2018 Titleist TS2 and TS3 Drivers (they're not 919's...)

2018 Titleist TS2 and TS3 Drivers (they're not 919's...)

June 11, 2018 14 Comments

Titleist TS2 and TS3 Drivers - 2018

A week ago the first sighting of the NEW Titleist TS3 driver was spotted on Tour.  Titleist is now officially starting to seed the field with the TS2 and TS3 drivers, making the U.S. Open their official tournament release, calling it the "product development and validation process".  If the TS driver good enough for the Pro's, then its good enough for the rest of us.  I'm positive that not all the Titleist Staff Ambassadors are going to put the TS driver in their bag right away for the tournament, but some will.  Most Pro's on Tour want to play with a club for weeks or even months before they're comfortable with it, to build trust with the club to earn some money.  The feel of the club can change, the sound changes, distances change, workability changes.  There are things to work out first before you put your career on the line.  BUT, we'll definitely see this driver on the range, and probably in a few bags anyway...  

Read on and you'll find our best educated guess about the new Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers as Titleist is keeping much of the exact information to themselves, preparing for the national release of both TS3 and TS2 drivers coming this FALL 2018.


UPDATE! - RELEASE DATE & DELIVERY


Our Fittings at Spargo Golf will officially begin on September 7th (9/7/2018), and pre-orders start being accepted by Titleist that same day!  Thru custom fitting, pre-ordered TS Drivers and Fairway Woods will be delivered to the customer starting September 21st (9/21/2018), which is a week early before the national release on stock retail floors on September 28th (9/28/2018).

Now Available!

Order Your TS Driver & Fairway HERE

Titleist TS2 and TS3 Driver - 2018 - ABOUT

Why Titleist TS and not 919?

Some have expected the next 2018 Titleist Driver to be named the "919", but unknown to many (except for us at Spargo's :P ) there already is a 919 driver and its been on the market for years already manufactured by Wishon Golf.  Wishon Golf has the 919THI driver.  WE DO NOT KNOW if this is the main reason for the rebranding of the driver, but we do think that its way to close of a name for the exact type of product, that Titleist just didn't want to push their luck.  It would be a disaster if Titleist decided to continue with the 919 line, then get sued by Wishon Golf, thus having to change the drivers' name before a national product release...  I'm sure they had lawyers look at it and say "let's just not attempt the 919 name, we'll call it TS...".  This probably consisted of a mock-trial, behind closed doors at Titleist, and realized they couldn't win any case that might be pursued by Wishon Golf (if Wishon decided to, but they absolutely would...).  

About the Titleist TS2 and TS3 Drivers!

TS meaning "Tour Speed".  Titleist is claiming they have released a design that has more ball speed than before, while also being "obsessed" over the TS2 and TS3 drivers' look, sound and feel.  Both Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers show hints in the design of still having the Active Recoil Channel behind the club-face, but more discreetly built into the club-head.  No more exposed channel.

Titleist Active Recoil Channel Issues came up having the deep channel cavity exposed in the 915 (see picture, right), which they learned to fill/close up with the 917...  The issues with that Active Recoil Channel was the would get snagged or caught on the ground in a golfers back-swing, which was probably the only negative review those drivers had.  Titleist listened, fixed the problem, and is no longer an issue.

Titleist TS2 Driver

At first glance, I noticed the Titleist TS2 driver (the replacement for the D2) looks redesigned from the 917 and will most likely be the 460cc driver option, having higher MOI and higher ball flight.  HOWEVER, looks like they have removed the Surefit CG?   That is the adjustable weight bar found on the sole of the 917 driver, and have replaced it with just a single weight, similar to that of the older 915.  Not sure why they would do this to the TS driver as we had tremendous success with the SureFit CG, especially with the 917 D2 model.  With no pictures of the hosel of the driver, I assume it will feature the same SureFit Adaptor as the previous 910, 913, 915 and 917 models.  Which would be great considering some of us can keep our shaft, and just plug on the new TS driver head.  

Titleist TS3 Driver

The Titleist TS3 driver (the replacement for the D3) looks similar to the 917, more so than the TS2 driver does to the 917.  Most likely the 440cc (NOPE!  Its 460cc now!) driver option with lower MOI and lower ball flight.  Interestingly, the Titleist TS3 looks like it kept the SureFit CG.  Why Titleist would keep the SureFit on the TS3, but not the TS2 is very confusing.  Im expecting to receive an explanation why from our Titleist representatives.  Again, with no pictures of the hosel of the driver, I assume it will feature the same SureFit Adaptor, as noted above with the TS2 driver.  

 

How much will the New Titleist TS2 and TS3 Drivers cost?

There has been little hearsay about the price of the new Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers, we are guessing that Titleist will push the limit at $549 retail (Nope!  Got that wrong too, its $499!).  Don't forget about the matching fairway woods, possible at $349 retail (Wrong again, its $299!).  We really don't mind the price BECAUSE of the shaft options they give you.  The shafts found in Titleist drivers, since the 913, have all been REAL AFTERMARKET SHAFTS, unlike other companies that use proprietary (made for) shafts in their driver.  Just for example, the 917 driver could be considered a $700-$800 driver (you pay $399-$499) when considering their stock shaft is $285 over the counter.  Always remember that when a company puts their name on the shaft graphics (like TaylorMade), its a proprietary shaft.  These shafts have a much lower quality assurance rating.  Seeing that same driver on the rack with a dozen others of the same shaft/head, each one will play completely different from the next one, to the next one, to the next one...  You do not know what you are buying.  It might say stiff-flex, it doesn't mean it will play like a stiff-flex.

So, is this a good thing?  Or, is golf getting too expensive?  First impression, YES its too expensive, but after I think about it for 5 minutes, NO.  Golfers should not be buying new equipment every year and any company that tells you their driver today is better than the driver they released last month, is only trying to steal your money.  For a good quality product, get fit, buy once...  There is no magic here, just good quality equipment.  Titleist, PING, Miuzno all do well in our shop becuase they keep their equipment on a 2 year cycle.  That means that when they design and release a new club, they stand by it!  The clubs hold their value much longer and higher, when compared to other OEM's.  Two year cycle on equipment is a sign that the company has your best interests in mind, along with your golf game..  So, when this driver hits the stores, I'm getting mine! 

Final Thoughts on the Titleist TS2 and TS3 Drivers.

We are big fans of Titleist drivers and woods.  With 460cc head sizes, loft option, shaft options, SureFit adaptor settings, weight options and weight settings, there is an answer for every golfer.  It's simply knowing what combination of everything is right for you.  We still have folks come into the shop and say "I thought I wasn't good enough to play Titleist".  What?!  Titleist may have aligned themselves with being a premium brand, but don't think its based on skill level..  For the Titleist woods, they are well designed, high performing and classy.  No flashy paint job, it simply doesn't need it, never following a trend (like white driver heads) but always blazing their own trail.  They know who they are and what they want to be.  Quality.  'nuff said...

Don't let me do all the talking, comment below! 

Whats on your mind?



14 Responses

Dean Smith
Dean Smith

October 29, 2018

I played first round with the TS3 today (DEMO). Driver is about 5-10 yards longer. I want to know what the actual weight of the TS2 and TS3 driver heads are. Seems like the TS3 is heavy, even with a 60 gram shaft…

Spargo Golf
Spargo Golf

October 09, 2018

Shaun, not sure where you see the $799 on Titleist, but I can perhaps answer your question anyway.. The MSRP of the TS Drivers are $550, however authorized Titleist accounts (like us) are allowed to sell at $499. Any less than $499, the account is subject to loose their account from Titleist, and buyers beware about authenticity of the equipment. The TS Fairway woods MSRP is $340, and authorized accounts can sell for $299. So, put those two authorized pricing together, and you get that $799 price. So, I assume what you see on the Titleist website, is most likely a TS Driver and TS Fairway wood pricing.

Shaun Cedelland
Shaun Cedelland

October 09, 2018

You have a price of $499 for the Ts2 and Ts3 driver. But on Titleist website they have them priced at $799. If your price guide is correct they may have the price of both Driver and Hybrid.

Spargo Golf
Spargo Golf

September 28, 2018

Paul, yes the 917 weights fit in the TS3 driver… HOWEVER, the weight/color-code has changed to compensate for the new TS drivers being 45.5" club-length. The standard red weight for the 917’s, is now the -1/2" under weight (TS driver at 45" club-length).. So, just be aware of the new weight change. Standard weight for the TS is now “silver-code”.

Paul
Paul

September 28, 2018

Will the 917 weights fit in the new TS3?

Spargo Golf
Spargo Golf

September 17, 2018

Blair, yes! The Driver adaptor has not changed, so any shaft from a previous model WILL FIT in the new TS drivers! Its a great adaptor with great adjustability, unlike other companies that seem to employ a “planned obsolescence” method on their adaptors/equipment to keep you paying the $$$ to change shafts/models…

Blair Faulkner
Blair Faulkner

September 17, 2018

Will the shaft connections be the same as the 910, 913, 915, 917? I have had great success with the RIP shaft in my last 3 drivers, would like to have that option available still…

Samuel
Samuel

July 06, 2018

You guys are awersome.

Craig Avedikian
Craig Avedikian

June 25, 2018

Titleist has always been aligned with quality…unfortunately for Titleist there has always been a question of distance when compared to TayorMade and Callaway..at least thats the perception… hearing that Titleist is making a concentrated effort to keep up in the distance category with the others

Spargo Golf
Spargo Golf

June 23, 2018

In past few years, Titleist releases new product in the Fall. No official date yet, but everything looks like they will do that again.. We at Spargo Golf will probably get our fitting clubs in mid-late August to fit for pre-orders (a great opportunity to see/hit the club 2-3 weeks before its released) for a September-ish launch of the TS2 and TS3 drivers.

john Robinson
john Robinson

June 23, 2018

Currently in the process at looking to purchase a new Driver. I play the Callaway Great Big Berths. Had for a couple years now. I got it pretty good but time to upgrade.

How would you company the Callaway Rougue to the Title at TS models

I play Callaway GBG Regular Flex 10.5 head adjusted to 11.5

When is the TS going to be in market to test and get fitted

Don
Don

June 23, 2018

When will TS drivers come on the market?

Spargo Golf
Spargo Golf

June 16, 2018

We’re unsure what the available stock shafts will be, but if we had to guess, the Diamana line (White, Blue and Red) will be replaced with the new TENSI line of shafts (also a Mitsubishi Company shaft). The TENSI feature a similar “color code” with launch profiles, but most likely will not be the Diamana… Just a guess, but all indications lean that way so far.

Rich
Rich

June 16, 2018

Will the new drivers still have the Diamana shafts in them.

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