Which company produces the #1 hybrid played on the PGA Tour? Here’s a clue, it’s the same company as the #1 golf ball. That’s right, Titleist, and they have been in that spot since 2014. When their TSR drivers and fairway woods hit the store shelves in the fall, one piece was missing that kept the TSR line from being a complete metalwood family. Today, that void gets filled as we first look at the new TSR2 and TSR3 hybrids.
“TSR2 and TSR3 hybrids offer players options at the top end of the bag,” says Tom Bennett, Principal Product Manager – Fairways & Hybrids. “Players can choose between the more classical shape and high launch of the TSR2 or the refined profile and adjustability of the TSR3. Both clubs provide a fast, forgiving, and high-launching long-iron alternative that gives the golfer the confidence to pull off any shot.”
Titleist TSR2 Hybrid
Following the naming patterns of the rest of the TSR family, the TSR2 is billed as the hybrid that will be the faster and more forgiving option of the two. With a larger footprint and longer blade length, this hybrid is more geared towards the player who tends to attack hybrids with a more sweeping motion, as if they are a direct extension of the fairway wood. Titleist engineers worked to establish a deeper center of gravity so that the TSR2 could launch higher and have that extra forgiveness built in. Their goal for the TSR2 was a club that would launch high and land soft.
Both hybrids in this range will benefit from reworking the sole design, which saw Titleist include some sole relief pockets. By removing some material and reducing the surface area, players should be able to get through the turf easier, whether in the first cut of rough, a fairway bunker, or even in some areas that are a bit nastier than that. If your golf ball only seems to find the fairway, then these sole pockets will also help make that turf interaction on the short grass much smoother.
Titleist TSR3 Hybrid
TSR3 features a refined shape that looks more iron-like than the TSR2 does. While the blade length is not as long and the center of gravity is not as deep as its counterpart, it still has plenty of stability thanks to a higher inertia body, which helps reduce twisting on off-center strikes.
One advantage that the TSR3 has over the TSR2 is the presence of a new 5-position SureFit Adjustable CG Track System, which adds two additional tuning positions from the previous version. Between the new shaping and this widened adjustability, the TSR3 sets up best for golfers who prefer a flatter trajectory, like to hit multiple shot shapes, and will enjoy the precision that this club has to offer.
Titleist places a big emphasis on fitting, so it should be no surprise that we get several shafts suited for multiple player types. Mitsubishi has two shafts available in the Tensei 1K Black 85/95g, which will be the best low launch/low spin option, and the Tensei AV Blue 65g profiles out to be more mid spin/mid launch. HZRDUS fans can look to either the HZRDUS Red 60g for a Mid-High launch or the Black 4G 80/90g for a low-mid launch with low spin.
TSR2 and TSR3 hybrids will be making their PGA Tour debut this week at The American Express. For us amateurs, they will be available for pre-orders and fittings starting on February 2, 2023 and in stores on February 23, 2023 for $299. Both models come in three lofts, 18°, 21°, and 24° for the TSR2 and 19°, 21°, and 24° in the TSR3. All loft combinations are available in both right and left-handed configurations.