Michael Jonzon's Putter

We are delighted to welcome Sweden's Michael Jonzon to the Titleist ranks this season with the two-time European Tour winner now using Titleist equipment throughout the bag. As well as a bag which includes the 910 driver and fairways, MB irons and Vokey Design Wedges Michael is also playing this classic looking Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter. The putter is 35" in length with a red Cameron Cord grip and features tour-only circle-T 20g weights heel and toe.

As the players prepare for the opening round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship which begins tomorrow, every single one of them will be looking to fine tune their game in the hope of a fast start and a shot at victory in the desert. One player however, has been having a more eventful time of it out in Abu Dhabi. Titleist Ambassador Pablo Larrazabal arrived in Abu Dhabi ready and raring to go for his first start of the 2011 season but unfortunately a rather critical piece of Pablo's luggage did not arrive with him - his golf clubs!!! Pablo's bag is currently absent without leave somewhere between Spain and the United Arab Emirates leaving the 2008 Rookie of the Year with more than a little problem.

But the Titleist Tour Team are made of the right stuff and have jumped to Pablo's aid. A new set has been put together for him and, despite not having any of the Tour-Preferred S82 or S83 staff bags out in Abu Dhabi the Team were even able to furnish Pablo with a Titleist Lightweight Carry Bag. Pablo's not one to get overly phased by the loss of his equipment and, as the pictures show, he was more than happy with his replacement set and in good humour as his first round tee-off moves nearer.

Pablo Larrazabal

Model: 910D3 RH 9.5
Shaft: UST Mamiya Attas2 7 X-Flex
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A1

Model: 910F RH15
Shaft: Fujikura Pro 95 X-Flex
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A1

Model: 910F RH19
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Kai'li 80 X-Flex
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: D1

 

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Welcome Thomas Levet!!

The Titleist Team are delighted to welcome another addition to our roster of Titleist Ambassador Thomas Levet. The charismatic Frenchman is a long time Titleist golf ball loyalist but now signs on as a full-line Ambassador. Having played his first European Tour events back in 1989 Thomas is a real 'tour de force" and has entered the European Tour winner's circle on five occassions, most recently back in 2009 at the Open de Espana. Renowned for his sense of humour and cheery disposition it is going to be fun to work with Thomas this season and beyond.

 



And we didn't have long to wait to get started with Thomas as he checked in with Titleist Tour Technician Karl Arthur earlier today in Abu Dhabi to work on his new 910 metals. The priority for the Team was the driver and, as you can see from the picture, the performance of the 910D3 put a big smile on his face. Thomas was so enthused that he couldn't resist moving on to try out the 910 fairway metals. If you want proof that this guy knows equipment and knows his own game, then you need look no further than the fitting process for his 910F. After deciding on his preferred loft (13.5°) Thomas then picked out a shaft from the selection on offer and proceded to absolutely rip it!!! Thomas loved the new fairway to such an extent that it has gone straight in the bag.

Thomas Levet

Model: 910D3 RH 8.5°
Shaft: UST Mamiya Attas 2 6 X-Flex
Length: 45"
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: D4

Model: 910F RH 13.5°
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Kai'li 80 X-Flex
Length: 43"
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: D1

 

 

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Paul Waring - 910 Driver Fitting





The Titleist Team are currently on location in Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. With the desert sun blazing down as usual it looks like being a busy week for the Team with a number of players keen to make hay while the sun shines and work on their equipment. One such player is Titleist Ambassador Paul Waring. The Englishman has just wrapped up a 910 driver fitting with the Titleist Tour Technician Mattias Jelver and we wanted to show our Blog readers what a big-hitter and a Titleist 910 driver can do. Paul has found a few of his shots have been leaking to the left in recent weeks but, after consulation with Mattias, a small change in swingweight was all that was required. The change to a heavier swingweight allows Paul to feel the weight of the club-head a little more through the swing which should give him more control and ultimately better accuracy. One thing is for sure, Paul's launch monitor numbers were very impressive with his final drive being an absolute beast!!! Check out Paul's Trackman numbers on his final drive. That ball stayed hit!!!


Ball Speed: 172mph
Launch Angle: 11.2°
Spin Rate: 2219rpm
Carry Distance: 292yards
Total Distance: 316.5yards

Africa Open

A very Happy New Year to all of our Blog followers and a warm welcome back to the 2011 European Tour season. Once again the Titleist European Tour Blog will be keeping you right up to speed with the latest news from inside the ropes in 2011 and, with a strong roster of players, our best line of products to date and significant new product launches on the way, it promises to be another exciting year for Titleist on the European Tour.

After a very short Christmas break the European Tour is once again in South Africa at East London Golf Club. Situated on the Eastern Cape of the country, the players arrived expecting the usual sunny skies only to be confronted with nothing but cloud, mist and rain for the duration of the three practice days. As you can imagine the Titleist Tour Team, most of who are based in England, felt very much at home in these conditions. The course at East London Golf Club is one of the shortest on the European Tour but still set-up as a par 73. With that said, if the trade winds that blow from the Indian Ocean fail to materialise, scoring will be exceptionally low.

 

There are a number of new names on the Titleist playing staff for 2011 and lots of them tested new 910 metals for the first time this week.

One such player was young Englishman Steve Lewton. Steve played Challenge Tour in 2010 but achieved his European Tour card at Q-School in early December. Steve was already using the 910 driver and couldn't wait to get his hand on the fairways. He thought it would be hard work to usurp his trusty Titleist 904F but, as it turned out, Steve was yet another player to be easily swayed by the fantastic performance of 910 fairways. The penetrating flight that most Tour pros look for with a fairway metal is easily achieved with the 910F and 910Fd options and the versatility of the SureFit Tour hosel allows us to fine tune the product to the needs of the player. Steve Lewton settled for the options listed below with his 904F soon to be resigned to a dark, dusty, garage corner.

Steve Lewton

 

Model: 910Fd
Loft: 15°
Shaft: Project X 10A2 X-Flex
Length: 43
Grip: Lamkin Crossline Full Cord .580 Round
Swingweight: D3
SureFit Tour Hosel?Setting: C2

 

Model: 910F
Loft: 17°
Shaft: Project X 10A2 X-Flex
Length: 43
Grip: Lamkin Crossline Full Cord .580 Round
Swingweight: D3
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: B2


The Titleist ranks are also bolstered by two South African players, James Kingston and Shaun Norris, both of whom will be looking for a strong showing on home soil this week. James Kingston is a two-time winner on the European Tour and has long been a Titleist golf ball loyalist. We are now please to add James to the ranks as a full line Ambassador and look forward to working with him more closely in 2011. Shaun Norris is embarking on his rookie season on the European Tour having previously plied his trade on the Sunshine Tour before graduating through Q-school. Shaun was another player to take delivery of a new 910 fairway metal this week and, unsurprisingly, the new metal went straight in the bag for this week's tournament.

Shaun Norris

 

Model: 910Fd
Loft: 15°
Shaft: Project X 10A2 X-Flex
Length: 43
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet BCT Black .580 Round
Swingweight: D3
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A1


Next week sees the final leg of the European Tour's South African adventure at the Joburg Open before the Tour moves on to the Middle East for the so-called  Desert Swing. Some of the European Tour's big names will emerge from their winter hibernation in the coming weeks and will be looking for a fast start to the 2011 Race to Dubai. Keep it locked to the Blog over the coming weeks as we keep you right up to date.

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