Titleist TS2 Fairway Wood Review

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The Titleist TS2 fairway wood is the company’s easiest-to-hit FW ever.  Great off the tee.

Introduction

With Titleist’s TS launch, most of the attention has been paid to the drivers.  While the drivers certainly deserve the accolades, the fairway woods are every bit as impressive.  With more forgiveness, ball speed, and lower spin, Titleist had made their fairway wood playable for a much wider range of golfers.

Looks

The TS2 fairway wood has the kind of traditional appearance you would expect from Titleist.  Its crown is gloss black, and there’s a small, triangular alignment aid.  The size is average, but the face appears to be a little taller than average.

In comparing the TS2 (left) to the TS3, there are small differences in shape and size.  The TS3 is round where the TS2 has a slightly triangular shape.  Additionally, the TS2 is a touch longer from front to back.  These differences are noticeable when the clubs are next to each other, but on their own one could easily be mistaken for the other.

Sound & Feel

Though the performance has changed, Titleist has not abandoned the feel and feedback that its core audience desires.  Even though it is forgiving, you’ll have no problem discerning how you struck the TS2 fairway wood.  Feedback is clear through the sound and through your hands.

Impact with the TS2 is quiet and solid.  There’s virtually no metallic “tink,” instead centered shots produce a satisfying “thwack.”  When you move away from the center of the face, the sound gets noticeably dull.

Performance

For most recreational golfers, getting the ball airborne is the biggest concern with a fairway wood.  In the past, Titleist FWs have not made this easy, but the TS2 changes that.  While it’s not the highest launching fairway wood on the market, it puts the ball on a playable trajectory, even on thin shots.  This is due in part to a larger Active Recoil Channel that allows the face to flex more.

I found that the TS2 was particularly good off the tee.  As someone who is not great with fairway woods, the taller face helped me feel confident when the ball was teed up.  Off the tee, the higher MOI of the TS2 was apparent in how consistently straight the ball flew.

Just as with the drivers, the TS2 has less adjustability than the TS3.  Both fairway woods have the SureFit hosel which offers 16 settings for loft and lie.  The difference is that the TS2 has a fixed center of gravity where the TS3 has SureFit CG to create a draw or fade bias.  The TS2 does have a replaceable weight in the back of the head that can be used to adjust swing weight.

Conclusion

In the past, it was not unreasonable to associate Titleist woods only with better players.  The new TS2 fairway wood opens the company up to a wider range of golfers by being easier to launch and more forgiving.  With a variety of shaft and loft options available, make sure you’re fit for the right combination to suit your needs on the course.

Titleist TS2 Fairway Wood Price and Specs

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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13 Comments

  1. Nice review. I’ve been considering upgrading my 915F2 to the 917F2 but now I’m thinking I’ll go to the TS2.

  2. Is bill upset you’re swinging faster than him now?
    278 with a FW is deeeeep.
    Your piece on the GEARS-like fitting and seeing these numbers is really making me think.

  3. Hi Matt,
    After reading this review, I have the intention to try the Ts2 and ts3 wood.
    In the past I was doing to much mistake with this club and decided to leave all my fairway (forest) wood in the garage. I have a lot more success with hybrid.
    If I can hit the new TS wood as good as the driver, I will considet to make a place for a 15 degree fw
    I would like to see a review from you on TS3 wood.

    Thank you Matt,.

  4. Hi Matt,

    I wanted to know how you feel about the TS2 vs Callaway Rogue fairway wood in performance/forgiveness. I know the rave reviews the rogue has received for ball speed and forgiveness. Do you still feel that it’s ahead of the Titleist fairway options?

    Thank you

    • Matt Saternus

      Drew,

      Yes, I think the Rogue is still the best of the best for ball speed – both in terms of peak ball speed and consistency.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Scott Richards

    Hi Matt,

    Any thoughts on the 16.5 vs 15 degree? I currently go from a TS2 driver to the TS2 16.5 to a 3 hybrid. I am newer to the game and not sure of the gapping.

    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Scott,

      The difference is not that big, especially for a higher handicap player. Strike quality will make a much bigger impact than 1.5 degrees of loft.

      Were you fit into that set up? If so, were the distance gaps good in the fitting?

      Best,

      Matt

      • Scott Richards

        Thanks Matt,

        Yes I was fit and went with the 16.5 degree as the fitter said I launched it better. However, was a bit longer with the 15 degree. He said at my level better to go with the 16.5 degree.

        Thanks for your thoughts.

        • Matt Saternus

          Scott,

          I wouldn’t disagree with that. Generally speaking, a higher handicap player is going to hit if farther – on average – with a little more loft.

          Best,

          Matt

  6. Hi Matt
    I’m in the market for a fairway wood and I’m sure about the Titleist TS2 and the loft which should be around 17°.
    What does make more sense to buy a 16.5° and increase to 17.25° or to buy a 18° and decrease the loft to 17.25°. The fairway wood should be a good blend either from the tee as well from the deck.
    What do you recommend?
    Thank you!

    • Matt Saternus

      Milo,

      It’s a question of whether you want the face open or closed. If you want it open, buy the 16.5. If you want it closed, buy the 18.

      Best,

      Matt

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