Working with Ryuji Imada

I worked with Ryuji Imada a lot this week, as he is trying to pull the trigger on making one of the new 907 drivers his gamer. I am still not sure what he is going to play in Houston, but I think it is just a matter of time before he makes the switch because he was hitting the 907D4 prototype solid on the range. He has stuck with the 905S all year with pretty good success, already posting three Top 20 finishes. He is happy with his distance, but his accuracy isn't where he wants it to be. Ryuji is a good young player starting his third year on the PGA TOUR and an interesting story. He moved to Florida from Japan when he was 14 to work on his game. After a great junior career he went to the University of Georgia where he helped win a national championship. He finished runner-up to Luke Donald in the individual competition the same year. He turned professional after his sophomore year and had great success on the Nationwide Tour, earning his PGA Tour card for 2005. This kid has had success at every level and I wouldn't be surprised to see him win out here someday soon. -- Steven Felix Mata P.S. -- Be sure to click the link on Ryuji's name above to see what else he's had in his bag this year.


Ryuji Imada with a 907D4 prototype driver on the range in Houston.


Looks like Ryuji might have been testing some new Scotty Cameron putters this week, too.

Shell Houston Open update

It has been a pretty busy week here at the Shell Houston Open where we have 31 full-line staff players in the field. These are guys we call "Titleist ambassadors" and carry anywhere from 10-14 Titleist clubs in their bags, including the driver, wear Titleist on their cap, carry the Titleist bag, wear either a Titleist or FootJoy glove and FootJoy shoes. World No. 5 Adam Scott is the highest-ranked player in the field this week and has been a Titleist ambassador since he turned professional in 2000. Charley Hoffman is another Titleist ambassador who won his first PGA Tour victory earlier this year in a playoff at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Check out the photo below where Charley was fooling around on the range today hitting left-handed drivers. After today its home for a couple of days and then off to Augusta where we'll be reporting each day from the Masters. Keep the questions and comments coming. -- Steven Felix Mata


Charley Hoffman having some fun on the range with a lefty 907D2.


Charley and his caddie Miguel.


A closer look at what's in Charley's bag.


Charley practicing a little more conventionally last week at the WGC-CA Championship.

FYI ... The Golf Channel will be running a feature on the Titleist Tour Van during its Golf Central coverage tonight (Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00PM/ET). The video was shot at Bay Hill and includes Steve Mata explaining the features of the mobile facility to TGC business reporter Casey Bierer. Be sure to tune in!

Titleist Tour Blog

Thanks for all the comments and feedback on the Titleist Tour blog. It's great to hear from you and we really appreciate your suggestions. We also wanted you to know that we're out on tour during the practice round days of PGA Tour events and will not likely be adding new posts from Thursday through Sunday. Feel free to keep asking us questions and comments over the weekend though and we'll do our best to get back to you. -- The Titleist Tour team

Adam Scott's New Pro V1

Adam is playing the New Pro V1 golf ball, and if you've seen the new Titleist commercial, he says he likes to play #9's. Attached are a couple of pics from yesterday's practice round featuring Adam and his custom numbered golf ball that he uses to distinguish his from other PGA Tour players. With the introduction of the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x in February, Titleist began shipping more dozens with high numbers (5-8) to golf shops. -- Joe Gomes

Adam at Doral with his New Pro V1 #9.

Close-up view of the custom numbered 9 on Adam's New Pro V1.

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