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Posted: April 29, 2011
• Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Nationwide Tour's South Georgia Classic with 106 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.Titleist is also first in Iron Sets (45); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (138); and Putters (63).• Titleist Brand Ambassador Erik Compton, who already has two top-4 finishes this year on the Nationwide Tour, stopped by the Tour Van to have the loft and lies checked on his Titleist CB (4-5) and MB (6-PW) irons. Erik had started to feel some digging, especially with his pitching wedge. Titleist Tour Rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck (pictured above with Erik) took them inside the Tour Van for a checkup.
Greg Villeneuve knew he wanted to pursue a career as a PGA Professional long before he was old enough to drive a golf cart.These days, Greg oversees four golf operations in Southern California as Vice President of Golf & Recreation for Montage Hotels & Resorts, working every day with the same passion and energy that resonated from his early mentors in the game.You may have read about Greg recently in the April edition of PGA Magazine or the April 15 issue of Golfweek, in which he was the focus of a Titleist print ad celebrating his dedication to the golf community and developing future PGA Professionals.To learn more about Greg and his career, please watch the video at the top of the page.
For a closer look at Greg's TItleist print ad, click here.
Posted: April 28, 2011
It's time to shine the Team Titleist Member Spotlight on another one our most active members. Today, we sit down with Tim Tiger, who is not only a Titleist loyalist but also sports a set of initials (T.T.) that we here at Team Titleist hold near and dear to our hearts.Tim's golf season never ends, thanks to both his passion for the game and the golf-friendly climate in Oklahoma, where he has been spending a lot of time on the range lately getting dialed in to his new Titleist 910D3 driver."I love to see the ball go exactly like I imagined it," Tim says. "Just knowing that all the practice paid off is priceless."All that hard work deserves a steak, don't you think?
Check out the Q&A below to find out why…
TEAM TITLEIST: How did you get started in golf? Who introduced you to the game? TIM: My dad introduced me to the game at age 12 and taught me the ins and outs. He is the reason I am an aggressive player. That's how he plays.
TT: How often are you thinking about your golf game and getting better? What are you currently working on?TIM: I pretty much think about golf 24/7. We have good weather in Oklahoma, so we get to play most of the year. Currently I'm working on keeping the driver in play more. I recently had a driver fitting session and got a 910D3. Need to get some rounds in with it to see how the set up suits me.
What's your best score and where did you shoot it?TIM: 67 at Sapulpa Golf Course in Sapulpa, Okla. Was one of those days when everything felt good and all the putts fell. It must have been the Pro V1x.
TT: How do you mark your Titleist golf ball? Does it have any special significance?TIM:
I mark it with eight lines all around the number on the ball. It's
similar to a sun pattern. It lets me know that the new day is here with
new possibilities in golf and life.
TT: What's the most special moment you've ever had on the golf course?TIM: Partnering with my dad in numerous team events and winning. My dad has always been a role model for me in golf and life.
TT: What's the best piece of golf advice you have ever received?TIM: Let the club do the work, you just swing it.
TT: What's your favorite Titleist club in the bag?TIM: My Scotty Cameron Laguna 2. It's the oldest club in my bag for a reason, hard to replace something that pleases the eye so well.
TT: If you had to play one golf course every day for the rest of your life, which one would it be?TIM: Las Vegas Paiute Resort courses. I play in an annual tournament there. The staff is great and the courses are always in perfect shape. Plus it's in Vegas.
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?
TIM: I stumbled onto it while looking at the Titleist site. I signed up and started interacting immediately with like-minded golf enthusiasts. All the people on the site are very insightful and from all walks of life. They are interested in what you have to say and are always there to lend advice to those who ask. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. The opportunities that are afforded by the group at Titleist are second to none. I would like to see opportunities for members to meet Tour pros and interact with them. Or maybe drawings for custom fittings.
TT: Favorite golf movie?TIM: "Caddyshack."TT: Favorite golf book?TIM: Any of the Harvey Penick books. He was so in tune with how to teach people to play golf. Would have been an honor to meet him.TT:
Favorite 19th hole meal?TIM: STEAK. I would eat steak every meal if possible. Guess I'm a carnivore by nature.
TT: Favorite golf destination?
TIM: Las Vegas. It gives you something to do every minute of the day, and there are plenty of courses to choose from in the area.
TT: Do you have any on-course superstitions?TIM: I mark my ball with the same marker (Scotty Cameron coin). And my clubs have to be in the proper slots in the bag to work right. I buy pink tees and keep them in my bag for breast cancer research.
Past Team Titleist Member Spotlights:• Deno (denniso3)• John L. (johnl84)• David Browning (davidb8)
Posted: April 27, 2011
The LPGA returns to action this week in Mobile, Ala., for the Avnet LPGA Classic, and we're sending a few Team Titleist members to join in the excitement.
Team Titleist members R. Gring, W. Holloway and C. Morris won tickets to the Avnet LPGA Classic through Team Titleist and will be on hand at RTJ Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove's Crossings Course to watch many of the LPGA's best including Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis, who was last seen jumping into Poppie's Pond to celebrate her first major championship victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
"Yeah, I don't think I slept for three days probably just the adrenaline was still going...," Lewis said Wednesday in her pre-tournament press conference.
"I'm glad we had a couple weeks off, but I'm ready to get back at it."
TV coverage of the tournament on Golf Channel is as follows (all times EST):• Thursday, April 28: 12:30-2:30 p.m.• Friday, April 29: 12:30-2:30 p.m.• Saturday, April 30: 4-6 p.m.• Sunday, May 1: 4-6 p.m.For more information about the tournament or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.avnetlpgaclassic.com/
Pro V1 loyalist Cristie Kerr talks swing thoughts, putting drills and physical fitness in her answers to questions submitted recently from members of Team Titleist, which you can find in the Q&A below.
This week, Cristie is among the star-studded LPGA field teeing it up in the Avnet Classic at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Mobile, Ala., where she will be looking to find the winner's circle for the 15th time in her career.
More impressive still is her work off the course. Last month, Cristie was presented with the
prestigious Muhammad Ali Award for Sport Achievement for her dedication
to raising awareness and funding for breast cancer research – for which everyone at Team Titleist sends their sincerest congratulations.
For more information on Cristie's foundation, Birdies for breast Cancer, you can visit the Web site at www.birdiesforbreastcancer.com.
Great job, Cristie!
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Jerry G. asks: Hi Cristie, What is the last thought in your mind before you take the club back? Tempo? Swing thought? Picturing the shot? Etc.?Cristie Kerr: I hope to actually not have a thought right before I take the club back. I try to do the planning before and then simply execute. If I'm thinking about how to do it right before I take the club back it's not usually a good thing.TitleistFan17 asks: Johnny Miller calls you the greatest putter in all of golf today – I agree. Do you have a favorite drill that you use?CK: Thank you so much! My Titleist Pro V1 always comes through!
I do a drill called the Step-Back Drill.It's where I start from 6-7 feet and then step back 2-3 paces until I get to a length where I feel like that is the max length I'd ever see on the course, nearly 60 feet. I do this with an emphasis on getting the right speed (which is about a foot by the hole speed-wise) and not so much on holing the putt.
Note: Cristie finished T-2 in Putts per GIR on the LPGA in 2010, averaging 1.74 putts per green in regulation.Dave A. asks: You've long had a reputation as one of the best putters on the tour. Are you often changing your putting style or have you kept it the same for many years?
CK: No, I've never really changed my style of putting. It's uniquely "me," just like my own handwriting.
Tyler H. asks: Who got you started in golf?
CK: My parents got me started in golf, my mom and dad. They belonged to a semi-private club and would drag me along on the weekends. I loved being out there with them.NoThreePutt asks: What was your workout regiment in off season? You look great.CK: I absolutely went back to what I did in the late 90's, which helped me lose 70 pounds. I cut my portions in half, ate mostly complex carbohydrates like oatmeal or sweet potatoes, and I cut out my beloved wine for over two months. Hard to do!
I cut out all the white bread and carbs and I worked out like a fiend most of the offseason doing "two-a-days," where I would do almost an hour of cardio five times a week and then lift the other parts of the day. Hard to keep up on the road, but I feel so much better. Thanks for noticing!
And thanks everyone for your questions!