Expert Review: Titleist TSR3 HybridPublished on 04/12/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2023.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Abbott
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2023.
The Titleist TSR3 Hybrid is perfect for players who want to fill a gap between their long irons and fairway woods. This club helps produce higher ball flight and ball speed to hit the ball longer and straighter.
About the club I own
- Model: 2023 Titleist TSR3 Hybrid
- Loft setting: 19°
- Shaft type: Ventus Black
- 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: ~100 mph
- When I bought the club: January 2023
- Days tested: 40+
- Where I’ve used it: TrackMan and GC4 simulators and various golf courses
- Weather and wind conditions: Wind, rain, warm, cold, and dry conditions
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a club to help fit the distance gap between my fairway woods and 4 iron. I mainly needed this club for approach shots on par 5s, long par 3 tee shots, and narrow par 4 tee shots.
Why I chose this club
I chose this club because it was the best-performing hybrid of the models that were released this year. This club was better than the Callaway Paradym X, and although it was not as long as the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus, I found it more controllable. It also sounded and looked the best to me with minimal offset to prevent from the “closed-looking” clubface. This club also launches the ball much higher than a driving iron would.
What I love about it
- Distance: This club goes very far for a hybrid. I found the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus Hybrid goes further than the TSR3, but only by a few yards. This club also goes extremely far out of the rough due to the “sole relief pockets.” These pockets minimize the surface area of the sole, allowing it to cut through thick and light rough much easier.
- Feel: This club has a great feel. The face feels very soft yet firm at the same time. This provides a spring-like feeling that allows the ball to jump off of the clubface. I love the feel of this club, and it feels great from all lies, sand, rough, fairway, and off a tee.
- Sound: The TSR3 Hybrid sounds amazing. It has a crisp, tour-like sound, making me feel like a professional golfer whenever I hit the ball. The sound is not loud and pingy or dull like other hybrids. It has this strong sound to provide confidence in my golf shots.
- Workability: This club is great for workability. I am able to hit any shot shape I would like due to the lower spin numbers to help hit controlled fades and draws. I also feel in control of the launch angle and can manipulate the way I hit the ball to hit low shots or get the ball to launch higher.
- Shaft Feel: The Ventus Black shafts feel amazing. They are extremely stiff, allowing me to feel where the clubhead is at all times. However, at impact, it provides a strong, powerful feeling that gives me confidence in the power that I’m releasing into the ball.
- Shaft Performance: The shaft has been amazing for me. It is a low-spin and low-launch shaft to provide me with the optimal numbers to maximize distance without sacrificing spin and control. This allows me to hit this club with confidence that it will go far enough but still spin and hold the green.
- Adjustability: The TSR3 Hybrid has Titleist’s new 5-Position SureFit Adjustable CG Track System. This allows players to dial in the specs of this club to perfectly fit their swing. This system allows players to place weight in five different spots, from the toe to the heel on the sole of the golf club. Additionally, this hybrid has an adjustable loft sleeve to allow players to change the loft, lie, and face angle to create the perfect golf club.
- Aesthetic Appeal: This hybrid has a very small and traditional look. The smaller clubhead may look intimidating for some players; however, low-handicap golfers and shot shapers will love the small size. Furthermore, the shiny black crown of the club is simple and beautiful with a sleek, stylish-looking sole.
- Launch Angle: This club is a lower-launching hybrid designed for players who naturally launch the ball high. This creates a mid-level penetrating ball flight to maximize distance and control in the wind. However, compared to a driving iron, this club will launch higher and could be the perfect option for players who want a driving iron-like club that launches higher.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Grip Feel: This club came with the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Grip when I first purchased it. Although the grip felt great when I first got it, I have found it wears out very quickly; within 20–30 rounds, the grip starts to wear away and becomes very slick.
- Forgiveness: The TSR3 Hybrid has the center of gravity (CG) closer to the clubface to maximize ball speed and distance. As a result, the forgiveness is not nearly as high as the TSR2 model, with the CG closer to the rear of the club. I noticed this club is not extremely forgiving out of the heel. However, shots out of the toe launch higher and go a little longer than center strikes due to the decreased spin rates. This club was not designed to be very forgiving on bad shots, so for those looking for forgiveness, I recommend the TSR2 instead.
- Spin: This club produces very low spin numbers to help maximize distance but hurts when trying to hit into greens. Sometimes it does not spin or launch high enough, and as a result, will skip and bounce through firm and fast greens. I often feel the need to land the ball just short of the green to help decrease the speed so it will skip up and stay on the green.
Best shot with this club
The best shot I hit with this club was on a par 3 at my home course. The hole was a drivable par 3 playing 230 yards straight into the wind. The greens and fairways were burnt out at the time and playing very fast and firm. As a result, I chose to hit this TSR3 Hybrid. I hit the shot exactly how I wanted: the ball landed five yards in front of the green and rolled all the way back to the pin. I was left with an eight-foot putt, which I lipped in on the top side to make a birdie on the toughest hole of the day.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Titleist TSR3 Hybrid is a great-performing low-launch and -spin hybrid from the 2023 releases. This club is just as good as the Stealth 2 Plus from TaylorMade, and I saw better performance than the Callaway Paradym X. However, a less expensive alternative would be last year's hybrid from TaylorMade, the Stealth Plus Hybrid, or the Sim2 Hybrid.
The Titleist TSR3 Hybrid is perfect for mid-low handicap golfers looking to fill a gap between fairway woods and long irons. This club provides lots of clubhead speed for maximum distance while providing a small head that cuts through the rough.