Posted: February 28, 2011
A pair of Titleist Pro V1x golf ball players captured momentous PGA Tour victories this week in a showcase of hard work and short-game confidence.Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald won the prestigious WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, never trailing in any of his six matches at an unseasonably chilly (and sometimes snowy and icy) Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., including his 3-and-2 victory in Sunday's finale.About 2,500 miles away in Mexico, Titleist Brand Ambassador Johnson Wagner won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in a sudden-death playoff, tapping his Pro V1x golf ball in for par on the first playoff hole for his second career PGA Tour title.
Titleist golf ball players have now won eight of the first nine events to begin the 2011 PGA Tour season, including Pro V1x loyalist Aaron Baddeley, who won by two shots at last week's Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.
Also finding the winner's circle this season: Pro V1x loyalist Mark Wilson (Sony Open, Waste Management Phoenix Open), Pro V1 loyalist Jonathan Byrd (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), New Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson (Farmers Insurance Open) and Pro V1x loyalist D.A. Points (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am).
Donald's victory at the WGC-Match Play will go down as one of the most dominant performances in tournament history, as he became only the second winner to never reach the 18th hole in any of his matches.Throughout the week, Donald frustrated his opponents with the masterful short game for which he is renowned, trusting his Pro V1x golf ball to get up-and-down on several occasions from unfriendly and frosty terrain. In total, he made 32 birdies."I'm very diligent about working on my short game," said Donald. "I know that my game off the tee and some of my iron play, there is room for improvement, you look at my statistics. But I make up for it around the greens, especially the last few years. And I pride myself on being a good – having good fundamentals and working on it."Donald was one of 36 players in the 64-player
bracket that trusted Titleist golf balls, more than all other
competitors combined. Titleist was also first in Iron Sets (19), Hybrids
(17) and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (50).
For the week, Donald played just 89 holes (just under 15 holes per
match), a tournament record, and led after 81 of them. Credit that partly to getting off to
good starts, as Donald was a combined 9-up and 8-under through Dove Mountain's first three holes."It couldn’t have gone any better – not to get to the 18th
hole in any match this week and pretty much go through reasonably
stress-free," Donald said of his third-career PGA Tour title. "I played
solid this week."
• Wagner's short game also starred in Mexico, where he eventually triumphed in an all-Pro V1x playoff with New Pro V1x loyalist Spencer Levin.Wagner and Levin were two of only three players to post four rounds in the 60s, both finishing regulation at 17-under 267. Levin closed with a Sunday's best 6-under 65, while Wagner's final-round bogey-free 67 was highlighted by an up-and-down at the par-4 16th after nearly hitting his drive into the right hazard."I laid it up and made an unbelievable up-and-down," said Wagner. "One of the best up-and-downs I've ever made in my life."Wagner also made a 9-footer on No. 18 in regulation to force overtime, then two-putted from 15 feet for par on the 18th to win the playoff.For the week, Wagner finished tied for fourth in greens in regulation (79.2 percent) and seventh in putts per greens in regulation (1.689)."I'm just beside myself excited. I've been working really hard, and it's just nice to see -- it's nice to see stuff pay off when you work hard, and it shows," said Wagner, who finished last season at No. 126 on the money list. "It makes you want to work even harder."Wagner was one of 88 players in the field that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 16.Seven of the Top 10 finishers on the leaderboard also relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bobby Gates and Jarrod Lyle, along with Pro V1 loyalists Briny Baird and Brian Gay, all of whom tied for fifth.
Titleist also was first in Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (105); and Putters (52).
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Wilson and Wagner were two of five Titleist golf players to win last week across the worldwide professional tours. In 2011, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 19 total victories, three times more than the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined:
• SUNSHINE TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador George Coetzee shot a final-round 8-under 64 to win the Telkom PGA Championship for his first Sunshine Tour title in three years.
“I don’t think there are a lot of people who have hit more balls than me
over the last two years,” said Coetzee. “But I am very glad it’s finally paid off, because while
you’re battling, the question is always whether you’ll get out of the
Coetzee (Pro V1x) finished with a 27-under 261 total at the Country Club of Johannesburg, two shots ahead of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Neil Schietekat.Coetzee and Schietekat were two of 107 players in the event that trusted Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 35.
• AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: It was an all-Titleist finish at the Queensland PGA Championship as New Pro V1 loyalist Gareth Paddison led a 1-2-3-4-5 finish for Titleist golf ball loyalists.Paddison fired a final round 4-under 66 en route to an 18-under 262 victory total, two shots better than Pro V1 loyalist Kieran Pratt and New Pro V1 loyalist Terry Pilkadaris. New Pro V1 loyalist Peter Wilson finished fourth, while Pro V1 loyalist Mike Hendry placed fifth.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at The Queensland PGA Championship with 99 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 21. • NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Panama Claro Championship with 91 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13. The winner played the New Pro V1x golf ball and posted all four rounds in the 60s for an 11-under par 269 total.Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (37); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (124); and Putters (59). • LPGA: Forty-three players at the HSBC Women's Champions trusted Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with seven and more than all competitors combined.
Posted: February 25, 2011
The 2011 golf season is heating up and now's your chance to get dialed in for a great year with a tour-level, precision fit from the Titleist FittingWorks Tour Van experts.
The FittingWorks Tour Van will be setting up shop at the Stadium Golf Center in San Diego for two days in March, and a limited number of appointments are still available.
Our mobile fitting vans combine comprehensive high level fittings with on-site club building to provide a tour-level fitting experience. Our expert fitters are equipped with a launch monitor and expansive range of fitting clubs. Tour Van technicians provide assembly, personalization and repair services.
This is a truly unique experience that will help take your game to the next level.
Here are the details:
Available Days: March 8-9.
Location: Stadium Golf Center (2990 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA, 92123).
Option 1 (Full-Line Fitting): During this 2-hour session, one of our FittingWorks Tour Van professionals will work with you to optimize your driving performance, make your iron play more precise, enhance your wedge scoring shots and fine-tune your Titleist set composition.
Option 2 (Driver, Long Game, Iron or Wedge Fitting): If you are looking to get dialed-in for a particular part of your game, we can customize a 1-hour session to focus on getting a precision fit for your driver, long game, irons or wedges. Using our SureFit System of interchangeable heads and shafts, our fitting experts will get you on the right path to help you get more out of your equipment and lower your scores.
Please note: These appointments will book fast and are being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To reserve your spot, call 1-888-TITLEIST or e-mail email@example.com.
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Posted: February 23, 2011
In our final installment of The Titleist Experience with Michael Breed from the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show, Michael spends five good minutes with Brett Porath, Titleist's Director of Golf Club Fitting, to talk about the new line of Titleist 910 drivers, fairway metals and hybrids and the SureFit Tour (SFT)
dual-angle hosel technology that has revolutionized the fitting process for tour players, PGA professionals and amateur golfers.
Check out the video below to learn more from Michael and Brett. For more on the new Titleist 910 drivers, fairway metals and hybrids, click here.
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The Titleist Experience with Michael Breed• Episode 1: New Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls• Episode 2: Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting• Episode 3: Scotty Cameron• Epidode 4: Precision Fitting with the Titleist 910 Series
Posted: February 22, 2011
New Pro V1x loyalist Christina Kim is one of golf's most fun and flashy stars, from her personality to her wardrobe, right on down to her golf bag.Team Titleist caught up with Christina recently at the LPGA Tour Championship, where she gave us a tour of the Titleist equipment in her golf bag – including her New Titleist 910 driver, fairway metal and hybrid; custom Vokey Spin Milled wedges; and one-of-a-kind Scotty Cameron MyGirl 009 putter.She's also got some pretty cool – and rare – headcovers.This week, Kim is in Singapore for the LPGA's second event of 2011, the HSBC Women's Champions.Check out the video to below to see the Titleist equipment she'll be playing.
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Posted: February 21, 2011
Titleist golf ball players celebrated four victories around the globe Sunday, along with an upsurge in momentum.To begin the 2011 season, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 14 total victories across the worldwide professional tours, more than two times the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined.
• PGA Tour: Pro V1x loyalist Aaron Baddeley's two-shot victory at the Northern Trust Open marked the sixth win for Titleist golf ball players in the first seven events of the 2011 PGA Tour season – following victories by Pro V1x loyalist Mark Wilson (Sony Open, Waste Management Phoenix Open), Pro V1 loyalist Jonathan Byrd (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), New Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson (Farmers Insurance Open) and Pro V1x loyalist D.A. Points (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am).
Baddeley closed out the tournament with a comfortable 2-under 69 for a 12-under 272 total, finishing atop the leaderboard at Riviera Country Club as the only player to post four rounds in the 60s (67-69-67-69)."Winning here is special. I love, love coming here. I've been on Tour since '03 and haven't missed a year here yet, and not planning on it," said Baddeley. He rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for par on 18, raising his arms in the air to celebrate his third career victory.Baddeley finished third for the week in Greens in Regulation (72.2) and made just one bogey per round, showing off the steady hand that has helped him make the cut in all of his nine starts at Riviera.Baddeley was one of 97 players in the field that trusted Titleist golf balls, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all other competitors combined. Titleist also was first in Hybrids (36); Iron Sets (45); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (125); and Putters (56).Titleist Brand Ambassadors Kevin Na (3rd) and Jimmy Walker (T-4) both earned their second top-5 finishes of the season.• LPGA: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng's remarkable start to 2011 continued with yet another breakaway victory at the LPGA's season-opening Honda LPGA Classic in Thailand, her fourth win in the last four weeks.
Tseng, No. 1 in the Rolex World Ranking, closed with a Sunday's-best 6-under 66 for a 15-under 273 total and five-shot victory at Siam Country Club's Pattaya Old Course, showcasing one of golf's best stretches in recent memory."I just tried my best and I know I had lots of confidence, but with all the great golfers out here, you never know until the last putt drops in," said Tseng. "I really enjoyed the tournament this week."Tseng's combined victory total over the last four weeks, including wins at the Australian Ladies Masters, Australian Open and Taifong Ladies Open?Twenty-four shots.
"I'm not really tired," said Tseng, a two-time major winner (Kraft Nabisco Championship, Women's British Open) in 2010."I feel very excited every week. I just focused on this week. I think to myself, last week has passed. Don’t put pressure on this week. Next week is a new week and I’ll enjoy it."Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 42 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with five and more than all other competitors combined.
• EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist S.S.P. Chowrasia earned his second-career European Tour title on home soil and led a 1-2-3 finish for Titleist golf ball players at the Avantha Masters.Chowrasia closed with a 5-under 67 for a 15-under 273 total at India's DLF Golf and Country Club for a one-shot victory over New Pro V1x loyalist Robert Coles. Pro V1x loyalist Gregory Havret finished third, another shot back. "It is a dream come true," Chowrasia, who earned his first win at the 2008 Indian Masters at Delhi Golf Club, told the Associated Press. "I knew I was playing well but I did not think about winning, though at the back of my mind I knew I had done it before."Chowrasia was one of 87 players in the field that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17. Eight of the top 10 finishers at the event trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Bernhard Langer won the ACE Group Classic by four shots, closing with a 6-under 66 for a tournament-record 20-under 196 total and his 14th Champions Tour victory.“It’s always exciting winning,” Langer, who last season won the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open in consecutive weeks, told the AP. “It never gets old no matter where or how big the tournament, whether it’s a major or not. Winning is what we’re out here for, what I practice for.”Langer was one of 50 players in the field at The Quarry in Naples, Fla., that teed up a Titleist golf ball, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 13. Of the 11 players who finished tied for 10th place or better, eight trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.
Posted: February 18, 2011
Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas checked in with Team Titleist earlier this week on the range at Los Angeles' famous Riviera Country Club, where he was gearing up for the start to the Northern Trust Open.Bill, who won twice last year on the PGA Tour and has finished no worse than T-9 in five of his last six events, was gracious enough to answer a few questions submitted from Team Titleist members on the discussion boards and share a few tips.Check out Bill's answers in the videos below.
Ben M. asks:
do you have any tips on how to handle pressure when you are coming down the stretch. As a junior golfer, I think being able to handle pressure is very important. Good luck!
Jason from Brooklyn asks:
Hi Bill, thanks for taking time out to speak with us. I love your swing - could you share and explain some of your swing thoughts with us?
Todd L. asks: Coming from a golfing family, what is the biggest thing you learned from your father about the game?
Matthew G. asks:
Bill, you have really shown us U.S. fans you can play by working your way up to 46th in the world ranking. What do you think sets yourself apart from where you were five years ago to now?