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Posted: July 20, 2010
Mort Congleton walked away from a recent Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting event with the confidence he was playing the best golf ball for his game, a Titleist Pro V1.Turns out he was also playing the best golf ball for his driveway.Congleton, 62, was guided through Titleist's Golf Ball Education and Selection process before one of his rounds at a team event hosted by ClubCorp a couple weeks ago at The Homestead's Cascade course in Hot Springs, Va.
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Congleton's recommended ball ended up being the Titleist Pro V1, which he said "was already my preference," considering its performance from 150 yards and in, the best part of his game.On this day, however, Congleton would be most excited about its performance from 190.
He stepped to the 190-yard par-3 18th hole later that afternoon, teeing up one of the complimentary Titleist Pro V1's he received for going through the Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting experience.In the distance, up the hill and over water, a brand new 2010 Acura ZDX sat behind the green, taunting players with a seemingly impossible task – make one, get one.Congleton and his playing partners had joked about winning the car – "OK, guys, let's win that car!" – as most golfers do in that situation.
But the second Congleton's 2-hybrid sent his Pro V1 #3 sailing, everyone started staring, not snickering.Congleton described it "as a "beautiful shot, like a bullet through the air, directly toward the pin," but lost the Pro V1 #3 as it traveled out of his sight."I don't see very well," he said, "but I kind of felt like I might have hit it long."It didn't take long for the screams from his playing partners to begin: "Go in! Go in!"The son of one of Congleton's friend, putting out on the 17th green, looked up at the sound of all the commotion, just in time to see the Pro V1 land on the putting surface and bounce into the hole."It went in!"Congleton looked around and said, "You guys have to be kidding me!" A swarm of hi-fives ensued. Ivan Cueva, an assistant professional at Cozumel Country Club in Mexico playing in Congleton's group, started taking pictures. Having just made the fourth ace of his life, Congleton had been rewarded with four wheels."It was outstanding, awesome," said Congleton. "It was good enough to get a hole in one, but to get a car on top that… wow."Congleton said he doesn't lose many golf balls. He'll joke that if you hand him a dozen Titleist Pro V1s, he's good for another year. About 10 dozen used balls, including some old Titleist Tour Balatas, actually sit on a shelf in his house.As for that new Pro V1 #3?"I've been walking around with it in my pocket," Congleton said.Driving around with it, too.
– Photos courtesy Ivan Cueva
Be sure to check out the feature on Bob Vokey tonight at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) on Golf Channel's "Golf in America."
This in-depth interview covers Bob's childhood in Canada through his continued dedication to the Titleist brand and his latest Vokey Design wedge family.
Golf Channel cameras follow Bob to his workshop in Carlsbad, Calif., and speak to several of the PGA Tour players who trust their short games to his designs.
Click on the image below to view some pictures from throughout
Vokey's life, and click here for a more in-depth
look at his life and career.
Posted: July 19, 2010
To win on golf’s grandest stage takes a world of talent, a complete performance and total trust in your game and in your golf ball. At this year’s Open Championship, Louis Oosthuizen earned his first career major title trusting the Titleist Pro V1x on every shot, finishing seven strokes clear of his nearest competitor and a world-class field at the Home of Golf, St. Andrews, Scotland.Oosthuizen closed with a 1-under par 71 en route to a 16-under 272 total in a victory so convincing that he took the lead midway through the second round and led by three or more shots throughout the final round. The Pro V1x golf ball withstood the elements, as Oosthuizen made only two bogeys over the final 35 holes in a strong wind that swept across the Old Course.
The victory is the fifth of Oosthuizen’s career, and advances him from No. 54 to No. 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings. TITLEIST TOPS LEADERBOARD: Oosthuizen topped a leaderboard that included four Titleist golf ball loyalists among the top 5 finishers. Fellow Pro V1x player Lee Westwood finished solo 2nd, while Titleist Brand Ambassador(Pro V1x, 909D2 driver, 909F3 and 906F2 fairway metals, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback putter) and Henrik Stenson (Pro V1x) were among three players tied for 3rd at 8-under 280. #1 BALL, IRON and WEDGE: According to the Darrell Survey, Titleist was the overwhelming GOLF BALL of choice at The Open Championship with 90 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 20. Titleist was also first in IRON SETS with 37; and SAND, LOB and APPROACH WEDGES with 110. Titleist was second in the DRIVER (31) category, including 16 tour prototype 910 models. Titleist was also second in HYBRIDS (20) and PUTTERS (39). OH, CANADA: In addition to Oosthuizen’s win at St. Andrews, Titleist Brand Ambassador Aaron Goldberg captured the Players Cup for his first career victory on the Canadian Tour. In addition to the Pro V1x golf ball, Goldberg relies upon the 909D2 driver (8.5), 909F3 fairway metal (13.0), 695 CB irons (4-9), Vokey Design wedges (48, 52, 56, 60) and a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter for his success. With the win, Goldberg earned a spot at this week's RBC Canadian Open in Toronto. WORLDWIDE GOLF BALL WINS: Two more wins this week with the Pro V1x across the worldwide professional tours advances Titleist’s golf ball victory count to 71, more than four times the nearest competitor with 16.#1 AT THE U.S. AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP: At the U.S. Amateur Publinks Championship, 131 players (84%) in the field of 156 relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than 13 times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist also was the overwhelming favorite of more players than any other brand across every major golf club category including drivers (53), fairway metals (59), hybrids (39), iron sets (62), wedges (193) and putters (64).
Posted: July 16, 2010
As one of the most accomplished fields of professional and amateur golfers worldwide gathered at the Home of Golf, St. Andrews, Scotland, to compete for one of the game’s most prestigious titles, an overwhelming number of players relied upon Titleist, the #1 ball in golf. In the 156-player Open Championship field, 90 players chose Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 20, and more than all other golf balls combined.
With the third major of the year in full swing, Titleist continues to outperform all other golf balls on the 2010 PGA Tour with 15 wins, more than all other golf balls combined. The momentum also continues to grow across all the worldwide professional tours, where Titleist has been the choice of 69 champions, more than four times the nearest competitor.
The Open Championship marks the latest of the major professional and amateur championships this year where the trust and confidence in the superior performance and consistency of Titleist golf balls has never been stronger. From the Masters and U.S. Open, to the NCAA Division I and U.S. Amateur Public Links championships, Titleist continues to be the overwhelming favorite of more competitive players than all other golf balls combined:
Posted: July 15, 2010
Team Titleist would like to wish a big Happy Birthday to master craftsman Bob Vokey, whose Vokey Design wedges are the overwhelming favorite each week among PGA Tour players.
Vokey joined Titleist in 1996, where his first project was assisting with the final specifications of the popular Titleist Titanium 975D driver. He now relies on both old-fashioned hand skills and high-tech R&D to design and develop the game's finest wedges.
Vokey's wedges have been used in 18 major championship victories since 1997.
Click on the image below to view some pictures from throughout Vokey's life, and click here for a more in-depth look at his life and career.
As much as I wanted to play the game, I realized my strength was in learning about golf clubs, re-shafting them, designing them and making them. - Bob Vokey