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Posted: August 31, 2011
It's an exciting day for Vokey Nation. We are happy to announce the launch of WedgeWorks Services, Bob Vokey's Tour-Inspired Custom Shop for Vokey Wedge players. Recently, Team Titleist sat down with wedge master craftsman Bob Vokey to discuss the launch of WedgeWorks Services, the newest offering from WedgeWorks.
Launch the slideshow for a first look at the WedgeWorks team in action and check out the Q&A below to get all of the details around WedgeWorks Services straight from The Voke.
Team Titleist: What was the inspiration behind WedgeWorks Services?Bob Vokey: It really came from the Tour and from Vokey wedge enthusiasts. We had Tour guys who wanted special options on their wedges, stampings, grips, etc. And serious golfers want that kind of service too. So we decided to expand our offering from WedgeWorks. TT: Explain a little about WedgeWorks itself and what you're going to offer through WedgeWorks Services. BV: WedgeWorks is my custom shop. Everything used to be separate, but now we've got R&D, Tour, and Custom all in one spot here in Carlsbad. It allows me to offer a lot of things that I couldn't before. Really a dream come true for me. In terms of what we're going to offer, we've got a few packages as well as individual services. A golfer can send back a wedge for a little TLC. We'll check the loft and lie, buff up the head, fix the paintfill, stamp it for you, regrip it. It's like a little spa service for your wedge. We've also got more advanced offerings such as swing weight adjustments to dial that in for you. We can laser etch the shaft with your name. We're pretty excited about all of the offerings. TT: You talked a little about laser etching. Can you explain what that's all about?BV: We have an advanced laser engraver in the WedgeWorks shop. It will engrave up to 20 characters into the shaft. It's a very light engraving, very subtle. You don't need to paintfill it. A good way to put your name or even a message on it. TT: How about swing weight adjustments. You've never offered that before, right?BV: Well up until now, we've only been able to offer that on Tour. Some guys like a little lighter swingweight, maybe go from D5 to D4 or D3, something like that. We have a precision end mill that will cut out weightports. We can then fill them with a light spray coat protectant. TT: A lot of Vokey loyalists out there still have pre-2010 grooves in their Spin Milled wedges. Can you still work on those wedges?BV: Yes we can, but we can't and won't touch the grooves. We aren't going to offer a groove sharpening or regrooving service, it would go against the USGA Groove Rule. We're also not going to strip the chrome and re-finish wedges, because there's some environmental issues there. We can still stamp, reshaft, regrip any of our SM2 or earlier wedges, that's not a problem. In fact, that's what I expect people will be sending us. TT: What about new custom wedges--can you send them directly to WedgeWorks?BV: We're working on that, it should be ready this Fall. For right now, we're accepting wedges that are already purchased. TT: What else do you have in store for us from WedgeWorks?BV: It's been a busy last few months. We are always working on new prototypes, grinds, options, and features to add to WedgeWorks. We really try to listen to what our Team Titleist and Vokey followers want. The response has been amazing. It's like a small "Vokey Nation". That's what I like to call it. TT: Thanks for your time Bob.BV: It's a pleasure. Thanks to all of our followers on Team Titleist. You guys are great, you keep me motivated every day. Cheers. WedgeWorks Services are now available! Visit www.vokey.com to get started today!
In late June, we introduced four new Titleist iron models to the worldwide professional tours as part of our performance validation process. The response on Tour to the new AP1, AP2, CB and MB (712 series) irons has been overwhelmingly positive, with many of our Titleist Brand Ambassadors putting the irons straight in the bag after initial testing.
Nick Watney (AP2), Chris Kirk (CB) and Scott Stallings (AP2) have each won on Tour since putting the new irons in play – performance validation at its best.Given the buzz surrounding the new product introduction on Tour, we have received many comments and questions about differences between the new and previous generation Titleist irons. In an effort to address some of these questions, we’d like to take you “under the hood” of the new AP irons to illustrate how our most Advanced Performance technology to date is poised to help the games of serious golfers.The new AP irons (712 Series) feature advanced multi-material designs that provide the high performance ball flight, stability, looks, feel and sound preferred by serious golfers. The new designs have been improved with internal weighting that utilizes a higher density tungsten material in order to distribute mass more efficiently. Redistributing the weight in this manner increases the moment of inertia (MOI) of the club without increasing the blade length. This means the new AP irons are more forgiving yet do not lose any workability or shot control. The higher MOI designs of both the new AP1 and AP2 irons produce more consistent balls speeds over a larger area of the face, leading to better distance control.Chris McGinley, Vice President of Marketing for Titleist Golf Clubs, says “good iron play is all about distance control. Increasing the MOI of the AP irons allows golfers to be more consistent with their irons shots, leading to more and better scoring opportunities."“Traditionally, high MOI has been achieved by increasing the size of the club head,” adds Marni Ines, Director of Titleist Irons Development. “By concentrating weight in very specific locations with the high density tungsten, we can offer our most playable irons to date without sacrificing the workability that our target golfers demand.”Be sure to click on the image below to take a closer look at the construction of the new Titleist AP irons.
Posted: August 29, 2011
In the championship match of the 2011 U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills, the two finalists relied on only one equipment brand for each and every shot: Titleist.Both the winner and runner-up, competing for the season's most prominent individual amateur title, trusted Pro V1x golf balls, Titleist 910 drivers and fairways metals, Titleist irons, Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges and Scotty Cameron putters to make their way through the match-play bracket.
By advancing to the U.S. Amateur final, each player received invitations to play in the 2012 Masters, as well as exemptions into the 2012 U.S. Open. The champion also received an exemption into the 2012 Open Championship.A total of 252 players in the 315-player starting field teed up Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls at Erin Hills, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 24 and four times all competitors combined.Titleist was also No. 1 across every major golf club category, including: drivers (135); fairway metals (145); hybrids (100); iron sets (128); wedges (409); and putters (135).So far in 2011, eight of the nine USGA championships played have been won by Titleist golf ball players.Below is closer look at the Titleist equipment of the 2011 U.S. Amateur winner and runner-up.U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 7.5º w/ C•3 SureFit Tour Setting (Mitsubishi Diamana Kai'li 70)Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º, B•1 Setting (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 17º, A•1 Setting (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105)Irons: Titleist CB 3-5 (Project X 6.5)Irons: Titleist MB 6-9 (Project X 6.5)Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 248•06º, 252•12º (Project X 6.5)Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 258•08º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2U.S. AMATEUR RUNNER-UP:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 9.5º w/ C•2 SureFit Tour Setting (Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard 73)Fairway wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º, B•2 Setting (Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard 83)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 19º, D•4 Setting (Mitsubishi Diamana i'lima 70 Hybrid)Irons: Titleist AP2 4-PW (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 254•08º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled TVD58º, TVD62º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Prototype GSS
Fighting through high winds and heavy rains resulting from the remnants of Hurricane Irene, Brittany Lincicome trusted a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball to victory Sunday at the CN Canadian Open in Quebec.Lincicome, 25, closed with a 2-under 70, getting her Pro V1x up-and-down for par on Hillsdale Golf & Country Club's par-4 18th to win by one shot and lead a three-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the globe, including Pro V1x loyalist Mark Calcavecchia's playoff-victory at the Boeing Classic.Titleist golf ball players have now won 112 times across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, seven times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.Lincicome's winning pitch came from the downslope in front of the 18th green. Her Pro V1x golf ball landed soft on the soaked, slippery putting surface and took a few small hops before checking up and rolling to 3 1/2 feet from the hole."The greens were pretty wet, so I decided it would kind of skip a little bit and then it was going to stop," she said."I hit it pretty good… I was trying to fly it 40 yards, and 40 yards of a lob wedge is not super easy. So it was great to get it up there close and not have too much pressure to tap it in."Lincicome, who was recently selected to play for the U.S. Solheim Cup team, finished at 13-under 275 (68-68-69-70), finding the winner's circle for the second time in 2011. Fellow Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis shot a final-round 5-under 67 and tied for second place at 12-under 276.It's the first time Lincicome has won multiple LPGA tournaments in the same season."It was cool to finally check that off my list of things to do," said Lincicome, also a winner at the ShopRite Classic in June. "Beginning of the year was Solheim Cup, and then I locked that up, and then (the ShopRite Classic) and then now here. I've been very blessed this year, and hopefully it will keep going."Lincicome was one of 116 players in the field that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 12 and nearly three times all competitors combined.• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Mark Calcavecchia earned his first Champions Tour title with a playoff victory at the Boeing Classic.Calcavecchia birdied his final three holes in regulation Sunday at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in Seattle to get into a playoff with Pro V1 loyalist Russ Cochran, who last month won the U.S. Senior Open. Cochran made his way into the extra session with a 12-foot eagle putt on 18.Both players closed with 7-under 65s to finish the three rounds at 14-under 202.On the first hole of the playoff, Calcavecchia two-putted for birdie and the victory."I think this will help me down the road," he told PGATour.com.Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Boeing Classic with 55 players, five times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in iron sets (23).
• KOREAN PGA: Pro V1x loyalist Byung Jun Kim earned his first-career victory at the KPGA Players Championship, posting a final-round 1-under 71 for a 15-under 273 total for a three-shot victory. Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the KPGA Players Championship with 100 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in fairway metals (52); hybrids (79); sand, lob and approach wedges (118); and putters (18).
Of the 12 players that finished in the top 10 and ties, 10 trusted a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success.
• PGA Tour: Titleist golf balls were the top choice at The Barclays with 80 players, five times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in iron sets (38); sand, lob and approach wedges (117); and putters (48).
• EUROPEAN TOUR: At the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, 98 players teed up Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 22 and more than all competitors combined.Titleist also was first in hybrids (39); iron sets (45); and wedges(189).• JAPAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Kansai Open Golf Championship with 61 players. Titleist also was first in hybrids (37); and sand, lob and approach wedges (110).
Posted: August 26, 2011
Over the last few years, Titleist Brand Ambassador Kevin Na, equipped with his Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport Tour model putter and Pro V1x golf ball, has consistently proven himself as one of the best putters on the PGA Tour.He is ranked in the top 10 in many of the PGA Tour's putting statistics, including the new Strokes Gained stat, which shows how many strokes are gained or lost due to putting over the course of the season. Kevin is also currently No. 2 in Total One-Putts (578), One-Putts Per Round (8.03) and One-Putt Percentage (44.6%), behind only Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker in each category. Team Titleist caught up with Kevin earlier this week at The Barclays to talk about his putting prowess, which he credits to keeping a consistent tempo.Check it out in the above video.