Rick Nelson with Tom Pernice, Jr.

One of the things that Steve Mata and I have been working with Tom on is a new driver. He's been hitting a Titleist 907 prototype driver and having difficulty drawing the ball in a left to right wind. I just built him a driver whose head design will allow him to spin the ball more so he can work it left and right. We're also increasing the loft by a 1/2 degree from his prototype. He hit two different lofted 907D2 drivers; an 8.5° and 9.5° both with a 45" Graphite Design YS Power 65x shaft. The 9.5° driver's ball flight was a bit too high for Tom. Tom was hitting the 8.5° great on the range and is now going to take it out on the course and give it a test drive. Tom is one of the lowest maintenance players we work with so once he gets comfortable with his new driver or any new equipment, he won't make too many changes. Like most good players, he sticks with products that give him confidence. -- Rick Nelson

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12 Replies

  1. Robert Sellman

    Tom has Project X 7.0 shafts in his wedges.

  2. Robert Sellman

    Can you tell me what type of rifle shaft Tom is playing in his wedges?  Thanks, great site.

  3. Robert Sellman

    Any chance of going to a 425cc head in the future? I have a 905T that works great, but it's getting a bit old.  I just can't swing the large headed drivers!

  4. Robert Sellman

    Titleist develops many prototype products for performance-validation testing on Tour. Some of these products are never released to the consumer market. Please check <a href="http://www.titleist.com/" rel="nofollow">Titleist.com</a> often for the most up-to-date product information.

  5. Robert Sellman

    As of right now, the split is heavily toward the <a href="www.titleist.com/.../907D2.asp" rel="nofollow">907D2</a>.  However, I do have a lot of players currently working with the <a href="www.titleist.com/.../907D1.asp" rel="nofollow">907D1</a>, so stay tuned.<br><br>

    - Mata

  6. Robert Sellman

    The new 907 headcovers are designed to be fade-resistant. If you have a faded headcover you can contact customer service and they will arrange to replace it. Have fun with your new Titleist driver!

  7. Robert Sellman

    Can you tell us the split amongst Tour staff members between the 907D1 and 907D2?

    Absolutely love the blog...Keep up the great work, Titliest!

  8. Robert Sellman

    First of all, I think Titleist is the best in Golf!  My question is: When are you guys going to release the 907D4 driver? I have seen this club and prefer the deep face drivers over the shallow face ones.

    Thanks, JT

  9. Robert Sellman

    I was surprised at the design myself.  However, the 905R headcovers would fade...I'm hoping the new design is more resistant to the sun. I have a LH driver on order, and am hoping to get it soon.

  10. Robert Sellman

    The 907D2 is one heck of a nice looking and good feeling club...I hit the 9.5° at a range in Randolph, NJ two weeks ago and achieved a nice ball flight with the Aldila VS Proto.  I will definetely give it serious consideration.  Kudos to the design team.

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