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Posted: May 28, 2012
Two of golf's best short games took starring roles over the weekend as Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson and Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald raised trophies on different sides of the Atlantic.
Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment, Johnson captured his eighth PGA Tour victory Sunday evening at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial after a duel with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner (Pro V1).
Earlier in the day at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, Donald broke 70 for the fourth-consecutive round to win comfortably and regain the World No. 1 ranking.
Victories by Pro V1 players Roger Chapman (Senior PGA Championship) and Hiroyuki Fujita (Japan Tour) resulted in a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.
Through the first five months of 2012, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have combined for 65 wins across the worldwide professional tours, more than eight times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all competitors combined. A total of 7,953 players have relied on Titleist golf balls for their success in those same events, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 1,332 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Johnson's victory, his second in three years at Colonial, was the masterwork of a short game that currently ranks fourth in the PGA Tour's Scrambling statistic (66.23 percent).
Gaming three Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Johnson got his Pro V1x up-and-down 21 of 26 times over the four days on his way to a 12-under 268 victory total (64-67-65-72).
In Round 3, Johnson needed only eight one-putts in a front-nine 31 that also featured a chip-in birdie on No. 2. Only two players in PGA Tour history have played nine hole with less putts.
"My short game carried me," Johnson, 36, said after Saturday's six-birdie, one-bogey 65.
It marked the 16th victory for Titleist golf ball players through the first 23 events of the 2012 PGA Tour season.
Dufner, who had won twice in his last three starts, finished one shot back of Johnson at 11-under 269, as Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players occupied 10 of the top 12 positions on the final leader board.
Five Titleist golf ball loyalists tied for fifth place at 5-under 275, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Chris Kirk (Pro V1x ), Rickie Fowler (Pro V1x ), Ryan Palmer (Pro V1x ), John Huh (Pro V1 ) and Harris English (Pro V1).
Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane (Pro V1x) tied for 10th at 3-under 277 along with Pro V1x loyalists Jonathan Byrd and Jonas Blixt.
Of the 120 players in the field, 86 relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12. Titleist also led the field in iron sets (37); sand, lob and approach wedges (126); and putters (51).
Here's a closer look at Zach Johnson's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D2 9.5º (Diamana Blue 73)3-wood: Titleist 910F 15º (Motore Speeder VC 7.0)5-wood: Titleist 909F2 18.5º (ZCOM Pro 95)Hybrid: Titleist 909H 21º (Speeder 904HB)Irons: Titleist AP1 (4) and AP2 (5-9) 712 Series (Dynamic Gold)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 48º, 54º, 60V (Dynamic Gold)
• EUROPEAN TOUR: Luke Donald won for the sixth time in the last 15 months with his second consecutive victory at the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour's flagship event.
His trademark consistency into and around the greens at Wentworth resulted in rounds of 68-68-69-68 for a 15-under 273 total and four-shot victory. Donald, who currently ranks first on the PGA Tour in scrambling (67.96 percent), was the only player to shoot all four rounds in the 60s.
"With his short game and him making 20- and 30-footers, he's tough to beat," one of his opponents said.
Donald played his final 13 holes in 5 under and without a bogey.
"To come and defend and get back to (World No. 1) is very sweet indeed," said Donald, 34. "I just needed to settle down a bit. This is a big week and I felt some of the pressure. I take a great amount of satisfaction. It means I am doing the right things – the hard work is paying off and I have a great team around me."
Pro V1x loyalist Paul Lawrie finished co-runner-up at 11-under 227 after closing in 6-under 66.
A total of 81 players in the field trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, three times more than the nearest competitor with 27 and more than all competitors combined.
• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Roger Chapman cruised to his first major championship title with a wire-to-wire victory at the Senior PGA Championship.
"It's the greatest day of my professional career," said Chapman, 53. "No question about that."
Chapman posted rounds of 68-67-64-72 at Harbor Shores for a 13-under 271 total, two shots clear of Pro V1 loyalist John Cook.
On Saturday, he rolled his Pro V1 in for five birdies over a seven-hole stretch on the back nine to give himself a five-shot cushion heading into the final round.
"It's the best feeling in the world," he said. "This is what we strive for, this is what we practice and work hard for."
In the end, Chapman topped a leader board that featured seven Titleist golf ball players in the top 10. Of the 155 players in the event, 109 relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all other golf balls combined.
• JAPAN TOUR: Hiroyuki Fujita (Pro V1) closed with a 73 to capture the Diamond Cup Golf 2012. Fujita finished at 14-under 274 and won by three shots over Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Pro V1x).
Last week's winner at the Totoumi Hamamatsu Open, Jay Choi (Pro V1x) tied for third at 10-under 278 along with Yauharu Imano (Pro V1x) and Hidezumi Shirakata (Pro V1x) .
The win marks the 13th JGTO victory for Fujita and his second of the year. He also captured the Tsuruya Open in April.
• NCAA DIVISION 1 WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: Titleist was the golf ball of choice at the NCAA Division 1 Women's Championship, where 115 players trusted the #1 Ball in Golf, more than 14 times the nearest competitor with 8, and more than all other competing golf balls combined.
Posted: May 24, 2012
Titleist Tour Rep Chris Tuten and Scotty Cameron Tour Rep Larry Silveira, two of our equipment experts working with players each week on the PGA Tour, recently checked in with Team Titleist to answer many of your equipment questions.
Chris and Larry shared a lot of great information and insight (as usual), while filming their answers inside the Titleist Tour Van. Check out the videos below.
Steve F. asks: Do players on the PGA tour typically have their irons bent to a stronger loft? It seems like these guys hit their irons incredibly long!
Dean R. asks: What are the differences in the irons and woods a pro uses versus the Average Joe? They attain more distance off their clubs than ones off the shelves. Thanks.
Charles H. asks: What loft driver does Zach Johnson normally play? (If you can provide shaft weight, stiffness, brand grip, etc.) Thanks.
Josh G. asks: What's the most common thing for a player to ask for at the Tour Van and which day is the busiest?
Ron N. asks: How light should my clubs be for a 75 to 80 mph swing speed? I am 70 years young and love the game.
Javier G. asks: I'm thinking of buying a set of SM4 Wedges (52, 56 and 60 degrees). I play on a course that is usually wet, mostly in the morning. Should I go with a lower or higher bounce? Fairways are tight and the ball sits down.
Brent S. asks: How often is putter loft/lie checked or altered by tour golfers? Does the putter bend during normal use, i.e. leaning on it while getting ball from the hole or from so much travelling? Noticed that some players that use a plumber neck are very careful not to support themselves on it. Thanks!
Tim T. asks: How different is PGA Tour golf now than it was when you were playing?
Posted: May 22, 2012
At last week's HP Byron Nelson Classic, Jason led the field in Greens in Regulation (80.6 percent) and finished second in Driving Accuracy (75 percent), making 19 birdies over the four rounds.
In this episode, Titleist Performance Institute co-founder Dave Phillips reveals a body preparation and motor skill for you to practice at home so you can achieve Jason's key move – the point at which he changes direction in his golf swing.
If anything you see is difficult to achieve or painful, please consult a local TPI Professional.
Posted: May 21, 2012
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner charged to his second PGA Tour title Sunday evening in Texas in statistically-stunning fashion, just 22 days after winning his first.
Trusting a Pro V1 golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment, Dufner, 35, made a 25-footer for birdie on the 18th hole at TPC Four Seasons Resort, to capture the HP Byron Nelson Classic by one shot and lead a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.
Following in Dufner's recent footsteps, Azahara Munoz (Pro V1) and Jay Choi (Pro V1x) each found the winner's circle on their respective tours for the first time, while Nicolas Colsaerts (Pro V1x) claimed the biggest win of his career in Europe.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now combined for 61 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2012, more than eight times the nearest competitor with seven and more than all competitors combined.
A total of 7,571 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,235 and more than all other golf balls combined.
How to best sum up Dufner's week in the Lone Star State? Fairways and greens. (And birdies, too.)
Dufner, who closed in 3-under 67 for an 11-under 269 total, one shot ahead of Pro V1 loyalist Dicky Pride, put on a clinic when it came to his key golf stats.
Dufner, who carries new AP2 (712 Series) irons and Vokey Design SM4 wedges (54º & 60º), lead the field in Greens in Regulation at 80.6 percent.Using his Titleist 910D2 9.5º driver, he also ranked second for the week in Driving Accuracy, hitting 75 percent of fairways at TPC Four Seasons.
That all added up to 19 birdies (tied for first), including two over his final three holes Sunday.
On the par-5 16th, Dufner used his SM4 60º wedge to blast his Pro V1 out to 6 feet for birdie.
On the 18th, Dufner stood over a 25-footer for birdie with his Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 2 Prototype in his hands.
You know what happened next.
"For some reason I had a really good visual on that putt. I don't read putts, I don't say to myself, that putt breaks a cup or two cups, I just try to see visually where I want the ball to roll, see it going in the hole visually, and that felt good," said Dufner.
"I really got locked into the line that I wanted and focused on making the putt, thinking about making a good stroke and about halfway there I thought it had a good chance."
Dufner broke through with his first PGA Tour victory April 29 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. A week later, he got married. As of today, he is No. 1 in the FedExCup Playoff standings.
"You probably couldn't dream it any better than what's been going on here. …," he said. "To win two events and get married in the span of 22 days, pretty remarkable."
Dufner was one of 102 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in sand, lob and approach wedges (121); and putters.
Titleist golf ball players occupied four of the top six position on the leader board, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman (Pro V1x) and rookie Jonas Blixt (Pro V1x), who tied for third.
Here's a closer look at Jason Dufner's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1Driver: Titleist 910D2 9.5º (Diamana 'ahina 60)3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º (Diamana 'ilima 80)5-wood: Titleist 906F2 18º (Grafalloy Prolite)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 19º (Project X PXi Steel)Irons: Titleist AP2 (712 Series) 4-PW (Project X PXi Steel)Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 54º, 60º (Dynamic Gold Spinner)Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 2 Prototype
• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Nicolas Colsaerts claimed his second-career European Tour title Sunday at Volvo World Match Play Championship.
The long-hitting Colsaerts, who captured his first career win at the 2011 Volvo China Open, triumphed on a severely windy day at Finca Cortesin, with winds gusting over 30 mph.
“It means everything. Where do I start?” said Colsaerts, 29. “… I played well in tough conditions. Wind like this, you know it's going to be very difficult."
Three of the final four players relied upon Pro V1x golf balls for their success. Colsaert's semifinal match with Paul Lawrie (Pro V1x) in the morning began with him losing the first four holes, but he then rallied to win on the 20th hole.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Pro V1x) dropped his semifinal match on the final hole.
• LPGA: It was an all-Pro V1 final at the Sybase Match Play Championship, where Azahara Munoz topped Candie Kung, 2 and 1, to win her first LPGA title.
After making the turn all square, Munoz took control of the finale by rolling her Pro V1 in for birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 to take a 2-up lead.
It was a lead she would not relinquish.
"It feels amazing," said Munoz, who sealed the win with a par at No. 17.
"I've been working really hard and I finally got it, so hopefully I can get many more, makes it easier."
Munoz was one of 43 players in the event that trusted Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, seven times more than the nearest competitor with six and more than all other golf balls combined.
• JAPAN TOUR: Jay Choi (Pro V1x) posted a bogey-free 7-under 65 to come from behind and earn his first Japan Golf Tour win by one shot at the Totoumi Hamamatsu Open 2012.
Choi closed out his final round with four one-putts and two birdies, including his winning birdie on the par-5 18th.
He finished at 16-under 272.
Kurt Barnes (Pro V1), who also closed with a 7-under 65, and S.K. Ho (Pro V1x) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Runner-up Cameron Percy (Pro V1) was one of 114 Titleist golf ball players at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, nearly 100 more than the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also first in iron sets (49); sand, lob and approach wedges (180); and putters (66).
• KOREA/ONE ASIA TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the SK Telecom Open with 110 players, nearly 11 times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Seven of the10 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties at the event relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including runner-up Sang-Hyun (Pro V1).
Posted: May 14, 2012
Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyle Stanley is tonight's guest on "Golf Fitness Academy presented by Titleist" (5:30 p.m. EDT on Golf Channel). Stanley, the winner of the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open, demonstrates how he builds physical speed and power in the gym to match the speed and power found in his Titleist golf bag.
If you want to learn how a PGA Tour champion improves his golf fitness, be sure to watch this episode of "Golf Fitness Academy."
As always, find your local TPI Certified Instructor at http://www.mytpi.com/FIND
Past episodes of Golf Fitness Academy can be found on iTunes at http://bit.ly/iTunes_GFA