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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.