Golfers can learn to train like a tour pro this season as "Golf Fitness Academy presented by Titleist" returns to Golf Channel for its seventh season with a 10-show series helping golfers maximize performance through fitness.

Hosts Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips, co-founders of the Titleist Performance Institute, offer useful tips that directly relate to producing a better all-around golf game.

The new season debuts tonight, Monday March 28th, at 6:30 p.m. EST on Golf Channel – when Dave and Greg will introduce you to the "4x4 Matrix" with "4 Positions” and “4 Types of Resistance” to help you build a better workout routine.

You can watch a preview of tonight's episode in the video below:

 

• Dr. Greg Rose is a board certified Doctor of Chiropractic who also holds a degree in Engineering, helped pioneer the field of analyzing computerized 3-D motion and how the body works during the golf swing. He specializes in strength and conditioning, manual therapy, rehabilitation, nutritional supplementation and therapeutic exercises as they relate to golf, and has worked with more than 500 professional and 3,000 amateur golfers to help them reach their peak performance.

• Dave Phillips is a PGA Professional and consistently listed among GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Teachers. Considered to be one of the world's premier instructors, Dave applies his expertise in computerized swing analysis and biomechanics to create a clear picture of what happens during the golf swing. Born in England and raised in Africa and Australia, Dave has had the unique experience of playing with and instructing some of the game's greatest golfers worldwide.

 

Replay : Scotty Cameron Live Webcast

We'd like to thank everyone that joined us for Scotty Cameron's Live Webcast earlier this week on ScottyCameron.com.

Scotty spent an hour answering questions, telling stories and providing tremendous insight into the world of Scotty Cameron putters – past, present and future.

In case you missed it, the video replay of the Webcast is now posted at this link on ScottyCameron.com or by clicking the image below:


Replays of our other recent Webcasts are also available at the following links: New Pro V1 and Pro V1 WebcastTitleist Golf Clubs Webcast.

Stay tuned for another Live Webcast coming soon here on Team Titleist.

• Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with 75 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in Iron Sets (30); Hybrids (T-28); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (127); and Putters (43).

• A couple quick tweaks has Titleist Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler better dialed in with his new Titleist 910 driver.

Fowler (pictured above) began the season playing a 910D3 7.5º driver with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White 73 shaft and his SureFit Tour (SFT) hosel set at C•1 (-.75º flat, -.75º less loft), which resulted in an actual loft of 6.75º. Rickie said that setup worked great when hitting the driver hard and straight, but wasn't ideal for shaping shots at less than full speeds.

A couple weeks ago, Titleist Tour Rep Chris Tuten suggested Rickie try a 910 8.5º head, keeping the same Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White 73 shaft and C•1 setting, which increased the actual loft to 7.75º.

That increase in loft gave Rickie the extra spin he was looking for when working the ball from the tee. It's now in the bag.

Titleist golf ball loyalist Robert Garrigus has put into play the new Titleist Pro V1x golf ball. During testing, Robert felt like he had more control of the ball coming off his irons and wedges. Already one of the longest players in the game, Robert said the added distance of the new Pro V1x is only a bonus. He previously played a Titleist Pro V1.

Titleist golf ball loyalist K.J. Choi tested the new Titleist Pro V1 golf ball during the pro-am this week and noticed a little more spin and easier stopping power on his approach shots. He's put the ball in play this week.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Gillis put in a lot of work earlier this week with a new Scotty Cameron Black Kombi S putter.

Gillis, who had been gaming a Scotty Cameron Newport 2, told the crew in the TTV that he "made everything he looked at" during his practice round Tuesday. When he stepped to first tee Thursday, it was in the bag.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Chris Kirk has recently noticed a growing gap between his new Titleist 910Fd 15º fairway metal with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue 83 shaft and SFT hosel set at A•2 (standard loft, +1.5º upright) and 909H 19º hybrid with Grafalloy Prototype shaft.

Chris was wondering if a 19° fairway metal was a good option to help correct that gap while keeping the proper control of his ball flight.

The TTV crew built Chris a 910F 19° fairway metal with the same Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue 83 shaft to test during his upcoming off weeks.

This PGA Tour is in Orlando, Fla., this week for the The Arnold Palmer Invitational, the fourth and final stop on The Florida Swing.

As usual, many of the world's best have gathered at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge looking to build some momentum for their upcoming trip to Augusta National.

(For those of you counting at home, the 2011 Masters Tournament officially begins two weeks from today.)

There are also many players in the field this week hoping to punch a last-minute ticket to Augusta National, just as Titleist Brand Ambassador Gary Woodland did last week with his victory at the Transitions Championship.

That list includes Titleist Brand Ambassador Erik Compton, who three years after undergoing his second heart transplant has started the 2011 season to much promise, making the cut in all four events played on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour.

Erik started the year by earning a spot in the PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open as a Monday qualifier. He tied for 25th at Riviera, jumping up the leaderboard on Sunday with a 7-under 64. Four days later, Erik shot another 64 at the Nationwide Tour's season-opening Panama Claro Championship, where he eventually tied for fourth.

He also finished T-19 at the Nationwide Tour's weather-shortened Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open and T-55 at the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.

This week, Erik will be making his third consecutive start at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on a sponsor's invitation. He made the cut last year, finishing tied for 30th after round of 72-71-73-74.

You can check out some pics of Erik's Titleist equipment (and many others) in the slideshow below.

(Many thanks to photographer and Team Titleist member Greg Moore for sharing these photos with Team Titleist.)

Titleist Spotlight Member - Matthew S

Every so often we will shine the Spotlight on a Team Titleist member who has become highly engaged with the site.  We are happy to introduce Matthew S from Ontario as our first Canadian Spotlight Member.  In addition to being featured in the Spotlight section (found in the upper right corner of each members 'Home' screen), we asked Matthew S some questions to get to know him a little better.

If you are interested in becoming a Spotlight Member all you need to do is participate on the site!  Make sure your profile is complete and accurate, start threads, ask questions, reply to others or give us some feedback!

Congratulations Matthew S.

How did you get started in golf? Who introduced you to the game?
I got started in golf when I was very young.  My dad bought me a set of plastic clubs and foam balls.  I began playing seriously at age 11.  My grandmother passed along a set of old clubs with light blue grips and steel shafts. The driver couldn't have been more than 100cc.

How often are you thinking about your golf game and getting better? What are you currently working on?
I am thinking about my golf game all the time.  I work in the golf industry where I have access to swing analysis equipment and able to hit balls almost every day, even in the winter. I am currently working on getting the club to stay in front of me a little longer on the way back and constantly work on chipping and putting.

What's your best score and where did you shoot it?
The best round I have ever shot was an 8 under par 64 at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario in 2008.  This score included a front nine of 30 which qualified me for the Volvo Amateur Masters National Final.  I was fortunate enough to win in a playoff at the national final to represent Canada at the World Final, which took place at Valderrama in Spain.

Can you recall the best golf shot you've ever hit?
There are a few shots that I will always remember. One of my best shots occurred about 6 years ago at Midland Golf & CC. I drove my ball into a fairway bunker on a par 5 somewhere on the back nine, which left me close to 250 yards from the green. There was a tree in my line about 15 yards in front of the bunker. I took out my Titleist 690CB 2 iron and hit a low hook around the tree that ended up what looked to be 10 feet from the hole. Walking towards the green my playing partner turned to me and said "that's not 10 feet that's 10 inches." Getting a little closer he turned to me again and said "that's inside 10 inches". We finally got to the green and the ball was about 2 inches directly behind the hole. Easiest eagle putt I've ever had.

What's the most special moment you've ever had on the golf course?
I have two very special moments which occurred in the same week in Scotland. The first was on the first hole at St. Andrews Old Course. Standing in the middle of the first fairway, my local caddie turned to me and asked what I would hit from 112 yards. I told him it was a little gap wedge shot. He handed me my Vokey 52* wedge and told me to hit it just below the hole and a little to the right for an uphill putt. I hit the shot about 6 feet short of the pin and a couple feet to the right. I flipped the club back to him and in his Scottish accent he looked at me and said "we are going to get along just fine."
The second moment came later that week at Carnoustie Golf Links. On the par 3 8th hole my friend hit an 8 iron right at the pin. The wind turned it over and it ended up about 15 feet left of the stick just off the green. He said it was the perfect club. I pulled out 8 iron, aimed the ball a little further to the right and turned it back towards the hole. As soon as it left the club face we both knew it was a good shot. The ball landed just behind the cup and spun back into the hole. As a pair we walked off that green with a combined score of 3. It was the most fun I've ever had on a golf course.

How do you mark your Titleist golf ball? Does it have any special significance?
I mark my ProV1x with a black line through the side stamp and I usually colour in the L in Titleist with a red Sharpie. I use the line to align my tee shots as well as putts. The red fill is an extra identifying mark but it's purposely small and hard to see if you are not up close.

What's the best piece of golf advice you have ever received?
That would probably be from my dad. He told me very early on to not listen to him about the golf swing. Dad currently carries a 10 handicap but has always left my swing instruction up to the pros.

What's your favourite Titleist club in the bag? Why?
They are all my favourite; if they weren't then I would fix it or change it. If I have to choose just one club it would have to be my Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Button Back putter. Best feeling putter I've ever had. 

If you had to play one golf course every day for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
Hands down it would be St. Andrews Old Course. It is a totally different game over there and the amount of thought and creativity that is required to pull off some shots just makes the game more interesting. From hitting 175 yard drives into the wind or putting from 50 yards off the green, it's just nothing like golf here in Canada.

How did you hear about Team Titleist? What are some of your favourite features of the community and what kind of things would you like to see in the future?
I heard about Team Titleist from a local rep Paul O. My favourite parts of the community are the detailed answers you get from Titleist Reps as well as the information about new products, testing panels and giveaways. I'd like to see more surveys and contests for Canadians.  Undoubtedly with Team Titleist Canada those things are on the way.

Do you consider yourself a tinkerer? How often do you change equipment?
In short yes, and too often.
If you talk to any of my friends they would say I tinker with my clubs and change clubs too often, I even have a full repair shop in my basement where I can do anything to a golf club. This is probably why every club in my bag is my favourite because I know exactly how they are going to play, I have personally tweaked each one of them.

What is your favourite golf movie?
I really don't have a favourite golf movie, I do however like Caddyshack and Happy Gilmore

What is your favourite golf book?
My favourite golf book and pretty much the only one I ever look at for swing keys or fixes is Tiger's book "How I Play Golf". Every time I open it there are little things about the swing I learn or how to play a different shot.

What is your favourite 19th hole meal?
Best meal after a round of golf is one that you don't have to pay for because you won it from your playing partners. It would probably have to be the chicken or lobster wraps at my home course.

What is your favourite golf destination?
My favourite place that I've been too would have to be Scotland and would go back in a heartbeat, but I've always wanted to go to Hawaii and play some of the tour stop courses like Kapalua and Wailea.

Do you have any on-course superstitions? (i.e. always mark your ball with a heads-up quarter)
I always tee my ball up with the Titleist logo on the side right side up, and I always place the ball on the green with the ProV1x side stamp on the top facing the opposite way.I use my Scotty Cameron Ball Tool to mark every putt on the greens.

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