Titleist technology turns adjustable

By Global Golf PostNovember 2, 2010, 5:45 am

Technologically speaking, the new Titleist 910 driver series has a lot going on.

Start with the clubheads, which company officials say are the fastest and most stable Titleist has ever made in a driver, the 910 D2 features a 460cc, full pear-shaped head that promotes straighter ball flight with higher launch and low-to-mid spin, while the 910 D3 boasts a somewhat smaller (445cc), classic pear-shaped head for a lower spinning, more boring ball flight off the tee as well as greater workability.

Titleist 910 Series driversTitleist 910 Series driversFeatures include an ultra-thin crown that allows more discretionary mass to be relocated low and deep to enhance stability. In addition, the rear portion of the 910 crown has been re-designed so it slopes lower than that of its predecessor, the 909, pushing the center of gravity lower and deeper. The rear bezel weight has been moved lower and deeper, too, and on-axis with relation to the center of the clubface. That also improves speed and stability. And the driver heads have been engineered in such a way to create a hotter, more solid sound off the clubface.

Cosmetically, the 910 D2 and 910 D3 have a much different look from the 909, with a black, PVD finish. What is not so evident, however, is the optimized, variable thickness face insert with a thick central portion that is equidistant from all points around the face perimeter. Titleist officials say this allows for a substantially larger maximum ball speed area and an improved launch/spin face map gradient.

Then, there is the new SureFit Tour (SFT) dual-angle hosel, a patented way to independently and expediently adjust and set lie and loft. “We describe this technology as a ‘tour-van-in-a-hosel’ because when we use it in combination with the interchangeable shaft and rear bezel weight, we give a fitter all the power of a Tour van right there at the point of fitting,” says Chris McGinley, vice president of marketing for Titleist golf clubs. “We can adjust lie and loft as well as change the shaft and weight of the driver right on the tee.”

The SFT hosel features a sleeve and a ring, each with four settings. The sleeve settings are numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4, while the ring settings are lettered A, B, C and D. That results in a matrix of 16 unique lie/loft combinations that enable the fitter to make left or right flight improvements (mostly via lie adjustment) and launch and spin improvements (mostly via loft adjustments).

It is the combination and interaction of the ring and sleeve that provides the “dual angle,” and allows for independent adjustability of lie and loft that is not available in competitive drivers.

To be released Nov. 15, the 910 series has an array of stock shaft options that include three proprietary Mitsubishi shafts featuring next generation Diamana MDI (for multi-dimensional interlay) technology and three different weight and bend profiles. Aldila RIP and Project X shafts are available, as well.

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OB tee shot, bunker trouble dooms Rahm to MC

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:24 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The key to surviving Carnoustie is avoiding the bunkers.

Jon Rahm found three bunkers to close out the front nine Friday, the start of a triple bogey-double-bogey run that led to a second-round 78 and missed cut at The Open.

“All of them were as bad a lie as they could have been,” he said. “Besides that, things didn’t happen. I can’t give an explanation, really. I don’t know.”

Rahm’s troubles started on the seventh hole, a par 4 with a steady left-to-right wind. Out of bounds loomed left, and Rahm, who primarily plays a cut shot, hadn’t missed left all week. This time, his ball didn’t curve, and the OB tee shot led to a triple.

“Whenever I start missing shots to the left,” he said, “it’s really hard for me to play.”  

After a career-best fourth-place finish at the Masters, Rahm has now missed the cut in consecutive majors.

“Right now I’m not in any mental state to think about what happened, to be honest,” he said.

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Three of world's top 5 MC; not 60-year-old Langer

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 7:04 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three of the top five players in the world missed the cut at The Open.

Bernhard Langer did not.

The 60-year-old, who is in the field via his victory in last year’s Senior Open Championship, shot even-par 71 on Friday. At 2 over through 36 holes, he safely made it under the plus-3 cut line.

"You know, I've played the Masters [this year], made the cut. I'm here and made the cut. I think it is an accomplishment," he said. "There's a lot of great players in the field, and I've beaten a lot of very good players that are a lot younger than me."

Langer had three birdies and three bogeys in the second round and said afterwards that he was “fighting myself” with his swing. He’s spent the last few days on the phone with his swing coach, Willy Hoffman, trying to find some comfort.

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Despite his score, and his made cut, Langer the perfectionist wasn’t satisfied with the way he went about achieving his results.

"I wasn't happy with my ball-striking. My putting was good, but I was unlucky. I had like four lip-outs, no lip-ins. That part was good. But the ball-striking, I wasn't really comfortable with my swing," he said. "Just, it's always tough trying stuff in the middle of a round."

Langer, a two-time Masters champion, has never won The Open. He does, however, have six top-3 finishes in 30 prior starts.

As for finishing higher than some of the top-ranked players in the world, the World Golf Hall of Famer is taking it in stride.

"I'm not going to look and say, 'Oh, I beat Justin Rose or beat whatever.' But it just shows it's not easy. When some of the top 10 or top 20 in the world don't make the cut, it just shows that the setup is not easy," Langer said. "So I got the better half of the draw maybe, too, right? It wasn't much fun playing in the rain, I guess, this morning for five hours. I had to practice in the rain, but I think once I teed off, we never used umbrellas. So that was a blessing."

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Kisner doubles 18, defends not laying up

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It was only fitting that Jean Van de Velde was there working as an on-course reporter on Friday as Kevin Kisner struggled his way up Carnoustie’s 18th fairway.

Rolling along with a two-stroke lead, Kisner’s 8-iron approach shot from an awkward lie in the rough from 160 yards squirted right and bounced into Barry Burn, the winding creek where Van de Velde’s title chances at the 1999 Open Championship began to erode.

Unlike Van de Velde, who made a triple bogey-7 and lost The Open in a playoff, Kisner’s double bogey only cost him the solo lead and he still has 36 holes to make his closing miscue a distant memory. That’s probably why the 34-year-old seemed at ease with his plight.

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“It just came out like a high flop shot to the right. It was weird. I don't know if it caught something or what happened,” said Kisner, who was tied with Zach Johnson and Zander Lombard at 6 under par. “You never know out of that grass. It was in a different grass than usual. It was wet, green grass instead of the brown grass. So I hadn't really played from that too much.”

Like most in this week’s field Kisner also understands that rounds on what is widely considered the most difficult major championship venue can quickly unravel even with the most innocent of mistakes.

“To play 35 holes without a double I thought was pretty good,” he said. “I've kept the ball in play, done everything I wanted to do all the way up into that hole. Just one of those things that came out completely different than we expected. I'll live with that more than chipping out and laying up from 20 feet.”

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Wind, not rain more a weekend factor at Open

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:39 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – After a half-day of rain in Round 2 of the 147th Open Championship, the weekend offers a much drier forecast.

Saturday at Carnoustie is projected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 62 degrees and only a 20 percent chance of rain.

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Sunday calls for much warmer conditions, with temperatures rising upwards of 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

Wind might be the only element the players have to factor in over the final 36 holes. While the winds will be relatively calm on Saturday, expected around 10-15 mph, they could increase to 25 mph in the final round.