The Titleist TSi2 fairway wood is both long and easy to launch. When you couple those factors with the high levels of forgiveness on offer, you have a top performer that should be playable for a wide range of handicaps.
Consistent ball flight and spin rate
Easy to launch from the tee and deck
Compact head may be intimidating for some golfers
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Titleist TSi2 Fairway Wood Review
The Titleist TSi2 fairway wood has been designed with the same set of performance goals as the driver - that is to be long, forgiving and easy to launch. What is the performance like you may ask? Well, the TSi2 ranks as one of the best fairway woods on the market. Below, we explain why.
To begin with, Titleist have introduced the fourth generation of its ARC technology - a channel that sits behind the leading edge to deliver greater flex across the face at impact and faster ball speeds. It also has a low, deep centre of gravity to help with launch and forgiveness.
Moving to the looks of the fairway wood at setup and, most notably, there are no real significant differences to that of the TSi3. Unlike the two drivers, the fairway woods are very similar. In fact, if asked to identify which was which behind the ball, we’d be hard pushed to get the right answer!
Positively, they both have an appealing, classic Titleist shape, with the subtle, modern TSi alignment stamp on the crown a big plus. What's worth noting is that the TSi2 is designed to help off-centre strikes, that's why it ranks as one of the most forgiving fairway woods that money can buy.
The performance is also fantastic, with the first notable aspect being the consistency of the flight. Inevitably, with fairway woods, they are often the hardest clubs in the bag to hit well as the strike locations tend to be more inconsistent. However, with the TSi2, the resulting distances and flights were impressively predictable.
What we found, during our fitting, is that the TSi2 was easier to flight than the TSi3. To begin with, we started with a 16.5˚ head, which mirrored that of our current setup. In testing, we were able to decrease the loft to a 15˚, which found more distance without making it less playable out on the golf course. You can check out our full review and comparison below.
The feel through impact was also a standout feature, with the contact sound being powerful without being too dull. It makes you feel like you don't have to swing the club hard to get the ball up in the air.
Overall, we found the Titleist TSi2 to be a superb performer and worthy of its accolade as one of the game's best fairway woods. We found it easy to shape and marginally longer than the TSi3, with the notable factor being its ability to launch slightly more easily.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
- Matt CradockFreelance Staff Writer
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