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Posted: August 21, 2014
Picture this. It’s a beautiful day on the golf course. You’ve just split the fairway with your tee shot. You walk up to your golf ball, check the distance to the pin, do a couple of quick calculations in your head and find yourself in-between clubs.
Sound familiar? It’s a fairly common scenario on the course for many golfers, so we went out to the PGA Tour to get some advice on how to approach the next shot.
While the final execution of the shot varies from player to player, one common thread we heard from all players is that you have to take in all of the factors including pin placement, course conditions, the wind and where the trouble is before committing to the shot.
Whether you’re like Graham DeLaet and prefer to choke-up on the grip to control distance or prefer to take an aggressive approach into the ball like Jimmy Walker, the ultimate key is making a confident swing and trusting your decision.
Hunter Mahan sums it up nicely.
“You've got to go with comfort. You've got to know what feels good to you and what club you know you can get it there.”
Check out the video above for more advice from Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Lee Westwood, Matt Jones and Louis Oosthuizen and see how you can work their approach into your game.
Posted: August 20, 2014
There are few things in golf more frustrating than hitting a perfect drive only to find your ball lying in the middle of a deep divot. But this moment of bad luck doesn't have to result in a poor score.
In this tip, Titleist Staff Professional Martin Hall shows us how the proper setup and technique can turn misfortune into opportunity.
A few of Martin's keys for creating solid contact from this tricky lie:
1. Set up with the ball back in the stance to help promote a steeper angle of attack.
2. Open your stance to help promote an aggressive turn through the shot.
3. And focus on creating wristhinge on the take away to ensure a descending blow on the golf ball.
Check out the video above to learn how to add this escape shot to your game.
Posted: August 18, 2014
It was a bogey-free week for Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Bernhard Langer as he rallied to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open for his fifth Champions Tour victory of the year, and the third in his last five starts.
Langer completed the 54-hole tournament without carding a single bogey, thanks to some exceptional ball striking. Solid ball striking along with a steady dose of hitting greens in regulation have been key ingredients in Langer's recipe for success this year.
Helping him along the way to his Champions Tour leading GIR Percentage (79.63%) and Tour leading scoring average (67.90) has been the drop and stop control of his Pro V1 golf ball.
Having complete trust in golf ball performance is essential to scoring on the course and this is a great lesson for any golfer of any age, regardless of skill level.
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS
On the Web.com tour, Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Martin Piller carded a final round 8-under-par 63 to claim victory at the News-Sentinel Open. The Dallas, Texas native shot a four round total of 22-under-par 262 and the win marks his third career Web.com tour title.
To round out the week's action, Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Steven Jeffress earned a four-shot win at the Fiji International on the OneAsia Tour. Jeffress used the exceptional control and aerodynamics of the Pro V1x to manage the difficult, windy conditions en route to a 10-under-par total of 278.
TEAM TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
With another three wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 110. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 27 and more than all competitors combined.
In total, 16,009 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,591 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING August 17, 2014
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.