Member Spotlight: David Browning (davidb8)
Posted: February 8, 2011
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?
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?
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?
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?
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
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.