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Posted: April 13, 2011
A pair of loyal Team Titleist members got to experience life (and, of course, golf) inside the ropes last month at the inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.A couple weeks before the event, Team Titleist members Neil Hicks and Michael Young received e-mails notifying them of their selection to play in the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup's Thursday Pro-Am at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa and attend the tournament's pairings party that same night – courtesy of Team Titleist and the LPGA.Neil would later describe it as "an experience of a lifetime," from the conditions to the coaching to the camaraderie.The results weren't bad either: With some help from Pro V1 loyalist Grace Park, Neil and Michael's team shot 12-under 60 (29-31) and finished in third place.You can check out some pictures from the day in the slideshow at the bottom of the page. Neil also passed along the following note to Team Titleist about the experience:
Thank you so much – it was a great time!
It was so much fun playing with fellow Team Titleist member Michael Young – we played great and actually became pretty close by the end of the round. We have a round set up together real soon!
Grace was so much fun to play with. She gave pointers, shared laughs and just had a great time.
The caddies were hilarious, helping us with yardages and giving us some angles and lines just like they would for their pros in competition. That made the experience so much fun as well.These girls are good!
I have played competitive golf for many years, and to see the lines that the pros and their caddies see was unbelievable. Maybe it's because they do it on a daily basis - but it is truly a gift, something that I would love to chase!
Luckily enough Michael's parents followed us all day long with an excellent camera and took pictures! It was a great addition to the day.
Wednesday night the pairings party was fun. Arrived at the resort, and checked in. The gifts that we received for participating in the event were amazing. Fresh pair of FootJoys! Some wine glasses, new shirt, towel, etc. Overall the pairings party was a great experience to interact with the golfers off the course and just have a great time.
The overall experience was amazing! It was so much fun being on the inside of the ropes playing just like the PGA and LPGA tour players. Treated like royalty! Food, drinks, all kinds of goodies.
I have been to numerous PGA and LPGA tournaments over the years. It is amazing how well they prep the course for the tour players. Let me tell you firsthand that the fairways are PERFECT! The rough is truly ROUGH! And the greens roll so true it is crazy.
I wish that I could play on those conditions every day! I am envious of all tour players that get to play on those conditions day-in and day-out. Has always been a longtime dream of mine to play with the pros.
I could keep going on and on...
Thanks again to everyone at Team Titleist!
Posted: April 12, 2011
Now just days from the debut of the New Vokey Design 200 Series in the Vokey Wedgeworks lineup, Master Craftsman Bob Vokey sat down with Team Titleist to share some insight on the 200 Series and discuss the options that will be available through WedgeWorks beginning next week on www.vokey.com.Vokey Design 200 Series wedges, widely played on the worldwide professional tours, feature a classic head shape with a high toe peak and a soft trailing edge.The New Vokey Design 200 Series will feature Spin Milled Condition of Competition (C-C) grooves and the WedgeWorks Exclusives Bright Brushed Chrome finish. They will be available in both right- and left-hand models, and in a variety of loft and bounce combinations ranging from 46º to 60º degrees (in 2º increments).
You can learn more from "The Voke" about the 200 Series wedges in the following Q&A:
Team Titleist: Why is the Vokey Design 200 Series still so popular on Tour?Bob Vokey: It's just a classic, guys love the shape. It fits their eye. Guys like the small trailing edge ribbon in back, it keeps the club from getting stuck in the turf.
TT: Which players use the 200 Series?
BV: We have quite a few – Rickie Fowler, Steve Stricker, Gary Woodland, Geoff Ogilvy, Tim Clark, Bill Haas and several others. Many mix-and-match their wedges with 200 Series, Spin Milled C-C and Vokey Tour Grinds. TT: What's the main difference between the 200 Series and your popular Vokey Design C-C wedges? BV: We'll there are a lot of similarities actually because we based the Spin Milled series on the 200 Series. The shape of the heads are a bit different. The 200 Series has a higher toe peak and it's a bit taller from leading edge to the top-line. The sole profiles are a bit different as well as the loft/bounce configurations. For example, we're going to have a 46.06 in the 200 Series, which we don't have in the SM C-C series. Also we'll have a 52.12 and a 60.12, two high bounce options which should be popular. TT: What did you change on the WedgeWorks version of the 200 Series?
BV: Well, the big thing is the grooves. This version has Spin Milled C-C grooves. When we had the 200 Series a few years back we used cast grooves. We have the surface roughness and groove depth as close as possible to the USGA limit. We also tweaked the graphics on the back so that we could accommodate various toe engravings and stampings. I really like the new look – it's very clean.
• Classic Profile: Tour-inspired teardrop shape with a high toe and shallow heel. Taller leading edge-to-topline inspires confidence around the greens.• Trailing Edge Ribbon: Slight trailing edge relief reduces turf drag and allows for touch shots with face square or open. • Spin Milled C-C Grooves: Condition of Competition (C-C) conforming grooves produce a higher trajectory with medium spin. Approved for play in events adopting the new groove rule.• CNC Cut Grooves: The Spin Milled cutting tool pioneered by Titleist precisely cuts the groove edge radius and groove volume to the limits allowed by the Rules of Golf. • Machined Face Texture: Machined face texture with micro edges up to the USGA limit provides additional ball gripping power for better spin retention on full and partial shots.
Posted: April 8, 2011
At this week's Masters Tournament, an overwhelming number of the world's best golfers are relying on Titleist golf balls for their success.
Fifty-three players in the field at Augusta National are playing Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist is also first in Iron Sets (26); and Sand, Lob & Approach wedges (74).
So far in 2011,Titleist golf ball players have combined for 33 victories across the worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with six and more than all other competitors combined.
Titleist golf ball players have also won 12 out of the first 15 events to start the 2011 PGA Tour season.
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More Masters coverage from Team Titleist:
• Slideshows: Team Titleist at the Masters Part 1 • Part 2• Video: How to prepare for Augusta National• Video: Lay up or go for it? Geoff Ogilvy on Augusta National's Par-5 13th
Here's something to think about the next time you dig into your bag for another golf ball: Changing the golf ball changes every shot.
And if you're looking to lower your scores (who isn't, right?), one of the first steps is knowing what to expect out of your golf ball on each and every swing.
This is also a key to developing a more consistent golf game, as it's impossible to gain such feel and understanding while playing different golf ball models from round to round (or even hole to hole)."We've met a number of golfers who do not buy the same golf ball each time they purchase golf balls, and play whichever ball gets pulled from the bag," Titleist Golf Ball Fitter John Fizer said. "They don't think playing different golf balls has any affect on their game, but that's not the case. They're not giving themselves the best opportunity to shoot lower scores."Since golf balls have meaningful performance differences, especially on scoring shots into the green, golfers need to know what the golf ball will do when they hit their shot correctly.
During the R&D process we gather feedback from golfers of all levels regarding the performance characteristics they want in their golf balls. Such information is crucial in the creation of the different models of Titleist golf balls.
“Once a golfer has been properly fit into the Titleist golf model that is best for their game, they are one step closer to a more consistent game,” said Mike Gibson, Manager of Titleist Golf Ball Fitting.
“Through our extensive player testing, we’ve seen that eliminating the variable differences in golf ball performance by playing the same golf ball model every round will help improve your chances of hitting more greens in regulation and hitting the ball closer to the pin. Whether you're a professional or amateur, shorter putts go in more often. Every golfer is looking to maximize those opportunities.”
Added Titleist Golf Ball Fitter Michael Collins: "Once you start to learn how your golf ball performs you will see the benefits immediately, especially on the scoring shots to and around the green.”
"For example, when you hit the green with a 7 iron, the ball is going to land on the green and perform in a particular way. Does it hit and stop? Does it bounce a couple times before checking up? That sort of reliance and that confidence in your golf ball can really start to alter the rest of your game."
Titleist's green-to-tee ball fitting methodology is based on the fact that most scoring opportunities are created by shots into the target, and improving your game in those areas will have the most game-changing affects.
There is a reason Titleist golf ball loyalists on the worldwide professional tours go through an extensive fitting process in order to find and trust a single type of Titleist golf ball: When you consistently play with a golf ball that is properly fit for your game, your shot execution will improve and you will give yourself the best chance to lower your score.You can take full advantage of those benefits by consistently teeing up the best golf ball for your game.
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Posted: April 7, 2011
Of all the azaleas at Augusta National Golf Club, there's only one that produces gigantic roars (and groans) from the Masters patrons – the risk-reward 510-yard par-5 13th hole that is named "Azalea" and features over 1,600 of the course's signature plants.
It's a hard dogleg left that calls for a player to work his drive around the corner in order for a chance to go for the green in two. The second shot is almost always from an awkward lie above your feet and the slightly-elevated putting surface is guarded by a tributary to Rae's Creek as well as four back bunkers, which have been known to plant (Azalea) seeds of doubt in many players' minds.Said Augusta National co-founder Bobby Jones (according to Augusta.com): "Whatever position may be reached with the tee shot, the second shot as well entails a momentous decision whether or not to try for the green.
"Several tournaments have been won or lost here, even though the decision may not have been obvious at the time."Check out the video above for Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy's in-depth breakdown of No. 13. (Mobile users click here.)Lay up or go for it? What would you do?