The aloha spirit continues to shine this week on the PGA Tour as the first full-field event of 2014 is underway at Waialae Country Club – host of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

And as many players look to jump start their 2014 campaigns, 88 players in the field will trust a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success, more than four-times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (35), sand, lob and approach wedges (147) and putter (54) categories.

Good luck to all of #TeamTitleist!

Picking up where he left off in 2013 by winning the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson earned his 11th official PGA TOUR title with a one-shot win over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Johnson, who earned a spot in the field by capturing the 2013 BMW Championship, closed with a 7-under par 66, which tied for the best score of the day, en route to a 19-under par 273 victory total. Johnson trusted his Pro V1x golf ball to navigate the terrain of the par 73 Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort in Maui that stretches to 7,452 yards.

This also marks his second win in as many events with a new set of AP2 (714 series) irons he put in the bag for the first time at the World Challenge last month. He will be seeking an Hawaiian sweep when he heads to the Sony Open in Hawaii at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu this week - an event he won in 2009.

What's in Zach Johnson's Bag?

Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: 913D2 (8.5º) driver with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73 X shaft
Fairways: 913F.d (15º) fairway metal with Fujikura Motore VC7.0 X shaft and 913F (17º) fairway metal with Diamana Blue B80 X shaft
Hybrid: 909H (21º) hybrid with Speeder 904 S shaft
Irons: AP1 4-iron (712) with Dynamic Gold X100 shaft and AP2 (714) irons (5-9) with Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48º), sand (54º) and lob (60º) wedges with Dynamic Gold S400

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TOP CHOICE(S):  Titleist topped the ball count at the Hyundai TOC with 19 (63%) players in the field of 30, nearly five times more than the nearest competitor with 4 ... With 19 more players trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x , Titleist increased its 2013-14 PGA TOUR player count to 453, more than five times the nearest competitor with 84 … With the wraparound schedule being utilized on the U.S. PGA and European Tours, Titleist already owns an overwhelming ball count of 840 players, compared to 134 for its nearest competitor … Titleist was also the Hyundai TOC favorite in irons (8/27%), sand, lob and approach wedges (26/39%) and putters (10/33%) ... Eight players (27%) also teed off with a Titleist driver, one shy of the leader.

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TITLEIST LEADERBOARD: The top five finishers and eight of the top 10 all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success at the Hyundai TOC.  Following the 1-2 finish of Johnson (Pro V1x) and Spieth (Pro V1x) was fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (Pro V1x) and Titleist golf ball loyalist Kevin Streelman (Pro V1x), who tied for third, a shot behind Spieth.   Jason Dufner (Pro V1) was solo fifth, one shot ahead of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott (Pro V1) and Titleist golf ball loyalist Billy Horschel (Pro V1x), who were among four players who tied for sixth … Horschel fired a final round 7-under par 66, tying Zach Johnson for low score of the day … Titleist golf ball loyalists have won six of the first seven events on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR … Even prior to his victory, Johnson led the Hyundai TOC field in official PGA TOUR victories with 10.

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SPIETH AMONG TEE-THROUGH-GREEN LEADERS:  After researching his performance stats, it was no surprise that Jordan Spieth threatened to earn his second career PGA TOUR title … Trusting Titleist equipment from tee-to-green, the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year finished 8th in Driving Distance (275.1 ypd), T2 in Greens in Regulation (83.33%), 4th in Strokes Gained Putting (1.005) and 10th in Putts Per Greens in Regulation (1.733).  He also posted the tournament’s second longest drive with a 396 yard blast on Monday and just two bogeys over 72 holes.

As we head into the final round of play at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, here are some Team Titleist equipment updates straight from Kapalua...

IT'S OFFICIAL: Titleist topped the ball count at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions with 19 (63%) players in the field of 30, nearly five times more than the nearest competitor with 4 ... Titleist was also the field favorite in irons (8/27%), sand, lob and approach wedges (26/39%) and putters (10/33%) ... Eight players (27%) also teed off with a Titleist driver, one shy of the leader ... With 19 more players trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x this week, Titleist increases its 2013-14 PGA TOUR player count to 453, more than five times the nearest competitor with 84.

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IN THE HUNT: Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jordan Spieth, Webb Simpson, Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson are all heading into the final round with their sights set on taking home top honors at the first event of 2014. Let's see what is in their bags...

Jason Dufner
Golf Ball: Pro V1 
Driver: 913D2 (9.5º) driver w/ Mitsubishi Diamana Ahina 60 X
Fairways: 913Fd (13.5º) fairway metal w/ Mitsubishi Kurokage S Tini 70 X and 913Fd (18º) fairway metal w/ Mitsubishi Diamana Ilima B80 X
Hybrid: 913H (19º) hybrid w/ True Temper PXI 6.5
Irons: AP2 (714) irons (4-P) w/ True Temper PXI 6.5
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled sand (56º) wedge and TVD K-grind lob (60º) wedge w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Squareback Plus prototype putter

Zach Johnson
Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: 913D2 (8.5º) driver w/Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73 X
Fairways: 913F.d (15º) fairway metal w/ Fujikura Motore VC7.0 X and 913F (17º) fairway metal w/ Diamana Blue B80 X
Hybrid: 909H (21º) hybrid w/Speeder 904 S
Irons: AP1 4-iron (712) w/ Dynamic Gold X100 and AP2 (714) irons (5-9) w/ Dynamic Gold X100
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48º), sand (54º) and lob (60º) wedges w/ Dynamic Gold S400

Webb Simpson
Golf Ball: Pro V1x 
Driver: 913D3 (10.5º) driver w/ USTM VTS 6 TX
Fairways: 913F (15º) fairway metal w/ USTM VTS 8TX X and 913F.d (18º) fairway metal w/ USTM VTS 8TX X
Hybrid: 913H.d (20º) hybrid w/ Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 X
Irons: 680 irons (4-9) w/True Temper Dynamic Gold X100
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48º), sand (54º) and lob (58º) wedges w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Jordan Spieth
Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: 910D2 (8.5º) driver w/ Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 63 X
Hybrid: 913H.d (18º) hybrid w/ Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95 X
Irons: AP2 (714) irons (4-9) w/ True Temper PX 6.0
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 pitching (46º) and gap (52º) wedges w/ True Temper PX 6.0; and new prototype Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 sand (56º) and lob (60º) wedges w/ True Temper PX 6.0
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist 009 prototype putter

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HAAS UNVEILS NEW IRONS...AND WEDGES: Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas ( 2013 AT&T National winner) unveiled a set of new AP2 irons (714 series) in Kapalua ... Haas previously played Titleist's CB (712) model ... In addition to the new irons, the 5-time PGA TOUR champion is playing the new prototype Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 sand (54º) and lob (60º) wedges for the first time and also put in a new 913H (17º) hybrid this week ... This marks the fourth consecutive year that Haas has played in the T of C following a pair of wins in 2010, and one each from 2011-13.

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DUFNER SHOWS NEW METAL: Titleist Brand Ambassador and 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner made a pair of significant equipment changes this week. Dufner came to Kapalua working with a 913D2 (9.5º) and after two practice rounds under the watchful eyes of Titleist Tour Reps Chris Tuten and Dave Southworth, Dufner green lighted the new driver which features the same Mitsubishi Diamana Ahina 60X shaft that he had in his previous model. Dufner, who isn't prone to change equipment very often, also secured a new Titleist 913F.d (13.5º) fairway metal (with a Mitsubishi Kurokage 70 shaft) that he put in the bag this week. On the greens, he is using a new Scotty Cameron Squareback Plus prototype putter for the first time in competition. Dufner is tied for 9th at the halfway point of the tournament.


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Team Titleist has made the journey to Maui and will, once again, be bringing you wall-to-wall coverage of the PGA TOUR and worldwide professional tours all year long! This week's event will take place at The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort, a unique par 73 layout that stretches to 7,452 yards.

Here are some of the Team Titleist highlights and notes from the tour...

#1 BALL AT THE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: While the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is not the official start to the 2013-14 season, thanks to a new wraparound schedule of which six events have already been played, it is the first event on the 2014 calendar.

Nearly two-thirds (19) of the 30-player field will be teeing up a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball this week, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott (Masters) and Jason Dufner (PGA Championship), the only two major champions from 2013 who made the trip to paradise to participate in this "winners-only" event.

Scott, who also won The Barclays during the FedExCup Playoffs, is one of five participating players with multiple wins in 2013.

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THE #1 BALL IN GOLF: With the wraparound schedule being utilized on the PGA TOUR and European Tours, Titleist is already off to an overwhelming ball count of 840 players, compared to 134 for its nearest competitor.

Through the first six events on the PGA TOUR, 434 players have relied upon a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than five times its nearest competitor with 80. Titleist players have also accumulated a combined six wins on the U.S. PGA and European Tours, compared to one for its nearest competitors.

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FIVE OF SIX: The Hyundai Tournament of Champions marks the seventh official event of the PGA TOUR’s new schedule, with Titleist golf ball loyalists having secured victories in five of the first six tournaments. Champions include first time winner Jimmy Walker at the season-opening Frys.com Open, followed by his fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas the next week ... Walker, incidentally, is the current FedExCup points leader in the new, young 2013-14 season.

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR: It was announced Thursday that Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott was named Male Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America.

Scott made history by becoming the first Australian to win the Masters in April and then added a FedEx Cup playoff victory at The Barclays. He closed his memorable season by winning the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters, won the team portion of the World Cup of Golf, and was second by a shot in the Australian Open.

For the year, the No. 2 ranked player in the world, played in 20 tournaments worldwide, won four of them, was top three eight times, top 10 in half of them, and never missed a cut.  In addition to his win at the Masters, Scott tied for third at the Open Championship and tied for fifth at the PGA Championship.

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FIRST TIMERS: There were 13 first time winners on the PGA TOUR during the 2013 calendar year and all of them are participating in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this week. Nine of the 13 making their debut relied upon Titleist golf balls for 10 wins in 2013 ...

Three of the first timers (John Merrick/Northern Trust Open, Jordan Spieth/John Deere Classic, Jimmy Walker/Frys.com) are also Titleist full product line brand ambassadors, trusting Titleist equipment from tee through green ...

Three of them (Spieth, Billy Horschel/Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Kevin Streelman/Tampa Bay Championship) also finished inside the Top 30 on the FedExCup points list at the end of the 2013 campaign and participated in the season-ending TOUR Championship ...

Spieth was named 2013 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year for his historic season-long performance ...

Among Titleist's other first time participants are Michael Thompson (The Honda Classic), Derek Ernst (Travelers Championship) and Ken Duke (Travelers Championship).

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BREAKING DOWN THE FIELD: Eight of the players in the T of C field, also participated in the Presidents Cup, six of whom rely upon Titleist for their success, including United States members Bill Haas (AT&T National); Jason Dufner (PGA Championship); Zach Johnson (BMW Championship); Webb Simpson (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open); Jordan Spieth (John Deere Classic); and International team member Adam Scott (The Masters, The Barclays) ...

Zach Johnson’s 10 PGA TOUR victories are the most of any player in the field, and this will be his seventh appearance in the winners-only event ... Johnson won his most recent event, the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, on the first hole of a sudden death playoff over ... Johnson had put a new set of AP2 irons (714 series) in the bag for the World Challenge after visiting Titleist's Oceanside Test Facility in Carlsbad earlier in the week ... 

As we wrap up our Team Titleist Year in Review, we reflect on another year of tremendous success for the #1 ball in golf. In 2013, a total of 22,082 players trusted a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball on the worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,260.

In addition, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x loyalists recorded 158 wins on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 40.

Another highlight of the year was the 2,013 win with a Pro V1 model golf ball across the worldwide professional tours since the Titleist Pro V1 was introduced to tour players in October 2000.

And before we welcome in the new year, all of us here at Team Titleist wanted to thank each and everyone of you for a wonderful 2013. 

So in our final review, let's go behind the scenes and see the difference between a golf ball and a Titleist - the #1 ball in golf.


Video: The Making of the 2013 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x

Originally Posted January 30, 2013

Ever wonder what goes into the making of a Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x?

Here at Team Titleist, we're lucky to go to work every day with some of the best and brightest people in the game, the Titleist associates responsible for creating the #1 ball in golf.

And with Titleist Ball Plant III only a few minutes away in New Bedford, Mass., we recently had the opportunity to tour the facility and witness first-hand the making of the 2013 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

It's a pretty cool experience, so we wanted to share it with all of Team Titleist.

Check out the video above for your own tour of Titleist Ball Plant III and see our team at work.

Remember, there's a difference between a golf ball and a Titleist golf ball - the #1 ball in golf.

FAST FACT: For more than 75 years, Titleist golf balls have been designed and manufactured by Titleist associates in Titleist's own world-class facilities, each person playing an important role in making the highest performing, most consistent golf balls in the game.

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