Just north of Chicago and west of Lake Michigan, Conway Farms Golf Club hosts this week's BMW Championship, the penultimate event in the FedExCup Playoffs. With the combination of stiff breezes, fast greens and the pressure to crack the top 30 of the FedExCup standings--the intensity and focus on the range this week is palpable.

So, in the final chance to claim a spot in next week's Tour Championship, 44 players in the field of 70 will put their trust in a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball. That’s more than six times the nearest competitor with 7, and more than all other competitors combined.

Titleist is also the top choice in the irons (18), sand, lob and approach wedge (63) and putter (23) categories.

And as Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott, Charley Hoffman, Brendon de Jonge, Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker, and Jason Dufner (among others) scouted the course for the first time and kept their swings dialed, Team Titleist cameras were inside the ropes to capture the action. Take a look at the video, and play well this weekend!

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The Titleist Tour Leadership Team on the PGA Tour has a new home away from home as the new Titleist Tour Van is making its debut this week at the BMW Championship.

Now, to call it a "van" could be a little bit of an understatement, as the new 18-wheeler is 42' long by 8'6" wide and weighs 36 tons when fully loaded. It features four "pop-outs" that extend the width to 15' 6" for a total of 650 square feet of working space, nearly 30 percent more than the previous trailer.

Dave Southworth, Titleist's Senior Technical Representative for PGA Tour, was responsible for designing the new trailer and accommodating the needs of the 10-person Tour Leadership Team that services up to 40 full product line players a week, in addition to others who rely upon Titleist 913 metals, MB, CB and AP irons, Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron putters. And during an average week on tour, there are more than 100 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players to service, which keeps the Titleist Tour Van buzzing with activity from arrival time on Sunday through its Wednesday afternoon departure.

"It is not very often you get to design a Tour Van from scratch, so you want to make sure you get it right," said Southworth. Based upon the response of the Titleist Tour Leadership Team, as well as players, caddies and other tour support teams who have paid a visit so far, he seems to have accomplished his goal.

"This 'van' is basically our workplace and home for half the week for the next six or so years," said Southworth. "With that in mind, I took everybody's requests and suggestions into serious consideration and implemented them as best I could. I wanted it to be as efficient and comfortable as possible, primarily for our own tech reps that are building clubs everyday, but also for the players, caddies, managers, network associates and tournament officials that use it as a meeting place or to just hang out at some point during the week."

The word Southworth heard most often for the workplace area from his fellow tech reps was "maneuverability," that is, more space to hone their craft, which includes but is not limited to, replacing shafts, grinding and stamping clubs, changing grips, measuring lofts and lies, and just building clubs from scratch. There is also a separate workspace for the Vokey Design wedge team within the trailer.

The challenge was to accommodate those needs while still securing enough room to stock an inventory of shafts, clubheads, grips, tools, headwear, headcovers and umbrellas. There is also a separate computer station and wi-fi, a satellite dish, three television monitors, a couch, stools and table for meetings, and an ice chest and cabinetry for cold drinks and healthy snacks. 

This marks the third and most technologically advanced Titleist Tour Van since the original debuted in 2002. That 32' van was replaced late in 2006 by a 34' version which appeared at virtually every PGA Tour event (with the exception of Hawaii) over the past seven years, totaling nearly 130,000 miles crisscrossing the country. It will continue to be used to service the equipment needs of players on the Web.com Tour, making its first appearance at last week's Chiquita Classic.

"This is really a win-win for our Tour Leadership team," said Southworth. "We have a state-of-the-art trailer that will help our team service our growing list of full product line players more efficiently, and the Web.com Team will be able to do the same now that they have a full service van."

The FedExCup Playoffs took the weekend off but there was still plenty of exciting golf being played over the weekend including a pair of  all-Pro V1x sudden death playoffs at the Web.com and Champions Tour events.

At the Chiquita Classic, the second event in the Web.com Tour Finals series, Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Andrew Svoboda and Will MacKenzie finished at 12-under 276 to force a playoff. The final round action featured Svoboda closing with a 2-under par 70 and MacKenzie rallying with a 5-under par 67 to force the playoff. Svoboda prevailed with a par on the first extra hole to enter the winner's circle for the second time in 2013.

Meanwhile on the Champions Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Esteban Toledo earned his second Champions Tour victory of the season, topping fellow Pro V1x loyalist Kenny Perry with a birdie on the third hole of a sudden death playoff.

And on PGA Tour Canada, Mackenzie Hughes trusted his Pro V1x golf ball to birdie four of the last five holes to win the Cape Breton Celtic Classic, which secures his 2014 Web.com Tour status.

Titleist golf ball players have now earned 108 victories across the Worldwide Professional Tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 32 and more than all golf balls combined.

In total, 16,867 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,515 and more than all competitors combined.

It's time to take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.

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WEB.COM TOUR: Chiquita Classic

The victory marks the second win of the year for Svoboda who captured the Price Cutter Charity Championship in August for his first Web.com Tour title. He began the final round tied for first with Titleist Brand Ambassador John Peterson.

Of the 129-player Chiquita Classic field, 91 relied upon Titleist golf balls, seven times the nearest competitor with 13.

The Chiquita Classic was the second tournament in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series. The top-25 players on the Web.com Tour money list - including Svoboda - are assured PGA Tour cards for 2014, while there are also another 25 cards available through earnings in the four-tournament series.??

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CHAMPIONS TOUR: Montreal Championship

Toledo shot a final round 3-under 69 to match Perry in regulation at 5-under 211. They each parred the par-4 18th twice in the playoff, and Toledo won on the par-3 10th. The Champions Tour rookie captured the Insperity Championship in May, also winning that event on the third hole of a playoff. ??

Of the 80-player Montreal Championship field, 65 relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than 16 times the nearest competitor with 4. ??A total of 16 players finished among the top 10 and ties at the Montreal Championship with all 16 of them relying upon a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success.

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PGA TOUR CANADA: Cape Breton Celtic Classic

Hughes began the day six shots behind the 54-hole leader, but fired a 6-under 66, the best round of the day, to chase down the victory. The win ensures Hughes' playing status on the 2014 Web.com Tour.?

Of the 154-player Cape Breton Celtic Classic field, 108 relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 22.

Titleist Introduces New AP1 and AP2 Irons

Sept. 3, 2013 – Precision engineered for advanced performance, the new Titleist AP1 and AP2 irons deliver longer flight with increased forgiveness and a more solid feel.

Precise iron play requires both distance and control, hitting shots that fly the desired distance with the proper trajectory to softly land the ball near the pin. The new AP1 and AP2 (714 Series) irons, feature progressive designs developed by the Titleist Golf Club R&D team to produce optimum launch, trajectory and distance for each loft.  

 Advanced CG height progression, precisely designed into both models, creates higher launching long irons and flatter launching short irons for more carry distance with outstanding control to help players stop the ball on the green, closer to the hole.

Titleist R&D also utilized innovative tungsten weighting and manufacturing technologies to make AP1 and AP2 the most forgiving irons in the game at the head sizes and blade lengths preferred by serious golfers. Performance-engineered profiles with precisely placed high density tungsten weighting in the long and mid irons help produce higher MOI, increasing the speed on miss-hits to provide consistent distance without sacrificing workability or shot control. 

New Titleist AP2The new AP1 irons are the longest, most forgiving irons Titleist has ever made, with a multi-material, dual cavity design for players that want maximum distance, forgiveness and solid feel in a great looking progressive game improvement chassis. The new AP2 models are multi-material forged irons that offer distance with trajectory control and forgiveness with workability in a solid feeling, great looking tour-proven chassis.

“When it comes to iron play, distance without the ability to stop your shot is meaningless. You have to hit the ball far enough to reach the green, but also have the proper ball flight to stop it near the hole,” said Steve Pelisek, General Manager, Titleist Golf Clubs. “What our R&D team has accomplished with the new AP1 and AP2 models is impressive, effectively taking each individual iron as its own design and optimizing its performance to provide longer distance, more consistent distance and stopping control, even when you don’t hit a shot perfectly.”

The new irons debuted on the PGA Tour this summer to immediate validation and success, with two instant converters to the new AP2 models quickly earning breakthrough victories. Jordan Spieth won his first-career PGA Tour title at the John Deere Classic with new AP2 irons in the bag, just two weeks after the clubs launched on tour. Soon after, Jason Dufner played new AP2’s in winning the PGA Championship for his first major title.

LONGER, PRECISE FLIGHT: Titleist Golf Club R&D designed the new AP1 and AP2 irons to provide the best combination of trajectory and distance control. The long and mid irons feature improved dual-cavity constructions (AP1 has a new, deep undercut; AP2 has a 25-percent thinner upper cavity face) with high density tungsten efficiently placed low in the head for lower CG, making it easier for players to launch the ball higher for more carry distance. The short irons have a thicker upper face and narrower sole that help raise the CG for a lower, flatter trajectory with outstanding control into the green.

The short iron lofts in both AP1 (#7-W) and AP2 (#6-W) have been strengthened 1 degree to help lower launch and increase ball speed for more distance. A second AP1 gap wedge (52º) has also been added to help with set gapping.

“We’ve really taken progressive design to another level to get that flight and forgiveness where we want it,” Pelisek said.

To ensure proper CG height throughout the set, high density tungsten is placed low in the bottom of the hosel of the AP2 P and W irons. This also helps make for a better transition to utility wedges, which typically have the CG slightly closer to the heel.

MAXIMUM FORGIVENESS: AP1 and AP2 irons provide the most forgiveness in the game at their tour-proven blade sizes. High density tungsten is precisely placed low in the toe (and co-forged into the heel of AP2) of the long and mid irons to create high MOI that drives higher ball speeds across the face for more consistent distance on off-center hits.

“Every player can benefit from added forgiveness. You always want to maintain distance so that you carry that bunker, or water hazard, even if you don’t catch it on the center of the face,” said Dan Stone, Vice President of Titleist Golf Club R&D. “There’s a progression in how we design irons.  Since long irons require more speed and are more difficult to hit for most players, we try to maximize the forgiveness. You can design more forgiveness into an iron by simply make the head bigger, but in doing so, we would give up control. And Titleist wants to use a profile and shape that players prefer. So we push the envelope with high density tungsten in order to maximize forgiveness while retaining the look that serious golfers want to play.”

CO-FORGING PROCESS: Pioneered by Titleist R&D, the co-forging process allows for the extreme placement of high density tungsten low and out on the heel of the AP2 long irons. The result is higher launch with maximum forgiveness, without the loss of workability or shot control, at the AP2’s constant, tour-preferred blade length.

The tungsten co-forging process takes place in the middle of the AP2’s standard forging process. The partially forged head is removed from the forging die, after which a pilot hole is drilled into the heel. The hole is seeded with the tungsten weight and a steel cap. The head is then returned to the forging die where the tungsten is precisely hammered into place.

“The co-forging process really illustrates the critical thinking and the tremendous design and engineering expertise we have in Titleist R&D to keep finding way to improve our irons,” said Marni Ines, Director of Titleist Irons Development. “We have more discretionary weight to play with on the AP2 because of its smaller chassis, which provided us the opportunity to place tungsten in the extreme perimeters of the club head. On average there are over 40 grams of tungsten in the long and mid irons (#3-7), which is around 20 percent of the total head weight. This efficient weighting produces high MOI in a tour-proven profile.”

MORE SOLID FEEL: Progressive CG not only helps flight the AP1 and AP2 irons properly, it also helps provide solid feel. The optimized CG heights are positioned closer to the point of impact, resulting in a larger sweet spot for a more solid feel on every shot.

A new face support bar in the AP1 long irons further tunes face vibrations for improved feel at impact. With both models, increased face thickness in the short irons adds mass behind the ball for a more blade-like short iron feel.

IMPROVED SOLE PROFILE: AP1 and AP2 irons feature a new pre-worn leading edge that reduces digging at the point of turf entry, and increased camber (more in the short irons) that helps control divot depth to allow a smooth entry and release from the turf for a more playable sole.

An improved hosel-to-leading edge blend reduces the appearance of offset through both sets, while the AP2 8, 9 and P irons feature a reduced heel height for a more proportioned, compact profile.

AP1 long irons feature a wider topline that adds confidence, while AP1 short irons have a slightly thinner topline and sole for a more playable, solid visual.

Both AP1 and AP2 feature a satin polish playing position with bright polish cavity highlights for superior appearance at address.  

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: The new Titleist AP1 and AP2 (714 Series) irons will be available in Australian and New Zealand golf shops beginning week commencing Nov. 15. AP1 irons have a SRP of AUD $135 per club (steel shaft) and $169 per club (graphite) and NZD $159 per club (steel shaft) and $199 per club (graphite). AP2 irons have a SRP of AUD $185 (steel) and $219 (graphite) per club NZD $219 (steel) and $259 (graphite) per club.

ON TOUR: Nearly 40 players on the worldwide professional tours have already switched to the new AP1 or AP2 models since the seeding and tour validation process began in late June at the PGA Tour’s AT&T National. At the John Deere Classic, just two weeks after the new models made their debut on tour, Jordan Spieth trusted the new AP2’s to three-consecutive 65s and a maiden PGA Tour title.

Less than a month later, Jason Dufner earned his first major title at the PGA Championship playing a new set of AP2 irons and, as one national golf magazine cover boasted, “lots of precise iron shots.” Dufner hit 54 of 72 greens in regulation at Oak Hill, which ranked third overall for the week.

“The new AP2’s are really nice. The soles are better, the bounce is configured a little bit differently, and the feel is better,” Dufner said. “They just feel real solid through the strike, there’s no turf grab with the leading edge and they’re just going right through the turf really nice. They feel really solid all around, even if you catch one a little thin or a little heavy they still seem to hold their flight well.”

On the Web.com Tour, Peter Malnati also gamed a new set of AP2’s in winning the News Sentinel Open, birdieing five of his last seven holes.

Other players who have already put AP2 irons in their bags include: Ben Crane, Kevin Na, Brendon de Jonge, Jbe Kruger, Jason Bohn, Mark O’Meara, Brad Faxon and Jay Haas. Ben Curtis switched to the new Titleist AP1 irons the first week they were available.

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NEW AP1 (714 SERIES) IRONS: FEATURES AND BENEFITS

PRECISE FLIGHT with optimum launch, trajectory and distance. More carry distance from higher launching, low CG long irons. More control from compact, flatter launching short irons.

INCREASED FORGIVENESS from the deep, undercut, dual cavity design with high density tungsten weighting.  More distance on miss-hits with maximum ball speeds across the face from the high MOI design.

SOLID FEEL through the set from the progressive CG (lower in the long irons).  Smooth turf release from the camber sole with pre-worn leading edge.

IMPROVED PROFILE with progressive blade length, topline, and sole widths.  Superior appearance with a satin polish playing position with bright polish cavity highlights.

STOCK SHAFTS: AP1 stock shafts feature two high performance, flighted designs to match the flight goals of the new irons. The True Temper XP 95 features a flighted launch with great feel and is 15g lighter than the stock steel shaft in the 712 Series. The Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 65 is a lightweight graphite shaft with higher, flighted launch and great feel.

AP1 Specs 3-iron 4 5 6 7 8 9 P W1 W2
Loft 20° 23° 26° 29° 32° 36° 40° 44° 48° 52°
Lie 60° 61° 62° 62.5° 63° 63.5° 64° 64° 64° 64°
Offset 0.245” 0.220” 0.195” 0.170” 0.145” 0.125” 0.110” 0.105” 0.100” 0.100”
Bounce
Length 39.0” 38.5” 38.0” 37.5” 37.0” 36.5” 36.0” 35.75” 35.5” 35.5”

 

 

 

 


NEW AP2 (714 SERIES) IRONS: FEATURES AND BENEFITS

PRECISE FLIGHT with optimum launch, trajectory and distance by loft. More carry distance from the higher launching, low CG long irons. More control from the thicker face, flatter launching short irons.

INCREASED PLAYABILITY from the dual cavity design with high density tungsten weighting.  Consistent speed on miss-hits from the high MOI design for better distance control.

SOLID FEEL through the set from the progressive CG (lower in the long irons).  Crisp turf release from the camber sole with pre-worn leading edge and beveled trailing edge.

TOUR PROVEN PROFILE with progressive weighting, face thickness and sole widths. Superior appearance with a satin polish playing position with bright polish cavity highlights.

AP2 Specs 3-iron 4 5 6 7 8 9 P W
Loft 21° 24° 27° 30° 34° 38° 42° 46° 50°
Lie 60° 61° 62° 62.5° 63° 63.5° 64° 64° 64°
Offset 0.160” 0.145” 0.130” 0.120” 0.110” 0.100” 0.090” 0.085” 0.080”
Bounce
Length 39.0” 38.5” 38.0” 37.5” 37.0” 36.5” 36.0” 35.75” 35.5”

 

 

 

 

Titleist Introduces New CB and MB Irons

Sept. 3, 2013 – The new Titleist CB and MB irons, high performance, tour-proven forged blade irons, provide maximum shot control with improved address profiles and enhanced feel through the turf.

New Titleist CBAvailable in golf shops worldwide beginning Nov. 8, the new CB and MB (714 Series) irons maintain the core design fundamentals that have resonated with highly skilled, traditional blade irons players since their initial launch in 2009, delivering advanced shot and trajectory control with classic solid feel and contemporary looks. The Titleist Golf Clubs R&D team has made improvements to the sole, leading edge and hosel of the new models for smoother ground interaction and a more confident visual at address.

“When we ask tour players what we can do to improve the CB or MB irons, their immediate reaction is always the same: Don’t do anything. It’s a welcomed challenge for our R&D team,” said Steve Pelisek, General Manager, Titleist Golf Clubs. “Through advanced computer modeling and extensive player testing we’ve been able to really fine tune these new designs and provide more performance. The new CB and MB models allow players to work the ball high and low and left and right with a solid blade feel, and now they look better at address and perform even better through the turf.”

New Titleist MBForged from 1025 carbon steel, the new Titleist CB and MB irons feature tour-preferred constant blade lengths with minimal progressive offset for maximum workability. Compact shapes with precise CG locations and traditional tour lofts deliver the proven flight, feel and shot-making confidence that have made CB and MB the choice of many of the world’s best players.

The new CB irons feature an optimized shallow cavity-back design with an inner cavity muscle behind the impact area for solid blade iron feel. MB is a classic muscle back forged iron, delivering great feel from muscle back weighting positioned behind the sweet spot.

The sole design of both CB and MB features a pre-worn leading edge for crisp ground contact and less digging at entry, and a smooth sole width progression as you move through the set to enhance ground interaction. The slightly wider CB sole now features increased front-to-back camber for better turf release and playability from a variety of attack angles.

“The feel of an iron isn’t just about the feel at impact. An often overlooked component is how the iron feels after impact, going in and out of the turf,” said Dan Stone, Vice President, Titleist Golf Club R&D. “For most tour players the ball has already left the face by the time the club enters the turf. But how the club goes through the turf can significantly affect what the player feels. One of our main goals with the new CB and MB irons was to make that turf feel smoother and easier.”

The new CB and MB models have an improved address profile with a slightly straighter leading edge that promotes a square setup and a new hosel-to-leading edge blend that creates less visual offset.

“The type of player that plays CB or MB does not want to see any offset,” said Marni Ines, Director of Titleist Irons Development. “We’ve been able to reduce the appearance of that offset in the new models by better blending that transition from the hosel to the clubface.

“We’ve really taken our designs to a new level using CAD technology, by creating formulas that drive the shapes and proportions we want to achieve. As a result, we have more consistent shapes and more consistent performance through each set.”

The profile in the CB #8, #9 and P irons has also been modified by reducing the PAR (heel) height for a more compact shape.

CB and MB feature a Tour-preferred satin finish that reduces glare and accentuates the toe and topline profile for easier alignment of the face and confidence at address. 

ON TOUR: More than 75 players across the worldwide professional tours have already added new CB and MB irons to their bags, including Matteo Manassero (MB), Tim Clark (CB), Geoff Ogilvy (MB) and Graham DeLaet, who played a mixed set of CB and MB irons in registering top-3 finishes at The Barclays (T-2) and Deutsche Bank Championship (3rd).

Gregory Bourdy put a mixed set of the new CB and MB irons in play for the first time at the European Tour’s Wales Open, where he birdied his final three holes to win by two shots. John Riegger, playing the new MB irons, birdied three of his final four holes, to win the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic.

“The new irons are fantastic, it just has that kind of classic look to them, you put them down and you feel like you know you’re going to hit them straight,” said John Merrick, who finished T-6 at the Canadian Open, the first week he put the new MB irons in play. “They go through the turf excellent.”

“They look great,” said Ben Kohles, who put the new CB irons in the bag the first week they were available at AT&T National. “They have a little bit of a different sole to them, very slight, but you can tell that through impact is a little bit more forgiving.”

Other players that have put the new CB models in play include: Greg Chalmers, D.H. Lee, Brett Rumford, Anders Hansen, Brooks Koepka and Tom Gillis. Those also playing the new MB models include: Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Marc Leishman, Bud Cauley, Soren Hansen, Jimmy Walker and D.J. Trahan.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: The new Titleist CB and MB irons will be available in Australian and New Zealand golf shops from November 15. Both models have a SRP of AUD $175 per club/steel and $209 per club/graphite and NZD $219 per club/steel and $249 per club/graphite.

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NEW TITLEIST CB (714 SERIES) IRONS – FEATURES AND BENEFITS

MAXIMUM SHOT CONTROL from the traditional constant blade length with minimal progressive offset.

CLASSIC SOLID FEEL from the compact head shape and shallow cavity with inner muscle.

HIGH PERFORMANCE SOLE with increased camber and blended width progression.

IMPROVED ADDRESS PROFILE with slightly straighter leading edge and blended hosel for less visual offset.

COMPACT SHORT IRONS with slightly reduced blade height in the heel.

STOCK SHAFT: High performance, tour-proven Dynamic Gold steel shaft provides tour-preferred flight, feel, feedback and performance.

CB Specs 3-iron 4 5 6 7 8 9 P
Loft 21° 24° 27° 31° 35° 39° 432° 47°
Lie 60° 61° 62° 62.5° 63° 63.5° 64° 64°
Offset 0.140” 0.130” 0.120” 0.110” 0.100” 0.090” 0.080” 0.075”
Bounce
Length 39.0” 38.5” 38.0” 37.5” 37.0” 36.5” 36.0” 35.75”

 

 

 

 


NEW TITLEIST MB (714 SERIES) IRONS – FEATURES AND BENEFITS

MAXIMUM SHOT CONTROL from the traditional constant blade length with minimal progressive offset.

CLASSIC SOLID FEEL from the compact head shape and muscle back weighting.

HIGH PERFORMANCE SOLE with increased camber and blended width progression.

IMPROVED ADDRESS PROFILE with slightly straighter leading edge and blended hosel for less visual offset.

COMPACT SHORT IRONS with slightly reduced blade height in the heel.

STOCK SHAFT: High performance, tour-proven Dynamic Gold steel shaft provides tour-preferred flight, feel, feedback and performance.

MB Specs 3-iron 4 5 6 7 8 9 P
Loft 21° 24° 27° 31° 35° 39° 432° 47°
Lie 60° 61° 62° 62.5° 63° 63.5° 64° 64°
Offset 0.125” 0.120” 0.115” 0.110” 0.100” 0.090” 0.080” 0.075”
Bounce 4.5°
Length 39.0” 38.5” 38.0” 37.5” 37.0” 36.5” 36.0” 35.75”

 

 

 

 

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