It was an action-packed couple of days for Team Titleist last week at Doral, where many Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists took time out of their busy schedules to film tips for the "Tips from the Tour" segments that appear regularly on Golf Channel.

Much of the filming took place on holes No. 3 and No. 6 at Doral's Red Course, which lies adjacent to the infamous TPC Blue Monster, host of last week's WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Fun fact: Filming at Doral always has to be quick and efficient, due to the noisy and never-ending plane traffic that flies over Doral into Miami International Airport (as seen in the above video.)

"And today I'm going to teach you how to hit a golf ball over a plane," joked Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson, as an airliner interrupted one of his takes.

Also participating in last week's shoot: Titleist Brand Ambassadors Steve Stricker, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Ben Crane, Ross Fisher, Robert Karlsson, Bill Haas and Tim Clark; Pro V1x loyalists Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Padraig Harrington; and Pro V1 loyalists Luke Donald and Jonathan Byrd.

Look out for all the great tips from those players this season on Golf Channel's "Golf Central presented by Titleist."

You can check out pictures from the shoot by clicking the image below.

Introducing Team Titleist Canada

Hello Team Titleist Canada,

We are excited here at the Canadian Titleist Headquarters to announce the launch of TEAM TITLEIST CANADA - a golfer focused program devoted to establishing a deeper relationship with brand loyalists and avid golfers like yourself. 

You may be aware that TEAM TITLEIST launched in the United States last year via Titleist.com. Since the launch, the site has surpassed all expectations in terms of site traffic and visitor interaction. With the launch of TEAM TITLEIST CANADA, Canadians now have the opportunity to interact with other Canadian brand fans and Titleist associates. Also, hosting the site on Titleist.ca means that Canadians can now participate in all sweepstakes and other initiatives on TEAM TITLEIST CANADA that Canadian Law previously prohibited us from via the U.S site.

TEAM TITLEIST CANADA does not cost anything to join, but allows Titleist brand loyalists to experience inside the ropes access, connect with other avid golfers and share stories of passion for golf. TEAM TITLEIST CANADA members have the opportunity to join R&D panels, provide feedback in surveys, participate in exclusive live webcasts, attend special events and more.

We want to hear from you Canada!

 

All the best,

-Team Titleist

Last week we posted the first set of Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney's answers to questions from Team Titleist, which were filmed last Wednesday at Doral before Nick's victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Check out Nick's answers to three more of those questions in the videos below. Topics include: Nick's AP2 irons, off-week routines and some memorable advice.

Thanks (and congrats) again, Nick!

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Stanislas asks...
Greetings from Paris, France! Seeing the quality of your ballstriking, I was wondering why you didn't opt to play the MB or CB irons, which might give you a more precise and penetrating ball flight than the AP2 (although they're fantastic irons too!)? Thanks and looking forward to your next win!

 


J.D. asks...
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you about the game of golf?

 


Aaron L. asks...
What do you do during the off weeks to practice?

 

Note: Nick answered the first part of Aaron L.'s question ("I was wondering what your pre-tournament warm up is?") in Part 1.

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Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney kept one of the PGA Tour's most underrated streaks going Sunday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, reminding golf fans around the world that consistency ultimately pays off.

Watney, 29, made a surgical 72nd-hole birdie on the TPC Blue Monster's treacherous par-4 18th, rolling in his Pro V1x golf ball from 15 feet to punctuate a two-shot victory and keep him and his caddie out of the barbershop for at least another week.

Using a bag full of Titleist equipment – including a new Titleist 910 driver and fairway metal – Watney shot a final-round 5-under 67 to finish at 16-under 272 and earn the third victory of his PGA Tour career over a field that included all of the top 50 players in the world.

It also marked Watney's fourth-consecutive top-6 stroke-play finish (and fifth-consecutive top 10 finish overall) to start the 2011 season, keeping alive a friendly wager between player and looper.

"(My caddie) was going to go get a haircut in San Diego – it's really silly, but I just said, why don't we not get hair cuts until we finish out of the top-10," Watney explained to the media in his post-victory press conference. "And it's been five tournaments now, over a couple of months. I'm not sure how it's getting so much attention but his hair is looking a little bit nesty."


At Doral, it was mainly Watney's growing confidence that was on display.

He made two par-saving putts from 18- and 25-feet over his final five holes Sunday before closing things out with three perfect swings, highlighting a run of success that hasn't seen him finish worse than T-36 since last July.

Standing on the 18th tee with a one-shot lead, Watney pulled his 910D3 10.5º driver from the bag and drilled his tee shot down the middle of the fairway. He hit his AP2 8-iron over the right corner of the lake to 8 feet, then dropped in the game-winner using his Scotty Cameron Tour Prototype 350g putter.

(Nick gave Team Titleist a complete tour of his Titleist golf bag last week at Doral. Look for that video to be posted soon here on the Tour Blog.)

"The golf tournament wasn't over, and I wanted to give myself a putt," said Watney, who moved to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings.

"I putted the best I've ever putted under pressure today, and I just wanted to give myself a putt, and it worked out."

Titleist golf ball players have now won 10 out of the first 12 events of the 2011 PGA Tour season, including Pro V1x loyalist Michael Bradley's victory at the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday, and 22 total events worldwide.

Watney was one of 37 players at the WGC-Cadillac Championship that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than three times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (18); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (51); and Putters (19).

Of the 14 players who finished among the top 10 and ties, 10 relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Anders Hansen (Pro V1x/T-3), Luke Donald (Pro V1x/T-6), Rickie Fowler (Pro V1x, T-6), Hunter Mahan (Pro V1x, 9th), Jonathan Byrd (Pro V1, T-10), Padraig Harrington (Pro V1x, T-10), Rory McIlroy (Pro V1x, T-10) and Martin Laird (Pro V1x, T-10).

For the week, Watney finished among the Top 14 in five different statistical categories, including: Birdies (1st/22); Putts Per Greens in Regulation (2nd/1.571), Greens in Regulation (T-12/68.1 percent), Driving Accuracy (T-12/58.9%) and Driving Distance (14th/297.6 yards). 

He is currently No. 1 on the PGA Tour in Scoring Average (68.85), No. 2 in Birdie Average (4.88) and No. 2 in Scrambling (70.79 percent).

Perhaps his most impressive statistic? His final round scoring average: 66.25, which also ranks No. 1 on Tour.

Here's a closer look at Nick's Titleist equipment:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 910D3 10.5º, A•1 SFT setting (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White 83)
Fairway: 910Fd 15.0º, A•1 SFT setting (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue 93)
Hybrid: 910H 21.0º, A•1 SFT setting (Aldila VooDoo VS9)*
Irons (3-9): AP2 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges
(54º, TVD60º): Vokey Design Spin Milled (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Prototype 350g

*Nick added a Titleist AP2 3-iron to his bag this week temporarily in place of his New 910F 19.0 fairway metal. There are a few holes at Doral that call for lower, more penetrating 220-plus-yard shots, which Nick feels more comfortable hitting with the 3-iron.

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PGA TOUR:  Pro V1x loyalist Michael Bradley captured the Puerto Rico Open for the second time in three years, winning in a sudden-death playoff with Titleist Brand Ambassador Troy Matteson.



Bradley closed with his fourth straight 4-under 68 to match Matteson (who closed in even-par 72) at 16-under 272, then parred the par-5 18th in the playoff for his fourth-career PGA Tour victory.

"I really feel like, you know, the people in Puerto Rico have really opened their arms and hearts to me and have been very supportive of me," said Bradley. "And you can just tell. That means a lot. Not only is this a win for me, but hopefully it's a win for them, too."

Eight of the top 10 finishers on the leaderboard at The Puerto Rico Open relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Hunter Haas (Pro V1x, T-3) and Bobby Gates (Pro V1x, 6th).

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 85 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (34); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (115); and Putters (50).

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CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Toshiba Classic with 49 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 13.  Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (19).

 

It was great catching up with Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney earlier this week in Miami, where most of the world's best have gathered to take on the Blue Monster at Doral.

Nick, who is attempting to record his sixth consecutive top-6 finish in PGA Tour stroke-play events, kindly sat down with us on Wednesday to answer questions submitted from Team Titleist.

Check out Nick's answers to four of those questions in the videos below. We'll post more of Nick's answers, as well as a tour of his Titleist golf bag, soon here on the Titleist blog.

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Aaron L. asks...
I was wondering what your pre-tournament warm up is?

 


Matthew T. asks...
What does your daily fitness regime consist of? And how carefully do you watch what you eat?

 


Matthew D. asks...
How did you manage your golf as a young teenager to become so skillful at the sport? I find myself easily distracted during a practice session mainly because I lack drills. Are their any particular favorite range or putting drills you enjoy but find useful?

 


Bill O. asks...
What improvements did you notice most about changing to the new Titleist 910D3 driver?

 

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