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Since Titleist began its tour validation process of the new TS2 and TS3 drivers at the US and French opens, roughly 80% of the brand’s tour staffers have opted to put one of them in the bag.

The tour validation process plays an important role in all of Titleist’s new hardware releases and so far the new TS range has received enormous praise. 

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The process continued at this week’s Scottish Open, where we got some exclusive insights from Rafael Cabrera Bello, Cameron Smith, Matthew Southgate and Titleist’s European Tour fitter, Liam McDougall.

Rafael Cabrera Bello

“I put the new TS3 driver in the bag during the U.S. Open. I tend to hit the ball pretty low off the tee but the TS3 was really helping me improve my launch. My usual miss, which is out of the heel and leaking to the right, is so much better than before,” Rafa told

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He continued, “It is an amazing club and incredibly fast. I’ve gained about 3mph of ball speed, giving me an impressive amount of added carry distance.”

Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith

“The initial testing was really good. I was getting 10 or 15 extra yards through the air without having to change the shaft, so it went straight into the bag as soon as I could get my hands on it,” Smith told us.

He added: “That little fairway finder off the tee I like to hit is now going as far as the one I used to try and roast. The one’s I am now trying to hit hard are going miles.”

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“I chose the TS2 because it was spinning a little lower for me and performed better on my mishits. I think both of the TS drivers also look a mile better than my old driver and have a more pleasing sound. They’ve gone back more towards the dull sound of the old 905 drivers, which is something I really like.”

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