One of the major highlights of 2013 was certainly the dramatic win by Stacy Lewis at The Old Course at St. Andrew's where she triumphed to take home the Women's British Open. 

Let's take another look at the Team Titleist recap from August 5th and hear from Stacy on what it meant to claim her second career major...


Stacy Lewis Captures the Women’s British Open Title, Leads 4-Win Week for Titleist Golf Ball Loyalists

Originally Posted August 5, 2013

It’s never easy to close out a tournament with back-to-back birdies and it’s an even more difficult feat during the final round of a major championship at the birthplace of golf – The Old Course at St. Andrews. But that is exactly what Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis did this weekend as she captured the Ricoh Women’s British Open title in dramatic fashion.

Stacy’s win capped off a weekend that featured a total of four wins for Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players across the worldwide professional tours. Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 88 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with 28 and more than all other competitors combined.

Joining Stacy in the winner’s circle this week, Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Pernice, Jr. birdied the final two holes to capture the 3M Championship for his second Champions Tour title. On the Web.com Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Martin closed with a 4-under par 67 to win the Mylan Classic by five shots, earning his second win (United Leasing Championship) in six weeks.

And at the Bosung C.C. Open, Titleist Brand Ambassador Tae Hoon Kim achieved his dream of a first career win on the KPGA Tour, finishing at 21-under 267 for a three shot victory.

For a quick recap of all the action, check out the Team Titleist notes from around the tours below.

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LPGA: Ricoh Women’s British Open

  • Of the 144-player field, 95 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 12.
  • Lewis birdied the final two holes in dramatic fashion – including a 25 foot putt on the 18th - en route to her second career major championship title.
  • Lewis closed with an even-par 72 for a two-shot victory over her two nearest competitors, including Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Hee Young Park.  She finished with an 8-under par 280 victory total.
  • Lewis was among 20 players who had to play 36 holes on Sunday after play was suspended on Saturday due to 40 mph gusts of wind.

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CHAMPIONS: 3M Championship

  • Of the 81-player field, 63 players relied upon Titleist, more than 12 times the nearest competitor (5).
  • Pernice closed with a 4-under par 68 en route to a 17-under 199 victory total, one shot clear of Pro V1 golf ball loyalists Jeff Sluman and Corey Pavin, who shot final rounds of 62 and 66, respectively.
  • Sluman birdied his first seven holes of the day.
  • Even though he had a tap-in birdie for the win on the final hole, Pernice drained a 40-footer on the 17th that set up the victory.
  • What’s in Tom Pernice’s Bag?:  Pro V1x, 913D3 driver (8.5), 913F fairway metal (13.5), 913H hybrids (17, 21), AP2 irons (4-9), Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi putter.

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WEB.COM: Mylan Classic

  • Of the 144-player field, 95 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, five times the nearest competitor with 19.
  • Martin finished with a 17-under 267 victory total, one shot off the tournament record. The Web.com Tour’s hottest player has five top-6 finishes in his last six starts and has moved to No. 2 on the money list.
  • What’s in Ben Martin’s Bag?: Pro V1x, 910D3 driver (8.5), 910Fd fairway metal (13.5), 913H hybrid (19), CB irons (3, 5-P), Vokey Design SM4 gap (50) and sand (54) wedges, Vokey Design TVD K grind lob (58) wedge, Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour putter.

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KOREA: Bosung C.C. Open

  • Of the 156-player field, 110 players relied upon Titleist, more than five times the nearest competitor (20).
  • What’s in Tae Hoon Kim’s Bag?:  Pro V1x, 913D2 driver (9.5), 913F fairway metal (15), 913H hybrid (19), CB (3-5) and MB (6-PW) irons, Vokey Design SM4 gap (52) and lob (58) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter.
  • Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Dong Min Lee (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal, 913H hybrids, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter) finished in solo third place, four shots behind the champion.
  • Eleven of the 13 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.    

We roll on with the Year in Review and showcase another one of our favorite posts featuring a few Team Titleist members in action as they help us test white box prototype golf balls. 

Watch the video below for another look back from earlier in the year.


Prototype Testing the #1 Ball in  Golf

Originally Posted July 23, 2013


Before a Titleist golf ball ever lands on the shelves of your local pro shop, it must gain approval from a very important group of passionate golfers – members of Team Titleist.

Not too long ago, when the new 2013 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls were still in the Research & Development phase, we invited a group of Team Titleist members to test white box prototype golf balls, give feedback, and truly take part in the R&D process for the #1 ball in golf.

As part of the player testing and evaluation process, we hit the road and spent some time with members from across the country to answer questions, gather feedback and witness the testing first-hand.

Each stop along the way we met golfers of all skill levels and swing speeds. So check out the video above to see some of the sights and sounds we captured from your fellow Team Titleist members and remember to keep sharing your feedback!

In the meantime, thank you to all of the Team Titleist members who participated in our white box testing. Whether you were on camera or submitted feedback via e-mail, Twitter or otherwise, we really appreciate all of your help and we hope you enjoyed being a part of the process.

And if you’re wondering how you can take part in a future product test panel like this, remember the more you participate and the more engaged you are with Team Titleist--from posting in the discussions and adding blog comments to completing your profile--the better your chances are at potentially opening the doors to these exclusive Team Titleist opportunities.

Next up in the Team Titleist Year in Review, we check back in with the Vokey WedgeWorks Team to revisit the introduction of the new Hand Ground Wedges.

Earlier this year, Master Craftsman Bob Vokey opened the doors to the Vokey Tour Department at Titleist and provided all of Vokey Nation with an opportunity to have their own hand-ground wedge personally built by “The Voke” or one of his craftsmen.

Check out the post below for the complete recap and for some bonus content, here's a link to a Q&A with The Voke: 11 Questions with Master Craftsman Bob Vokey: Bounce, Grinds and Wedge Fitting


Titleist Introduces Vokey WedgeWorks Hand Ground Wedges

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Imagine having access to the same team that works with players like Adam Scott, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker and Jason Dufner (to name a few) to get their wedges precisely fit to match their technique and style, not to mention personality.

Well, here’s the exciting news… Master Craftsman Bob Vokey is opening the doors to the Vokey Tour Department at Titleist and providing all of Vokey Nation with an opportunity to have your own hand-ground wedge personally built by “The Voke” or one of his craftsmen.

“I’m excited to make this Tour-level experience available to the Vokey wedge enthusiast,” said Vokey.

“I’m bringing everything I’ve learned over the years working with the best players in the world to this project. Many of the little tweaks I like to do on the Tour Van are now available. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

WedgeWorks Hand Ground wedges are offered in 58º and 60º lofts, and four of Vokey's favorite high-performance sole grinds – M, V, E and T. The V, E, and T are models available only through the Hand Ground program. All Hand Ground wedges have a raw finish, previously available only to Tour players, along with Tour-proven, precision-milled SM4 grooves.

Many aspects of the wedge’s shape, sole and leading edge will be customizable, relative to the player's desired performance preferences. Golfers can choose from the many grind options that Voke has perfected over the years, including square toe, straighter or pre-worn leading edge, additional heel relief, thinner or beveled top line and a pro-groove sole.

So how will this all work?

After receiving an order, Bob or one his craftsmen – such as Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill – will hand grind, polish and buff each wedge, before finishing it off with personalized stamping and a hand-stamped hosel code. The grinder’s initials will be stamped on the hosel of each wedge, a small “BV” marking those wedges hand ground by the man himself.

The doors officially open to the Vokey Tour Department on June 19th and orders for WedgeWorks Hand Ground wedges can be submitted through Vokey.com

Each wedge will have an MSRP of $350 and are all inclusive of shafts, grips and customization options. Expected turn around time will be two to three weeks.

Check out the slideshow above for a tour of WedgeWorks Hand Ground and see some of the new options up-close.

And don’t forget to join Vokey Nation at Vokey.com.

The Team Titleist Year in Review continues this week with a look at some of the top amateur events contested in 2013. When you're playing for history and looking to add your name to the record books, unwavering trust and total confidence in your golf ball are prerequisites.

And it was another great year where the overwhelming majority of players put their trust in Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls at these marquee amateur events. 

Check out the post below and see how the #1 ball for your game is also the #1 choice at every level.


The #1 Ball in Golf at the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship

Originally Posted August 15, 2013

Already a landmark annual event for the best amateurs from around the world, the playing of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship has a bit more historical context for the competitors this year at The Country Club at Brookline.

You see, it is the same course where a 20-year old named Francis Ouimet, one of the game's most legendary amateurs, made his epic charge to a U.S. Open championship exactly 100 years ago this September.

In the field of 312 golfers looking to take top amateur honors this year, 246 players are trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 38 and more than three times all competitors combined.

Titleist also leads the field across all major club categories including drivers (113), fairway metals and hybrids (195), iron sets (123), approach, sand and lob wedges (410) and putters (114).

As the week unfolds and the competition moves from medal play to match play, one amateur will stand atop the field on Sunday and add his name to the record books at the historic Country Club.

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The U.S. Amateur Championship is just one of several marquee national amateur events where the top competitive amateur players in the world put their trust in Titleist. Throughout the year, Titleist has proven to be the golf ball of choice at these prestigious events:

Our PGA Tour Leadership Team logs a lot of miles during the course of the year traveling from one event to another. As zip codes change with the scenary, one thing remains constant from stop-to-stop... the Titleist Tour Support Van.

Earlier this year the team welcomed a new home away from home and Team Titleist was on hand for one of the first looks inside the new setup at the BMW Championship.

Check out the original slideshow and post below as we continue our 2013 Year in Review.



Slideshow: First Look Inside the New Titleist Tour Van

Originally Posted September 10, 2013

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The Titleist Tour Leadership Team on the PGA Tour has a new home away from home as the new Titleist Tour Van is making its debut this week at the BMW Championship.

Now, to call it a "van" would be a little bit of an understatement, as the new 18-wheeler is 42 feet long, 8 feet 6 inches wide, and weighs 36 tons when fully loaded. It features four "pop-outs" that extend the width to 15 feet 6 inches for a total of 650 square feet of working space, nearly 30 percent more than the previous trailer.

Dave Southworth, Titleist's Senior Technical Representative for PGA Tour, was responsible for designing the new trailer and accommodating the needs of the 10-person Tour Leadership Team that services up to 40 full product line players a week, in addition to others who rely upon Titleist 913 metals, MB, CB and AP irons, Vokey Design wedges and Scotty Cameron putters. And during an average week on tour, there are more than 100 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players to service, which keeps the Titleist Tour Van buzzing with activity from arrival time on Sunday through its Wednesday afternoon departure.

"It is not very often you get to design a Tour Van from scratch, so you want to make sure you get it right," said Southworth. Based upon the response of the Titleist Tour Leadership Team, as well as players, caddies and other tour support teams who have paid a visit so far, he seems to have accomplished his goal.

"This 'van' is basically our workplace and home for half the week for the next six or so years," said Southworth. "With that in mind, I took everybody's requests and suggestions into serious consideration and implemented them as best I could. I wanted it to be as efficient and comfortable as possible, primarily for our own tech reps that are building clubs everyday, but also for the players, caddies, managers, network associates and tournament officials that use it as a meeting place or to just hang out at some point during the week."

The word Southworth heard most often for the workplace area from his fellow tech reps was "maneuverability," that is, more space to hone their craft, which includes but is not limited to: replacing shafts, grinding and stamping clubs, changing grips, measuring lofts and lies, and just building clubs from scratch. There is also a separate workspace for the Vokey Design wedge team within the trailer.

The challenge was to accommodate those needs while still securing enough room to stock an inventory of shafts, clubheads, grips, tools, headwear, headcovers and umbrellas. There is also a separate computer station and wi-fi, a satellite dish, three television monitors, a couch, stools and table for meetings, and an ice chest and cabinetry for cold drinks and healthy snacks. 

This marks the third and most technologically advanced Titleist Tour Van since the original debuted in 2002. That 32-foot van was replaced late in 2006 by a 34-foot version which appeared at virtually every PGA Tour event (with the exception of Hawaii) over the past seven years, totaling nearly 130,000 miles crisscrossing the country. It will continue to be used to service the equipment needs of players on the Web.com Tour, making its first appearance at last week's Chiquita Classic.

"This is really a win-win for our Tour Leadership team," said Southworth. "We have a state-of-the-art trailer that will help our team service our growing list of full product line players more efficiently, and the Web.com Team will be able to do the same now that they have a full service van."

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