Titleist Jumps Gun On New Drivers

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That’s quite a departure.

So too is the apparent names of these prototypes. Titleist seems prepared to move on from 900 series, a combination of call numbers/letter that dates back to the 975D (1998-2001) and has, for the most part, carried on through to last year’s 917D2 and 917D3 models.

As of yet there are no indications what the call letters on these new products stand for (Titleist Series, perhaps?)

As for specs or details on these drivers, speculation is also all we have. Titleist — as it does better than any other major OEM — is remaining silent on the prototypes, leaving industry pundits in the dark as to the mandate of TS2 and TS3 and any performance-related, technology-driven benefits. The company did, however, come out with this post on social media not soon after the USGA conforming list went public.

Not much to go on there. That same messaging mirrors recent incarnations of Titleist drivers while echoing a similar refrain with other high-profile products and brands in the category.

From a look at the sole, face and top crown, this is what we do know about the TS2 and TS3.
*The forward-positioned Active Recoil Channel, or ARC, does not show up in the sole of either prototype like it did in previous incarnations. It’s possible that same technology is being employed internally.

*SureFit CG, the cylinder-shaped weight cartridge that helped to control ball flight (fade or draw bias), is gone from the TS2 but remains in TS3.

*A fixed rear weight replaces the SureFit CG weight cartridge in the TS2.

*A pair of small rubber or plastic ridged extensions is noticeable coming from the side of a pair of brushed chrome flares in the sole of the TS2. Those chrome flares form a U-shape. No indication if there is any technology advantage to this but I believe we’ll hear that there is.

*The TS3 features two ridged sections in the back of the clubhead, the larger area surrounding one point of insertion for the SureFit CG cartridge. Pure speculation but these areas may combine to affect sound/acoustics. The brushed chrome accents on the TS3 form a modified ‘X’ shape.

*TS3 is a more compact product with a deeper face profile than TS2.

*Both TS2 and TS3 feature Titleist’s super clean, high-gloss crown with small single alignment aid.

*Both TS2 and TS3 come with Titleist’s SureFit Hosel.

Reports indicate Titleist started to fit some of its key tour staff players into the prototypes in late May and earlier this month. First hints that the TS2 and TS3 might show up at the U.S. Open came via the Instagram accounts of tour staff members Justin Thomas and Jimmy Walker.

Thomas, the World No. 2, in fact, teased an image Sunday night.

Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker and Webb Simpson are also in possession of one of the prototypes and, like Thomas and Walker, could put it play this week at Shinnecock.

As details become available on the new Titleist TS2 and TS3 prototypes I’ll have the information for you on my Twitter account @YoungerGolf or here at SCOREGolf.com.

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