Heading into this season, Cameron Smith was riding a 45-inch 10-degree Titleist TSi3 fitted with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 6X shaft, and he used that club to win at TPC Sawgrass. While the listed loft was 10 degrees, Smith had a SureFit adjustable hosel in the D4 setting, which keeps the lie angle the same but increases the loft by 0.075 degrees, so the playing loft was 10, 75.
The TSi3 has a track to hold a movable weight at the back of the head that allows golfers and fitters to move the center of gravity location and set up the club with a fade or draw bias or create a neutral weight distribution. Smith put two weights in the track, one in the toe and one in the heel, according to JJ Van Wezenbeeck, director of player promotions at Titleist.
“It was about increasing the dynamic loft, making the shape of a TSi3 act like a TSi2,” Van Wezenbeeck said. By adding more weight to the back of the head in the heel and toe areas, dynamic loft increases, as well as stability.
Prior to the start of the PGA Championship, Smith changed his driver’s shafts from a Fujikura Ventus Blue 6X shaft to a Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 6X shaft. The TR version of the Ventus Blue shaft is slightly stiffer than the standard Blue, and produces less spin and lower flight. It sits between Ventus Blue and Ventus Black, the stiffest, lowest and lowest Ventus. Smith also asked Titleist to shorten their driver to 44 1/2″ in length for better control.
The day after the US Open, Titleist did a photo shoot with several prominent players on the staff, and that day Van Wezenbeeck showed Smith the final version of the new TSR drivers. Smith and had seen and hit prototypes before, but immediately liked both clubs and started tinkering with them. He brought both clubs to Europe and put TSR2 on the line at the Scottish Open two weeks ago. After that event, Smith switched to the yet-to-be-released TSR3, as he felt it made it easier for him to work the ball left and right.
“He likes the ball speed he was getting from TSR drivers in general, but the TSR3 just gave him some versatility that would help him open up the golf course,” Van Wezenbeeck said.
Smith TSR3 has 10 degrees of loft, but like its previous driver, the playing loft is 10.75 degrees and the finished club is 44 1/2″ long.