17 players put them in their bag that week, including 2017 PGA Championship Justin Thomas who hit a 422-yard drive in Round 1. Three tournaments later Thomas won at Firestone, and gave the credit to his new TS3 Driver with a 9.5 degree set up. Michael Kim was the first player on tour to win with the new driver, when he won the John Deere Classic in July with a TS2 10.5, his average was 294.8 yards off the tee.

THE TS DRIVERS (L) and the new TS Fairway Woods (R). Titleist.com for details.

Titleist calls their new drivers made up from four top innovations. The Ultra-Thin Crown made of Titanium, that is 20% thinner than the 917 Driver, and this allows weight to be shifted lower and deeper. A thinner faster face, the fastest face Titleist has ever created, with a weight reduction of  6 grams, that helps create the faster ball speeds.

The new shaping of the club head reduces drag by 20%, that allows golfers to swing faster. New weight distribution has helped create higher launch and less spin. The new MOI is 12% higher than the previous 917 driver.

Josh Talge, VP, Titleist Golf Club Marketing says the new drivers and the TS project was about, “driving up ball speed and creating a new level of performance that golfers could not ignore. In order to do that we knew we had to look at things differently, We challenged ourselves to deconstruct the driver and then literally build it back up, piece by piece to be faster and longer in every way possible.”

Talge on the TS fairway woods. “The new TS2 fairway is unlike any fairway we have ever made. It’s a high launching, low-spinning distance machine that is forgiving and will change the way players look at a fairway wood with how easy it is to get the ball up in the air. TS3 is also fast and forgiving. It gives players who like to work the ball or need more shot control to really dial-in their performance.”

There is a variety of stock shafts that come with the clubs giving golfers options, that include Kero Kage, Tensei, Hzrdus and Even Flow. Driver lofts are 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 in the TS2, with the same options except the 11.5 on TS3. Fairway Woods come in 13.5, 15, 16.5 and 18, with the TS2 having a 21 degree in RH clubs only.

Several Titleist Tour staff players have put the new TS Drivers and Fairway clubs into play. Justin Thomas is using both, along with Jimmy Walker, Brian Harman, Chesson Hadley and Cameron Smith. Jordan Spieth has added the TS2 15 degree to his bag.

The Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers have a MAP of $499.00 and the Fairway Woods are set at $299.00 per club.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.