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Posted: December 23, 2013
The Team Titleist Year in Review continues this week with a look at some of the top amateur events contested in 2013. When you're playing for history and looking to add your name to the record books, unwavering trust and total confidence in your golf ball are prerequisites.
And it was another great year where the overwhelming majority of players put their trust in Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls at these marquee amateur events.
Check out the post below and see how the #1 ball for your game is also the #1 choice at every level.
The #1 Ball in Golf at the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship
Originally Posted August 15, 2013
Already a landmark annual event for the best amateurs from around the world, the playing of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship has a bit more historical context for the competitors this year at The Country Club at Brookline.You see, it is the same course where a 20-year old named Francis Ouimet, one of the game's most legendary amateurs, made his epic charge to a U.S. Open championship exactly 100 years ago this September.In the field of 312 golfers looking to take top amateur honors this year, 246 players are trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 38 and more than three times all competitors combined.Titleist also leads the field across all major club categories including drivers (113), fairway metals and hybrids (195), iron sets (123), approach, sand and lob wedges (410) and putters (114).As the week unfolds and the competition moves from medal play to match play, one amateur will stand atop the field on Sunday and add his name to the record books at the historic Country Club.• • •The U.S. Amateur Championship is just one of several marquee national amateur events where the top competitive amateur players in the world put their trust in Titleist. Throughout the year, Titleist has proven to be the golf ball of choice at these prestigious events:
Posted: December 20, 2013
Our PGA Tour Leadership Team logs a lot of miles during the course of the year traveling from one event to another. As zip codes change with the scenary, one thing remains constant from stop-to-stop... the Titleist Tour Support Van.
Earlier this year the team welcomed a new home away from home and Team Titleist was on hand for one of the first looks inside the new setup at the BMW Championship.
Check out the original slideshow and post below as we continue our 2013 Year in Review.
Slideshow: First Look Inside the New Titleist Tour Van
Originally Posted September 10, 2013
CLICK IMAGE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOWThe Titleist Tour Leadership Team on the PGA Tour has a new home away from home as the new Titleist Tour Van is making its debut this week at the BMW Championship.
Now, to call it a "van" would be a little bit of an understatement, as the new 18-wheeler is 42 feet long, 8 feet 6 inches wide, and weighs 36 tons when fully loaded. It features four "pop-outs" that extend the width to 15 feet 6 inches for a total of 650 square feet of working space, nearly 30 percent more than the previous trailer.
Dave Southworth, Titleist's Senior Technical Representative for PGA Tour, was responsible for designing the new trailer and accommodating the needs of the 10-person Tour Leadership Team that services up to 40 full product line players a week, in addition to others who rely upon Titleist 913 metals, MB, CB and AP irons, Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron putters. And during an average week on tour, there are more than 100 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players to service, which keeps the Titleist Tour Van buzzing with activity from arrival time on Sunday through its Wednesday afternoon departure.
"It is not very often you get to design a Tour Van from scratch, so you want to make sure you get it right," said Southworth. Based upon the response of the Titleist Tour Leadership Team, as well as players, caddies and other tour support teams who have paid a visit so far, he seems to have accomplished his goal.
"This 'van' is basically our workplace and home for half the week for the next six or so years," said Southworth. "With that in mind, I took everybody's requests and suggestions into serious consideration and implemented them as best I could. I wanted it to be as efficient and comfortable as possible, primarily for our own tech reps that are building clubs everyday, but also for the players, caddies, managers, network associates and tournament officials that use it as a meeting place or to just hang out at some point during the week."
The word Southworth heard most often for the workplace area from his fellow tech reps was "maneuverability," that is, more space to hone their craft, which includes but is not limited to: replacing shafts, grinding and stamping clubs, changing grips, measuring lofts and lies, and just building clubs from scratch. There is also a separate workspace for the Vokey Design wedge team within the trailer.
The challenge was to accommodate those needs while still securing enough room to stock an inventory of shafts, clubheads, grips, tools, headwear, headcovers and umbrellas. There is also a separate computer station and wi-fi, a satellite dish, three television monitors, a couch, stools and table for meetings, and an ice chest and cabinetry for cold drinks and healthy snacks.
This marks the third and most technologically advanced Titleist Tour Van since the original debuted in 2002. That 32-foot van was replaced late in 2006 by a 34-foot version which appeared at virtually every PGA Tour event (with the exception of Hawaii) over the past seven years, totaling nearly 130,000 miles crisscrossing the country. It will continue to be used to service the equipment needs of players on the Web.com Tour, making its first appearance at last week's Chiquita Classic.
"This is really a win-win for our Tour Leadership team," said Southworth. "We have a state-of-the-art trailer that will help our team service our growing list of full product line players more efficiently, and the Web.com Team will be able to do the same now that they have a full service van."
Posted: December 19, 2013
We continue our trip down the 2013 highlight lane with a look back at Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson's charge to the top of the FedExCup.
Henrik's win at East Lake capped off a season of success that featured two wins during the Playoffs (TOUR Championship and Deustsche Bank Championship) and Top 10 finishes in the 18 events he played on the PGA Tour. And let's not forget, he also claimed top honors in the European Tour's Race to Dubai.
Congrats again on an amazing year, Henrik!
Henrik Stenson Trusts Pro V1x to FedExCup Championship
Originally Posted September 23, 2013
In the twilight shadows of East Lake Golf Club, Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson stood at the winner's presentation with two trophies in hand-- one for the Tour Championship and one for the FedExCup Championship.
"It was a great day, great week, and it's been a great year," said Stenson following the ceremony.
In a consistent performance at East Lake, Stenson posted a 13-under par 267 victory total, three shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker.
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for more than half of the select 30-player field at the season-ending TOUR Championship with 16, including nine full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors.
Stenson's win marked the 2,013th (2013) 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.
Titleist golf ball players have now earned 119 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 33 and more than all golf balls combined. In total, 17,875 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,651.
Triumphant against the best players on Tour, Stenson's late-season performance displayed an undeniable command of his entire game. And after this campaign, both his command and his determination have come to define the career of the big Swede.
Still, for Stenson, the victory is more than a defining moment of his career. "It shows that I never give up," said Stenson, who moves to No. 4 in the official world golf rankings.
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PGA TOUR: Tour ChampionshipStenson closed with a 2-under par 68 to win the event and the season-long FedExCup which carries the largest prize in golf ($10 million). It was the second victory of the FedExCup Playoffs for Stenson, who also won the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists swept each of the four FedExCup Playoffs events, as Stenson (Pro V1x) won the TOUR Championship and the Deutsche Bank Championship, while Zach Johnson (Pro V1x) captured the BMW Championship and Adam Scott (Pro V1) started off the Playoffs by winning The Barclays.
Jordan Spieth closed with a 64, and Steve Stricker closed with a 65 at East Lake. Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson, finished another shot back as Titleist players secured the top four positions on the leaderboard.
After becoming the first European to win the FedExCup Playoffs, Henrik would love to become the first player to win both the FedExCup and the Race for Dubai. "It's going to take some good play. I'm going to try my hardest to accomplish that."
What’s in Steve Stricker's Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (8.5°), 910Fd fairway metal (13.5°), 913H hybrid (19.0°), AP2 irons (3-PW), Vokey Design Spin Milled sand wedge (54°) and SM4 lob wedge (60°).
What’s in Jordan Spieth's Bag?:Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 910D2 driver (8.5°), 913Hd hybrid (18.0°), AP2 irons (4-9°), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (46°), gap (52°), sand (56°) and lob (59°) wedges, Scotty Cameron SC-009 prototype putter.
What’s in Webb Simpson's Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (10.5°), 913F fairway metal (15.0°), 913Fd fairway metal (18.0°), 913Hd hybrid (20.0°), 680 irons (4-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°), sand (54°) and lob (58°) wedges.
Posted: December 18, 2013
Next up for the Team Titleist year in review, we say hello to the Web.com Class of 2014.
Here is our post from earlier in the year that shines the spotlight on the 30 players who trusted Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls on their journey to the PGA Tour. Congrats, guys!
Originally Posted on October 1, 2013
In 2013, for the first time ever, 50 PGA Tour cards were made available through the Web.Com Tour – 25 for the Top 25 on the money list during the regular season, and another 25 for the top performing players (without a regular season promotion) during the Web.Com Tour Finals.
Amid all the changes, at least one thing remained constant: More players in pursuit of their PGA Tour status put their trust in Titleist when it mattered most. Among the 50 qualifiers for the 2014 PGA Tour schedule, 30 players relied on a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success, five times the nearest competitor with six and more than all other competitors combined. Additionally, 14 players chose Titleist throughout their bag.
Before the Web.Com Finals began, Titleist Brand Ambassador Chesson Hadley had already qualified for a promotion with his third place finish on the regular season money list. That didn't deter Chesson from winning the Web.Com Tour Championship by two shots. Another regular season Top 25 finisher, Titleist Brand Ambassador John Peterson caught post-season fire down the stretch to earn the No. 1 spot on the Finals money list.
Also in the finale, Pro V1x loyalist Lee Williams saved one of the most memorable shots for the final hole of the season. With a promotion on the line, Lee poured in a birdie putt from over forty feet on the 72nd hole Sunday to earn his card. For a complete recap of the Web.Com Tour Championship, click here.
Congratulations to the class of 2013 - 2014! Good luck on the PGA Tour this season.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Tyrone Van Aswegen (Pro V1x)
Posted: December 17, 2013
It's that time of year when we start reflecting on all of the memories, milestones and accomplishments of the past 12 months and this usually leads to a Top 10 list of one kind or another. You might think this is an easy task, but each year it seems to become increasingly difficult to pick our favorite moments because there are too many to choose from.
But we're up to the challenge. And for 2013, we're going to shine the spotlight on 13 of our favorite posts from this year - in no particular order.
So without further delay, we bring you our first highlight of the year... Our trip to the Titleist Manchester Lane Testing Facility to get an inside view with the Titleist Golf Ball R&D team. Check out the original post from October 24, 2013 below.
VIDEO: The Moment of Impact. An Inside Look at Titleist Golf Ball R&D
For our Titleist Golf Ball R&D team, the goal is always the same: Design and develop the most consistent and best performing golf balls to help golfers shoot lower scores. It's a process focused on continuous improvement, fostered by many talented individuals working tirelessly behind the scenes.
Of course, there's also some really cool (and extremely sophisticated) test equipment that plays a role in continually making the best golf balls in the game even better.
Case in point: The Titleist R&D team recently fired up one of their mechanical robots to film golf ball impact footage, using a high-speed camera, at 22,000 frames per second.
The second we heard this was happening, we were inspired to bring you an exclusive insider’s view. So we grabbed our cameras, headed to the Manchester Lane Testing facility and met up with Paul Furze, Manager of Product Test Methods.
Paul's plan was to run through a series of tests and capture the moment of impact of different Titleist golf ball models across various ball speeds. Using the high-speed footage, the team could then analyze how the golf ball reacts to the force being applied and show the actual compression upon impact.
One result, as you will see in the video: "If you compare the 120 mph driver [ball] speed to the 175 mph driver [ball] speed, you'll see that the compression on the ball is really quite similar," said Furze. In other words, every player, no matter their swing speed, compresses the golf ball.
Check out the video for a closer look at this step in our R&D process and to see what happens to a golf ball at impact – and a few micro-seconds after impact... (Yes, we said micro-seconds.)
Just in case you were wondering, "What exactly is Product Test Methods Development?" Well, this team develops and maintains all of the test equipment used throughout the various stages of the process. From robotic swing machines and air canons to wind tunnels and advanced simulators, they’ve got it covered.
Pretty cool gig if you ask us.