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Posted: July 20, 2011
Team Titleist caught up with the Vokey Wedges Team at a recent PGA Tour stop to get a behind-the-scenes look at the type of work that goes on each week inside the Titleist Tour Van.
In the above video, Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill takes us through a step-by-step demonstration of how he applies a custom "M" grind to a Vokey Design Spin Milled 60º lob wedge (with some assistance from Dave Neville, Marketing Manager for Vokey Wedges).
To read more on the "M" grind, click here to go to Vokey.com.
Posted: July 18, 2011
Tied for the lead in the 17th fairway Sunday at the Viking Classic, Titleist Brand Ambassador Chris Kirk stood over his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball with a new Prototype Titleist CB (712 Series) 9-iron waggling in his hands.Kirk knew the distance was perfect (140 yards), no matter the dangerous pin position, tucked just over a pond in the front right corner of the green."It was 140 yards and it was a 9-iron, so I was aiming right at the pin and nowhere else," he told PGATour.com. "That was my only thought."His Pro V1x never left the flagstick, landing 4 feet from the cup. Kirk grabbed his Scotty Cameron Del Mar putter and tapped in for the birdie that propelled him to his first PGA Tour victory, one of three wins on the weekend for Titleist golf ball players around the globe.
So far in 2011, Titleist golf ball players have combined for 92 victories
across the worldwide professional tours, more than seven times the
nearest competitor with 13 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Trusting his Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment, Kirk shot four rounds in the 60s (67-67-64-68) at Annandale Golf Club to finish with a tournament-record 22-under total, one shot ahead of two players including Titleist Brand Ambassdor Tom Pernice Jr.Titleist Brand Ambassadors Hunter Haas and Bud Cauley both closed with 5-under 67s to tie for fourth.A PGA Tour rookie, Kirk became the second player in three weeks to find the winner's circle on the PGA Tour gaming a set of prototype Titleist irons (CB), following Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney's victory using new Prototype Titleist AP2 irons at the AT&T National, where the seeding and tour validation process for the 712 Series irons began. Pernice Jr. also had new Prototype AP2 irons in his bag this week at Annandale.Like many players, Kirk got his first look at the new prototype irons that Tuesday at AT&T National. A day later, Kirk was on the Titleist Tour Van asking the team if they could ship his previous set of irons home.Kirk, who went on to finish tied for eighth that week at Aronimink Golf Club, called the irons "awesome" after his initial testing session. He liked the look and feel of the new Prototype CBs and said they felt "faster through the turf."This week at the Viking Classic, Kirk led the field in birdies with 23, eight of those coming in his bogey-free 8-under 64 in Round 3. Kirk, who finished tied for second earlier this season at the Shell Houston Open, totaled just four bogeys for the entire week.Kirk was one of 88 players at the Viking Classic that played a Titleist golf ball more than six times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist also was first in iron sets (36), including 18 sets of the new Prototype Titleist (712 Series) irons; sand, lob and approach wedges (109); and putters (51). Here's a closer look at Chris Kirk's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 9.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 63)
3-wood: Titleist 906F4 13.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 83)
5-wood: Titleist 909H 19º (Project X XHB6)Irons: Titleist Prototype CB 3-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 48•10º, 54•14º, TVD60º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Del Mar
ONEASIA TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Thaworn Wiratchant won the Indonesia Open for his first title on the OneAsia Tour and his 15th title in the Asia region.Wiratchant closed with a 1-over par 73, chipping his Pro V1x to within inches on the 18th hole to secure a one-shot victory at 13-under 275 and avoid a sudden-death playoff with three players: Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jin-ho Choi, Michael Hendry and Pro V1x loyalist Rory Hie.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 123 players, more than fifteen times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all competitors combined.Titleist also was first in fairway metals (56); hybrids (60); and iron sets (65). Titleist was second in drivers (43), including 35 910D2 or 910D3 drivers; and putters (36).
• CANADIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Tom Hoge made history at the Canadian Tour Players Cup as a Monday qualifier, shooting four rounds in the 60s for a two-shot victory.Hoge, who played his college golf at TCU, became the first player in Canadian Tour history to advance through a Monday qualifier and then win the event since the tour began in 1986.And to think, Hoge almost missed his Monday qualifier tee time because someone had given him wrong directions to the course."It's kinda crazy that I was 10 minutes away from almost missing the qualifier and now here I am," said Hoge, who closed with a 6-under 66 for a 16-under 268 total and his first professional victory."I played great along the way and it has been a lot of fun with all of the support from the fans and volunteers, it has been a great week," he said.With the victory, Hoge earns a two-year exemption on the Canadian Tour as well as an invitation into the field at this week's RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour.
THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at The Open Championship with 99 players, nearly five times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all competitors combined.The winner of the event played a Scotty Cameron R&D Prototype Concept 1 putter, also known as the "Tour Rat."Titleist Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler earned his first top-5 finish in a major championship, playing the new Prototype Titleist MB irons for the first time in competition.Titleist was also first in hybrids (23); iron sets (45); and sand, lob and approach wedges (141).• NATIONWIDE TOUR: At the Chiquita Classic, 110 players relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist also was first in iron sets (50); sand, lob and approach wedges (156); and putters (64).
you last heard from me quite a lot has changed here at the club. The course was closed to all play from late last week
until Sunday afternoon. (That means that
our members and their guests were no longer coming in after six or nine holes to
reload on Titleist golf balls because they lost all theirs in the six inch
rough.) All of the grand stands and
corporate tents are now up and operational.
The hole signs and fan barriers went in over the last few days and all
seem to be fully functional now. Driving
into work this morning was actually an erie feeling with the course fully
ready, all the stands up, the driving range fenced in with white picket, and
only me and my car on the premises.
You may have
heard some of the names that RBC announced as committed to play. It is shaping up to be quite the list. Names like, Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane, Geoff Ogilvy, Hunter Mahan, and the list goes on. All told
this is shaping up to be not only one of the best Canadian Open fields in many
a year, but also one of the best fields of the 2011 PGA Tour schedule. The players coming from the Open Championship
are arrived into Vancouver around 11:00pm on Sunday evening on the charter
flight and should be set to begin the pro-am on Monday morning.
For those of us
in the golf shop we are still hard at work getting the retail merchandise
ready. We have pretty much run out of days to transform
our shop as well as set up two additional retail sites on the course. It is a big task, but things are
starting to look pretty awesome! Take a
look at some of the new cool pics of the sights around Shaughnessy.
Hope to see you on site this week!
A look at the signs for the holes. Here's what the players will be faced with right out of the gates on Thursday.
#16 - Short Par 4. Players should be landing their tee shots just past the patch of rough on the right side. Plenty of birdie opportunities expected on here this week.
#18 - 472 yard Par 4. Here is the players view from the tee. You can see the grandstands that I've shown you over the past few weeks are finally complete.