Earlier in the week Team Titleist brought you a slideshow and detailed the seeding process for the new prototype Titleist 913 fairways and hybrids on the European Tour.

We caught up with Titleist ambassadors Peter O'Malley, Martin Wiegele and Simon Thornton after the work they had done with Titleist Tech Reps Phil Dimmock and Mattias Jelver on the range at St Andrews during the Dunhill Links Championship.

The reaction was unanimously positive and, although this was the first stage of the testing and tour validation process, it was hugely encouraging that 15 players (including Martin and Simon) put one or more of the products straight into play.

To see what they had to say, just click on the video above.

We'll bring you more player feedback and a summary of the process from Titleist Tech Rep Phil very soon.

The #1 Gift in Golf

You've probably already noticed that department stores and supermarkets are already gearing up for Christmas! But what will be under the tree when you wake up on Christmas morning? More socks? Another CD that would be better used as a drinks coaster?

If you're looking to drop hints to your loved ones or if you're looking for the perfect gift for the avid golfer in your life, what better gift than a dozen (or more) personalised Titleist golf balls?

And from now until December 10, you can add personalisation to your Titleist golf ball order for free - the free printing programme is available on all Titleist golf balls, including the legendary Pro V1 and Pro V1x models.

You can also choose from the new 2012 top-grade line-up of Titleist golf balls, including the NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT SoLo. Each model has been individually designed to deliver the best in category for quality and consistency, while providing a range of performance and preference options to meet every golfer's needs.

And the personalisation can be anything from a golfer's initials, to their nickname or even a special Christmas message - printed in black capitals, with up to three lines and a maximum of 17 characters per line.

To make the gift even more special, each dozen ordered will include a Titleist ball marker and will be packed in a specially designed Christmas wrap - the perfect festive touch.

With a minimum order of just one dozen, the closing date for pre-Christmas delivery is December 10 - simply contact your PGA pro or authorised Titleist retailer to place your order.

*Acushnet Europe Ltd reserves the right to refuse printing of a message onto a Titleist or Pinnacle golf ball.

Since their introduction to the worldwide professional tours, Titleist 913 drivers have been widely accepted by some of the best players in the world. There are now over 100 players teeing up 913 drivers across the worldwide tours and a number of these players have already entered the winner's circle with the new driver in play. To date, Titleist 913 drivers have recorded 11 tournament victories across five different professional tours.

And now, golfers in the UK and Ireland can dial in their SureFit Tour settings and get fitted into 913D2 or D3 at any of the four Titleist National Fitting Centres - St Ives (Hunts) Golf Club in Cambridgeshire, Kings Acre Golf Club in Midlothian, G.U.I. National Academy at Carton House in County Kildare and The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

Fitting appointments can now be booked Monday to Friday (Monday and Thursday only for The Celtic Manor Resort) via your PGA pro or authorised Titleist retailer. Orders can then be placed by your pro or Titleist retailer for shipping during w/c 5 November.

The 913 family of drivers features the innovative SureFit Tour hosel, as well as a new face insert which produces faster ball speeds across the clubface and makes the 913D2 & D3 the most forgiving drivers Titleist has ever made.

The 460cc 913D2 and 445cc 913D3 have been designed to offer total performance, with both producing the same launch and spin characteristics which, coupled with an extensive matrix of shaft options, maximises fitting flexibility. The 913D2 offers a slight draw bias over the 913D3 which plays with a more neutral set up for those that prefer workability. While the 913D2 is the more forgiving of the two club-heads, both 913 models offer excellent levels of forgiveness and provide a superior blend of performance that will benefit all serious golfers!

So get in touch with your pro or authorised Titleist retailer to book your appointment to be fit for for the new Titleist 913 driver - more speed, more distance, more performance.

Titleist ambassador James Kingston was first up to be fit for the prototype 913F and 913Fd - and loved the launch!

Following the successful seeding of 913D2 and D3 drivers, which started on the European Tour at the French Open in July, the Titleist Tour Team began the tour seeding and validation process for the prototype Titleist 913F and 913H metals at the Dunhill Links Championship last week.

Team Titleist was on hand to capture the process and player feedback on the new prototype 913 fairways and hybrids.

With gusting wind, rain, sunshine, hailstones and tight lies challenging the players, the initial reaction to the prototype 913F, 913Fd, 913H and 913Hd metals was very positive - so much so that 15 players put one or more of the clubs straight into play on the testing links tracks.

Titleist Tour Technicians Phil Dimmock and Mattias Jelver spent three days on the range at St Andrews working with Titleist ambassadors to dial in their optimum SureFit Tour settings - as the first stage of the seeding process for 913 metals on the European Tour.

"The weather was definitely a good test for the prototype 913 fairways and hybrids," explains Phil. "The wind was either following or off the right on the range, which would normally make launching the golf ball more of a challenge.

"However, nearly all of the players that we worked with commented on how well they were able to get launch angles up, even from the tightest of lies. Coupled with lower spin and a hotter face, the results were very positive."

And this improved launch and overall performance clearly hit home with lots of players as 15 Titleist ambassadors - including Jbe Kruger, Victor Dubuisson, Bernd Wiesberger, Thomas Levet, Matteo Manassero, James Kingston, Brett Rumford and Ken Ferrie - put one or more 913 fairways and hybrids into play at the Dunhill Links Championships.

The seeding, testing and validation process continues in earnest this week at the Portugal Masters, as Phil and Mattias Jelver will work further with players to evaluate the variety of options that the SureFit Tour Hosel system presents.

We'll bring you more reaction to the seeding and tour validation of the prototype 913 fairways and hybrids in another Team Titleist blog post soon!

To view the slideshow, simply click on the image above.

It's been a hugely busy week for the Titleist Tour Teams around the globe, with prototype Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls being seeded for performance validation on the PGA Tour and prototype 913F and 913H metals being seeded on the European Tour.

And as this performance validation began, Titleist golf balls were the overwhelming choice of more players across all tours - including 18 players who put the prototype Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls straight into play at the JT Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Pro V1 loyalist Ryan Moore with the JT Shriners Hospitals for Children Open trophy

PGA:  Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Ryan Moore birdied the par-5 16th hole to take the outright lead and then closed with consecutive pars en route to a 24-under 260 total and a one-shot victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Titleist Brand Ambassador Brendon de Jonge (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 913F fairway metal, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi putter) was just one shot back in second and Pro V1x loyalist Jonas Blixt finished solo third at 20-under, as Titleist players finished 1-2-3 on the leaderboard.

Moore holds aloft his Pro V1 golf ball

Bill Lunde, relying upon the new Pro V1x prototype golf ball, finished solo fifth after closing with a 5-under 66.

It was 12 years ago this week at the Invensys Classic in Las Vegas when Titleist debuted the original Pro V1, marking a revolutionary paradigm shift in the high performance solid construction golf ball category. In its first week available on the PGA TOUR in October of 2000, 47 players switched to the new Pro V1 golf ball, including the winner and four of the top six finishers.

Among the top finishers 12 years ago was Chris DiMarco, who tied for 5th place after a closing with a 63 for a 25-under par 335 total in the five-round, 90-hole event.  DiMarco, a Titleist golf ball loyalist throughout his professional career, switched again this week, this time to the new Pro V1 prototype golf ball.  He was one of 18 players participating in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open who put the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototype golf balls to the ultimate test at the first event in which they were available for competition.

Below is a list of players, including Bill Lunde, who put the new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototypes in play at Las Vegas this week: 


Pro V1 (4):  Chris DiMarco, Ken Duke, Charley Hoffman, Tim Clark

Pro V1x (14): Blake Adams, Arjun Atwal, Cameron Beckman, Jason Bohn, Michael Bradley, Bart Bryant, Angel Cabrera, Gavin Coles, Martin Flores, Bobby Gates, Jr., Mathew Goggin, Bill Lunde, John Merrick and Scott Stallings.

Titleist was the most played golf ball in the field of 132, with 85 players, including 18 of whom put the new Pro V1 (4) and Pro V1x (14) in the play the first week it was available for competition. 

EUROPEAN: For the Titleist Tour Team, the Dunhill Links Championship marked the start of the seeding and tour validation process for the prototype 913F and 913H metals on the European Tour. Some 15 players, including Titleist ambassadors Jbe Kruger, Matteo Manassero, Victor Dubuisson, Bernd Wiesberger and Thomas Levet put one or more of the clubs straight into play. A full report on the seeding process on the European Tour will follow on the Team Titleist blog.

Titleist ambassador Jbe Kruger put the prototype 913F and 913H straight in the bag this week

Meanwhile, Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 102 players (61%) in the field of 168, more than four times the nearest competitor with 23.

CHAMPIONS: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Bernhard Langer rallied to win the SAS Championship - his 16th Champions Tour title - and took the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race in the process.  Langer fired a final round 9-under par 63 to top Pro V1x loyalist Jay Don Blake by two shots. 

Pro V1 loyalist Bernhard Langer strides to victory

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 58 players (72%) in the field of 81, more than six times the nearest competitor with 9.

WEB.COM:  Pro V1x golf ball loyalist David Lingmerth fired a Sunday-best 4-under 66 in damp, chilly conditions to rally for one-shot win the Neediest Kids Championship.  It marked the first career Web.com Tour title for Lingmerth, who finished with an 8-under-par 272 victory total. 

Titleist Brand Ambassadors Alistair Presnell (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design pitching, sand and lob wedges) and Philip Pettitt, Jr. (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges) both shot final round 69's and shared third place, two shots behind the champion.


Titleist ambassador Alistair Presnell on his way to a share of third place

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 99 players (69%) in the field of 144, more than six times the nearest competitor with 15.

JAPAN:  Titleist was the top choice of the field in the golf ball category with 44 players.  Titleist also led the field in gap, sand and lob wedges with 83.

ASIAN:  Titleist Pro V1x loyalist K.J. Choi of South Korea (Pro V1x, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges) successfully defended his title at the CJ Invitational Hosted by KJ Choi in Seoul, South Korea.  The tournament host closed with a 4-under-par 67 en route to a 15-under par 269 victory total, two shots clear of his nearest competitor.  Choi once again donated his winnings of $118,875 to his KJ Choi Foundation, just like he did in 2011.

Titleist Brand Ambassador and fellow South Korean, Dae-hyun Kim (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, MB Irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, gap and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron California Del Mar putter) finished solo 4th, four shots behind the champion.  Seven of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

Titleist players accounted for 64% (77 players) of the 120-player field, more than four times the nearest competitor with 16 players.
  
CHINA:  Titleist players accounted for 73% (55 players) of the field of 75, more than four times the nearest competitor with 13.

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