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The Titleist TSR2 driver has tremendous forgiveness. Beautiful looks, quiet impact sound. Don’t be intimidated by the Titleist name – this driver can be played by anyone.
Before it was officially announced to the public, the new Titleist TSR2 driver already had loads of Tour validation. Used to great effect by Titleist’s Tour Staff, the TSR2 is the most forgiving driver in the line. As someone who prizes forgiveness off the tee above all else, I was eager to see if the TSR2 driver could unseat my current gamer.
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It will come as a surprise to no one that Titleist crafted a beauty in the TSR2 driver. The address look is, to my eye, more appealing than the TSi2 [review HERE]. It’s still fairly long from front to back, but it’s nearly symmetrical where its predecessor was weighted toward the heel. The gloss black crown is totally clean save for the tiny “TSR” alignment aid.
In the bag, the TSR2 may be the sleekest driver on the planet. Two shades of black – matte and gloss – join a sliver of silver down the middle. The branding is on the extreme heel and toe, leaving the sole totally clean.
Finally, I’ll add that Titleist made the face of the TSR2 driver mesmerizing. The center section of the face is made up of dozens of tiny diamonds.
Sound & Feel
The Titleist TSR2 driver combines its understated looks with one of the quietest impact sounds of any current driver. It is slightly higher pitched, but it’s so quiet that it doesn’t really register that way. The TSR2 had me laughing at the disconnect between this quiet sound and the way the club absolutely launches the golf ball.
Just as the TSR2 leaves a light impact on your ears, the ball feels incredibly light off the club face. It’s distinct from drivers that feel fast off the face. With this club, it’s almost as if the ball is tiptoeing, afraid to leave a footprint. Despite this, there’s excellent feedback on strike location through the hands.
For several generations, Titleist has been making golf clubs that offer a lot of forgiveness. In spite of that, they’ve retained the image of being the players brand, which likely intimidates some mid and high handicap golfers. With that in mind, I want to say immediately that the Titleist TSR2 driver is for everyone. Titleist has done an amazing job with forgiveness and consistency, and it should be in the mix for almost every golfer.
When I went for my TSR fitting, I was already leaning toward the TSR2. Forgiveness is my #1 priority off the tee, and the TSR2 showed that in spades. My swing was not in great shape, but it produced good ball speed along with consistent launch and spin. When I got my TSR2 driver in hand – and my swing in better shape – the results were stunning. Over a series of a dozen shots, the ball speed fluctuated just one MPH. That’s a level of consistency I haven’t seen in a long time.
Much of that ball speed consistency comes from Titleist’s new face construction. Called “multi-plateau variable face thickness,” the design creates “nearly constant CT” across the entire face. That translates to off-center hits getting the same ball speed as pure strikes.
Another important change to the TSR2 driver is a new CG placement. Per Titleist, it’s lower and more forward than previous generations which increases ball speed and improves launch conditions. The TSR2 does not have movable weights like the TSR3, but there is a weight at the rear of the head. Fitters like Club Champion will have access to different weights to fine tune swing weight and performance.
Finally, one thing that has not changed is the SureFit Hosel. It hasn’t changed because there’s no reason to change it. While the system is not intuitive, it gives players more choices – 16 – than any other hosel. As someone who is currently fighting a pull, I love the ability to make a small change to get my ball flight back on track.
It’s unusual to find a driver that’s a regular on Tour and is suited to the everyman golfer, but it’s true of the Titleist TSR2. This is a high performance club that’s also tremendously forgiving. If you get it dialed in with the right shaft and loft, you’ll walk to the tee with added confidence.