The European Tour is continuing its desert swing this week in the State of Qatar as another elite field assembles for the Commercialbank Qatar Masters. The likes of World #1 Lee Westwood (Pro V1x), Ian Poulter (Pro V1x) and Open Champion Louis Ooosthuizen (Pro V1x) are all teeing it up alongside Titleist Ambassadors Steve Stricker (Pro V1), Robert Karlsson (Pro V1x) and Ross?Fisher (Pro V1x) to name but a few. The desert conditions provide the players with the ideal opportunity for practice and equipment testing and there will be some hard graft on the range throughout the course of the week.
It may only be Tuesday but a number of players have already been hard at work testing new Titleist equipment and the Team have been busy making sure that they get just the right specifications for their game.
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The first player to get to work was young Frenchman Victor Dubuisson. The 20 year old from Nice turned pro following the 2010 Open Championship and is embarking on his first season on the European Tour having qualified through Q-school late last year. Victor is one of the latest additions to the Titleist roster and checked in with the Team in Qatar to look at an alternative hybrid option. Victor is currently playing a tour-only 910HT which promotes a flatter trajectory but, with the greens in Qatar being very firm, he was looking for something that would fly higher and land softer. The 910H 19° fitted with a Project X HB6?shaft certainly had the desired effect and Victor wll continue to test the club in the run-up to the opening round.
Titleist Ambassador Paul Waring was another man in the mood for some product testing. Paul loves the new 910D3 driver but felt as though he could use a little more help turning the ball over. Titleist Tour Technician Phil Dimmock soon had Paul hitting his stock high-draw with consumate ease thanks to an adjustment of the SureFit Tour (SFT) Hosel on his 910D3 club-head and an increase in swingweight. Paul's 910 is now set in the A3 position giving him more loft and slightly more draw bias whilst the added swingweight allows him to feel the club-head a little more throughout the shot. Click here to learn more about the 910 drivers and SureFit Tour Hosel.
Model: 910D3 8.5°
Shaft: Grafalloy Blue X-Flex
Grip: Golf Pride Multi-Compound .600 round blue/black (+1/32")
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A3
Equipment testing in Qatar hasn't been confined to the long game with Titleist Ambassador Kenneth Ferrie gratefully relieving the team of a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 deep milled before heading to the putting green. Kenneth seemed to be enjoying testing the new putter but was more than happy to take a quick break to strike a pose for us. A very professional pose as well don't you think?!?