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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Odle


if you need anyone to test the new scotty camerons that come out i would be happy to do it. ive been using a scotty for 10 years and would love to help give you some feedback

Odle


Nick - thanks for your enthusiasm and loyalty!

Odle


when you say not offering, do you mean that they won't be able to be costomized (by you guys), or that your taking them of the market. if you guys are taking them off the market how long after the new ones hit the market will they be no longer available.

on another note i want to get the 909 d3 and f3 but i don't want to buy it and see it a new and better version come out a month later.

Odle


Sometime in the 4th quarter you should expect new irons to ship.  Custom fit options will be available the same time as stock options.

Odle


John-

Complete product details, including stock shaft information, will be available on Titleist.com early this fall.

Odle


Chris:  Once we introduce the new irons, Titleist will no longer be selling them. However, there will always be a certain amount of lag time with original product in a golf shop and therefore would not be able to tell you exactly how long you could still get the original irons.

On your second note, we launched the new 909 line of drivers, fairways and hybrids last fall and do not currently have plans for a new line.

Odle


Drue:

The Titleist Matrix shaft has a slightly softer butt and slightly higher torque than the Regular Matrix shaft.

Odle


Hi ,

        could you tell me from the new mb blade what is the ball flight off them ? and do any of the tour players expect to use them i notice now they are not using blades as much ,

Odle


New irons look great! i currently play the AP1's and hit them perfect. do you think i could hit the new ap2's or CB the same

Odle


Travis:

The best option is for you to actually hit them all yourself.  The AP1 irons are still the most forgiving of all the Titleist irons.  Check out FittingWorks.com and locate an authorized fitter in your area.

Thanks for the question.