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Posted: November 26, 2013
Your tee shot was pure, and you're thinking birdie as you move from tee box to the fairway. But when you arrive at your ball, the resulting lie has your front foot several inches below your back foot.
The fantasy of a wedge and a kick-in is now replaced with just preventing a bogey.
We asked Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen to help us level our stance, and our heads, for this tough shot.
Louis told us that he sees most amateurs make the mistake of distributing their weight on their rear foot.
"You need to put your weight on your (lead) foot, to make sure you get everything level to the ball, to make sure you make good contact with the ball."
Watch the video above to see what else Louis has to say about alignment, to turn this shot into a highlight in your next round.
Posted: November 25, 2013
It was a quick flip of the European Tour calendar as the 2013-14 season kicked off this week with the South African Open. And carrying over the excitement from last week’s finale in Dubai that featured Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stensontaking home the DP World Tour Champions title along with the season-long Race to Dubai, Titleist Brand Ambassador Morten Ørum Madsen began the new season in style, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist golf clubs through the bag in claiming his first career European Tour title.
Madsen’s win highlighted a weekend in which Titleist golf ball players claimed five victories around the globe, including Shanshan Feng’s win at the CME Group Titleholders (Pro V1x/LPGA Tour); Luke Donald’s successful defense of his title at the Dunlop Phoenix (Pro V1x/Japan Tour); Titleist Brand Ambassador Aron Price’s win at the Gloria Jeans New South Wales Open (Pro V1x/Australasian Tour); and Guang Ming Yang’s victory at the China PGA Champions Chongqing Event (Pro V1x/China PGA Tour).
To date, 21,391 players around the world have trusted a Titleist golf ball on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,252 and more than all other competitors combined.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 155 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than four times the nearest competitor with 39 and more than all other competitors combined.
This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…
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EUROPEAN PGA TOUR: South African Open Championship
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 109 players in the field of 156, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19.
The 25-year-old Madsen closed with a five-under par 67 to finish with a 19-under 269 victory total, two shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger and Pro V1x loyalist Hennie Otto. Madsen was one of only two players in the field to shoot all four rounds in the 60s, posting scores of 67-66-69-67.
“I’m just over the moon,” the Dane said after his breakthrough win. “I’m so happy. I mean coming down here, I expected to play well but I didn’t expect to stand here. It’s kind of clichéd to say it hasn’t really sunk in, but it really hasn’t.”
What’s in Madsen’s Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (9.5°), 913F fairway metal (15°), 913H hybrid (17°), 712U 3-iron, MB irons (3-9) 714 series, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching (48°), sand (54°) and lob (60°) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter.
LPGA TOUR: CME Group Titleholders
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 41 players in the field of 69, more than five times the nearest competitor with 7.
It was a 1-2 finish for Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders where Shanshan Feng closed with a six-under par 66 to claim the richest prize in women's golf.
Feng opened with four birdies in six holes to go from two shots down to the outright lead, and never gave ground the rest of the way.
Pro V1x loyalist Gerina Piller finished solo second to post her best finish on the LPGA Tour.
Feng played the final 31 holes without a bogey. The win was her third of the year.
Fellow Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis became the first American since 1994 to win the Vare Trophy for her 69.484 scoring average, the lowest this year on the LPGA Tour.
JAPAN TOUR: Dunlop Phoenix
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 37 players in the field of 84, compared to 23 for the nearest competitor.
Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald fired a final round 5-under par 66 to successfully defend his title at the Dunlop Phoenix.
Donald extended his overnight two-stroke lead to a winning margin of six by posting seven birdies and two bogeys en route to a 14-under 270 victory total.
AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Gloria Jeans New South Wales Open
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 111 players in the field of 144, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21.
Titleist Brand Ambassador and New South Welsh native Aron Price (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 909H hybrid, 712U utility iron, new CB irons (714 series), Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter) won the NSW Open by four shots over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jack Wilson (Pro V1, 913D2, 913FD, 712U, 714MB irons, Vokey wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback putter) and Titleist golf ball loyalists Adam Bland (Pro V1x) and Aaron Townsend (Pro V1).
“I grew up playing in the NSW junior events and I caddied in this event 20 years ago. I have always remembered that so I would rather win the NSW Open then the Queensland or West Australian Open,” Price said following the victory.
Nine of the top 10 finishers, including each of the top seven, all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success at the event.
CHINA PGA CHAMPIONS TOUR: Chongqing Event
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 102 players in the 133-player field, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.
Entering the final round three shots behind the leader, Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Guang Ming Yang closed with a 2-under-par 70 to capture the China PGA Champions Tour’s Chongqing event.
Yang finished with a 14-under par 274 victory total, three shots clear of two players, including Pro V1 loyalist Bin Yan.
The win marks the first career title on the China Tour for Yang.
Eight of the 13 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Posted: November 22, 2013
Drum roll please... We're excited to announce the winners of our Team Titleist Oceanside Experience - meet Tom Parker and his friend Brett Lee.
As the grand prize winners, they'll be packing their bags to join us at the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, CA for a full-line fitting session with our expert fitters. And once the fitting is complete, we'll be building both Tom and Brett a complete bag of the latest high performance Titleist equipment to ensure they are dialed-in for the coming season.
Thank you again to every Team Titleist member who entered the sweepstakes. We really enjoyed reading the different stories and seeing how much passion there is for this game that bonds all of us together.
In the meantime, check out Tom's story below:
Brett Lee and I have been friends since we were 12 and 14 years old respectively. We played golf together for the first time in the summer of 1969. We grew up in a small town in NC at a semi-private golf club. During high school we worked at the golf course and played together several times a week when we were not working in the golf shop or on the course.
We have performed almost every job at a golf facility; painting, pulling crabgrass from greens by hand, aerification, mowing, raking bunkers, cleaning restrooms, and stocking soft drink machines. We did whatever the owner of the facility told us to do.
Growing up in the 1960's and 70's was a much different experience compared to today. We continue to laugh and talk about all those great times at the golf course where we grew up. We learned a lot about life and the value of good relationships.
We lost contact with each other after college until 1986. Since then we have stayed in touch with each other even though we live 5 hours apart. We have celebrated our marriages, celebrated the birth of our children, and endured the death of friends and parents together.
Since 1993, we take an annual golf trip to the beach with 6 other guys; all from our hometown. We both maintain a handicap around 3. The game of golf first introduced us to each other 44 years ago and it continues to be the bond that strengthens our relationship.
There is no other person (other than my wife, of course) that I would rather share this unique experience with than my best friend Brett Lee.
- Tom Parker
Congratulations, Tom and Brett! We look forward to seeing you at Oceanside.
Posted: November 21, 2013
So, you find yourself off the green, needing to lob your Titleist golf ball relatively high in the air to end up near the pin.
We know this shot can make even the most skilled wedge player second-guess themselves.
So, we asked our friends at Titleist Performance Institute to provide some help. Their Advisory Board Member, PGA Professional James Sieckmann, says the easiest way is not necessarily the best-known.
"It's opposite of what a lot of people think. If you are going to hit it high, you need to lower the handle...the more you lower the handle, the more loft is added to the club," says James.
Check out the video to see what else James advises on the setup and swing for this shot. And for more drills and exercises for your golf game, head over to http://www.myTPI.com.
Posted: November 19, 2013
Playing in the wind can be challenging for any player. So, we arranged a meeting with Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark, who offered to provide some help.
Tim has long been known as one the most accurate players on Tour and he's made a living charging up leaderboards when the wind starts to howl. As Tim told us, a big key to playing in the wind is keeping the ball flight down.
To achieve this lower ball flight, Tim shifts most of his weight to his left side (closest to the target) and then focuses on his second key - proper hand action.
"I like to keep my hands very dead. There’s not a lot of hand work in this swing."
The next time is up and you need to keep the ball low, take Tim's advice and flight your ball down to help control your shots and hopefully lower your scores.