Expert Review: Titleist TSR1 DriverPublished on 04/10/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2023.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Abbott
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2023.
The Titleist TSR1 Driver is perfect for golfers with slower swing speeds who need help increasing distance and launch angles.
About the club I own
- Model: 2023 Titleist TSR1
- Loft setting: 9°
- Shaft type: Hzrdus Green 6.5
- Shaft flex: X-Stiff
- Average score: 70
- Handicap: +2
- Experience: 5 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid-High
- Golf ball used: TaylorMade TP5x
- Club swing speed: 120mph
- When I bought the club: February 2023
- Days tested: 30+
- Where I’ve used it: TrackMan simulator and various golf courses
- Weather and wind conditions: Rain, wind, soft, firm, warm, and cold
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a driver to help players increase their launch angles and add more forgiveness to help hit more fairways. I also wanted to find a driver that had a sleek design and great sound.
Why I chose this club
I was between this Titleist TSR 1 and the TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD for a lightweight game improvement club for players with slow swing speeds. I ultimately chose this drive because it is significantly lighter than the Stealth 2 HD. This driver helped increase launch angles dramatically and also had a great look and sound that added confidence standing over the ball. Furthermore, the club provided a great spin for added forgiveness and distance.
What I love about it
- Forgiveness: This driver is extremely forgiving due to the lighter weight and the rear weighting, which helps pull the center of gravity (CG) back. The CG being pulled back and directly behind the center of the club offers extreme forgiveness across the entire face.
- Feel: This club has a very soft yet explosive feel off the clubface. The ball feels like it jumps off the clubface due to the lightweight and added speed which provides a strong feel while still having a very smooth, soft feeling across the whole clubface.
- Sound: The Titleist TSR line sounds amazing. All of the drivers in this line, including the TSR1, sound just like they do when professional golfers hit them. The sound is very firm and fast, making other players look over when I hit the club because it sounds so good.
- Adjustability: An adjustable loft sleeve makes changing shafts very easy. The loft sleeve also helps to adjust the loft and lie as well as a draw or fade bias setting.
- Shaft Feel: The Hzrdus green 6.5 is a great feeling shaft that feels like it kicks through at impact, adding speed and power to the drive. This shaft has a very smooth, soft feeling at impact that provides a comfortable feel on every drive.
- Shaft Performance: This shaft has a very firm tip section to control the clubface and not allow it to twist much. This is especially helpful for higher swing speeds to help minimize face rotation at impact to ensure the club stays square to the intended target line.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The TSR1 has a very simple, sleek black crown that looks great next to the golf ball. This head is a little larger than I would like but still has a very simple traditional look that many golfers will love.
- Launch Angle: The best part about this driver is the increase in the launch angle. Due to my higher swing speeds, the ball often launches too high for me. However, this driver is perfect for players with slower swing speeds or struggle to get the ball to launch high enough to maximize distance.
- Spin: This driver spins too much for me due to my higher swing speeds. Although, the TSR1 is perfect for golfers who need to increase their driver spin to maximize distance and forgiveness.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Distance: Due to the very high launch angle and my high swing speeds, I lose the distance I could have with a lower launch and spin driver. However, this driver will certainly help players increase their distance off the tee if they have slower swing speeds and struggle to launch the ball high enough to maximize distance.
- Workability: This driver is so forgiving, high launching, and high spinning, that it becomes very difficult for me to control the shot shape. When I hit the ball very straight and try to hit a big cut or draw, it results in a very slight turn. Although, this is a very good thing for high-handicap golfers because it will help them hit more fairways.
- Grip Feel: I personally am not a fan of the Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grip. This grip does not taper as much as other grips. This creates a thicker grip in the bottom hand, which is very helpful for players who struggle to turn their hands over too much and hit hooks. However, the standard MCC grip will be much better for a player who struggles with a slice than the Plus4.
Best shot with this club
The best shot I hit with this club was on a driveable par 4 at my home course. The hole is 285 yards long, and I chose to hit this club and hit the ball perfectly. This was probably the straightest I have ever hit a driver, and if it turned, it only cut about a yard. I started the ball right at the pin, and the ball landed just short of it and rolled back to leave me with a 13-foot putt for eagle. Unfortunately, I am not a good putter and missed it, but it was still a great shot.
Value for the money vs. other options
This is the best lightweight driver on the market. Players who really need a lighter driver to increase their club speed and launch angles will benefit from this driver. Other alternatives to this model club would be the TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD and Callaway Paradym X. All three clubs are around the same price, but the TSR1 is the best performance to help low-swing speed golfers.
The Titleist TSR1 is the perfect driver for golfers with slower swing speeds. This ultra light-weight driver offers increased speed, distance, launch, and forgiveness to help lower their scores.