In this review, I’ll be taking a look at the Titleist TSi2 driver.
The TSi2 is the game-improvement “distance bomber” of the TSi line of drivers. Its forgiving construction is designed to deliver maximum ball speed at every impact point on the face. With a deeper, lower CG that produces high launch and low spin, it ultimately helps golfers hit the ball longer and hit more fairways.
The TSi2 features new advances in face technology, an enhanced MOI, and adjustability that is characteristic of the entire TSi line.
Just how long and forgiving is the TSi2? How does it perform on the course? Is it worth putting in the bag?
I’ll try to answer all of these questions and more in this review. Here’s what I’ll be covering:
- Features & Technologies
- Look, Sound & Feel
- Where To Buy This Driver Online
Read on to find out what you need to know to make an informed purchase.
What are the reviews like?
The Titleist TSi2 driver has been received extremely well by both professional critics and consumers.
It has a perfect 5/5 average customer rating on Global Golf and a 4.5/5 rating on Rock Bottom Golf. It also earned a gold medal on the Golf Digest 2021 Hot List, along with its sister driver, the TSi3.
What People Like
- fantastic distance and forgiveness in mis-hit areas
- longer than the previous TS2 model
- nice feel, sound and looks
- sets up nicely at address
What People Don’t Like
- shaft choices can be a little confusing
- limited adjustability
- ball can mark up the face
What are the features?
ATI 425 Aerospace Titanium
Titleist is the first to utilize ATI 425 Aerospace Titanium in their driver faces. This unique alloy, made in a single foundry in Pittsburgh, is stronger and slightly more elastic than traditional club face materials, with 4% higher ultimate tensile strength and 30% higher ductility.
At the end of the day, this titanium alloy improves ball speeds and increases the size of the sweet spot.
The typical MOI (moment of inertia) that most other driver brands advertise and offer mainly focuses on horizontal performance towards the heel and toe.
Titleist goes above and beyond this, providing a more holistic MOI design. The face of the TSi2 is very stable not just horizontally, but vertically towards the crown and sole as well.
This results in higher ball speeds in more areas of the face, as well as tighter spin and directional performance, giving you more confidence to attack every drive.
The aerodynamic shape of the TSi2 head is optimized to feel faster and generate maximum club head speed.
In particular, contributions from ATI helped Titleist engineer the TSi2 to have 15% less drag than the TS2.
There are several opportunities to adjust and fine-tune the TSi2 driver to best suit your swing. This is ideally done by a fitter who would know which changes can bring about the most benefit.
The first is the SureFit hosel, which enables sixteen (16) unique loft and lie combinations for ball flight optimization. The second is the removable back weight on the sole which can alter stability and spin characteristics of the driver.
The TSi2 driver is available in 9°, 10°, and 11° standard lofts at 460CC.
Titleist offers quite a bit more shaft options compared to the TSi1. They are:
- featured graphite shafts: KURO KAGE Black DC 5G SFW (mid-high launch), TENSEI AV RAW Blue SFW (mid launch), HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX (low-mid launch), TENSEI AV RAW White (low launch)
- premium graphite shafts: Tour AD DI, Tour AD IZ, Tour AD XC
The stock grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 (Gray Flat Cap). The Golf Pride Z-Grip is available as a premium option.
Below are the specs of the Titleist TSi drivers. Click or zoom to enlarge.
How does the driver perform?
After an extensive hitting session, I came away with the impression that the TSi2 driver is all about maximizing smash factor. And indeed, this is what most reviewers talk about in the context of the TSi2.
In case you don’t know, smash factor is essentially ball speed divided by club head speed. With the TSi2, I was getting smash factors in the range of 1.49-1.52, which is more than ideal.
This indicates that the TSi2 has some of the best energy transfer across the face that you’ll find. There’s no doubt that it’s one of the longest drivers I’ve ever hit, up there with the best modern distance offerings from brands like Callaway and TaylorMade.
Having said that, I did feel that I would have been able to get even more distance if the launch was a little lower. This suggests that I may see even better results with the 9-degree.
Mis-hit performance with the TSi2 is exceptional — in the context of smash factor, it never really dipped below 1.45 unless I made contact at the extreme ends of the face.
Forgiveness doesn’t just stop at distance, though. The enhanced MOI design also does an excellent job at keeping the ball on line and maintaining a good launch. There are very few game-improvement drivers I have tested that perform better in this regard.
Forgiveness is also impressive when you take into account the low spin. In typical cases, there is a positive correlation between spin and forgiveness, but Titleist has managed to keep the spin relatively low despite the powerful forgiveness of the driver.
Launch & Trajectory
Thanks to the low CG, the TSi2 driver is pretty easy to get up in the air. There doesn’t seem to be any particular shot shape bias — the typical flight you’ll see is mid-high and straight, but this, of course, depends on your loft setting and shaft among other things.
Predictably, the TSi2 is not a great shotmaker’s club. You can work the ball to a limited extent, but it’s not what Titleist had in mind when engineering the TSi2. The TSi3 is much better suited for shot-shaping.
As for playability, it’s easy to just step up there and let it rip with the TSi2 because it doesn’t place such a premium on making dead-center contact.
What about look, sound & feel?
One of the things that stands out the most to me with the TSi2 driver is the unique face pattern, with horizontal lines on both sides sandwiching a diamond-textured middle region.
This face pattern frames the ball nicely, but another benefit is that it offers a visual contrast with the black crown when setting up behind the ball.
At address, the center of the clubface sets up more or less square.
In terms of aesthetics, the TSi2 has a modern look with dark colours, but at the same time stays true to the classic driver shape that we’ve grown used to over the years. The simple crown only contains a TSi logo which serves as an alignment aid.
The Sound & Feel
The TSi2 is made entirely of titanium and has no carbon. This is one of the main reasons the TSi2 gives a balanced “metal wood” sound at impact — a metallic “swoosh” and pop that is quite high-pitched. This sound persists in the sweet spot zone (which is very large), but becomes less crisp as you move into the mis-hit regions.
The feel is very stable and solid through the ball but has an element of lightness to it. Feel is impressively consistent across the face and only starts getting weird around the edges of the face.
As for mis-hit feedback, it’s not very distinct. You can more or less deduce the general area of the face that made contact with the ball, but you won’t get the precise, informative feedback of a more players-oriented driver.
Where should you buy the TSi2 driver online?
Titleist gives you several different avenues to get fit or to understand which loft, length, shaft, etc. would be best for you.
For new TSi2 drivers, you should check out Global Golf, Rock Bottom Golf, the Titleist store, or eBay. Global Golf offers payment plans, a playability guarantee, and a club trade-in program (UTry) to help you minimize the financial hit. You can also input custom specs through Global Golf.
With that said, new driver models don’t stay new for long, and eventually the option for custom orders will disappear. At that point, you’ll have to look at an off-the-rack TSi2 or even a used one.
For used TSi2 drivers, your best bet is probably eBay. They are a fantastic source for golf equipment, both new and used. You can also see which used drivers Global Golf has for sale.
The Titleist TSi2 is one of the easiest drivers for almost any golfer to just pick up and start swinging. It’s easy to swing, it’s a bomber, and it helps minimize the damage from your mis-hits through a very fast, forgiving face.
The TSi2 definitely will appeal to the game-improvement crowd looking for distance and forgiveness. In fact, anyone who wants big distance and forgiveness off the tee should try the TSi2.
The cherry on top is a modern look, great feel, consistency, and adjustable hosel that make the TSi2 one of the best drivers of the 2021 season. Just make sure you get a shaft that’s suitable for you, and watch out for ball marks left on the textured face.
Are you interested in the TSi2 driver? Have you played it? What’s your experience? Let us know in the comments below.
Titleist TSi2 Driver
- Upgraded performance from the TS2
- Superb distance and forgiveness
- Well-balanced performance with a square setup
- Solid looks and satisfying feel
- No sliding sole adjustability
- Can be difficult to choose from the large number of featured shaft options