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Posted: October 31, 2012
Click image above to launch slideshow and meet the Titleist Class of 2012.
Players take many different paths to the PGA Tour. And while the twists and turns along the journey are varied, 22 of this year's 25 Web.com Tour graduates share at least one thing in common – they all trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success throughout the season.
The 2012 Web.com Tour season was full of great stories, like Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles (No. 8 on Web.com Tour money list) who turned pro and went on to win his first two starts (Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational, the Cox Classic). For players like Titleist Brand Ambassador Alistair Presnell (No. 23), the season was a tale of steady play that featured four top-10 finishes. And still others chose the right moment to perform under pressure, like Justin Bolli who won last week's Web.com Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch and jumped up the money list from 44th to ninth.
Then there was Titleist Brand Ambassador Morgan Hoffmann, who was on the outside looking in at the start of the Web.com Tour Championship. A gutsy performance that featured a 7-under par 64 in the final round moved Hoffmann into a tie for third and up the money list from 31st to 19th – securing his spot on the 2013 PGA Tour.
The class of 2012 also features a list of players that trusted a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball to a Web.com Tour victory in 2012 including: Paul Haley II (Chile Classic Presented by Pacific Rubiales), Andres Gonzales (Soboba Golf Classic Presented by Hub International), James Hahn (The Rex Hospital Open), Lee Williams (Mexico Open Presented by Banamex), Doug Labelle II (Utah Championship Presented by Utah Sports Commission), Shawn Stefani (Midwest Classic Presented by Cadillac), Titleist Brand Ambassador Darron Stiles (News Sentinel Open Presented by Pilot), Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Streb (Mylan Classic), Titleist Brand Ambassador Luke Guthrie (Albertsons Boise Open Presented by Kraft, WNB Golf Classic), and David Lingmerth (Neediest Kids Championship).
In total, Titleist golf balls were played a total of 2,756 times in Web.com Tour events this season, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 415 and more than all other golf balls combined.Check out the slideshow above for a quick look at the Titleist Class of 2012 that is headed to the PGA Tour. Below, see what the six Titleist Brand Ambassadors who earned their cards have in their bag (listed by finish on 2012 Web.com Tour money list):
What's In Robert Streb's Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1Driver: Titleist 913D3 driver 8.5ºFairway Metal: Titleist 913F 13.5ºIrons: Titleist CB (2-PW)Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 56º, 60ºPutter: Scotty Cameron Laguna 2.5
What's In Ben Kohles' Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 913D3 driver 9.5ºFairway Metal: Titleist 913F 13.5ºHybrids: Titleist 913H 17.0ºIrons: Titleist CB (3-PW)Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 52º, 58ºPutter: Scotty Cameron GoLo
What's In Darron Stiles' Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1Driver: Titleist 913D3 driver 7.5ºFairway Metal: Titleist 910F 13.5ºHybrids: Titleist 910H 20.0ºIrons: Titleist CB (4-PW)Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 56º, 60ºPutter: Scotty Cameron Select Newport
What's In Brad Fritsch's Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1Driver: Titleist 913D2 driver 9.5ºFairway Metal: Titleist 913F 15.0ºIrons: Titleist CB (4-6)Irons: Titleist MB (7-9)Wedge: Vokey Design 48º, 52º, 56º, 60ºPutter: Scotty Cameron prototype
What's In Morgan Hoffmann's Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 913D2 driver 8.5ºFairway Metal: Titleist 913Fd 13.0ºHybrids: Titleist 913Hd 18.0ºIrons: Titleist MB (4-9)Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 46º, 52º, 58º, 64ºPutter: Scotty Cameron Newport
What's In Alistair Presnell's Bag?:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 913D3 driver 7.5ºFairway Metal: Titleist 910F 13.5ºHybrids: Titleist 910H 17.0ºIrons: Titleist MB (3-9)Wedge: Vokey Design 48ºWedge: Vokey TVD 54º, 58º
Posted: October 30, 2012
Acushnet Company, which manufactures the Titleist and FootJoy brands, and Rory McIlroy, jointly announced today that McIlroy's relationship with Acushnet will not extend beyond December 31, 2012. McIlroy has trusted Titleist and FootJoy equipment throughout his professional career that commenced as an 18-year old in September 2007.
"Our goal has been to provide Rory with the best equipment and service that would help him be the best player he could possibly be," said Wally Uihlein, Chief Executive Officer, Acushnet Company. "He has been a great ambassador for the Titleist and FootJoy brands, and in turn, we are proud of how our equipment has contributed to his success. We wish Rory all the best, both personally and professionally, going forward."
"I would like to thank Wally Uihlein and all of the tour staff and employees at Titleist and FootJoy for everything they have done for me since I turned professional in 2007,” said McIlroy. "I have enjoyed five very exciting and successful years with the company and I will always appreciate the contribution Titleist has made in helping me become the player I am today.”
Posted: October 26, 2012
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This week at the Web.com Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch, players will be making their last attempt to finish inside the Top-25 and earn a spot on the PGA Tour for the 2013 Season. Team Titleist brings you the sights from the range in McKinney, Texas, where players shake off the nerves and get into birdie mode.
In total, 43 players in the 60-player field are trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 6 and more than all other golf balls combined. This includes 9 players who will be teeing up the new Pro V1x prototype golf balls.
Titleist is also first in the irons (20), sand, lob and approach wedges (65) and putter (23) categories.
At the 2011 Nationwide Tour Championship, Pro V1 loyalist Ken Duke carded an eagle and a birdie at 6 and 7 to open up a lead which he never relinquished on his way to a two-stroke victory. This year Duke has made the most of his PGA Tour membership with six top-10 finishes.
Like Duke in last year's event, the field this week will be taking aim at pins in hopes their final score grants them the right to call themselves both a Web.com graduate and 2013 PGA Tour member.
Check out the slideshow above for a closer look at some action from around the course and on the range.
Posted: October 25, 2012
We're back with another Team Titleist Member Spotlight and in this edition, we're getting to know a little bit more about Trey P.Trey is a United States Marine stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and a member of the All-Marine Golf Team. When it came down to getting dialed-in for a bag full of Titleist equipment, Trey turned to Jason Uhde at Pro Golf Discount in Bellingham, Washington for a precision fit. An avid golfer who is "constantly thinking about my golf game and where I can get better," Trey recently competed in the Armed Forces Championships in Jacksonville, FL as part of the All-Marine Golf Team. The Armed Forces Championships is an annual tournament that each service hosts on a rotating basis. Each team is comprised of the top 6 golfers that made the team from each Service's qualifier. The top 6 golfers from the Armed Forces Championships qualify to represent the US against the other countries militaries at the Consul International du Sport Militaire (CISM) also known as the International Military Sports Council which was founded in 1948. Check out the Q&A below as we shine the spotlight on our friend, Trey.
How did you get started in golf? Who introduced you to the game?
I got started in golf at the age of 3 with a set of plastic golf clubs, and graduated to my first set of junior clubs at the age of 5. My dad introduced me to the game then, and has taught me everything that I know. I have never taken lessons, but have had some suggestions/tips given to me by friends and a few teaching pros at courses I have belonged to.
How often are you thinking about your golf game and getting better? What are you currently working on?
I am constantly thinking about my golf game and where I can get better, but what I always find is that when I concentrate on one area another suffers a little bit. While I am usually a consistent driver of the golf ball, I am working on shaping shots better with my driver. I feel that if I can shape the shots with my driver, I can shape shots with really any club in my bag.
What's your best score and where did you shoot it?
The best score I ever shot was a 57 at Augusta National Golf Club, but that was on a video game. My actual best score was a 67 at The Courses at London Bridge on the Olde London Course in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Can you recall the best golf shot you've ever hit?
There are a few best shots that I have had. I had my first hole-in-one in April 1996, then my second at golf practice my freshman year of high school in March 1997. More recently, during the final round of our qualifier at MCRD Parris Island I had to take an unplayable lie and re-teed and stuck my approach from the fairway to 2.5 feet to save a bogey. That really kept me in the moment and in the round, considering I had to come from behind to make the cut at 6.
What's the most special moment you've ever had on the golf course?
I have two special moments on the golf course. One is any time that I can spend a round on the course with my father, especially since he has some health issues as of late and is still able to play the game and because he has taught me so much. The other would be, about three months ago I took my oldest son out on the course after a practice round and he played three holes with me with his set of golf clubs. I take him to the range quite a bit, and have him smack it around since that's how my father got me started was just swinging the golf club. I am not diminishing making the All-Marine Golf Team, that was definitely a memorable moment representing the Marine Corps, but those two moments are especially memorable.
What's the best piece of golf advice you have ever received?
Our coach, Andy Hinson (the head pro at The Legends at Parris Island), told us during the All Marine Golf Team try outs to "Take one shot at a time." Now there is a story behind it, but the moral was to not get too up or too down and just play one shot at a time. The tangible piece to that was that we all carried a Marine Corps shot glass in our bags as a reminder.
What's your favorite Titleist club in the bag?
Forever my favorite Titleist club was any iron that I had in my bag, but more recently it has to be my new Scotty Cameron Select Newport putter.
If you had to play one golf course every day for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
I recently had the opportunity to play Harbour Town Golf Links. That place is something else if you get the opportunity to play there. This is truly a tough one since I have had the opportunity to play some great courses growing up, but I think I would definitely have to go with Augusta National due to the history and beauty that comes with it.
How do you mark your Titleist?
I place a black dot to the right of the numbers on either side of the ball.
Do you consider yourself a tinkerer? How often do you change equipment?
I am always tinkering with my swing. I watch The Golf Fix religiously, and take some things that Michael Breed talks about and see what I can incorporate into my game. I don't change my equipment a lot. I recently upgraded from a set of Titleist 680's to the 710 MBs 4-PW. I have a 909D2 driver, 904f 15* 3 wood, 909H 21*, Vokey C-C 52*, 56*, and 60* wedges, and my Scotty Cameron Select Newport putter.
How did you hear about Team Titleist?
A golfing buddy of mine received a set of the Titleist "TEST" golf balls, and he told me about the Team Titleist site and from there I registered. Once I navigated the site, there was A LOT more content on there that I thoroughly enjoy.
Favorite golf movie?
When I was younger I would always say hands-down it was Caddyshack, but over the last 5-10 years I will always say The Legend of Bagger Vance and Tin Cup.
Favorite golf book?
My favorite golf books are Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, and Ben Hogan's 5 Lessons.
What is your favorite 19th hole meal?
Any type of good food and my favorite adult beverage in a cold mug.
Favorite golf destination?
Any vacation that involves golf, but if I could ever make it to The Old Course I think that would be pretty special.
Do you have any on-course superstitions?
I ALWAYS begin my round, regardless if it's a tournament, practice round, or playing with by buddies, with a fresh Titleist golf ball. More recently I have added to the repertoire a penny that my oldest son found on the ground and he said it was a lucky penny, and with that piece of advice I began using it as a ball marker.
Posted: October 23, 2012
The 2012 PGA Tour season may be winding down, but that doesn't mean the Titleist R&D team is taking a break from designing the best performing products for the world’s best players.
Meet the new prototype Titleist 712U utility iron, which has been designed to deliver consistency and control to high-ball speed players.
On the worldwide professional tours, some players prefer a utility iron over a hybrid club as an alternative to traditional long irons. The 712U delivers increased playability versus a traditional long iron while providing enhanced spin and trajectory control versus a hybrid.
The prototype 712U is being sent to players this week for performance validation and feedback. We will also be on the range at the season ending PGA Tour Fall Series event at Disney in early November working with Titleist staff players.
The 712U is currently a Tour-only product, but the feedback we receive during this validation period will influence the final design and specifications, as well as determine the product's place in the Titleist club line-up.
Before the new prototypes headed out, we grabbed some photos of them in our Tour workshop. Be sure to check out the slideshow to get a first look at the prototype Titleist 712U utility irons.