We consider ourselves very fortunate to have many of the game's most dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic golfers on Team Titleist. There have already been thousands of valuable stories, tips and experiences shared by our members, all of whom have personal connections to the game.

Starting today, we thought it would be great to take time out each month to shine the spotlight on some of our Team Titleist members and their stories.

In this first spotlight, Team Titleist member David Browning was kind enough to share some insight into his passion for the game. And from our discussions, it's safe to say David is thinking about golf at this very moment.

"Golf is the only thing on my mind 24/7/365," he tells Team Titleist.

Let's find out why...

TEAM TITLEIST: How did you get started in golf? Who introduced you to the game?

DAVID BROWNING: Way back in elementary school, my best friend and his brother were both very good players. They won all types of stuff at the club. I'd always work on my game with them. The older I got, the more serious I became about the game. When I was in late middle school, I knew that I wanted to have a career in the golf industry.

TT: How often are you thinking about your golf game and getting better? What are you currently working on?

DB: Ask anyone that I know... there isn't a second that goes by that I don't think about my game and how to get better. I'm always working on all areas of my game.

TT: What's your best score and where did you shoot it?

DB: My best score was a 68. I shot it at a nice, public course around my hometown, called, Darby Creek (Marysville, Ohio).

TT: Can you recall the best golf shot you've ever hit?

DB: Well...let's see. I've hit a lot of good shots, but I have a couple of favorites. The first one: I was teeing off with my 3 iron on a very sharp, dogleg right. I hit a nice, high fade around the dogleg, but all of a sudden, the wind picked up and it blew my ball just in the rough, behind some trees. When I got to my ball, it was well above my feet and there were tons of trees in front of me. I was just outside of 100 yards. I decided to take a 7 iron and play a low shot with as much spin as I could put on it (thanks to my Pro V1). It hit the right edge of the green, spun just like I wanted it to, rolled down the tier slowly and into the hole for an eagle. I guarantee that every one on the course that day heard me scream for joy!

But that wasn't my first eagle, which is my other favorite shot. On the hole I made it on, I usually use a 3 wood off the tee. That day, I hit my driver because of the high winds. From the back tees, it's a blind tee shot. As I was getting up the hill, I noticed a few carts hanging around the green. As I got closer, I started hearing clapping. I didn't see my ball anywhere... yet. I knew that I hit a great shot, but was expecting my ball to be on a landing area just before the green. There was a guy who waved me down to the green. As I got there, I finally found my ball. It was 1 foot from the hole! I made my putt for my first eagle and was congratulated by everyone there. I still have my Pro V1 from that day.

TT: What's the most special moment you've ever had on the golf course?

DB: It was the first time that I golfed with my mother. She doesn't play, but would always go to my tournaments, or just hang around the club, watching others, drinking her coffee. The course was very busy that day. All of the members knew everyone, especially my mother. Which is why they didn't care that we took so long to play 9 holes. She shot 154 – yes, one-five-four – for those 9 holes. A VERY long day, but that day meant a lot to me.

TT: What's the best piece of golf advice you have ever received?

DB: Never give up. Everybody has their good and bad days.

TT: What's your favorite Titleist club in the bag? Why?

DB: I have a couple. One is my Scotty putter. Although it isn't a triple black 009, it's the best Scotty that I've ever owned. Nothing can compare to the feel/sound/looks of a Scotty. The other is my 60° Vokey wedge. I LOVE that thing. I have a whole arsenal of shots with that club.

TT: Do you consider yourself a tinkerer? How often do you change equipment?

DB: Not really. I want to feel comfortable with my equipment. If it's not broke, and it works great for me, why fix it?

I'll tinker with new clubs when I'm practicing but am completely happy with what I have. Although, a triple black 009, some satin MB's and some TVD wedges would be nice!


TT: How do you mark your Titleist golf ball? Does it have any special significance?

DB: I mark my Titleist Pro V1's with a black dot to the left of the number(s). Nothing special. I just like my stuff clean and simple looking.

TT: If you had to play one golf course every day for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

DB: Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. I NEVER get tired of that course.

Augusta National is second.

TT: How did you hear about Team Titleist? What are some of your favorite features of the community and what kind of things would you like to see in the future?

DB: My whole life, I've played with Titleist equipment ONLY. I absolutely LOVE Titleist and am always on the site every day. So, I found out about Team Titleist on my own, just browsing through the site one day. I enjoy being a member of the Team. It's a place for Titleist enthusiasts to interact with each other and people working for Titleist keeping us up to date with the latest Titleist news. The site is perfect the way it is. Although it would be neat to go behind the scenes at Oceanside, Tour Van, Pro's, etc.. Perhaps a live, moderated, chat room.


TT: Favorite golf movie?

DB: There's a lot of them. I'm going to say "Caddyshack." It never gets old. When I was younger, I'd watch that movie every single day, more than once a day and never get tired of it. I know the words to the whole thing.


TT: Favorite golf book?

DB: Tough question. I'll have to say Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul. It's good to hear such positive, amazing, stories.

TT: Favorite golf destination?

DB: Pebble Beach. There's so much history there and the course almost always plays a little different each time that you play it.

TT: Favorite 19th hole meal?

It depends on where I'm at. I love chili cheese dogs.

Pro V1x loyalist Mark Wilson earned his second victory in three starts to begin the 2011 PGA Tour season, capturing the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a Monday morning playoff with Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner.

Wilson, who opened the year with a two-shot victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii, closed things out on the second playoff hole, after hitting his approach on on TPC Scottsdale's par-4 10th to 9 feet above the hole. He rolled in his Pro V1x golf ball for birdie, only further validating a new green-reading technique he's been using since a trip to the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) during the offseason.

"Thankfully I started it on line and knocked it in," said Wilson, 36, now a four-time PGA Tour winner. He also won the 2007 Mayakoba Classic and 2009 Honda Classic.


Dufner (Pro V1) was facing a 7-foot par putt when Wilson dropped in the game-winner. Both players shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s and ended regulation at 18-under 266, finishing up their final rounds Monday morning because of several frost delays throughout the week.

Titleist golf ball players have now won four out of the PGA Tour's first five events of the season. Pro V1 loyalist Jonathan Byrd won the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions and Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson won last week's Farmers Insurance Open using the New Pro V1x golf ball.

This week, a total of 91 players trusted Titleist golf balls for their success at TPC Scottsdale, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (40);  Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (114); and Putters (53).

After both of his victories this year, Wilson has pointed to his offseason work with Dr. Greg Rose of the Titleist Performance Institute, specifically on his putting and short game.

"I think I've been a little bit better practicer. I've got a new green-reading technique that I learned from Dr. Greg Rose there at Titleist Performance Institute (in Oceanside, Calif.)," Wilson said. "Dr. Rose helped me split the putts into two parts always, and that really has helped me see the line better for some reason. I started that. The first time I did that was at Disney and finished 6th and have had two wins since, so I'm just going with that."

Said Wilson after his Sony victory: "Those guys out of (the Titleist Performance Institute) really helped me out last November. I owe a lot to those guys. They really helped me… I always thought I was a great practicer, but they gave me some neat ideas, a short game thing, and I've really just been focusing on my wedges this year 100 yards and in … I've been practicing a lot, the 50-, 60-, 40-yard kind of pitches and getting them up-and-down."

Wilson, a Wisconsin native and die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, led the field this week in Greens in Regulation (84.72 percent). He ranks third in that statistic (79.91 percent) on the PGA Tour. Wilson is currently No. 1 in Scrambling (76.6 percent).

In three starts this season, he is a collective 47-under par.

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng made it back-to-back victories at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, cruising to a seven-shot victory at Commonwealth GC.

"It feels very good to win by seven shots," said Tseng, who closed in even-par 71 for a 16-under 276 total. "I have not had that feeling before and it feels very good."

EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters with 77 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 23.  A total of 45 players relied upon the same New Pro V1 (8) or New Pro V1x (37) golf balls. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (36);  and Sand, Lob and Approach wedges (135).

Team Titleist would like to thank everyone that participated in our New Pro V1 and Pro V1x Webcast, which aired live Thursday here on Titleist.com.

The Webcast, hosted by Bill Morgan, Senior Vice President for Golf Ball R&D, and Mary Lou Bohn, Vice President Golf Ball Marketing and Titleist Communications, addressed the golfer benefits and new technology of the New Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls. Our experts also spent time answering questions submitted from members of Team Titleist.

You can watch a replay of the Webcast in the videos below.

PART ONE

 

PART TWO

 

PART THREE

The Best Keep Getting Better.

Titleist Introduces New Pro V1 and Pro V1x Golf Balls.

Continuous Improvement to the World's Most Trusted and Best Selling Golf Balls

Fairhaven, MA (January 27, 2011) –Titleist, the #1 ball in golf, announces the launch of the most technologically advanced Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls yet.   Titleist, once again, raises the standard for quality and performance by making the most trusted and best selling golf balls even better.  Product improvements to its flagship models are engineered to satisfy the demanding requirements of the world’s best professional tour players, club professionals, competitive amateurs and aspiring golfers.   Ten years after the marketplace introduction of the original Pro V1, “the ball that turned golf upside down” (USA Today, March 2001), the best keep getting better.  

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Titleist Brand Ambassador Jarrod Lyle made his first ace as a professional this weekend at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, hitting one of the most exciting shots possible on the PGA Tour.

The setting: TPC Scottsdale's uproarious, party-packed par-3 16th, a hole bordered entirely by stadium seating and affectionately known as "The Coliseum," where Lyle stood over his tee ball Saturday afternoon with his Titleist MB 8-iron in his hands.

Lyle's swing sent his Pro V1x golf ball high into the Arizona sky, drawing slightly. It landed on the front edge of the green, checked up slightly and bounced twice before rolling into the hole. Lyle raised both of his arms as the crowd of 20,000 or so provided us with yet another example of why it is known as the loudest hole in golf. (You can watch the shot and Lyle's reaction in the video below.)

"Of all the holes to have (my first) hole-in-one in the world, this is probably the best one that you can think of," said Lyle.

It was the eighth ace at No. 16 in tournament history, the first since 2002 – and the first of two hole-in-ones on the day, as Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele holed out at the 174-yard par-3 12th hole using a Titleist MB 7-iron.

There were almost three.

Also on the 16th, Pro V1x loyalist Billy Mayfair sent his New Pro V1x golf ball sailing toward the pin, on a line similar to Lyle's. It bounced twice toward the right center of the hole but lipped out to 12 feet, resulting in a thunderous sigh. The cheers came when Mayfair, a Phoenix native and Arizona State alum, made the putt for birdie.

"I think (No. 16 has) definitely made a name for itself in world golf," said Lyle. "You know, it maybe gets a little loud at times, but it's 'Sixteen at Phoenix.' That's all there is to it."

Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendan Steele

 

Here's a closer look at Jarrod Lyle's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5 (Diamana White 83)
Fairway: Titleist 910F 13.5 (Diamana Blue 93)
Irons (3-5): AP2 (NS Pro 100 for Titleist)
Irons (6-9)}: Titleist MB (NS Pro Prototype)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 48, 56, 60 (Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2

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