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Mitch D


With the snow on the ground and the bitter cold amongst us here in Ontario, the Titleist National Fitting Centre is currently closed until the Spring.  This means that our Titleist Fitting Expert, Chris Welton is here ready to answer ANY and ALL of your Club Fitting questions. 

Having completed thousands of Titleist Fittings both at the Titleist National Fitting Centre and in his travels from coast-to-coast, Chris has a wealth of first hand experience fitting golfers from single-low-mid-high handicaps right up to competitive amateurs and professionals.

If you have ever had a club fitting question, now is an excellent time to get it answered!

We look forward to some great questions!


Best,
Mitch D (and Chris W!)
Team Titleist Canada

Darius V


Sorry - My TM 2 Rescues is 16' not 19' as I typed in earlier. I am sure that would make a huge difference in club selection.

I thought I would also note that a regular hit from the deck would be around 220 yds, while I have reached almost 250 yds from a low tee when on the tee blocks. The ball flight is generally very low and penetrating so when it lands, the ball runs a fair piece.

Darius

Chris W


Hi Darius,

I would try both a 19 913H and 19 913F.

Benefits of a 913H:

-Provides a hybrid like feel that you are accustomed to with your current hybrid.

-Adjustability with the Surefit Tour hosel.  I like to match hybrid specs (Length/Lie) with a players current iron specs.  A hybrid is meant to be hit like an iron, therefore using the correct lie angle and length is important.   

Benefits of a 913F:

-Can provide more ball speed, higher launch angle, and more forgiveness than a hybrid (at the same loft).   

When testing, I would evaluate each model based on tee, fairway, and rough performance.  But place emphasis on rough performance, as that is an area that your current hybrid could improve.

I hope this helps!

Thanks,

Chris

Chris W


Darius,

In that case, I would try a 17 913F and 17 913H for the same reasons above!

Thanks,

 

Chris

Darius V


Thanks Chris...

I will no doubt be seeing you in the spring for a proper fitting. I am looking forward to completing my set. Then it will simply be up to me to work on the scoring as I will have all the tools needed.

Darius

Wendy H


This may be a silly question but...... I recently got a demo set of 712 AP1's (5-GW). They are shafted with Tour AD50i, L flex. Would it be better for me to have them fitted at Golftown or is it worth taking them to a Titleist fitting centre? I'm a 20 handicapper (52 yrs woman, only played 4 yrs) and am looking forward to having fitted irons to help me lower that cap.

Chris W


Hi Wendy,

When possible, I would always suggest visiting a Titleist Authorized Fitting Facility...which Golf Town is.  Some Titleist SureFit tools currently exist at 26 Golf Town's across Canada with more hopefully receiving them this spring.  Of course, that being said, our Titleist National Fitting Centre at Eagles Nest Golf Club offers the widest selection of shaft and spec options for you to test. 

Additionally, at the Titleist National Fitting Centre, you would be able to see the actual ball flight, hit off real grass (weather permitting), measure launch conditions on Trackman and work with a Titleist Fitting Expert who fits Titleist Clubs each and every day...likely me! ; )

Each fitting session is 1 hour and will cost you $100.  In your case, there would most likely be time to check some of your other equipment (ie Driver, wedges, etc).

If this is not an option for you due to weather, timing or location, I would suggest going to any of our Titleist Authorized Fitting Partners (ex. Golftown).  They can check your length, lie, and launch conditions.  You can see a full list of Titleist Authorized Fitting Partners here http://www.titleist.ca/find-a-golf-shop/default.aspx .

Thanks!

Chris

Rob K


I have had the opportunity to work with Chris, and I must say, he knows his stuff!  It was a wonderful experience, and I left not only with the correct woods for me, but with a lot more knowledge.  Chris truly helped make a difference not only with my long game, but with my iron play in 2013. (I saw him in the fall of 2012)  He noticed a trend in my ball flight and we made a slight change to the lie angle, and it made a huge difference.  I had a great 2013 season with many low rounds and a lot of that can be credited to Chris and the impact that session had.  If anyone is looking to have their clubs dialed in, I would highly recommend a visit to the National Fitting Centre!

Tom E


Chris, First off, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! We really appreciate it!! I plan to work with an instructor this year (finally) to help make my game more consistent. Love the game so much that I have decided to put forth the effort so that I can enjoy more rounds rather than walk away saying "what was I doing, lol" Anyways, is it better to get fitted/adjusted to my clubs then meet with an instructor or take lessons to see if my swing path changes and so on then have my clubs tweaked? I did my fittings last season at GT when you guys held the Free fitting sessions. Thanks in advance Chris!

Chris W


Hi Tom,

This is a question that comes up often at the National Fitting Centre. We strongly believe that no matter what skill level or stage of development a golfer is currently in, properly fit equipment makes a difference.  The analogy I often use is “would you wear boots while going for a run?”  You could, but I’m sure your performance would suffer compared to running shoes!

In a perfect world, I would rather fit someone that is comfortable with their current swing.  This way I can evaluate the ball flight and make the necessary adjustment to their equipment. 

If you plan on seeking some instruction, I would do that before club fitting.  Get comfortable with your swing and then find a local Titleist Authorized Fitter!

Enjoy the process!

Thanks,

Chris

Frank H


Hey Chris, 

I am likely going with the AP2's with the steel fibre stiff shafts but I have a couple questions.  Yesterday at Northview I tried the new 714's with the Steel Fibre i110, and I was very impressed, they reduced my attack angle from a high of around -7 to -4.0, improved the spin numbers and felt nice and stable through the swing.  Most people would just order them, but I have a question on the i110 vs. the i95.  I know the guy's on tour play the i95, so I am thinking it is likely enough shaft for me, I am 49, I play around 70 rounds thru a 12 month season, and my 6 iron tends to run 88 to 92 mph (depending on whether I remembered the Advil).   

My thoughts are based on the clubs on tour utilizing the Aerotech Steel Fibre i95, are only the bstone product.  Are you able tell me whether the 714 AP2's are different enough from the Brigestone that the i110 makes sense, or would the i95 be fine.

My current AP2's have DG S300 which feel fine, but I want the dampening of graphite, and the added bonus on the attack angle is a big plus.  As a final note, has anyone tried this shaft in the 712U 3 or 4 driving iron.

Murray A


Hi Chris

I own the 714 Ap1 irons and purchased the gw1  at 48 degrees loft with the set. I am currently playing a 52 and 56 12 bounce wedges .I am getting more confident with my 56 around the greens  and am currently around a 15 handicap  but improving quickly.

My question, is a 56 loft  enough  to be the highest lofted club in my bag.My 52 is my 100 yard club but I am working on getting the ball flight down some and a bit more distance .My 56 is my 85 yard club and  starting to use it more around the greens instead of my 52  as I get better with the 56.

Is a 56 a high enough loft  club  or should I bend it to a 57 or go with a 58  and practice until I get good with the higher loft.?

By  titilest delofting the pw to 44 degrees it has thrown a wrench into my wedge configuration.

Ryan G


Hi Chris,

Quick question. I am getting new AP2's this year (4-9 iron) with C-Taper R+ flex. I am also ordering some Vokey SM4 46 and 50 degree wedges and TVD K 56 and 60 degree  wedges.  I want a little softer flex in the TVD's as I don't usually hit full shots with them.  Would it be a good idea to go with 8 iron shafts (soft step the R+'s) in those wedges, or go with the R flex?  I am thinking the R flex might be too soft  for full shots. 

Thanks

Chris W


Hi Frank,

Based on your description, I would go with the SteelFiber i100 for a few reasons:

-Being a DG S300 player, going from 130 to 95 grams is a big jump down in weight

-The i100 has been preferred by the majority of players I have fit versus the i95. 

-Most important, you hit the i100 well!  Better AoA, spin, and feel.

I hope this makes your decision easier! 

Thanks for trusting Titleist!

Chris

Chris W


Hi Murray,

A 56 degree wedge can be enough loft for some players.   It depends if you are comfortable inside 85 yards and can pitch it high around the greens.   If you feel like more loft can help in that area, then give a 60 degree wedge a try.

Our fitting research shows that it is extremely difficult for a player to dial back his/her wedge.  Most golfers would benefit from an extra wedge so they can hit full shots.   

If you have room in the bag for another club, try a 58/60.  And remember, Bounce is your friend!

Thanks,

Chris

Chris W


Hi Ryan,

It’s always a good idea to go at least a ½ flex softer in you wedges.  This increases the feel for touch shots around the greens.  The C-Taper in any flex is a stable/firm shaft.  I wouldn’t worry about it being too soft for full shots.

I would recommend the following:

-SM4 46 and 50 C-Taper R+

-TVD 56 and 60 C-Taper R

It sounds like a great set-up for lots of birdie chances!

Thanks,

Chris

Oviechkin


Hello Chris,

I recently bought myself a set of 714 AP2s with XP95 shafts based on the results from my fitting in Detroit. It was a close call between those and the Project X shafts so I went with the cheaper option. I read somewhere that you should allow the lie of the club to dictate your posture (make it relatedly flat to the ground at address). According to my measurements, I should play standard length/lie clubs. 

Therefore, I let the lie of the club  and length dictate my posture. I hit some bad, some good, so anyways, that is how I ordered them. Now I tend to want to bend over a little more since after taking videos of my swing i looked to stand fairly upright. My question is, should i go in and get my specs changed? Maybe a shorter club and flatter lie angles? When I set up how I would like to, the toe sticks up a fair amount.

Maybe this would confirm my doubts... I just received a TVD-K wedge 56*, that I had shortened .5" and the lie angle was made 1* flatter. I must say it is so much more natural and comfortable to set up with these specs. Can this mean that my irons may need some adjustments?

Thanks Chris and Happy New Year,

Ovi

Chris W


Hi Ovi,

For length, it is essential to fit for a length that will allow for ideal posture and on-center impact. 

After determining length, lie angle should be testing to achieve your preferred ball flight/shot shape.   Your lie angle should be pleasing to the eye at the address position. However, ball flight is the most important.  A lie angle that is too flat can cause right shots, too upright can cause left shots.

Before making any changes to your irons, I would see an Authorized Titleist Club Fitter.  You could try an 714 AP2  at -0.5” before cutting your current irons.

I hope this helps!

Chris

Oviechkin


Chris,

Thanks a lot. I will give them a couple rounds when the weather turns around and then i will go in to the shop I got them from and see if I should make any adjustments.

Thanks,

Ovi

Darius V


Chris... 

The graphics that depict the ball strike position are priceless. I am going to have to find some tape and check out my clubs again. I was fitted two years ago for my irons, and it will be interesting to try out the impact tape to see if I am still striking it properly. I am not thinking that the clubs are the wrong length, but I may have changed my stance from when I was fitted. I know the clubs are right, and using the tape, I may find I need to stand a little more upright and stand a little closer to the ball.

Question...

Is the impact tape available for purchase at most golf shops? I don't recall seeing it before, but to be honest I have not asked anyone before.

Darius

Frank Y


Hi Chris, I currently have the 710 AP1 with NS Pro 105T shaft R flex which was fitted through Titleist Regional Fitting Center. I am looking to update to the 714 AP2. I haven't had much success with the TT Dynamic Gold shafts and really liked the feel of the Nippon Shaft on the AP1. I am also thinking about experimenting with lighter weight shafts such as the Nippon NS Pro 950 or the KBS Tour 90 or KBS C Taper lite. I am wondering if any of the lighter shafts would have similar feel of the Titleist NS Pro 105T and whether these lighter shaft may launch the ball too high. I currently have a swing speed of approx. 88mph. Thanks

Chris W


Hi Darius,

I’m sure impact tape is available retail or online.

Another option is using a dry erase marker.  Basically, draw all over the face of any club and it will leave an imprint of impact location.

Thanks,

Chris

Chris W


Hi Frank,

I would test the following that are slightly lighter with similar feel to NS Pro 105T:

-XP 95  Player feedback has been very positive for this new option.  Most say that It doesn’t feel as light as stated, due to a lower balance point

-NS Pro 950/850 Similar feel in a lighter package

-SteelFiber 95/110  Light profiles that usually don’t launch too high

At the moment we don’t offer KBS tour 90 or C Taper Lite.  New updates to our shaft matrix will be coming soon. 

Thanks,

Chris

Darius V


Dry erase markers are easy to get and will clean off nicely.

Thanks for the tip. I will give that a try soon.

Thou art a fount of knowledge !

Darius

Ryan G


Hi Chris,

I see the Tour Green shaft is now a stock option in the D and F clubs.  Can you also order the H or Hd with the Tour Green Hybrid shaft?  I have 105 mph driver club head speed with a quick tempo, so which flex would be better (stiff or tour stiff)?

Ryan

Chris W


Hi Ryan,

The Tour Green 85 Hyb is now available as a stock option in Stiff and X-Stiff as a custom option.  This is a guideline of what flex to use based on speed:

                       

Keep in mind, there is no industry standard on flex.  Not all stiff flex shafts are created equal.  The Tour Green plays a little stiffer to flex than most, so I would recommend trying one first if possible!

Thanks,

Chris   

Ryan G


Hi Chris,

Is the Tour Blue be a stock option, or is there an up charge?

Ryan

H823PUTT


Hey Chris, Right now I currently have an RBZ driver 10.5 and an average to slow swing speed, In the spring im looking to finally get my whole set to Titleist. what would you recomed me getting shaft wise ? I would probably go with a D2 head.

 

Thanks

Leon

Chris W


Fitting for a shaft can be very player dependent.   The end goal is to find a shaft that produces high ball speed, consistent shot pattern, and feels good.  

I would try the following based on the information provided:

-Bassara 50/55   

-Phenom 50/60 

-Blue +62 

This sould be a good starting point for your new driver search.

Thanks for trusting Titleist!

Chris

Chris W


Hi Ryan,

The Tour Blue 65/75 is an exotic option and will have an upcharge.  An Authorized Titleist retailer will be able to provide pricing. 

Thanks,

Chris

Ryan G


Hi,

Do you guys know if there is any difference between the Vokey TVD K grind, and the new SM5 K grind?

Ryan

Chris W


Hi Ryan,

Here are some differences between the TVD and SM5 K grinds:

SM5 K grind

-Available in 58, 60

-Bounce is 11 degrees for 58/60, with a slightly wider sole vs TVD K

-TX3 grooves

TVD K grind

-Available in 56, 58, 60

-Bounce is 10 degrees for 58/60

-TVD Shape is a bit rounder with a shorter par height (heel height)

-SM4 grooves (currently)

Thanks,

Chris

BStew


Hi there,

 

I am contemplating making a shaft change to my 710 AP2s and I am looking for an opinion.  I currently play the stock DG S300s.  Last Summer, I decided to replace my Vokeys with 3 new SM4s that were shafted with Project X 7.0's (bent 2 degrees flat; fantastic eBay deal that I couldn't pass up).  I absolutely love the feel of the wedges and really hit them solid (carrying a 56 degree close to 110 yards).

 

My issue now is that I don't seem to strike the AP2s all that well anymore.  They are standard loft and lie and I feel like I balloon them (and they just don't feel anywhere near as solid as the Project X  wedges do).  After doing some preliminary research, I was thinking of going to Project X 6.0's in my AP2s.  Any thoughts?

 

I tend to swing a 5-iron between 90-95 miles per hour (5 iron carry around 180-185).  My miss tends to be a pull or a pull-hook.

 

Thanks!

Chris W


Hi BStew,

In your case, Project X may just fit your swing profile better than DG.   So PX may feel better, but I’m not sure it will fix the spin issue.  If you do decide to re-shaft and there is still too much spin, I would suggest getting the lofts bent a little strong.   Loft will have a bigger influence on spin than most shaft changes. 

I hope this helps!

Chris

BStew


Chris,

By a little strong, are you thinking 1 degree?

Thanks for responding - I appreciate the help.

Cheers,
Brandon
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Chris W


Hi BStew,

I would start at 1 degree.

Thanks,

Chris

Ryan G


Hi,

just had a fitting using Trackman for a set of AP2 714's, tried multiple shafts in the 6 iron (90 mph). DG  S300  launched at 25 degrees with 6000 rpm.  Project x 5.5 launched at 24 degrees with 5400 rpm. KBS C taper  (S) launched at 21-22 degrees with 4800 rpm. Carry distance was 180, 185, 190 in the same order. The C taper is lighter and feels so solid at impact. Can't wait to get them and the snow to go.

Ryan G


Hi, 

Emailed Vokey, and when the SM 5's come out in March TVD lineup will switch to the new grooves. 

Whit


Hey fellas. I'm in Nova Scotia and I want to be fit for driver this year. 913 d3 right now. Are there going to be any outdoor fittings this year in Nova Scotia? As of right now there is now place around with a track man or any assortment of shafts to try. 

Whit


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On Feb 1, 2014, at 11:22 AM, "Ryan G" <bounce-ryang102@acushnetgolf.com> wrote:

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Hi,

just had a fitting using Trackman for a set of AP2 714's, tried multiple shafts in the 6 iron (90 mph). DG  S300  launched at 25 degrees with 6000 rpm.  Project x 5.5 launched at 24 degrees with 5400 rpm. KBS C taper  (S) launched at 21-22 degrees with 4800 rpm. Carry distance was 180, 185, 190 in the same order. The C taper is lighter and feels so solid at impact. Can't wait to get them and the snow to go.

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Ryan G


Hi,

Out in Calgary. 

Correction for my launch angles. I listed Dynamic loft by mistake. Launch was 21, 20, 17. 

Steve K


Chris Looking at purchasing a Scotty putter and was wondering one if there is such a thing as a putter fitting and two what does it entail? Really like the Futura Dual Balance.

Steve K


Chris Considering a club fitting. I purchased a set of AP1's and was considering getting a fitting. How much is it for a set of irons and even a whole set of clubs and what is the process?

Chris W


Ryan G,

There will be an update to the Wedgeworks program in the upcoming months.  I would keep checking Vokey.com and Team Titleist for further details!

Enjoy your new irons!

Thanks,

Chris

Chris W


Hi Whit,

In the spring there will be a complete list of Fitting Days posted for your area on Titleist.ca.  The local Titleist Sales Representative Mr. Chris Irwin and his Tech Fitting Rep Mr. Kyle Scott will have events all over Nova Scotia.  They will have multiple driver shaft options as well as a launch monitor for each event.  Chris and Kyle are both expert fitters, they will find the best driver for your game!

Thanks for trusting Titleist!

Chris

Frank Y


Hi Chris, Thanks again for all your help. I just got fitted through an authorized fitter and the XP 95 worked out beautifully on the 714 AP2 for me. So I am waiting 913 hybrids, fairway wood and 714 AP2 to come in. My only spot to fill is the wedge which I am waiting for the release of SM5 and I am wondering if I should have the wedge shaft match the XP 95 in my irons. Would you have any other suggestions? My swing speed is approximately 88mph. Thanks, Frank

Chris W


Hi Steve,

Iron fitting consists of the following at the Titleist National Fitting Centre at Eagles Nest:

An evaluation of your current irons using Trackman.  This is used as a reference to see how your current irons perform.

-Testing of Length, Lie and Shaft with the appropriate iron model(s).

-Distance Gap testing for long and short irons to ensure the proper set configuration.

All fittings are performed off of turf (weather permitting) and using ProV1/X to ensure accurate results.

Pricing for an Iron/Short Game Fitting is $100 (plus taxes) for an hour. An authorized Titleist retailer can provide pricing for the irons. 

For the Putter, we can recommend the proper model that suits you!  This can be included during an Iron/Short Game Fitting.

For availability or to book an appointment, please call Customer Service at 1877-928-8898

I hope to see you in the spring!

Chris

Chris W


Hi Frank,

I would go with XP 95 in the wedge.  It is always a good idea to match iron and wedge shafts (consistant feel, etc).

XP 95 has been very popular in AP2 714!  I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Thanks

Chris 

 

Sean M


Hello Mitch D and Chris W, 

I suffer the same fate over here in Calgary with the snowfall and all. Sure makes for some nice anticipation. 

I am looking to purchase new 3/5 woods this spring as I dont like to replace old faithfuls but they're getting tired. I purchased a 913D3 w/ a Motore Speeder Tour Spec VC 6.2X Stiff shaft and I absolutely love the thing - Bombs away and so buttery. Great fitting and excellent numbers. 

I'm wondering as a Titleist fitter what you might recommend for a shaft in a 913F 15 and 19 degree wood that would give me some comparable boring trajectory....would you stay with the same company, similar identity just heavier? However with the 5 wood, I would want a higher ball flight for better controlled softer landings.

Would really appreciate any input you may have.

Thanks,


Millsy

Chris W


Hi Sean,

If you are having good success with the Spd VC 6.2 Tour Spec in the driver, the safe bet would be to stick with that shaft profile in your fairways.

You could try:

-15 913F w/ VC 7.2 Tour Spec

-19 913F w/ VC 8.2 Tour Spec (just added to our shaft matrix)

The 19 913F is usually pretty easy to launch high, most players are able to achieve a playable trajectory no matter what shaft.

I hope this helps!

Chris

Sean M


Perfect, That's pretty well what I figured, but wanted to double check with the guys inside the product line. 

Thanks!! 

geneticistx


HI Chris,

i game the 712 AP2 6-P and have KBS Tour 90 stiff shafts.  Im thinking of putting in a KBS shaft into my vokey's (gap-lob), should I go with the Wedge Flex Tour 90s in stiff or just the Tour shafts in stiff to keep consistency?

Chris W


Hi geneticstx,

Consistency is always a good idea for irons and wedge shafts.  Usually we recommended ½ flex softer in the wedges.  If you are happy with your iron shafts, a safe bet would be to go with KBS tour 90 (which was recently added to our shaft matrix).

Thanks,

Chris

Nolan W


Hi Chris, I would like to know if I can get fit for a Scotty Cameron Putter at Eagles Nest. I'm currently playing the SC Kombi Model since 2011 and I just want to confirm that I am using the correct putter style for my stroke arc, lie, loft, etc. If I am not then I will most likely get a new putter as it might be time for one. Thanks

Greg G


Mitch D

With the snow on the ground and the bitter cold amongst us here in Ontario, the Titleist National Fitting Centre is currently closed until the Spring.  This means that our Titleist Fitting Expert, Chris Welton is here ready to answer ANY and ALL of your Club Fitting questions. 

Having completed thousands of Titleist Fittings both at the Titleist National Fitting Centre and in his travels from coast-to-coast, Chris has a wealth of first hand experience fitting golfers from single-low-mid-high handicaps right up to competitive amateurs and professionals.

If you have ever had a club fitting question, now is an excellent time to get it answered!

We look forward to some great questions!


Best,
Mitch D (and Chris W!)
Team Titleist Canada

Hi Chris & Mitch,

I just picked up a 913 Hd 18* with a UST Proforce V2 89 X shaft and it has a "white" weight in it (4 g). Could you please briefly describe what effect changing the weights would have (i.e. going heavier) on trajectory and feel.

Hoping the snow here in the GTA clears sometime before July.  : )

Many thanks - Greg 

Chris W


Hi Nolan,

We can complete a putter recommendations at the National Fitting Centre. We test for length, lie, loft, and toe flow to suit your style of stroke. However, 'official' Scotty Cameron Putter Fittings only take place at the Studio in Carlsbad California right now using state of the art cameras and technology to capture subtleties that the human eye cannot.

Thanks,
Chris

Chris W


Hi Greg,

A heavier weight would increase the head weight and overall swing weight.  Testing shows that changing the weight will not change ball flight.  If you prefer to feel the head more, as some players do, that would be a good reason to change to weight. 

Thanks,

Chris

Alex Z


Hi Chris,

I hope all is well and that you have managed to get some rounds in this winter. I am just curious when you are aiming to open up shop? I am very much looking forward to getting fit for some wedges. Hopefully I will come the right day this time 

Cheers,

alex

Alex Z


Looking forward to getting a wedge fitting if winter ever decides to leave. When does the national fitting centre usually open up and when can we book an appointment?

Mitch D


Hi Alex,
May 1 is our target opening date at the Titleist National Fitting Centre.  You can call in and get on the waiting list right now and our team will book you in as soon as possible. 877.928.8898

All the best,
Mitch D
Team Titleist Canada

Adam G


Hey Chris,

I currently play 51 55 and 59 degree wedges, and I'm looking to upgrade. I play my 59 out of the bunker primarily, and from 90 yards and in, play the 55 from 95-105, and my 51 from 110-120. Just wondering what degrees of bounce you would recommend for these clubs. 

Adam

Andrew M


hoping you can offer some suggestion's. I'm currently hitting cally X22 tour irons, cally FT 9 driver 11deg and a png G10 3 wood that is my fav. I really want to go back to a forged club. PW 125 9 135 8 145 7 155 6 165 5 180 4 190 3 200 24 deg Hyb 205 3wood 230 D 250 I don't hit my 3 iron often. All my irons have Project X 5.5's. My driver has a UST Proforce 69 series stiff. my 24 deg hybrid has a Fujikura M stiff. I would like a little more height for softer landings with my irons and also fill in the gaps. your suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I will be setting up a full fitting for early June soon. I would just really like a few things to think about till then. Regards Andrew

Chris W


Hi Adam, 

Without seeing you hit shots, if you are happy with the bounce of your current wedges I would duplicate them with your new wedges.

To play the same lofts you have now, would require playing Vokey SM5 at 1 degree strong or weak. 

I usually recommend going 1 degree weak because it adds 1 degree more bounce and takes away offset (the opposite effect for 1 strong)

A safe bet is going with medium bounce, which can prevent digging but still playable from tight lies.

I hope this helps!

Chris

 

 

 

Chris W


Hi Andrew,

The best way to find irons have better green stopping performance would be to go through a fitting.

Chances are if your iron trajectory is too low, there is not enough loft at impact (effective loft). 

I would test the AP2 714 with PX 5.5 as a starting point and fine tune the flight from there.

Enjoy the fitting process!

Thanks

Chris

 

 

Graham J


Hi Chris, I'm looking to buy some 714 Ap2 irons in the next couple of weeks before the golf season starts. I was wondering if there is any Titleist Authorized Fitting Facility near Kelowna British Columbia. The only golf fitting place I can find so far is Golftown, and I was wondering if they are Titleist Authorized Fitting Partners. And if you know anywhere else I could go to get fitted. Thanks, Graham

Mitch D


Graham J
Hi Chris, I'm looking to buy some 714 Ap2 irons in the next couple of weeks before the golf season starts. I was wondering if there is any Titleist Authorized Fitting Facility near Kelowna British Columbia. The only golf fitting place I can find so far is Golftown, and I was wondering if they are Titleist Authorized Fitting Partners. And if you know anywhere else I could go to get fitted. Thanks, Graham



Hi Graham,
Thank you for your interest in getting fit for AP2 irons.

Rivershore Golf Club is the closest Titleist Fitting Partner in your area.
Rivershore Estate and Golf Links
330 Rivershore Dr Kamloops,
BC V2H 1S1 Canada

If willing to travel into the Vancouver area, the Titleist Regional Fitting Centre at Northview Golf Club will have the most fitting tools and options available.

If you have any other questions please let us know.

Cheers,
Mitch D
Team Titleist Canada

Andrew M


Thanks Chris. I will be setting up a full fitting at the National fitting centre very soon.

Mat910D3


Hi guys,

I've been playing a 712U 18* with the same shaft that I have in my irons (KBS C-Taper X) since I received it late last year. Back then, they were not a lot of "lighter weight, lower flighting" shaft being offered. That's why I went with the C-Taper. Having played it quite a bit (I was fortunate enough to not be in Canada during the winter), I do notice that it's quite hard to play when the ball is not sitting perfectly. I'd love to have something lighter (around 100 grams) that would offer a similar flight and feel. My guess is that the lighter weight will help me generate a few extra mph but will mostly help in the forgiveness department.

I've looked at the new 2014 options and I was wondering which off the following would do the trick?

NV105X

recoil prototype 95X

Steelfibers 110X (I don't think the 95X exist right?)

Dynamic Gold SLX100 (did not like the standard DGX100 so I'm not sure the SL would be my first choice)

Also, I know it's quite early but, any idea as to when the 714/715U will come out? ;)

Thanks for your help!!

Math

 

Chris W


Hi Math,

If you are looking for a "similar" profile to C-Taper X but lighter I would suggest the following:

-C-Taper Lite

-Steelfiber 110

-PXi

The 712U is a very low spin product.  I have yet to see anyone over spin it.  I wouldn't be afraid to try a shaft that says "mid flight" as the biggest influence on launch and spin is the loft and CG of the head. 

As for the release of 714/715U...We have no plans related to new a new release of 'U' product at this time.

I hope this helps!

Chris

Mat910D3


Chris W

Hi Math,

If you are looking for a "similar" profile to C-Taper X but lighter I would suggest the following:

-C-Taper Lite

-Steelfiber 110

-PXi

The 712U is a very low spin product.  I have yet to see anyone over spin it.  I wouldn't be afraid to try a shaft that says "mid flight" as the biggest influence on launch and spin is the loft and CG of the head. 

As for the release of 714/715U...We have no plans related to new a new release of 'U' product at this time.

I hope this helps!

Chris

Thanks for the insight Chris! Really appreciate it. 

Math

Darius V


Chris...

You may have read that I changed my grips this winter from GP Oversize grips to the Jumbo Max Grips due to my issues with tennis elbow in my left arm. (I play right handed).

My question is related to swing weight. Although I have found I am hitting the ball well, I was wondering if perhaps the larger grips will have thrown off the swing weight and if so is there something I can have done to fix that?

Darius

Chris W


Hi Darius,

When changing to a larger/heavier grip it will decrease the swing weight by a few points.

To add swing weight you can do the following:

-A heavier Surefit weight (in your 913D2)

-Lead tape for Irons, wedges, and, hybrid.

I hope this helps!

Chris 

Darius V


Thanks Chris...

I had not even thought about the driver. I will check that out when I go for my fitting for my rescue replacement.

I think it will be good to have a chat about my irons when I come for my fitting. Who knows - maybe I don't have to do anything. I know the club heads feel a lot lighter but that may not be a bad thing.

If it turns out to be a good idea to add some tape, it will be good to chat before I put any on to make sure I put it in the right place.

Hopefully the elbow heals (am seeing a sports therapist now) and I can get back to a lighter weight oversize grip. My AP1's came with GP Jumbos which I understand weigh in around 50 grams. The JumboMax grips weigh in at just over double that. If my elbow heals, I can then go back to a lighter grip and restore the clubs to their original feel.

Darius

alexy v


Hi Chris, I currently am using a 913 D3 (LH)9.5 degrees adjusted to 8.75 degrees with the Diamana White 72 and I have a tendency to have a very high ball flight and, I think, to spin too much. It results in balls that are landing very soft without almost any roll. My swing speed is around 107. Should I change my shaft? Which one should I go to?

Chris W


Hi Alexy V,

If spin is too high, typically a shaft change may not fix the issue.

It could be off center strikes or too much loft at impact.

I would set up a fitting with a launch monitor to make sure spin is the issue.

Thanks,

Chris

Rick S


Hi Mitch and Chris,

I play here in Ontario but will be heading south in early December for several months on and off.

I am interested in the new 915D2 Driver. I am currently using a png G20.

At 62 with a slow swing speed (90-95mh) I need all the distance I can get and the ARC intrigues me.

I was thinking of getting fit in Sarasota Fl. and maybe purchasing there too.

Any thoughts for me on this idea?

Frank Y


Hi Mitch and Chris,

 

I purchased the 714 AP2 and SM5 wedge earlier this year.  Currently, I have the AP2 50 deg wedge and SM5 56 deg wedge (10 degree bounce, S grind).  I am finding the distance gap between the 2 clubs larger than I would like.

 

Should I have the 56 deg bent to a 55 deg and compliment it with a 60 deg?  By bending the wedge 1 degree, will there be significant changes to distance gap?  Any other option I should consider?

 

Thanks

robert w


Hi Chris, Recently got a set of 712 MB's and am hitting them great. The have midsize grips installed. My AP2's had regular grips, smaller hands I guess. Question is should I just leave the existing midsize grips on or replace with normal grips? Worried I might get used to midsize grips, woods are all normal size grips. Any expert advice? I love the MB's-just not as forgiving on the occasional mishits as are my AP2's. Thanks, Rob:)

Chris W


Hi Frank Y,

Sorry for the delay. 

To compliment your AP2 50 degree, most players fit better into a 54 and 58 combination.  As iron lofts are getting stronger, wedge lofts are following suit.  

When you bend a wedge strong, you will be reducing bounce angle.  That's why a 54 may work better.  

I hope this reaches you in time to help!

Chris

Chris W


Hi Rob W,

Sorry for the delay.

Typically we recommend using a consistent grip size throughout the set.  However, if you are hitting the irons great, I wouldn't be too concerned about the grip size. 

Enjoy your 712 MB's!

Chris

Don M


Gents 

I have a 913 hybrid which I would like to change the shaft in.  I wish to put in a diamana x stiff 82 gram with low to mid kick point and I need to know where I might be able to order this from with the surfeit adaptor for the 913h?

don moore

newmarket , Ontario

Chris W


Hi Don M,

This shaft can be ordered through any Titleist Authorized Retailer.  If you need assistance finding a retailer in Newmarket, click on our golf shop locator here:  http://www.titleist.ca/find-a-golf-shop/

Thanks,

Chris

Steve R


I currently use the 905R with the UST Profoce V2 shaft.  I am going to buy the 915 in the spring and I am wondering if you could tell me what the closest shaft to this that is available in thr 915?  I hit my driver fine but its time to upgrade my technology.

 

 

 

Chris W


Hi Steve R,

We still have the UST Proforce V2 in 66,76,86, and 96 gram options.  If you like your current shaft, it would be safe to say you would enjoy it in 915. 

If you wanted something new, Rogue Silver and Diamana White would be close to the same profile.  

Thanks,

Chris

Macker


Hi Chris, i was wondering about the NS pro 970 shafts. I had a fitting with them in the 714 MB's. I had tried a couple of shafts. Project X 5.5 as well as KBS tour and C-taper. The 970 shaft felt nice and i was getting that nice sound off the club face. I currently have 710 AP2"s with the project X 6.0. I'm looking at getting a little more feel from the club and i noticed this from the 970's with the MB's. As well i was able to swing at more of the 80% range with more consistency. My question is the NS pro 970 doesn't seem to be a shaft that is mentioned about alot when it comes to fittings. your opinion please.

Cheers

 

Macker

Chris W


Hi Macker,

NS Pro 970 is a great option for a player seeking a mid flight in a lightweight package.  Most players would say that the 970 feels much softer than PX. It may not be talked about much as its been on the market for quite some time. 

Thanks,

Chris

Stephen F


Hi Chris,

I've been a long time DG-S300 player and am looking at a set of AP-2's with KBS Tour shafts.  Can you tell me what the differences are between the 2 and what I can expect if I end up going with KBS?

thx.

Stephen

Chris W


Hi Stephen F,

KBS Tour is designed to launch a little higher and feel slightly lighter than DG. 

To most players, the feel and "kick" will be similar. 

I hope this helps!

Chris

Kevin R


Hi Chris,

I recently added a 915D2 to the bag, 9.5 with Whiteboard D+70 Stiff... everything set to neutral vanilla settings.  My fitting was done at GolfTown by the Montreal area Titleist Rep (Shawn), and it was a great experience.  He knows his stuff! I put the driver in play two weeks ago during my winter vacation, and was very, very, very satisfied with the overall performance.  For what its worth, I hit a pretty low ball, maybe 10deg launch, ~140mph ballspeed, and ~2000rpm spin...  I found I got loads of run, and I was very pleased with how many fairways I hit considering how rusty my swing was.  I'm also a bit of an enigma, as my mishit fades go farther than my mishit draws...  

That being said, my old 3W and 5W (not Titleist) have Aldila VoodDoo SNV6 shafts in them.  To be honest, I LOVE the feeling of a well struck shot from my woods - they just power through the ball, with such a pleasant feeling at impact.  Very rewarding.  As a result I hit my woods with a lot of confidence, and I believe that confidence comes from the shaft more than the head.  Sadly, they are beat up now, so it is time to replace them.  Most likely, they be replaced by 915F, and was wondering what shafts would best approximate the SNV6's?  Preferably stock option or with a modest up-charge.  The exotics quickly get out of my price range.

On another note, my 24° 913H has a Phenom 80 stiff, and I like it very much.  Not quite as much as the SNV6s, but close.  Because of my positive experience with Aldila shafts, I almost expected to walk out of the driver fitting experience with a Rogue attached to the 915D2, but numbers showed I was better matched to a Whiteboard.

While I like the Whiteboard, it does not have that same sort of "buttery" feeling form the SNV6.  In the end, I may grow to love the telephone pole feeling of the Whiteboard, especially when it is delivering the goods.  But until then, I'd like to know what my options are.

Thanks,

--
Kevin 

Tom E


Just booked my fitting for early May at the National Fitting center!! I can't wait to go through the process as so many of you have. Nothing but great feedback from all about Chris Welton and company. Hopefully booking my appointment, this cold weather will start to change for the better!!!

Chris W


Hi Kevin,

It sounds like you would enjoy Diamana S+ Blue in 70 or Rogue Black 70. Most players would describe these shafts as having a "buttery" feel and would be similar weight to your SNV6, which is listed at 73g. Dia S+ Blue should compliment your driver shaft nicely, with a slightly softer feel. 

Thanks for trusting Titleist!

Chris

Chris W


Hi Tom,

I look forward to working with you at the Titleist National Fitting Centre! 

See you on a warm day in May...hopefully!

Chris