Titleist Brand Ambassador and reigning FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas certainly has a solid swing. TPI Co-Founder Dave Phillips recently sat down to take a closer look at his action throughout the swing and provide some expert analysis. 

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Titleist Introduces New 712 MB and CB Irons

TITLEIST INTRODUCES NEW MB AND CB IRONS FOR SKILLED GOLFERS
Updates the Classic Looks, Feel and Performance of Tour-Proven
Muscle Back and Cavity Back Blades.

Fairhaven, MA (September 29, 2011) - Staying true to its heritage of crafting high performance clubs for serious golfers, Titleist introduces new MB and CB forged irons (712 Series) featuring improved looks, feel and performance.  Both models build upon the tour-proven classic designs of their 710 series predecessors.  Brought to market in 2009, the 710 MB and CB irons confirmed Titleist as the leader in traditional forged iron design.  In fact, since their initial launch, the Titleist MB has been the most-played iron model on the PGA TOUR.  In combination with the CB, AP1 and AP2 models, Titleist irons have consistently been a leading choice of players across the worldwide professional tours.

“When we started formulating plans for the new MB and CB designs, we knew that the project would be a reinterpretation, not a complete reinvention,” said Steve Pelisek, General Manager, Titleist Golf Clubs.  “The original MB and CB models were so well received on Tour, as well as in the marketplace, that we knew we had succeeded in delivering the core design fundamentals that resonate with the traditional blade player.  We did identify through our work with the world's best players, however, some areas where we could make improvements, which we incorporated in the new models.  The new MB and CB still embody those key design elements that made the first generation so well accepted."

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The second Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas saw he could get a club on the ball, he was already pulling one of his Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges from the bag.

 His Pro V1x sat on edge of the water, two-thirds above the mucky surface and five feet below the elevated green.

Both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Playoffs titles were both on the line.

And there was only one thing on Bill's mind: "Play it like a bunker shot."

"If there's a little bit of water, if you don't mind getting your feet dirty, then (just) blast it out of there," Bill said.

Bill's wedge of choice: His Vokey Design Spin Milled 60º•E (E-grind), bent to 59º with 7º of bounce.

The 60º•E resembles the Vokey Design Spin Milled 60•07º wedge currently available through Titleist authorized retailers with C-C (Condition of Competiton) grooves. (It was available prior to this year with pre-2010 grooves.)

The wedge will also be available beginning Nov. 18 in the new Vokey Design Spin Milled 4 (SM4) wedge line as as 60•07º with a slight modification from the E-grind to the S-grind (pictured).

The E Grind features a narrow to medium sole with full bounce surface and straight relief along the trailing edge. Slight heel camber allows the blade to be easily opened for shot-making versatility. The moderate effective bounce and full bounce surface with camber make the E Grind another versatile wedge suitable for a wide variety of playing styles and conditions.

The S-grind is an E-grind with some additional heel relief.

Faced with perhaps the most difficult up-and-down of the 2011 PGA Tour season, Haas propelled the wedge into the water behind his Pro V1x and watched it pop into the air and land 3 feet past the hole.

"It came out perfect," he said. The Pro V1x hit the green and stopped dead, setting up perhaps the most impressive and important up-and-down of the PGA Tour season.

"I was lucky that it was a shot that I had to do something. I didn't have to guess, so it wasn't like should I bump-and-run it or should I putt it or whatever. I had a shot I had to hit, and I hit it."

Check out Bill's historic shot in the video below.

THE TOUR CHAMPION
Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas Captures TOUR Championship
and FedEx Cup in Dramatic Sudden Death Playoff

September 26, 2011 - Determination, perseverance and performance in the clutch were on display at the TOUR Championship, as Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas claimed both the regular season ending event and the coveted FedEx Cup in a thrilling sudden death playoff. Trusting a complete bag of Titleist equipment from tee-to-green, Haas showed remarkable resilience and creative shot making to top fellow Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Hunter Mahan in dramatic fashion on the third extra hole.

Haas shot a final round 2-under 68, and the pair finished regulation at 8-under 272, to advance to the richest sudden death playoff in golf history.  Haas’ most important shot proved to be his third at the par-4 17th (second playoff hole) after his approach dribbled into the water to the right of the green.  With most of his Pro V1x golf ball above the water line, he hit an explosion shot with his Vokey Design 60 degree E grind wedge with 7 degrees of bounce (60.07), to within 3 feet.  He saved par and forced the third and winning playoff hole.

WHAT'S IN BILL HAAS' BAG?:  Titleist Pro V1x golf ball; 910D2 driver (8.5); 910F fairway metal (13.5); CB 2-iron (712), CB 3-P (710); Vokey Design sand (54) and lob (60) wedges; Scotty Cameron Kombi belly putter.

- Three more Titleist golf ball loyalists - World No. 1 Luke Donald (Pro V1x), K.J. Choi (Pro V1) and Aaron Baddeley (Pro V1x) - tied for 3rd place, one shot out of the playoff, as each of the top five finishers and eight of the top 10 at the TOUR Championship trusted the #1 ball in golf for their success.

- Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott (Pro V1, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi Long putter) and Charles Howell III (Pro V1x) tied for 6th, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Bo Van Pelt (Pro V1, 909D2 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrid, CB 4/MB 5-9 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Timeless putter) finished solo 9th.

- The win was the third of Haas’ PGA TOUR career and his first of the season.  Last year, he won the Bob Hope Classic and the Viking Classic.  He had already participated in two three-man playoffs this year, at the Humana Challenge and The Greenbrier Classic.  Haas entered the week as a longshot to win the FedExCup.  He was ranked 25th out of the 30 participants in points.  He edged fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson by a mere 15 points for the $10 million bonus in the season-long race. 

STATS:  Trusting Titleist equipment from tee-to-green, Haas finished among the top 11 players in six statistical categories.  He was 9th in Driving Distance (299.9), 5th in Driving Accuracy (62.5%), 11th in Greens in Regulation (69.4%), first in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.580), 9th in Putts Per Round (28.8) and first in Birdies (22).

- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the TOUR Championship with 20 players, five times the nearest competitor with 4.   Titleist also was first in fairway metals (11);  iron sets (9), including 2 sets of new 712 prototype irons (1 AP2 and 1 MB set in play);  sand, lob and approach wedges (24); and putters (12).  Titleist was second in drivers (9), including 6 910D2 or 910D3 drivers in play; and hybrids (6). 

EUROPEAN TOUR:  Titleist Brand Ambassador Kenneth Ferrie (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, new CB prototype 712 series irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport putter) won the Austrian Golf Open in a playoff for his third career PGA European Tour title, and his first in six years.  Ferrie fired a final round 5-under 67 to finish at 12-under 276, won with a birdie on the first extra hole.

Eight players in the top-10 relied on a Titleist golf ball for their success.  Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event  with 94 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.
LPGA TOUR:  Europe regained control of The Solheim Cup for the first time since 2003 with a 15-13 victory over the USA at Killeen Castle in Ireland.

Fourteen of the 24 players who competed for this year's United States and European Solheim Cup teams are Titleist golf ball players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with three.  The winning European side features six Titleist golf ball players: Christel Boeljon, Caroline Hedwall, Maria Hjorth and Azahara Muñoz play Pro V1, while Catriona Matthew and Karen Stupples play Pro V1x.  For the United States, eight of the 12 team members rely on Titleist golf balls, including Pro V1 loyalists Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Juli Inkster and Ryann O'TooleChristina Kim, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lincicome play Pro V1x.

NATIONWIDE TOUR:  In an all-Titleist playoff at the Soboba Golf Classic, Ted Potter, Jr. (Pro V1x) birdied the second extra hole to outlast Andres Gonzales (Pro V1) and Miguel Angel Carballo (Pro V1x) for the win.  The victory marks the second win of the season for Potter, who also won the South Georgia Classic in May.  Potter fired a 5-under 66 in the final round, including a birdie on the 72nd hole to equal Gonzales and Carballo at 14-under 270.  He then birdied both playoff holes, topping Carballo on the first and Gonzales on the second.

- Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 110 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16.   Of the ten players who finished in the Top 10, eight relied on a Titleist golf ball for their success.  Titleist also was first in iron sets (43);  sand, lob and approach wedges (138); and putters (60).

SOUTH AFRICA: Jean Hugo (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, new MB prototype irons, Vokey Design wedges) claimed his third title of the year by winning the Vodacom Origins Final.  Hugo fired a final round 6-under 66 en route to an 8-under par 208 victory total, two clear of two players, including fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Louis de Jager (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges).

JAPAN TOUR:  At the Asian-Pacific Panasonic Open, Titleist Brand Ambassador Do Hoon Kim (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design pitching wedge, Vokey TVD sand and lob wedges) and fellow South Korean countryman S.K. Ho (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 910H hybrids, prototype CB 712 series irons, Vokey TVD approach wedge, Vokey Design lob wedge) tied for 2nd, three shots behind the winner.  Kim and Ho posted 5-under 279's at the event, jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.

Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open with 70 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 23. Titleist also was first in hybrids (40); irons sets (32); and wedges (111).  
   
CHINA TOUR:  Hsu Mong Nan (ProV1x) of Chinese Taipei captured the China PGA Champions Tour Xiamen event, marking his first-ever win on the China Tour.  Hsu posted a 2-under par 286 victory total, five clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Wu Wei Huang (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design approach, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) and Tsai Chi Huang (Pro V1x).  In fact, nine of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

Titleist was the top choice in golf balls at the event with 103 players (81%), compared to 13 players for the nearest competitor.  Titleist also was first in fairway metals (51), hybrids (56), iron sets (40), sand, lob and approach wedges (146), and putters (44).

KOREA:  SoonSang Hong (Pro V1x, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Del Mar Circle T Putter) relied on solid iron shots and formidable putting to top DoGyu Park (Pro V1x, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrids, Vokey Design approach and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Laguna 1.5 putter) 4 and 3 in the final of the Munsingwear Championship.  It marks Hong's first match play title. With the victory, Hong climbs from No. 3 to No. 1 in the KPGA money Ranking.  Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 20 of the 32 players in the event, five times more than the nearest competitor with 4.



With one foot in a lake, two hands on his Vokey Design Spin Milled wedge and the game's richest prize on the line, Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas stood over his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and hit one of the PGA Tour's all-time clutch shots Sunday afternoon at East Lake, propelling him to victories in both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Playoffs.

 On the second hole of an all-Titleist playoff with Pro V1x loyalist Hunter Mahan, Haas' approach shot hit the left side of the 17th green and dribbled to the edge of the lake, leaving about one-third of his ball sitting below the water line.

Haas never hesitated, trusting his Titleist golf ball and equipment would reward him for a great swing.

"We get up there and that's when I see the ball, and I say in my head, 'I have a shot,' " said Haas, who immediately pulled his Vokey Design Spin Milled 60•E (bent to 59º) wedge from his bag, hopped down the four-foot embankment, stuck one foot in the water and waggled his wedge over his Pro V1x.

"You play it like a bunker shot, for those of you that want to know, if there's a little bit of water, if you don't mind getting your feet dirty, and then blast it out of there," he said. "It came out perfect."

Haas' Pro V1x golf ball floated out of the lake, landed 3 feet past the hole, spun and stopped. (You can watch a replay in the video below.) He tapped in for par to halve the hole and extend the playoff.

"I won't forget it," said Haas, who also made a remarkable up-and-down from the right side of the 18th green to have the first playoff hole, sinking a downhill, bending 12-footer for par. "That's for sure."

 About 15 minutes later, Haas executed another perfect stroke with his Scotty Cameron Kombi Mid putter, rolling in his Pro V1x from 5 feet for a two-putt par to win the Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and all the perks and prizes (including $11.4 million) that go along with them.

Titleist golf ball players have now won over 70 percent (28 of 39) of events played this season on the PGA Tour, with 13 Titleist Brand Ambassadors combining for 16 of those victories.

Haas' victory was also one of six on the week for Titleist Pro V1x players, bringing the 2011 win total across the worldwide professional tours to 129, 108 more than the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.

At the Tour Championship, eight of the top 10 players on the final leader board trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success, with Haas and Mahan each finishing regulation at 8-under 272. Haas, who moved to No. 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking, was the only player to shoot four rounds in the 60s (68-67-69-68), leading the field with 22 birdies and 1.58 putts per green in regulation.

Luke Donald (Pro V1x), K.J. Choi (Pro V1,) and Aaron Baddeley (Pro V1x) shared third place at 7-under 273. Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott (Pro V1) and Charles Howell III (Pro V1x) tied for sixth at 6-under 274, and Titleist Brand Ambassador Bo Van Pelt tied for ninth another shot back.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Tour Championship with 20 players, five times the nearest competitor with four and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in fairway metals (11); iron sets (9);  sand, lob and approach wedges (24); and putters (12).

Here's a closer look at Bill Haas' Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º (Fujikura Speeder 757)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º (Fujikura Motore VC 8.1)
Irons: Titleist CB 2-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 54•10º, 60º•E (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Kombi Mid



(Video courtesy PGATour.com)

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