Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy received a package recently from Master Craftsman Bob Vokey. It was delivered in a long, cardboard box marked with the Titleist Script, standard of all Titleist club deliveries.

Who knew it was filled with gold?

When Rory opened the box, he found three Vokey Design Spin Milled Wedges with a gold-plated finish and custom stamping, a present from The Voke to commemorate Rory's historic, eight-shot victory at the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional.

The specs: 248•10º (bent to 46º), SM54•10º, and 60º•L, the same ones that helped him break eight U.S. Open scoring records.

Our friends over at Team Titleist UK & Ireland were able get a sneak peek of Rory's wedges before they were sent on to Rory, and managed to snap a few pictures to share with Team Titleist. Check out the pics in the slideshow below.

  

With the sun dropping fast in the desert, Mark Wilson rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie on the final hole Sunday at the Humana Challenge to extend Titleist's win streak to start the 2012 PGA Tour season.

 On a chilly evening at PGA West, Wilson closed with a 3-under 69 for a 24-under 264 total and two-shot victory over Robert Garrigus (Pro V1), John Mallinger (Pro V1x) and Johnson Wagner (Pro V1x), winner of last week's Sony Open in Hawaii.

Pro V1x players have now won the PGA Tour's first three events of 2012, beginning with Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker's season-opening victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

in 2011, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players won 33 of 44 PGA Tour events played, including a pair of early-season wins for Wilson (Sony Open, Phoenix Open).

Sunday's victory was the fifth of Wilson's career, not to mention the coldest.

 "I played in short sleeves all day I didn't want to put my sweater on the last hole," Wilson said. "That's why I was blowing on my hands to get them warm enough to get that last hole in."

He already had the hot hand, of course, hitting over 80 percent of his greens in regulation Sunday and playing his last 8 holes in 4 under, including a hole-out from the bunker for birdie on No. 12 and the clinching putt on the 18th.

Wilson topped a leader board that featured 10 Titleist golf ball loyalists among the top 11: Wilson, Garrigus, Mallinger, Wagner, Jeff Maggert (Pro V1x), John Senden (Pro V1), David Toms (Pro V1), Ben Crane (Pro V1x), Bobby Gates (Pro V1x) and Zach Johnson (Pro V1x).

A total of 99 players in the field relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined.

Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (41); sand, lob and approach wedges (123); and putters (57).

• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Dan Forsman captured the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball to

Forsman, who led the field in Greens in Regulation (81.5 percent) and finished T-4 in Driving Accuracy (81 percent) finished the three rounds at Hualalai Resort at 15-under 201, two shots ahead of Jay Don Blake (Pro V1x).

The win marked the third victory of Forsman's Champions Tour career.

"On the 18th green I couldn't even speak," Forsman told PGATour.com. "I am really humbled to top this field of guys I've admired and competed with all my professional life. The chance to be on top of a distinguished group of players like this is something I'll always cherish. You've got to be blessed to have opportunities like this and I feel like I am."

• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the No. 1 golf ball of choice at the Volvo Golf Champions event with 17 players, more than two times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all other golf balls combined.

What's in Your Ball Pocket?

When Steve Stricker reaches into the ball pocket on his golf bag, he knows exactly what he's getting: A Titleist Pro V1x golf ball. Every time.

For Adam Scott, it's always a Titleist Pro V1. Same for K.J. Choi. For Rory McIlroy? Pro V1x, every time.

Top amateur golfers subscribe to the same philosophy, choosing to play the same brand and model golf ball every time they play or practice, whether it's on the course, a practice green or in a short-game area.

The reason is simple: Changing the golf ball changes every shot.

And if you want to shoot lower scores and consistently play your best golf, one of the first steps is knowing what to expect out of your golf ball on each and every swing.

 What does your golf ball pocket look like?

"Consistency starts with knowing how the golf ball is going to perform," says Bill Morgan, Senior Vice President of Titleist Golf Ball R&D.

"We play with the same driver, the same irons, the same putter during the course of the round, but a lot of golfers think nothing of pulling out a different golf ball than what they started with and playing their next shot with it. .... Unless you're prepared for that and skilled enough to change your swing, you're going to get a different result."

Through extensive player and robot testing, Morgan says, the R&D team has found "dramatic differences in golf ball performance on shots into the green from brand to brand to brand."

For example, say you're hitting a short iron into a green. What's the goal? Hitting it as close to the pin as possible, if not in the hole. The closer you hit it to the pin, the better your chances of making the putt and lowering your score.

Executing that shot consistently not only requires a good swing, but knowing how your golf ball is going to react when it hits the putting surface.

"Does it hit and stop? Does it bounce a couple times before checking up? That sort of reliance and that confidence in your golf ball can really start to alter the rest of your game," says Titleist Golf Ball Fitter Michael Collins.

Accordingly, here are a couple easy New Year's resolutions you can add to your list, courtesy of Mike Gibson, Manager of Titleist Golf Ball Fitting.

"First, make sure you have been properly fit for the best golf for your game," he says. "Second, stick to that golf ball for the season. For casual rounds and tournament rounds. On the practice green before a round. Even if you're just hitting pitches in your backyard."

Titleist's green-to-tee ball fitting methodology is based on the fact that most scoring opportunities are created by shots into the target, and improving your game in those areas will have the most game-changing affects.

"As you learn how your golf ball performs in various situations, you also gain the confidence necessary to hit more greens and get the ball closer to the pin," Gibson says. "Whether you're a tour pro or a 15-handicap, you're going to make shorter putts more often. Who doesn't want to make more putts?"

Step one: Taking a look in your golf ball pocket.

To begin the Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting process yourself, click here.

Video: Webb Simpson's Practice Routine

How best to describe Webb Simpson's 2011 PGA Tour season?

Let's just call it an all-around great year. Literally.

While most people will remember Webb's season for his pair of victories (Wyndham Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship) and his first Presidents Cup appearance, Team Titleist was even more impressed by his consistency.

Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and a bag of Titleist equipment, Webb finished the season No. 1 in the PGA Tour's All-Around Ranking statistic, which totals a player's rank in eight statistical categories (Greens in Regulation, Sand Saves, Driving Distance, Driving Accuracy, Scoring Leaders, Putting Leaders, Eagle Leaders and Birdie Leaders).

All of that also added up to 21 top-25 finishes in 26 starts, including a pair of wins and three runner-up finishes, as well as a monumental jump to No. 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Recently, Webb spoke with Team Titleist about his practice routines and how amateur golfers should best use their practice time, which you can watch in the above video.

And remember, you can keep track of your scores and key golf stats in Team Titleist's 'My Game' section, accessible via the left hand navigation bar on this page.

Video: Gary Woodland's Shot(s) of the Year

Titleist Brand Ambassador Gary Woodland may be best known for how far he can hit his Titleist 910D3 driver, but his most significant swings of 2011 came with his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter and his Titleist MB 4-iron.

During the final round of the Transitions Championship in March, Gary stood over his Pro V1 golf ball on Innisbrook Resort's 18th green, needing to make an 11-footer for par to remain atop the leader board with only one group behind him.

Gary rolled his Pro V1 into the middle of the cup, fist-pumping what would eventually be the putt that won him his first PGA Tour title.

It was a "perfect" 4-iron in the middle of January, however, that may have been the most important shot of the year.

Gary breaks down both shots in the above video. For a replay of his game-winning putt at Transitions, check out the video below (1:48 mark).

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