Posted: September 20, 2012
Golf specific health and fitness is a crucial element in helping top professionals and amateurs of all skill levels achieve their goals out on the course. One of many examples is 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.
"In 2010 I noticed that 18 out of the top 20 players in the world had a full-time workout program. And I wasn't doing anything. I'm sitting there thinking, 'these are the best players in the world and they're doing this, and I'm not. So, let's give it a try.' And the results I saw were pretty immediate," Simpson told pgatour.com.
"I started hitting it further, I started feeling better, I started having more energy. And then my golf results on the course proved it."
Since its inception in 2003, the Titleist Performance Institute, under the direction of co-founders Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips, has grown to be an authority on fitness in the game of golf.
In an effort to shine the spotlight on the idea that a healthy, functional body is a key part of a good golf game, Dr. Rose and Phillips launched the World Golf Fitness Summit – a biennial summit dedicated to bringing together the foremost experts in golf fitness, health and medicine.
The 2012 World Golf Fitness Summit, which takes place Oct. 11-13 in Orlando, Fla., features an impressive roster of speakers including Ben Shear – a TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor with a client list that includes Webb Simpson, Luke Donald and Kyle Stanley.
In addition to Shear, the following golf fitness experts will also present at this year's fitness summit: Andrew Fischer (Bubba Watson’s fitness coach), Simon Webb (Aaron Baddely's fitness coach), Randy Myers (Sea Island Golf Learning Center, fitness coach of the 2012 team USA Ryder Cup team), Chris Noss (Rickie Fowler's fitness coach), Mark Blackburn (Heath Slocum), Claude Harmon III, Chuck Cook (Jason Dufner), Henry Brunton (Royal Canadian Golf Association's National Golf Coach), Mike Malaska (2012 PGA Teacher of the Year), Martin Hall (2008 PGA Teacher of the Year) along with Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott (Golf Digest #1, #2 ranked Women Teacher in America in 2012).
The 2012 World Golf Fitness Summit is the place to spend time with all these individuals and more experts that continue to further the performance of the world's best players.
The event is open to the public and for more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.mytpi.com/wgfs.
Posted: September 18, 2012
Steve Stricker, a player respected for his attitude, determination and approach as a champion both on and off the golf course, has been named the 2012 winner of the Payne Stewart Award. The Payne Stewart Award is presented annually to a player sharing Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game’s heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct. Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR and World Golf Hall of Fame member, died tragically the week of the TOUR Championship in 1999.
"It's very humbling and an honor that I never thought would be possible," said an emotional Stricker who teared up about three words into his press conference. "I'm very fortunate and blessed to be a part of this."
Stricker, who is ranked No. 13 in the current FedEx Cup standings, will participate in the TOUR Championship this week, followed by his third appearance on the United States Ryder Cup team next week.
“This award means a great deal to the players on the PGA TOUR, and I am truly grateful to be the recipient of the Payne Stewart Award,” said Stricker. “I take great pride in being recognized for the values that the Payne Stewart Award stands for. I was fortunate enough to spend time with and compete against Payne, and I watched how he handled himself on the course, with his fellow competitors, with the fans and volunteers. I hope that by leading by example, just as Payne did, that our younger players will follow in the traditions of sportsmanship, integrity and charitable efforts that he helped bring to our sport.”
Stricker is dedicated to using the game of golf to give back to his community and those in need, with many of his charitable pursuits centering around children and adults with disabilities, providing them with programs that help improve their lives.
“For years, Steve Stricker has epitomized everything that the Payne Stewart Award represents,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “From his professionalism on the golf course to his compassion for others off of it, it is hard to think of a more fitting recipient.”
Stricker becomes the 15th recipient of the award which has also been presented to fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jay Haas (2004) and Brad Faxon (2005) among others.
Posted: September 17, 2012
In driving wind and rain at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, a steady Jiyai Shin relied on her Titleist Pro V1 golf ball to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open by nine strokes and lead a seven-win week for Titleist golf ball players around the world.“It was a long, long, very tough day... But I just keep focus on my shot, each single shot. And then when I made the winning putt, it feels like, oh, my God, I was so excited.”A windy Friday delayed the second round until Saturday, when Shin fired a new women’s course record with an 8-under par 64. The nine-shot victory sets a new record for the history of the event, bettering the previous margin by four shots.
“I think this course is made for me. My shot was great this week from last week. So I have a great confidence about here and then I have a great memory with this tournament, so always when I come to the British Open, I really enjoy by myself and it helped my game today.”The win, which comes a week after capturing the Kingsmill Championship in a nine-hole playoff, is her ninth in less than five seasons on the LPGA Tour.Of the 144-player field, 100 players trusted Titleist golf balls in pursuit of the season’s final major championship at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 13.
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CHAMPIONS: Willie Wood rolled in his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball on 17 and 18 to punctuate a come-from-behind effort and capture the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, Wood’s second win in three starts.
"I wish we had a tournament next week," Wood said. "I'm confident now. It's been so much fun playing well." Wood played all 54 holes bogey-free by averaging a tournament second-best 26.7 putts per round. With rounds of 68 on Friday and Saturday, Wood holed 6 birdie putts for a 6-under 66 to finish the week at Kapolei Golf Course with 14-under 202.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 56 players in the field of 81, seven times the nearest competitor with 8. Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (56) category.
WEB.COM: Rookie Luke Guthrie relied on a Pro V1x golf ball as he shot a final round 6-under 65 en route to a record-breaking four-shot win at the Albertsons Boise Open. The 22-year old posted a tournament-record winning score of 22-under 262 in capturing his first career win as a professional. Four players shared second place, including Titleist golf ball loyalists Richard H. Lee (Pro V1), Scott Gardiner (Pro V1x) and Steve Wheatcroft (Pro V1x).
Prior to his win in Idaho, Guthrie had been knocking at the door all season long, notching 5 top-10 finishes in his six starts. Guthrie explained that a change in his approach helped to get him over the hump in the final round. "One of my main goals today was just to have fun," he said. "I kind of shot myself in the foot a few times just being too uptight and wanting it too bad and worrying about where this might put me on the money list. That's all kind of irrelevant once you tee it up."
With the victory, Guthrie advances to No. 4 on the Web.com money list. With six events remaining on the Web.com Tour schedul, Guthrie has made certain that he will earn his 2013 PGA Tour card.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Albertsons Boise Open with 108 players in the field of 156, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (42), wedge (158) and putter (65) categories.
ASIA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar birdied two of his last three holes on Monday to claim his third Asian Tour title at the weather-shortened Yeangder Tournament Players Championship. Bhullar fired a 3-under 69 in the third and final round in Tapei, Taiwan, good for a 12-under 204 total, four strokes clear of two players, including Pro V1x loyalist Thaworn Wiratchant.
Bhullar, who finished second to Wiratchant last week at the Worldwide Selangor Masters in Malaysia, trusted a Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment to capture his first Asian Tour title since winning the Asian Tour International in 2010.
"I believe it was my fighting spirit as I told myself that I've got to win this tournament no matter what happens," said Bhullar after the victory. "I knew I was playing well and I played really well on the par-fives all week."
Bhullar shot rounds of 66-69-69 in difficult conditions following typhoon conditions that struck the venue on the second and third days, eventually requiring that the contest be shortened to 54 holes.
What's In Gaganjeet Bhullar's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Driver: 910D2 7.5º (Graphite Design Tour AD DI x) Fairway Metal: 910Fd 13.5º (Mitsubishi-Rayon Diamana Kai'li x) Irons: Titleist AP2 3-9 Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 46º, 54º, 60º Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Newport 2
American David Lipsky (Pro V1x) continued to play well in his rookie campaign with his fourth top-10 finish of the season. Lipsky closed with a 2-under 70 to take a share of 4th place with three fellow Pro V1x loyalists, including Berry Henson, Lin Wen-tang and Hung Chien-yao.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the 144-player Yeangder TPC field in the golf ball category with 97, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 20.
JAPAN: Pro V1 loyalist Hiroyuki Fujita fired a final round 4-under 68 to earn a come-from-behind victory at the ANA Open. It marked the third win of the year for Fujita, and the 14th of his 20-year JGTO career. The performance moved him to the top of the 2012 Japan Tour money list.
Four players tied for second place, a single shot behind Fujita's 16-under 272 winning total, including Wen-Chong Liang (Pro V1x) and Kurt Barnes (Pro V1).
Titleist was the top choice of the ANA Open field in the golf ball category with 60 players, more than twice the nearest competitor. Titleist also led the field in the iron (24) and wedge (115) categories.
KOREA: Titleist Brand Ambassador DaeSub Kim, trusting the Pro V1 golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment, including the new 913 driver, captured the Dongbu Insurance Open one month after completing his two year military duty. Kim closed with a 2-under par 70 to edge fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador DoHoon Kim by four shots.
Kim topped a leaderboard that included nine of the top 10 finishers relying upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
What's In DaeSub Kim's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1 Driver: New 913D3 Fairway Metals: 910F Hybrids: 910H Irons: Titleist MB Wedge: Vokey Design SM4
What's In DoHoon Kim's Titleist Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1 Driver: New 913D3 Fairway Metal: 910F Hybrid: 910H Irons: Titleist MB Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 Putter: Scotty Cameron
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 85 players in the field of 132, more than four times the nearest competitor with 20. Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (128) and putter (60) categories.
PGA TOUR LATINOAMÉRICA: Pro V1x loyalist Ariel Cañete captured his first Latino American title on Sunday, winning theTransAmerican Power Products Open in Monterey, Mexico by two shots. Cañete, who won the 2007 Joburg Open on the European Tour, shot a final round 4-under 68 to finish with an 18-under-par 270 victory total. The 37-year-old Argentine had an eagle and eight pars on the front nine on Sunday and clinched the victory with a birdie at the last. Tommy Cocha (Pro V1x), who won the tour's inaugural event last week, closed with a 3-under 67 to earn second place at 16-under par 272.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 117 players in the field of 144, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 20.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Matteo Manassero (Pro V1x, 913D2 Driver, 910 hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Laguna 1.5 putter) and Pro V1x loyalist Gregory Bourdy both shot final round 65s to finish T-3 at the BMW Italian Open presented by CartaSi.103 players relied on Titleist golf balls at the Italian Open, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 18.
Posted: September 13, 2012
It's the final major of the 2012 LPGA season and players are looking to add the title of "Major Champion" to their resumes this week at the RICOH Women's British Open being contested at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
And to help kick-off an exciting week of golf, defending Women's British champ and Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng is here to host our latest Team Titleist Trivia Contest.
We've also got some major prizes up for grabs. Five (5) lucky Team Titleist members will win one (1) of the shirts pictured below along with one dozen Limited Edition Team Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls.These T-shirts are limited edition, tour-issued shirts that were recently given out to Titleist golf ball loyalists on the LPGA tour.
Fun Fact: Yani's win last year at Carnoustie marked the 5th major championship of her career, making her the youngest golfer in history to reach this milestone (she was 22 years, 6 months and 8 days old at the time of her win). Hence, five winners for the sweeps.
Yani has this week's question in the following video...
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 Yani's question along with your golf ball model of choice (Pro V1 or Pro V1x) and include your shirt size (small, medium, large or XL) by Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.*
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Posted: September 12, 2012
This week at the U.S. Mid-Amateur being held at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., players have a little extra motivation to take home the trophy. Actually, make that a lot of extra motivation. The player's name that sits atop the leader board at the end of the tournament will receive an invitation to Augusta National to participate in the 2013 Masters.
As the field of 264 golfers was set, 218 players stepped up to the first tee trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than nine times the nearest competitor with 24 and more than four times all competitors combined.
Titleist also leads the field in iron sets (98), and approach, sand and lob wedges (339).
The 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur is the latest highlight in a season where trust and confidence in Titleist golf balls and equipment has been on display at many high-profile amateur championships and the NCAA Division I championships.
Posted: September 10, 2012
Performance validation of the new Titleist 913 drivers continued on the ultimate proving grounds over the weekend, garnering another victory on the worldwide professional tours. Since the product seeding and performance validation process began on the PGA Tour in late June, Titleist 913 drivers have recorded twelve victories by nine different winners.Designed and built for more speed and more distance, the new Titleist 913 drivers deliver more performance with the most precise fit available to all serious golfers through an unparalleled combination of new innovations and Titleist’s industry-leading SureFit Tour hosel technology. Click here for more information about the new Titleist 913 drivers.Titleist 913 driver wins (as of September 23, 2012):Winner - 913D3 (8.5º) - C•2 SureFit Tour settingPGA Championship – PGA TourDeutsche Bank Championship – PGA TourBMW Championship – PGA TourWinner - 913D3 (10.5º) – A•1 SureFit Tour settingThe Barclays – PGA TourBernd Wiesberger - 913D3 (7.5º) – A•1 SureFit Tour settingLyoness Open – PGA European TourBen Kohles - 913D3 (9.5º) – D•1 SureFit Tour settingNationwide Children's Hospital Open – Web.com TourCox Classic – Web.com TourRobert Streb - 913D3 (8.5º) – C•1 SureFit Tour settingMylan Classic – Web.com TourKyung-tae Kim - 913D3 (8.5º) – D•1 SureFit Tour settingFujisankei Classic – Japan TourMatthew Griffin - 913D3 (8.5º) – A•1 SureFit Tour settingHigh 1 Resort Open – OneAsia TourDae-Sub Kim - 913D3 (7.5º) – D•2 SureFit Tour settingDongbu Insurance Open – Korean TourDae-Hyun Kim - 913D2 (7.5º) – A•1 SureFit Tour settingMunsingwear Match Play Championship – Korean Tour