Posted: October 13, 2010
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.
For more information, visit Weeks' Web site at http://www.kevinweeks.com.
Posted: October 12, 2010
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
Posted: October 8, 2010
A buzz has emerged this week in the locker room and on the range at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons, Ga., home of the PGA Tour's inaugural McGladrey Classic, thanks to the return of the plain white golf ball boxes.To tour players, that means only one thing: New product from the #1 ball in golf. And not just any new product, either. Meet the next generation Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.
After many prototypes and months of successful R&D testing with PGA Tour players, the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x seeding process began in earnest on Monday as players arrived at Sea Island to find Titleist Golf Ball R&D fitting experts Fordie Pitts and Jeff Beyers armed with white boxes and ready to conduct on-course evaluations with many of the world's best golfers.
This is a critical step in the golf ball fitting process as it allows tour players to compare the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x to the golf ball they currently put in play. While walking the course with the players and observing them hit multiple shots with each of the golf balls, Pitts and Beyers are able to help fit the players with the golf ball best suited for their game. Team Titleist tagged along on Tuesday with Pitts and Beyers as they walked the fairways and greens with Titleist Brand Ambassadors Troy Matteson and Bo Van Pelt, and golf ball loyalists Charlie Wi and Dean Wilson, among others. There was a lot of great discussion between the players and our experts as the on-course session included in-depth reviews of the features and benefits as the players put the new golf balls through their paces.
Stay tuned for more information about the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls as the Fall Series continues on the PGA Tour, and the new product gets seeded on the professional tours around the world.
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.
Posted: October 6, 2010
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.)