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Posted: August 15, 2014
This week we travel to Pittsford, N.Y. for the Wegmans LPGA Championship, the penultimate major of the 2014 LPGA season. The event dates back to 1955 and has a tradition of delivering exciting finishes.
Playing host this year is Monroe Golf Club, a classic Donald Ross layout that was founded in 1923. The course will be stretched out to a championship distance of 6,717 yards and will no doubt test the shotmaking skills of the field.
So what will be one of the keys to success this week? Course Management and specifically dialing-in those second shots.
To get a little more perspective on how players might approach the week, we went to our own Team Titleist Staffer and former mini-tour player James “Bubba” Kroeger.
“Developing a strategy for each hole and knowing where you want to land your tee shots is something that is important for every golfer throughout every round,” said Kroeger.
“When you’re playing classic layouts that place a premium on positioning and accuracy with the second shot, it becomes amplified. So developing a game plan for each hole is a great way to help minimize any indecision and encourage a confident swing.”
Exemplifying this challenge is the 488-yard, Par-5 14th hole at Monroe. It is a signature second-shot hole that rewards pinpoint accuracy with a look at eagle. Guarded by the course’s oldest and tallest Oak Tree, a tree-lined fairway leads up to a green surrounded by a collection of sky scraping Oaks.
A quick read of the course description reveals that this green also requires delicate touch.
“A steep rise fronting the green and a severe slope from left to right make pitching and putting a true test.”
And short game control starts with golf ball choice.
"It's a lesson for many amateurs," added Kroeger. "Play with a high performance ball that drops and stops rather than a low spin ball that lands and runs out and through the green. This can be the difference between making birdie or bogey."
Good luck to all of #TeamTitleist in the field this week.
BY THE NUMBERS: WEGMANS LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 105 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That’s more than 8 times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined.
The Wyndham Championship, one of the longest running events on the PGA Tour, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this week and stately Sedgefield Country Club will play host for the seventh consecutive year. Known for it's firm, undulating greens and tight fairways, Sedgefield provides a strong test for the best players in the world as they look to make a final push in this, the final regular season event before the start of the 2014 FedExCup playoffs. Finding the fairway and hitting greens is of particular importance on this course and we were fortunate to get some perspective on how the players will manage Sedgefield from a man who has the inside track to navigating the original Donald Ross layout. Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson captured his first PGA Tour title at this event in 2011 and the North Carolina native looks forward to the different challenges that this homecoming event presents. “Sedgefield is one of our favorite courses on Tour,” Webb said earlier this week. “Seems like modern day courses are moving to big parkland, open, long courses and this feels old school, shorter, tighter, little trickier but it's so nice to be back.” Rain earlier this week softened conditions, but Webb is hopeful that a the drier forecast for the weekend will show of the course’s demanding nuances. “This course’s defense is the greens. You'll see more aggressive play Thursday, Friday but come the weekend probably a few more irons off the tee. This course plays at its best when it is firm and fast.” Pro V1x loyalist Heath Slocum echoed Webb’s thoughts, saying that controlling the golf ball will be critical. “Very imperative, in my opinion, to hit these fairways,” Heath said. “Come in just even the first cut of rough it's difficult to control the spin and ball and these greens have enough undulation and speed if you're on the wrong side it will be tough golf.”
Having confidence in how your golf ball is going to perform if you hit the shot you’ve planned is a great key for all golfers to consider. A quick way to build even more confidence is to always play the same golf ball as this will help add more consistency from shot to shot.
BY THE NUMBERS: 2014 WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP
This week in Greensboro Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball choice with 95 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That’s more than four times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also the top choice in the approach, sand and lobe wedge (148) and putters (58) categories.
SHOTS AND SCENES
Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson captured his first PGA Tour victory at the 2011 Wyndham Championship.
Time for a little putting session with some Pro V1x golf balls and a trusty Scotty Cameron.
Not a bad view.
And the finish of Titleist Brand Ambassador John Peterson.
Posted: August 12, 2014
We always hear a lot of discussion about how the grain of the green can impact the speed and line of a putt. But did you know that grain also plays an important role in club and shot selection when you’re chipping from around the green?
In our latest short game tip, we've turned to Titleist Staff Professional James Sieckmann to share some advice on how to approach a chip shot into the grain.
As James explains in the tip above, sometimes taking less club and opening up the face in order to increase effective bounce as well as reducing the forward press will help the club skip through the turf.
Add this shot to your short game arsenal and be sure to check out the entire collection of tips featured in the 18 Shots Presented by Titleist series.
Posted: August 11, 2014
The most prestigious championship in amateur golf is taking place this week on one of the most historic venues in the nation. The 2014 edition of the US Amateur will be contested at the Atlanta Athletic Club, where the best amateur golfers in the world will be looking to claim the Havemeyer Trophy.
The Atlanta Athletic Club has been host to numerous major championships, including the 1976 U.S. Open and the 1981, 2001 and 2011 PGA Championships.
In the field of 312 golfers looking to take top amateur honors this year, 246 players are trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 35 and more than three times all competitors combined.Titleist also leads the field in hybrids (89), iron sets (125), approach, sand and lob wedges (423) and putters (121).With so many talented players in the field, there is sure to be a lot of excitement as the next US Amateur Champion is crowned at historic Atlanta Athletic Club.• • •
The U.S. Amateur Championship is just one of several marquee national amateur events where the top competitive amateur players in the world put their trust in Titleist. Throughout the year, Titleist has proven to be the golf ball of choice at these prestigious events: