Posted: 29 July 2009
If today's pro-am is any indication of this week's success, count Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon among the favorites. As we mentioned in yesterday's blog note, Brad put the New AP2s in the bag at Milwaukee and posted his best finish of the year. Today, he fired a 4-under 68 on his own ball, which included long birdie putts on Nos. 9 and 18. The team, which also consisted of Detroit Red Wings forwards Kirk Maltby and Dan Cleary, finished at 14-under 58.
Be sure to check out Wednesday's image gallery, which includes more shots of players testing equipment on the practice tee.
Brad Faxon following through with his New AP2 4-iron on the 187-yard Par 3 third hole.
Posted: 28 July 2009
When Adam played the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine
he used a 7.5° Titleist 975JVS driver, with a STEEL shaft!
I'm looking forward to getting back to Hazeltine for our last major of the year. It is an old fashioned style golf course and it's very tough and long! It actually opened in the 1960's so it's not really that old. It has gone through various changes throughout the years but it still has the feel of a classic design. I finished T23 in 2002 so I'm hoping for a better result! My game is feeling good so you never know how things will unfold the next couple of weeks. I know one thing for sure in order to win at Hazeltine my short game will have to be in peak form and there should be great rewards for accurate driving. Anyway, it's going to be a fun and exciting next couple of weeks.
Our next Clubhouse Newsletter will be sent out on August 1st so just want to remind everyone to sign up in the Clubhouse Section of my website before August 1st. We will have some announcements regarding the Foundation activities being planned at the end of the year and also another fun contest you can enter.
I'll be at the Bridgestone next week and I look forward to seeing everyone then.
Titleist.com is on-site at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan for the 51st edition of the Buick Open, a tournament that dates back to 1958. The Titleist Tour Van has been buzzing with even more activity than usual, as this is the first week that it is carrying the next generation AP1, AP2, CB and MB irons that are scheduled to be introduced to the marketplace this fall.
Several players (Greg Chalmers, Derek Fathauer, Bill Haas, Stephen Leaney, Marc Leishman, Darron Stiles, Kevin Na) worked with the new irons on the range for the first time, while others, including Tom Pernice, Jr. (New AP2), Colt Knost (New CB) and Johnson Wagner (New CB) played a practice round with them and decided to put them in the bag this week.
Longtime Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon, who is also in the field this week, was actually the first to play the New AP2 irons in competition two weeks ago, when he posted his best finish of the year at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. A set of the New AP1 irons were also played in competition for the first time in Milwaukee, and will also be in that player's bag this week in Michigan.
Improvements to the new AP2 irons have resulted in better feel as well as improved shot control and ground contact. The new AP1 irons offer better feel, more forgiveness, and an improved shape, particularly in the short irons. Look for more sets to be put into play in the coming weeks, and be sure to check back here and on Titleist.com for the latest information on all Titleist products.
For now, be sure to check out the slide show for more information from the Buick Open.
A lot of activity is taking place this week in the Titleist Tour Van.