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Posted: August 10, 2012
This week at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship being held at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio, women golfers from around the globe are hoping to take home the Cox Trophy in one of the original three USGA championships.
In total, 132 players in the field are trusting Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than 14 times the nearest competitor with 9 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Titleist is also first in iron sets (39), sand, lob and approach wedges (176) and putters (58).
Fun Fact: The Cox Trophy was presented in 1896 by Robert Cox, of Gorgie, Edinburgh, Scotland, a member of Britain’s Parliament. It is the only USGA trophy donated by a person from another country and is the oldest survivor among trophies for USGA championships.
Posted: August 9, 2012
After the final putt dropped at the 45th PGA Professional National Championship, Titleist Staff Member and Head Professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y. Matt Dobyns took home the top honors at the 2012 PGA National Championship in record setting fashion.
His 8-shot victory was the largest margin of victory in tournament history, topping Sam Snead’s 41-year-old record, and it earned him an invitation to compete in the 2012 PGA Championship.
Dobyns is one of 20 PGA Professionals that have earned a little break from their normal day-to-day duties and will be competing in the final major of the 2012 PGA Tour season.
For these PGA Professionals, the final journey to Kiawah started in late June as 312 players teed it up at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses vying for one of the spots awarded to the top-20 finishers and opportunity to compete with many of the world’s best golfers on the Ocean Course at this week’s PGA Championship.
Normally the professional giving advice to his students, this week Dobyns turned to PGA tour veterans for a little advice on what to expect.
“They all tell me the same thing, and that's to soak in the week and enjoy it and share it with my family, and so that's what I'm trying to do,” said Dobyns.
The list of PGA Professionals who also punched their ticket to Kiawah Island includes Titleist Staff Members: Danny Balin (Burning Tree Country Club), Frank Bensel (Century Country Club), Brian Gaffney (Rumson Country Club), Mitch Lowe (Stanford GC), Kelly Mitchum (Pinehurst Country Club), Bill Murchison (Towne Lakes Golf Club), Corey Prugh (Manito Golf & Country Club) and Doug Wade(Western Hills Country Club), as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists Mike Small and Marty Jertson.
While just having the opportunity to compete in a major championship on the PGA Tour is an experience in itself, these Titleist Staff Professionals also get to experience the full tour treatment.
“It’s a little bit out of my typical normal routine--Titleist fitters checking my clubs, Bob Vokey checking my wedges--having everyone from Titleist around makes the week special,” said Mitchum.
Although the goals and expectations at The Ocean Course may vary amongst these PGA Professionals in the field, according to Mitchum they all have one thing in common:
"We can always rely on our Titleist golf ball. There's no doubt we're getting the most out of it, so it's up to us to get the job done."
Best of luck to all PGA Professionals in the field this week and a very special thank you goes out to all 27,000 men and women of The PGA of America who are dedicated to growing, teaching and managing the game of golf.
Posted: August 8, 2012
Welcome to PGA Championship week! The final major of the 2012 PGA Tour season is here and players are gearing up for a major test on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
Team Titleist recently caught up with brand ambassadors Geoff Ogilvy, Greg Chalmers, Bill Haas and Marc Leishman to get their take on navigating the Ocean Course and why they trust Pro V1 and Pro V1x for their games.
With unpredictable weather, tough terrain and a layout that can be stretched out to just under 7,700 yards factoring into the equation, having confidence in your game and your golf ball is going to be key for players in the field.
"The more you can believe what you are going to hit and hit with, the better the swing you're going to put on it," said Ogilvy. "It's a trust and belief issue more than anything."
Chalmers adds, “I've been using the Pro V1x for seven or eight years, I know what it's going to do and I'm confident it's going to do it."
Hear what else they had to say in the video above.
Posted: August 2, 2012
When it comes to world-class fields, this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is among the best. A total of 49 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings will be teeing it up at Firestone Country Club on Thursday, with just Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (World No. 5 ) among the missing. Simpson and his wife, Dowd welcomed a new baby daughter, Willow Grace, last Saturday evening. Titleist golf ball loyalists occupy 26 of those Top 50 positions, including 10 full product line brand ambassadors.>> Adam Scott Ready to DefendTitleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott seeks to defend his 2011 championship after posting a four-shot win at this event last year. Scott never trailed following any round en route to his first World Golf Championships win, which included an opening 8-under par 62. The World No. 6 enters the tournament with confidence after his performance here last year and his runner-up finish at The Open Championship two weeks ago."It is always exciting to return as the defending champion," Scott told Team Titleist. "There is always a little extra motivation when you are defending, to try and hold onto the trophy. It would be quite an honor to defend a World Golf Championship with the field that's assembled this week."Scott also got in a couple of rounds at the Ocean Course at Kiawah earlier this week in preparation for the year's final major, the PGA Championship. It is a course he had never seen prior to visiting last week. "It was interesting," said Scott. "Not quite what I had expected. It's going to be very weather dependent. There's good scores out there in good weather, but if the wind blows, it's going to be very difficult."Scott made final preparations for this week's event by playing 18 holes with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Geoff Ogilvy and Nick Watney on Wednesday.>> The Inside Scoop on Stricker's Prototype 913D3Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker, who made the switch to the new 913 prototype driver on the eve of the British Open is sticking with the new big stick after continuing to tweak it at Firestone on Tuesday. As it turns out, after trying other combinations, he remained with the exact specs and shaft that he was fit for in England. He also worked on his fairway metal in Akron, a 910Fd that he was working to his liking.
Driver: Titleist Prototype 913D3
Shaft: Motore Speeder VC 8.2
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A•1
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Fairway Metal: Titleist 910Fd
Shaft: Fujikura Tour Spec 9.2
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A•1>> From Most to FirstTitleist golf ball loyalist Lee Westwood is playing in his 40th career World Golf Championships event, the most of any player in WGC history. By contrast, eight players in the field of 78 are participating in their very first World Golf Championships event, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jamie Donaldson, Scott Piercy and Bernd Weisberger (pictured below).
Donaldson won the Irish Open last month, while Piercy captured the Canadian Open last week. Wiesberger originally qualified via his victory at the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea in March, which he followed up with a victory at the Lyoness Open in his home country of Austria last Saturday.
Posted: August 1, 2012
This past weekend, Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson hosted the annual Zach Johnson Foundation Classic at his home course, Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Foundation Classic benefits the Kids on Course program, a charter program that helps students in the Cedar Rapids school district reach their academic and individual potential.
On Sunday afternoon, Zach hosted a short game clinic with the help of the Vokey Team and Zach's coaches, Mike Bender and Dr. Mo Pickens. All of the donors and participants received short game advice from Mike as well as mental instruction from Dr. Mo.
One of the many highlights of the afternoon was the wedge fitting session, where each participant was fit for a custom Vokey Design SM4 wedge.
The Vokey Team was joined by Titleist staffer and prominent fitter Bryan Haas from the Titleist Advanced Fitting Center at Riverside Golf Resort. Bryan and his team worked with each participant to determine bounce recommendations, yardage gapping and the optimal shafts for their new wedges.
During his closing remarks, Johnson, a 9-time PGA Tour winner, gave his thoughts on the afternoon, "What you see is me front and center, but you don't always see the team behind me. Team Johnson is critical to my success. I want to thank Titleist, Bob Vokey, and the Vokey fitters for making this a special event."
Click on the image below for a slideshow of pictures from the event. For more information on Vokey SM4 wedges, please visit Vokey.com.
To find out more information on the Zach Johnson Foundation, visit ZachJohnsonGolf.com.