Fairway woods can be difficult to get on with, especially ones that look small behind the ball, but the TSi3 will surprise you with the levels of forgiveness on offer and how lively it feels off the face. The sole weight adjustability makes it a more versatile club, allowing you to tailor the set up to produce the flight you want to see regardless of if you plan to use it mostly off the tee or turf.
Surprisingly forgiving for a compact-looking, tour-inspired fairway, especially on shots from low on the face. Sole weight adjustability effective at tightening dispersion.
Dirt does gather in the vacated weight ports and is difficult to remove.
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In this Titleist TSi3 Fairway review article and video, Joel Tadman tests it out on the course versus his current gamer to see if there are gains in performance to be had
Titleist TSi3 Fairway Wood Review
The Titleist TSi fairway woods share many of the design updates featured on the driver, including a more streamlined shape, a promise of more distance and in the case of the TSi3 a more compact profile behind the ball.
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In fact, both the TSi3 and TSi2 fairway wood look smaller than the outgoing TS options behind the ball, which may not inspire the most confidence but they do look like they’re going to get the ball up in the air a little more easily.
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The TSi3 has an adjustable sole weight system similar to that of the TSi3 driver in that a 12g weight can be moved into T (toe) or H (heel) positions away from neutral to alter the shot shape.
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Again, it’s nice that this weight is now visible and that the mechanism that holds the weight in place sits absolutely flush to the rest of the sole so turf interaction isn’t effected. That said, we did find dirt gathered in the unused slots and it was difficult to remove.
This minor inconvenience aside, the TSi3 fairway really impressed. We were custom fitted for it and while we hit some more than decent shots with our current Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero fairway wood to set some base numbers, the TSi3's SureFit CG Track system once again unlocked extra performance. It naturally helped to straighten out our ball flight without completely overhauling our natural tendencies.
We swung the TSi3 a touch faster too, producing more ball speed and a little more spin helping keep the ball in the air for longer. It was four yards longer on average but it was the grouping of the shots with the TSi3 that was the standout takeaway.
You could throw a blanket over my shots with the TSi3 while the Mavrik SZ seemed erratic by comparison. Always take results from a fitting with a slight pinch of salt (it’s a fitter’s job to improve performance) and the Mavrik SZ wasn’t fitted, but it still showed what was possible with a fully optimised, modern-day fairway wood.
It was the shots from low on the face that also stood. Where they can tend to be spinny and weak, with TSi3 they stayed in the air for longer and ball speeds were more consistent, ideal for shots off the deck you don't strike cleanly.
The feel really stood out as well. Out of the middle, this fairway wood feels fantastic. Fast, explosive and stable and that is similar when you just miss the sweetspot too, it just leaves you wanting to hit another ball.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.3.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW