Graham DeLaet Blog Post: Back In Action

This is my first blog for Titleist and I’m really looking forward to sharing my 2012 experiences with all of you!

First off, I can’t say enough how excited I am to be back on the PGA Tour full time. It was a long and difficult road to recovery since back surgery in January, 2011, but my back is finally where it needs to be and I’m looking forward to getting back at it with the first event of the season, the SONY Open in Hawaii.

A lot of people have been asking me over the course of the last year what I’ve been up to – well to put it simply, I’ve been hard at work rehabbing, getting in shape, and practicing quite a bit. My game is sharper than it’s been in a long time and I feel great. I spent a lot of time in Phoenix during my rehab, working with a great team of therapists at Athletes Performance. I owe them a ton of credit for getting me back to full health. In fact, it was kind of sad to leave, but I know I’m ready and so fired up to get back out on Tour and really looking forward to catching up with a bunch of the guys out there.

There really is no better place to kick off a new season than in Hawaii. My wife Ruby and I got here a few days early and headed to Kona for 4 days. We actually didn’t do much in Kona believe it or not; I practiced in the morning and then we hit the beach in the afternoon – what a life. I feel really fortunate to do what I do and am so thankful.

New for 2012, I will be launching my personal website this week, www.grahamdelaet.com, so be sure to check it out. 

Also, here is all the gear I have in my bag heading into this weeks Sony Open:

Driver - Titleist 910 D3, 8.5 loft, Fujikura Speeder 7.0 X flex
Fairway Wood - Titleist 910 F 13.5 degrees, Fujikura Speeder 7.0 X flex
Hybrid - Titleist 910 H, 19 degrees, True Temper X100
PW - 6 Iron - Titleist 712 Forged MB, True Temper X100
4 -5 Iron - Titleist 712 Forged CB, True Temper X100
Wedges - 52-56-60 - Titleist Vokey SM4, True Temper S300
Putter - Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Stay tuned for more blogs from me. And thanks to Titleist for providing me a forum to share some thoughts and experiences with all of you.

Graham

 

Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. In fact, to date in 2012, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 3 victories around the world, compared to 0 for the nearest competitor. Since the introduction of the Pro V1 in 2000, the golf ball franchise has been the golf ball of choice for more than 1,700 champions worldwide.

Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2012.

TOUR (wins)
TOURNAMENT PLAYER BALL MODEL
 

 

PGA TOUR (1) Hyundai Tournament of Champions Steve Stricker Pro V1x
       

EUROPEAN (1)  Africa Open Louis Oosthuizen Pro V1x
       

LPGA (0)      
       

CHAMPIONS (0)      
       

NATIONWIDE (0)      
       

SOUTH AFRICAN (0)      
       

ASIAN (0)      
       

ONEASIA (0)      
       

JAPAN (0)      
       

AUSTRALASIAN (1) Victorian Open Scott Arnold Pro V1
       

KOREAN (0)      
       

CANADIAN (0)      
       

CHINA (0)      
       

Aloha from the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where Team Titleist is in full force. Twenty-three of the 27 players on this week's tee sheet are Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists, including 14 of the top 15 players at the top of the leader board heading into Monday night's prime time finale.

We were on the ground at Kapalua's Plantation Course earlier in the week, catching up with players as they flipped the switch back into tournament mode.

You can view all of our pictures from the practice rounds in the slideshow below. And check back next week for even more inside-the-ropes updates from the Sony Open.

Hello Team Titleist,

My name is Alex Riggs and I am a PGA of Canada Member and a Titleist Performance Institute Level III Certified Professional. I will be posting information, pictures and videos on Team Titleist in the upcoming months. I plan to offer a unique way of learning and connecting through the Team Titleist Community.

To give you a little background on myself, I have a Degree in Kinesiology and started working in the golf industry thirteen years ago. I have worked at golf clubs in Saskatoon, Calgary, and am now located in Toronto. Throughout this time, I have had the privilege of working with incredible professionals, not only in golf, but other fields of athletic performance. 

My passion has always been elite athlete development. The knowledge and expertise I have gained from the Titleist Performance Institute has been extremely influential in what I have accomplished as a professional. I use these skills every day as both an instructor and certified fitter. While some of you may not be completely familiar with the Titleist Performance Institute, its network of professionals and its presence on all worldwide tours is very strong.

I will be offering information on various topics such as club fitting, golf instruction and TPI based coaching advice. If you have any questions or topics that you would like covered please reply to this thread or post a new topic on the discussion board. I look forward to talking with you soon!

 

Best,                                                                                                      
Alex Riggs
CPGA Professional
TPI Golf Instructor Level III & Junior Coach Level III              

Titleist is #1 at 2012 PGA Tour Opener

The 2012 PGA Tour season officially teed off this week in Hawaii with a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball soaring down the first hole of the Plantation Course at Kapalua.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Bryce Molder (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalist Michael Bradley, the first group out of the gates Friday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, are two of 23 Titleist golf ball players in the elite 27-player field made up of winners from the 2011 PGA Tour season.

Titleist is also the favorite across every major golf club category: Drivers (13); fairway woods (12); hybrids (9); iron sets (14); sand, lob and approach wedges (38); and putters (14).

 Other Titleist Brand Ambassadors teeing it up this week include: Reigning FedEx Cup champ Bill Haas (Pro V1x), Steve Stricker (Pro V1x), Webb Simpson (Pro V1x), Nick Watney (Pro V1x), Gary Woodland (Pro V1), Chris Kirk (Pro V1x), Brendan Steele (Pro V1x), Scott Stallings (Pro V1x), Kevin Na (Pro V1x) and Ben Crane (Pro V1x).

Pro V1 loyalists K.J. Choi, David Toms and Scott Piercy are also in the field, as well as Pro V1x loyalists Mark Wilson, Bubba Watson, Harrison Frazar, D.A. Points, Martin Laird, Aaron Baddeley, Johnson Wagner and Jonathan Byrd, who won last year's event in a playoff.

In total, 33 of the 44 PGA Tour events played last season were won by Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players, with 17 Titleist Brand Ambassadors combining to win 20 times.

Titleist golf balls were played by more players (21,533) and totaled more victories (175) around the world in 2011 than any other competing golf ball.

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