A few weeks ago at the BMW Championship, Team Titleist followed Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Faxon inside the famous red barn at the back of the Cog Hill driving range, up one flight stairs and into Titleist Staff Professional Kevin Weeks' putting laboratory.

Weeks, PGA Director of Instruction at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club and three-time Illinois PGA Instructor of the Year, spends a lot of time in the lab analyzing and studying the putting strokes of everyone from tour players to amateurs, solely focused on helping them make more putts.

Weeks' lab features a 420 square-foot putting green, a Scotty Cameron loft and lie machine, 10 high-speed cameras, the SAM (Science and Motion) PuttLab and SAM BalanceLab, along with the Dynamic Impact Indicator, a patent-pending device invented by Weeks that uses laser technology and high-speed cameras to further analyze a player's aim, backswing path, downswing path, impact and follow-through.

Check out the video below for a closer look and to hear what Faxon learned from spending a few hours in Weeks' classroom.

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For more information, visit Weeks' Web site at http://www.kevinweeks.com.

As the PGA Tour’s Fall Series rolled on this past weekend at the inaugural McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in St. Simons Island, GA, Pro V1x loyalist Heath Slocum carded a 14-under 266 to earn his fourth PGA Tour career win.

There was plenty of excitement and a lot of players in the hunt on Sunday but Slocum was able to fend off the field to win the tournament by one stroke over Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas (Pro V1x, new 910D2 driver, new 910F fairway metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi putter) – who won the first of the Fall Series events last week at the Viking Classic.

When asked about his win, Slocum said, “Obviously getting my fourth win, I mean getting any win, first and foremost, it's been wonderful. I mean I think that's why we play golf is to win.  I mean there's just no other feeling like it.”

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the McGladrey Classic with 96 players, eight times the nearest competitor with 12.   Of the 11 players who finished tied for 9th place or better at the event, 8 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.

This tournament also marked the beginning of the tour seeding process for the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototype golf balls. In the first week the prototypes were available for Tour players, 22 of the 96 players who trusted a Titleist golf ball at the event put one of the new golf balls in play.  10 players put the new 2011 Pro V1 in play, while 12 players trusted the new 2011 Pro V1x model.

Titleist also was first in iron sets (42); sand, lob and approach wedges (118); and putters (59).

LPGA:
It was also an all Titleist finish at the Navistar LPGA Classic where Katherine Hull trusted her Pro V1x to record her first win of the year and second of her career. 

Hull posted a one-stroke victory over Brittany Lincicome (Pro V1x) finished at 19-under 269.  After opening with a 68, Hull had three straight bogey-free 67s.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 110 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15.  Eight of the top 10 finishers trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.

CHAMPIONS TOUR:
Making his way into the individual winner’s circle for this first time on the Champions Tour, Mark O’Meara (Pro V1, new 910D3 driver, new 910F fairway metal, new 910H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey TVD sand and lob wedges) topped Michael Allen (Pro V1x) on the first hole of a playoff to win the Senior Players Championship.

The victory, a senior major championship title, marks O'Meara's first win since he captured the 2004 Dubai Desert Classic.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice with 56 players, eight times the nearest competitor with 7.  Titleist was also first in iron sets (26); and sand, lob and approach wedges (55).

In other worldwide tour news…

JAPAN TOUR:
Rounding out the weekend winners on the Japan Tour, the winner of the Canon Open also trusted a Titleist Pro V1 on his way to a 14-under 274 total and a two-shot victory.

Titleist also was the golf ball of choice with 47 players. 

EUROPEAN TOUR:
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Dunhill with 103 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 32.  

Titleist also was first in iron sets (45); and sand, lob and approach wedges (185).

NATIONWIDE TOUR:
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Chattanooga Classic with 92 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.

Titleist also was first in drivers (41), including 29 New 910 drivers in play; iron sets (43); sand, lob and approach wedges (128) and putters (55).

ONE ASIA/KOREAN PGA TOUR:
Titleist was the overwhelming choice in golf balls at the 53rd Kolon Korea Open with 97 players, nearly nine times the nearest competitor with 11. 

7 of the top 10 finishers trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.

The inaugural  McGladrey Classic at Sea Island is underway and the Vokey Tour Reps have been hard at work getting players geared up for the week.  Click on the image below to check out a few images as we caught up with Titleist Ambassadors including tournament host Davis Love III, Zach Johnson and Bill Haas among others as they entered the second Fall Series event.


You can't beat the view from Sea Island's short game practice facility.

Titleist Brand Ambassadors Davis Love III and Zach Johnson will have additional duties as hosts of this week's inaugural McGladrey Classic.

The Sea Island residents just returned from Wales, where Love served as assistant captain for Team USA and Johnson posted a 2-1 record in America's dramatic 14.5-13.5 loss to Europe, including a 3-and-2 victory over Pro V1x loyalist Padraig Harrington in the 11th singles match. 


The pair will be playing together in the featured threesome through the first two rounds of the tournament, along with fellow Sea Island resident and Ryder Cup teammate Matt Kuchar. They tee off Thursday at 12:50 p.m.

Team Titleist caught up with Zach Wednesday at Sea Island, where he said he is a little jet lagged but will be ready to play once the competition starts.

"It will be great to be able to sleep in my own bed and get up to play golf," said Johnson. "There will be a lot of friendly faces and family that is coming in, so it's going to be a great week. I've also got both my children here at the tournament for the first time in my life, so that's pretty special as well." 


Both Love and Johnson were influential in working with the PGA Tour and McGladrey in bringing the event to their backyard. The Davis Love Foundation will be the primary beneficiary of the charitable proceeds.

Check out the slideshow below for pictures from Wednesday's practice session. (A special thanks to loyal Team Titleist member Greg Moore for contributing many of these great shots.)



Since making their debut at the PGA Tour's AT&T National in June, the new Titleist 910 drivers have recorded seven victories on the worldwide professional tours, including two last weekend by Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bill Haas (PGA Tour's Viking Classic) and Michio Matsumura (Japan Tour's Coca Cola Tokai Classic).

Haas gamed a 910D2 8.5 on setting B•2 (standard loft, +.75 upright) to finish third in Driving Distance (329.1 yards) and tied for 13th in fairways hit (66 percent) in winning his second PGA Tour event of the year.

Check out the video below to hear Haas' thoughts on his new TItleist 910 driver, and how he was able to dial in to his B•2 setting:

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Titleist 910 driver victories:
Ross Fisher (910D3): 3 Irish Open (European Tour)
Aaron Goldberg (910D2): ClubLink Jane Rogers Championship (Canadian Tour)
Aaron Goldberg (910D2): Canadian Tour Championship (Canadian Tour)
Charley Hoffman (910D3): Deutsche Bank Championship (PGA Tour)
Jean Hugo (910D3): Vodacom Business Origins of Golf Tour at Stellenbosch (Sunshine Tour)
Bill Haas (910D2): Viking Classic (PGA Tour)
Michio Matsumura (910D2): Coca Cola Tokai Classic (Japan Tour)

Click here for more information on the new Titleist 910 drivers, available in mid-November.

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