Posted: February 26, 2013
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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 PrototypeLoft: 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 lengthLie: 2º FlatGrip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord 58 Round with one extra wrapSwingweight: D5Stamped: 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.
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Posted: February 22, 2013
As golfers, we've come to expect the unexpected from the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. Sure, gather the best 64 players in the world and seed them in a bracket and watch February Madness ensue.
But, SNOW? Delaying the start of a golf tournament? The above photo from Pro V1x loyalist Ian Poulter captures the story earlier this week.
Still, Team Titleist found a way to get a few lenses around The Golf Club at Dove Mountain before hot chocolate became the beverage of choice.
And as the snow melts off the fairways and greens at Dove Mountain, the majority of players trust that performance is the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x. Titleist is the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship with 34 of the players in the field of 64 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than three times the nearest competitor with 10, and more than all competitors combined.
Poulter is one of 21 who will be relying upon a new 2013 Pro V1 (5) or Pro V1x (16) golf ball this week.
Titleist was also the favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedge category (49).
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 Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Steve Stricker and Tim Clark have been up to this week.
Posted: February 18, 2013
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted: February 15, 2013
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.
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.