With the release of the new Titleist TS1 and TS4 Drivers we thought it would be helpful to create a blog post that will help you tell the difference between these new clubs and the already released TS3 and TS4 drivers, as well as how to decide which would be best for you.
So, let’s get into it!
Titleist has always been known as the avid golfers go-to brand meaning that if you were playing twenty-five rounds of golf or had a handicap of around 10-15 or below Titleist was a brand you would gravitate towards.
However, the TS1 has blown that all to bits now because it is made for EVERYONE.
For the very first time in Titleists history, they actually have made a golf club that can be played by the more inexperienced golfer with a higher handicap in the 25 to 35 range.
What they have done is they’ve created a little bit of a new shape that has a really high MOI (Moment of Inertia) and that’s a good thing. More MOI means more forgiveness. In the back of this golf club, you’re actually going to see a very large tungsten weight.
There is a little dial where the tungsten weight is held and the further you can move the weight back in a golf club the more moment of inertia it has which means if you hit the ball off the heel or toe the head of the golf club will twist less, keeping your shots straighter.
All of the vendors that are building golf clubs for the medium to high handicap players are all trying to move that center of gravity as far back in the golf club as they can to create a higher trajectory, more forgiveness, and lower spin.
Low spin out on tour is what they’re going for and we’ll get into that with TS4 but for the average golfer, spin can help you get the ball airborne which is good for the medium to high handicap players.
The other big key that they’ve done on this driver is the overall weight of it. If I give you the TS1 versus the TS4, the TS1 is significantly lighter and that is because it has a 45-gram shaft. Now there are seven different stock shafts you can choose, however, despite that the overall club weight of a TS1 is much much lighter which is great for the person with low clubhead speed or that is trying to hit the ball farther.
Additionally, with the TS1 there are three loft choices. They are a 9-5, a 10-5 and a 12-5. Again as we’re talking about golfers who need help a 12-5 loft can get that ball airborne so for seniors, ladies or newer golfers more loft is very helpful.
Then with the adjustable hosel on these clubs, you can actually go up and down in loft just by adjusting the hosel which is a newer feature that we’re seeing in the TS series drivers.
Next, we have the TS2 Driver. This is not a new driver but the TS2 is the everyman golf club. It’s a mid-launch Golf Club that is going to be for that mid everyday golfer. These are golfers anywhere from a 10-20 handicap. This driver also has seven different shaft options. They have a wide variety of shafts from 50 to 80 grams available for you to fit to your liking.
From a design standpoint, you’ll see that this driver has a little different tungsten weight in the back but again this club also has a very high center of gravity. It’s going to have a little bit lower spin and a little bit lower launch than the TS1 does and is actually available in a couple more lofts. This driver is available with 8-5, 9-5, 10-5, and 11-5 lofts.
The TS2 also has a fairway wood version which the TS1 does not have, but we expect them to come out with a version of fairway woods for the TS1 and TS4 soon.
The TS3 has also been out for a little while. This club is a bit more pear-shaped it isn’t quite as wide from the face to the back and there is no tungsten weight making the center of gravity more forward in this one than the previous two clubs.
The TS3 is not quite as forgiving but because the weight is forward it’s going to be a little bit lower spinning. The face is a little bit deeper which is going to bring the trajectory down, so that better player who is trying to reduce the spin and hit that ball farther will be able to get that.
This club is really great for the players with clubhead speeds of 110-115 mph off the driver and is more workable. So, if you are a player that wants to hit the ball left to right or right to left based on the hole you’re playing having the weight forward in the driver is going to allow you to do that.
This clubs isn’t for the player that’s just up there praying it’s going to go straight, this is for the player that has an idea of where the ball is going to go and how they want to work that ball and tune it around.
This is for a little bit better player, probably in the 5 to 15 handicap.
Last but not least we have the new TS4 and this one does have a tungsten weight in the bottom, but it is closer to the face of the club. This club is way different than all the other clubs because this is bringing the moment of inertia closer to the face and as the weight goes towards the face the spin and trajectory go down a lot making this the perfect club for the advanced golfer.
This is a great driver for the low handicapper and the tour players who are creating an exceptional amount of spin off their driver with a clubhead speed that’s upwards of 115-120 mph. These players are putting tons of spin on the ball and they need everything they can to reduce the spin to maximize their distance and that’s what the new TS4 is going to do for their really hard swingers.
This golf club is going to be the lowest spinning driver the Titleist has ever made.
However, there are exceptions to all the rules. A golfer who actually has a very choppy swing or as has an arc that is coming right down on the ball and generating an enormous amount of spin off their driver has a tendency to hit the ball super high and this might be a great option for them because it’s going to bring the trajectory down and bring their spin down. There are exceptions to every rule but for the average consumer, this typically won’t be the club for you.
This club is only available with 8-5. 9-5. and 10-5 lofts and still available with any of the stock shafts that can make the club heavier or lighter as well as have an impact on the torque of the clubs. So, aside from picking the right driver, you also need to be aware of which club you choose, as this can have a major impact on performance as well.
Between the different shafts, heads, lofts and more there are literally hundreds of different options for you to choose from when picking out the perfect club for you.
If you aren’t sure which shaft or driver you should get or if you would like to schedule a custom fitting, just give us a call to get customized advice from our experts at (916) 481-4653.
Overall, those are the pros and cons of the Titleist TS1, TS2, TS3, TS4 drivers, I hope you found this helpful!
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