It's time again for another edition of our Team Titleist member spotlight series, and this month we're featuring Ted Davies, from Spring, Texas. You may know Ted by his Team Titleist handle, PULPLVR, and he is a devoted contributor to our forum discussions and a true student of the game.

 Always quick to share the knowledge he's acquired in a lifetime of playing golf, Ted is a valuable resource to our community and we're happy to shine the spotlight on him, so let’s get to know Ted a little better...

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

When I was 11, living in Oklahoma City, there was a lighted golf course not too far from our house. I played baseball and tennis, but was looking for something I could do that did not require other participants. I had been to driving ranges before, but had not played. One evening I rode my bicycle to the course and played until quite late. My parents were wondering where I was. I was hooked. After we moved to Casper, WY that summer, I started in earnest, riding my bicycle or walking to the municipal course frequently during the summers and playing as much as I could.

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

Pro V1. It’s the best all-around ball for me and my game that I’ve found. I don’t spin the ball a lot and the Pro V1 gives me that little bit more I need around the greens.

I decided last year to buy custom number 70, for my age (and for my target score). I personalized the balls with my initials, Team Titleist, and FJ Ambassador. I mark these as I do all my Pro V1’s with a green dot above the capital “T” and a blue dot below the final “t” of Titleist.

What's your favorite Titleist club in the bag? 

I’d love to say my Scotty, but that’s not true. The club I’ve come to rely on most frequently is my 24 degree 910h. It gives me good distance (170-180) and I can hit it from a wide variety of lies.

How often are you thinking about your golf game and getting better? What are you currently working on? 

I think about my game frequently. Like most Team Titleist members, I read various golf magazines, both hard copy and on line, and check out lots of playing tips from various sources. I’ve gone to a couple of three day golf schools and have been working off and on with a swing coach at my local course. The principal area we concentrate on is the short game, the scoring part of every round. Chipping, pitching, and, especially, putting.

What's your best score and where did you shoot it? 

My best score is 71, one under. I managed that once several years ago in northern Virginia, playing late one day with my wife on the municipal course in Herndon, VA. I managed it again a couple of years ago here in Texas, on one of the two courses I call home, WindRose GC. I’d love to better my age soon, so I can claim at least a slight improvement.

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

My older brother and I played together when we could while we both resided in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in the ‘90s and 2000’s. We had attended the U.S. Senior Open at Caves Valley in 2002, the AT&T Invitational at Congressional in 2008, and were planning to attend the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional together. I had requested and received tickets from the USGA in 2010 and we were all set. In 2010, however, he was diagnosed with cancer and did not survive to the Open. I attended the tournament, carrying a photo of him with me in his memory.

What's the best piece of golf advice you have ever received?

Don’t try to recover from a poor shot with a heroic one. You’ll just get yourself into further difficulty. Take your medicine and give yourself a chance for a one putt par or no worse than bogey.

Have any on-course superstitions?

I carry two tees (one long, one short), a ball mark repair tool, and a ball mark in my right pocket. The ball marker may be a Titleist or FootJoy marker, one of several poker chip type markers I have, or a larger foreign coin.

Thank you, Ted!

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After an exciting year of dramatic finishes, historic performances and budding rivalries, we've reached the final act of the 2014-2015 season as the PGA Tour heads to Edison, NJ for the start of the FedExCup Playoffs.

First up is The Barclays, where Plainfield Country Club will play host. The 7,091-yard, par-70 Donald Ross layout features thick rough (measuring 6-8 inches in some places) and certainly puts a premium on finding fairways.

And being in position off the tee is going to be critical for players as they look to finish inside the Top 100 in FedExCup Playoff points and advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Team Titleist was inside the ropes earlier this week at Plainfield Country Club to capture the playoff excitement as the PGA Tour's best make their final push for season-long honors.

Check out the gallery above and enjoy some of our favorite shots from The Barclays. And good luck to #TeamTitleist this weekend!

TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS

 Titleist is the top choice at The Barclays with 76 players in the field trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That's more than six times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also led the field in the hybrid (21) and iron (31) categories. Vokey Design wedges topped the approach, sand and lob wedge (107) category and Scotty Cameron putters were the top choice in the putter (47) category.

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ANDRADE SOARS TO FIRST CHAMPIONS TOUR TITLE

Fifteen years after becoming the first player to win with a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, Billy Andrade (Pro V1) used it again to capture his first career individual Champions Tour title at the Boeing Classic. Andrade finished at 9-under-par for a 207 total after opening with scores of 69 and 65 to take a three-shot lead into the final round. He never lost the lead and edged fellow golf ball loyalist Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) by one shot.

THE COUNTS:

Titleist was the top golf ball of choice at the Boeing Classic with 56 players in the field of 81 trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success. That's eight times the nearest competitor with 7 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (17) category and Titleist Vokey Design wedges were the top choice in the approach, sand and lob wedge (41) category.

Andrade’s win is the 11th for Titleist players on the 2015 Champions Tour, more than twice the nearest competitor with 5.

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KIZZIRE CLAIMS SECOND TITLE OF SEASON

Titleist Brand Ambassador Patton Kizzire (Pro V1x) captured the News Sentinel Open for his second Web.com Tour title of the season. Kizzire closed with his second straight 7-under-par 64 to post a 20-under-par 264 victory total. Kizzire finished four strokes ahead of two players, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Fritsch (Pro V1). Kizzire, who won the Utah Championship last month, maintains his top spot on the Web.com "The 25" money list with this latest victory.

WHAT’S IN PATTON KIZZIRE'S BAG
 Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver:  Titleist 913D3 (9.5º)
Fairway: Titleist 915F (16.5º)
Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19º)
Utility Iron: Titleist 712U (4)
Irons: Titleist  CB (5-6)
Titleist MB (7-PW)
Wedges: Vokey Design TVD 52º
Vokey Design TVD 56º
Vokey Design SM5 60º
Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Select


THE COUNTS:

Titleist golf balls were the top choice with 100 players in the field of 156 trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That's more than five times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice in the irons (43) category and Titleist Vokey Design wedges were the top choice in the approach, sand and lob wedge (156) category.

Titleist golf ball loyalists have now won 11 times on the 2015 Web.com Tour nearly three times the nearest competitor with 4. 

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IT'S A SWEET 16TH WIN FOR HUGO 

Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo (Pro V1x) captured the Vodacom Origin of Golf at San Lameer to earn his 16th career Sunshine Tour title this past weekend. Hugo finished with a 6-under-par 210 victory total, one shot clear of Titleist golf ball loyalists Peter Karmis (Pro V1x) and Derick Petersen (Pro V1x)JC Ritchie (Pro V1x) finished solo fifth, three shots behind Hugo, as four of the top five finishers all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

WHAT’S IN JEAN HUGO'S BAG
 Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver:  Titleist 915D3
Fairway: Titleist 915F
Irons: Titleist MB 716 prototype
Wedges: Vokey Design SM5 52º
Vokey Design SM5 56º
Vokey Design SM5 60º


THE COUNTS:

Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 116 with 83 players trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success. That's more than three times the nearest competitor with 23. The win was the sixth on this year’s Sunshine Tour for Titleist golf ball loyalists, twice the nearest competitor. 

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BRANSDON PREVAILS IN PLAYOFF

Titleist Brand Ambassador David Bransdon (Pro V1x) recorded his third career victory on the PGA Tour of Australasia with a victory at the Queensland Open. Bransdon topped fellow golf ball loyalist Rohan Blizzard (Pro V1x) with a birdie on the third hole of a sudden death playoff. Both players finished at 12-under par, a tournament record at Brookwater GC.

WHAT’S IN DAVID BRANSDON'S BAG
 Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver:  Titleist 915D3
Fairway: Titleist 915F
Utility Irons: Titleist T-MB 716 prototype (2 and 3)
Irons: Titleist MB 716 prototype (4 - PW)
Wedges: Vokey Design 56º
Vokey Design 60º
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura


THE COUNTS:

Titleist topped the golf ball count with 96 players, including 12 of the 13 who finished among the top 10 and ties.

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THE #1 BALL AT THE U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

This year, among the field of 312 golfers looking to claim top amateur honors, 234 players trusted Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success. That's more than five times the nearest competitor with 40 and three times all competitors combined.

Titleist also led the field across most major club categories including fairway metals (120), hybrids (101), utility irons (38) and iron sets (113). Titleist Vokey Design wedges also topped the approach, sand and lob wedges (440) category and Scotty Cameron putters (127) were the top choice in the putter category.

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TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS:

In total, 15,987 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2015 worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with 2,682 and more than all competitors combined.

With these latest wins, Titleist’s 2015 victory count advances to 106. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 26 and more than all competitors combined.

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA TOUR Wyndham Championship 100 20
EUROPEAN TOUR Made in Denmark 112 16
LPGA TOUR Canadian Pacific Women's Open 116 9
CHAMPIONS TOUR Boeing Classic 56 7
WEB.COM TOUR News Sentinel Open 100 18
CANADIAN TOUR National Capital Open 95 23
SUNSHINE TOUR Vodacom Origins of Golf - San Lameer 83 23
AMATEUR U.S. Amateur Championship 234 40

 

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