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The Titleist TSR1 driver is designed for golfers with moderate swing speed. This lightweight driver delivers strong ball speeds and impressive consistency. Wonderful sound and looks.
When Titleist released their new TSR drivers last fall, the TSR1 wasn’t included. Reading Matt’s review of the TSR2 [you can find it HERE], I was very intrigued with the new technology. As he covered the more tour-centric TSR3 [LINK] and then the low spin TSR4 [LINK], I kept up hope that Titleist had one more up its sleeve. And sure enough, the New Year ushered in the Titleist TSR1 driver.
Since the launch of the original TS – Titleist Speed – collection, the “1” version has been intended for golfers with moderate swing speeds. Often nebulous, Titleist defines “moderate” as less than 90 mph. And if you, like me, fall into that category, know we’re not alone – it encompasses a third of all golfers.
Stunningly simple. And I mean that 100% positively. A high golf IQ friend next to me on the range actually thought I had a blacked-out prototype. Branding is limited to a small script Titleist on the toe and modest TSR1 at the heel.
At address the TSR1 driver has a wonderful round shape with the slightest of toe-centricity. The gloss black crown’s only accent is a simple “TSR” that serves as the sweet spot alignment aid. The flat edge where the face meets the crown is super helpful in squaring up my stance.
The face of the Titleist TSR1 driver is nearly identical to the previous version TSi1 – sans the “ATI”. The micro-diamond patterned contact zone is inviting, stretching the full height of the face. The stretched diamonds and horizontal lines of the heel and toe sectors add to the visual interest.
In the bag, the sole of the TSR1 is as sleek and clean as any driver in my memory bank. A matte black segment punctuated by a silver sliver offers a bit of artistry to the subtle contours of the sole. It would be easy to miss the weight port Titleist located in the trailing edge if it wasn’t for the color pop of the red circle.
Sound & Feel
I remember the first time I heard the TSR2 driver in person and being amazed at how quiet it was. The Titleist TSR1 driver shares that attribute. The muted “thwap” is mid-tone with mid-resonance. The sound is very consistent. With his back to me, that friend I mentioned earlier thought I was puring every drive, even while I was toying with tee height.
Feedback to my hands was limited to fairly significant mishits. Contact anywhere in the middle section of the face felt solid and stable. For me, the positive feel – even when impact position isn’t perfect – is good for maintaining confidence on the tee box throughout a round.
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The first thing I noticed with the Titleist TSR1 driver was how light it felt. Not only in a static hovering position but throughout the swing. Overall, the club is around 40 grams lighter than the stock TSR2. That weight reduction is achieved via every component: head, shaft, and grip. The lightweight design is a primary feature of the TSR1, and one that certainly resonated with me.
As I began testing, my swing speed was actually lower than typical by a couple MPH, which was puzzling. Realizing I was swinging tentatively, I switched to an aggressive mindset and saw the true potential of the driver. Instantly I was up a few MPH with good carry and strong rollout. The only data point that wasn’t optimal was spin, which was a bit low.
To be clear, when I say aggressive, I’m not talking about trying to murder the ball, but merely cranking up swing speed. I attribute much of that crankability to the stock MMT Speedmesh shaft. MMT, Metal Mesh Technology, enhances stability in the tip section – a much needed element for ultra-lightweight shafts. To boost another factor of the speed equation, Titleist designers also improved aerodynamics from the TSi1 driver [full review HERE].
To efficiently transform swing speed into ball speed, Titleist utilized a new “multi-plateau” aerospace grade titanium face. Starting with the strike plane of the face, layers are strategically added inward creating a “variable face thickness” that optimizes ball speed across the face. What that equates to for golfers is forgiveness – easily seen in my launch monitor data.
The TSR1 driver incorporates Titleist’s highly regarded SureFit Hosel which features 16 loft and lie settings. Additional performance tuning is available via the weight port at the rear of the head. The stock 9 gram weight has been strategically positioned, deep and face centered, to promote a high launch.
Overall, the TSR1 driver has a clean, contemporary look with very appealing shaping. The lightweight design seems perfectly aligned with the target golfer, and the substantial forgiveness is an attribute all golfers can appreciate. The TSR1 may have joined the family a bit late, but it certainly completes the outstanding portfolio of Titleist drivers.
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