From special deliveries to dialing-in drivers and equipment updates, our Tour Reps opened up their notebooks to give Team Titleist a quick run down of all the action from this week. Here's the latest news straight from the Titleist Tour Van:

HANDLED WITH CARE...

>> Following the third round of the Valero Texas Open, rookie Andrew Loupe contacted Titleist VP of Tour Promotions Chris Tuten with news that he bent his Titleist MB 9-iron in the neck and the shaft and asked if it was possible to have it replaced or repaired. The concerned Loupe, playing in just his ninth career PGA TOUR event, was tied for 2nd place at the time and would be playing in Sunday's final group. Considering manufacturers are required to leave tournament sites on Wednesday, Tuten contacted fellow Titleist Tech Representative Brett Fleming, who was already in Houston with the Titleist Tour Van in preparation for this week's event. Fleming secured Loupe's club specifications and immediately went to work building a new club on Saturday evening. Fleming then took the first flight to San Antonio on Sunday morning and hand delivered the club to Loupe in advance of his afternoon tee time. Loupe ultimately tied for 4th, securing the best finish of his PGA TOUR career and a spot in the Shell Houston Open field. Loupe was extremely appreciative and visited the Titleist Tour Van in Houston to personally thank the tour leadership team for their efforts. Loupe's momentum continued into the Shell Houston Open where he fired a first round 4-under par 68. 

IRON UPDATES...

>> Not usually one for change, Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker visited Titleist's Oceanside Test Facility in California last week and came away with a new set of Titleist AP2 irons (3-PW) with Project X 6.5 shafts. Stricker commented that the soles of the new irons go through the turf easier and more efficiently than his previous AP2 710 irons, and he likes the kick that the new shafts provide. Stricker had KBS C-taper shafts in his previous irons. Stricker fired a first round 4-under par 68 at the Shell Houston Open with his new set-up.

>> Brand Ambassador Peter Uihlein made a change in his set composition, replacing his Titleist 712U 2-iron with a new Titleist 913F.d 18.0* fairway metal. He also replaced the shaft in his 913F.d 13.5* with a Fujikura Tour Spec 9.2X, the same shaft that is in his new 18.0*. Both are positioned to the A1 Titleist SureFit hosel setting. Uihlein opened with a 3-under par 69.

DIALING IN THEIR DRIVERS...

>> Among the 30 full product line Titleist Brand Ambassadors in the Shell Houston Open field, Bill Haas and Erik Compton were a couple of players looking to fine tune their Titleist 913 drivers.

>> Haas was seeking to lower the spin on his Titleist 913D2 8.5* driver. The team provided him with a new head in the same model, loft and Aldila Rogue 70X shaft, but used a lighter rear weight and set the adjustable Titleist SureFit hosel to B•1, which lowered spin and optimized the ball flight that Haas preferred.

>> Compton was seeking additional distance and accuracy with his Titleist driver. The team provided him with a new Titleist 913D3 9.5* head and switched out his Graphite Design Tour AD BB 7X shaft with a Graphite Design Tour AD Di 6X. They also found that C•1 was the optimum setting to the adjustable Titleist SureFit hosel for Compton's launch conditions and Erik gave the Titleist Tech team a thumb’s up following Tuesday's practice round.

THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD...

>> At the Shell Houston Open, Titleist tops the golf ball category in the 144-player field with 91 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19.  Entering this week, Titleist golf ball loyalists have won 13 of the 20 PGA TOUR events played this season, more than four times the nearest competitor with 3.  Titleist players have also accumulated more victories in the driver (7), irons (7) and wedge categories.

>> In addition, at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the year's first major on the LPGA Tour, 77 players in the 111-player field will trust a Titleist golf ball for their success - nearly 10 times the nearest competitor with 8. 

Major trust is on display this week in Rancho Mirage, CA as the LPGA Tour dives into their major season at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

And as players look to take the coveted “Champions Plunge” into Poppie’s Pond, 77 players in the field of 111 will tee-up a Titleist golf ball. That’s more than nine times the nearest competitor with 8 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist is also first in the sand, lob and approach wedge category (71).

If the early round action is any indication, we’re in for some excitement this weekend as the birdies have been falling and players are posting some low numbers on the Dinah Shore Tournament course.

Best of luck to all of #TeamTitleist!

It was a breakthrough weekend for Titleist golf ball loyalist Steven Bowditch, who trusted his Pro V1x golf ball to win the Valero Texas Open and claim his first career PGA Tour title. Bowditch posted an 8-under, 280 victory total, one shot clear of fellow Pro V1x loyalists Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays.

Bowditch's victory highlighted a 4-win week for Titleist golf ball players, as the Aussie was joined in this week's winners’ circle by fellow Pro V1x loyalists Kris Blanks (Web.com Tour), Michio Matsumura (ONEAsia Tour) and Armando Favela (PGA Tour Latinoamerica).


TITLEIST LEADERBOARD...

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now won 36 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2014, more than five times the nearest competitor with 7 and more than all other competitors combined.

To date, 4,830 players have trusted a Titleist golf ball across the worldwide professional tours in 2014, more than six times the nearest competitor with 743 and more than all other competitors combined.


TEAM TITLEIST WEEKEND RECAP...

PGA TOUR: Valero Texas Open

 Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the Valero Texas Open with 90 players in the field of 144 trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 16.

Under windy conditions on Sunday, Steven Bowditch, held off a number of final-round challenges including a pair by Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays. The performance marked the third top-10 finish for MacKenzie in his last four starts. The T2 finish also matched a career-best for Summerhays.

“After I played well on Thursday, with my ballstriking, " Bowditch said after the win, "I thought, ‘Hang on a moment, I might be able to get in contention this week with the way I was hitting the ball.’"

The top threesome was joined on the leaderboard by Titleist Brand Ambassadors Andrew Loupe (T4), Zach Johnson (T6) and Jordan Spieth (10th), as well as Titleist golf ball loyalist Brendon Todd (T9), as 7 of the top 10 relied upon a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball for their success.

Bowditch is the third Titleist golf ball loyalist to win his first PGA TOUR event this season, joining Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jimmy Walker (Frys.com Open) and Chesson Hadley (Puerto Rico Open). He won twice previously on the Web.com Tour (2010, 2005).

Wth the timely victory, Bowditch also punched his ticket to Augusta, earning his first invitation to the Masters.

Loupe’s T4 was the first top-10 finish of his brief PGA TOUR career of nine starts.

Brendon Todd posted the day’s low round, a 4-under-par 68 en route to his T6. Todd and Jimmy Walker (69) were the only two players to shoot in the 60’s on Sunday. Todd and Walker tied for first with Loupe in Birdies for the week with 19.

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WEB.COM TOUR: Chitimacha Louisiana Open

 Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open with 94 players in the field of 144 trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 16.

While the winner was in doubt as Kris Blanks and Titleist Brand Ambassador Brett Stegmaier approached the first playoff hole at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, the winning golf ball was not – it would be a Titleist Pro V1x.

Blanks, who won the sudden death playoff with a birdie on the third extra hole, stormed up the leaderboard by firing a final round 9-under par, 62 - the best of the day by five shots. Blanks had to wait more than three hours to see if his clubhouse lead would stand.

He was matched by Stegmaier (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 712U 3-iron, CB irons, Vokey Design SM5 wedges, Scotty Cameron Futura X putter), who closed with a 3-under 68 en route to a 14-under, 270 total.

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ONEASIA TOUR: Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship

 Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship with 101 players in the field of 155 trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball,more than three times the nearest competitor with 31.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Michio Matsumura posted four consecutive rounds in the 60’s (65-67-67-68) to finish with a 21-under par 267 victory total in the co-sanctioned OneAsia and Japan Golf Tour event.

Matsumura edged fellow Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Rhein Gibson and Juvic Pagunsan, who shared second place, as four of the top five finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

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PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: Stella Artois Open

The 27-year-old Armando Favela (Pro V1x) took advantage of the 510-yard uphill par-5 18th, birdieing the final hole at Fuego Maya GC at La Reunión Golf Resort to win the inaugural Guatemalan event by one shot.

Favela closed on Sunday with a 1-under 71, good for a 14-under 274 winning total in the LatinoAmerica Tour’s first event ever contested in Central America.

With the win, Armando Favela moves to No. 2 on the Tour's Order of Merit.

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LPGA TOUR: KIA Classic

 Titleist was the top golf ball choice at the KIA Classic with 101 players in the field of 154 trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball,more than nine times the nearest competitor with 11.

 


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Only two events remain before the season’s first major on the PGA Tour and players now enter an exciting two-week stretch of golf in the Lone Star State.

First up… the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio where many in the field are looking to race up the leaderboard and secure an invitation to The Masters. And for those who’ve already punched their ticket to Augusta, it’s another opportunity to sharpen their skills and build some momentum.

 This week, 90 players in the field of 156 will trust a Titleist golf ball, more than 5 times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice among players in the irons (41), sand, lob and approach wedge (153) and putter (50) categories.

Check out the gallery above to view some images from earlier this week as Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists prepare to tackle the par-72, 7,435-yard Oaks Course layout at TPC San Antonio.

Good luck to all the players this weekend!

#TeamTitleist

Not all chip shots are created equal and whether you need to escape some deep rough or navigate a tricky lie, it’s important to always give yourself some options on how to play the shot at hand and what club to use.

And as Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Bohn explains… reaching for your wedge isn’t always the play, especially when you’re just off the green and your ball is resting on a tightly-mown strip of fairway.

“I see a lot of amateurs and even a lot of tour pros choose a wedge,” Jason told us. “And a lot of the times when they’re hitting this shot they kind of hit it a little chunky and a little bit behind the ball.”

Plan B… give your hybrid a try.

“The hybrid is a great shot for this because it’s really simple… it’s a very simple motion, very similar to your putting,” added Jason.

Watch the video above and see how having this extra shot in the bag can help shave some strokes off your score.

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