Expert Review: Titleist TSi1 DriverPublished on 04/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I tested for one day in March of 2023.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I tested for one day in March of 2023.
Overall, the Titleist TSi1 Driver offers great distance while maintaining consistency and feel. I was pleased with my results off the tee, and I believe the low to mid-handicap golfer would benefit from adding this club to their bag.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2020 Titleist TSi1
- Loft setting: 9°
- Shaft type: Adilia Ascent 40
- Shaft flex: Regular
- Average score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: High
- Golf ball used: Titleist Practice Ball
- Club swing speed: 97 mph
- When I tested the club: March 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Simulator/range
- Weather and wind conditions: Inside and outdoor range
How it performs
What I was looking for
I currently play with an older Callaway model (the XR16) and was looking for a driver with a lower launch angle. I tend to have a higher ball flight and want something that has a lower launch angle to create more opportunities for roll outs.
Why I chose to test this club
I decided to test this club because I have heard a lot of positive feedback about its performance and have a buddy who has it in their bag. I heard it was forgiving and had a lower launch, but wanted to see how the draw and fade bias settings worked and complemented my game.
What I love about it
- Distance: The distance on this driver is consistent. I average around 275–280 yards, which is roughly 5-10 yards further than my current driver. The ball flies off the face in a hurry, which, more than anything, makes it a fun club to have in the bag.
- Sound: The sound on contact is pretty typical. It offers nothing flashy, which is what I prefer. It has a normal pinging sound that isn’t too loud where it's annoying, nor is it a dull thud that sounds monotonous.
- Grip Feel: The grip on this driver is a standard Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360. It has a nice feel to it because it is tacky. I normally customize my grips to a standard Golf Pride, but this club doesn’t need a new grip.
- Spin: The spin is lower than my current driver and creates more roll out. This consistently creates more distance and allows me to get closer approach shots into greens—which is a highlight for everyone looking to lower their scores. My spin rate, on average, is around 3070 RPMs, which leads to more of that roll out and increased distance.
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness was better than what I hoped with how much distance it offers. It has a larger face that allows off-center shots to still carry their distance and direction within 15–20 yards of center-struck shots.
- Feel: The face is large and its CG Technology allows each shot to be felt and can easily be determined without looking where the ball flight is going to end up.
- Workability: With the 9° loft, I was able to work the ball as much as I needed. The ball flight came out low and rose to a point where it could fade or draw on command.
- Adjustability: This club has an adjustability feature that can set the driver to either a draw or fade bias, which is key, depending on what fits one’s game best.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Shaft Performance: The 40g shaft is lighter than I normally play with (65g). I believe it is too light and creates some inconsistency within my swings. I would like to test it again with a 65g shaft.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The aesthetics are pretty boring. The design is all-black and features nothing that pops off the club.
Best shot with this club
My best shot was on my third swing. I was able to carry the ball 265 yards, and it rolled out to 289 yards right down the middle of the fairway.
Value for the money vs. other options
I believe there are other good options out there, like the Callaway Mavrik or the TaylorMade Stealth. For those looking to spend the money on a new, state-of-the-art driver, the Titleist TSi1 is the way to go due to its power and forgiveness.
I think the TSi1 driver is a great option for its value. I believe the mid to low handicapper would definitely benefit from adding this driver into their bag. It creates a good distance off the tee while not sacrificing consistency and feel.