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Posted: August 18, 2011
The PGA Tour's regular season comes to and end this week at Wyndham
Championship and we're excited that Team Titleist members will be there to watch all the drama unfold.
Team Titleist members Brandon M., Jonathan K., Ben V., Justin V., Cole H.,
and Kiho K. won tickets to the event through Team Titleist and will be on the ground in Greensboro, N.C., as players make their final push toward the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
"Obviously with the FedExCup Playoffs coming up in the back of my mind,
really trying to stay fresh, keeping the body in good shape because
we've got a lot of golf coming up," said Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson.
"I'm excited for the playoffs. It's the most exciting time for us players all year. So I'm looking forward to it."
TV coverage of the tournament on Golf Channel and CBS is as follows (all times EST):• Thursday, Aug. 18: 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel)• Friday, Aug. 19: 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel)
• Saturday, Aug. 20: 3-6 p.m. (CBS)• Sunday, Aug. 21: 3-6 p.m. (CBS)
For more information about the tournament or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.wyndhamchampionship.com/.
We're excited to announce that Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting and Team Titleist will be taking center stage on "The Golf Fix with Michael Breed" on Monday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. (EST) on Golf Channel.During the episode, Breed will take part in the Titleist Golf Ball Education, Selection and Fitting process to determine the golf ball that will perform best for his game and help him shoot lower scores."I know as a golf professional, everybody's always fiddling around with their clubs and the ball is the last thing on their mind," says Breed, a longtime Titleist Advisory Staff Member and Head PGA Professional at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, N.Y."It should be the first thing."Guiding Breed through the fitting will be fellow PGA Professional Mike Gibson, Manager of Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting, who will provide viewers with insight into Titleist's golf ball fitting methodology and explain how they can begin the process.Gibson (pictured right) will also be taking time during the program to answer questions submitted from members of Team Titleist.If you have a question about Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting, please post it in the comments section below and be sure to tune in Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. (EST) to see if your question makes the air!
Posted: August 15, 2011
When you arrive for a club fitting at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, N.Y., expect nothing but an eye-opening experience.You will meet Kevin Sprecher, PGA Director of Instruction at Sleepy Hollow and authorized Titleist fitter, who needs but a couple seconds to convince you of the importance of getting properly fit for your golf equipment."You don’t buy an expensive suit off the rack, do you?" says Sprecher, a longtime fitting guru who has also served as the Lead Master Instructor at the Jim McLean Golf School at Doral since 1998.Sprecher's main goal: Making sure you leave Sleepy Hollow – one of five Titleist Regional Fitting Centers within the Titleist Fitting Network – with the equipment setup that best suits your swing and game, not the one that fits any preconceptions.
So when you drive through the gates at Sleepy Hollow, down to the 1,700-square-foot indoor/outdoor temperature-controlled Sleepy Hollow Learning Center, be prepared for a meeting of the minds."When I do fittings, it's a team effort," says Sprecher. "You might not be speaking the exact language I am, but my job is to interpret what you're saying and make sure we've covered all the bases."
Fittings for metal woods and irons take place in front of a Trackman launch monitor in one of the facility's three indoor/outdoor hitting bays, where Sprecher begins by picking your brain as you warm up with Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x or NXT Tour golf balls. (Vokey Wedge fittings are conducted in Sleepy Hollow's dedicated short-game area.)Initial conversation topics include: Current equipment, playing level, flight tendencies, desired flight pattern, swing thoughts and swing changes (past, future or ongoing), among others."Being a teacher has helped me in fitting because I understand more about the golf swing than most," says Sprecher. "I know how the equipment affects the golf swing and how the golf swing affects the equipment."Sprecher records baseline numbers from your current equipment's performance on the TrackMan, forms his hypothesis, browses Sleepy Hollow's extensive Titleist shaft matrix, then quickly assembles Option No. 1 for testing.And away you go. (Fittings take about 1-2 hours, depending on the number of club categories being fit.)"It's important to just have a good mindset and trust what the numbers are," Sprecher says."Have an open mind. Golfers are always excited about getting new equipment, but they should understand that even though they might have their heart set on new Titleist CB irons, they might end up fitting best and having the most confidence in new AP1s."
In the end, it's about achieving total confidence on every shot, and Sprecher won't let you leave Sleepy Hollow on any other path.
Recently, Sprecher met with a golfer who had received a new set of golf equipment as a gift. The golfer was frustrated that the new clubs had resulted in a lower trajectory and a loss of distance, which Sprecher immediately identified as a shaft issue.Sprecher told the golfer that a different shaft would improve his distance and accuracy – "immediately, not after some getting used to.""He didn’t believe me but was willing to try," Sprecher said. "After two balls, I saw his face light up with disbelief that I was correct."In the following Q&A, Sprecher talks more about the club fitting experience at Sleepy Hollow and his path to becoming a club fitter:TEAM TITLEIST: How did you get started in golf? Who introduced you to the game? KEVIN SPRECHER: My father got me started in golf and was also encouraged by my maternal grandfather. I got started playing one summer because I needed something to do other than tennis and baseball.TT: What was it that first interested you in teaching and fitting? Did you have a mentor?
KS: I first got into teaching in 1992 working for Dave Collins. Dave was an instructor working for Jim McLean at Doral Golf Resort in Miami. I was also Jim’s personal assistant from 1993-1995 for private lessons, schools, seminars and clinics. I consider those two my mentors.I got into fitting in the early 2000’s when we hired a fitter at Doral and I started to see the immediate benefits with my students.TT: What's a typical work day like for you? What's happening behind the scenes that we might not realize? KS: I start at 7 a.m. answering emails from the night before. I get to work and set up the teaching center.
I constantly stay in touch with clients and colleagues via email, and interact with members throughout the day.
Clean up the teaching center at the end of the day and I try to practice for 15-30 minutes, if possible.
Head home and answer more emails after the kids go to bed. I also search YouTube for teaching videos and other interesting golf-related info.TT: How would you describe your philosophy as a club fitter?
KS: My philosophy is to find equipment that out-performs the players current equipment. If I cannot out perform their current equipment I make it a point to let them know and proceed accordingly. TT: You help make golfers better every day. What do you work on to become a better teacher and/or fitter? KS: I read, watch video, take lessons, watch other experts and constantly practice.TT: How do you mark your Titleist golf ball? Does it have any special significance? KS: I fill in one dimple below the number. No specific color.
A closer look at The Sleepy Hollow Learning Center:
• 1,700 square-foot facility with three 16-foot hitting bays and three climate zones; The entire floor is a putting surface with several holes cut into the floor.
• Practice facilities include driving range, putting greens and extensive short-game area.• Technology available: Trackman launch monitor, JC swing analysis software and SAM (Science and Motion) PuttLab.
• Golf course is ranked No. 85 on the 2011 Golfweek's Best Classic Courses list.
• Three authorized Titleist club fitters: Kevin Sprecher, PGA Director of Instruction; David Young, Head PGA Professional; and Aaron Guy, First Assistant PGA Professsional.• Phone: (914) 941-3062 • Website: http://www.sleepyhollowcc.org/
• E-mail: email@example.com
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Titleist Regional Fitting Centers are located at Jim McLean
Golf Center (Fort Worth, Texas); KPC at The Glen Club (Glenview, Ill.);
Miles of Golf (Ypsilanti, Mich.); Sea Island Learning Center (St. Simons
Island, Ga.) and Sleepy Hollow Country Club (Scarborough, N.Y.).To learn more about the Titleist Fitting Network and to find an authorized Titleist fitter in your area, please click here.
The summer road trip continues for the Titleist East Coast Mobile Golf Ball Fitting Team as it makes its way to Yonkers. Later this week, our fitting experts will be stopping by Dunwoodie Golf Course and Sprain Lake Golf Course in Westchester County to help educate golfers on the path to lowering their scores by finding the best golf ball for their games. This is a great opportunity for Team Titleist members to meet some of our Titleist Golf Ball Fitting Experts, learn more about Titleist's green-to-tee methodology and begin the fitting process to get fit for the best golf ball for your game.
Space is limited for each event (days and times are listed below) so reserve your spot by calling ahead. We hope to see you there!
(For those Team Titleist members in other parts of the country, we will post more dates as they become available.)
Friday, August 19th(11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) Dunwoodie Golf Course1 Wasylenko LaneYonkers, NY 10701 Pro Shop: (914) 377-9092Saturday, August 20th(9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)Sprain Lake Golf Course
290 Grassy Sprain RoadYonkers, NY 10701Pro Shop: (914) 779-9827To begin the Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting process now, click here.
Posted: August 12, 2011
The Vokey Tour Department has been buzzing lately, and it has to do with much more than the sound of the grinders.
In just two weeks, new Prototype Titleist Vokey Design SM4 wedges, the next generation of Spin Milled wedges from Master Craftsman Bob Vokey, will be making their PGA Tour debut at The Barclays.
Bob and his team in Carlsbad, Calif., have been busy the last few weeks grinding, shaping
and finishing the new prototype wedges to the custom
specifications of our Titleist Brand Ambassadors.
For the last year, Titleist Brand Ambassadors such as Adam Scott, Nick Watney and Rickie Fowler have been taking part in the testing and performance validation process for the Prototype SM4 wedges at Titleist's Oceanside (Calif.) Test Facility, offering ongoing feedback on a new groove
design and profile improvements, as well as new lofts, bounce options
and sole grinds.
At The Barclays, Bob, Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill and Director of Wedge Development Rick Nelson, will be working with players to get them dialed in to the new Prototype SM4 wedges and capture additional feedback.
We will continue to provide behind-the-scenes information and
product details here on the Team Titleist blog throughout the seeding
and performance validation process.
The new SM4 wedges are scheduled to be available for purchase in mid-November.Click the photo below for some sneak-peek images of Prototype SM4 wedges from the Vokey Tour Department and Oceanside Test Facility.