Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson closed out the 2010 season with a come-from-behind victory at the Dubai World Championship, relying on a new Titleist 910 driver, a bag full of Titleist equipment and precision down the stretch.

Karlsson rolled in his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball from 4 feet for birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with fellow Pro V1x loyalist Ian Poulter to capture the victory – Karlsson's second of the season and 11th of his European Tour career.

When all was said and done, Karlsson had played the par-5 18th hole at Jumeirah Golf Estates' Earth Course three times Sunday, once in regulation and twice in the playoff. All three times, Karlsson left himself birdie putts of 5 feet or less.

He made the first one to force the playoff with Poulter, finishing off a 5-under 67 that featured a birdie-birdie-eagle start. The second one halved the first playoff hole, and the last one captured the crown.

“It's a fantastic field, and obviously when we have all of the best players in Europe together, the way it looks now, it's going to be a great field - so to win here is fantastic,” said Karlsson, who earned his first victory of the season in January at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters. Karlsson also earned a pair of runner-up finishes, in June at the PGA Tour's St. Jude Classic in Memphis and last month at the Portugal Masters.

"I'm very happy with this week, and the year in whole actually, winning two times, and a second in Memphis in America, I lost to (Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood) in a playoff. … If I win twice in a year, it's a pretty good year."

Karlsson and Poulter both ended the four days in Dubai at 14-under 274, one better than Westwood, the World No. 1. Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy finished fifth, another shot back.

In total, 35 players trusted Titleist golf balls at the Dubai World Championship, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 12.

Karlsson was also one of three Titleist Brand Ambassadors to find the winner's circle last week using the Titleist 910 driver, which began shipping to golf shops worldwide just a couple weeks ago.

Karlsson used a Titleist 910D3 model with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6 shaft and the SureFit Tour (SFT) hosel in the D•2 position (-.75 less loft, +1.5 upright), and hit 76.8 percent of his fairways for the week. Karlsson also hit 77.8 percent of his greens in regulation and averaged 1.63 putts per green in regulation, which ranked first.

Also in Karlsson's bag were two new Titleist 910 fairway metals (13.5 and 19 degrees) with Grafalloy ProLaunch Red shafts and the SureFit Tour hosel in the D•4 position (+.75 more loft, standard lie).

Here's a closer look at Karlsson's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Driver: Titleist 910D3 9.5, D•2 SFT Setting (Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6)

Fairway metals (13.5, 19): Titleist 910F, D•4 SFT Setting (Grafalloy ProLaunch Red)
Irons (3-PW): Titleist MB (True Temper Dynamic Gold SL)
Wedges (49, 56, 60): Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (True Temper Dynamic Gold SL)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport prototype

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Karlsson's victory was one of three on the weekend for Titleist Brand Ambassadors. In 2010, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 144 total victories across the worldwide professional tours, 120 more than the nearest competitor with 24:



• JAPAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Michio Matsumura (new Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 910H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design TVD approach wedge, Vokey Design lob wedge) became the third player to win on the worldwide professional tours using the new Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, outlasting fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Do-hoon Kim in a sudden-death playoff at the Casio World Open.

On the fourth playoff hole, Kim conceded victory after Matsumura hit his third shot inches from the cup.

It was the second victory of the season for Matsumura, 27, following his win last month at the Tokai Classic, and first after putting the new Pro V1x golf ball in play.

Last month, Pro V1x loyalist Padraig Harrington captured the Iskandor Johor Open in Malaysia after putting the new Pro V1x prototype golf ball into play for the first time. Last week, Pro V1x loyalist Steven Bowdtich won the Cellarbrations NSW PGA Championship using the new ball.

In total, 43 players trusted Titleist golf balls at the Casio World Open, compared to 25 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was also the top choice in Hybrids (24); and Sand, Lob & Approach Wedges (75).

• AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Peter O’Malley (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 910F fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi S putter) claimed the 2010 NSW Open hosted by Nathan Green following a three-way playoff with fellow Australian Peter Cooke (Pro V1x) and British Amateur Tom Lewis. 


It was O’Malley's first PGA Tour of Australasia title in five years, his last win coming at the 2005 NZ PGA Championship.

O'Malley was one of 116 players in the 156-player field that teed off with Titleist golf balls, while all of the professionals that finished in the top 10 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.

ASIAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming choice in golf balls at the 2010 King's Cup at Singha Park GC with 88 players, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 24.

As the first shipments of new Titleist 910 drivers began to arrive last week at golf shops around the world, we couldn't help but remember the day we said goodbye to our trusty ol' bending fixtures for the Titleist 909 drivers, fairway metals and hybrids.

Shortly following the introduction on the PGA Tour of the new Titleist 910 drivers, fairway metals and hybrids – featuring SureFit Tour (SFT) dual-angle hosel technology – the 909 bending fixtures were no longer needed in the Titleist Tour Van (TTV). And so it was at The Barclays in late August that they sat outside the TTV in a rain-soaked cardboard box, out of service.

Bending fixtures were used to adjust loft and lie on Titleist 909 metal woods and all previous generation models. A specific bending fixture had to be created for each club model and loft.

The bending process (pictured, right) went as follows: Insert fixture into vice; insert club into fixture; clamp down; bend to desired specs; check club in loft/lie machine; repeat if necessary.

All that is needed to adjust the 910's unique SFT dual-angle hosel – which allows loft and lie to be set independently to optimize ball flight (higher or lower, and for more draw or fade for increased distance and improved shot control) – is a SureFit Tour wrench.

The SFT hosel enables Titleist authorized fitters to perform precision fittings for players, while also teaching them how to further adjust settings on their own to ensure optimal performance.

It's the type of tour-level fitting in a driver, fairway metal or hybrid previously unavailable outside of the TTV.

"We probably bent more 909 3-woods and hybrids than drivers," said Titleist Assistant Tour Tech Rep JJ Van Wezenbeeck. "The adjustments with those on 910 will be huge for players because a tour player's hybrid needs to be a precision club that he can hit into long par-4s and long pars-3s. Their 3-woods are just as important, considering the length of players these days, because having a club off the tee that isn't going to miss a fairway is huge."

Of course, the Titleist Tour Van is also looking a little bit lighter now, too.

Check out the video below for more on the 909 bending fixtures and click here for a closer look at the new Titleist 910 drivers, fairway metals and hybrids.

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Hello, everybody! I'm back home after three weeks on the road. I ended the road trip on a high note so that always makes the traveling easier! There's something about Singapore that suits my game. It was great to perform well there again. The field was bigger this year and very competitive with Poults and GMac on my heels most of the way.

It was also a grueling week with all the weather delays. I don't think there's been a year that I've played that tournament without weather delays. The humid conditions are also hard to deal with – you have to keep hydrated and I was sometimes drinking a bottle of water per hole and that still wasn't enough! Anyway, it feels great to have another win this year and especially to have it in Singapore.  

I'm gearing up to defend my title at the Australian Open in a couple of weeks. While I was away I had a putting green installed in my backyard, so I've been practicing a lot on it... Kind of nice to be able to walk out my back door and it's right there! Other than that, just been catching up with friends and starting to think about Christmas, it will be here soon.  

We've had an overwhelming response for the iPads Grants Program through my Foundation. The applications are available starting this week, so if you are interested or know a family that could benefit from the program you can visit www.adamscott.com or www.autismqld.com.au for more information.

Merchandise will be available through my website soon so be sure and check it out.... We are targeting for the store to be up and running before Christmas. Also, check out the new Titleist 910 driver on my Facebook page.

Thanks for all the congratulatory messages and well wishes. It feels great to get another win this year and really looking forward to the summer of golf down here in Australia.

Take care and I'll write more soon,
- Adam

Titleist Advisory Staff member Michael Breed made his first trip to China earlier this month to share his ideas and teaching philosophy with 60 of the country's top golf instructors and coaches at the first-ever Titleist Golf Coaches Forum in China.

Breed, Head PGA Professional at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., and host of Golf Channel's popular golf instructional show, "The Golf Fix," conducted the comprehensive two-day seminar Nov. 9-10 at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, with the main goal of assisting the attendees in becoming better teachers and coaches.

“I had a great time with the coaches over the two days. I think that valuable experiences were exchanged. The coaches were very receptive and definitely show that there is good potential for them being leaders in coaching and helping the game grow properly," said Breed. "I’m honored that Titleist invited me to participate in this event.” 

Breed, a longtime Titleist Advisory Staff member who has been instrumental in the company's Golf Ball Education, Selection and Fitting initiative, addressed a variety of topics over the two days, including:

• Assessing talent;
• Physical limitations;
• How to practice;
• Video applications; and
• Building a swing.

Breed also spent in-depth sessions on his putting and short game teaching methods, for which he is renowned.

“This is a region where golf is still in its infancy and there is a need for high quality instructors to help grow the game properly," he said. "Titleist has been at the forefront of golf in China and is a company that understands what it takes for the game to succeed and prosper. That blueprint begins with proper teaching and instruction.”

For more pictures from the event, check out the slideshow.


We are now just hours away from Master Craftsman Bob Vokey's live webcast with our friends over at GolfWRX, today at 6 p.m. EST (3 p.m. PST).

So to get you ready for "The Voke" going live, here are a few more of Bob's answers to questions asked by members of Team Titleist and Vokey Nation last week, focusing on grooves, bounce and sole grinds. Some really great stuff from Bob, as usual.

(And if you missed the first two segments, you can check them out here and here.)

See you all soon!


Pete B. of St. Cloud, Minn. asks…

Mr. Vokey, regarding the groove rule changes, the general consensus is that the average golfer is not going to be able to produce as much spin as before. What type of innovations are you using to overcome this?

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Don B. of Amarillo, Texas, asks…

I hear all the time that players do not have enough bounce on their wedges. I am a scratch player from Texas, play on mostly firm courses and have always preferred SW and LW's with low bounce. Am I missing scoring opportunities playing low bounce wedges?

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Dan W. of North Grafton, Mass., asks...

Do different sole grinds really have an impact for amateur/weekend players, or do more traditional fitting options such as lie angle and shafts have a bigger impact on wedge play?

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• For Part 1 of Bob's answers, click here.
• For Part 2, click here.

Click here for the Vokey Design Wedge Selection Guide.

If your question was selected, be on the lookout for an e-mail from Team Titleist regarding your special gift from Bob Vokey.

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