Expert Review: Titleist TSi3 DriverPublished on 03/14/2023 · 8 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the Titleist TSi3 Driver, which I bought with my own money in September 2021.
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About this review This review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I bought with my own money in September 2021.
The Titleist TSi3 driver is the best option in the Titleist TSi drivers lineup for low-mid or the 0-10 handicap player who is consistent off the tee and has a solid point of contact. This driver is low spinning and workable off the driver face, which makes it less forgiving. The TSi3 delivers high ball speeds with its new ATI face technology and has helped me pick up a few extra yards of carry off the tee. For players who lack consistency off the tee, the Titleist TSi2 driver or TSi1 will be a better option. The TSi4 is also an option as the low spin, precise control model in the lineup for players with advanced speed off the tee who like to fine-tune ball flight with new possibilities in the aerospace titanium face technology Titleist uses for the whole TSi lineup.
About the club I own
- Model: 2021 Titleist TSI3
- Loft setting: 10
- Shaft type: Mitsubishi
- Shaft flex: Stiff
- Average score: 84
- Handicap: 12
- Experience: 6 years
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid
- Golf ball used: Titleist Pro V1
- Club swing speed: 108 mph
- When I bought the club: September 2021
- Days tested: 50
- Where I’ve used it: Hawaii, California, Arizona, Michigan, Florida, and on simulators
- Weather and wind conditions: High heat, low and high elevation, and rainy/windy conditions
How it performs
What I was looking for
When looking to get a new driver, I was looking to pick up ball speed, lower my spin rates, tune performance off the tee, best-looking driver, and be able to have a more workable ball off the tee. I see tour players like Justin Thomas playing this driver, so I knew that it had the capabilities and performance that I was interested in. The TSi3 did all these for me and did not disperse impact power out to the toe or heel, and as a result, is extremely hot off the face.
Titleist also makes durable products of superior strength used by professionals like Jordan Spieth, Bernd Wiesberger, and other professionals across the PGA Tour, LIV Tour, and the professional golf landscape. Titleist equipment has been a long-standing presence on Golf Digest's Hot List every year for new equipment and the company is an industry leader in creating less drag and maximizing the moment of inertia and spin characteristics at impact, maximizing rpm for skilled golfers.
Why I chose this club
I decided to buy this club because I liked that it had a slightly more compact profile at address which suited my eye more than the other options from Titleist TS lines, such as the TSi2 or TSi1 which both have a larger profile. The feel and sound were huge for me because I like a lot of responsiveness off the tee so I know my miss. I considered the Taylormade SIM2 because I had a SIM before, but I chose the TSi3 primarily because of the feel and advanced speed-tuned performance. Finally, I didn't need the extra low spin of the TSi4 driver based on my numbers when hitting the club.
Titleist offers a wide variety of stock shaft selections, as well as premium shafts and an additional selection of tour-proven shafts available for upgrade for these clubs. Examples include the Project X Hzrdus Smoke Black RDX, Graphite Design Tour AD DI, Tour AD IZ, Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White, Tour AD XC, Kuro Kage Black DC, New Tour AD XC and Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue—getting fit into the proper shaft can help lead to straighter drives and performance-tuned adjustability!
What I love about it
- Distance: The TSi3 provided me about 6 yards more of carry off the tee as compared to my Taylormade SIM. I was looking to get more carry yards and dynamic distance with a new driver, and the TSi3 in the 10º did that for me. I was able to achieve consistent contact and clubhead speeds due to its moi design, as well as increase my total distance with the lightweight aerodynamics of the TSi3.
- Feel: The new face of ATI metal on the driver provides a lot of feedback, a high MOI, and it is very easy for me to tell when I miss the center, and more importantly, where I hit the ball on the face. In my experience, this driver provided me with more feel and feedback when compared to the 2022 Taylormade Stealth driver, the 2022 Taylormade Stealth Plus driver, and the 2022 Callaway Rogue ST.
- Sound: The sound of the TSi3 is great - I love the classic sound of the Titanium head that has slightly changed with the new ATI face. It isn't too flat sounding like some of the new carbon drivers, so anyone who likes a traditional sound will love the TSi line.
- Workability: The TSi3 is very workable off of the tee and can hit a variety of launch angles and shot shapes. For me, this is great when I have a hole that isn't straight off the tee, and I need to wrap the ball around a corner by adjusting my trajectory while still generating clubhead speed and making a powerful impact on the ball. This driver gives me the ability to hit a big high draw around the corner with ease and control while not sacrificing greater ball speed when having to adjust launch conditions.
- Adjustability: The TSi3 has the classic Titleist loft sleeve along the adjustable hosel with different independent loft and lie settings for CG placement, and it also is the only Titleist model in this like to offer a moveable weight in the back of the head for maximum benefit. The adjustability features of TSI can help players fix a low or high launch, and the tighter spin range would be comparable with other current world-class options on the driver market.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The traditional black crown on the Titleist is top-of-the-line, classic, and minimal. It has a modern design showcasing the new ATI face but still has that beautiful Titleist black crown at address. It's a very different, much more typical approach to the crown, which Taylormade's drivers have really strayed from over the last decade.
- Launch Angle: The launch angle on this driver set at 10º is perfect for my ball flight, but this driver really lets me fine-tune my driver with a tighter launch angle, especially in windy conditions when I want to drop it down to low launch. The adjustability is nice.
- Spin: Lower spinning driver relative to the TSi2 model for those looking to drop their spin rates relative to their current driver and boost their distance numbers. Players with faster ball speeds should note that the standard model of each TSi driver has less spin as you go up the product line.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Forgiveness: This driver is not made for forgiveness, it is made for your lower handicap player who is consistently hitting the center of the face. This is not a bad thing unless you are looking for forgiveness. Players who are not hitting fast ball speeds, long carry distance, or are looking at just trying to get some stability off the tee and reduce their slice should look more at the TSi1 or TSi2 driver from Titleist or something closer to the Callaway Epic Max.
Best shot with this club
A course I grew up playing near my home in Michigan has a bear of a par 5—the tee shot is directly through a line of trees before a dog leg left 250 yards out. Prior to getting the TSi3, I never felt comfortable hitting the driver on this hole to “shortcut it." But, the first time I played this hole with my TSi3, I teed it up high, aimed over the trees, took my usual grip and stance, and launched it! Before this, I was never able to hit my driver on that hole, and now I do religiously without finding myself in too many "unique positions" for my second shot. My Titleist driver is one of my more consistent golf clubs and often finds the fairway on this hole now!
Value for the money vs. other options
Titleist has always been a premium option when it comes to clubs and takes a more holistic approach to its pricing as an innovative golf technology pioneer. The price for this driver is around $550 (which has become the industry standard) and is more than justified with the performance it delivers. It is a more premium option when compared to its new 2022 competitors, like the Taylormade Stealth or Cobra LTD, LTDx LS, or Mizuno's ST-Z 220. The driver is brand new and includes a wrench for a sure fit hosel adjustability or to be able to keep it stock neutral. Price may also vary on the different shaft options listed earlier.
The TSi3 and its exceptional stability and consistency off the tee, as well as the head weight adjustability and classic profile preference, unlocked my full capabilities as a golfer and it is a true player's driver. This is also why so many players on the tour use it, one of the most notable being Justin Thomas. This driver delivers higher ball speeds, multi-dimensional stability, a penetrating flight, and allows the golfer to shape the ball off of the tee.