In addition a thinner clubface which is six grams lighter and the fastest of any Titleist driver thus far significantly increases ball speed at impact. The new lighter and thinner face is actually so thin the scoring lines need to be created by a laser. If you’re looking for a combination of distance and forgiveness the TS2 could definitely be the ticket.
Most players are content to use an off-the-rack putter or rarely consider having it customized for their build or stroke. We get it — putting is a slow-motion task that lacks the dynamics of lashing long-irons and woods.
However I’d say it’s unlikely that a new iteration of the Mini is coming any time soon. Modern fairway wood designs like TaylorMade’s M3 and M4 for example are so good and so long that former Mini players can simply find the right fit and most likely get the same or even better performance.
Comfort is maximized through the use of Puma’s proprietary Ignite foam in the midsole a design that also provides energy return with each step as well as plenty of stability during the swing.
The Tour V.T. sole improves turf interaction as well. Both new models come standard with Nippon Modus steel shafts with a Miyazaki Kaula graphite shaft also available.
This extra degree of strength allows for a thinner more flexible clubface and enhanced ball speed at impact. The thinner clubface along with a new hidden micro-slot in the sole not only increases COR but also expands the effective hitting area across a larger area. The micro-slot also allows for more weight to be redistributed for a lower and deeper CG location yielding improved launch on mid and long iron shots.
For players who demand more workability in a driver and more specific tuning the TS3 is the choice. Both the TS2 and TS3 are available with Kuro Kage Black Dual Core 50 Tensei AV Series Blue 55 HZRDUS Smoke Black 60 and Even Flow T1100 White 65 shafts as well as other custom shaft options.
Both new TS fairway models feature similar technologies as the drivers including extremely thin crowns that are 27% thinner for lower and deeper CG locations thinner clubfaces with variable thickness for more ball speed distance and forgiveness on off center hits and better weight distribution for higher MOI and stability.
The Mini Driver which TaylorMade offered in SLDR and AeroBurner models was a very cool product. It nicely bridged the gap between a driver and fairway wood. For a lot of players that was a perfect fit as the added loft and shorter shaft of the Mini gave them exactly what they needed.
The new Z H85 hybrids are designed with a larger profile for more confidence at address and more overall forgiveness. The same stepped crown design featured on the Z-series fairways is also in play with the hybrids producing a lower CG for improved launch and distance characteristics.
To remedy that situation the folks at Titleist started the “Titleist Speed Project” a plan to develop faster woods that provide maximum distance higher launch and ultra-competitive performance overall.
The new Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers and fairway woods are the result of a concerted effort by the company to improve distance results in its long clubs. Titleist engineers have been designing top-notch drivers for some time as witnessed by major wins by players like Jordan Spieth Jimmy Walker and others.