Posted: December 20, 2012
We recently caught up with Titleist Advisory Staff Instructor Jason Floyd of The Jason Floyd Golf Academy, based at Villa Padierna in Marbella in Spain, to capture more tips, drills and instruction to help Team Titleist members work on their games.
As well as running his academies in Spain (two in Madrid in addition to the base in Marbella), Jason has coached players on all of the world's major professional tours and was this year granted the status of PGA Fellow Professional.
Jason takes an holistic approach to coaching - including the areas of swing efficiency, physical conditioning, custom fitting, short game, mental development, course management and tournament preparation, to name but a few!
We also caught up with Mike Wood, the Fitness & Performance Director at the Jason Floyd Golf Academy, to look at some flexibility and exercise drills that could be considered as part of your supervised fitness plan. Similarly, Mike has worked with golfers at all levels to help them maximise performance through a combination of movement, golf biomechanics, functional training and sport performance.
In this first drill, Jason looks at how to promote better ball striking by reducing over-swinging. To view the video, either click here or on the video above.
Over the next few weeks, we will bring you a mix of tips and drills from Jason and Mike focusing on shot techniques and on physical preparation. We hope you enjoy!
Posted: December 18, 2012
On the PGA Tour, there might not be a more difficult test of nerves than coming down the stretch on a Sunday, in contention, trying to hold off the 70-plus players battling for the spot atop the leader board, all while trying to win your first tournament.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner spoke to Team Titleist about what was running through his mind as he faced that kind of challenge earlier this year at the Zurich Classic.
After hitting his tee shot into the water, Dufner steadied his nerves, walked up to his Pro V1 golf ball with a Vokey wedge in hand and landed his approach shot 50 feet from the hole.
While he admits to having some less-than-positive thoughts initially running through his head, that all changed as he stepped up to his 50 footer.
“It just happened to be in a spot that I had been in previously the year before. Pretty similar, probably within probably two paces of where I putted from the year before,” said Dufner.
“I made the putt the year before and for whatever reason I knew that put was going to go in on that 16th hole.”
That shot ended up being the difference maker for Dufner. He made it into the playoff and went on to win the tournament to secure his first career victory on tour and kickstart a season that included two wins, eight top-10 finishes and 21 cuts made in 22 tournaments.
Hear more from Jason in the video above and stay tuned for even more Team Titleist Shots of the Year.
And don’t forget to check out the earlier installments below.
Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Louis Oosthuizen Edition
Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Rickie Fowler Edition
Posted: December 17, 2012
It was a two win weekend for Titleist ambassadors and golf ball loyalists on the world's professional tours to close out 2012, headlined by a further win for the new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball and Daniel Popovic's first professional win at the Australian PGA Championship.
LatinoAmerica: Pro V1x loyalist and two-time major champion Angel Cabrera relied on the new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball to capture the season-ending 107 Visa Open de Argentina by four shots.
Cabrera closed with an 8-under 64 on his way to a an 18-under par victory total of 270.
Also finding immediate success with the new Titleist Pro V1x prototype golf ball was Titleist ball loyalist Miguel Carballo, who tied for second with Pro V1x loyalist Oscar Fraustro - giving Titleist golf ball loyalists the top three positions on the leaderboard.
Cabrera becomes the fourth player to win with the new Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x prototype golf ball since the seeding process began on the PGA Tour in October.
He joins Adam Scott (Australian Masters), Luke Donald (Dunlop Pheonix) and Hiroyuki Fujita (Japan Series JT Cup) in the new golf ball winners' circle.
Titleist was the top choice in the golf ball category with 125 players in the field of 144, nearly nine times the nearest competitor with 14.
Australasian: Titleist brand ambassador Daniel Popovic (Pro V1, 913 D2 driver, 913F fairway, AP2 irons, Vokey Design pitching, gap and lob wedges) fired two successive 3-under rounds of 69 en route to a 16-under total and his first ever professional victory at the Australian PGA Championship at the Palmer Coolum Resort.
Popovic, a rookie who won last year's qualifying school, finished four shots clear of two players including Pro V1x loyalist Anthony Brown.
Thirteen of the 16 players who finished among the top 10 and ties at the event relied upon a Titleist golf ball for their success. Titleist was the overwhelming ball of choice at the Australian PGA Championship with 120 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 17.
European (2013): Titleist was the clear choice of more players in the field of 156 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, with 108 players - six times the nearest competitor with 18.
Pro V1 loyalist Kristoffer Broberg, a four time winner on the Challenge Tour during the 2012 season, got off to a fast start on his first full season on the European Tour, securing the runner's up spot. Titleist ambassador George Coetzee also cemented his place inside the world's top 50 when finishing in a tie for tenth - ensuring that he secured an invite to the 2013 Masters Tournament.
Additionally, Pro V1x loyalist Keith Horne posted successive holes-in-one on the 12th hole on Friday and Saturday.
Asian: After finishing in a tie for fifth place at the weather-shortened Iskandar Johor Open, Pro V1x loyalist Thaworn Wiratchant captured the Asian Tour's Order of Merit for the second time in his career - having first won it in 2005.
Titleist was the top choice in the golf ball category with 71 players, more than three times the nearest competitor with 20. Seven of the top 10 finishers relied upon a Titleist golf ball for their success at the Asian Tour's season-ending event.