Posted: June 23, 2010
Note to the LPGA's best: Expect a stern test this week in upstate New York.
Titleist Staff Professional Steve Barber, Head PGA Professional at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y., site of this week's LPGA Championship, discussed with Team Titleist the differences in course setup when it comes to hosting a major championship. (Locust Hill hosted the Wegmans LPGA tour stop from 1977-2009.)
And he only used words and phrases like "lengthened," "narrowed in," "different" and "pretty interesting."
Barber also offered a prediction as to Sunday's winning total (Hint: It's less than 20 under).
What's your guess?
Posted: June 22, 2010
Team Titleist was on hand this week as LPGA players prepared for the LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y. We caught up with Jeong Jang, who spent some quality time on the putting green practicing a new drill with her Pro V1 and Scotty Cameron Detour Newport 2.
So far this year, Jang's putting has not been as reliable as seasons past. In 2008, Jang finished tied for fourth on the LPGA in Putts per Greens in Regulation; this season she is tied for 50th. (JJ missed much of the 2009 season recovering from wrist surgery.)
Jang realized she has been coming up and out of her stance early in her putting stroke, spraying the ball both left and right. Working with her coach at Locust Hill, JJ aimed to keep the putter head low through the hitting zone and the face square at impact.
JJ came away from the lesson with this simple drill (slideshow below):
• Jang balances the grip end of a wedge on a tee horizontally, a couple inches in front of the ball, so that it hovers slightly above the ball.
• She goes through her regular pre-shot routine, sets up, then putts the ball normally.
• The grip end acts like a limbo bar, forcing her to keep the putter low through the hitting zone and drive the ball toward the hole.
• If she comes out of her stance or picks up on the putter early, she will knock the wedge off the tee.
JJ told Team Titleist the drill works especially well for short putts, up to about 8 feet.
"This simple drill really makes me focus on keeping the putter low and I am getting back the feel of keeping the face square through impact," she said. "You should try it!"
Don't be surprised if JJ returns to the winning form she displayed on her way to being crowned 2006 Wegmans LPGA champion.
Click the photo below to view some images of Jeong Jang's putting drill:
Posted: June 21, 2010
How better to celebrate the first day of summer (or, more fittingly, the longest day of the year) than with an exclusive first look at the new Titleist 910 line of metal woods?
We have begun testing and seeding the 910 metal line this week at the Acushnet Oceanside Test Facility in California. We will continue to test and fit players into the 910 metals on the PGA Tour at next week's AT&T National tournament, outside Philadelphia.
Effective today, June 21, the 910 drivers are approved for play in competition, and we anticipate several being put in play on the PGA Tour in the coming weeks.
Click the photo below to view images of the new 910 metals from the Oceanside Test Facility.
Posted: June 18, 2010
The world's best have assembled in Pebble Beach for the 110th U.S. Open
Championship. Our Scotty Cameron putter representatives and Scotty
himself were on the scene getting loyal putter players ready for
competition on the greens. Take a look at the action from their point of
view in this great slideshow from Pebble Beach.
Click the image below to launch the slideshow.
Posted: June 17, 2010
We were thrilled this week when Jim Nantz, CBS Sports announcer and narrator of Titleist television commercials, informed us that he would be visiting Massachusetts. Jim wanted to stop by to say hello and accepted our invitation to go on a tour of our Ball Plant III facility...
Posted: June 16, 2010
This week’s LPGA Tour event is the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, NJ. This event runs from June 18 through June 20 and will be played at the Dolce Seaview Resort, Bay Course. Defending champion this year is Titleist Pro V1 player Seon-Hwa Lee. Team Titleist members M. Grilli, M. DeMatteis, S. Brunner, R. Kull, and J. Sky won tickets for this event through TEAM TITLEIST and will be attending this week's event courtesy of the ShopRite LPGA Classic. TV coverage of the tournament is as follows:June 18 – 3:00-6:00 PM ET - Golf ChannelJune 19 – 4:30-7:30 PM ET - Golf ChannelJune 20 – 3:00-6:00 PM ET - Golf ChannelFor more information about the tournament or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.shopritelpgaclassic.com/