As the old saying goes 'practice makes perfect' and there are few more perfect places on the planet in which to work at your game than Dubai. The European Tour enters the final leg of the desert swing at its showpiece event, the Dubai Desert Classic, and the range has been a hive of activity thus far as the players take advantage of gorgeous Dubai weather and the stunning visual backdrop to fine tune their game and their equipment. The practice ground at the Emirates Golf Club provides one of the most unique vistas on the European Tour as Dubai's skyline rises out of the desert in contrast with man-made oasis that is the golf course. It makes for a surreal but nonethelesss stunning view.
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The week certainly got off to a quick start for the Titleist Team and Tour Technicians Phil Dimmock and Scott Morrison were straight out on the range to do some Trackman work with Titleist Ambassadors Tano Goya, Scott Strange and Romain Wattel.
Young Argentinean Tano Goya was the first out of the traps and set about working on a new hybrid option. Tano has been playing an 18° 910HT hybrid which is only available on Tour. The 910HT has its centre of gravity further forward and higher in the club-head to offer a more penetrating flight and, such is the strength of the flight, that Tano felt he could use something to flight the ball a little higher and softer. Sometimes the most obvious solution turns out to be the best and this was exactly the case with Tano as a switch to the 20° 910HT gave him exactly what he was looking for.
Scott Strange also took to the range in Dubai looking to work on his 910 set-up. The two-time European Tour winner was having difficulty controlling his ball flight with his fairways and hybrids and this had shown up in recent weeks where the wind has been quite severe. This is where the versatility of the 910 metals really comes into play as rather than looking at a change of shaft we were able to make a change to the SureFit Tour (SFT) hosel. In Scott's case the change was from the standard A1 position to a more upright B2 position thus allowing him to square the face and better compress the ball at impact. The net result of this change is a more penetrating flight which is more stable in the wind......ripper!!! (As the Australians would say).
Promising French rookie Romain Wattel enters just his sixth European Tour event in Dubai this week and, as a new addition to the Titleist roster, is still working on his equipment set-up. Romain checked in to work on his 910 fairway metals and was immediately taken by the 910Fd. The 910Fd features a larger head volume than the 910F and has been designed for use as much from the tee as the fairway. It's very rare these days that a European Tour pro needs their #3 wood from the fairway and it is used predominantly as a fairway finder from the tee. That's where the 910Fd comes in offering enhanced distance and control from the tee whilst giving still excellent versatility from the fairway. Romain loved the strong consistent flight of the 13.5° 910Fd fitted with a Fujikura Rombax 7Z08 shaft.