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Posted: February 7, 2012
During a bit of down time at the end of last week, the Titleist Tour Team caught up with one of the hottest young prospects in golf, Adrian "Adri" Otaegui, at The Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.
For those of you who have not heard his name before, Adri will be the second youngest full member of the European Tour this year, following fellow Titleist Ambassador Matteo Manassero. Having won 11 titles in a glittering amateur career, including the 2010 Boys Amateur Championship, Adri secured his tour card - aged 19 years and 24 days - by finishing in 23rd place at Qualifying School Final Stage.
Adri has been in Dubai putting in some hard work on the range to prepare for the rigours of tour life, hoping to emulate the career of his mentor, Ryder Cup Captain, fellow Spaniard and Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Jose Maria Olazabal.
It was also a good opportunity for Adri to work with Titleist's Next Generation Relations Manager, Scott Morrison - so a quick drive to Abu Dhabi was in order. Using his previous experience as a Titleist Tour Technician, Scott set to work with Adri to try to reduce the spin on his driver and gain a little more distance.
"Adri was using a 9.5 deg 910 D3 driver with an Attas T2 shaft," explains Scott. "But he was getting a bit too much spin and therefore losing a little through the air.
"We tried some different combinations, but found that the shaft was still right and it was simply a case of switching to a lower lofted head. When Adri used the 8.5 deg 910 D3 he was getting much better numbers on the spin and gained an extra 16 yeards through the air."
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Introducing Adrian Otaegui!
And there are sure to be other changes as Adri develops - it's hard to remember that he's just 19 years old! Team Titleist will be keeping an eye on Adri's progress throughout the season, so look out for more updates during 2012!
Posted: February 6, 2012
As promised earlier today, here's more detail of what's in the bag of Titleist brand ambassador Soren Hansen.
Team Titleist caught up with Soren at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to find out why he chose the options he did! As one of the purest strikers of the ball on the European Tour, the video below should give you some interesting insights!
The unmatched performance of Titleist golf balls shone through this weekend, as the winners on the European, PGA and Asian Tours all placed their trust in the #1 ball in golf.
Having won the tournament 13 years ago, Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Paul Lawrie put in a sterling display of short game finesse to once again capture the Commercialbank Qatar Masters title.
Known as "Chippy", the 43 year old Scot twice holed-out from off the green to post a stunning closing round of 65 for a 15-under total of 201 for the 54 holes (Friday's round was called off due to strong winds). The last time he won in Qatar, Lawrie went on to capture the 128th Open Championship at Carnoustie and when reminded of that fact said, "Now wouldn't that be nice to get that again?"
Titleist brand ambassadors Soren Hansen and Victor Dubuisson finished tied fifth and tied ninth at 8-under and 7-under respectively. To find out what is in Soren's bag, check out Team Titleist again later this afternoon! It was a welcome return to form for Victor, who missed the end of last season with back problems - let's hope this finish is a sign of good things to come for the 2012 season.
Titleist was the players ball of choice at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters with 74 choosing Pro V1 or Pro V1x, compared to 21 for the nearest competitor.
Rebounding in spectacular style from last week's runner-up finish in a playoff at Torrey Pines, Titleist ambassador Kyle Stanley overcame an 8-shot deficit on Sunday to win his first PGA Tour event at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Stanley closed with a bogey-free 6-under 65, holing a 4-foot par putt on the par-4 18th, to finish at 15-under 269.
The 24-year-old birdied seven holes in his charge up the leaderboard and played a remarkable recovery shot from under cactus to the right of the short par-4 17th to cap four closing pars that ultimately sealed the victory.
"I think the biggest challenge was seeing if I could put last week behind me," Stanley said simply. "I think I did."
What's in Kyle Stanley's Bag?: Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 503i 2-iron, MB irons (712 Series), Vokey Design 52.08 approach and 56.14 sand wedges, SM4 60.10 lob wedge, Scotty Cameron Timeless GSS putter.
Fellow Titleist ambassador Ben Crane (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, AP1  and AP2 [6-9] irons, Vokey SM4 wedges) shot 5-under 66 to finish alone in 2nd, a stroke behind Stanley.
At the Waste Management Pheonix Open, 92 players placed their trust in Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 11.
Elsewhere, on the Asian Tour, it was a Titleist staffer 1-2-3 at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open, where Kieran Pratt (Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 910F fairway metals, MB irons (712 Series), SM4 sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron SS Newport 2 putter) birdied the second playoff hole to edge Adam Blyth (Pro V1x, 910F fairway metal, CB irons (712 Series), Vokey approach and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron SS Fastback Select putter) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, CB irons (712 Series), Vokey SM4 approach and lob wedges) for his first Asian Tour title.
Seven of the ten players who finished among the top-10 at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.
Posted: February 3, 2012
The second leg of the European Tour's Desert Swing is the Commercialbank Qatar Masters, played at Doha Golf Club.
Rough on the 7,388 yard course was left much shorter this year in anticipation of high winds - and for once, the weather forecasters were spot on! During round 1, players were buffeted by strong winds, which also left them sand blasted after sand was picked up and blown all around the course!
Indeed, as we write, play is still suspended - only three hours of golf was possible before players heard the claxon and had to leave the course.
Pro V1 loyalist K.J. Choi, as well as Pro V1x loyalists Nicolas Colsaerts and Paul Lawrie were all near the top of the leaderboard after the first day. But with the wind delays and the ongoing difficult conditions, players are dropping shots almost as quickly as they gain them - it'll be intriguing stuff over the weekend.
The event also marks the full European Tour debut for Titleist ambassador Peter Uihlein, the former World Amateur #1. Peter made his professional debut on the Challenge Tour last week, finishing a very creditable 12th at the Gujarat Kensville Challenge in India - we wish him continued good luck this season!
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The stunning clubhouse at Doha Golf Club