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Posted: October 11, 2013
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The new PGA Tour 2013 - 2014 season is underway and Team Titleist is back on the scene to bring you all the action from inside the ropes this year. First stop, CordeValle Golf Club for the Frys.Com Open.
In 2012, Pro V1x loyalist Jonas Blixt entered the winner's circle here for the first time in his career. Looking back, that victory fueled a solid season that included his second career victory at the Greenbrier Classic and a deep run in the FedExCup playoffs.
With the new setup for the fall series, a win at CordeValle would mean a head start on the playoff race and the first invitation of the season to the 2014 Masters.
And for the 132 players looking to start the new season with a victory, 83 players will put their trust in a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than five times the nearest competitor with 16, and more than all other competitors combined.
Titleist is also the top choice in the irons (33), sand, lob and approach wedge (131) and putter (42) categories.
The Titleist Tour Trailer opened its doors early Monday and the team was ready to get back to business for the new season. Cameras in hand, the Team Titleist staff got an early start on the range among the scenic foothills of Northern California to capture the action as a number of Titleist golf ball loyalists and Brand Ambassadors kicked off their 2013 -2014 campaigns.
In the slideshow above, enjoy the photos of Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jimmy Walker, Brendan Steele, John Peterson, Chesson Hedley, Andrew Loupe, and Andrew Thomas (to name a few) taken before play began on Thursday.
Once you've taken a look, set your sights on posting some low scores of your own this weekend!
Congratulations to Titleist Brand Ambassador Erik Compton for being awarded the inaugural PGA Tour Courage Award. The announcement was made on Wednesday by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient begins his third season on the PGA Tour at this week's Frys.com Open.According to the announcement, the PGA Tour Courage Award is presented "to a player who, through courage and perseverance, has overcome extraordinary adversity, such as personal tragedy or debilitating injury or illness, to make a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf."The Courage Award includes a $25,000 charitable contribution to be distributed to a charity of the award recipient’s choice; this year’s contribution will be shared by the Cardiovascular Institute of Miami and the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation at Compton’s request. “Erik’s story is a remarkable one in the fact he has overcome extraordinary odds to not only survive, but thrive,” said Finchem, speaking from the Frys.com Open.“ In recent years, he has started a family with wife Barbara and daughter Petra, won a Web.com Tour event and played two years on the PGA Tour. With Erik’s show of perseverance and courage, along with his charitable work to encourage organ donation, he is a very fitting recipient of the inaugural PGA Tour Courage Award.”“Through the help of family, doctors and friends, I have gone from being someone lying on his back in recovery to someone walking the fairways of the PGA Tour,” said Compton.“ Not only has playing on Tour been a dream of mine, but it has also served greatly in the healing process. It has given me something to work toward, but also something to hope for. I’m incredibly grateful for this award and blessed to have the opportunity to be playing on the PGA Tour.”"Erik is a wonderful player and ambassador for our brands, but more importantly, he is a person that transcends the game of golf," said Wally Uihlein, CEO of Acushnet Company, which is comprised of Titleist and FootJoy." As Erik has said, golf has been an important part of his healing process, but he has also parlayed his success on the course to providing hope off the course to the thousands of transplant patients he has touched through hospital visits and those who have heard his compelling story. Further, there is no doubt he has played an integral role in saving the lives of others through his passionate message regarding the importance of becoming an organ donor. Erik is a deserving inaugural recipient of this award." When Compton was 9 years old, he was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, a condition that has forced him to undergo two heart transplants, the first being in 1992 at the age of 12. The Miami native began playing golf as part of his rehabilitation, and Compton went on to become the 1998 American Junior Golf Association Co-Player of the Year, a 2001 second-team All-America selection at the University of Georgia and a member of the 2001 United States Walker Cup Team.While playing on the Web.com Tour, Compton underwent a second transplant in 2008 after he suffered a heart attack and, with nobody around, was forced to drive himself to the hospital. Six months later, he played and made the cut at the PGA Tour’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic as a Sponsor Exemption. Compton won the 2011 Mexico Open on the Web.com Tour and later earned his PGA Tour card for 2012 after finishing 13th on the Web.com Tour's season-ending money list. In 2013, he earned his first career top-10 finish, a tie for fourth at The Honda Classic, and remained exempt for the 2013-14 PGA Tour season as he finished inside the top 100 in the FedExCup standings.Compton is involved with the Transplant Foundation and Donate Life America. With nearly 120,000 individuals awaiting an organ transplant, Compton’s efforts with Donate Life America aim to help raise awareness of organ donation and transplantation.
Posted: October 10, 2013
This year, Titleist and Acushnet Company partnered with the Folds of Honor Foundation in the "Play with a Patriot Sweepstakes", a Labor Day promotion which gave golfers the chance to experience the power of patriotism along with the explosive distance of the Titleist Velocity golf ball.
Robb Waller, an environmental engineer from Rochester, New York, won the Grand Prize, which included an all-expense-paid trip for Robb and two guests to play a round of golf at The Patriot Golf Club in Owasso, Oklahoma. Robb and his guests would be joined by Major Dan Rooney, PGA Professional and founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation. To round out the foursome, Robb, a Team Titleist member since 2012, invited his brother Mike and his father Mark, who is a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Kellie Costa, Senior Marketing Manager, Titleist Golf Balls, represented Titleist at the event. She was kind enough to share some great moments from the weekend in the slideshow gallery above.
Kellie also sent along the message she received from Robb shortly after Labor Day. Thank you for joining us, Robb.
I'd like to thank Titleist for the Velocity sweepstakes. Labor Day weekend will be a trip that myself, my father and my brother will never forget. The weekend was so much more than the golf.
I was pleased, as was my brother, to watch my father open up and speak about his time in Vietnam. Although I may have won the sweepstakes, I believe my father was the true winner.
THANK YOU to Acushnet and to you, Kellie, for the experience of a lifetime.
Posted: October 9, 2013
In this week's Titleist Tip from the Tour, we asked Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas to help us with an uphill lie. Bill led the Tour in 2013 with nine top-10 finishes. Solid ball striking and the ability to play well on any type of golf course are hallmarks of his game. Bill also ranked 21st in Greens-In-Regulation, proof that he knows a little bit about hitting his irons from any kind of lie.
Uphill lies can be be a problem because it's difficult to not only make solid contact, but also to hit the ball the proper distance. As Bill says, a big part of the issue is overcoming our natural instincts when we stand on an uphill lie:
"I think the common theme is to try to negate the slope by putting more weight on your front foot. It's just more comfortable to do that, that's how we stand. But my tip would be to try to angle your shoulders in line with the slope."
As Bill demonstrates in the video above, orienting your body correctly can simulate being on a flat lie. See if Bill's tip helps you when you're faced with your next uneven lie. And make sure to pay particular attention to his point about club selection.
Not many of us can say we've ever made the flagstick rattle with a perfectly struck shot and even fewer have gone pin-seeking while the cameras were rolling.
But recently, one Team Titleist member checked both of these items off the list with a single shot... Introducing Christopher Hill or as some of you may know him, ChrisH226.
Here's the back story: We spend a lot of time working with players and Team Titleist members to conduct player testing and validate the performance of our golf balls. Most of the time, we have our cameras in tow to capture the on-course action and feedback from the players.
Lucky for us, this was one of those days.
As we set up the shot, we asked Christopher to knock it close to the hole. He stood about 30-yards from the pin, wedge in hand, and took dead aim.
And, as you can see in the video above, he slam-dunked his Titleist golf ball straight in the hole. Best part is, there was no damage to the cup itself! Swish!This shot was certainly one of the highlights of the year. Congrats, Christopher!