Pro V1x loyalist Aaron Baddeley, reigning champ of this week's Northern Trust Open, took a few minutes out of his busy schedule yesterday at Riviera to answer questions submitted by members of Team Titleist. Aaron covered a bunch of interesting topics and offered a couple quick tips for working on your short game.

Fun fact: Last year at Riviera, Aaron missed just 20 greens the entire week (he led the field in G.I.R.). Of those 20 misses, he got up-and-down with his Pro V1x golf ball 18 times.

Check out all his answers in the videos below...

Will E. asks... "What piece of advice have you got for me in order to get my handicap down? Is golf ball choice important in order to do so?"



Matt R. asks...
"Badds, you got up-and-down from everywhere last year at Riviera. What types of drills do you do to work on your short game?"



Brent W. asks...
"Watching you at the Presidents Cup last year, I thought you were the best putter out there. What are your main focuses when you are putting? Both practicing and when you are playing?"



Kevin C. asks... "Are you excited to be paired with Bubba Watson to start off the Northern Trust? I know you guys go back-and-forth on Twitter and seem to be good friends."



Josh G. asks... "How do you go about preparing for different courses in different parts of the world? There's so many subtle differences that can make the difference between winning and losing. Any advice would help."

We've noticed a lot of people seem to be wearing the color red today. Here at Team Titleist, we're a big fan of red (see our logo at the top left of this page), not to mention red numbers.

As fate would have it, we also happen to have some red Limited Edition Team Titleist gear to give away, including a pair of red hats signed by Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott and Nick Watney (see picture below), two guys that regularly fill score boards with the color of Valentine's Day.

And here's your chance to win a couple of those prizes – one for you, and one for a friend. (Or a Valentine.)


Speaking of red numbers, all you have to do to enter is answer the following question: Which golf ball models in the Titleist family feature red play numbers? (You only have to name one.)

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 your answer to the above question by Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 12 p.m. EST.*

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winner will receive two Limited Edition Team Titleist T-Shirts (one for you and one for a friend) and the TT hat signed by Adam Scott.

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winner will receive two Limited Edition Team Titleist T-shirts (one for you and one for a friend) and the TT hat signed by Nick Watney.

And ONE winner will receive a Limited Edition/Tour-Inspired Red FootJoy ProDry® Pique Solid Team Titleist Shirt and two Limited Edition Team Titleist hats (one for you and one for a friend).

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.

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Dan S (T-shirts/A. Scott hat)
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A world-class field, featuring three of the top four-ranked players in the world, gathered in Dubai early last week for one of the European Tour's premier events, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

By Sunday evening, Titleist Brand Ambassador Rafael Cabrera-Bello had stolen all of the spotlight, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment to the biggest win of his career.

The 27-year-old Spaniard began the tournament by making nine birdies in his first 11 holes, posting an opening-round 63. He played nearly-flawless golf the rest of the way, hitting 87.4 percent of his greens in regulation. Over the 72 holes, he made 21 birdies and just three bogeys.

Rafael recently gave our friends at Team Titleist UK & Ireland a tour of his Titleist golf bag, full of the latest, most-advanced Titleist equipment available. Check it out in the above video.

Here's a complete listing of Rafael's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (Project X 7A3)
Fairway: Titleist 910Fd 13.5º (Project X 10A2)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 20º (Fujikura Speeder 904HB)
Irons: Titleist MB (712 Series) 3-PW (Project X Rifle 7.0)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 54•11º, 60•07º (Project X Rifle 7.0)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Buttonback



Titleist Brand Ambassador Rafael Cabrera-Bello
concluded his weekend ballstriking clinic by raising the trophy Sunday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment, including new MB (712) Series irons and Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Cabrera-Bello closed with a 4-under 68 at the Emirates GC to lead a 1-2-3-4 finish for Titleist golf ball players.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling and it’s been a really spectacular week for me,” said Cabrera-Bello, 27, who rolled his Pro V1x in from 9 feet for a crucial birdie on the par-4 17th.

 He finished the four days at 18-under 270, one shot clear of Pro V1x loyalists Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher. Marcel Siem (Pro V1x) finished solo-fourth, three back of Cabrero-Bello.

A total of 82 players relied on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined.

“With so many big, big names I felt really proud of myself," said Cabrera-Bello, one of three Titleist golf ball players to find the winner's circle last weekend across the worldwide professional tours.

"I wanted to fight, I stayed calm, I did everything that I’ve read we should do in these type of situations."

The result: Cabrera-Bello led the field in Greens in Regulation at 87.4 percent (T-1), making just three bogeys over the 72 holes. His opening-round 9-under 63, featuring a back-nine 30 and nine birdies in 11 holes, was the best round of the tournament.

With the victory, Cabrera-Bello moved to No. 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking and earned invitations into three of the year's biggest events: WGC-Accenture Match Play, WGC-HSBC Champions and WGC event at Firestone.

Here's a closer look at Cabrera-Bello's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (Project X 7A3)
Fairway: Titleist 910Fd 13.5º (Project X 10A2)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 20º (Fujikura Speeder 904HB)
Irons: Titleist MB (712 Series) 3-PW (Project X Rifle 7.0)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 54•11º, 60•07º (Project X Rifle 7.0)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Buttonback

• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Corey Pavin broke through to win his first Champions Tour title Sunday at the Allianz Championship and lead a 1-2-3-4 finish for Titleist golf ball players.

 Pavin rolled his Pro V1 golf ball in from 12 feet for birdie to edge Peter Senior (Pro V1) on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Both players closed out regulation at The Old Course at Broken Sound (Boca Raton, Fla.) with 1-under 71s for an 11-under 205 total at the

Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) and Michael Allen (Pro V1x) tied for third, one shot back.

Fifty-seven players in the field played Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (40); and sand, lob and approach wedges (128).

Highlight of the day? Pavin's left-handed chip on the par-3 14th hole, the result of an unfortunately-placed tree root.

"That was a once-in-a-lifetime shot," said Pavin, who pitched his Pro V1 to 5 feet and saved par. "I can't think of a better up-and-down I've had in my career. It's not like I practice turning 8-irons over and hit them left-handed. When that happens, you think you're going to win, but I had to get that thought out of my head."

 • ASIAN TOUR: Mardan Mamat (Pro V1x) completed a wire-to-wire victory at the Philippine Open to earn his third-career Asian Tour title.

Mamat remained steady to the finish, closing with a 1-under 71 for an 8-under 280 total at Wack Wack Country Club's East course.

He was the only player to post four under-par rounds for the week.

“It feels great. It’s always good to win a tournament, especially the oldest national Open in Asia," he said.

"I didn’t (make) any stupid mistakes and kept my ball in play all the time. The whole week (I was) very patient and hit the ball good."

• PGA TOUR: At the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, 106 players trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all other golf balls combined, including runner-up Charlie Wi (Pro V1).

Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (38); sand, lob and approach wedges (129); and putters (57).

• LPGA: Titleist golf ball loyalists Stacy Lewis (Pro V1x), Brittany Lincicome (Pro V1x), Julieta Granada (Pro V1), So Yeon Ryu (Pro V1) and Hee Kyung Seo (Pro V1x) all competed in the six-way playoff at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

In total, 99 players teed up Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls in Australia, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all other golf balls combined.

Video: What's in Michael Breed's Bag?

Most of the time Michael Breed's in front of the camera on his show "The Golf Fix," he's talking about your swing (or someone else's), always offering tips on how to play better golf.

Last week at the PGA Merchandise Show, Team Titleist asked Michael to give us peek into his golf bag and talk about his game, for a change.

In the above video, Michael gives us a tour of his Titleist equipment, from his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball to his Scotty Cameron putter, and explains why his setup works best for him.

Let's do this!

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