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Incredibly consistent, the Titleist TSi2 driver offers strong performance even without precise contact. Great visual and auditory appeal.
With a two year product cycle, Titleist knows how to build anticipation, and for most golfers, woods are the pinnacle of desire. The occasional photos from field sleuths in the months ahead of release piques our interest. A glimpse on TV of a Tour player using the new driver provides golfers hope that the reveal will be soon. Then the official press release ignites a social media firestorm and golfers breathe a sigh of relief that they can soon get their hands on one. So without further ado, the Titleist TSi2 driver.
The TSi2 driver retains the elongated round shape of its predecessor, the TS2 [review HERE]. The gloss black crown’s only accent is a simple “TSi” that serves as the alignment aid. The club sets up wonderfully square at address. To my eye, the matte finish Mitsubishi Kura Kage shaft adds to the really sharp looking club.
The face of the TSi2 driver is unique and intriguing. Sure the stretched diamonds on the heel and toe sections give continuity from the previous generation, but that’s where the similarities end. The fascinating aspect of the face is the texture of the center section. Rubbing my finger nail across it left a mark, but it wiped right off with my thumb. I fully expected to be able to see an imprint of each ball strike, but that wasn’t the case.
The sole of the TSi2 has a clean, contemporary look, with a well blended mix of colors and finishes. A simple weight port centered at the rear foreshadows easy launch. And as always, I’m a big fan of the classic script Titleist on the toe.
Sound & Feel
Titleist states that the TSi2 is “tuned to feel fast in your hands” and with just a few air swings I had to concur. The deep swoosh at the bottom of my swing made the club head feel like it had muscle car acceleration.
When I added a ball into the equation, the TSi2 driver produced a staccato, somewhat metallic pop that was mid-level in both tone and pitch. Powerful and satisfying, the sound is consistent with contact anywhere in the middle section of the face. The sound is duller on the toe or heel sections, which matched the feedback in my hands. Overall, the club head felt stable regardless of swing path or contact point variations.
Before any perceptive PIG regulars take pause regarding the posted swing speed in the TSi2, a friendly reminder not to compare numbers with other reviews. Like most golfers, on frequent occasion, I’m working through some swing issues and the TSi2 is in no way the culprit. In fact, the numbers bear witness to the power and forgiveness of the TSi2. The combination of a 1.49 average smash factor and center of the fairway accuracy make the TSi2 driver a strong choice for most golfers looking to improve their scoring.
Most of the credit for the horsepower lies in the ATI 425 titanium face. The unique alloy, mainly utilized in military and aerospace applications, is made solely at a specialized foundry in Pittsburg, PA. Impact tape revealed that the strong ball speeds logged during my testing at Club Champion were achieved at varied contact points in the center section of the face.
If I had to sum up the Titleist TSi2 driver in one word it would be “consistent.” Left or right from the alignment mark, up or down on the face, the driver delivered strong ball speeds, consistent spin, and fairway finding accuracy. Performance ticked up with every swing as I grew more accustomed to the TSi2 driver.
With Titleist’s SureFit Hosel, featuring 16 loft and lie settings, I’m confident that with the help of a certified fitter I can get performance dialed in ever tighter. Add in the visual appeal and satisfying sound, and the Titleist TSi2 driver is a must-try for golfers seeking forgiveness with uncompromised distance.
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