From the 2009 Buick Open – Tuesday

Posted: July 28, 2009

Titleist.com is on-site at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan for the 51st edition of the Buick Open, a tournament that dates back to 1958. The Titleist Tour Van has been buzzing with even more activity than usual, as this is the first week that it is carrying the next generation AP1, AP2, CB and MB irons that are scheduled to be introduced to the marketplace this fall.

Several players (Greg Chalmers, Derek Fathauer, Bill Haas, Stephen Leaney, Marc Leishman, Darron Stiles, Kevin Na) worked with the new irons on the range for the first time, while others, including Tom Pernice, Jr. (New AP2), Colt Knost (New CB) and Johnson Wagner (New CB) played a practice round with them and decided to put them in the bag this week.

Longtime Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon, who is also in the field this week, was actually the first to play the New AP2 irons in competition two weeks ago, when he posted his best finish of the year at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. A set of the New AP1 irons were also played in competition for the first time in Milwaukee, and will also be in that player's bag this week in Michigan.

Improvements to the new AP2 irons have resulted in better feel as well as improved shot control and ground contact. The new AP1 irons offer better feel, more forgiveness, and an improved shape, particularly in the short irons. Look for more sets to be put into play in the coming weeks, and be sure to check back here and on Titleist.com for the latest information on all Titleist products.

For now, be sure to check out the slide show for more information from the Buick Open.

A lot of activity is taking place this week in the Titleist Tour Van.

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Nation


When will the new woods come out? And what shafts will they have on them.

Nation


I have both the 909D2 and 909D3 drivers. The heads on both of these drivers feel light to me. I really like the feel of a heavy club, so is there any way to get weight added to the heads? I have a Speeder 757 X flex in the D2 and Motore F1 X flex in the D3. I would like to have a swingweight of around D4 if this is possible. Thanks!!

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Chris-

Please see the response provided to Kevin T two comments down.

Nation


Hunter and Scottyman009-

Nothing new to announce from a metals perspective.

Nation


Jon-

Please contact the Titleist Repairs department at 1-800-742-7609 to discuss your options.  Thanks!

Nation


Are the new groove rules going to have any affect on them or are these made according to the new rules?

Nation


Thanks Steven!

Nation


What is the actual distance difference between the Pro V1 and the Pro V1x? I like the idea of having a little extra spin around the greens with the Pro V1, but I don't want to sacrifice a lot of distance off of the tee. I'm a 7 handicap and my driver swing speed is in the 105-110 mph range and my normal ball flight is a high draw. Thanks for the great products and outstanding website.

Nation


Do the tour pros have any problems using the AP2? The reason I ask is because most of these guys have been playing their entire lives so why do they need the extra forgiveness and all the other features? Are the ZMs and the new CB/MB irons that hard to hit? If the tour pros can't use them then how would any of us use them? Are the CB/MB irons forged blades? We all understand that Titleist can't give out much information but since club selection is such an important decision we just want to have at least an idea of which irons to pick. I can probably speak for most of us when I say that I will most likely try to preorder the irons the second they come out. Can you give any information on the skill set Titleist is aiming for with the different irons? Sorry for so many questions and thank you for your help.

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Andrew-

The AP2 irons have been received tremendously on the worldwide tours since being introduced in late 2007.  On tour, iron choice is largely a matter of personal preference (in terms of feel, ball flight, and workability) since all of the players at that level are skilled ball strikers.  AP2, CB, and MB all feature forged 1025 carbon steel bodies, with AP2 additionally featuring a tungsten nickel sole and multi-material cavity insert to enhance feel and playability.  Titleist FittingWorks partners are scheduled to have the new models in their SureFit carts in advance of the in store date.  We recommend consulting with a fitter to help you determine the appropriate model(s) and specs for your style of play and ability.