You MUST get fitted.. My TS experience

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By AntD

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  1. AntD

    AntD
    Hampshire, UK

    All,

    I just want to relay my experience of my TS fitting at St Ives today.

    Like many I was excited to try the new TS drivers to see how the technology differed from my current 917 and more importantly to get fit for a fairway to replace my previously fitted Launcher which was well passed its use by date but still serving me well.

    First impressions of both TS2 and TS3 drivers were favourable. The different head shapes, change in head colour and the fulcrum logo being the opposite way round to 917 was not an issue for me. We tried both heads with a range of shaft options including the shaft from my 917.

    We then moved onto the fairway, again in both TS2 and TS3 and finally found a shaft and setting combination in TS2 that was giving me an extra 17 yards carry with a launch and dispersion that if I hadn't seen it myself I wouldn't have believed. The order will be going in on Monday...Yes I have permission.

    What about the driver I hear you ask? Well this is why YOU MUST get fitted by an expert fitter on a range.

    My current 917 has only been in the bag since late June so I wasn't in the market to upgrade just yet. I played the previous day and missed 2 fairways but still made net par on both holes so I was happy that I was striking this at my best, so when Paul the fitter said that he couldn't give me any more distance with TS I wasn't surprised as seeing the ball flight and landing area on the range at St Ives it was evident that TS drivers are currently NOT for me. So no Instagram post of the increase in ball speed and distance, although ball speed was UP so was the spin rate even with 1.5 degree lower loft.

    All I can say is there is great technology in todays clubs and shafts, TS included, but in MY case my current delivery (attack angle, head speed and launch angle combo) is not suited to these type of clubs. Something I will work on with the 917 as the spin rate is still above optimal with this.

    Please Please Please go out and try the TS range, Drivers and Fairways and get fitted on a range (not hitting into a net), which is where Titleist Thursdays and TeamTitleist days are a god send, and I'm sure you find exactly what you're looking for.

    Thanks for Team Titleist (Luke) for arranging and Paul for the fitting ...

    PS we used AVX balls which I'm currently playing (again a constand in the fitting) Ant 917D (now at 9,5 D2 with draw bias) Evenflow 65 R TS2 15 std weight A1 with KuroKage Black 55 R....Awaiting delivery

  2. Scott Aitken

    Scott Aitken
    March, Cambridgeshire

    I gained +12 yards in my TS fitting but my ball speed was the same. I wasnt swinging my best on the day due to a stiff back which i suffer from quite alot. I certainly felt that I could have been swinging quicker on the day if it wasnt so stiff. I left for St Ives which is about 35mins from me but had a sore back by the time i got there. However i tried to not let this bother me too much as it is just something i have to deal with. +12 yards on a poor day is pretty good in my eyes to be fair. My old Cally driver had a regular shaft 10.5 loft. And i had spin numbers of over 4000. With a few changes, Stiff shaft, 9.5 degree loft i was down to 2700 spin almost instantly. This was also pretty good and gave me much better ball flight etc. For me I found it a success, especially knowing i wasnt swing my best. I certainly had more in me and was swinging about 75/80% of my potential on a good day. So over all a good testing and a good day at the Fitting centre.

    My fitting spec for the Driver.

    TS3, 9.5 degree, Diamana Tensei Blue 55, Stiff (standard length) , Jumbo Grips. D3 setting, CG weight - Standard Draw
  3. AntD

    AntD
    Hampshire, UK

    Scott,

    How did you find testing clubs with standard grips when you currently have Jumbo's? I was lucky that we could swap the shaft from my 917 into the TS as I have midsize MMC +4's but I still find testing with thinner grips feels weird to me.

    Ant

  4. Through a combination of swinging badly, hitting off a mat with giant rubber tee, using awful range balls, and hitting in to a 15mph right to left it's fair to say the fitting session at my club wasn't ideal!

    However, I managed to gain 17 yards (10 roll and 7 carry) with the TS2 over my 915. At this point it's important to say that I've tested 917's and gained no advantage over the 915, which I love.

    It was pointed out to me that TS shafts are longer than previous generations so the +6mph gain in swing speed has to be judged with that in mind.

    Spin rate was down to around 1,500 which explains the gains in roll (I'm used to the ball landing and stopping quickly with driver). Dispersion was worse than the 915 though and something I need to figure out.
    Overall I enjoyed the feel of the club and the ball definitely felt hotter off the clubface.

    The next fitting session is at Turnberry next week when hopefully I'll be hitting Pro V1's off grass and decent tees, while also swinging it a lot better.
  5. AntD

    AntD
    Hampshire, UK

    Simon,

    I had the same experience with my 917 fitting and came away thinking I need to try some other makes. Luckily had same experience so found a Titleist Thursday fitting at a local club and was able to hit of a tee (still with range balls). We adjusted the lie and I was more than happy.

    I wasn't aware the shafts were longer, and I tried my current shaft in the TS and can't say I noticed it. Maybe you just need that shorter shaft it the TS?

    Enjoy Turnberry...

    Ant

  6. Thanks Ant,

    I'm always sceptical about Trackman results even though they're adjusted for ball make and weather conditions. So to avoid that and the dreaded rubber tees I always take a trial club out to the course and test against my own before making a decision.

    I just looked up the specs and in fact the 915 shaft is only 1/2" shorter so I'm guessing that the worse dispersion numbers were down to other factors. Once the fitting expert dials me in next week I should be fine.

    All the best,
    Simon
  7. AntD

    AntD
    Hampshire, UK

    Simon,

    Once again Mark Crossfield has posted a vlog from his trip to TPI on effects of driver shaft length which might give you some further insight to the effects of differing shaft lengths...

    Ant
  8. I was fit at a local driving range with trackman for a ts3 with the evenflow.

    Gained about 12 yards carry over my 917.

    I just wanted to get an idea really so I'll book a fitting now at Carton house.

    It was rubber tees and range balls but I wouldn't be surprised if titleist fit me into the same specs as the professional knows his stuff.



  9. I've came from 915 also to TS2, only used it in a couple of rounds so far so just getting to grips with it but feels so much nicer and seems to carry a good deal further but until I play on my own track a full round I can't say by how much.

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