Titleist TS1 Driver Review

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Lightweight and designed for golfers with moderate swing speeds, the Titleist TS1 driver delivers solid performance.  Forgiving and consistent, good results seem effortless.

Introduction

To better fit the full spectrum of golfers, Titleist recently released the TS1 and TS4 drivers to complement the highly successful TS2 and TS3 drivers.  Where the TS4 moved the focus to very accomplished players (see review HERE), the TS1 is designed for golfers with moderate swing speeds.  And if you aren’t familiar with Titleist’s nomenclature, TS stands for Titleist Speed – the pursuit of speed from every aspect of the driver.

Looks

Titleist did a wonderful job maintaining brand identity across the four models of the TS driver family.  Like its siblings, the TS1 has a gloss black crown with a simple triangle for aligning the sweet spot.  Although a head’s length is the more common descriptor, to me, the TS1’s head has serious depth front to back.

The family features continue on the sole with silver wings and the simple TS and red highlighted 1.  The round weight port seems an odd departure from the triangular shape used on the other models, yet blends in nicely while denoting the deep CG.  The TS1 has pleasing face symmetry, and I’m a big fan of the classic Titleist script on the toe.

Sound & Feel

The TS1 driver produces a pleasant, medium volume, metallic ‘thwack’ that’s consistent across the face.  I had to really catch one towards the heel or out on the toe for the sound to become muffled.

Similarly, it took a true mishit to feel feedback in my hands.  Does that mean the club lacks feel?  Maybe, but it seems more of a testament to the TS1’s stable, high MOI design and completely aligned with the target market – swings below 85 mph.

Performance

Reduced weight was the quest to give the TS1 driver speed.  The TS1 driver was designed from head to grip to be ultra-lightweight and comes in 45 grams lighter than the stock TS2.  With the light, aerodynamic head and lightweight shaft, swinging the TS1 driver felt effortless.  Reasonable contact sent the ball on a beautiful high trajectory.  My typical shot shape is straight or a little draw, so the slight draw bias of the TS1 design had my dispersion trending more left than desired.  With a simple swing adjustment I was hitting my longest drives straight down the middle or just right of center.  For more ball flight optimization, the TS1 comes with Titleist’s SureFit Hosel, featuring 16 loft and lie settings.

Reviewing my Trackman data collected at Club Champion, I was amazed at the consistency of the TS1 driver.  The solid feel of the strikes was validated by strong performance numbers.  My spin numbers also reflected the clubs stated mid-spin design.  It’s a pleasant experience sitting down to write up a review and finding that the marketing details match up with actual results.

Conclusion

As someone with a moderate swing speed, I found the Titleist TS1 driver very satisfying to hit.  The balance of the club throughout the swing made for a comfortable encounter right from the first ball I hit.  The clean look and satisfying sound of the TS1 driver were appealing to my eyes and ears.  With the TS1 driver joining the Titleist Speed family, golfers across the swing spectrum can play a driver designed for their specific needs.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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4 Comments

  1. Re: the two stock shafts,,,does the Fujikura Speeder deliver a lower ball flight than the Mitsui Fubuki. My swing speed is below 80.
    Have demoed a couple of drivers this season, seem to prefer the Ping G400/410 with R-flex shaft; but am still undecided.

    • You’ll need to demo the TS1 with both shafts to find your answer Jake. Both shafts fall into the high launch, high spin category generically speaking. Let us know what driver and shaft you decide on.

      – Meeks

  2. Richard Dorfman

    I’ve been playing the TS1 for about a month and can only describe it as “miraculous!” It’s nearly impossible to slice if you initiate a smooth takeaway followed by an in-tempo, easy-ish swing. No tension in the shoulders here! The club delivers straight, better than average distance with a satisfying “thwack “ off the tee and a very very solid hand-feel. I played the TS2 previously for about three months prior to demo-ing the TS1 and that was it! Traded it in immediately. The club does EXACTLY what’s its claims to. How’s that for a pheasant change!

  3. I’d love to test the TS1!

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