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


Hi-

I was just wondering are the 2009 Spin Milled Vokeys conforming with the new groove regulations?

Nation


Craig-

Current generation Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges will not conform with the new groove regulations proposed by the USGA and R&A.  Keep in mind, though, that the new regulations will only be invoked as a condition of competition at elite-level professional events (e.g., PGA Tour, U.S. Open, Open Championship) beginning in 2010.  Most amateur golfers will be entitled to play with currently conforming clubs until 2024.

Nation


Who (stores) carries your ZMs, CB/MBs irons?  Also, can I custom order these with particular shafts and kick-points?  Is there an additional charge?  If so, what is the timetable?

Can I get Titleist prototype Vokey Wedges?

Thanks

FSS

Nation


I'm curious at the comments on the AP2s by the tour players.  Have there been many comments by those Tour players that have tried the AP2s that the toplines are too thick, chunky, etc?  Especially in the scoring clubs? I know they're not thick or chunky because the AP2s have a ROUNDED edge.  If you squared off the edge then that would minimize some of it I'm sure.   Its amazing how much a rounded edge can make things look bigger.

Just a side note, do the new AP2s have smaller toplines?

Nation


The new MBs look a little larger than the current ZM Forged blades - would that be correct or is the photo misleading?

Thanks,

Steve

Nation


I bought a set of AP2 a month ago and I now see advertising "The New AP2." Has the model changed since my purchase?

Also, I played another manufacturer's irons, however I love your AP2 irons and have made the switch and I'm very happy. I used to play 6.0 Flighted Rifle shafts and your clubs came with 5.5 Project X. I find the dispersion is a lot tighter and the flight of my long irons are quite high. It's all good, however, the feel of the Project X 5.5 is a little bigger in my hands and a bit "like a board." Is this normal?

It's nice to come back to Titleist, true and not gimmicky, just real golf!! Congrats!

Nation


Mark-

Comments from the Tour on the AP2 irons has been overwhelmingly positive.  It is by far our most popular model in play.  When we asked for input on ways to improve the irons for this next generation, we received only a few suggestions, none of which focused on topline width.

Nation


Steve-

The photo is misleading, the blade lengths of the ZM and MB are very similar.

Nation


Frank-

CB/MB irons will be in golf shops later this year.  For a list of authorized Titleist golf shops near you, please see the <a href="www.titleist.com/locator.aspx" rel="nofollow">Golf Shop Locator</a> on Titleist.com.  All Titleist golf clubs are available for custom order, for a listing of available shafts, please see the <a href="www.titleist.com/.../default.asp" rel="nofollow">shaft listing page</a> on Titleist.com.  For information on limited edition Vokey Design wedges, please visit <a href="http://www.vokey.com" rel="nofollow">Vokey.com</a>.

Nation


Steve-

We're testing the next generation AP2 irons on Tour right now, and expect this new model to be in golf shops later this year.  We recommend contacting Precision, which is now owned by True Temper, to discuss the differences between their Rifle Flighted and Project X shafts.