Titleist Tops Major Equipment Category Counts at PPNC

Posted: July 7, 2009

As the country’s top PGA professionals competed for their 42nd national championship at the Twin Warriors Golf Club, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, the momentum and unmatched success of Titleist across every major equipment category was evident once again. From golf balls to drivers, irons, wedges and putters, more players made Titleist their top choice in equipment at the 2009 Professional National Championship than any other.

It is in venues such as the PGA Professional National Championship and 41 Sectional events where Titleist receives affirmation from serious players that its equipment objectives of quality and high performance across every category are met and exceeded. PGA professionals devote their careers to helping golfers improve and enjoy the game of golf. So when it comes to choosing the highest performing equipment for their own games, just look in their bags. Below is a breakdown of Titleist equipment success at the 2009 PGA Professional National Championship by category:

GOLF BALLS: Titleist continued its success story of being the #1 golf ball at every PGA Professional National Championship since its inception in 1968 - 42 consecutive years. The overwhelming choice at the event once again, 170 players in the field of 312 trusted Titleist golf balls, more than all other golf balls combined.

DRIVERS: For the 12th consecutive year, Titleist was the driver choice of more players with 142, that's over 45 percent of the field, compared to 98 for the nearest competitor.

FAIRWAY METALS: Titleist was the fairway metal of choice of more players with 252, compared to 207 for the nearest competitor.

HYBRIDS: Titleist also led in the Hybrid count on the strength of the popular 909.H with 115 in play, compared to 100 for the nearest competitor.

IRONS: For the 17th consecutive year, Titleist achieved the distinction of being the #1 iron at the PGA Professional National Championship, with more players relying upon the solid feel and advanced performance of Titleist’s family of irons. With 139 sets in play, over 44 percent of the field trusted Titleist irons compared to 90 sets for the nearest competitor.

SAND, LOB AND APPROACH WEDGES: Bolstered by the tour-proven success and momentum of Vokey Design and Vokey Spin Milled series of wedges, Titleist was the overwhelming sand, lob and approach wedge choice of more players for the 11th consecutive year. Titleist accounted for 352 wedges, compared to 197 for the nearest competitor.

PUTTERS: Just as it is on the PGA Tour, Titleist continues to be the most played putter at the PGA Professional National Championship. A total of 115 players placed their confidence in the feel and precision of Scotty Cameron by Titleist putters, nearly twice the nearest competitor with 63.

The top 20 finishers at the National Championship qualified for the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, which takes place August 13-16.

Twelve of the 20 qualifiers rely on the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success, including 11 of whom are full-line Titleist Staff members.

Titleist Staff players include: Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah, representing Schneiter’s Pebblebrook Links; Mark Sheftic of Ambler, Pa., representing Merion Golf Club; Ryan Benzel of Bothell Wash., representing Battle Creek Golf Course in Tulalip, Wash.; Bob Gaus of St. Louis, Mo., representing Tower Tee Golf Center; Tim Weinhart of Alpharetta, Ga., representing St. Marlo Country Club; Keith Dicciani of White Plains, N.Y., representing Metropolis Country Club and Muttontown Golf and Country Club; Todd Lancaster of Aurora, Ohio, representing Westwood Country Club; Sam Arnold of Cincinnati, Ohio, representing The Vineyard Golf Course; Brian Gaffney of Rumson, N.J., representing Rumson Country Club; Mike Miles of Huntington Beach, Calif., representing Virginia Country Club; Mitch Lowe of Modesto, Calif., representing Del Rio Country Club and 2008 PNC Champion Scott Hebert of Traverse City, Mich., representing Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

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Jerry


I have a question about clubs that will be made starting in 2010. Will all club manufacturers be making clubs with the new groove implications? I plan on playing in USGA events so I don't want to get new irons this year and just have to get new ones next year with the new grooves.

Jerry


Hi Ted-

All current Titleist irons, and many previous generation models, have groove profiles that will conform to the new regulation.  Current Vokey Design wedges have groove profiles that do not conform to the regulation, but we will have product available later this year that does.

A significant point to keep in mind, however, is that until 2014, the only USGA events mandating the use of clubs with the new groove profiles will be the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, and U.S. Women's Open.  If you do not plan to attempt qualifying for these events, then you can safely purchase and play any Titleist product currently in golf shops.

Jerry


I was just wondering when Titleist will come out with a new set of irons. I was thinking about purchasing a set of AP2s but I didn't want to buy them and then have Titleist come out with a new set 2 months from now. THANKS!

Jerry


Jacob-

No release date for new Titleist irons has been announced.

Jerry


Does Titleist have any plans to release new stand bags soon?  I have the premium stand bag but would love to see a better beverage pocket and maybe a scorecard holder.  And it is a little on the heavy side.

Jerry


Hey, I understand this point, and it isn't until 2024 that recreational players are affected, correct? But will Titleist continue to produce Vokeys the way they are now, that won't conform to the regulation, after 2010, so that recreational golfers can still purchase them. It seems silly that for 15 years you won't be able to buy a wedge that is perfectly legal for play.

Jerry


Cole-

You are correct that most recreational golfers will be entitled to play with currently conforming grooves until 2024. Part of the new regulations, however, prohibit manufacturers from making and marketing clubs with groove profiles that do not conform to the new regulations beyond 2010.