This week we are in Faro, about 300 km south of Lisbon playing the Portugal Masters on the popular Arnold Palmer Oceanico Victoria Golf course in Vilamoura. The course opened in 2000 and hosted the World Cup in 2005

Last year's winner and Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood is unfortunately back home resting his calf this week. So he won't be defending the title this year. Fyi... Lee will become the new World No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings on 30 Oct 2010.

There aren't many tournaments remaining on the 2010 European Tour schedule, and there are only two more events at which the TTSV will be on site. Therefore, we are trying to make sure that all our Titleist ambassadors are happy with their equipment and that they all have back up irons and wedges.

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The following staffers are in the field this week:

Martin Erlandsson

Robert Karlsson

Soren Hansen

Mikko Ilonen

Matteo Manassero

Paul Waring

Ross Fisher

Michael Hoey

Simon Thornton

Pablo Larrazabal

Jose-Filipe Lima

Gregory Bourdy

Tano Goya

Scott Strange

Brett Rumford


Andrew Dodt


Peter O'Malley


This week we did some trackman work with Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Strange. He has been using the new 910H 21° hybrid but wanted to try the 910H Tour 18° as well. We made him one to the following specs:




Model

Loft

Shaft

Flex

Length

Grip

Grip Size

Swing Weight

Tipping

SFT Setting



910H Tour

18°

Rombax 8D07

Standard STIFF

41"

GRIP MASTER

0 + 1

D2

None

D4






This club will be perfect for him when he returns to Australia to play some events. The 18° produces a really boring flight and is very useful on the firmer fairways '' down under''.

We also did some work with Titlesit Brand Ambassador Ross Fisher. Ross ended up playing the Pro-Am on Wednesday, using the 910F 13.5° and 910H 17°. Ross really liked them and will consider putting them in play this week. Ross also compared his current gamer (909D3) to the 910D3 he used when he won the Irish Open. Again, the 910 outperformed the 909 so he put it in play and shot a 68. Here are Ross' specs:




Model

Loft

Shaft

Flex

Length

Grip

Grip Size

Swing Weight

Tipping

SFT Setting



910H

17°

Speeder 904HB

Standard X - Stiff

41"

Lamkin Black Cord

0 + 1 UPS

D3

None

A1



910H Tour

18°

Speeder 904HB

Standard X - Stiff

41"

Lamkin Black Cord

0 + 1 UPS

D3

None

A1



910F

13.5°

Project X 8A4

Standard X - Stiff

43"

Lamkin Black Cord

0 + 1 UPS

D3

2"

A1



910D3

8.5°

Project X 7A3

Standard X - Stiff

45"

Lamkin Black Cord

0 + 1

D3

2"

C1






Titleist staffer Robert Karlsson received his 910's last week at the Dunhill. He didn't use them that week because the flight on his 910F 13.5° was too strong and the ball went too far. He did mention that the 910F 19°' was perfect and could go in the bag, but he didn't want to change just one of his fairway metals. He would rather change both at the same time. So, we went down to the range and started up the trackman. He was right, the 910 didn't create enough spin or launch, so we took out the wrench and changed the setting from A1 to D4. Which means that we changed the loft on his 13.5° to 14.25°' instead. Straight away we could see an increase in spin and Robert was happy. Less dispersion, higher ball speed and better look and feel are the reasons why Robert has now moved in to the new 910's. I think he was happy during first day of play, because he ended up shooting a 64 and is currently tied for the lead...

Pro V1x loyalist Danny Willet was forced to withdraw from the tournament on Thursday morning due to a back injury. The European Tour heard that Titleist Staffer Simon Thornton was on holiday in Portugal and called him to see if he could play. Simon jumped in a taxi and headed straight to the course. The only problem for Simon was thst his clubs and all his golf equipment were at home in Ireland. He has therefore borrowed a set of clubs from the Club Professional, and chosen shoes, caps and gloves from the Pro Shop. Good luck to Simon this week as he tries to secure his card for next season.

Moral to the story ..... Never go on holiday without your clubs!

Next week we travel to Sergio Garcia's hometown, Castellon, Spain, for the Castello Masters.

That's it for now...

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