Titleist introduces lightweight TS1 driver for modern swing speeds

Titleist introduces lightweight TS1 driver for modern swing speeds

The Titleist TS line has been well-received across global tours, and the TS2 and TS3 models changed a lot of minds about what Titleist can do in the modern driver market.

Now on the back of the smaller-headed TS4 model, Titleist has come out with the TS1, a lightweight model designed to help deliver more speed for players with slower swing speeds. The club comes in at 275 grams (depending on the shaft), which is 45 grams lighter than the TS2, including an 8-gram difference in the head weight . The stock shafts, the Fujikura Air Speeder and MCA Fubuki MV (Max Velocity), come in at 40 and 45 grams respectively (the L flex models are 35 and 39 grams) and are designed to get the ball in the air quickly. The Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 Lite grip is 20 grams lighter than a standard model Tour Velvet 360.

So, what counts as a moderate swing speed? According to Titleist, that's at 85 mph and lower, meaning average drives are at or below 220 yards. And for that subset of players, the TS1 offers a lot of the same features found throughout the rest of the TS line, including a thin titanium crown, the Radial VFT face insert and a deep center of gravity location to optimize launch and spin, akin to the TS3.

Despite the lightweight nature of its head, the TS1 has the SureFit hosel, which has 16 independent loft and lie settings. The SureFit weight allows for head weight adjustments with five two-gram weights.

The Titleist TS1 driver is available at select fitters June 20 and golf shops on June 27, in 9.5-, 10.5- and 12.5-degree heads for $500.

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