Titleist Drivers: Why You Should Choose Titleist TS2 vs TS3

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Titleist TS2 vs TS3 drivers

Designers of the new Titleist drivers had one mission, make them faster. The product of their efforts is the Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers. The “TS” stands for Titleist Speed Project, with club head and shaft improvements to make the drivers faster, overall. Sounds great, right? But what are the differences between the 2 models? We’ll go over the details and differences of the TS2 vs TS3, helping you decide which one should go in your bag.

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Titleist Speed Project

“From start to finish, the TS Project was about driving ball speed and unlocking a level of performance that golfers simply couldn’t ignore.”

-Josh Talge, VP, Titleist Golf Club Marketing

Titleist TS Driver Speed Chassis

Titleist TS Driver Speed Chassis

The heart of unlocking speed in both Titleist TS drivers is the new Speed Chassis. This starts with a new, thinner titanium crown. According to Titleist, the crown is 20% thinner than 917 drivers, positioning weight lower and deeper for higher launch and more carry distance. The face of the each TS driver is also thinner than ever. An innovative new Radial VFT (variable face thickness), up to 6 grams lighter, increases ball speed across more of the club face, expanding forgiveness +12% over previous Titleist drivers.

Titleist TS driver Radial VFT Face

Titleist TS Driver’s Radial VFT

Thin features aren’t as effective if they aren’t shaped in the right way. To solve this, Titleist designers created a new streamlined head shape. The new shape decreases drag by 20%, helping the club swing faster.

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Titleist TS Driver Streamlined head shape

The last piece to the Speed Chassis is the optimized CG location in each model. As mentioned above, the CG is lower and deeper than any Titleist driver. We’ll get into the differences in the ways to control CG in each driver momentarily.

Speed gains also come from new lighter stock shaft offerings and longer club length. Three of the 4 stock shafts are 5 grams lighter, helping you swing it faster. The TS2 and TS3 also come in at 45.5 inches, 1/2 inch longer than many past Titleist drivers have been.

Finally, it should be noted that Titleist inspects each and every driver during production to ensure it reaches as close to the USGA limit as possible. Now, let’s explore the differences between TS2 vs TS3 drivers.

TS2 vs TS3

TS2 – Straight Speed

Titleist TS2 drivers have a modern widebody and shallow(ish) face in an industry norm 460cc. This baby is made for high, straight bombs down the fairway. The wide body gives it slightly more MOI than the TS3, placing more weight around the outside of the club.

Titleist TS2 Driver sole

Unlike the 917 drivers, the weight position on the sole of the TS2 is fixed. The weight can be adjusted during a fitting to optimize swing weight but is otherwise, CG location is fixed. The all-around design of the head is an ideal fit with the weight in that position. Further weight adjustments aren’t necessary to get more out of the club.

With the CG position low and back, the TS2 driver produces high launching shots with low spin. This combo maxes out carry distance and can add to roll out, depending on course conditions.

Titleist’s SureFit hosel is again on the TS2 driver. You’ll recall that SureFit hosel lets you adjust the loft and lie of the club, dialing in your perfect ball flight. There are two cogs, 4 letters on one cog and 4 numbers on the other. A letter and number combo relate to a specific adjustment to the lie and loft in relation to the stamped setting. This guide goes over the adjustments of each letter and number combination and how to adjust the club accordingly.

You have 4 loft choices in the TS2 drivers, 8.5-11.5, in 1-degree increments. That covers the TS2 drivers. Let’s transition to TS3.

TS3 – Specialized Speed

At address, Titleist TS3 drivers have a more traditional pear-shaped head. The shape gives the head a smaller look than TS2, despite also being 460cc. The face is deeper (taller) on the TS3, moving the CG slightly forward. This move creates mid-launching shots but still with low spin for more carry distance. The pear shape also makes the TS3 easier to shape shots, which better players usually prefer. That’s not to say only better players should play TS3 and all others should play TS2. In fact, early PGA Tour staff adoption has been a 75%-25% split for TS3 over TS2 with a TS2 getting the first win for Titleist TS drivers.

Titleist TS3 Driver SureFit CG

Titleist TS3 Driver SureFit CG

Besides shape, what sets TS3 drivers apart from TS2 drivers is the SureFit CG on the sole of TS3. First introduced in Titleist 917 drivers, a weight port, located on the back portion of the sole, lets you customize weight to promote a draw/fade or keep the bias neutral. The adjustable weight on TS3 is simplified, compared to 917. TS3’s is magnetic, letting you easily swap the weight from one side to the other, quickly changing the bias before screwing the weight back in.

TS3 drivers also have the SureFit hosel, adjusting the lofts and lie angles of the available 8.5, 9.5, or 10.5-degree heads.

Stock Shafts

Titleist TS driver shafts

Earlier, we mentioned the lighter stock shafts you can choose from in the Titleist TS drivers. There are 2 shafts from Mitsubishi Chemical and 2 Project X shafts which cover all swings speeds. Here are more details about each shaft, fitting slower to faster swings, respectively:

  • Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage Black Dual Core 50: Lightweight, high launch and spin shaft. Straight Flight Weighting (SFW) reduces fade flight.
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei AV Blue 55: Lightweight, mid launch/spin shaft that also features SFW technology. The AV stands for Aluminum Vapor, which is a coated weave by the hands that’s tighter, denser, and thinner for control.
  • Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 60: Low/mid launch and spin shaft with a higher balance point to optimize the swing weight. An 80-gram shaft also available at no upcharge.
  • Project X Even Flow T1100 White 65: Heavy with low launch/spin. An 85-gram shaft is also available at no upcharge.

Choosing TS2 vs TS3?

There’s no wrong answer when deciding which Titleist TS driver to put in play. Both offer design improvements to give you more speed, and therefore more distance off the tee. If you’re looking for a higher-launching fairway finder, go with Titleist TS2. If you’re more of a traditionalist that likes to shape shots and squeeze every inch of performance out of your driver, Titleist TS3 is your winner.

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Meet the New Srixon Z Series Irons: Z585 and Z785

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Srixon Z Series Irons

The new Z Series irons from Srixon have two great offerings for mid to low handicap players, Z585 and Z785. Each model improves on their predecessors, delivering distance, workability, and feel. Deciding which would be best for you requires looking at the differences. We introduce you to the new Srixon Z Series irons, explaining the differences and how they benefit your game.

Srixon Z Series Irons

Z585

The Z585 delivers the distance of a game improvement iron with the compact look of a better player’s iron. Theses irons gain ball speed and better feel over previous models thanks to the following features.

Speed Groove

Srixon Z585 Speed Groove

You are well aware that ball speed is the key to distance. Srixon brings back the high-strength SUP10 steel face insert, made thin to bump up ball speed across the face. To complement the face insert, Srixon added an internal Speed Groove, located directly behind it. The channel allows the SUP10 face to flex more at impact, which gives the irons the added ball speed/distance.

Tour V.T. Sole

Srixon Z585 tour vt sole

Also returning to the Z585 irons is the Tour V.T. Sole, with (you guessed it) improvements to the design. As a refresher, Tour V.T. sole helps the club cut through the turf without getting stuck. This better turf interaction leads to more consistent contact (read: fewer thin/heavy shots) and distance.

The updated version slides the point of the “V” back slightly, reducing the trailing edge bounce angle. This lower angle helps the club exit the ground faster which helps with distance gains.

Forged Construction

Besides the face, the rest of the Z585 head is forged with a soft, 1020 carbon steel. The softness of the steel dampens vibrations at impact, making the club feel incredible.

Now that we’ve covered the distance and feel of the Srixon Z585 irons, let’s turn to the Z785 irons.

Z785

Srixon Z785 irons look almost like a blade at address, perfectly designed for workability and feel. Let’s take a look at the updates.

Updated Tour V.T. Sole

srixon z785 tour vt sole

The redesigned Tour V.T. Sole creates superior turf interaction, even on miss-hits, while still allowing the versatility to hit any shot. Unlike the previous version, the sole of the Z785 has a constant leading edge bounce angle throughout the set. The trailing edge bounce angle is also lower than the Z765 irons until you get to the wedges, where the angle increases. Designing it this way lets you hit any range of shots with each club in the set.

Tour Cavity

srixon z785 tour cavity

The Z785 irons also feature a Tour Cavity design, placing more mass behind the impact location. This weight placement actually decreases MOI but allows for more workability, ideally for players looking to shape every shot.

Forged Construction and Laser Milling

Z785 irons are also forged from a single billet of soft 1020 Carbon Steel providing an extremely soft feel and instant feedback.

Each groove has laser milling between them. This design roughens up the face, pushing the irons to the limit for elevating stopping power and spin for accurate approach shots.

Who Ordered the Combo?

Perhaps the best thing about these irons is that they are designed to be combined. This allows you to select irons based on your needs and custom order them, easily filling any gaps in your set. A combination of Z585 and Z785 irons, for example, would give you more forgiveness in the long irons and more control in short irons, respectively.

So, whether you want to game remarkable feeling irons play with extreme distance (Z585), with the ultimate workability(Z785), or a combination of both, the Srixon Z Series irons have you covered.

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How Do Cleveland RTX-4 Wedges Get You More Spin?

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Clevelnad RTX-4 wedges

Cleveland has created their most tour authentic wedges, the RTX-4. The RTX-4 wedges focus on giving better players more spin, great feel, and versatility around the green. We explore and explain the design features and technology that go into the RTX-4 wedges and why there’s so much excitement around them.

Cleveland RTX-4 Wedges: The Facts and Features

Rotex Face Technology

RTX-4 rotex face technology

RTX-4 wedges are all about producing more spin. The 4th generation Rotex Face technology is the engine behind these spin machines, with improvements in several areas. The main grooves on the face are Cleveland’s Tour Zip grooves. The grooves are sharper and deeper than ever before, knifing through grass, sand, and water to deliver consistent spin.

In between the main grooves are Laser Milling lines, a common feature in several Cleveland wedges. The lines create more face roughness and friction for added spin. In this version, the laster milling is more durable for long lasting spin control.

Closest to the face is Rotex Face Milling. The swirl pattern is milled in line with where wedge shots are generally hit, most visibly on the toe. You’ll notice that those lines are deeper than in previous models. Cleveland did this to give you more control on open-faced shots, which are often hit toward the toe.

Progressive Shaping

rtx 4 wegdes progressive head design

Better players prefer a certain look to their wedges when they address the ball. With inspiration from PGA Tour players, the RTX-4 wedges have a compact blade shape and minimal offset. They also boast progressive shaping through the lofts. Low lofted wedges are more compact with a straight leading edge. As loft increases, the head shape progresses toward a traditional wedge shape and rounded leading edge.

The head shape isn’t the only feature that progresses in the RTX-4 wedges.

Progressive Feel Balancing Technology

rtx 4 wedges feel balance technology

Center of gravity (CG) is important to the feel and flight of a golf club. Golfers want to control the trajectory as they get closer to the green. RTX-4 wedges offer Progressive Feel Balancing technology that adjusts the center of gravity by loft, placing it in the optimal position both vertically and horizontally. Feel balancing requires pulling weight out of the hosel, which moves the CG towards the center of the club face.

The muscle back on club changes by loft, further optimizing the CG location, helping produce any shot, from a low, checking shot to a high flop shot.

Sole Grind Options

Cleveland RTX-4 wedge grind options return to more traditional options, with 4 to choose from. The sole grind options include Full, Mid, Low, and the new X-Low.

Full

rtx-4 full grind

The Full sole grind adds bounce when the club face is opened, perfect for bunker and rough shots. Golfers with neutral/steep attack angles will want to check this grind out.

Mid

rtx-4 mid grind

The Mid grind is also great for those with a neutral to steep attack angle, best out of medium to soft conditions. It’s a great all-around wedge and provides stability on full shots as well as open-face pitch shots.

Low

rtx-4 low grind

The Low has a traditional “C” shape, benefitting golfers who play the finesse game and have a shallow angle of attack. It’s an extremely versatile grind that works well for open face and flop shots in medium to firm conditions.

X-Low

rtx-4 x low grind

New in the RTX-4 wedges is the X-Low sole grind. If you’re a shallow swinger who likes to hit extreme flop shots, even on the firmest, tightest lies, these need to be on your radar. Available only in the 58 and 60-degree wedges, it has just 3 degrees of bounce, the lowest ever offered by Cleveland in a wedge.

Other Notable Features

RTX-4 wedges come in 3 finished, Tour Satin, Black Satin, and Tour Raw. The Black Satin has a new, more durable PVD finish, keeping it look fresh. The heavier stock True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft helps in controlling ball flight. Other True Temper, KBS, and Nippon shafts are also available at no upcharge.

How much will Cleveland RTX-4 Wedges help your game?

Now that you’ve learned all there is to know about the RTX-4 wedges, the only decision left is which finish and grind are best for you. Reach out to one of our PGA Professionals if you need clarification on anything related to these wedges.

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