The Titleist TSi2 driver is an exceptional all-rounder. It has that classically aspirational Titleist look whilst also being easy to hit and consistently long. Whilst the premium price tag might be too far for many to stretch, there is no doubt it is backed up by an overall performance to match.
Easy to flight
Provides consistently good distance with plenty of forgiveness
Classic looks and inviting behind the ball
No shot shape adjustability
Simple, understated look might not be for everyone
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Titleist TSi2 Driver Review
The Titleist TSi2 driver has been designed to be easy to hit and consistently long. It does that through a combination of new technologies. The first is the ATI 425 face insert. This titanium alloy is higher in strength whilst also providing greater elasticity, the result being more ball speed across the face. In particular, Titliest (opens in new tab) says golfers will notice even greater levels of forgiveness (opens in new tab) on shots hit both high and low on the face. The head of the TSi2 driver has also been reshaped to reduce drag and help players increase their clubhead speed.
Behind the ball, the Titleist TSi2 strikes an ideal balance between looking generous in size and easy to hit without seeming too big or clunky. It looks significantly bigger than the TSi3 model (opens in new tab) - even though both are 460cc heads - and it has a more rounded toe area than the previous generation TS2. All of this combines to create a really inviting look as you stand over the ball.
The first thing we noticed about this driver was how good it sounded through impact. Whilst the previous generation drivers were a little higher pitched, both the TSi2 and TSi3 offered a more powerful acoustic. Shots struck from the middle created an appealing ‘thud’ that we think all golfers will enjoy.
During our testing for this Titleist TSi2 driver review, there were two things that really stood out about the performance. The first was how easy the TSi2 was to launch. For me, the TSi2 launched at 10.1˚ versus 9.5˚ with the TSi3 in the same static loft. This meant I could swing relatively smoothly and still deliver really powerful ball flights.
The second was the consistency. When shots missed the centre of the face, and there were quite a few of those, the spin rates remained impressively consistent, averaging 2682 rpm during my fitting. As a result, I didn’t experience looping ball flights and big drop offs in distance when I struck the ball away from the centre of the face.
As an overall package that neatly balances distance with forgiveness and consistency, the Titleist TSi2 is truly impressive. Having also improved the all-important feel by delivering a better impact sound, Titleist has made significant improvements to its offering at the top end of the bag. As such we also included this driver in the best drivers for seniors (opens in new tab), and best high handicap drivers (opens in new tab).
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X