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With powerful ball speed and loads of forgiveness, the Titleist TSi2 fairway delivers strong, reliable results. Super looks add to the club’s appeal.
Like so many golfers, I’ve never been in love with my 3 wood. I assumed it was because I hit the club so infrequently, whether during play or practice, that I never gained confidence with it. Turns out my bad relationship was more of a fitting issue – I needed more loft. Working with a certified Titleist professional was both eye opening and rewarding. When my TSi2 16.5° fairway arrived I couldn’t wait to begin testing.
The Titleist TSi2 fairway has eye appeal from every angle. The sole has a clean, contemporary look that’s in harmony with its big sibling, the TSi2 driver [review HERE]. A simple weight port centered at the rear elicits thoughts of easy launch while the Active Recoil Channel (ARC) at the front edge suggests power.
Setting up wonderfully square at address, the white paint fill on the face frames the golf ball nicely. The size of the round, gloss black crown will appeal to both better players and mid-handicap golfers. Other than the simple “TSi” alignment aid that replaced the triangle on the TS2 fairway [review HERE], there’s no discernible difference between the two generations at address.
Sound & Feel
With a sound that has depth beyond a “crack,” the TSi2 fairway is more attune to a healthy “thwack” at impact. Fairly consistent between the white lines on the face, the moderate level sound matched the solid feel. Noteworthy was how good hits felt low on the face. Strikes that wandered towards the heel or toe sounded duller and felt muddled.
Reviewing my launch monitor data with Jay Marino at Club Champion, his first comment was “ultra consistent.” That matched my observations after each hit of the virtual ball flight powering down the center of the screen. Even with my swing in a fall funk, the TSi2 produced strong ball speeds and a nice tight dispersion.
I’m certain the forged carpenter 465 VFT face is a major factor in the impressive balls speed, but the fourth generation ARC deserves special credit for the consistency. Hitting off a tight lie on a mat, it’s easy to catch the ball thin, and the face flex of the ARC performs as designed. I had similar excellent results hitting off dry, tight turf outside. When the grass was a bit thicker with fresh rye overseed growth, the TSi2 fairway glided through the impact zone with ease and stability.
Titleist offers four high quality stock shafts along with three premium stock options. If you desire something different, your Titleist professional has access to an extensive catalog of shafts. To really get your fit dialed in, the TSi2 fairway also features Titleist’s SureFit Hosel with 16 loft and lie settings.
The Titleist TSi2 fairway offers a great combination of distance and forgiveness that’s worthy of consideration by golfers across the handicap spectrum. I found the consistent performance confidence building and the looks tough to beat. If you’re in a 3 wood rut, explore other lofts with your local Titleist fitter and get ready to embrace your fairway wood.
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