The Holiday Season is in full swing and if you're looking to climb to the top of the gift giving leaderboard this year, Team Titleist is here to help.

Sinking a 15-footer for birdie or scrambling for par can be hard, but giving (or getting) the perfect gift doesn’t have to be. So skip the giftcard, fruit basket or ties and give your favorite golfer (or golfers) the gift that top's every wish list - Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls.

It’s the gift that keeps spirits high and scores low. And when you purchase a dozen Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls, ask about a special offer from Titleist.

Also, just in case you missed it, from now until Dec. 31, 2013, personalization charges will be waived on all orders of Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x, NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT SoLo golf balls. Free personalization is also available on custom orders of Pro V1 and Pro V1x with double-digit play numbers (00 and 10-99)

The #1 ball in golf is also the #1 gift in golf, particularly when it comes with a personal touch.

Personalization includes up to three lines of block text (17 characters per line) imprinted on each golf ball in black, blue, green, red or pink ink. Popular choices include names, nicknames, initials, holiday greetings, congratulations and inspirational messages. Twitter usernames (i.e., @TitleistCA) and hashtags (i.e., #TeamTitleist) are also growing in popularity.

On Pro V1 and Pro V1x models, the combination of a single- or double-digit play number (1-9, 00 and 10-99) with personalization is often used to commemorate a holiday, birthday, anniversary or other significant date or event. Lucky or favorite numbers and athlete jersey numbers are also popular options.

Individual numbers are also available on NXT Tour and NXT Tour S (1-4); Velocity (1-4 or 00, 11, 22, 33); and DT SoLo (1-4) models.

The minimum order for free personalization is just one dozen. Orders can be placed by visiting any authorized Titleist golf shop. To locate a local Titleist golf shop, please visit the Titleist golf shop locator at: http://www.titleist.ca/find-a-golf-shop.

*For custom individual and double-digit play numbers, an additional charge may apply.

2013 Titleist Custom Holiday Promotion Details:

  • Offer: Free personalization (single pole personalization only).
  • Products: All Titleist golf ball models.
  • Imprint: Black, Blue, Red, Green, Pink, Gold and Silver ink.
  • 1 color per personalization.
  • Maximum 17 characters per line, up to 3 lines of personalization.
  • Minimum: 1 dozen (packaged in standard dozens).
  • Dates: An order must be placed between Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2013.
  • Orders received by Dec. 9, 2013 are guaranteed to arrive by Dec. 24, 2013.
  • November 15, 2013 is the last day that orders for Double Digit Play/Special Play Numbers will be guaranteed for delivery prior to December 24, 2013.
  • Orders for individual and double-digit/special play numbers may incur an additional charge.
  • Individual play numbers: Pro V1 and Pro V1x (1-9); NXT Tour and NXT Tour S (1-4); Velocity (1-4 or 00, 11, 22, 33); DT SoLo (1-4).
  • Double-digit/special play numbers (Pro V1 and Pro V1x only): 00 and 11-99.

 

Your tee shot was pure, and you're thinking birdie as you move from tee box to the fairway. But when you arrive at your ball, the resulting lie has your front foot several inches below your back foot.

The fantasy of a wedge and a kick-in is now replaced with just preventing a bogey.

We asked Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen to help us level our stance, and our heads, for this tough shot.

Louis told us that he sees most amateurs make the mistake of distributing their weight on their rear foot.

"You need to put your weight on your (lead) foot, to make sure you get everything level to the ball, to make sure you make good contact with the ball."

Watch the video above to see what else Louis has to say about alignment, to turn this shot into a highlight in your next round.

It was a quick flip of the European Tour calendar as the 2013-14 season kicked off this week with the South African Open. And carrying over the excitement from last week’s finale in Dubai that featured Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stensontaking home the DP World Tour Champions title along with the season-long Race to Dubai, Titleist Brand Ambassador Morten Ørum Madsen began the new season in style, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and Titleist golf clubs through the bag in claiming his first career European Tour title.

Madsen’s win highlighted a weekend in which Titleist golf ball players claimed five victories around the globe, including Shanshan Feng’s win at the CME Group Titleholders (Pro V1x/LPGA Tour); Luke Donald’s successful defense of his title at the Dunlop Phoenix (Pro V1x/Japan Tour); Titleist Brand Ambassador Aron Price’s win at the Gloria Jeans New South Wales Open (Pro V1x/Australasian Tour); and Guang Ming Yang’s victory at the China PGA Champions Chongqing Event (Pro V1x/China PGA Tour).

To date, 21,391 players around the world have trusted a Titleist golf ball on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,252 and more than all other competitors combined.

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 155 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than four times the nearest competitor with 39 and more than all other competitors combined.

This is Team Titleist, let’s wrap-up the week…

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EUROPEAN PGA TOUR: South African Open Championship

Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 109 players in the field of 156, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19.

The 25-year-old Madsen closed with a five-under par 67 to finish with a 19-under 269 victory total, two shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger and Pro V1x loyalist Hennie Otto. Madsen was one of only two players in the field to shoot all four rounds in the 60s, posting scores of 67-66-69-67.

“I’m just over the moon,” the Dane said after his breakthrough win. “I’m so happy. I mean coming down here, I expected to play well but I didn’t expect to stand here. It’s kind of clichéd to say it hasn’t really sunk in, but it really hasn’t.”

What’s in Madsen’s Bag?: Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (9.5°), 913F fairway metal (15°), 913H hybrid (17°), 712U 3-iron, MB irons (3-9) 714 series, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching (48°), sand (54°) and lob (60°) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport putter.

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LPGA TOUR: CME Group Titleholders

Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 41 players in the field of 69, more than five times the nearest competitor with 7.

It was a 1-2 finish for Titleist Pro V1x golf ball loyalists at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders where Shanshan Feng closed with a six-under par 66 to claim the richest prize in women's golf.

Feng opened with four birdies in six holes to go from two shots down to the outright lead, and never gave ground the rest of the way.

Pro V1x loyalist Gerina Piller finished solo second to post her best finish on the LPGA Tour.

Feng played the final 31 holes without a bogey. The win was her third of the year.

Fellow Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis became the first American since 1994 to win the Vare Trophy for her 69.484 scoring average, the lowest this year on the LPGA Tour.

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JAPAN TOUR: Dunlop Phoenix

Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 37 players in the field of 84, compared to 23 for the nearest competitor.

Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald fired a final round 5-under par 66 to successfully defend his title at the Dunlop Phoenix.

Donald extended his overnight two-stroke lead to a winning margin of six by posting seven birdies and two bogeys en route to a 14-under 270 victory total.

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AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Gloria Jeans New South Wales Open

Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 111 players in the field of 144, more than five times the nearest competitor with 21.

Titleist Brand Ambassador and New South Welsh native Aron Price (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, 909H hybrid, 712U utility iron, new CB irons (714 series), Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter) won the NSW Open by four shots over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jack Wilson (Pro V1, 913D2, 913FD, 712U, 714MB irons, Vokey wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback putter) and Titleist golf ball loyalists Adam Bland (Pro V1x) and Aaron Townsend (Pro V1).

“I grew up playing in the NSW junior events and I caddied in this event 20 years ago. I have always remembered that so I would rather win the NSW Open then the Queensland or West Australian Open,” Price said following the victory.

Nine of the top 10 finishers, including each of the top seven, all relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success at the event.

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CHINA PGA CHAMPIONS TOUR: Chongqing Event

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 102 players in the 133-player field, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.

Entering the final round three shots behind the leader, Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Guang Ming Yang closed with a 2-under-par 70 to capture the China PGA Champions Tour’s Chongqing event.

Yang finished with a 14-under par 274 victory total, three shots clear of two players, including Pro V1 loyalist Bin Yan.

The win marks the first career title on the China Tour for Yang.

Eight of the 13 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

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So, you find yourself off the green, needing to lob your Titleist golf ball relatively high in the air to end up near the pin.

We know this shot can make even the most skilled wedge player second-guess themselves.

So, we asked our friends at Titleist Performance Institute to provide some help. Their Advisory Board Member, PGA Professional James Sieckmann, says the easiest way is the not necessarily the best-known.

"It's opposite what a lot of people think. If we're going to hit it high, you need to lower the handle...the more you lower the handle, the more loft is added to the club," says James.

Check out the video to see what else James advises on the setup and swing for this shot. And for more drills and exercises for your golf game, head over to http://www.myTPI.com.

Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Chamberlain won the 2013 PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada in dramatic fashion on Wednesday after facing a three-shot deficit entering the final round.  The Head Professional from Gowan Brae Golf Club in Bathurst, N.B., held off a late charge from the field before securing his two-stroke victory over a two-time champion of the event.  He secured the win with a 9-under par 207 victory total in the 3 day event.

The Ryder Course at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. proved to be a test with some very challenging pin placement's during the final round. "I was just trying to take it one hole at a time," said Chamberlain after the victory.

WHAT’S IN ADAM’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (8.5°), 913F fairway metal (13.5°), 712 irons (3-PW), Vokey Design SM4 gap (52°) and lob (58°) wedges, Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback putter.

Of the 86-player field, 80% relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 13%.  Titleist golf balls were the choice of 20 of the top 23 finishers in the event.

Team Ontario won the Inter Zone competition this year with Titleist Brand Ambassadors Dan Greenwood (Heron Point Golf Links, Alberton, ON.,) and Brian Hutton (Binbrook, ON.,) leading the charge.

With his victory, Chamberlain moves to No. 33 on the PGA of Canada Player Rankings.

*Photo by PGA of Canada

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