Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas enjoyed a great week at the Wyndham Championship, posting his third top-10 finish of the season and shooting a tournament-tying low round for the week - an 8-under 62 on Thursday. Bill gave a lot of the credit for his success in Greensboro to some new clubs that he put in the bag - a set of new Titleist CB forged irons and a new Scotty Cameron Kombi putter. Watch the interview below to hear what Bill had to say about his performance and the new CB's.

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Bill Haas

 

Going Dutch on the European Tour!

With many players returning from events in the US (most notably the USPGA Championship), the European Tour and the Titleist Tour Support Vehicle (TTSV) were back in “full effect” for the KLM Open.

Kennemer Golf and Country Club, near Zandvoort in the Netherlands, is one of the shorter courses on the European Tour calendar measuring 6,626 yards. Designed by Harry Colt and opened in 1927, the links nature of the course, plus the strong winds, always makes it a challenge.

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A lot of Titleist staffers were waiting in eager anticipation of the TTSV arriving in Holland, as they were waiting to get their hands on new sets of next generation AP2 irons. Scheduled to be introduced this autumn, alongside AP1, CB and MB irons, the following Titleist Ambassadors have put new AP2s into their bag for this week:


Talking about the new irons, Brett Rumford said: “I get a stronger flight from the next generation AP2s and they feel softer.” The introduction of a co-moulded medallion into the cavity has delivered this new level of feel and, along with less bounce on the shorter irons, all of the players are loving their new sets! We’ll bring you more on new iron introductions as they are available!

Full liner Carlos Del Moral has been working hard with his coach, leading to a few changes in his swing. These changes needed to be mirrored in his club set up and so all of his irons (Titleist ZB) had to be bent to 2° upright by the Titleist Tour Team (TTT). Tour Technician Phil Dimmock also built a 2 iron in AP2 for Carlos, as he wanted something to provide a bit more control off the tee given the windy conditions. The specs for the new 2 iron were:

Club: AP2 2-iron
Shaft: Dynamic Gold Lite X100
Length: Standard
Grip: V55C round
Loft: 1° strong
Lie: 2° upright
Swingweight: D3

The TTT also fitted Carlos for a new driver as he wants to work the ball a bit more and therefore needed something to go a bit higher. The specs of his new driver are:

Club: 909 D2 8.5°
Shaft: Attas 7X X-stiff tipped 1.5”
Length: 45” Grip: V55C round
Swingweight: D3

Titleist Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger wanted to check out his driver on the Trackman launch monitor, as he felt that he was spinning it too much on occasions. Tour Rep Mattias Jelver found that, on mishits, it did spin too much and he was hitting it too high every now and again. The TTT decided to build him exactly the same driver, but with one degree less loft – this seemed to deliver more penetration on off-centre hits. Keep your eye on Bernd’s driving stats. The specs of the new driver are:

Club: 909 D3 8.5°
Shaft: Motore 75 x-stiff
Length: 45”
Grip: Tour Velvet 58R
Swingweight: D3

The TTSV has moved on to Gleneagles in Scotland already for next week’s Johnnie Walker Championship, which always draws a strong field. We’ll be lurking around the practice ground and poking our head through the door of the TTSV’s workshop to bring you up to date on what’s going in the bag! We’ll hopefully be able to see more of the new irons in bags and will try to get some pictures for you! In the meantime, happy golfing!

Hello, I'm in Greensboro, North Carolina preparing for the Wyndham Championship. I decided to play this tournament after a highly disappointing finish last week at the PGA Championship. I had two grueling rounds at Hazeltine and just couldn't find any rhythm on the greens. I felt ok with my new irons and driving the ball but my putting was just terrible. I'm not playing well and when things start to unravel the best thing to do is get back to the basics and work hard. I spent a couple of days away from golf over the weekend and spent some time thinking about the rest of the year. I am confident with some hard work I can get the train back on the track so to speak. Even though this is the last PGA Tour regular season event, I am hoping to get myself in position to play throughout the playoffs.

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This is my first time playing at Sedgefield Country Club. The greens are not overly fast and it's important to hit the fairways in order to make some birdies. I think there will be some low scores this week. I had a decent Pro-Am today and just looking ahead and taking one round at a time. I have an afternoon tee time tomorrow. I'm off to dinner and will be in touch early next week.

Until then, take care.

-Adam

Titleist is also represented at the 2009 PGA Championship by the following twelve full-line ambassadors from the PGA of America Professional ranks. Each of these PGA Professionals qualified for the championship at Hazeltine via their finish at the PGA Professional National Championship contested in June at Twin Warriors Golf Club in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

 

TITLEIST PGA PROFESSIONALS IN THE 2009 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Arnold

Sam Arnold, Cincinnati, Ohio Pro V1x Golf Balls 905R Driver 906F4 Fairway ZB Irons Vokey Design 200 Series and Spin Milled Wedges Scotty Cameron Futura Phantom Putter

Benzel

Ryan Benzel, Bothell, Washington Pro V1x Golf Balls 909D3 Driver AP1, ZB and ZM Irons Vokey Design 200 Series and Spin Milled TVD Wedges Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback Putter

Dicciani

Keith Dicciani, White Plains, New York Pro V1x Golf Balls 907D2 Driver 585.H Hybrid AP2 Irons Vokey Design 200 Series Wedges

Gaffney

Brian Gaffney, Rumson, New Jersey Pro V1x Golf Balls 909D2 Driver 909F3 Fairway 909H and 585.H Hybrids AP2 Irons Vokey Design Prototype Wedges Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Putter

Gaus

Robert Gaus, St. Louis, Missouri Pro V1x Golf Balls 909D3 Driver 909F2 Fairway 909H Hybrid AP2 Irons Vokey Design Prototype Wedges Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Putter

Hebert

Scott Hebert, Traverse City, Michigan Pro V1x Golf Balls 909D3 Driver 909F2 Fairway AP2 Irons Vokey Design Prototype and Spin Milled Wedges Scotty Cameron Studio Select Kombi Putter

Lancaster

Todd Lancaster, Aurora, Ohio Pro V1x Golf Balls 909D2 Driver 906F2 Fairway 909H Hybrid AP2 Irons Vokey Design 200 Series and Spin Milled Wedges

Lowe

Mitch Lowe, Modesto, California Pro V1x Golf Balls 909D3 Driver AP2 Irons Vokey Design Spin Milled Wedges Scotty Cameron Newport Putter

Miles

Michael Miles, Huntington Beach, California Pro V1x Golf Balls 909D3 Driver 909F2 Fairway 909H Hybrid AP2 Irons Vokey Design Prototype Wedges Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Putter

Schneiter

Steve Schneiter, Sandy, Utah Pro V1x Golf Balls 907D4 Driver AP2 and ZM Irons Vokey Design Prototype and Spin Milled Wedges Scotty Cameron Prototype Putter

Sheftic

Mark Sheftic, Ambler, Pennsylvania Pro V1x Golf Balls 909D2 Driver 909H Hybrid ZB Irons Vokey Design Spin Milled Wedges Scotty Cameron Studio Select Kombi Putter

Weinhart

Tim Weinhart, Alpharetta, Georgia Pro V1 Golf Balls 907D2 Driver AP2 Irons Vokey Design 200 Series and Spin Milled Wedges Scotty Cameron Detour Putter

Hello Everybody,

I'm just about to head out to Hazeltine for my opening round. I tee off in just over 3 hours. I arrived in Minnesota on Sunday evening after finishing up my round at the Bridgestone. I had 3 solid rounds in Akron and hoping the momentum continues here at Hazeltine. I'm feeling comfortable with my new Titleist irons and that always feels good heading into play today. I've had 3 good practice days this week and worked a lot on my short game. It's the longest major course we've played all year and the set up is ideal for long hitters. I'm looking forward to getting out there today.

I just found out that golf is a step closer to be included in the 2016 Olympics. Final approval will be decided in October. It's great for our sport and given its global appeal I feel like it is a natural fit for the Olympic Games.

I'll be in touch after Hazeltine. It's hard to believe this is the final major of the year!

Until next time, take care.

-Adam

Adam plays his bunker shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational last week.
Adam plays his bunker shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational last week.

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