The world's best players are in for consecutive hardworking weeks, with this week's World Golf Championships event at Firestone followed by next week's PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Team Titleist was on the ground earlier this week at Firestone, as our Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists prepared for both upcoming tests. Check out our pictures from the practice rounds in the slideshow below, and be sure to check back here next week for Team Titleist's in-depth coverage from the PGA Championship.

 

The Nationwide Tour returns to Champions Run Golf Course for the Cox Classic and we're thrilled to be sending Team Titleist members to take in all the action.


 Team Titleist members Brian W., Jay P., Ron C., David P., Bob E., Jay M., David D., Jim S., Danny B., and John E. won tickets to the event through Team Titleist and will be on the ground in Omaha, Neb., as Titleist Ambassador Erik Compton chases his second victory of 2011.

Compton, 31, is making his first start on the Nationwide Tour since his breakthrough victory at the Mexico Open in June. With that win, Compton all but locked up a top-25 finish on the Nationwide Tour money list and a 2011 PGA Tour card.

TV coverage of the tournament on Golf Channel is as follows (all times EST):
• Thursday, Aug. 4: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 5: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

• Saturday, Aug. 6: 2-4 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 7: 2-4 p.m.

For more information about the tournament or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.coxclassic.com.

Dave Phillips, co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute, has provided Team Titleist with an in-depth swing analysis of Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings, winner of last week's Greenbrier Classic.

Dave describes Scott's swing as a "a throwback golf swing in many ways" and points out a few things you can learn from it.

Check out the video above and don't forget to visit www.mytpi.com for even more great tips on golf-specific fitness, golf health, and golf swing biomechanics.


 In this edition of our Team Titleist Member Spotlight, we're excited to check in with Scott M., who frequenters of the Team Titleist discussion boards will better recognize as "memphisunited."

A Titleist enthusiast and one of Team Titleist's most active members, Scott admits that "Titleist.com has not been good for my productivity in other areas" – for which we apologize. (Kind of.)

Like most of us, Scott is constantly working on his game whenever he can. His current focus: "My iron play," he says. "I need to hit more greens."

Scott says the new My Game section on Team Titleist has been a big asset in analyzing his key stats (i.e., Green in Regulation) and knowing where to focus his practice time.

And we're pretty sure he'll be ready to go once he steps to the first tee at Pebble Beach...

Check out the Q&A below to find out more...

TEAM TITLEIST: How did you get started in golf? Who introduced you to the game?

SCOTT M.: I got started at around 10- or 11-years-old.  I liked watching golf on TV (yes, weird for a 10-year-old).  My dad got me a set of clubs and I took lessons at my uncle’s club. From there, I played a lot in the summers when I wasn’t playing other sports.





TT: What's your best score and where did you shoot it?

SM: My best score is a 2-under 68 at The Links at Galloway in Memphis.



TT: Can you recall the best golf shot you've ever hit?

SM: The best shot I ever hit was probably in a local tournament.  I was behind a tree and had to chip my second shot out on a par 4.  My third shot was about 100 yards and I holed it for birdie. That was a my best shot due to the situation.



 TT: What's the most special moment you've ever had on the golf course?

SM: I was playing with some friends in high school and we were trying to finish our round before the sun went down. On 17, we hit our tee shots into the par 3. I could see my ball above the tree line but didn’t see it once it came down because it was dark.  When we got to the green we couldn’t find my ball, so one of my friends took a look in the cup. It was there – just wish I had seen it go in the hole.

TT: What's the best piece of golf advice you have ever received?

SM: Probably “play ready golf.” I don’t like slow play and that was something I was taught when I first hit the course as a kid. Not everyone is good at golf, but everyone can be fast at golf.



TT: What's your favorite Titleist club in the bag?

SM: My favorite club is my Tour model Scotty Cameron Newport. I picked it up in a trade a couple of years ago and it’s been in the bag ever since. At some point, I need to send it to Scotty's Custom Shop for a new finish, but I don’t know if I could be without it for a month. It’s got a great feel to it.



TT: 

How do you mark your Titleist golf ball? Does it have any special significance?

SM: I usually mark it with blue dots. One for each person in my immediate family. I usually need my entire family’s luck when I’m on the course.

TT: If you had to play one golf course every day for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

SM: That’s a tough question. If you are talking “dream” scenario, then I’d have to say Pebble Beach. I’ve never played it, but it looks great and how could you go wrong with seeing those amazing views every day? 


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?

SM: I was browsing Titleist.com for something and saw the Team Titleist section. I decided to sign up and give it a try. I really like the blogs and the slideshows. It’s great to see updates from the tour and insights into the new products coming out from Titleist. The My Game section on Team Titleist has been great for analyzing my game. I would really like to see Titleist.com have an online shop with branded merchandise.

TT: 

Do you consider yourself a tinkerer? How often do you change equipment?

SM: I try not to change equipment too often because it could get really expensive, but I find myself trading and picking up clubs here or there. I’m always looking for something to try including clubs, shafts, grips, etc. I blame Titleist for coming out with great new products each year. I hit the 909D2 really well, but I’m going to have to try the 910 at some point. You have to upgrade, right?

 TT: Favorite golf movie?

SM: “Caddyshack.”



TT: Favorite golf book?

SM: "Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.

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TT: Favorite 19th hole meal?

SM: A moderate amount of barley and hops is usually good after a hot day on the course.



TT: Favorite golf destination?

SM: The Destin/Fort Walton, Fla., area has a lot of great courses – and the beaches are nice, too.

TT: Do you have any on-course superstitions?

SM: Yeah, I play in several two-man tournaments every year. I have an old Titleist Ryder Cup ball marker that came with a dozen balls back in the late '90s. I always use that marker in team events.


Previous Member Profiles:

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David Browning (davidb8)
Tim Tiger (timt2)
John L. (johnl84)

Earlier this season at Titleist's Oceanside Test Facility, Team Titleist got the chance to hang out with PGA Tour rookie and Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Stallings, winner of last weekend's Greenbrier Classic, as he dialed in his Titleist 910 driver and fairway metals.

After finishing his work with the Oceanside team, Scott was excited to film his Team Titleist Rookie Q&A, in which we covered a range of topics, including his start in the game, his favorite sports team and his clutch performance at the 2010 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Scott, 26, was born in Worcester, Mass., but moved to Oak Ridge, Tenn., at a young age. He played his college golf at Tennessee Tech, where he graduated in 2007, turned professional and started playing in events on both the NGA Hooters Tour and the Tarheel Tour.

Scott missed his PGA Tour card at 2009 Q-School by just one shot, and played the 2010 season on the Nationwide Tour.

At Q-School last October, Scott rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdies on his final two holes to secure his 2011 PGA Tour card – "Something I've dreamed about since I was a little kid," he said on Golf Channel not long after signing his card.

On Sunday at The Greenbrier, Scott again finished with consecutive birdies – one to get into the playoff, and one to win the playoff – to earn his first PGA Tour victory, a two-year Tour exemption and an invitation to the 2012 Masters Tournament.

Learn more about Scott in his Rookie Q&A in the video above.

 You can follow him on Twitter at @StallingsGolf.


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