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If you ask Bob Vokey he’ll tell you that he has the best R&D facility in the world – the PGA Tour.

That’s because Bob spends a lot of his time working closely with many of the best golfers taking notes on what they’re looking for when it comes to wedge performance and short game scoring. Armed with this insight, Bob heads back to his shop in Carlsbad, CA to develop new wedge concepts and refine every element from the grooves and head design to the finish and sole grind.

And speaking of grinds, we’d like to introduce you to the “K” grind.

This latest creation for “The Voke” is a result of his work with Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott, Ben Crane and Jason Dufner. This grind features a wider sole and more camber in the 56º, 58º and 60º wedges.

“The TVD-K is a great option for diggers - players who tend to have steeper angles of attack and take full divots with their wedge shots,” said Vokey.

“Remember, bounce is your friend. And the added bounce in the K grind makes these wedges solid choices for getting out of bunkers and when playing on softer turf.”

After passing the tests on the ultimate proving ground, the “TVD-K” grind will soon be an option for all of Vokey Nation to make their own via WedgeWorks (Stay tuned to Team Titleist for updates and make sure you join Vokey.com to get the latest Vokey news).

But first, here’s an exclusive opportunity for Team Titleist to take home one of the tour prototypes that was gamed by Jason Dufner during his breakout season on the PGA Tour in 2012.

That’s right, this wedge was in the bag as “Duf” during his 2012 FedEx Cup Playoff campaign and also at the Ryder Cup. Jason was also kind enough to autograph this wedge that is sure to be a welcome addition to any wedge collection.

Here are the specs…

Vokey TVD-K Prototype
Loft: 60º  Bounce: 4º (Jason uses a lower bounce version of the TVD-K that was hand ground by Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill)
Shaft: Dynamic Gold Spinner Shaft (stiff flex)
Length: Standard length
Lie: 2º Flat
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord 58 Round with one extra wrap
Swingweight:  D5
Stamped:  DUF in white snow

Check out the slideshow above for a closer look at the TVD-K wedges along with some close-ups of Dufner’s tour prototype.

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Thanks, Jason! And good luck to Team Titleist.

Note: This sweepstakes is only open to current residents of the United States. No purchase necessary. Complete rules can be found here.


FAIRHAVEN, Mass. – Craftsmanship, performance and validation by the game’s best players provide the foundation for Master Craftsman Scotty Cameron’s newest creations, the Select GoLo 5 and GoLo S5 putters.

Available March 1, the racy mallet-style Select GoLo 5 and GoLo S5 are the newest additions to the Scotty Cameron by Titleist Select line of putters, epitomizing Cameron’s commitment to working with the best players in the world and incorporating their feedback into his designs. Since 1997 and counting, more players on the PGA Tour have trusted Scotty Cameron Fine Milled putters than any other putter.

Scotty Cameron Select GoLo 5 and GoLo S5 putters have a compact, elegantly rounded profile with a racy soleplate and Select Weighting technology for modern balance and stability.

The head design is about 10 percent smaller than the popular Select GoLo and GoLo S models, a result of Cameron’s research and testing with players on the worldwide professional tours and in his Putter Studio in California. The slightly asymmetric back profile with a pulled in heel and the contained cavity sight lines encourage a flowing stroke along the ideal arc.

Two neck configurations – GoLo 5 with a single bend shaft and GoLo S5 with a straight, near center shaft – provide options for appearance and dynamic feel, and toe flow.

“Working with the best players in the world gives me incredible feedback,” Cameron said. “The GoLo 5 and S5 are the results of that feedback for a slightly smaller head, but with the look, feel and performance of the incredibly popular GoLo. For many players the compact setup instills the confidence and control to make a flowing stroke, and hole more putts.”

Like each model in the Select putter family, GoLo 5 and GoLo S5 have a deep milled face that contributes to a softer feel and sound. Each Select putter also features a tour-validated Black Mist finish for a rich, dark, glare-free look. Race-car inspired cherry dot graphics in the back and cherry dot weights in the sole help create a modern but timeless look.

The Select family now features five modern blade models (Newport, Newport 1.5, Newport 2, Notchback, Newport 2.6), four mallets (GoLo, GoLo S, GoLo5, GoLo S5), three mid lengths (Newport 2 Mid, GoLo Mid, GoLo S Mid), and two long options (Big Sur, Big Sur S).

PRODUCT FEATURES:

Refined Design: Precisely engineered surfaces and edges with elegant lines and blends.
Refined Cosmetics: Framed, double milled red-dot graphics. Framed, double beveled sole weights.
Precision Milled Body:
CNC milled soft 303 stainless steel.

Deep Face Mill: Provides a soft, tour-preferred feel and sound.

Black Mist Finish: Rich, dark, glare free black finish combined with red-dot graphics to create a timeless look.

Select Weighting:
Heel-toe weighting perfectly matched to the shaft length or player’s feel preference.

Draft Sole:
Triple angled sole for square set up with camber for a smooth takeaway.

Stepless Shaft:
Provides a clean, uninterrupted address appearance.

Pistolero Grip:
Black pistol grip with dancing Cameron logo for a stable feel in a golfer’s hands.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: The Scotty Cameron GoLo 5 and GoLo 5S will ship to golf shops beginning March 1, 2013, with a suggested retail price of $375 (MAP: $349).

ON THE WEB: https://www.scottycameron.com/

PRODUCT IMAGES: https://titleist.imagerelay.com/sb/da85f1c2-7ffc-4e65-81e4-cd1bb40d1bd5

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:

Standard Loft: 4°
Standard Lie
: 71°
RH Stock Lengths
: 33”, 34”, 35” (GoLo 5, GoLo S5)
LH Stock Lengths
: 34” (GoLo 5 only)
Custom Lengths
: 33” - 35” (in 0.25” increments)
Custom Heavy configurations available
GoLo 5 Neck
: single bend
GoLo 5 Offset
: 3/4 shaft
GoLo S5 Neck
: straight
GoLo S5 Offset
: none

From all corners of the earth, players who rely on a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x for their success proved again Sunday why Titleist is the #1 ball in golf.

On the PGA Tour, hometown favorite and Titleist Brand Ambassador John Merrick trusted his New 2013 Pro V1x to his first career victory on the PGA Tour in a playoff victory at the Northern Trust Open. The LPGA began their season this week and Pro V1 loyalist Jiyai Shin trusted her New 2013 Pro V1 to a come-from-behind victory at the ISPS Handa Australian Women's Open. On the European Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Darren Fichardt trusted the performance of his New 2013 Pro V1x to win the Africa Open by two shots. For the second time in three seasons, Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Bernard Langer captured the Ace Group Classic on the Champions Tour. And on the Australasian Tour it was Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Kennedy joining the group in the winner's circle with his Pro V1x.

Join Team Titleist as we wrap up the weekend...

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PGA: Northern Trust Open

Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador John Merrick

Defending champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas began Sunday's round of the Northern Trust Open with a three stroke lead over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Webb Simpson and John Merrick. But Sunday proved a special break-through day for Merrick.

John birdied the par-4 10th and par-5 11th hole Sunday at Riviera to take sole possession of the lead at 12-under. Merrick then withstood the charge from the most talented field to compete on tour thus far in 2013, to qualify for the tournament-deciding playoff. In his seventh season on tour, Merrick continued his strong performance by making a pair of pars to triumph and capture his first career PGA Tour victory and jump to 4th in the FEDEX Cup standings. What makes the victory even more sweet is the fact that Merrick grew up in nearby Long Beach, CA, played collegiate golf 6 miles down the road at UCLA, and has dreamed of winning a professional tournament at Riviera since he was a boy.

"To win a tournament in front of family and friends and in your hometown with people shouting out 'Bruins' and 'Long Beach' to win a tournament in front of them, on the PGA TOUR with this field and all the past champions and this golf course, this is one of my favorite golf courses‑‑ it's my favorite course, actually. I can't even describe it.  It's a dream come true."

What's in John Merrick's Bag?

Ball: New 2013 Pro V1x
Driver: 913 D2 (8.5)
Fairway Metals: 913F (13.5), 913H (19)
Irons:
MB 3-PW (712)
Wedges:
Vokey Design SM4 54 & 60
Putter:
Scotty Cameron Newport Tour

Titleist was the most played golf ball in the field with 92 players in the field of 144, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 19.  Titleist was also first in wedges (135) and putters (53).

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EUROPEAN: Africa Open

Winner: Pro V1x loyalist Darren Fichardt

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Africa Open with 115 players in the field of 156 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.

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LPGA: ISPS Handa Australian Women's Open

Winner: Pro V1 Loyalist Ji-Yai Shin

Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open with 105 players in the field of 157, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 10. Eighty-six players transitioned into the New 2013 Pro V1 (51) or Pro V1x (35) at the first event of the year.

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CHAMPIONS: ACE Group Classic

Winner: Pro V1 Loyalist Bernard Langer

Titleist accounted for a tournament-leading 59 golf ball players in the field of 81 at the ACE Group Classic, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 9.  Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge (65) and putter (65) categories.

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AUSTRALASIAN: Queensland PGA Championship

Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Brad Kennedy

What's in Brad Kennedy's Bag?

Ball: New 2013 Pro V1x
Driver: 913 D3
Fairway Metals: 913F, 910H
Irons: AP2 (712)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM4
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2

Titleist was the top choice in the golf ball category among the field of 132, with 104 players (79%) relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x model, compared to 19 players for the nearest competitor.

For the final west coast stop on the PGA Tour this winter, Team Titleist has moved down California Interstate 5 from the Monterey Peninsula to Los Angeles for the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

In a town where the stars normally shine bright on the silver screen, this week Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas will defend his 2012 Northern Trust victory while other players like Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott and John Merrick compete for the top spot on the leaderboard.

The majority of players at Riviera know performance is the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x. Titleist is the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Northern Trust Open with 92 of the players in the field of 144 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 19, and more than all competitors combined. 

Scott is one of 63 who will be relying upon a new 2013 Pro V1 (15) or Pro V1x (48) golf ball this week.

Titleist was also the favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedge (135) and putter (53) categories.

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LPGA TOUR: 2013 ISPS HANDA AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S OPEN

For the first official event of the 2013 LPGA season, Australia and Royal Canberra Golf Club is playing host to the 2013 ISPS Handa Australian Women's Open.

An overwhelming majority of players at Royal Canberra know that performance is Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x. Titleist is the top choice in golf balls at the ISPS HANDA AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S OPEN with 105 of the players in the field of 157 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than 10 times the nearest competitor with 10, and more than all competitors combined.

Pro V1x Loyalist Yani Tseng and Pro V1 loyalist Ji-Yai Shin lead a group of 84 professionals who will be relying upon a new 2013 Pro V1 (51) or Pro V1x (33) golf ball this week.

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Click on the image above to open the slideshow and go on the range and inside the ropes with Team Titleist to check out the photographs of what players like Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker, Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald have been up to this week at Riviera Country Club and Royal Canberra Country Club.

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (Jan. 24, 2013) – Personalization meets performance with Master Craftsman Bob Vokey’s newest addition to the WedgeWorks Exclusives lineup, the Titleist Vokey Design TVD-K.

The Vokey TVD-K, available this March through WedgeWorks on Vokey.com, is the result of Vokey’s recent work with PGA Tour players such as Adam Scott, Jason Dufner and Ben Crane to develop a sole that is playable in a variety of conditions.

TVD (“Tour Van Design”) models are built with the same unparalleled craftsmanship and technology that have made Titleist Vokey Design wedges the #1 wedge on the PGA Tour since 2004 and the most played wedge at every level of competitive golf.

Vokey TVD-K wedges are available in three loft/bounce combinations (56.12º, 58.10º and 60.10º) and two new finishes (California Chrome and Graphite Ion), to go along with all of the personalization options available through WedgeWorks.

The TVD-K 56º features a wider, more cambered sole than any of the sand wedges available in the Vokey Design SM4 lineup. The wider sole makes the TVD-K 56º a very playable club from the bunker. The 58º and 60º TVD-K models feature a full sole with higher bounce, suitable for neutral to digger swing types in a variety of conditions.

All WedgeWorks TVD models (TVD-M and TVD-K) feature the maximum-performing Vokey SM4 grooves, featuring 100-percent inspected, tight tolerance, aggressive groove edges at the limits allowed by the Rules of Golf.

“The TVD-K is the evolution of the TK grind that we had on tour and as a limited release in WedgeWorks,” Vokey said. “It has a wider sole, with more camber. It has enough bounce to be very forgiving out of the bunkers but still allows shotmaking around the greens. It’s been popular with a lot of guys I’ve worked with on Tour including Adam, Jason and Ben.” 

Every wedge in the Exclusives line is fully customizable and built by Vokey and his team in Carlsbad, Calif. WedgeWorks gives golfers the opportunity to craft wedges that fit both their game and personality – from length, lie and loft, to toe engraving, personalized stamping, paintfill, grips, shafts, ferrules and shaftbands.

“WedgeWorks has been a dream come true for me,” said Vokey. “For the first time we have Tour, R&D and Custom in one place. We take our influence from the Tour and try to constantly improve by offering more custom features and options to the wedge enthusiast.”

LOFT/BOUNCE COMBINATIONS: Vokey TVD-K wedges are available in three loft/bounce combinations: 56.12º, 58.10º  and 60.10º. Available in both RH and LH.

NEW FINISHES: TVD-K models feature two exclusive finishes, the plated California Chrome or the unplated Graphite Ion (pictured).

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Vokey WedgeWorks Exclusives TVD-K wedges will be available in March through WedgeWorks on Vokey.com or by custom order, with a suggested retail price of $160 plus personalization packages. Please see Vokey.com/wedgeworks for complete options and pricing information.

ON THE WEB: http://www.vokey.com/wedgeworks/

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