Team Titleist was looking for some insider info on how to successfully traverse the grounds of TPC Louisiana this week, so we caught up with the 2010 Zurich Classic of New Orleans champion  - Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Bohn.

We asked the former champion what he believes the Keys To Success and throughout our conversation he stressed the importance of bringing a sound short game to the 7,425 yard par 72 layout that features over 100 bunkers and five water hazards that come into play on several holes.

"I believe the keys to winning  this week will be a solid short game, success on the difficult par 3's, and navigating holes 3 through 6 in par or better for the week," said the University of Alabama graduate. "The fairways are pretty generous off the tee, so you want to take advantage of that and make approach shots into the green that give you the best chance at making birdies. The short chips into and around the green will be crucial because of the way they cut the grass, everything is into the grain."

Although the course stretches over 7,400 yards, Bohn doesn't consider it a 'bombers' course, where the shorter hitter doesn't have a chance. Last year, 19-under-par won the event, while Bohn won with an 18-under par 270. He expects this year's winning score will be similar.

"The course is a little soft and wet right now, but it normally plays firm and fast," said Bohn. "If it continues to dry out it brings a lot more players into the mix, and that is where the short game and putting come into play. When I won here, I think I only missed two or three of 52 putts inside 10-12 feet. Proximity to the hole and putting are the difference makers when it comes to winning any week out here."

When Bohn mentions the role the par 3's will play in the outcome, he is referring to the fact that all four play over 200 yards (221, 207, 216, 215), and water comes into play on three of them, including the finishing hole on the front nine.

"Depending on the wind and where they put the tee boxes, we could be hitting a different club on each of those holes every day," said Bohn. "You really have to think about how you are going to play those par 3's because you need to avoid the hazards, but also try and land the ball in a position on the green that gives you a good chance at birdie. The greens have subtle undulations and position is important."

While there is no moniker like some tour sites for the stretch of holes that Bohn considers the most difficult, he does think that if you play Nos. 3-6 in par or better for the week, you will have a good chance to be in the hunt.

"Unlike some courses where the most difficult holes are coming down the stretch or on the back nine, you have to be focused right out of the gate," said Bohn. "Three of the four holes have water, starting with the longest par 3 on the course (221 yard No. 3), with a hazard all the way down the right hand side."

The No. 4 hole is the longest par 4 on the front side (482 yards) where you have to position your drive properly to have a decent shot into the green. Water could also come into play on the right on that tee shot. The 5th hole is a 438-yard dogleg left with sand lining the length of the landing area along the left side.  The 6th hole is another long (476 yards) dogleg left with water stretching the length of the hole down the left side of the landing area.

"The tee shot is the key to navigating through those four holes," said Bohn. "There is a major hazard on every hole and if you stray in the wrong direction off the tee you will pay a consequence. I'll be happy if I can be a cumulative even par or better for those 16 holes over the four days."

The signature hole on the golf course is the 585-yard, par-5, 18th hole, where water is in play for the entire right side of the hole, making for a challenging and potentially dramatic finish for the leaders.

Bohn is scheduled to tee off at high noon on Thursday with fellow Titleist golf ball loyalists John Huh and Chad Campbell. The trio will be the first to put the peg in the ground on Friday at 7:00 a.m.

WHAT’S IN JASON BOHN'S BAG
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x 
Driver: Titleist 915D2 driver (9.5º) 
Fairway: Titleist 915F fairway metal (15.0º)
Hybrid: Titleist 915Hd hybrid (20.5º)
Irons: Titleist AP1 714 irons (4,5) and AP2 714 irons (6-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM5, pitching (46.10 F-grind), gap (50.12 F-grind), sand (54.14 F-grind) and lob (58.07 S-grind) wedges
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS 350 putter 

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Clint Avret, Head Golf Professional at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida is recognized as one of the finest instructors in PGA Professional ranks.  He approaches teaching with the understanding that getting better at golf is a long-term proposition and that big gains are realized through many tiny steps forward.

“You’re going to get better in small increments,” said Avret. "If we can hit one shot better in our next round that's going to give us more joy and satisfaction."

Clint and his staff take pride in doing whatever it takes to make sure golfers continue to improve their games and ultimately enjoy their time on the golf course even more. Clint also brings a lot of this perspective to his teaching and he knows that success can not be measured solely by the handicap indexes of his students... a great teacher makes the game fun.

“We’re also here to have a good time, relax and enjoy the game... At the end of the day it’s going to make a little bit of a difference and help you enjoy the game."

Thank you, Clint for making the game more enjoyable for so many golfers. And thank you for your continued support of Titleist.

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The LPGA Tour has provided some dramatic finishes this season and this past weekend was no different, as Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Sei Young Kim captured the LOTTE Championship with a pair of remarkable hole-outs. The 22-year old rookie from South Korea chipped in for par on the final hole of regulation to force a playoff, then holed out an 8-iron from 154 yards for eagle to win on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff .

“I still can’t believe what just happened,” Kim said after the win. “After the ANA (Inspiration), I had a tough time sleeping because that was my first opportunity to win a major tournament on the LPGA Tour. At the same time, I saw the possibility and the potential that I belonged there, and that I can win a major championship in the future.”

Kim, who starred on the Korean LPGA Tour before earning her LPGA card at Q-School in December, becomes the first two-time LPGA winner this year, having won the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic in the season’s second event. Before coming to the United States, she won five times on the Korean Tour, including a major.

This week’s win at Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu vaults her to the top of the Rolex Player of the Year standings.

Congratulations, Sei Young!

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS:

EUROPEAN TOUR: Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball, the winner of the inaugural Shenzhen International rallied to force a playoff and then birdied the first extra hole for victory. The eventual champion eagled the 17th hole in regulation with a putt of 18 feet to emerge from a congested leaderboard and tie for the lead.

In addition to the winner, five Titleist golf ball loyalists finished among the Top 10 at the event, including Peter Uihlein, Tom Lewis, David Howell, Wen-yi Huang and Julien Quesne, each of whom tied for 4th place.

 JAPAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Hendry captured his first career Japan Golf Tour title with a one shot victory at the season-opening Token Homemate Cup.

Hendry, who started the final round three shots behind the overnight leader, closed with a final nine 31 en route to a 7-under 64 and a 15-under 269 victory total.

"It's awesome to get across the line,” the New Zealand native said in a post-round interview. “Regaining the No 1 ranking in New Zealand is also a big goal of mine so this will help, too, and obviously if you can get to No 1 then things like the Olympics come into play.”

In addition to his maiden Japan Tour victory, Hendry also has won on the OneAsia and PGA Tour of Australasia.

What’s in Michael Hendry’s Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 915D2 (7.5) driver, 915F (15.0) fairway metal, 915Hd (17.5) hybrid, T-MB 716 3-iron, AP2 714 (4-9) irons, Vokey Design SM5 pitching (46), gap (52), and lob (58) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Select putter.

TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS:

In total, 5,846 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 913 and more than all competitors combined.

 With three more wins this week, Titleist’s 2015 victory count advances to 39. That's three times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.

THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING APRIL 19, 2015

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA TOUR RBC Heritage 82 15
European Tour Shenzhen International 98 22
LPGA Tour LOTTE Championship 106 11
Champions Tour Greater Gwinnett Championship 59 8
Web.com Tour El Bosque Mexico Championship 87 19
Japan Tour Token Homemate Cup 61 44
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