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    My Titleist Opinion

    Nobody asked for my opinion on Titleist, but I'm giving it anyway. After reading the "One Word to Describe Club Manufacturers" thread, here, I noticed that titleist got railed by the members here at THP. I saw a commercial over the weekend from Titleist regarding their club fittings. I was sitting next to my mother and she said, "I thought Titleist only made balls. Do they make good clubs?" I sat and thought for just a second. My answer was, Titleist is at the same time, very bad for golfers and very good for golfers.

    They are very bad because none of their lines really have anything for the high-mid and high handicappers. The catagory that I believe makes up a majority of golfers. The AP1 is nice, but it isn't as easy to hit as the A7OS from Adams or the Slingshot Irons for Nike. Their clubs are expensive for people who struggle to break 55. As nice as the 910D2 is, it isn't as forgiving as the K15 from Ping. The Vokey wedges are nice, but is an amateur going to hit that wedge better than the wedges that come with their thick soled irons? Titleist has Scotty Cameron putters, many of the weekend duffers I know don't see the value in any putter that isn't 10 years old. All in all, Titleist doesn't have equipment that is geared towards the majority of golfers.

    They are really good because the equipment they make is really nice and provides a lot of options for the mid to low handicap amateur. Between the AP1 and AP2 irons, they have a lot of forgiveness in a compact iron that would fit that handicap group's eye. Then the CB and MB irons offer a true players iron. Lots of workability and little forgiveness. The 910D2 and D3 offer many shaft options with the heads that are geared towards golfers with a more consistent swing. The 910F and 910H are both excellent clubs with a ton of performance, great custom options, but with less forgiveness than other OEMs offer. The Vokey wedges offer a lot of loft and bounce options. Something that better golfers look at. All of which are expensive offerings from Titleist, but no more expensive that Mizuno's, Nike's, Taylormade's, Ping's, or Callaway's players irons. The 910D is the same price as the R11, Razr Hawk, the VR Pro, and only $50 more than the S3.

    Many golfers do not fit into Titleist's equipment. Titleist offers a lot of good equipment, for people who know how to use it, however. So, Titleist is both really bad and really good for golfers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blugold View Post
    Nobody asked for my opinion on Titleist, but I'm giving it anyway. After reading the "One Word to Describe Club Manufacturers" thread, here, I noticed that titleist got railed by the members here at THP. I saw a commercial over the weekend from Titleist regarding their club fittings. I was sitting next to my mother and she said, "I thought Titleist only made balls. Do they make good clubs?" I sat and thought for just a second. My answer was, Titleist is at the same time, very bad for golfers and very good for golfers.

    They are very bad because none of their lines really have anything for the high-mid and high handicappers. The catagory that I believe makes up a majority of golfers. The AP1 is nice, but it isn't as easy to hit as the A7OS from Adams or the Slingshot Irons for Nike. Their clubs are expensive for people who struggle to break 55. As nice as the 910D2 is, it isn't as forgiving as the K15 from Ping. The Vokey wedges are nice, but is an amateur going to hit that wedge better than the wedges that come with their thick soled irons? Titleist has Scotty Cameron putters, many of the weekend duffers I know don't see the value in any putter that isn't 10 years old. All in all, Titleist doesn't have equipment that is geared towards the majority of golfers.

    They are really good because the equipment they make is really nice and provides a lot of options for the mid to low handicap amateur. Between the AP1 and AP2 irons, they have a lot of forgiveness in a compact iron that would fit that handicap group's eye. Then the CB and MB irons offer a true players iron. Lots of workability and little forgiveness. The 910D2 and D3 offer many shaft options with the heads that are geared towards golfers with a more consistent swing. The 910F and 910H are both excellent clubs with a ton of performance, great custom options, but with less forgiveness than other OEMs offer. The Vokey wedges offer a lot of loft and bounce options. Something that better golfers look at. All of which are expensive offerings from Titleist, but no more expensive that Mizuno's, Nike's, Taylormade's, Ping's, or Callaway's players irons. The 910D is the same price as the R11, Razr Hawk, the VR Pro, and only $50 more than the S3.

    Many golfers do not fit into Titleist's equipment. Titleist offers a lot of good equipment, for people who know how to use it, however. So, Titleist is both really bad and really good for golfers.
    I think that was very well said! I see it that way too, I just didn't quite know how to phrase it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 23_lw View Post
    I think that was very well said! I see it that way too, I just didn't quite know how to phrase it.
    I had to think about how I wanted to say it. It's not that I dislike Titleist. I just have not found a piece of equipment that I had to have.
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    I agree, I haven't hit anything that really works from me from Titleist. Although, I have been lusting after a Scotty Cameron putter for a while.
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    I can understand what you are saying, Titleist has kind of an "elitist reputation" kind of like Cadillac does for cars. I will say that my favorite set of irons I ever owned was a set of DCI Golds, too bad they got stolen.
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    I've hit tons of Titleist equipment, use to play a 975J & 905 driver. Both were great when I was swinging well. I tested the AP1 & AP2 and both were just flat out shorter than almost everything else I tested. I don't make those sacrafices. I have no problem with Titleist except for one: the don't respect of appreciate THP's testing/demo day policies, and subsequently, we rarely have the opportunity to try their stuff without sales reps present.

    I am in sales, it's my job to "SELL" you. That's what they want to do. I don't like that, not when everyone else isn't doing that.
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    Outside of golf balls or Scotty putters I have never really tried a piece of Titleist equipment. I don't know why, they were just never on my radar... Until this past weekend a friend of mine just got the new 710 MB Blades and I got a chance to hit them... I didn't want to give them back! Excellent feel, perfect trajectory for me (he had the PX shaft)... Extremely surprised!!! Both because the were blades and because they were Titleist...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TC View Post
    I've hit tons of Titleist equipment, use to play a 975J & 905 driver. Both were great when I was swinging well. I tested the AP1 & AP2 and both were just flat out shorter than almost everything else I tested. I don't make those sacrafices. I have no problem with Titleist except for one: the don't respect of appreciate THP's testing/demo day policies, and subsequently, we rarely have the opportunity to try their stuff without sales reps present.

    I am in sales, it's my job to "SELL" you. That's what they want to do. I don't like that, not when everyone else isn't doing that.
    I was aware of their hostilities towards THP. I was looking at them from outside of the forum here. To me, it doesn't cause any problems that they don't participate with the Demo Day.
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    Titleist does their own thing. It works for them. Not every golf company has to be run the same way. When I was younger and stronger, I loved their forged irons, Mizuno too. Now they're a little out of my swing league. I don't hold that against them. I've played their drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids. Had good success with all of them. I think the 910 looks like a hell of a club. The balls are top of the line. Footjoy shoes and gloves are as good as anything out there. Scotty putters are wonderful pieces of equipment. They get a lot for them because people are willing to pay for them. They would be doing their shareholders a disservice if they sold them for less than the market was willing to bear.

    I think the "eliteist" label they get tagged with is silly. They offer a limited line of products. That's their business model. There are certainly plenty of options from different OEMs for those that feel Titleist products don't work for them.

    I don't get the hate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blugold View Post
    I was aware of their hostilities towards THP. I was looking at them from outside of the forum here. To me, it doesn't cause any problems that they don't participate with the Demo Day.
    I dont think Titleist much cares about the demo day, because as has been said before they have that "elitist" attitude. Me being a mid-high handicapper have never considered Titleist, but it seems they make good clubs
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    I put my ego in check, and instead of maybe having the coolest wedges or a putter I'de be terrible with, I have nothing titleist in my bag except balls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Slice View Post
    I put my ego in check, and instead of maybe having the coolest wedges or a putter I'de be terrible with, I have nothing titleist in my bag except balls.
    I read that and immediately got confused. Are you saying that instead of buying Titleist equipment, that you would not successful with, you would rather buy equipment that was designed with your handicap in mind?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Esox View Post
    Titleist does their own thing. It works for them. Not every golf company has to be run the same way. When I was younger and stronger, I loved their forged irons, Mizuno too. Now they're a little out of my swing league. I don't hold that against them. I've played their drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids. Had good success with all of them. I think the 910 looks like a hell of a club. The balls are top of the line. Footjoy shoes and gloves are as good as anything out there. Scotty putters are wonderful pieces of equipment. They get a lot for them because people are willing to pay for them. They would be doing their shareholders a disservice if they sold them for less than the market was willing to bear.

    I think the "eliteist" label they get tagged with is silly. They offer a limited line of products. That's their business model. There are certainly plenty of options from different OEMs for those that feel Titleist products don't work for them.

    I don't get the hate.

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    I really don't understand why Titleist gets this reputation. I assume it comes from the fact that most of "those guys" are Titleist guys, but they make great clubs and they aren't all made for scratch golfers. It just seems to me I've read so many comments on here from people that automatically dismiss Titleist equipment, because "they don't cater to us regular golfers". I'd say you're doing yourself a disservice if you're truly trying to find the clubs that work best for you and you dismiss Titleist before comparing them to other OEMs options.
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