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Posted: March 23, 2011
Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings stopped by Titleist's Oceanside Test Facility earlier this season to get dialed in with his new Titleist 910 driver.
Scott, a PGA Tour rookie who finished third at last week's Transitions Championship, headed to the range with Senior Club Fitting Analyst Dino Antenucci and Assistant Tour Tech Rep JJ Van Wezenbeeck to figure out the 910 setup that would allow him to gain better control over his ball flight.After a couple hours of testing various combinations, Scott left the Oceanside Test Facility "with no question" that he had the best driver for his game: 910D2 7.5º with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 'ahina 70X shaft and SureFit Tour (SFT) hosel set at B•1 (standard loft, -.75º flat). For an in-depth look into Scott's fitting process, check out the above video. You can follow Scott on Twitter at @StallingsGolf.
Posted: March 21, 2011
Be sure to tune in to a very special hour with Scotty Cameron during his LIVE Webcast this Tuesday, March 22 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST (10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PST).
Scotty will be answering your questions live from the Putter Studio. You can submit your own question for Scotty by following this link to the Scotty Cameron Blog.
Unfortunately, time will not allow for every question to be answered, but Scotty will try to get to as many as he can!
We look forward to your participation. Don't forget to bookmark this page so you can enter the Webcast on Tuesday by following the link below:
• Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Transitions Championship with 93 players teeing up Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in Iron Sets (41); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (116); and Putters (56).
• Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings swung by the Titleist Tour Van early in the week with his 910F 13.5º fairway metal with 'ahina 80X shaft (tipped 1” at 42.5”) and SFT hosel set at A•1 (standard loft, standard lie), which had been giving him an unfavorable trajectory (low launch, pronounced fade).
Several options were discussed and tested on both the range and course, including changing to a 910F 15º head with a B•2 SFT setting (standard loft, +.75 upright). Still none of them seemed to work for Scott's aggressive swing.
Next up: A 910F 15º head with an 'ahina 80X (tipped 2” at 43”) shaft and A•1 SFT setting. He liked the ball flight and was able to control the ball better, but felt the shaft was too stiff throughout the club and too long at 43''.
So they switched in a White Board 83X shaft (tipped 2” at 42.5”). Scott liked the feel of this setup right away, as it gave him the draw and penetrating ball flight he was looking for. A quick adjustment to the D•1 SFT setting (-.75 less loft, standard lie) also brought him back to a favorable spin rate.
Scott had his winner: 910F 15º with White Board 83X shaft (tipped 2” at 42.5”) and D•1 SFT setting.
• Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman stopped by the TTV with his 910F 13.5º fairway metal, which had been launching lower than he preferred and not coming down soft enough. Titleist Tour Rep Dino Antenucci suggested Marc switch from the B•2 setting (standard loft, +.75º upright) to C•3 (+.75º more loft, +.75º upright), which added .75º more loft. That change gave Marc a slightly higher ball flight and a softer landing, which he also found was easier to control.Marc had also noticed that the divots he was taking with his Titleist AP2 irons were too deep. Titleist Tour Technicians bent the irons slightly upright, which resulted in better divots and more control.
• Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Turnesa added a Titleist AP1 3-iron with a Dynamic Gold X100 shaft to his bag in place of a hybrid.
Marc felt this combination made it easier to hit the ball high without giving up some of the accuracy he was losing with a hybrid.• Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na switched from a 910D3 8.5º driver with a Fubuki 63X shaft to a 910D3 9.5º with a Fubuki 63S shaft. Kevin felt the new combination provided him with a better chance of improving his driving accuracy.
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Thanks to photographer and loyal Team Titleist member Greg Moore for the photo of the TTV at Innisbrook.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Gary Woodland gutted out a one-shot victory Sunday at the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course for his first career PGA Tour title, showcasing his recent diligence in improving his all-around game.Woodland closed out the tournament with his third 4-under 67 of the week, rolling in his Pro V1 golf ball from 10 feet for par on the par-4 18th to secure the one shot victory and lead a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist Brand Ambassadors.
Titleist golf ball players have now won 11 of the first 13 events of the 2011 PGA Tour season – and 24 total events across the worldwide professional tours.In total, 93 players in the Transitions Championship field trusted Titleist golf balls – including eight of the top 10 players on the leaderboard – more than three times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.Woodland, 26, finished with a 15-under 269 total (67-68-67-67), one shot ahead of Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (67-67-67-69). Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings finished alone in third (66-70-66-70-272).The result should not have come as a surprise. Woodland entered the event already with three top-6 finishes in 2011, including a runner-up finish at the Bob Hope Classic. He also tied for fifth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and tied for sixth at last week's Honda Classic."We're just at the tip of the iceberg right now. I'm not anywhere near where I want to be. I've just got to keep building on it, just keep moving in the right direction," said Woodland, who played Division II basketball for a year before transferring to the University of Kansas to play golf. "These are signs that we're doing the right things."After suffering a torn labium in his shoulder during his rookie season on the PGA Tour in August of 2009, the long-hitting Woodland sat down with his coach Randy Smith to map out a road back to rehabilitation and success.
"We attacked my stats, short game needed to improve, driving the golf ball needed to improve, and that's what we've worked on for the last year and a half. We started seeing results this year once I got healthy...," said Woodland, who finished tied for 11th last December at PGA Tour Q-School to earn his card for this season. "I mean, we sat down right when I got hurt, and obviously that could be a big setback, but we turned it into a positive."
Yesterday was only further proof, as Woodland was able to control a roller-coaster back nine (four birdies, four bogeys, one par) with focus and putting stroke down the stretch.On No. 17, Woodland hit his Titleist MB 5-iron from 220 yards to 15 feet then sank the birdie putt. "The putt really never left. It was always in," he said.
He rolled in a 10-footer for par on No. 18, becoming the seventh player to win on the PGA Tour this season with a Scotty Cameron putter."I didn't putt very well at the Bob Hope when I lost, and that's kind of what's held me back," he said. "I've had three top sixes coming into this week but didn't putt well on Sunday. Up to that point I putted well but not under the pressure, and today that's what won the tournament."Woodland has also spent time working on his flatstick with Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon, one of golf's all-time greatest putters.
"The more I got out of Brad was mental stuff, preparation," Woodland said. "You know, he was talking about my stroke was a little slow, and maybe that's why I was coming up short at the Bob Hope. I kept coming up short right. He gave me a drill. He talked to Randy Smith about it. Randy gave me a drill to work on it. …. The last couple weeks we've really focused on the speed of the putter, and it's really taken off."
For the week, Woodland tied for first in Total Birdies (22) and tied for second in Putts Per Round (27.0).
Hear more about what Gary had to say about his victory in the Titleist Tour Report below:
Here's a closer look at Gary's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1Driver: 910D3 7.5º, B•2 SFT setting (Aldila RIP 90)Fairway: 909F3 15.0º (UST Mamiya Proforce V2 96)Irons (3-9): MB (Project X Steel)Utility Iron (2): 503•I (Project X Steel)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 248•10, 254•12 (Project X Steel)Wedge: Vokey Design Spin Milled 260•08 (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100)Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Prototype
Posted: March 19, 2011
We'd like to thank all of the Team Titleist members that logged in for our recent Titleist Golf Clubs Live Webcast, hosted by Dan Stone, Vice President of Titleist Golf Club R&D, and Chris McGinley, Vice President of Titleist Golf Club Marketing.
It was an educational and insightful 30-minute broadcast into the world of Titleist golf clubs, specifically the Titleist 910 family of metalwoods and AP irons, and you can check out all the highlights in the videos below.
In other Webcast news: Be sure to tune in on Tuesday, March 22 at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST) as Scotty Cameron will be hosting a live one-hour Webcast from the Putter Studio. (You can submit your questions for Scotty by clicking here.)
PART 1 (Topics: SureFit Tour hosel; Lie angle's affect on ball flight; Face angle adjustabilty.)
PART 2 (Topics: Interchangeable shafts; 910 head improvements; 910F vs. 910Fd fairway metals; Fairway wood shaft lengths.)
PART 3 (Topics: 910H hybrids; Inspiration of AP iron line; Cast vs. forged clubs.)
(Mobile users, click here: Part 1 • 2 • 3)