Expert Review: Titleist TSR2 DriverPublished on 03/25/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I tested for 7 days in February of 2023.
All photos courtesy of Kyle Emery
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I tested for 7 days in February of 2023.
I have been incredibly impressed with the all-around performance of the Titleist TSR2 Driver. Upgrading from my Titleist 915 model, I immediately noticed increased ball speeds and distance, more forgiveness off the face, and a very appealing sound and feel combination. I highly recommend the Titleist TSR2 for anyone looking to gain extra yards off the tee in a traditional-looking head with a great feel and consistency.
About the club I own
- Model: Titleist TSR2 Driver
- Loft setting: 10°
- Shaft type: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX
- Shaft flex: 6.0 (Stiff)
- Average score: 79
- Handicap: 6
- Experience: 26 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Typical ball flight: High Draw
- Golf ball used: Titleist ProV1x
- Club swing speed: 98mph
- When I bought the club: February 2023
- Days tested: 7
- Where I’ve used it: Simulator in my garage with the Garmin R10, TopGolf, on the course—Camelback Golf Club, Troon North Golf Club, Talking Stick Golf Club.
- Weather and wind conditions: Garage conditions were 40° and no wind, TopGolf was 40° and 10mph wind, and the rounds played in Arizona were 70° and sunny with 5mph wind.
How it performs
What I was looking for
I primarily sought more distance, forgiveness, and an exceptional feel for my driver upgrade. Added bonuses for me were if the driver had a clean look to it and how the sound was at impact.
Why I chose this club
I bought the Titleist TSR2 driver as I felt it had the best combination of all the features I was looking for. During initial testing, I enjoyed the feel and consistency of the driver's performance. With confidence in the launch monitor data, I could take the driver out on the course to confirm that this was the one for me. I considered all other major brand drivers on the market right now, as I wanted to find the best overall driver for me based on all of my requirements (distance, forgiveness, looks, feel). It ultimately came down to the Srixon ZX5 and Titleist TSR2, with the Titleist TSR2 being the winner.
What I love about it
- Distance: Along with implementing a new Variable Face Thickness design, an improved aerodynamic shape increases ball speeds on the Titleist TSR2 to maximize distance.
- Forgiveness: Besides increasing ball speeds, the Variable Face Thickness design also produces consistent forgiveness across the entire face.
- Feel: The Aerospace Grade Titanium face produces a very crisp and soft feel on contact.
- Sound: Sound is also very appealing off the Aerospace Grade Titanium face. Not a dull or muted tone that a lot of newer drivers can produce.
- Adjustability: The SureFit hosel sleeve allows for 16 different loft and lie combinations. There is also a rear weight that I can change to a lighter or heavier weight for adjustments to feel and ball flight.
- Shaft Feel: The stock shafts provided by Titleist all produce very consistent results for ball speed and feel. My preferred shaft is the Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX.
- Shaft Performance: With four stock shaft options and dozens of customizations available, it’s easy to find a shaft that will perform consistently for any swing speed and style.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The TSR2 has a more refined shape that appeals to most players. The design is a bit more rounded than the previous 2-series (TS2, TSi2, TSR2) driver models from Titleist.
- Grip Feel: The stock Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip provides a good feel for a rubber grip with some tack and a little texture with the ribbed 360 pattern.
- Launch Angle: The TSR2 is an easy launch driver with its low and rear-weighted design. Stock head offerings of 8°, 9°, 10°, and 11° allow for an ideal launch angle for all types of swings.
- Spin: In addition to maintaining consistent launch, the rear-weighted design also promotes higher stability for a consistently low spin rate.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: With the higher level of forgiveness and lower center of gravity, I find it a bit more difficult to hit shots in either direction or flight the ball lower. I’m not a player that often hits different shot shapes, so something to keep in consideration for my feedback here.
Best shot with this club
The shot that stands out most with the TSR2 was my first tee shot on the actual course with the driver. There was a little uncertainty about it performing the same as I had seen inside, but I could put a good swing on it and saw a nice high draw down the center of the fairway. To my surprise, I got about 15 more yards on my first tee shot with it and knew it would be a great performer for me.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Titleist TSR2 at roughly $599.99 is right on par with 60% of the new drivers on the market. In my testing, I found it performs better for my swing and fits my preferences better than some other options at the same price point. The TSR2 has a significantly better feel than the TaylorMade Stealth2 and Ping G430.
The Titleist TSR2 will provide golfers with a fantastic all-around option to provide more distance and forgiveness off the tee. Paired with its top-tier performance, the feel, looks, and sound separate this driver from its competition. I highly recommend the TSR2 driver to any player looking for a great-performing option.