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Bud Cauley: Titleist Tour Fitting Stories

Abby L., Team Titleist Staff Team Titleist Staff

The traveling Titleist Tour Representatives work with some of the best players in the world week after week. They watch as Titleist Brand Ambassadors progress in their games and help them capture their ideal setup – whether it’s dialing in with Trackman or building their custom set.

Last week at Bay Hill, Titleist Brand Ambassador Bud Cauley celebrated his 28th birthday with an equipment change. We spoke with our Tour Reps for an inside look into this process, which began later than expected.

"Typically we prefer not to test iron shafts on a Tuesday afternoon," Titleist Tour Representative Jim Curran said. "It is a major change to make so close to the tournament rounds and we encourage the player to work with new iron shaft options beginning on Monday's or even Tuesday morning of tournament week, or when they can test at home during an off week so they can get a good feel for them."

Bud only wanted to test with the Titleist Tour team on site and wanted to see how the new iron shafts worked in combination with Pro V1. The challenge: Bud felt he was spinning the golf ball too much into the wind on full shots and on shots he was trying to curve.

"Bud has played True Temper S-300’s his entire career," Curran said. "We built 4 and 8 irons with a 718 MB head in two different shaft models. He overwhelmingly preferred the flight and weight of the True Temper X-100 shafts. Bud said he has a tendency to get too quick with his transition in tournament rounds and the heavier X-100 gives him more total weight, which helped with his transition back to impact."

Bud’s reaction to his new setup: “I feel like I have adult clubs now!" To wrap up the busy Tuesday, Tech Representative Peter Bezuk worked into the evening on the Tour Van, so the irons were ready for Bud’s Wednesday morning range warm-up and pro-am round. In addition to the irons, Bud added another scoring club to the set, a new 818 H2, 21 degree hybrid. 

The work paid off, as Bud finished the week T14 and ranked 5.973 strokes tee to green for the week, an important stat for analyzing ball striking proficiency.

Take a closer look at Bud’s Titleist equipment in the gallery below, and happy belated birthday, Bud!

We're taking a closer look inside Bud...
We're taking a closer look inside Bud Cauley's setup, which includes Pro V1. To begin, Bud plays the 917D2 driver with 8.5 degree loft. 1/11
At a B1 setting, the driver is made to give him...
At a B1 setting, the driver is made to give him fade bias, allowing him to work it left to right. 2/11
Bud's 915F 3+ fairway metal is neutrally...
Bud's 915F 3+ fairway metal is neutrally biased, allowing him to work the ball left or right.3/11
Bud prefers the look of the 13.5° head, but he...
Bud prefers the look of the 13.5° head, but he plays it in the A4 SureFit setting, effectively giving him 15° of loft.4/11
Bud plays the 718 MB irons, from 4 iron to 9 iron....
Bud plays the 718 MB irons, from 4 iron to 9 iron. 5/11
Bud's wedge setup includes three F grinds and...
Bud's wedge setup includes three F grinds and a custom 60. We'll begin with the 46.10 F grind pitching wedge. 6/11
His gap wedge is a 52.12 F grind.
His gap wedge is a 52.12 F grind. 7/11
Bud's sand wedge of choice is also an F grind...
Bud's sand wedge of choice is also an F grind at 56.14. 8/11
Finally, a custom 60 (siXty) degree made by Vokey...
Finally, a custom 60 (siXty) degree made by Vokey Design Wedges Tour Rep, Aaron Dill. 9/11
Bud rolls a custom SSS Scotty Cameron putter.
Bud rolls a custom SSS Scotty Cameron putter. 10/11
It's finished with a circle T, for Tour...
It's finished with a circle T, for Tour players only! 11/11

8 Replies

  1. Dale V

    Thanks for sharing Abby. Always enjoy seeing stories and equipment photos from the Tour guys and gals.
  2. Dwayne N

    great write up loved it thanks for sharing with us
  3. joe t

    Interesting, as I play the 913F - 13.5 degree with a B3 setting, also making it a 15 degree loft. I thought about a different setup with my 3 wood. But I guess I was just second guessing myself.
  4. Speedy

    And this is why it's so important to get properly fitted by a Titleist fitter. Thanks for sharing!
  5. Luke R

    Thank you for sharing Abby! It is great reading stories about the Titleist tour players.
  6. vurich

    Great story.
    Once again, the importance of dialing in and being specific with every aspect of your equipment.
    I've seen these tour guys working with the pros and it's amazing.
    Congrats, Bud!
    #TeamTitleist
  7. Scott D

    Great story. Thanks for sharing I enjoy reading Titleist tour stories
  8. Don O

    Good story. Not about me, but to point out the value of a good fitting, my driver speed is in the low 80's, but due to transition torque, my woods use a S flex and I improved iron play consistency dramatically going with the AMT-Red shafts. The jump in weight from the graphites that stores steer me to smoothed out my tempo for a more consistent swing. Bud Calley or Bud(weister) amateur all benefit from a good fitting. Let the fitter find the real you.

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