Shell Houston Open update

Posted: March 28, 2007

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.

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Jerry


Is there any way I could purchase the black chip, chrome finish 755s? If I could get them custom or pay more? I just have to have my irons in chrome.

Jerry


Unfortunately, this won't be possible. Only a few sets were made for testing purposes on Tour.

Jerry


On Tour, do Titleist players practice with the same Titleist balls they use in competition?  If so, are the Titleist players given an unlimited supply of balls to use on the range, etc?  And what happens to the practice balls when Tour players are done with them?

Jerry


Good week for the new 907D2. Congrats to Adam Scott. Nice to see him win, always a big fan. Hopefully he plays as well next week.

Jerry


I use a 905R with the Proforce V2 X-stiff shaft. I want to try the Grafalloy Axis. Do you think this shaft can be great on the driver? And I don't know if I have to take the X-stiff or the Stiff because I think that the V2 X-stiff I have on it is a little too stiff for me (My driving speed is 115 MPH). Thank you very much.

Martin

Jerry


<a name="practice_balls" rel="nofollow"></a>Titleist players do use the same ball on the range that they use in competition. Titleist donates 256 dozen balls per week for practice, and when the tournament ends, the balls are donated to junior golf.

Great question.

-- Steven Felix Mata

Jerry


Please visit an <a href="www.fittingworks.com/FindaFitter.aspx" rel="nofollow">Authorized Titleist FittingWorks Partner</a> to determine the correct shaft for your <a href="www.titleist.com/.../905R.asp" rel="nofollow">905R</a> driver.

Jerry


When is Titleist going to release the Spin Milled wedges in the raw finish as well as the T Grind used by Adam Scott in his lob wedge?

Jerry


We do not plan to release the Spin Milled wedges in a pure raw finish.  The SM Oil Can is our raw wedge. It is only a coating that wears off quickly, not a plating. As far as Adam's T Grind, I work with many players to develop custom grinds that work best for those specific players in specific conditions.  These grinds serve as a kind of developmental testing process that often help shape our in-line offerings but are rarely brought to market in their prototype form. Thanks.

-- Voke

Jerry


How do the spin rates and launch angles of the new 907D2 compare to the 905S?

Thanks,

Steve S