Check out one of the newest additions to the World Golf Hall of Fame: The Titleist Pro V1x golf ball that Jonathan Byrd used to make his playoff-winning hole-in-one during the 2010 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas.

 The shot came on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff at TPC Summerlin's 203-yard par-3 17th. Jonathan teed up a Titleist Pro V1x #2 golf ball, which he marked with an orange dot above the number. (He's a Clemson alum.)

The ball sailed through the wind, straight at the flagstick, took three shorts hops and rolled into the cup.

"I'm flattered. I'm 33 and still in the beginning of my PGA Tour career in a sense, so for the Hall of Fame to call me for something is special," Jonathan said. "I was happy to donate my club and ball."

TPC Summerlin also embedded a plaque in the ground at the 17th tee to commemorate the feat.

Jonathan spoke with Team Titleist recently about his historic Vegas ace, which you can check out in the video at the top of this post.

A replay of the shot is available in the video below (courtesy PGATour.com).

For more information about the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum and the Byrd display, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.

Titleist Brand Ambassador and reigning FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas certainly has a solid swing. TPI Co-Founder Dave Phillips recently sat down to take a closer look at his action throughout the swing and provide some expert analysis. 

Check out the video above
and don't forget to visit www.mytpi.com for even more great tips on golf-specific fitness, golf health, and golf swing biomechanics.


Titleist Introduces New 712 MB and CB Irons

TITLEIST INTRODUCES NEW MB AND CB IRONS FOR SKILLED GOLFERS
Updates the Classic Looks, Feel and Performance of Tour-Proven
Muscle Back and Cavity Back Blades.

Newmarket, ON (September 29, 2011) - Staying true to its heritage of crafting high performance clubs for serious golfers, Titleist introduces new MB and CB forged irons (712 Series) featuring improved looks, feel and performance.  Both models build upon the tour-proven classic designs of their 710 series predecessors.  Brought to market in 2009, the 710 MB and CB irons confirmed Titleist as the leader in traditional forged iron design.  In fact, since their initial launch, the Titleist MB has been the most-played iron model on the PGA TOUR.  In combination with the CB, AP1 and AP2 models, Titleist irons have consistently been a leading choice of players across the worldwide professional tours.

“When we started formulating plans for the new MB and CB designs, we knew that the project would be a reinterpretation, not a complete reinvention,” said Steve Pelisek, General Manager, Titleist Golf Clubs.  “The original MB and CB models were so well received on Tour, as well as in the marketplace, that we knew we had succeeded in delivering the core design fundamentals that resonate with the traditional blade player.  We did identify through our work with the world's best players, however, some areas where we could make improvements, which we incorporated in the new models.  The new MB and CB still embody those key design elements that made the first generation so well accepted."

New MB and CB irons: 
The new MB and CB irons maintain the classic lines, profile, solid sound, feel and shot-shaping precision of classic forgings.  However, they also provide modern playability, a benefit resulting from more than thirty years of player research and development, engineering innovation and advances in manufacturing processes.  The new MB is a classic muscle back forged iron, while the new CB, also forged, features a shallow cavity-back design.  Both the new MB and CB feature a redesigned back that features a faceted surface across the back affectionately know as the "dog bone.”  This surface is larger in the heel and toe while narrowing behind the impact area.  This feature locates more mass behind the impact area for the traditional solid feel expected from blade irons.

Both new models feature a Tour-preferred satin finish that reduces glare and accentuates the toe and topline profile for easier alignment of the face and confidence at address.  Based on player feedback, the sole of the new MB has been improved, with trailing edge and heel relief for reduced resistance through the turf.  The new MB sole is great for players with a shallow angle of attack who tend to pick the ball off the turf, while the slightly wider sole CB helps players that are more aggressive through the turf.  Below is a comprehensive list of features and benefits for the new MB and 7 CB irons:



NEW TITLEIST MB IRONS FEATURES AND BENEFITS

 Overview/Player Profile:  High performance muscle back forged irons with improved feel, classic looks and superior shot control for the highly skilled golfer.  Forged from 1025 carbon steel with modern satin chrome plating, MB irons feature constant blade length, minimal progressive offset and a thin topline.

Solid Feel:  New muscleback design with mass behind the impact area for solid feel.

Traditional Shape:  A thin but soft topline and rounder profile provide a classic but improved contemporary look.

Tour Validated Flight:  Traditional blade irons with Tour-standard lofts for player preferred shot and trajectory control with workability.

Shot Making Confidence:  A smaller, constant blade length with minimal progressive offset for preferred set up appearance and superior shot making and minimal turf resistance.

Modified High Performance Sole:  Narrow, cambered sole with optimized bounce angles for crisp contact.  Enhanced relief in the heel and trailing edge provides greater playability and better turf interaction.

Stock Shaft and Grip:  High performance, tour-proven Dynamic Gold steel shaft provides player preferred feel, weight feedback and shot control.  Tour-proven feel and traction of the new Titleist Tour Velvet Rubber by Golf Pride.  Additional shaft, grip, length and lie options available through Titleist Custom.

Grooves:  Modified V (42 degree wall), 2010 conforming.

Availability:  Available in right and left hand on November 18. 

 

NEW TITLEIST CB IRONS FEATURES AND BENEFITS

 Overview/Player Profile:  High performance, forged cavity back irons with improved feel, classic looks and superior shot control for the highly skilled golfer.  Forged from 1025 carbon steel with modern satin chrome plating, CB irons feature constant blade lengths, minimal constant offset and a think topline.

Improved Solid Feel:  Optimized shallow cavity muscle design with mass behind the impact area for solid feel.

Superior Appearance:  A soft topline and rounder profile provide a classic but improved contemporary look.

Tour Validated Flight:  Traditional blade irons with Tour-standard lofts for player preferred shot and trajectory control with workability.

Shot Making Confidence:  A smaller, constant blade length with minimal progressive offset for preferred set up appearance and superior shot making and minimal turf resistance.

High Performance Sole:  Slightly wider cambered sole for smooth turf entry and release.

Stock Shaft and Grip:  High performance, tour-proven Dynamic Gold steel shaft provides player preferred feel, weight feedback and shot control.  Tour-proven feel and traction of the new Titleist Tour Velvet Rubber by Golf Pride.  Additional shaft, grip, length and lie options available through Titleist Custom.

Grooves: Modified V (42 degree wall), 2010 conforming.

Availability:  Available in right and left hand on November 18.

Specifications:

712 MB  Irons

MB 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 P  
Loft 21° 24° 27° 31° 35° 39° 43° 47°  
Lie 60° 61° 62° 62.5° 63° 63.5° 64° 64°  
Offset 0.125" 0.120" 0.115" 0.110" 0.100"  0.090" 0.080" 0.075"   
Bounce 4.5°  
Length 39.00"  38.50" 38.00" 37.50" 37.00" 36.50" 36.00" 35.75"  

 

Specifications:

712 CB  Irons

CB 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 P  
Loft 18° 21° 24° 27° 31° 35° 39° 43° 47°  
Lie 60° 60° 61° 62° 62.5° 63° 63.5° 64° 64°  
Offset 0.150" 0.140" 0.130" 0.120" 0.110" 0.100"  0.090" 0.080" 0.075"   
Bounce  
Length 39.50"  39.00"  38.50" 38.00" 37.50" 37.00" 36.50" 36.00" 35.75"  

 

ON TOUR: When Titleist debuted its new 712 series (AP1, AP2, CB, MB) prototype irons at the AT&T National, 19 players transitioned the first week they were available, including Nick Watney, who won the event playing the new AP2 model the first time he used them in competition. Two weeks later, Titleist Brand Ambassador Chris Kirk trusted a set of new 712 CB prototype irons to capture his first PGA TOUR title at the Viking Classic, while runner-up, Tom Pernice, Jr. opted for the new 712 AP2 model. The same week at the 140th Open Championship, Titleist Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler posted his first career top-5 finish in a major after playing the new 712 MB prototype irons for the first time in competition.


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Over the past few months we have shared our Titleist 712 Iron and Vokey SM4 Wedge tour validation efforts on the Tour Blog.  This week, we hosted a number of Titleist CPGA Staff Members at the Titleist National Fitting Centre located at Eagles Nest Golf Club in Vaughan, Ontario.

After a brief product presentation, attendees were invited to hit the product, ask questions, provide feedback and get fit for the new product. Check out the slide show below for shots of our Titleist Ambassadors putting the new club line to the test. 

 

The second Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas saw he could get a club on the ball, he was already pulling one of his Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges from the bag.

His Pro V1x sat on edge of the water, two-thirds above the mucky surface and five feet below the elevated green.

Both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Playoffs titles were on the line.

 Faced with perhaps the most difficult up-and-down of the 2011 PGA Tour season, there was only one thing on Bill's mind: "Play it like a bunker shot."

"If there's a little bit of water, if you don't mind getting your feet dirty, then (just) blast it out of there," Bill said.

Without hesitation, Haas propelled the wedge into the water behind his Pro V1x and watched the golf ball pop into the air, land 3 feet past the hole, and spin to a stop.

Bill's wedge of choice to pull of this heroic shot: His Vokey Design Spin Milled 60º•E (E-grind), bent to 59º with 7º of bounce.

The 60º•E features the same grind and profile as the Vokey Design Spin Milled 60•07º wedge currently available through Titleist authorized retailers. The E-Grind features a medium sole with full bounce surface and straight relief along the trailing edge. Slight heel camber allows the blade to be easily opened for shot-making versatility.

"The full sole of the Vokey 60º•E helped Bill pull off the shot," Master Craftsman Bob Vokey explained. "He was able to open up the face and still have enough bounce to play it like a bunker shot. The grooves of the wedge along with a descending blow allowed him to spin the ball, even out of the shallow water.

"It was an amazing shot, one of the best I've seen in all my years of watching Tour players." 

Check out Bill's historic shot in the video below.

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