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The Titleist TSR4 driver is a sub-460cc beauty. Face technology designed to enhance forgiveness. Very low spin. Adjustable weights to dial in spin and feel.
Titleist bills their new TSR4 as “the ultimate low-spin driver,” but more than that, it’s the biggest flex on the tee box. In this era, pulling out a driver that’s sub-460cc lets everyone know that you intend to put on a driving clinic. But is it possible that Titleist snuck enough technology into the TSR4 to make it playable for weekend golfers? I tested one to find out.
Having reviewed the original TS4 driver [HERE], I had high expectations for the looks of the TSR4. It does not disappoint. The small “TSR” alignment aid creates a focal point on the gloss black crown. This driver has a slight pear shape and is very compact in every dimension.
Flipping it over, you’ll find a sole that matches the crown’s black and silver color scheme. The sole of the TSR4 driver is actually a touch busier than the 2 or 3 thanks to the two weight ports, but it’s still one of the slickest looking drivers in the bag.
Setting the TSR4 driver (above, left) next to the TSR 3 [review HERE], the size difference is noticeable. The face is about 1/4″ shorter from heel-to-toe. The TSR4 is also shorter from front-to-back and more aggressively slimmed in the heel. That said, when they aren’t next to each other, the TSR3 and TSR4 are not easy to tell apart.
Sound & Feel
Titleist kept the marvelous sound and feel of the TSR drivers consistent across the line. Just like its brothers, the TSR4 driver is very quiet at impact. I’ve enjoyed the understated sound in all three drivers, but it’s most at home with the smallest of the group.
The quiet sound is complemented by a feel that’s very light and quick off the face. This club doesn’t feel remotely hollow, but the ball seems to tap the club face rather than crashing into it. Despite the light impact sensation, there’s plenty of feedback on strike location.
My first thought when I heard of the TSR4 driver was that it would be designed entirely for Tour players. However, what I learned in my conversation with the people who designed the club [listen HERE] was that they aimed to make it more widely playable. To that end, they used the same face technology in the TSR4 as they did in the TSR2. While the TSR3 driver has a face meant to optimize center strikes, the multi-plateau VFT in the 2 and 4 gives more ball speed to imperfect shots.
This face technology works very well, but I do want to be clear that this driver is not meant for high handicap players. The TSR2 driver [review HERE] is a driver for all players. The TSR4 driver is for those that primarily hit the center of the face. When I was swinging well, the TSR4 produced mid-launch, low spin bombs. However, when my swing went south, I missed the stability of the TSR2.
Titleist bills the TSR4 driver as the ultimate low spin driver, but the adjustability makes it more than that. There are two, interchangeable “flat weights” in the head – one at the rear, one in the middle of the sole. One of these weights is 3 grams, the other is 11 grams. With the heavier weight forward, you get maximum spin reduction. When you place the heavier weight back, you get what Titleist calls the “TSR3.5” with a touch more spin and a little more stability.
True to form, Titleist made the differences in these two positions noticeable but not extreme. I could feel the weight shift, and I had a clear preference, but neither position felt unplayable. As someone who is naturally low spin but needs forgiveness, putting the heavier weight back was an easy choice for me. Even in this “higher spin” position, the TSR4 driver produced low, piercing drives. Combining the weights with the SureFit Hosel gives fitters and golfers a world of options to explore during a fitting.
If your problem is high spin, the Titleist TSR4 driver is your answer. It’s the same if you want to play arguably the most beautiful driver available. The TSR4 is an impressive club that gives players a lot of adjustability and more forgiveness than you should expect from a 430cc head.