Team Titleist Equipment Notes from the Tour: Shell Houston Open Update
Posted: April 4, 2014
From special deliveries to dialing-in drivers and equipment updates, our Tour Reps opened up their notebooks to give Team Titleist a quick run down of all the action from this week. Here's the latest news straight from the Titleist Tour Van:
HANDLED WITH CARE...
>> Following the third round of the Valero Texas Open, rookie Andrew Loupe contacted Titleist VP of Tour Promotions Chris Tuten with news that he bent his Titleist MB 9-iron in the neck and the shaft and asked if it was possible to have it replaced or repaired. The concerned Loupe, playing in just his ninth career PGA TOUR event, was tied for 2nd place at the time and would be playing in Sunday's final group. Considering manufacturers are required to leave tournament sites on Wednesday, Tuten contacted fellow Titleist Tech Representative Brett Fleming, who was already in Houston with the Titleist Tour Van in preparation for this week's event. Fleming secured Loupe's club specifications and immediately went to work building a new club on Saturday evening. Fleming then took the first flight to San Antonio on Sunday morning and hand delivered the club to Loupe in advance of his afternoon tee time. Loupe ultimately tied for 4th, securing the best finish of his PGA TOUR career and a spot in the Shell Houston Open field. Loupe was extremely appreciative and visited the Titleist Tour Van in Houston to personally thank the tour leadership team for their efforts. Loupe's momentum continued into the Shell Houston Open where he fired a first round 4-under par 68.
>> Not usually one for change, Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker visited Titleist's Oceanside Test Facility in California last week and came away with a new set of Titleist AP2 irons (3-PW) with Project X 6.5 shafts. Stricker commented that the soles of the new irons go through the turf easier and more efficiently than his previous AP2 710 irons, and he likes the kick that the new shafts provide. Stricker had KBS C-taper shafts in his previous irons. Stricker fired a first round 4-under par 68 at the Shell Houston Open with his new set-up.
>> Brand Ambassador Peter Uihlein made a change in his set composition, replacing his Titleist 712U 2-iron with a new Titleist 913F.d 18.0* fairway metal. He also replaced the shaft in his 913F.d 13.5* with a Fujikura Tour Spec 9.2X, the same shaft that is in his new 18.0*. Both are positioned to the A1 Titleist SureFit hosel setting. Uihlein opened with a 3-under par 69.
DIALING IN THEIR DRIVERS...
>> Among the 30 full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors in the Shell Houston Open field, Bill Haas and Erik Compton were a couple of players looking to fine tune their Titleist 913 drivers.
>> Haas was seeking to lower the spin on his Titleist 913D2 8.5* driver. The team provided him with a new head in the same model, loft and Aldila Rogue 70X shaft, but used a lighter rear weight and set the adjustable Titleist SureFit hosel to B•1, which lowered spin and optimized the ball flight that Haas preferred.
>> Compton was seeking additional distance and accuracy with his Titleist driver. The team provided him with a new Titleist 913D3 9.5* head and switched out his Graphite Design Tour AD BB 7X shaft with a Graphite Design Tour AD Di 6X. They also found that C•1 was the optimum setting to the adjustable Titleist SureFit hosel for Compton's launch conditions and Erik gave the Titleist Tech team a thumb’s up following Tuesday's practice round.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD...
>> At the Shell Houston Open, Titleist tops the golf ball category in the 144-player field with 91 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19. Entering this week, Titleist golf ball loyalists have won 13 of the 20 PGA TOUR events played this season, more than four times the nearest competitor with 3. Titleist players have also accumulated more victories in the driver (7), irons (7) and wedge categories.
>> In addition, at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the year's first major on the LPGA Tour, 77 players in the 111-player field will trust a Titleist golf ball for their success - nearly 10 times the nearest competitor with 8.