Make no mistake, the thought of executing a long iron shot can make your palms sweat more than usual. And when the shot demands a long carry with your Titleist golf ball that will drop and stop near the pin, you probably wish you could use a lifeline and ask a tour pro for some help.

Duf to the rescue!

In this week's tip, we learn that Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner trusts his Titleist 913H 19° hybrid to flight his Pro V1 golf ball high and soft into a guarded green.

In the video above, Jason stresses to not change your mindset or swing to hit this shot. Instead he advises you to, "Let the club do the work."

Click play up above to find out the rest of Jason's strategy for hitting it close on those long approach shots, and hopefully you will hit more greens in your next round.

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Click the Image above to launch a gallery of this week's winners.

Over the weekend the worldwide professional golf tours served as the backdrop for some impressive performances as eight players used a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball to record victories.

Leading the way, Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson carded four rounds in the 60s (64 - 63 - 67 - 66) at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open en-route to a six shot victory and his fourth career PGA Tour title.

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 140 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, four times the nearest competitor with 35 and more than all other competitors combined.

Joining Webb in the winner’s circle this week, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jin Jeong won the ISPS Handa Perth International, an event co-sanctioned by European and Australasian Tours, with a par on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.  Pro V1 loyalist Amy Yang and Pro V1x loyalist Michael Allen also won on the first holes of their respective playoffs, with Yang converting a birdie putt to capture the LPGA's KEB HanaBank Championship and Allen a victory-clinching birdie at the Greater Hickory Classic on the Champions Tour.

At the 56th Kolon Korea Open, Pro V1x loyalist Sung-Hoon Kang claimed his second consecutive Korean Tour title and Pro V1x loyalist Ulrich Van Den Berg won the BMG Classic for his seventh career Sunshine Tour title.

Rounding out the players in the winner's circle, Pro V1 loyalist Scott Hend captured his third Asian Tour victory of the season, closing with a final round 4-under 67 to prevail at the Venetian Macau Open.

For a quick recap of all the action, check out the Team Titleist notes from around the tours below.

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PGA: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

FAST FACT:This week marked the 13th anniversary of the tour introduction of the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball. First played at the Invensys Classic in Las Vegas in 2000, 47 players put the Pro V1 in play that week it was first available, including the eventual winner of the event. Since then, the successful momentum of Pro V1 and Pro V1x has continued around the globe, played by more players and trusted in more winning performances than all competing golf ball brands…combined.

  • Titleist accounted for 94 players in the field of 132, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12.  Eight of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
  • Webb Simpson closed with a 5-under par 66 en route to a 24-under 260 victory total, matching the 72-hole tournament record.
  • Simpson took a lead he would never relinquish after getting off to a 64-63 start.  He had a four stroke lead entering the final round and won by six.
  • What's in Webb Simpson's Bag? Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (10.5°), 913F fairway metal (15°), 913Fd fairway metal (18°), 913Hd hybrid (20°), 680 irons (4-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°), sand (54°) and lob (58°) wedges.
  • Jason Bohn tied for 2nd at the Shriners with an 18-under-par 266 total, while fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman finished another shot back in solo 4th.

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EUROPEAN/AUSTRALASIAN: ISPS Handa Perth International

  • Titleist was the top golf ball choice with 107 players in the field of 144, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15.
  • Titleist Brand Ambassador Jin Jeong won the ISPS Handa Perth International with a par on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.  The win in Perth marks the first career European Tour title for Jeong.
  • The 23-year old Korean started the day one shot behind the overnight leader and closed with a 3-under par 69 to match the clubhouse lead.  Both playoff competitors finished regulation play at 10-under 278.
  • What’s in Jin Jeong’s Bag?: Pro V1 golf ball, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metals, AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges.

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LPGA: KEB HanaBank Championship 

  • Titleist was the top golf ball choice with 45 players in the field of 78, more than five times the nearest competitor with 8.
  • With her 15-foot putt for birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff, Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Amy Yang captured the KEB HanaBank Championship for her first career LPGA Tour crown.  The South Korean posted a three-day, 9-under 207 total to force the playoff.
  • “I have been waiting for this championship for a long time," said Yang after the victory, "and I'm really happy get it in my home country.  I think still I can't believe it.”

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CHAMPIONS: Greater Hickory Classic

  • Titleist was the top golf ball choice for 63 players in the field of 81, more than 12 times the nearest competitor with 5.  Ten of the 13 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
  • Longtime Titleist golf ball loyalist Michael Allen (Pro V1x) closed with a 5-under 65, also birdieing the par-5 18th in regulation to match the clubhouse leader at 13-under 197.
  • Second-round leader Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) closed with a 69 to finish 3rd at 11-under.

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ONEASIA/KOREA: 56th Kolon Korea Open

  • Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 75 players, more than five times the nearest competitor (14).
  • Last week's winner and Titleist golf ball loyalist Sung-Hoon Kang (Pro V1x) won the Kolon Korea Open, the 56th staging of the premier golf event in Korea.
  • Titleist Brand Ambassador HyungTae Kim (ProV1x) finished with a 3-under 281 total, one shot behind Kang and good for a five-way share of second place.

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SOUTH AFRICA: BMG Classic

  • Titleist was the top choice in golf balls in the field of 156, with 131 players teeing up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x.   
  • Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Ulrich Van Den Berg carded a final round 5-under par 67 en route to a winning total of 15-under par 201 at the BMG Classic.
  • Fellow Pro V1x loyalist Hennie Otto shared second place, five shots behind Van Den Berg.

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ASIAN: Venetian Macau Open

  • Titleist was the top choice in golf balls in the field of 144, with 93 (65%) players teeing up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than four times the nearest competitor with 21.
  • Pro V1 loyalist Scott Hend posted a total of 16-under 268 in winning the Venetian Macau Open, good for a three shot margin of victory.

Titleist is the Top Choice across Every Major Equipment Category at The National Final

October 17, 2013- As the country's top PGA Club Professionals gathered for the 2013 PGA Professionals Championship at Hamilton Island Golf Club in Queensland, the momentum and unmatched success of Titleist across every major equipment category was evident once again.

From golf balls to drivers, fairway metals, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters, more players made Titleist their top equipment choice at the 2013 PGA Professionals Championship than any other.

Not only did more players rely upon Titleist equipment with overwhelming success at the showcase event for Australian PGA Club Professionals, Titleist golf ball loyalist Craig McLean, PGA Teaching Professional at the Sorrento Golf Club in Victoria won with it.

"By far my best achievement" McLean said after the win. "I played a lot on tour throughout Asia in the last 12 years- on the Asian, Korean and Indian Tours, and had success in Singapore whilst I lived there but to win this after losing last year by one, I had to come back this year and win. And to do that I'm stoked."

McLean, who relies upon the Pro V1x golf ball, Titleist AP2 irons (3-P) and Vokey Design sand and lob wedges jumped to the front on day 2 with a round of 72 in windy conditions on the tough island layout and never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the tournament. In the end the winning margin was two strokes as McLean's finished with rounds of 75, 72, 72- 219 to secure his first PGA Professionals Championship. After the presentation McLean paid tribute to Head Professional at Sorrento Mark Williamson and the membership.

"The members at my home club Sorrento Golf Club in Victoria have been so supportive. I'm the teaching pro there, and my boss Head Professional Mark Williamson and all the members have been so supportive of my golf and my coaching and they'll be just as happy as I am with the win."

As a result of winning the 2013 PGA Professionals Championship, McLean earns an invitation to play in the 2013 Australian PGA Championship, to be contested November 7-10 at the Royal Pines Resort in Queensland.

1 Ball at The PGA Professionals ChampionshipAmong the 50 players who earned invitations to this week's PGA Professionals championship, more played Titleist equipment than any other brand. This week's field included ten full-line Titleist Staff Professionals. Overall, 37 out of the 50 PGA Professionals Championship qualifiers relied upon the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. Titleist also swept the driver, fairway wood, hybrid, iron, sand, lob and approach wedge, and putter equipment categories.

It’s at venues such as the PGA Professionals Championship and 6 State Sectional qualifying events where Titleist receives serious player affirmation that its equipment objectives of quality and high performance across every category are met and exceeded. Australia's PGA Professionals devote their careers to helping golfers improve and enjoy the game of golf. So when it comes to choosing the highest performing equipment for their own games, just look in their bags.

Contact:  

David Miles, Titleist Australia Marketing Communications Manager (03 9540 5006)


It was a fresh start to the new PGA Tour season at the Frys.com Open and we’re excited to celebrate the first win of the year with Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker.

Jimmy put on a stellar weekend performance that featured a course-tying record 62 on Saturday and a final-round 66 to capture the Frys.com Open by two shots and secure his first career PGA Tour win.

Meanwhile as a number of the worldwide professional tours hit the final stretch of their 2013 campaigns, Titleist golf ball loyalists claimed five titles this past weekend including: Russ Cochran’s win at the SAS Championship (Pro V1 / Champions Tour); SungHoon Kang‘s win at  the CJ Invitational hosted by K.J. Choi (Pro V1x / Asian Tour); JJ Senekal’s win at the Origin of Golf Final: (Pro V1x / Sunshine Tour); Josh Geary's win at the Western Australian Open (Pro V1x / Australasian): and Ryan Sullivan’s win at the Puerto Rico Classic (Pro V1x / PGA Tour Latinoamerica).

Titleist golf ball players have now earned 133 victories across the Worldwide Professional Tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 35 and more than all golf balls combined.

In total, 19,192 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,852 and more than all competitors combined.

Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.

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PGA TOUR: Jimmy Walker finished at 17-under 267 in the season opener of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR schedule to claim the first title of the year along with his first career victory.

What’s in Jimmy Walker’s Bag?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 913D2 driver (9.5º), 913F fairway metal (15º), 913H.d hybrid (18º), New Titleist MB irons (714 Series: 3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48º), sand (54º) and lob (60º) wedges, Scotty Cameron Tour Rat prototype putter.

Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Brooks Koepka (Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 driver, 913F.d low spin fairway metal, 913H.d hybrid, New Titleist CB irons (714 Series: 4-P), Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport2 SLT T10 putter) and Kevin Na (Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, New Titleist AP2 irons(714 Series), Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges, Scotty Cameron Super Rat prototype putter) were among four players who tied for 3rd place, three shots back.

Brooks, playing on a sponsor exemption, is a four-time winner on the European Tour’s Challenge Tour and earned a promotion to the European Tour for winning three times this season. With his top 10 finish, he is now exempt into this week’s Shriners Hospitals Open for Children in Las Vegas.

He will be joined by Max Homa, another Titleist Brand Ambassador who was also playing on a sponsor exemption and finished tied for 9th. Max turned professional after participating in the Walker Cup.

Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 83 of the 132 players in the field of 132, more than five times the nearest competitor with 16 .

Titleist was also the top choice in iron sets (33), sand, lob and approach wedges (131) and putters (42).

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CHAMPIONS TOUR: Russ Cochran (Pro V1) converted a 5-foot putt on the final hole Sunday for his fourth consecutive birdie and a one-stroke win over fellow Pro V1 golf ball loyalist David Frost at the SAS Championship.

Russ closed with a 5-under par 67 to finish at 17-under 199 to secure his second  victory of the season, having captured the Principal Charity Classic in June. This marks his fifth career Champions Tour victory.

Titleist was the top golf ball choice for 63 players in the field of 81, more than 12 times the nearest competitor with 5.

Nine of the top 10 finishers, including each of the top seven, all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

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ASIAN TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist SungHoon Kang of Korea fired a final round 2-under par 70 to cruise to a five-shot victory at the CJ Invitational hosted by K.J. Choi. Kang posted a 12-under par 276 victory total en route to his second win at this event.

The top three finishers all relied upon Titleist for their success, as Kang topped Titleist Brand Ambassador TaeHoon Kim (ProV1x, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, New Titleist MB irons(714 Series), Vokey Design SM4 gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport putter) and Jyoti Randhawa (ProV1x), who tied for 2nd at 281

Titleist was the overwhelming favorite golf ball in the field of 120 with 78 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 16.

Titleist was also the top choice in hybrids (49), utility irons (20), iron sets (38) and sand, lob and approach wedges (147).

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SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalist JJ Senekal converted a par on the second hole of a sudden death playoff to earn his first career Sunshine Tour title. Senekal carded a final round level par 72 en route to a 4-under par, 212 victory total.

Titleist Brand Ambassadors Charl Coetzee (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, AP2 2-iron, New Titleist CB irons (714 Series), Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Notchback putter), Jean Hugo (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges) and Riekus Nortje (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, New Titleist AP2 irons (714 Series), Vokey Design wedges) finished three shots out of the playoff in a tie for 4th position.

Titleist was the choice of 55 players in the field of 72, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12.

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AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Titleist golf ball loyalist Josh Geary (Pro V1x) recorded a five-shot win at the WA Open after closing with a 7-under par 65 en route to a 15-under par victory total.

Kris Mueck (Pro V1, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges) finished solo 2nd, while fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Nathan Holman (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, New Titleist MB irons (714 Series), Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron putter) finished alone in third place in his second professional start.

Geary topped a leaderboard that included eight Titleist golf ball loyalists among the top 10 finishers.


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The new PGA Tour 2013 - 2014 season is underway and Team Titleist is back on the scene to bring you all the action from inside the ropes this year. First stop, CordeValle Golf Club for the Frys.Com Open.

In 2012, Pro V1x loyalist Jonas Blixt entered the winner's circle here for the first time in his career. Looking back, that victory fueled a solid season that included his second career victory at the Greenbrier Classic and a deep run in the FedExCup playoffs.

With the new setup for the fall series, a win at CordeValle would mean a head start on the playoff race and the first invitation of the season to the 2014 Masters.

And for the 132 players looking to start the new season with a victory, 83 players will put their trust in a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than five times the nearest competitor with 16, and more than all other competitors combined.

Titleist is also the top choice in the irons (33), sand, lob and approach wedge (131) and putter (42) categories.

The Titleist Tour Trailer opened its doors early Monday and the team was ready to get back to business for the new season. Cameras in hand, the Team Titleist staff got an early start on the range among the scenic foothills of Northern California to capture the action as a number of Titleist golf ball loyalists and Brand Ambassadors kicked off their 2013 -2014 campaigns.

In the slideshow above, enjoy the photos of Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jimmy Walker, Brendan Steele, John Peterson, Chesson Hedley, Andrew Loupe, and Andrew Thomas (to name a few) taken before play began on Thursday.

Once you've taken a look, set your sights on posting some low scores of your own this weekend!

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