Did you know that nearly 1/3 of all the golf balls produced each year by Titleist are customized in one form or another? 

Did you also know that there is a team of passionate individuals dedicated to delivering the best possible experience from start to finish in the Titleist Custom Golf Ball facility located in New Bedford, Mass.?

Whether it’s a personal message, a name or initials imprinted on the side or a company logo or the crest of a favorite golf club – each Titleist golf ball that goes through the custom process is cared for by this talented family of Titleist associates.

And with this impressive operation in our own backyard, we had to bring you an insider’s view of Titleist’s Custom Golf Ball facility and see our amazing team at work.

It was an eye-opening experience for us and we hope you enjoy getting to know our team and the process a little better.

FAST FACT: Titleist first began personalizing golf balls in the early 1940’s.  In the more than 70 years since those first simple imprints, Titleist’s customization capabilities have advanced to the point where complex logo replication and faithful reproduction of color photography is now achieved daily on the #1 Ball in Golf.

The biggest team event in the game of golf is right around the corner and to help kick off the action, we're having a little Team Titleist fun... So, to celebrate the matches being held at the Gleneagles Club, we've assembled a special prize package featuring limited edition Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls commemorating the biennial event between the European Team and Team USA.

The prize pack includes:

>> One (1) dozen commemorative Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls each containing six (6) Team USA golf balls and six (6) European Team golf balls

>> One (1) Limited edition Team Titleist hat (White or Black) 

>> One (1) Limited edition Team Titleist bag tag

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER: To enter the contest, add a comment to this blog post (see below) with your golf ball model of choice (Pro V1 or Pro V1x) and your prediction for which team will win the Ryder Cup and the final score by Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT.

SAMPLE ENTRYPro V1, USA 14 1/2 to 13 1/2.

MORE IMPORTANT DETAILS: 

>> We’ll randomly select four (4) winners from all approved entries that are submitted by Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT.

>> All approved entries will be eligible for the random drawing. You do not have to predict the winning team and/or score to be eligible to win.

>> 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

What's in the Bag at the 2014 Ryder Cup

With the Ryder Cup buzz reaching a fever pitch, both teams will be looking to harness the emotion that has become synonymous with the biennial event and turn that energy into the winning ingredient. 

While only one team can claim the cup, more players will trust a Titleist golf ball than any other golf ball at the Ryder Cup.

And as we get ready for some exciting golf this weekend, here's a quick look at the gear that Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Jimmy WalkerVictor Dubuisson and Webb Simpson along with Golf Ball Loyalists Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Jamie Donaldson, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood will trust en route to securing pivotal points at Gleneagles.

There are few events in all of sports that create as much pressure, intensity and passion as the Ryder Cup. Every other year some of the best professional golfers from Europe and the United States earn the honor to represent their country for one impassioned weekend of golf.

This year, the 40th playing of the Ryder Cup will be held on the Centenary course at the Gleneagles Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland. With flags flying and patriotic chants echoing across the course, players will have to manage the conditions, and their emotions, if they hope to claim victory for themselves, their team and their country.

We caught up with Titleist Brand Ambassadors Zach Johnson and Webb Simpson, along with Titleist Golf Ball Loyalists Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson to get a first-hand account of what it's like to play in the ultimate team competition. 

Whether you’re cheering for Team Europe to retain the cup or you’re hoping to see Team USA claim victory, we can all agree that there will be plenty of excitement at Gleneagles this weekend.

Best of luck to both teams and to all of the competitors.

#TeamTitleist

Four years ago, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth was 17 years old and playing in the Junior Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, site of this years Ryder Cup. Even then, he had the desire to see himself representing the U.S. at this year's Ryder Cup.

“I remember when I was here four years ago and thinking, is there a chance that I could be here four years from now for The Ryder Cup? And what do you know. It's pretty awesome to be here having stayed in the same place, and I think the same team room that we have now in the hotel."

A stepping-stone for many great players in the past, Jordan also reflected on how this experience helped shape his goal for making the 2014 squad.

"Back then, they showed us videos of the Junior Ryder Cup and guys that have gone on to become professional golfers since. Looking back on those videos that we watched and to know that I'm one of those guys now that's representing the United States of America, it's a really cool feeling.”

Admitting that he has been looking forward to this year's Ryder Cup for a while, Spieth, who plays the Pro V1x golf ball and a full complement of Titleist golf clubs, went back to his Junior Ryder Cup roots.

“I found one of the special Scotty Cameron putter head covers I had from then. I've been using that for a month or so. I used it through the Playoffs just getting ready. I thought it was a cool thing to do. It was cool that I still had it."

Be sure to keep an eye out for Jordan's cover this week at Gleneagles!

What's in Jordan Spieth's bag?

Golf Ball: Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D2 Driver (9.5º) 
Fairway Wood: Titleist 915F Prototype Fairway Wood (15º) 
Hybrid: Titleist 915Hd Prototype Hybrid (20.5º) 
Irons: Titleist AP2 irons (4-PW) 
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled SM5 46º, 52º, 56º and 60º
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Beach Prototype

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