In the latest installation of our Team Titleist member spotlight series, we reached out to accomplished competitive player and proud Team Titleist member, Steve Holm (Steve H on the boards). Steve is an influential figure in the golf community in his native Utah and, as you'll learn from his interview below, clear thinking and a methodical approach to improvement can result in great success.

Get to know Steve a little better...

 How did you get started in golf and who introduced you to the game?

Like most, I was introduced to golf by my parents.  I left the game for several years as I raised a family and furthered my employment opportunities. I started playing once again at the urging of my younger brother. Shortly after, I started competing in local tournaments as I became fascinated with the preparation, pressure and stress.

How often are you thinking about your golf game and what are you currently working on? 

It’s constantly on my mind.  I’m a bit old school as I document every stroke. I built a spreadsheet that shows where the deficiencies are in my game, and then I watch videos, live golf, have a lesson, etc., to seek further understanding and work towards refining those shortcomings.  Currently, I’m focused on scrambling and the short game. Improvement is slow, but very rewarding.

What model Titleist golf ball do you play and how do you mark it? 

I play the Titleist Pro V1x for its feel, durability, roll, spin and scoring performance.

I have my Pro V1x's custom imprinted with “66” to commemorate my lowest score, a 66 that I shot at the Glen Eagle Senior Club Championship. I also have "SKH Team Titleist" printed on the side to show my loyalty to Team Titleist.

What's your favorite Titleist club in the bag? 

My 714 AP2 7 iron. If there is one thing I can rely on when I get totally buried and in trouble, it's my 7-iron. It has saved me from even the most disastrous of situations.  It’s my “go-to” club.

What's the most special moment you've ever had on the golf course?

The first year I competed at the Utah Senior State Amateur Championship, I came from behind to win and it was very emotional. The buildup and the pressure just releases once you drain the final putt, and you realize that you have won. I bawled my eyes out because it was so special. That’s why they make sunglasses.

 Have any on-course superstitions?

I do…I have to have short tees in the left pocket, long tees in the right, a 1966 quarter to mark my ball, and a black Pitchfix divot tool. I also have to have my Titleist yardage book holder in my left back pocket with all my information from the course I’m about to play. I can’t play unless these items are in place before I begin.

Favorite golf destination?

Pinehurst No. 2.

Favorite 19th hole meal?

Burger and Fries… courtesy of my playing competitors.

 WHAT’S IN STEVE HOLM’S BAG

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, “66”, "SKH Team Titleist" custom-imprinted on the side.

Driver: Titleist 915D2 driver (10.5º) w/Aldilia RIP 60/3.8 stiff/Phenom shaft, D•3 SureFit hosel setting, Golf Pride “Super Tack” 60 round grip.

Hybrid: Titleist 915Hd fairway metal (18º) w/Aldilia RIP 70/stiff/3.2 Torque shaft, A•1 SureFit hosel setting, Golf Pride “Super Tack” 60 round grip.

Irons: Titleist AP2 irons(4-W) w/Project X PXi 5.5 Flighted shafts, Golf Pride “Super Tack” 60 round grip.

Wedges: Titleist Wedgeworks TVD-K, Project X Steel 6.0 shaft: 54°, “Snow Package” white dots, BV Custom Toe Stamp, w/ “Gunnar” freestyle stamping.
Titleist Wedgeworks TVD-K, Project X Steel 6.0 shaft: 56°, “Snow Package” black dots, BV Custom Toe Stamp, w/ “Jennifer” Freestyle Stamping.
Titleist Wedgeworks TVD-K, Project X Steel 6.0 shaft: 60° (bent 1°up) ,“Snow Package” red dots, BV Custom Toe Stamp, w/ “Melanie” freestyle stamping.
(Melanie is my beautiful wife, Jennifer is our only child, and Gunnar is our only grandchild.)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Squareback/5° loft, 71° lie, 35”, 2015 Super Stroke Mid Slim 2.0 grip.

Ball Marker: 1966 Quarter for tournament play, regular quarter all other times.

Glove: Titleist “Players Glove”, 1 new in sleeve (tournament play), 1 used for regular rounds, 1 for practice (they always rotate around).

Shoes: FootJoy (SuperLites, Icon Spikeless, Contour Casuals, City Wingtip).

Apparel: FootJoy shorts, pants (various colors) FootJoy shirts (Team Titleist for tournaments) all other rounds in different models and colors.

Thank you, Steve!

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Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson (Pro V1x) captured the second major championship of his career Monday evening at St. Andrews, prevailing in an all-Pro V1x playoff with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman and Titleist Golf Ball Loyalist Louis Oosthuizen at the 144th Open Championship.

"I feel blessed to be the champion," Johnson told the crowd gathered around the first and 18th holes at the The Old Course. "I feel honored to be part of the history of this game."

"To have my name on that trophy with the names that have come before me," he said, "it's humbling and surreal."

Johnson got off to a fast start this week by posting an opening round 6-under-par 66 in challenging, windy conditions, as he was able to control his shots and focus on making solid contact.

"You've just got to try to hit that ball solid. Solid shots usually pan out," said Johnson.

Johnson followed up with a 2-under-par 70 second round and a 1-under-par 71 third round to remain in the hunt for the Claret Jug. After starting the final round three shots off the lead, Johnson put together another impressive 6-under-par 66 to finish for a 15-under-par 273 total to take the clubhouse lead and ultimately earn a spot in the four-hole aggregate playoff.

And though it took 76 holes to crown the champion, it was well worth the wait as Johnson went on to birdie the first two holes of the playoff and secure the win at The Home of Golf.

"It's been a week of patience, a week of trust, a week of courage and bravery," added Johnson. "I can't play any better than what I did."

Congratulations, Zach! Enjoy your well-deserved title of Champion Golfer of the Year.

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 The leader board was full of Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists as seven of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jordan Spieth (T-4), Brooks Koepka (T-10) and Adam Scott (T-10).

At the 144th Open Championship, 91 players put their trust in a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball.  That’s more than four times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also led the field in the irons (46) category and Titleist Vokey Design wedges were the top choice among players in the approach, sand and lob wedge category with 137.

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144TH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

WHAT'S IN ZACH JOHNSON'S BAG
 Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 913D2 (8.5º) w/Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73
X shaft
Fairway Metals: Titleist 913Fd (15.0º) w/Mitsubishi Diamana Blue S+ 70 TX shaft
Titleist 913F (17.0º) w/Motore VC8.0 X shaft
Utility Iron: Titleist 712U (3) w/Mitsubishi Fubuki AX H500 X graphite shaft
Irons: Titleist AP1 (4) w/True Temper Dynamic Gold shaft
Titleist AP2 714 (5-9) w/True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: Vokey Design Raw Finish 248.06 w/True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shaft
Vokey Design Raw Finish 254.12 w/True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shaft
Vokey Design Raw Finish prototype 60° V-Grind w/True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shaft

WHAT'S IN MARC LIESHMAN'S BAG
 Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 915D4 (9.5º) w/Mitsubishi Kurokage Black 70 X shaft
Fairway Metal: Titleist 913F (16.5º) w/Fujikura Motore VC9.2 TS X shaft
Irons: Titleist 712U (2) w/NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X shafts
Titleist CB 714 (3-6)
Titleist MB 714 (7-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design Raw Finish SM5 48.08 (bent to 47°) w/NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X shaft
Vokey Design Raw Finish SM5 54.10 (bent to 53°) w/NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X shaft
Vokey Design Raw Finish SM5 58.08 w/NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X shaft
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Super Rat prototype putter

WHAT'S IN JORDAN SPIETH'S BAG
 Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 915D2 (9.5º) w/Aldila Rogue Black 60 TX shaft
Fairway: Titleist 915F (15º) w/Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X shaft
Utility Iron: Titleist 712U (3) w/Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 shaft
Irons: Titleist AP2 714 (4-9) w/True Temper PX 6.0 shafts
Wedges: Vokey Design SM5 46.08 F-grind w/True Temper PX 6.0 shaft
Vokey Design Raw Finish SM5 52.08 F-grind w/True Temper PX 6.0 shaft
Vokey Design Raw Finish SM5 56.10 S-grind w/True Temper PX 6.0 shaft
Vokey Design Raw Finish SM5 60.04 L-grind w/True Temper PX 6.0 shaft
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009 prototype

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TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS:

In total, 13,601 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 2,293 and more than all competitors combined.

With this major title, Titleist’s 2015 victory count advances to 92. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all competitors combined.

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
EUROPEAN TOUR THE 144th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 91 21
PGA TOUR Barbasol Championship 90 17
LPGA TOUR Marathon Classic 105 8
WEB.COM TOUR Stonebrae Championship 103 15
MACKENZIE TOUR- CANADIAN TOUR Staal Foundation Open 94 24

 

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It was a historic Monday finish at The Open Championship where Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson prevailed in a three-man playoff to claim his second career major title.

Entering the day three strokes off the pace, Johnson carded a final-round 6-under-par 66 for a 15-under-par 273 total to enter a playoff with Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman and Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen.

Johnson tallied two birdies in the four-hole aggregate score playoff to win by one and earn the title, Champion Golfer of the Year.

Congratulations, Zach!

Let's check out the Titleist equipment that Zach trusted en route to claiming the Claret Jug...

WHAT’S IN ZACH JOHNSON'S BAG
 Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver:  Titleist 913D2 (8.5º) w/Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73 X shaft
Fairway: Titleist 913Fd (15º) w/Mitsubishi Diamana Blue S+ 70 TX shaft
Fairway: Titleist 913F (17º) w/Motore VC8.0 X shaft
Utility Iron: Titleist 712U (3) w/Mitsubishi Fubuki AX H500 X graphite shaft
Irons: Titleist  AP1 (4) w/True Temper Dynamic Gold
Titleist AP2 714 (5-9) irons w/True Temper Dynamic Gold X100
Wedges: Vokey Design 248.06 w/True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
Vokey Design 254.12
Vokey Design Prototype V-Grind 60º


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