Posted: August 30, 2010
The Titleist 910 prototype fairway metals and hybrids made their PGA Tour debut last week at The Barclays, signaling the official start of the seeding and performance-validating process for the 910H and 910F models.Following the lines of the new Titleist 910 prototype driver, the family of 910 fairway metals and hybrids features the same innovative technology including the SureFit Tour Hosel, which allows for precision fitting that was previously only found on Tour Vans.
The introduction of the new 910 prototype fairway metals and hybrids on the PGA Tour is a critical step in the process, as all high performance Titleist-branded golf clubs must be performance-validated by the world's most discerning and influential golfers before being released to the marketplace. Titleist Brand Ambassadors across all worldwide professional tours are instrumental in the performance validation process and many of the pros were anxious to put the new fairway metals and hybrids into play. Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker is one player who couldn't wait for the 910 fairway metals and hybrids. Having gamed his Titleist 910D3 9.5 prototype driver for several weeks now, Walker immediately put a 910F 13.5 and a 910H 18.0 in his bag after arriving at The Barclays.
On Saturday, Rickie Fowler used his new 910F 13.5 fairway metal to hit a 274-yard second shot at the 594-yard, par-5 17th hole to 5 feet. Fowler sank the putt, recording one of only three eagles made during the week at No. 17.
Seven other Titleist Brand Ambassadors put the 910 fairway metals and hybrids in their bags this week: Adam Scott (910F 15.0), Jason Dufner (910F 15.0), Bill Haas (910F 13.5), Marc Leishman (910F 13.5), Troy Matteson (910F 13.5), Michael Sim (910F 13.5, 910H 18.0), D.J. Trahan (910F 17.0) and Nick Watney (910F 15.0).
For a closer look at the new 910 prototype fairway metals and hybrids,
check out the video (featuring a cameo by Titleist Brand
Ambassador Michael Letzig) and slideshow below:
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The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball that sits on display in Jeff Polonus' house was once thought to be lost forever.It was just a few weeks ago that Polonus purchased a dozen Pro V1s before his qualifying round in the Flight A division of the Peoria (Ill.) Men's City golf tournament, where had finished runner-up twice.The first ball Polonus pulled from the box was a Pro V1 No. 8 – his lucky "softball number" and also a number he has on his license plate. His first shot of the tournament hooked into the long, left rough.
"I probably spent four of the (allowed) five minutes looking for it," said Polonus. With seconds to spare, one of Polonus' competitors found the ball after almost driving over it in his golf cart.Later that day on the 18th green, Polonus picked that same Pro V1 #8 out of the hole. He would go on to use the ball for another 27 holes at Mt. Hawley Country Club, not to mention all six matches in his run to victory in Men's City tournament.It all added up to 127 holes."It was always just sitting there in my bag," said Polonus, "so I just kept playing with it."On the 18th hole of the Men's City final at Newman Golf Course, Polonus hit his drive down the fairway, 110 yards from the pin. He pulled out his 57-degree Vokey wedge and sent his approach shot right at the flag. The Pro V1 #8 landed 3 feet past hole and spun back to 5 feet, going out in style.His opponent eventually conceded the putt and the match, 2 up. At that moment, Polonus' 127-hole-old Pro V1 #8 officially went into retirement."I hadn't even done the math until it was all done," he said. "I didn't want to jinx myself," A tee shot that rolled under some grass clippings registered as the only other scare.
"Other than that, it was always in play and always functioned, " he said. "I just kind of kept going."
Posted: August 27, 2010
Our Scotty Cameron reps were on the scene earlier this week at The Barclays making sure the world's best have what they need on the greens for the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs. Take a
look at some very cool new putters in this latest slideshow straight from Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.
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At this week's U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., 242 players (78 percent of the field) put their trust in Titleist golf balls, more than than eight times the nearest competitor with 28. Titleist was also the tee-to-green favorite across ever major golf club category, including Drivers (111), Iron Sets (133), Putters (135), Fairway Woods (131), Hybrids (85) and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (404).
The U.S. Amateur, one of the most prestigious individual events
in amateur golf, continues the golf ball momentum Titleist has enjoyed on the PGA Tour and across all of the worldwide professional tours, at the PGA Professional National Championship, and at every level of competitive amateur golf.
• Two weeks ago at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club, 136 players (87
percent of the field) trusted
Titleist golf balls, more than 15 times the nearest competitor with
nine. Titleist also was the favorite of more players than any
other brand in Iron Sets (41), Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (181) and
Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson came to The Barclays this week hoping to get the fit dialed in on his new Titleist 910D3 (9.5) prototype driver, even after shooting a 7-under 63 in the final round of last week's Wyndham Championship to finish in a tie for eighth and jump to No. 94 in the FedEx Cup points standings.
Simpson, who found 71 percent of his fairways in Sunday's final round, noticed that most of his drives at Wyndham featured a 2-to-3 yard fade, as opposed to the natural 2-to-3 yard draw to which he is accustomed. Last week, Simpson gamed the 910 with a D4 setting (standard lie angle, +.75 loft).
On the range Tuesday at Ridgewood Country Club, Simpson met with Titleist Senior Club Fitting Analyst Dino Antenucci to figure out which 910 adjustment settings would work better.
All it took was a few quick turns of the SureFit Tour Hosel. As Simpson connected with his Pro V1x golf ball, a smile immediately came over his face. He walked over to give Antenucci a high-five.
The C3 setting (.75 upright lie angle, +.75 loft) helped Simpson turn the ball over better, but also allowed him to play the fade as necessary.
"He also liked the look of it more," said Antenucci. "Pretty simple."
Posted: August 26, 2010
Titleist Staff Professional David Reasoner, the Head PGA Professional at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., took a quick break from his hosting duties at this week's Barclays Championship to visit the Titleist Tour Van for some "Tour treatment."
Check out the video below to hear more about Reasoner's experience, his new Vokey wedges and the weekend ahead at Ridgewood CC: