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Posted: August 25, 2011
Not long after hoisting the trophy Sunday evening at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson was in a car with his wife and 6-month-old son, heading home to Charlotte.
"It was already past (my son's) bedtime," Webb said, "so my wife and I whispered on the
way home to make sure he stayed asleep."
Webb, 26, has spent plenty of time this year making noise, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment to one of the most consistent seasons on the PGA Tour.
With his victory at the the Wyndham, Webb moved to No. 3 in the FedEx Cup points standings, finishing off a regular season that included seven top-10 finishes and 15 top-25's, including runner-ups at the
Transitions Championship and Zurich Classic of New Orleans."It meant the world to me," he said Tuesday at The Barclays, the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. "I played pretty well all year, I had
a few chances to win, but didn't quite get it done. So I felt the pressure
of winning rise a little bit. So to win in Greensboro,
the area I'm from, was pretty awesome. I had all of my friends and
family there to celebrate with me. So, it was great."
Before arriving home Sunday night, Webb pulled through the drive-thru at Wendy's for a late snack. "Dinner of champions," Webb said, smiling.
They ate in front of the television, glued to the coverage of his first PGA Tour victory.
Webb checked in with Team Titleist on the range Tuesday at The Barclays to talk about the win and one of his key shots down the stretch, which you can watch in the above video.
Posted: August 24, 2011
Early Monday morning at The Barclays, long before any players had arrived for the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the only sounds heard in the locker room at at Plainfield (N.J.) Country Club were from the opening and closing of lockers.
It was delivery time for the new Prototype Titleist Vokey Design SM4 wedges, signaling the official start of the seeding and tour validation process critical to the development of all Titleist golf equipment.
"It was a great surprise today when I opened the locker and I saw three new wedges in there," said Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson.
Later in the day, Karlsson spent about 45 minutes on the range with Master Craftsman Bob Vokey, testing the new Prototype SM4 wedges and giving Bob feedback on the new SM4 groove technology with three additional scoring lines.Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings hadn't planned on going to the course Monday until he found out what was waiting for him in his locker.
"I wanted to try out the new wedges," Scott said. "I couldn't wait."Check out the slideshow below for pictures from Day 1 of the seeding and tour validation process. And stay tuned to the Tour Blog for more updates, video and pictures from The Barclays.
Two of the early arrivals to The Barclays this week were Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bo Van Pelt and Robert Karlsson, both of whom opened their lockers to find new Prototype Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled Wedges, built to their specifications.
Bo and Robert both spent a lot of time on the range Monday afternoon, testing the new Prototype SM4 wedges and getting dialed-in with the help of Master Craftsman Bob Vokey and Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill.
Check out the video above to hear Bo and Robert talk about their first impressions of the new Prototype SM4 wedges and having the opportunity to take part in the tour validation process.
Posted: August 20, 2011
When selecting and evaluating which golf ball will perform best for your game and help you lower your score, it's worth remembering."A golf ball can't tell the handicap of the golfer hitting it - it merely responds to being impacted." says Titleist Golf Ball Product Manager Mike Whitlock. "The Pro V1 is an amazing product, but it can't determine whether a player is a high or low handicap golfer""Every day golfers make their golf ball choice under the misconception that their handicaps are too high to play Pro V1x or Pro V1x golf balls. "I'm not good enough to play the Pro V1," is a comment often heard. Every day across the country, our Titleist Golf Ball Fitting experts meet golfers under the false impression that their handicaps are too high to play Pro V1x or Pro V1x golf balls."I'm not good enough to play the Pro V1," is the common refrain."It's also a myth," says Bill Morgan, Senior Vice President of Titleist Golf Ball R&D."Switching to a certain golf ball because you think you're not good enough will actually prevent you from getting better."
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls are designed for golfers of all skill levels, swing speeds and handicaps.Why? Because all golfers need the same thing."They
need a golf ball that performs consistently and a golf ball that will
help them score better," says Morgan. "Our focus on making our golf
balls perform in the shots to the green will help golfers of all skill
levels shoot lower scores.
you change to a different golf ball simply because you think you’re not
good enough, you’re actually making it more difficult to hit shots into
the green and you’re not allowing yourself to be rewarded for your best swings," says Morgan.Titleist's green-to-tee ball fitting
methodology is based on the fact that most scoring opportunities are
created by shots into the green, and improving your game in those areas
will have the most game-changing affects.
As Morgan points out, one of the biggest differences between highly-skilled and lesser-skilled golfers is the number of
shots they hit into the green. Research shows that as a player's
handicap increases, so does the number of shots hit into the target.“The spin and flight characteristics and performance control of Pro
V1 and Pro V1x golf balls make it easier for you to execute those types of
shots in and around the putting surface, and help you hit it closer to the
target,” adds Morgan.
“It’s a straightforward equation. The closer you hit it to the hole, the
better your chances to make the putt and shoot a better score.”
Where all the pieces of Pro V1 and Pro V1x technology intersect is in their
ability to deliver the best short-game performance without having to sacrifice
on other attributes such as distance.
All Titleist golf balls are long, as distance differences between models off the driver from lower- to higher-handicap players are less than four yards. Hitting your golf ball three yards longer off the tee won't have a significant impact on your score. Hitting your golf ball three yards closer to the pin will."Because that’s the part of the game that matters the most and that’s where all the golfers are really the same," says Morgan.
"Tour pros have the same requirements in that part of the game. Hit it close. Not hit it far."To learn more about Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting and try the online Titleist Golf Ball Selection Tool, click here.
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Posted: August 15, 2011
Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Friesen played near-flawless golf to win the Price Cutter Charity Championship, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment to his first Nationwide Tour victory.Friesen, 34, rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for three birdies over his final three holes Sunday at Highland Springs Country Club (Springfield, Mo.) to finish off a bogey-free final-round 8-under 64 for a 26-under 262 total and five-shot victory."It's been a magical week. I feel like I belong," Friesen told PGATour.com.Friesen's victory was one three on the weekend for Titleist Pro V1x golf ball players around the world, including wins by Pro V1x loyalists Andre Stolz (OneAsia Tour) and Darren Fichardt (Sunshine Tour).Titleist golf ball players have now combined for 106 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.At the Price Cutter Charity Championship, Friesen couldn't miss, making 25 birdies, one eagle and just one bogey over the 72 holes.Gaming a Scotty Cameron Del Mar putter, he finished T-1 in putts per green in regulation (1.6) and needed only 24 putts on Sunday. He used his Titleist CB irons to finish T-5 in greens in regulation (83.3 percent) and found 75 percent of his fairways (T-8) using his Titleist 910D3 8.5º driver."There are so many great players on this tour that I knew I had to go real low today," he told PGATour.com "When you have an opportunity like this you want to take advantage of it."Pro V1x loyalist Gavin Coles posted a final round six-under 66 to finish second. ??Five players tied for third place, including Pro V1x loyalists Cliff Kresge, Paul Claxton and Ted Potter, Jr. and Pro V1 loyalist Josh Broadaway.??
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Price Cutter Charity Championship with 104 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.
??Titleist also was first in iron sets (T-43); sand, lob and approach wedges (148); and putters (70). Here's a closer look at Steve Friesen's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º, A•1 SureFit Tour Setting (Mitsubishi Diamana Kai'li 70)3-wood: Titleist 906F2 13º (Proforce V2 86) Hybrid: Titleist 910H 17º, A•1 Setting (Project X HC1)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 20º, A•1 Setting (Project X HC1)Irons: CB 4-PW (Project X)Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled TVD52º, 60º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Putter: Scotty Cameron Del Mar?• ONEASIA TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Andre Stolz captured the Thailand Open in Bangkok for his second title on the 2011 OneAsia Tour. Stolz, who also won the Indonesia PGA Championship in March, fired a final-round 9-under 63 for a 22-under 266 total and two-shot victory at at Suwan Golf and Country Club.?Titleist Brand Ambassadors Choi Jin-ho and Brent McCullough tied for third place at 17-under 271, as 10 of the 14 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
??Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 115 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.??
Titleist also was first in iron sets (68); and hybrids (61).?• SUNSHINE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Darren Fichardt came back to win the Vodacom Origin of Golf event at Wild Coast Country Club for his 11th-career victory on the South African Sunshine Tour.Fichardt closed with a bogey-free 6-under 64 for a 6-under 204 total and one-shot victory. His final round featured a back-nine 30 that included three birdies and an eagle.Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jbe Kruger, Christiaan Basson, Jean Hugo and Shaun Norris tied for third place along with Pro V1 loyalist Tjaart van der Walt, three shots back of the winner.Six of the top seven finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. ??Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice with 71 percent of the field.• PGA TOUR: Titleist golf ball players occupied nine of the top 10 positions on the final leader board at the PGA Championship, including playoff runner-up Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner.Ninety-four players at the PGA Championship relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 25 and more than all competitors combined.Titleist also was first in iron sets (50); sand, lob and approach wedges (141); and putters (54).