Titleist’s TSR fairway woods and drivers were spotted this morning on the USGA compliant club list and will make their official Tour debut at the Travelers Championship. This is part of what Titleist calls its tour seeding process, in which new products first appear in the public eye beyond the closed doors of Titleist R&D and in the bags of the best world players.
As expected, the new metal fairway woods continue the TS naming structure, which stands for Titleist Speed, and like previous releases, we currently have 3 drivers and 2 fairway wood options to help players score.
What We Know: Titleist TSR Drivers
Beyond what we can conclude from the images and the markings on the heads, Titleist has no official comment on what is under the hood of these new metal fairings as far as technology is concerned. Even without official information, we can make some pretty safe assumptions based on the visual cues displayed on the heads, their names, and the history of Titleist metals.
We’re also not sure what the “R” in the name alludes to, but I’m willing to assume it has something to do with refined speed in the same way that Titleist has leaned toward using “S” for speed when naming. the T100S. irons. If Acura can bring the Integra Type R back for racing, there’s no reason Titleist can’t build in the same partnership.
From the earliest available footage, Titleist appears to be sticking with the TSR2, 3, and 4 four-driver lineup, with the TSR1 likely to arrive at a later date. Considering the success of the TSi1, it would be hard to imagine a scenario where it would be removed from the right options for gamers on the lower end of the speed spectrum.
List of TSR2 titles: Like the TSi2 before it, the TSR2 should be the most versatile head that combines medium to low spin with forgiveness.
List of TSR3 titles: The new TSR3 carries forward the SureFit CG adjustable rear weight track but in a slightly more compact looking design with more of the weight exposed beyond the outside of the shell. With engineers pushing the limits to get every ounce of performance out of the new designs, the extra weight off the track will likely help improve MOI.
With the weight track and adjustable hose, this controller will offer the most adjustability of any of the new models.
List of TSR4 titles: This head offers the most interesting change compared to the previous model with a new rear counterweight port added along with the proven front counterweight from the TSi4. This should help increase stability and forgiveness compared to the previous generation without sacrificing the low spin performance the “4” model is known for.
Changes in aerodynamic performance
There are two telltale signs that the Titleist team has looked to unlock more speed through aerodynamics based on the obvious visual changes to the geometry of the ball joints.
The first is the extremely streamlined graphics on the sole that have been stripped down to a bare minimum compared to previous designs, including a refinement to the SureFit adjustable hose port on the sole.
The second clue is found at the back of the heads, where the crown meets the sole, known as the skirt. Surrounding the weights on the TSR4 and TSR2 are little protruding ridges that act like mini-diffusers in a Formula 1 car to accelerate airflow and reintroduce it into the air around the head; in simple terms, it helps the head move faster and the clubhead results in more distance.
What We Know: Titleist TSR Fairway Wood
Like the previous TSi series, the new TSR fairway woods will come in two options that correspond to the drivers; the TSR3 and the TSR2, but with a very interesting extra in the TSR2+.
The biggest change that instantly jumps across the line is the removal of the Active Recoil Channel (ARC) in the sole. This feature allowed for more flexibility and helped maintain ball speed on shots that hit lower on the face, but I suspect Titleist has redesigned the face and sole internally to allow for more performance from the heads.
Regardless of the changes, Titleist will continue with the same SureFit hose design.
List of TSR3 titles– The TSR3 continues the Surefit weight track in the sole to help players adjust the center of gravity, weight and feel of fairway woods. The improvement here is the widening of the track and an increase in the number of positions to further increase the custom fit options. On a very nerdy and technical note, you might even see some players use two weights placed in the heel and toe, which increases forgiveness/MOI.
List of TSR2 titles– The new TRS2 fairway woods appear to remain the most forgiving option that will offer simplified adjustability with a weight port in the sole for swing weight and a fine tuning feel. The update is the position of this weight from the back of the head to a position much closer to the face.
This more forward position is likely to help reduce spin to narrow the flight windows and improve trajectory control.
TRS2+ title holder: This is a new independent head that is slightly larger than the TSR2 and will only be available in a strong 3-wood configuration. The USGA compliant listing shows 13 and 14.5 degree lofts as options (14.5 degree RH only), but we cannot confirm if both lofts will retail.
What makes this an interesting product launch? It is the first time since the 915 Series that Titleist has offered a specific option of 3 strong woods in a larger head, with the latest being the 915FD.
Possible release dates
We still don’t have any official word from Titleist on the retail launch of the new line, but if they stick to their traditional release cycle, we should see the new TSR line this fall for the proper accounts and full retail launch soon after.
Check back later this morning to see the in-hand photos of each suit.
Photos of TSR in hand
TSR2 fairway wood
TSR2+ fairway wood
TSR3 fairway wood
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