The second Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas saw he could get a club on the ball, he was already pulling one of his Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges from the bag.

His Pro V1x sat on edge of the water, two-thirds above the mucky surface and five feet below the elevated green.

Both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Playoffs titles were on the line.

 Faced with perhaps the most difficult up-and-down of the 2011 PGA Tour season, there was only one thing on Bill's mind: "Play it like a bunker shot."

"If there's a little bit of water, if you don't mind getting your feet dirty, then (just) blast it out of there," Bill said.

Without hesitation, Haas propelled the wedge into the water behind his Pro V1x and watched the golf ball pop into the air, land 3 feet past the hole, and spin to a stop.

Bill's wedge of choice to pull of this heroic shot: His Vokey Design Spin Milled 60º•E (E-grind), bent to 59º with 7º of bounce.

The 60º•E features the same grind and profile as the Vokey Design Spin Milled 60•07º wedge currently available through Titleist authorized retailers. The E-Grind features a medium sole with full bounce surface and straight relief along the trailing edge. Slight heel camber allows the blade to be easily opened for shot-making versatility.

"The full sole of the Vokey 60º•E helped Bill pull off the shot," Master Craftsman Bob Vokey explained. "He was able to open up the face and still have enough bounce to play it like a bunker shot. The grooves of the wedge along with a descending blow allowed him to spin the ball, even out of the shallow water.

"It was an amazing shot, one of the best I've seen in all my years of watching Tour players." 

Check out Bill's historic shot in the video below.



With one foot in a lake, two hands on his Vokey Design Spin Milled wedge and the game's richest prize on the line, Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas stood over his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and hit one of the PGA Tour's all-time clutch shots Sunday afternoon at East Lake, propelling him to victories in both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Playoffs.

On the second hole of an all-Titleist playoff with Pro V1x loyalist Hunter Mahan, Haas' approach shot hit the left side of the 17th green and dribbled to the edge of the lake, leaving about one-third of his ball sitting below the water line.

Haas never hesitated, trusting his Titleist golf ball and equipment would reward him for a great swing.

"We get up there and that's when I see the ball, and I say in my head, 'I have a shot,' " said Haas, who immediately pulled his Vokey Design Spin Milled 60•E (bent to 59º) wedge from his bag, hopped down the four-foot embankment, stuck one foot in the water and waggled his wedge over his Pro V1x.

"You play it like a bunker shot, for those of you that want to know, if there's a little bit of water, if you don't mind getting your feet dirty, and then blast it out of there," he said. "It came out perfect."

Haas' Pro V1x golf ball floated out of the lake, landed 3 feet past the hole, spun and stopped. (You can watch a replay in the video below.) He tapped in for par to halve the hole and extend the playoff.

"I won't forget it," said Haas, who also made a remarkable up-and-down from the right side of the 18th green to have the first playoff hole, sinking a downhill, bending 12-footer for par. "That's for sure."

About 15 minutes later, Haas executed another perfect stroke with his Scotty Cameron Kombi Mid putter, rolling in his Pro V1x from 5 feet for a two-putt par to win the Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and all the perks and prizes (including $11.4 million) that go along with them.

Titleist golf ball players have now won over 70 percent (28 of 39) of events played this season on the PGA Tour, with 13 Titleist Brand Ambassadors combining for 16 of those victories.

Haas' victory was also one of six on the week for Titleist Pro V1x players, bringing the 2011 win total across the worldwide professional tours to 129, 108 more than the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.

At the Tour Championship, eight of the top 10 players on the final leader board trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success, with Haas and Mahan each finishing regulation at 8-under 272. Haas, who moved to No. 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking, was the only player to shoot four rounds in the 60s (68-67-69-68), leading the field with 22 birdies and 1.58 putts per green in regulation.

Luke Donald (Pro V1x) and Aaron Baddeley (Pro V1x) shared third place at 7-under 273. Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott (Pro V1) and Charles Howell III (Pro V1x) tied for sixth at 6-under 274, and Bo Van Pelt tied for ninth another shot back.


Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Tour Championship with 20 players, five times the nearest competitor with four and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist also was first in fairway metals (11); iron sets (9);  sand, lob and approach wedges (24); and putters (12).

Here's a closer look at Bill Haas' Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º (Fujikura Speeder 757)
3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º (Fujikura Motore VC 8.1)
Irons: Titleist CB 2-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 54•10º, 60º•E (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Kombi Mid



(Video courtesy PGATour.com)

Team Titleist hit the ground at East Lake in Atlanta earlier this week, excited to catch up with all of the Titleist players that qualified for this week's Tour Championship, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (pictured below).

Twenty of the 30 players in this week's field are relying on Titleist golf balls for their success, five times the nearest competitor with four and more than all competitors combined. Titleist is also first this week in iron sets (9); sand, lob and approach wedges (24); and putters (12).

In total, Titleist golf ball players have won 27 times this season on the PGA Tour, more than six times the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined. Of the six players who have notched two wins in 2011, five trust Titleist Pro V1x golf balls, including Simpson, Nick Watney, Steve Stricker, Mark Wilson and Bubba Watson.

Simpson, the current leader in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, is also one of six players making their debut this week in the FedEx Cup finale.

"You know, my goal starting the FedExCup Playoffs was to be in the top 5 coming in here...," said Simpson. "And to come in here being No. 1 is great. It's what we worked for all year, and it's just exciting."

Check out all of Team Titleist's pictures from the Tour Championship by clicking on the image below.

We're very excited to present this week's special Solheim Cup edition of Team Titleist Trivia!

Today's prizes have been shipped to Team Titleist directly from the locker rooms at Killeen Castle in Ireland: Limited Edition Titleist Pro V1 golf balls made especially for the participants in this week's Solheim Cup (pictured below).

The United States' golf balls display the American flag on one side with "2011" stamped the other. Europe's feature the European Union flag as well as a shamrock.

Six lucky winners will each receive two sleeves of these Limited Edition Titleist golf balls, one from Team USA and one from Team Europe.


Here's the question: How many Titleist golf ball players are competing in this week's Solheim Cup?
(Need a hint? Might want to check out the Titleist Tour Blog.)

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: To enter the contest, log in to your Team Titleist account and then reply to this blog post with the correct answer to the above question by Monday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. EST.

 Note: You must be a Team Titleist member to enter. Only one entry per person. We will randomly draw the winners from all approved entries with the correct answer.

(Sorry U.S. only. Here's some more info: Why are Titleist sweepstakes U.S. only?)



**UPDATE:
Thanks everyone for playing! The correct answer is: 14 Titleist golf ball players.

Congratulations to our six winners:
• Marc S
Sherri B
Larry E
• Quinn D
RobStretch
• Dallas S

To our winners: Please make sure the address in your Team Titleist profile is up to date, as we will be shipping your prize to that address. Thanks!

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"Why don't I make consistent contact with the ball?"

That's a question often heard by PGA Professional Mark Blackburn, Director of Golf for Blackburn Golf and one of Team Titleist's newest contributors. Mark is also a TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor as well as the swing coach for several PGA Tour players including Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson and Pro V1x loyalist Heath Slocum.

In the above video, Mark offers a couple quick tips for improving your pivot and making consistent contact from both the tee and the turf.

You can expect more video tips from Mark over the next weeks and months right here on Team Titleist.

For more on Mark and his teaching philosophy, please visit his website at www.blackburngolf.com.

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