If the fast and firm conditions at Muirfield aren't enough of a test this week at the Open Championship, players will also be greeted by another local course design element that you won't want to bring into play - pot bunkers.

So what do you do if you find yourself climbing down into one of these bunkers?

Dave Phillips, co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute, checks in and shares another great tip with Team Titleist on how to navigate these dreaded hazards.

And while you might see a lot of pot bunkers where you play, this tip is sure to help your sand game and hopefully lead to more sandies in your future.

Check out the video above and in case you missed Dave's advice on playing into the wind, you can check it our here... 

>> Tips from TPI: Into the Wind at the Open Championship

Stay tuned to Team Titleist for more tips from Dave this week and don’t forget to check out MyTPI.com for even more exclusive golf-specific health, fitness and swing advice. 

Titleist Ambassador, Brian Hadley of Thames Valley Golf Club in London, ON didn't just defend his 2012 win at the PGA of Ontario Championship. He did so in dramatic fashion by shooting 59-69=128 to win the 2013 event by 10 strokes! 

"Today's (Tuesday) round was certainly less stressful than last year when I came from one stroke back after the opening round to win the championship," Hadley explained during a post round interview with the PGA of Ontario.

Brian's 59 was noticed internationally as a number of media outlets including GolfWeek.com covered the rare feat.

Recently, Brian visited Titleist expert fitter, Chris Welton, at the Titleist National Fitting Centre at Eagles Nest Golf Club to make some adjustments to his driver.  Brian went on to use his new 913D3 7.5 degree driver to win the RBC Canadian Open Ontario Regional Qualifier, earning him a spot in next week's Canadian Open field at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

Brian lines up a putt on his way to 59. (Photography by Brent Long)

Brian trusted a full bag of Titleist equipment including his Pro V1x golf ball on his way to victory.  In fact, 78% of the PGA of Ontario Championship field trusted the Titleist golf ball in one of the provinces most prestigious events of the year.  That is over 4 times the nearest competitor.  Titleist was also the #1 choice at the PGA of Ontario Championship in every major equipment category: Golf Balls (78%), Driver (44%), Irons (46%), Fairways (44%), Hybrids (59%), Irons (43%), Putters (41%), Wedges (57%).

Congratulations to Brian Hadley on carding an impressive 59 on his way to defending his PGA of Ontario Championship title with a dominating performance.  Good luck at the 2013 Canadian Open next week Brian!

Brian showing off his trophy and scorecard after 10 shot victory.
(Photography by Brent Long)

Open Championship conditions vary year-to-year (if not minute-to-minute) but one constant is an emphasis on having the short game in top-form coming into the event. Sometimes that means taking a closer look at your wedge setup and making sure you're taking into consideration the turf along with the different short game shots that will be required to successfully navigate the terrain.

Team Titleist caught up with Master Craftsman Bob Vokey to get his take on what changes players might be making as they look to dial-in their wedge play at Muirfield and found out that a few little tweaks might go a long way.

Check out what Bob had to say in the video above.

If you've ever played links-style golf, you know that the weather is usually a factor and when the wind is blowing you'll need to work hard at controlling the flight of your golf ball.

At the Open Championship there is always a premium placed on your ability to work the golf ball with the wind, against the wind and sometimes under the wind.

So before you tee it up again on a windy day, check out the latest tip from Dave Phillips, co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute, as he shares some thoughts on club selection, setup and strategy for those blustery days.

Stay tuned to Team Titleist for more tips from Dave this week and don’t forget to check out MyTPI.com for even more exclusive golf-specific health, fitness and swing advice. 

Welcome to the Open Championship

The season’s third major is upon us and many of the world’s best golfers have made the journey to the shores of Scotland for a chance to be crowned Champion Golfer of the Year and to take home the coveted Claret Jug.

The iconic yellow leaderboard is standing tall as the game’s oldest major makes its return to Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland. And if a player wants to see his name at the top on Sunday, he’ll have to prevail on a challenging links course that is shaping up to be firm and fast this week.

Let’s not forget that the weather can also change in a heartbeat to add another level of difficulty in the already demanding quest of securing a major title.

Watch the video above to see what Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists including past Open Champions Padraig Harrington (2007 and 2008) and Ben Curtis (2003), along with Bud Cauley, Jason Dufner and Bo Van Pelt had to say about the next major test.

Welcome to the Open Championship.

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