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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 17, 2011
Titleist Golf Ball Loyalists Enjoy Three-Win Week Across Worldwide Professional Tours.
Fairhaven, MA (August 15, 2011) – Three Titleist
golf ball loyalists earned victories across the worldwide professional
tours this week, while nine of the Top 10 finishers at the PGA
Championship relied upon the #1 ball golf for their success. Titleist
golf ball players have accumulated 106 victories across the 2011
worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Friesen played near-flawless golf to win the Price Cutter Charity Championship, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment to his first Nationwide Tour victory.Friesen, 34, rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for three birdies over his final three holes Sunday at Highland Springs Country Club (Springfield, Mo.) to finish off a bogey-free final-round 8-under 64 for a 26-under 262 total and five-shot victory."It's been a magical week. I feel like I belong," Friesen told PGATour.com.Friesen's victory was one three on the weekend for Titleist Pro V1x golf ball players around the world, including wins by Pro V1x loyalists Andre Stolz (OneAsia Tour) and Darren Fichardt (Sunshine Tour).Titleist golf ball players have now combined for 106 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2011, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.At the Price Cutter Charity Championship, Friesen couldn't miss, making 25 birdies, one eagle and just one bogey over the 72 holes.Gaming a Scotty Cameron Del Mar putter, he finished T-1 in putts per green in regulation (1.6) and needed only 24 putts on Sunday. He used his Titleist CB irons to finish T-5 in greens in regulation (83.3 percent) and found 75 percent of his fairways (T-8) using his Titleist 910D3 8.5º driver."There are so many great players on this tour that I knew I had to go real low today," he told PGATour.com "When you have an opportunity like this you want to take advantage of it."Pro V1x loyalist Gavin Coles posted a final round six-under 66 to finish second.
Five players tied for third place, including Pro V1x loyalists Cliff Kresge, Paul Claxton and Ted Potter, Jr. and Pro V1 loyalist Josh Broadaway.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Price Cutter Charity Championship with 104 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.
Titleist also was first in iron sets (T-43); sand, lob and approach wedges (148); and putters (70). Here's a closer look at Steve Friesen's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º, A•1 SureFit Tour Setting (Mitsubishi Diamana Kai'li 70)3-wood: Titleist 906F2 13º (Proforce V2 86) Hybrid: Titleist 910H 17º, A•1 Setting (Project X HC1)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 20º, A•1 Setting (Project X HC1)Irons: CB 4-PW (Project X)Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled TVD52º, 60º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Putter: Scotty Cameron Del Mar
• ONEASIA TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Andre Stolz captured the Thailand Open in Bangkok for his second title on the 2011 OneAsia Tour. Stolz, who also won the Indonesia PGA Championship in March, fired a final-round 9-under 63 for a 22-under 266 total and two-shot victory at at Suwan Golf and Country Club.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Choi Jin-ho and Brent McCullough tied for third place at 17-under 271, as 10 of the 14 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 115 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist also was first in iron sets (68); and hybrids (61).
• SUNSHINE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Darren Fichardt came back to win the Vodacom Origin of Golf event at Wild Coast Country Club for his 11th-career victory on the South African Sunshine Tour.Fichardt closed with a bogey-free 6-under 64 for a 6-under 204 total and one-shot victory. His final round featured a back-nine 30 that included three birdies and an eagle.Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jbe Kruger, Christiaan Basson, Jean Hugo and Shaun Norris tied for third place along with Pro V1 loyalist Tjaart van der Walt, three shots back of the winner.Six of the top seven finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball choice with 71 percent of the field.• PGA TOUR: Titleist golf ball players occupied nine of the top 10 positions on the final leader board at the PGA Championship, including playoff runner-up Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner.Ninety-four players at the PGA Championship relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 25 and more than all competitors combined.Titleist also was first in iron sets (50); sand, lob and approach wedges (141); and putters (54).