Posted: January 31, 2012
Titleist Staff Professional Don "Chip" Essig – a PGA Master Professional and co-owner of Essig Golf Management, operating three Indianapolis-area public golf courses – took center stage at last week's PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. Inside a theater at the Orange Country Convention Center filled with fellow PGA Professionals from around the country, Essig was honored as the 2011 PGA Professional of the Year, a testament to the overwhelming commitment and compassion he has displayed throughout his career in golf.You may have read about Chip recently in the December edition of PGA Magazine, which highlights his work with PGA grow-the-game initiatives, the PGA Rules Committee, Indiana PGA Section board of directors and Special Olympics, not to mention his daily interactions with members, staff and fellow PGA Professionals.
The article also focuses on the relationship with his father (and business partner), Don, also a PGA Master Professional. Chip and Don are the only father-son duo of PGA Master Professionals in the history.This month, Titleist is celebrating Chip's service to the game in a print ad that will run on the back of PGA Magazine in February.
To learn more about Chip and his career, please watch the video at the top of the page.For a closer look at Chip's Titleist print ad, click here.
Posted: January 28, 2012
This week's Team Titleist Trivia contest comes direct from the floor of the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show!
We had a great week here in Orlando, Fla., and we'd like to thank all of the Team Titleist members that were able to stop by the Titleist booth and say hello.
For those of you that weren't able to to make it, here's your chance to get in on the action and win an exclusive prize from Team Titleist.
As the 2012 PGA Show comes to a close, we've got 12 prizes to give away...
FIVE winners will receive a Golf Fitness Academy (Season 7) DVD signed by Titleist Performance Institute Co-Founders Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips and a Limited Edition Royal Blue Vintage TT Tee.
FOUR winners will receive a Limited Edition Team Titleist hat.
And THREE winners will receive a Limited Edition/Tour-Inspired Red FootJoy ProDry® Pique Solid Team Titleist Shirt.
Here's the question: What's the name of the new Titleist golf ball pictured below?
(Need a hint? Watch this.)
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: To enter the contest, log in to your Team Titleist account and then add a comment (see below) to this blog post with the correct answer to the above question by Monday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.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.
*DON'T WORRY IF YOUR POST DOES NOT SHOW UP IMMEDIATELY. IT WILL BE REVIEWED AND POSTED PER COMMUNITY POLICIES.
(Sorry U.S. only. Here's some more info: Why are Titleist sweepstakes U.S. only?)
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**UPDATE: Thanks everyone for entering! Congrats to our winners...Golf Fitness Academy (Season 7) DVD signed by Titleist Performance Institute Co-Founders Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips and a Limited Edition Royal Blue Vintage TT Tee:• Ethan J• Chris B• Evan L• Becca B• RfblumerLimited Edition Team Titleist hat:• Gary B• Kevin D• Garrett C• SeanLimited Edition/Tour-Inspired Red FootJoy ProDry® Pique Solid Team Titleist Shirt:• Tom S• Jeff K• Joe D To our winners: You will receive an e-mail from Team Titleist this week. In the meantime, please make sure the address in your Team Titleist profile is up to date, as we will be shipping your prize to that address.
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Master Craftsman Bob Vokey and Vokey Marketing Manager Dave Neville have had a busy few days at the 2012 PGA Merchandise show, speaking with golfers, golf media and PGA Professionals about the new SM4 wedges, WedgeWorks Exclusives lineup and Vokey Store items.
For those of you who couldn't make to Orlando, Fla., this week, Bob and Dave also got together with Team Titleist's Eric Soderstrom to film a video tour, which you can watch in the above video.
Posted: January 26, 2012
The 2012 PGA Merchandise Show is officially under way here in Orlando, Fla., and the floor is already buzzing with excitement.
Late last night, we popped into the Orange County Convention Center to get a sneak peek of the Titleist booth before the crowds arrived.
In the above video, join Team Titleist's Eric Soderstrom as he takes you on a quick tour of our new booth, featuring the newest additions to the Titleist golf ball family.
Posted: January 23, 2012
With the sun dropping fast in the desert, Mark Wilson rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie on the final hole Sunday at the Humana Challenge to extend Titleist's win streak to start the 2012 PGA Tour season.On a chilly evening at PGA West, Wilson closed with a 3-under 69 for a 24-under 264 total and two-shot victory over Robert Garrigus (Pro V1), John Mallinger (Pro V1x) and Johnson Wagner (Pro V1x), winner of last week's Sony Open in Hawaii. Pro V1x players have now won the PGA Tour's first three events of 2012, beginning with Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker's season-opening victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. in 2011, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players won 33 of 44 PGA Tour events played, including a pair of early-season wins for Wilson (Sony Open, Phoenix Open).Sunday's victory was the fifth of Wilson's career, not to mention the coldest."I played in short sleeves all day I didn't want to put my sweater on the last hole," Wilson said. "That's why I was blowing on my hands to get them warm enough to get that last hole in."He already had the hot hand, of course, hitting over 80 percent of his greens in regulation Sunday and playing his last 8 holes in 4 under, including a hole-out from the bunker for birdie on No. 12 and the clinching putt on the 18th.Wilson topped a leader board that featured 10 Titleist golf ball loyalists among the top 11 including: Wilson, Garrigus, Mallinger, Wagner, Jeff Maggert (Pro V1x), John Senden (Pro V1), David Toms (Pro V1), Ben Crane (Pro V1x), and Zach Johnson (Pro V1x).A total of 99 players in the field relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (41); sand, lob and approach wedges (123); and putters (57).• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Dan Forsman captured the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball to Forsman, who led the field in Greens in Regulation (81.5 percent) and finished T-4 in Driving Accuracy (81 percent) finished the three rounds at Hualalai Resort at 15-under 201, two shots ahead of Jay Don Blake (Pro V1x).The win marked the third victory of Forsman's Champions Tour career."On the 18th green I couldn't even speak," Forsman told PGATour.com. "I am really humbled to top this field of guys I've admired and competed with all my professional life. The chance to be on top of a distinguished group of players like this is something I'll always cherish. You've got to be blessed to have opportunities like this and I feel like I am."• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the No. 1 golf ball of choice at the Volvo Golf Champions event with 17 players, more than two times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all other golf balls combined.