Playing in the wind can be challenging for any player. So, we arranged a meeting with Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark, who offered to provide some help.

Tim has long been known as one the most accurate players on Tour and he's made a living charging up leaderboards when the wind starts to howl. As Tim told us, a big key to playing in the wind is keeping the ball flight down.

To achieve this lower ball flight, Tim shifts most of his weight to his left side (closest to the target) and then focuses on his second key - proper hand action.

"I like to keep my hands very dead. There’s not a lot of hand work in this swing."

The next time is up and you need to keep the ball low, take Tim's advice and flight your ball down to help control your shots and hopefully lower your scores.

Whether the outcome of a club championship is at stake, or you stand in the fairway needing a birdie at the last for a career low round, it's critical to look down and know that your golf ball is best for your game.

This is true for all players, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson.

Zach, who trusted his Pro V1x golf ball to a win at the 2013 BMW Championship, advises that to find the right golf ball, you should experiment by shaping different shot types with your wedges and irons to see how a golf ball performs and feels.

"Once you've done that, you'll find one that's best," says Zach.

Take this major winner's advice and find the right ball for your game. We might not all win a green jacket like Zach, but we can try to shoot lower scores and enjoy the game, each and every round!

And be sure to check out our to check out our Golf Ball Fitting Section for more helpful information.

This week marked a special homecoming for Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott, who returned to his native Australia for the first time since his historic victory at this year’s Masters Tournament. Adam’s return served as a perfect subplot as Australia served host to the first of a trio of tournaments that are considered golfing majors down under. Scott came through with the perfect ending for Act One on Sunday, winning the Australian PGA Championship in commanding fashion and leading a four-win week for Titleist golf ball players on the worldwide professional golf tours.

In addition to Adam’s storybook win,Titleist Brand Ambassador Victor Dubuisson relied on a Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist clubs from tee to green as he captured his first European Tour victory at the Turkish Airlines Open.

With additional wins on the PGA Tour and LatinoAmerica Tour, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 148 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 38 and more than all other competitors combined.

In total, 20,725 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2013 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,026 and more than all competitors combined.

Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.

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AUSTRALIAN/ONEASIA TOURs: Australian PGA Championship

Of the 156-player field, 109 players relied upon Titleist golf balls at the Australian PGA Championship, more than four times the nearest competitor with 25. Titleist golf balls were the choice of the top 13 finishers and 21 of the top 22.

Adam Scott fired a 4-under par 67 to capture the storm-delayed Australian PGA at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast of Queensland. He secured the win with a 14-under par 270 victory total, four strokes clear of fellow Titleist golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowler (Pro V1x), who shot a final round 3-under 68.

Playing together in the final pairing on Sunday, Scott and Fowler marked their balls on the 12th fairway after a severe storm warning suspended play with Scott holding a one-shot lead. When play resumed, Scott’s approach shot from the fairway, a 4-iron from 266 yards, nearly holed out for an albatross and he made the 1-foot eagle putt.

Scott, the first Australian to win The Masters, now becomes the sixth Australian to win each of the Australian major championships in his career (Australian PGA, Australian Open and Australian Masters titles).

Titleist Brand Ambassador Jack Wilson (Pro V1, 913D2 driver, 913FD fairway metal, 712U 2-iron, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback putter), who is completing the third year of his traineeship at the Kingswood GC in Melbourne, finished a shot behind Fowler for solo third.

WHAT’S IN ADAM SCOTT’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, 913D3 driver (9.5°), 910FD fairway metal (15°), 712U 2-iron, 680 irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (54°) wedges, Vokey Design TVD K-grind lob (60°) wedge, Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter.

"I came out and knew I had to do something great to win this,” said Scott after the victory. “It's been an incredible year since April, and so great to come home. I've had a great week.''
“This is the one I desperately wanted. It’s the icing on an incredible year. To come home and play in front of my Queensland family meant a lot. This one is for my family, especially my dad (Phil) who is a PGA member.”

Scott moves on to Royal Melbourne next week to defend his Australian Masters title. Then he will represent the Australian team at the World Cup, also at Royal Melbourne, and will follow up with the Australian Open at Royal Sydney a week later.

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EUROPEAN TOUR: Turkish Airlines Open

Of the 78-player field, 45 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than three times the nearest competitor with 12.

Victor Dubuisson outlasted several of the world’s top-ranked players who were in close pursuit at the Turkish Airlines Open to earn his maiden European Tour victory.

The 29-year old Dubuisson took a five-shot lead into the final round and began his final round by parring nine consecutive holes. He ended up topping Titleist golf ball loyalist Jamie Donaldson by two shots, but there was plenty of back nine drama.

Donaldson aced the 16th hole following birdies on 11, 13 and 15 to tie Dubuisson at 21-under par with two holes remaining. Playing ahead of Dubuisson, Donaldson birdied the closing hole to post a Sunday-best 9-under par 63 en route to setting the clubhouse target at 22-under 266.

Dubuisson drained a 25-foot putt for birdie on 17 and then added insurance with a birdie on the final hole for the winning margin of 23-under 265.

WHAT’S IN VICTOR DUBUISSON’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 driver (9.5°), 913Fd fairway metal (15°), 712U 2-iron, new AP2 (714 series) irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (52°) wedges and a Vokey Design prototype lob (58°) wedge, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.

“I don't know how to describe it,” Dubuisson said after securing the title. “Holing this putt on 17 was like; it was incredible. It was incredible, and the birdie on 18, it's a bonus. But even on the last putt, I was feeling so much stress. After this day, it was the longest day on the course that I've ever had. I'm very proud of what I did.”

Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson remains atop the Race to Dubai standings and seeks to become the first player to win both the FedExCup Championship and Race to Dubai in the same season with one tournament remaining on the European Tour schedule.

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PGA TOUR: McGladrey Classic

Of the 132-player field, 83 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18. Nine of the 15 players who finished among the top 10 and ties trusted Titleist golf balls for their success.

The champion of the The McGladrey Classic trusted a Pro V1x golf ball to post a final round 4-under 66, good for a 14-under 266 total and a one-shot margin of victory over fellow Pro V1x golf ball loyalists Briny Baird and Tim Clark (913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 712U 4-iron, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges).

Clark closed with a Sunday-best 8-under par 62 to set the clubhouse lead at 13-under par 267.

The win marks the fourth win for Titleist golf ball loyalists through the first five events on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR.

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LATINOAMERICA TOUR: Lexus Peru Open

Argentina’s Julian Etulain (Pro V1x) closed with a final-round 2-under 70 to win his first career LatinoAmerica title at the Lexus Peru Open.

The 25-year-old Etulian posted a 13-under 275 total, good for a one shot margin of victory.

Titleist golf ball players have now won 7 events on the 2013 LatinoAmerica schedule, compared to 2 for the nearest competitor.

 

Team Titleist is coming to you from St. Simons Island, Georgia where the PGA Tour is on-hand for the latest installment of the McGladrey Classic on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. The 132 player field will be facing the 7,005 yard, par-70 oceanside layout where wind and weather can play a large role in determining the winning score.

As 2011 champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane remarks, "You need to be able to control your ball (Pro V1x) in the wind. Not just from tee to green, but also putting...if the wind is blowing, it makes it that much harder to keep your ball in play."

And with winds swirling and temperatures below normal, 83 players players will put their trust in a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18, and more than all other competitors combined.

Titleist is also the top choice in the irons (32), sand, lob and approach wedge (132), and the putter (48) categories.

Check out the video above to hear what else Ben had to say and check out some of the early week action featuring fellow Brand Ambassadors Zach Johnson, Martin Flores, Scott Stallings, Cameron Tringale, Erik Compton and Tryone Van Aswegen.

Enjoy your weekend on the golf course and stay tuned for the Team Titleist Monday Recap.

As fans of the game, we’ve all marveled at how the pros can make the difficult act of driving a golf ball look so easy. The motion appears effortless, so graceful. And then, suddenly, the ball explodes off the club face and disappears into the ether. How do they pull off this athletic sleight-of-hand?

Well, at Team Titleist we’re fortunate to know just the right guy to ask. Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott owns what many experts consider to be the most technically sound and aesthetically pleasing swing in the game today. As Adam told us, the two go hand in hand.

“Swings only look good when you can check off all the boxes for fundamentals.”

When we asked Adam to provide a tip on driving the golf ball, he was quick to talk about the fundamentals of grip, width of stance, ball position, balance and posture.

“You have to set up correctly in order for your body to move correctly,” Adam explained.

In the video above, watch as Adam goes through his pre-shot checklist with the goal of producing what he describes as “a really athletic looking setup with nice posture and standing quite tall. This nice posture allows me to turn off the ball with a one-piece takeaway, allowing me to turn to the top of my backswing.”

As you’ll see, when Adam gets to the top of his backswing correctly, the rest is automatic. His downswing is a reaction, it just happens.

The next time you play, see if you can incorporate some setup keys from the reigning Masters champion and let us know if they help you to build a simpler action/reaction swing like Adam’s. Good luck!

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