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The Titleist TSi3 hybrid packs a surprising amount of forgiveness into a players hybrid. Beautiful shape. Adjustability is a mixed bag.
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Titleist hybrids have long been one of those “if you know, you know” type of clubs. Going back all the way to the classic 585H, they’ve been solid performers. Earlier this year, Matt Meeker showed me just how good the TSi2 hybrid [review HERE] is, so I was eager to test the TSi3 to see if it could earn a spot in my bag to level the playing field.
At address, the Titleist TSi3 hybrid has one of the most appealing silhouettes in the category. It has a clean, gloss black crown and an elegant pear shape. It’s compact from front to back and heel to toe, which should suit the eye of the better player. As is customary for a players hybrid, the face is fairly tall and the toe is squared to look more like an iron.
The underside of the TSi3 hybrid is surprisingly busy. Titleist’s SureFit CG Track Technology monopolizes the sole, and while it’s not ugly, it doesn’t match the sleek address look.
Sound & Feel
As I got ready to test the TSi3 hybrid, I recalled my experience with the TSi3 fairway wood [review HERE], specifically the “sniper rifle” impact sound. I was rather jarred when my first swing with the TSi3 hybrid created a high pitched, metallic, rather loud sound. As I hit it more, I realized that it’s not that loud compared to most hybrids, it’s just much louder than I expected it to be.
Feedback from the TSi3 hybrid is good both through the hands and ears. Centered shots feel solid and sound crisp. Mishits feel progressively more hollow and sound more off key the further you get from the center of the face.
For those unfamiliar with Titleist nomenclature, the TSi2 is the larger, more forgiving model; the TSi3 is the smaller, players version. As such, I expected that Meeker’s findings of outstanding forgiveness in the TSi2 would not apply to the TSi3. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was wrong.
My first few swings with the TSi3 hybrid were pure. Trackman showered both me and the TSi3 with praise, even flashing a 1.5 smash factor. Ball speed was excellent and spin and launch were consistent.
Then, as always happens, the streak of good swings ended. But what caught my attention as I fought to regain my form was that the numbers on the screen weren’t changing that much. Ball speed stayed very high and the launch angle remained steady – no moon balls or low screamers. For a players hybrid, the TSi3 is exceptionally forgiving.
Titleist only offers the TSi3 hybrid in two lofts – 18 and 20 degrees – but it is adjustable. The SureFit hosel continues to offer 16 combinations of loft, lie, and face angle so you can dial in a precise fit. The TSi3 also features a new weighting system. SureFit CG Track is a bit more user friendly than the previous system [TS3 hybrid review HERE] in that you don’t need to carry extra weights, but the impact is not huge. This system is meant for fine modifications not slice-busting.
If you want the look of a players hybrid but still need forgiveness, the Titleist TSi3 is a wonderful choice. This club has enough versatility to fit your bag whether you’re looking to replace a long iron or sideline a finicky fairway wood.