It's been 32 years since the U.S. Open was last contested at Merion Golf Club's famed East Course. Designed by Hugh Wilson, Merion sits on a modest 120 acres outside of Philadelphia. The East Course will play a shade under 7,000 yards this week, diminutive by modern U.S. Open standards.

Merion will present a very difficult, but an infinitely fair test of golfing skill. And with precision at a premium, it's no surprise that 97 players are trusting their chances for a U.S. Open title to a Titleist golf ball, more than four times the nearest competitor with 23 and more than all other golf balls combined.

In fact, 2013 marks the 65th consecutive year that Titleist has been the #1 golf ball of choice at the U.S Open Championship.

Titleist also tied for first in iron sets this week (37), and was an overwhelming favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedges category (159).

For a look at some of the Titleist players and equipment in this week’s championship field, take a look at Team Titleist’s video from the practice rounds by clicking the video at the top of the post.

What does it take to win the U.S. Open?

Each year a new script is written and each host course typically makes it mark among the history books as the twist and turns unfold.

Last year at the Olympic Club, it came down to a clutch par save on the 72nd hole for Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson, as he secured the victory and added the title of U.S. Open Champion to his resume.

So what was the winning recipe for Webb?

“In the U.S. Open, more importantly than anything, is the mental side of it. You’ve got to be tough. You’ve got to be patient. You’ve got to let things come to you,” said Webb.

Hear what else Webb had to say in the video above as he prepares to defend his title at Merion and see a special moment that we captured earlier in the year that features some pretty exclusive Pro V1x golf balls.

We all know there is a lot of hard work and preparation that goes into a player’s game as they get ready to tee it up at the U.S. Open.

To help provide an insider’s perspective, Team Titleist asked one of its resident experts, Dave Phillips (Co-Founder of the Titleist Performance Institute and Top 100 Instructor) to shed some light on the key shots that players will need to have in their bag this week.

And it just so happens that Merion is one of Dave’s favorite courses, so he was happy to share a few tips on how to manage tough lies out of the rough and how to find the short grass on narrow fairways.

Even though most of us won’t be teeing it up at the U.S. Open, we think these tips will translate well into our games and hopefully help save us all a few strokes the next time we find ourselves in a similar situation.

Watch the video above and make sure you stay tuned in to hear Dave’s pick for this week. Also, don’t forget to head over to the new MyTPI.com to check out their expansive library of drills and exercises to improve your game.

Video: Welcome to U.S. Open Week

Challenging rough, tough pin placements, narrow fairways and a lot of pressure.

Welcome to U.S. Open Week.

As many of the world’s best players make their way to Ardmore, Penn., a true test awaits them at Merion Golf Club. And while a U.S. Open presents one of the toughest challenges and demands precision shot making, it is the type of competition that also drives players to be at their very best.

As we get ready for the drama to unfold, Team Titleist caught up with a number of Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists to get their take on what it means to compete and what it takes to win.

Check out the video above to see what players like defending U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson, reigning Masters Champion Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Matteo Mannassero, and Tim Clark (among others) had to say as they look to rise to the challenge.

Trusting a Titleist golf ball on every shot, three more players from across the globe achieved championship performances and entered the winner’s circle on Sunday.

In his first start at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Harris English posted four rounds in the sixties on his way to a 12-under par 268 to capture his first career PGA Tour victory. Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Joost Luiten began Sunday’s championship round at the Lyoness Open with a three shot lead, and consistent play resulted in a 17-under par 271 and his second career victory on the European Tour. On the Champions Tour, Pro V1 golf ball loyalist David Frost completed a 16-under par 272 to win the Regions Tradition and seize his first major on the senior circuit.

Adding three more victories to the trophy count, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 67 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 20 and more than all other competitors combined.

This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…

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PGA: FedEx St. Jude Classic

Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Harris English

English, a Georgia native who played high school golf in Tennessee, posted a 6-under par 66 on Thursday and followed that up with a 8-under par 64 to hold the lead Friday. The heat and the wind increased throughout the weekend, and scoring conditions became more difficult, but English prevailed with back-to-back rounds of 1-under par 69. And he capped off his final round by trusting his Pro V1x golf ball to two birdies in the final three holes to seal the victory.

"It's quite an unbelievable feeling," said English following his win.

"The main thing that I am looking forward to is playing the Masters next year. Growing up in Georgia, I mean that was the main tournament that I always watched and went to when I was a kid. The invitation to the Masters is going to be very special and special for my family."

The win marks the first career PGA TOUR victory for English, who also has four top 10 finishes this season. Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings posted a final round 2-under par 68 to finish in a tie for second.

Of the 156-player field, 100 relied upon a Titleist golf ball, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 17.

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EUROPEAN: Lyoneess Open

Winner: Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Joost Luiten

Luiten began his week Thursday with four straight birdies and never looked back as he went on to card 24 total birdies for the tournament. With the hot start and an opening round of 7-under par 65, Luiten remained confident through weather delays and achieved the win.

''It's a great feeling. It's been a great week,'' said Luiten in an interview. "I made a birdie on the 16th, and it's always nice to finish with par and par.''

Joining him in the Top 5, Titleist Brand Ambassador Romain Wattel and Pro V1x loyalist Wen-Chong Lian matched scores of 14-under par 274 to tie for a share of third place.

Of the 151-player field, 112 relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 23.

What’s in Joost Luiten’s Bag?: Pro V1 golf ball, 913D2 (7.5) driver, 913Fd (13.5) fairway metal, AP2 2 iron, CB irons (3-P), Vokey Design SM4 sand (54) and lob (60) wedges.

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CHAMPIONS: Regions Tradition

Winner: Pro V1 golf ball loyalist David Frost

Also a winner at the Toshiba Classic earlier this year, Frost was able to notch his fifth career win and first major title on the Champions Tour with his victory at the Regions Tradition. This latest win moves Frost to the top of the season long Schwab Cup standings.

Of the 81-player field, 62 relied upon Titleist, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 6.

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