Expert Review: Titleist TSR3 Driver [with Video]Published on 11/15/2023 · 5 min read Golf Expert Kyle Emery tested the Titleist TSR3 Driver.
Curated Golf Expert Kyle Emery got his hands on the Titleist TSR3 Driver to test this spring. Check out how it performed, but consider the fact that each and every golfer is different. If you have any questions about the TSR3 Driver or need recommendations on which club would be best for you, reach out to a Golf Expert here on Curated.
Before we get started, it's worth noting that Curated Experts are not sponsored by any brands. All of these reviews are completely unbiased.
What does Titlest claim about this club? Titleist claims that the TSR3 Driver is going to give a bit more distance for those players who can repeatedly hit a consistent, focused spot on the driver head. That focused energy and center of gravity is going to allow a slightly better player to see added ball speed and, ultimately, more distance.
What are the specs of the club you are testing? The specs on the TSR3 that I tested are a 10-degree head with a Project X HZRDUS black stiff flex shaft in a 60-gram setup.
What is your overall impression of the club? My first impressions of the Titleist TSR3 is I noticed a lower ball flight and a bit less forgiveness compared to the TSR2, and it’s slightly less offset.
How is it for forgiveness? This model isn't quite as forgiving as some of the others. It offers less forgiveness compared to the TSR2.
How is it for workability? The Titleist TSR3 offers a bit more workability, with the ability to shape shots a lot easier off the tee.
How is its launch? The launch of the Titleist TSR3 is noticeably lower compared to other models.
How is it in terms of distance and ball speed? The Titleist TSR3 highlights an improved aerodynamic shaping. This is going to really help out with generating more ball speed that will translate to more distance. Titleist has implemented a speed ring variable face thickness that has a conical shape to it. This gives the face a more centered, focused sweet spot that can help players generate more ball speed and, ultimately, more distance.
What do you find unique about its appearance? The shaping of the TSR3 is a bit more refined than the TSR2 and is going to appeal to a more advanced player who wants a slightly smaller profile.
What may make a player shy away from it? For a higher-handicap player, I think the smaller look may shy away some players and have them go more toward the TSR1 or TSR2 for a larger profile for some added confidence at address.
How would you describe the sound of this club and feel at impact? I thought the feel and sound of the TSR3 was really crisp coming off the face. You can get a bit more of a muffled sound with off-center strikes. I thought the feel was a bit firmer than what you'd find on the TSR2, but still, in my opinion, softer than most other driver models that are on the market.
Is the club adjustable? The TSR3 offers multiple adjustability options. You can adjust on the hosel to change the loft and lie, as well as making adjustments to the SureFit CG track on the back side of the head to center that center of gravity closer to the toe or the heel. This pairs really nicely with that speed ring variable face thickness. Adjusting the lie settings on the head is going to help out with seeing some corrections for misses to the left or to the right. Making adjustments to the loft setting, either adding more loft or subtracting loft, will help for a higher ball flight or a lower ball flight. Additionally, ball flight benefits can be seen from making adjustments to the SureFit CG track. Fine-tuning this closer to the toe or towards the heel where you make consistent contact will help out with a slightly more optimized ball flight and get you more distance.
Are there any drawbacks to this club? Some of the drawbacks to the Titleist TSi3 is its lower forgiveness nature. I think higher-handicap players would have a slightly tougher time achieving a consistent and optimized ball flight and get the distances that they really want to see.
Who would you recommend this club to? I would recommend the Titleist TSR3 to any low- to mid-handicap player who has a consistent and repeatable contact location on the face. That repeatable contact location is going to allow them to take advantage of the benefit of that conical face and the SureFit CG track adjustments.
Who should avoid this club, and what type of club would be a better option for that player? Higher-handicap players who would like a little bit more forgiveness and consistently higher launch from their driver would be better suited for the TSR2 or TSR1 models. If you're a player who would like to maximize the workability that you can see off the tee and get a smaller, more players’ shape in your clubhead, I would recommend the Titleist TSR4.
Golf clubs work differently for different types of golfers. If you are wondering whether the TSR3 Driver is the right club for you, chat with Kyle or any other Golf Experts here on Curated, and they’ll put together free, personalized club recommendations on the best driver for your needs.