Team Titleist Member Spotlight: George T.

We are back with our popular Team Titleist Member Spotlight series, and in the latest edition we catch up with long-time Team Titleist member George T.

We learned many things about George, including why his hybrid is his favorite club, why he has two different markings for his Pro V1x and how he learned to groove his swing.

Check out the interview below to learn more about George T.

Team Titleist (TT): How did you get started in golf? Who introduced you to the game? 

George T. (GT): I didn’t become an active golfer until I reached my 40s, but my first introduction to golf was through my brother. He’s 14 years my senior, and back in the late sixties, he asked me to caddy for him during a round. As I recall, the bag was bigger than me, but I wouldn’t let that get in the way of an afternoon with my brother. After that day, I’d borrow my dad’s clubs, which were left handed, and hit those practice wiffle balls out in the yard. I remember my father telling me to replace my divots, which I laugh at now, because we had just moved into a new home, and the yard was still mostly dirt. I’m sure he was just trying to teach me proper etiquette. Over 30 years later, my real passion for the game began. In 2001, a few rounds of golf with co-workers awoke the competitive juices that had been sleeping since I put down a baseball glove years and years ago. My wife bought me a new set of irons for my 40th birthday and I proceeded to break 90 for the first time. From that point on, my passion for the game began.

 TT: How do you mark your Titleist? 

GT: I used to try and mark my Titleist Pro V1x with sketches of guitars and martini glasses, but let’s just say that my art school daughter didn’t get those talents from me. I’ve since resorted to a very simple, large red or black dot above the Titleist logo. For those unfortunate, and lately too frequent, occasions where I’m hitting a provisional, my second ball has the same large dot below the number. I also draw a line to help align my putter head.
 
TT: What’s your favorite Titleist club in the bag?

GT: While I like every Titleist club that is in my bag, I’d have to say that my favorite is my 910H 19* hybrid. My home course has a couple of tight par 4’s and I’ve developed a strategy of aiming to the right side of the fairway and drawing the ball back to the center. This club has just suited my swing so well. I hope I’m not tempting fate when I adjust the loft to 20.5* for next season, as I’ve just picked up a 915H 18*.

TT: How often are you thinking about your golf game and getting better.  What are you currently working on?

GT: I think about my game pretty much 365 days of the year, recalling good/bad shots and more often, smarter course strategy. I feel this season, I didn’t manage the course as well as I should have, either approaching a shot with a grip and rip mentality, or making a lazy swing at vague targets. While my scoring average and handicap are about the same, I was never in that zone where I shot low like I had in previous years. So my mental check list going into rounds next year will be to visualize and commit to each shot. And while it is tougher to practice right now on the frozen tundra, I need to improve my short game. Just way too many poor chips and missed putts. In addition to the new hybrid, I just picked up a new Newport 2. While I’m stuck indoors, I’m using my Team Titleist alignment sticks and I’m working on my putting.

TT:  Can you recall the best golf shot you’ve ever hit? 

GT: I’ve never had a hole-in-one, so determining my best shot ever is a tough call. It’s kind of like asking what your favorite song is – it depends on your memory at that moment. My best shot occurred this year during the Club Championship on the par 3 sixth hole at Pequot Golf Club. It’s a downhill shot and on this particular day, the hole was playing around 155 yards. Using my AP2 7 iron, my ProV1x never left the flagstick. The ball hit the bottom of the stick on the fly but didn’t go in. When I reached the green, I discovered a crater about the size of half the ball. It took me several minutes to fix the hole before I tapped in my birdie from 8 inches. I didn’t win the Club Championship, but I did get closest to the pin honors that day, so I got that going for me.

TT:  What’s the best piece of golf advice that you have ever received? 

GT: The best advice I’d ever received was from my father, who told me to loosen my grip and to just let the clubs do what they’re designed to do. Take an easy, smooth swing and let the club do the heavy lifting.

We have cracked the Top-10 in our countdown of the top posts of 2014. At #9 we have the story of Bubba Watson's second Masters victory this past April. 

Check out the original post from April 14, 2014 below.


Bubba Watson Relies on Pro V1x to Capture his Second Green Jacket

“It’s overwhelming. A small-town guy named Bubba has two green jackets.”

That was what Bubba Watson said Sunday evening, a short while after winning the Masters for the second time in three years.

With a combination of distance and accuracy off the tee, precise and creative shot-making and an unwavering short game, Watson held off challenges by Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth and fellow Pro V1x loyalist Jonas Blixt to win by three shots.

Watson entered the final round tied for the lead with Spieth, who jumped out of the gate with some inspiring play to take a two-stroke lead after seven holes. Displaying veteran patience, Watson stuck to his game plan and took control at the par-5 eighth, converting an up-and-down from just behind the green for birdie. He followed up with a birdie at the ninth, where he curled in a delicate right-to-left 10-footer.

From that point on, the lead was his. Watson closed with a 3-under 69, posting an 8-under 280 victory total. His commanding three-shot victory stood in contrast to his dramatic 2012 triumph, where he won on the second playoff hole following his historic hooked wedge shot from the pine straw.

"This one is a lot different,” Watson said in a post-round interview. “It's almost like I lucked into it (in 2012), and this one was a lot of hard work and dedication. After giving away that jacket last year, I wanted to get it back. I never loved green so much."

Rickie Fowler (Pro V1x) finished T5 for his best career Masters finish, while Lee Westwood (Pro V1x) placed solo 7th, as Titleist golf ball loyalists occupied five of the top seven positions on the leaderboard.

Watson, who became the 17th player to win the Masters more than once, was presented with his second Green Jacket by last year’s champion, Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott.

The victory was Watson’s second of the year (his first came at the Northern Trust Open) and vaulted him into a career-best No. 4 in the world. Not that Bubba pays much attention to world rankings.

“I don’t play golf for people to say I’m one of the greats of the game,” Watson said after the win. “I play golf because I love it.”

Congratulations, Bubba!

 

Why do golf balls have dimples? Would a golf ball without dimples fly farther? And why are dimples so important?

These are just a few questions that we hear from time-to-time, so we decided to catch up with the aerodynamics experts inside of our golf ball R&D team to get a masters class on the topic.

And like any good professor, they were more than ready with some pretty cool teaching aids to help us get an even better understanding of the role dimples play in the overall performance of a golf ball.

If you want to see what happens when we hit a golf ball that only has dimples on one side or watch the flight of a dimple-free golf ball, check out this video and you’ll walk away with answers to all of the questions above – along with a deeper appreciation for how a golf ball flies.

There are only 14 days left in 2014… but there’s still plenty of time for us to have a little more Team Titleist fun before we ring in the New Year.

In our exclusive end of the year sweepstakes, we’ve assembled another impressive Team Titleist prize pack that is overflowing with great gear including:

>> One (1) Dozen Pro V1 or Pro V1x Golf Balls

>> One (1) Team Titleist Performance Fabric Hat

>> One (1) Limited Edition “I’d Rather Be Driving a Titleist” T-Shirt

>> One (1) Set of Team Titleist Alignment Rods

>> One (1) Team Titleist Bag Tag

>> As a special bonus will also include one (1) visor or one (1) practice green pin flag autographed by a Titleist Brand Ambassador or Golf Ball Loyalist

And to celebrate 2014, we’re going to randomly select 14 winners.

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER: To enter the contest, add a comment to this blog post (see below and remember, you must be logged in to leave a comment) with your golf ball model of choice (Pro V1 or Pro V1x) by Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT. Yes, it’s that easy.

SAMPLE ENTRY: Pro V1

MORE IMPORTANT DETAILS: 

>> We’ll randomly select fourteen (14) winners from all approved entries that are submitted by Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT.

>> All approved and completed entries will be eligible for the random drawing. Incomplete entries will not be eligible.

>> Only one entry per person. If you send in multiple replies, you'll be disqualified from the contest. Don't forget to include all of the details outlined above or your entry will not be considered eligible.

>> Keep in mind, all comments are moderated and it may take some time for your comment to appear. We'll do our best to approve comments quickly but if you enter more than one reply, we have to disqualify you from the drawing (sorry to repeat this but we want to make sure it's clear).

U.S. only. Here's some more info: Why are Titleist sweepstakes U.S. only?

No purchase necessary. View complete rules here: http://www.titleist.com/company/Community-Policy.aspx#sweepstakes

As our countdown of the top posts of 2014 continues, we take a look back at the opening of the Scotty Cameron Gallery in Encinitas, California. 

Check out the original post below from July, 9 2014.


Scotty Cameron Gallery Opens in Southern California

The Scotty Cameron Gallery, a place for golfers to experience the Art of Putting, the same methodology and technology used by Master Craftsman Scotty Cameron in fitting the best players in the world, has opened its doors just north of San Diego.

The Gallery, located off Highway 101 in the quaint Southern California beach town of Encinitas, Calif., is described by Master Craftsman Scotty Cameron as “part retail space, part high-end product gallery, 100-percent putter fitting facility.”

“Opening the Scotty Cameron Gallery is something I’ve dreamed about for a long time. I’ve always wanted to have a place open to the public where I can share the things that I have created and love,”said Cameron, whose Scotty Cameron by Titleist putters have been the choice of more players on the PGA Tour since 1997 and counting.

“But above all, the Gallery is a place where golfers can come to understand what is happening between the ball, the putter and the player –and how we get those three things to work in harmony.”

Building on the success of Scotty Cameron putter fitting studios in Korea and Japan, the Gallery is home to Cameron’s first public putter fitting studio in the United States.

It’s an extension of Scotty’s state-of-the-art research and development facility in nearby North County San Diego –the Scotty Cameron Putter Studio –where tour players from around the world visit regularly to get fit by Scotty and his team. At the Gallery, golfers will experience the same tour treatment, gaining the knowledge provided by Cameron’s proprietary high-speed video putting stroke analysis tools, as well as the expertise of his highly trained fitters.

(Fittings are limited and booked by appointment only on the Gallery website, www.scottycamerongallery.com, or by calling 760-591-9720.)

The Gallery is also Cameron’s first standalone retail venture, a concept store providing an experience like no other.

In true Southern California fashion, the space that now serves as the Scotty Cameron Gallery used to be a surf shop. After a full-scale remodel, with all of the building’s fixtures created by Scotty, the Gallery embodies the putter maker’s clean, modern, industrial design aesthetic.

Cameron enthusiasts can view and purchase an ever-changing array of rare Scotty Cameron tour putters and one-off creations found only at the Gallery. Luxury apparel personally selected by Cameron, and other items he finds intriguing –including surfboards hand-shaped especially for the Gallery by local surfing legend Rob Machado –will also be available.

“We will have things here that you won't see any place else in the world,”Cameron said. “When people come into the Gallery, we want them to feel the craftsmanship, the vibe, the experience. This is a place where you come to get fit and learn about your putting stroke, but also to get something that there's only one of in the world.”

GALLERY ADDRESS: 927 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite E-100, Encinitas, CA, 92024

GALLERY INFORMATION: Visit www.scottycamerongallery.com, or call 760-230-6000

GALLERY HOURS: The Gallery is currently open Tuesday through Saturday (10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Closed Sunday and Monday. Hours subject to change.

PUTTER FITTING BOOKINGS: Two-hour putter fittings are limited and available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. A fitting session is $350. To book an appointment, golfers can visit www.scottycamerongallery.com or call John Pinney, Scotty Cameron Gallery Fitting Coordinator, at 760-591-9720.

ONLINE STORE: A selection of Scotty Cameron Gallery putters and creations will also be available for purchase on the Gallery website, www.scottycamerongallery.com.

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