Of all the azaleas at Augusta National Golf Club, there's only one that produces gigantic roars (and groans) from the Masters patrons – the risk-reward 510-yard par-5 13th hole that is named "Azalea" and features over 1,600 of the course's signature plants.

It's a hard dogleg left that calls for a player to work his drive around the corner in order for a chance to go for the green in two. The second shot is almost always from an awkward lie above your feet and the slightly-elevated putting surface is guarded by a tributary to Rae's Creek as well as four back bunkers, which have been known to plant (Azalea) seeds of doubt in many players' minds.

Said Augusta National co-founder Bobby Jones (according to Augusta.com): "Whatever position may be reached with the tee shot, the second shot as well entails a momentous decision whether or not to try for the green.

"Several tournaments have been won or lost here, even though the decision may not have been obvious at the time."

Check out the video above for Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy's in-depth breakdown of No. 13. (Mobile users click here.)

Lay up or go for it? What would you do?

I just wanted to post a quick blog tonight. I've had a good week and looking forward to getting started tomorrow.

I arrived in Augusta late last week and was able to get three full days of practice before the tournament week started. This is always such a special time of year and there truly isn't anything better than coming back to Augusta.

It's hard to believe it's my 10th appearance! Course, as  
always, is in really good condition but this week it looks even 

I'll be out early, tee off at 8:40 a.m., and I'll be playing with Nick Watney and Dustin Johnson. I played in the Par 3 Contest today with Justin Rose... had closest to the pin on the 5th hole. 

The crowds were huge and atmosphere electric. You could already hear the roars!

Nice low key dinner tonight and off to bed early. See you guys out  
there tomorrow! If you haven't checked it out there awesome pretty good photos posted on my Facebook page from this week. 

– Adam

It was a serious day of work Tuesday at the Masters, both on the course and inside the Titleist Tour Van.

Camera in hand, Team Titleist took a stroll around Augusta National to watch several Titleist players dial in their focus for the pressure-packed rounds ahead. Then it was off to the Titleist Tour Van, where we were excited to find Masters Craftsman Bob Vokey doing what he does best: Building wedges.

Check out all the pictures from Tuesday in the slideshow below.

Masters Week 2011 began with a picture-perfect Monday, and Team Titleist spent the day with a camera in one hand and a pimento cheese sandwich (or two) in the other.

It was great to see all of our Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists smiling, laughing, taking it all in at Augusta National – especially all of the Masters rookies like Titleist Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler.

"It's definitely a dream come true," said Fowler, the 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

"I'm playing well right now. I feel like if I go into the week with high expectations, I feel like there's a chance that we could be walking up 18 in contention and that's something I've dreamed about, the special walk up 18 – so just to be a part of this week is pretty cool. Soaking it all in."

You can take a look at all of our pictures from Monday's practice round in the slideshow below.

(And be sure to check back with us throughout the week for more updates from Augusta National.)

Happy Masters Week, Team Titleist.

Per a recent post in the Team Titleist forums, we know several of you are wondering what the Titleist players in this week's field have been doing to prepare for taking on Augusta National Golf Club.

When Team Titleist sat down with several Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists recently to talk Masters, nearly all players said they wouldn't be making any significant changes to their bags this week, other than switching in some Vokey wedges with fresh grooves.

Not that everything remains the same this week.

"I don't make any changes to my set," said Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson. "But I do make a change to my mindset."

Getting ready for Augusta National means getting used to tight lies, tricky approaches, breakneck greens and sidehill shots, all under Amen Corner-sized pressure.

"You've got to be assured of the control you have in your golf ball at Augusta," said Pro V1x loyalist Padraig Harrington.

For more on the preparation that goes in Masters week, check out the above video (mobile users click here). And check back with us throughout the week for more updates from Augusta National.


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