It's been a busy and exciting year for Team Titleist, especially here on the Titleist Blog.

We've posted a number of stories, photos and videos over the last 12 months, and we only plan on doing even more in 2011.

With the New Year closing in, we've compiled a Top 10 list of our favorite blog posts (plus a couple extras) from 2010. Considering the amount of posts to choose from, it wasn't an easy task. But it was entertaining (and educational) taking another look back.

Check out our list below and let us know which one was your favorite...

Sneak Peek: New Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x Prototype Golf Balls Spotted on Tour (Oct. 8): 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 at the PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic in October. Team Titleist was on the scene.



Who has the Best Story from the PGA Championship? Probably Bill Haas (Aug. 13): Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas had a few hours to kill in Milwaukee before picking up his girlfriend from the airport on Monday of PGA Championship Week. You'll never guess what happened next...



Bob Vokey: Your Questions Answered (Nov. 12): Members of Team Titleist and Vokey Nation submitted over 1,000 questions for Master Craftsman Bob Vokey. "The Voke" sat down with Team Titleist to answer 10 of his favorites. (Here are Part 2 and Part 3.)    

Bonus post: Video: Grinding with Bob Vokey at the PGA Championship (Aug. 17)



Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting leads to Hole in One, New Car (July 20): Mort Congleton walked away from a Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting event with the confidence he was playing the best golf ball for his game, a Titleist Pro V1. Who knew he'd be driving away from the course that day in a new car?



Video: Geoff Ogilvy on Getting Dialed In with New Titleist 910 (Dec. 9): Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy stopped by Titleist's Oceanside Test Facility this summer to test the new Titleist 910 driver. Ogilvy spoke to team Titleist about his 910 driver fitting process, SureFit Tour (SFT) hosel technology and getting dialed in to his A•3 setting.

Bonus post: Behind the Scene at Titleist's 910 Driver Photo Shoot (Sept. 13):



Ask Rickie Fowler: Your Questions Answered (May 19): We asked members of Team Titleist to submit questions for Titleist Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler during the week of the HP Byron Nelson Classic. Rickie answered a few of his favorites. (Look for this feature more in 2011.)



Video: Historic day at the Deere - Stricker answers Goydos' 59 with a 60 (July 8): Pro V1 Paul Goydos opened the John Deere Classic with a first-round 12-under 59 at TPC Deere Run. A few hours later, Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker posted an 11-under 60. Hear what both players had to say about that historic day.



Slideshow: Team Titleist at The Masters (April 7): For those of you not keeping track at home, we're just over four months away from the 2011 Masters. In the meantime, check out these behind-the-scenes pictures taken by Team Titleist last year at Augusta National.

Bonus post: Slideshow: The Old Course on the Eve of an Open (July 12)



Slideshow: First WedgeWorks Exclusives orders (July 30): The release of the new WedgeWorks Exclusives line caused quite the stir in Master Craftsman Bob Vokey's workshop. These were some of the first orders that shipped out to consumers.



Team Titleist Members Tour Titleist Ball Plant, Test 910 Prototype Drivers (Sept. 16): Ten loyal Team Titleist members received e-mails in September notifying them of their invitation to an "Exclusive Team Titleist Member Event." A few of the members said "it sounded too good to be true." It turned out to be even better than that.

 



Eight loyal Team Titleist members received the tour pro-treatment last month during an Exclusive Team Titleist Event held at Titleist's Oceanside (Calif.) Test Facility, which included a Titleist Tour Fitting experience and a very special gift from Team Titleist.

"It was a fantastic experience, even better than expected," said Rob Eugenio, one of the lucky Team Titleist members.

Titleist Tour Fittings are conducted at both the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), located at the Oceanside Test Facility, and Titleist's Manchester Lane Test Facility in Massachusetts. During these fittings, golfers are treated exactly like our Titleist Brand Ambassadors and experience the same process, equipment and fitting technology that the best players in the world rely on to optimize their games.

"What I learned about my golf swing, the clubs, and how if they're fitted properly they're going to help me score better – that was the highlight," said Eugenio.

The day began with a tour of the Oceanside Test Facility, the 33-acre state-of-the-art golf test facility that was created to house robotic testing, consumer testing of prototype equipment, club fittings and to allow for the testing and fitting of the best players in the game of golf. It is also home to the Titleist Performance Institute, one of the most technologically-advanced golf evaluation facilities in existence focusing on swing efficiencies, conditioning, and custom equipment fitting.

After the tour, each Team Titleist member was assigned to one of our expert fitters for a complete Titleist Tour Fitting, including the opportunity to get fitted and dialed in to the new Titleist 910 driver, a week before the drivers began shipping to golf shops worldwide. Any further questions they had about the new Titleist 910 drivers were answered by either Stephanie Bezilla, Director of Metalwood Product Development, or Daniel Stone, Vice President of Club R&Dboth on site exclusively to speak with the Team Titleist members.

Master Craftsman Bob Vokey also stopped by to answer any questions they had about their Vokey wedges.

"Interacting with the people here was incredible," said Team Titleist member Jerry Stephenson. "So many great tips, so much knowledge here."

At lunch, the Team Titleist members also learned of their special gift, courtesy of Team Titleist.

"If you don't mind," Titleist General Manager of Golf Clubs Steve Pelisek announced, "we're going build that (910) driver you got fit for today, and send it to you as soon as we possibly can."

Does it get any better?

Well, yes. Each Team Titleist member received a goodie bag with Team Titleist-logoed golf balls, a Team Titleist T-shirt, Titleist Players Towel, Titleist golf glove, Titleist "FPL" hat, Scotty Cameron Pivot Tool – and a Scotty Cameron Headcover signed by, you guessed it, Scotty Cameron.

A pair of Team Titleist members also went home with new Scotty Cameron putters (‪Scotty Cameron Studio Select Laguna 2‬ or new Scotty Cameron California Hollywood) after winning a Team Titleist Skills Game Challenge held on Oceanside's short game skills area.

Check out the video and slideshow below for an inside look at the entire day.

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So we know you're probably asking, "How do I get invited to an event like this?"

Well, the more you participate and the more engaged you are with Team Titleist, from posting in the forums and adding blog comments to completing your profile, the better your chances are at potentially opening the doors to Team Titleist rewards, including the opportunity to participate in product testing panels, take part in exclusive sweepstakes and attend one-of-a-kind events.

We're excited to offer more of these Team Titleist perks in the future to our most dedicated members and want to know what other opportunities you would like to see.



Last month, Master Craftsman Bob Vokey and Steve Pelisek, General Manager of Titleist Golf Clubs, sat down for a live webinar with our friends over at GolfWRX.

Bob and Steve spent nearly an hour answering a wide range of topics presented by members from the GolfWRX community – including wedge fitting for tour players, casting versus forging, diggers versus sliders, new grooves, bounce and Voke's favorite wedge. (A couple days earlier, Bob also sat down with Team Titleist to talk wedges.)

For behind-the-scenes video and a sampling of Bob Vokey's GolfWRX webinar,
see the clip below:

2010 Vokey Webinar.flv


For a replay of the entire GolfWRX webinar,
watch the video below:

2010 Vokey GOLFWRX.flv

 



At the end of a turbulent and taxing fifth and final round of last week's LPGA Qualifying Tournament, Pro V1 loyalist Aree Song's name sat atop the leaderboard, her hopes also high for the year ahead.

Song, 24, conquered unseasonably cool temperatures, rain and 30 mph wind gusts, to shoot a final-round 1-over 73 and earn medalist honors by two shots at LPGA International's Champions Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Fourteen of the 20 players that earned 2011 LPGA cards trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, including Pro V1x loyalist Dewi Schreefel  (T-4) and Pro V1 loyalists Nicole Hage (T-10) and Pernilla Lindberg (T-12). Fifteen of the next 20 players that earned conditional status for 2011 also played Titleist golf balls.

In total, 90 players in the field teed up Titleist golf balls, 10 times the nearest competitor with nine.

For Song, having only recently returned to competition from a frustrating shoulder injury, it was just another case of beating the nerves.

At last year's Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, Song suffered a nerve injury in her left shoulder when her club got caught in some tree vines mid-swing. The injury sidelined Song for months, but still allowed her to practice her short game and putting.

Last week at Q-School, her game looked as healthy as ever.

“Any time you enter a competition and come out on top, you feel pretty good,” Song said. She finished the five days at 6-under 354, which included an opening-round 67. “(With this weather), I couldn’t hit it as close as I did in the last four days, but I still hit it well.”

“When I step on the course (now), I feel like I can make birdies, and that’s key for me,” Song told Golfweek.com. “Playing too defensively the last two years.”



Pro V1 loyalist Peter Senior
won his third Australian PGA Championship early Monday morning in a playoff over Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy, 21 years after winning it for the first time.

At 51 years old, Senior became the event's oldest champion and the second oldest-oldest winner in Australasian Tour history. (Kel Nagle won the 1975 New Zealand PGA championship at the age of 55.)

"Where's that Diet Coke?" Senior said of his celebratory plans.

"To win the Australian PGA is nice, but I think when you get older you really look forward to cherishing it more," said Senior, who in 1989 won both the Australian PGA and Australian Open. He won his second Australian PGA in 2003.

To get into the playoff, Senior rolled in his Pro V1 golf ball from 10 feet for birdie on the 18th hole at a rainy Hyatt Regency Coolum course for a 1-under 71 and 12-under 276 total. Ogilvy, who last week won his first Australian Open by four shots, closed with a bogey-free 6-under 66 at least an hour before Senior finished his round.

The first playoff hole was halved with pars. Senior won the second with a par on No. 18 – earning the 149th victory of the 2010 season for Titleist golf ball loyalists, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 25.

Two weeks ago, Senior completed a wire-to-wire, three-shot victory at the Australian Senior Open, the first event of the 2011 European Senior Tour season.

"What a great way to finish the year off," Senior said.

Ogilvy felt similarly, despite coming up just short.

“That’s the best way I’ve finished a year in a long time,” Ogilvy, who topped the 2010 PGA Tour of Australasia Norman Von Nida Order of Merit, told the Associated Press.

“But to be honest, I never really felt that I was in this tournament until Sunday. And I never thought my 12 under would hold up for a playoff.”

Pro V1 loyalists Nick O'Hern and Peter Fowler and Pro V1x loyalist Andre Stolz finished tied for third, one shot out of the playoff.

The inaugural OneAsia Order of Merit trophy was awarded to Pro V1x loyalist Liang Wenchong, who finished tied for 12th.

Of the 13 players who finished tied for 12th or better at the event, 12 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success. In total, 122 players at the Australian PGA Championship trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than 12 times the nearest competitor with 10.

Titleist was also the top choice in Drivers (60), including 41 new Titleist 910 drivers; Fairway Metals (62); Iron Sets (80); and Approach, Sand and Lob Wedges (187). 


ASIAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming choice in golf balls at the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open with 92 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18. 


The Asian Tour will wrap up the 2010 season next week at the Black Mountain Masters event in Thailand.   


EUROPEAN TOUR: At the Alfred Dunhill Championship, the first official event of the European Tour's 2011 season, 106 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 26.

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