The PGA Tour is in Bethesda, MD this week for the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club. With the demanding layout stretching out to 7,574 yards, players will have to be precise and focused to take home the title.

And when it comes to taking on the tough conditions, Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 71 players in the field trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball. That’s more than four times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also the top choice among players in the sand, lob and approach wedge (125) and putters (57) categories.

Check out the slideshow above and join us for stroll inside the ropes at Congressional.

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For this month's Team Titleist Member Spotlight, we take a trip to the Lonestar State and catch up with Mike C. to get to know him and his game a little better. And as we found out, Mike has been playing the game since he was six-years-old and always prefers to tee up a Pro V1x with the number two. Keep reading below to find out why and make sure you add a comment to this post if you'd like to be featured in one of our future Member Spotlights.

Check out the Q&A below to find out more...

Team Titleist (TT): How did you get started in golf and who introduced you to the game?

Mike C. (MC): I began learning the game of golf when I was about 6 years old. My parents would drop me off each week at a local course that had a junior clinic, followed by time out on the course. After the lesson, based on your age and ability, you would play 3-holes, 9-holes or 18-holes. The goal was to work up to be one of the “18 holers”. My father really enjoyed the game and encouraged me to learn because golf is a sport we could play together. He always told me that spending 4 hours to play a round of golf with a business associate and watching how they behave on the course could really give you an insight as to how they would behave off the course as well. This has been very valuable advice over the years.

 TT: How do you mark your Titleist? 

I have “MONEY $ BALL” imprinted on the side of my Pro V1x golf balls. I always play with a Pro V1x, play number 2 because that is the number I have been most successful with in tournament play (and yes, I am superstitious).

TT: What's your favorite Titleist club in the bag? 

MC: Without a doubt, my favorite club is my 60-degree Vokey. The 60 I am currently playing is a special club to me because it was hand ground to my specs by Mr. Vokey after a fitting session with him through The Bob Vokey Tour Experience. It is a raw M grind with a pro groove and a thin topline. The reason I love this club so much is its versatility. You can hit everything from a high flop to a low runner depending upon what is required. Whenever I am anywhere near the green, I know I can count on this club to stick it close and give me a very good chance to get up and down.

TT: How often are you thinking about your golf game and getting better? What are you currently working on? 

MC: If you were to ask my wife, I think she would say I think about golf 24/7. That may be pushing it a little bit, but it is close! This year, my goal is to learn to be more consistent with partial shots. I generally hit all clubs with a full swing and find difficulty when dialing a swing back to 60, 70 or 80 percent. This year I am working on getting my less than full swings more consistent.

TT: Can you recall the best golf shot you've ever hit? 

MC: If you were to ask me today, I would say it was the shot I had earlier this morning on number 17 at my home course, a relatively short par 3 playing to 145 yards. One of my playing partners hit his ball to about 2 feet from the pin and was gloating a little bit. I was hitting next and said, “now that you have one in the leather, I guess I can shoot at the pin.” I then pulled my pitching wedge out and stuck the ball within a foot of the hole. There were quite a few good laughs from the other guys in our group after those two shots. That’s the great thing about this game. You have the ability to have one of your best shots each time you play. Playing Titleist equipment and balls gives me the confidence to make those types of shots on a day in day out basis.

What's the best piece of golf advice you have ever received? 

MC: I think the best piece of advice I have received is to not take this game too seriously. You have good days and bad days on the golf course, and good shots and bad shots, but we are playing the game to have fun. As amateurs, we don’t do this for a living and aren’t expected to make perfect shots each time or execute every shot we envision. To be able to celebrate the good shots and leave all of the others behind is what makes the game of golf fun and keeps us coming back.

Understanding your lie and knowing how to approach the shot in front of you is the key to developing a good short game. 

In the latest installment of our 18 Shots series, PGA Professional and Director of Instruction at Shadow Ridge Country Club James Sieckmann talks about how angle of attack factors into chip shots from around the green and how different lies will require some slight adjustments to setup and technique.

James also provides some great advice on how to improve your short game practice routine that is sure to help you get a little more comfortable with the tricky lies that we've all encountered out on the course.

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At the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship, Pro V1x loyalist Kevin Streelman birdied his final seven holes to shoot a final-round 64 and claim his second victory on the PGA Tour. Streelman’s closing stretch is a new PGA Tour record for consecutive birdies to win a PGA Tour event, surpassing the previous mark of six straight established at the 1956 St. Paul Open.

Pro V1x loyalist Miko Ilonen claimed a wire-to-wire victory at the European Tour’s Irish Open. Ilonen opened the tournament with a seven-under par 64 and never relinquished the lead en-route to a 13-under-par 271 total.

On the Champions Tour, Pro V1 loyalist Tom Lehman holed a 12-foot-birdie putt on the final hole of regulation to claim a one-stroke victory at the Encompass Championship. Lehman finished with a 15-under-par 201 total to claim his eighth-career Champions Tour victory.

Rounding out the weekend success, Pro V1 x loyalist Joel Dahmen shot a final-round 69 at the Syncrude Boreal Open on the PGA Tour Canada to card a 22-under-par 266 total to secure his second victory of the season.

With four more wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 81. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 11,725 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,919 and more than all competitors combined.

THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING JUNE 22, 2014

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA Tour Travelers Championship 93 19
European Tour Irish Open 107 22
LPGA Tour U.S. Women's Open Championship 103 12
Champions Tour Encompass Championship 58 7
Web.com Tour Air Capital Classic 105 23
Japan Tour Japan Golf Tour Championship 56 48
Canadian Tour Syncrude Boreal Open 92 26

The PGA Tour heads to Cromwell, Connecticut this week where players look to tackle the 6,841 yards, par-70 TPC River Highlands layout. With its receptive greens and share of risk-reward holes, players will be looking to card some low scores.

And when it comes to going low, Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 93 players in the field trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That’s more than four times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined.

 Titleist was also the top choice among players in the sand, lob and approach wedge (135) and putters (56) categories and shared first as the top choice in irons (36). 

FAST FACT: The Travelers has a knack for providing exciting finishes on Tour. There have been 21 playoffs in Travelers Championship history, dating back to 1952 when the event was first contested as the Greater Hartford Open. That's more than one-third of the time.

Check out the video above for an inside-the-ropes look at the action from earlier this week as players readied themselves for quick starts at the Travelers Championship.

Good luck to all of #TeamTitleist this weekend!

 

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