You’ve just flagged your approach shot from the fairway and as you get closer to the green, you find your golf ball resting just outside of that tap-in range.

No need to worry, we’ve enlisted Titleist Brand Ambassador George Coetzee to help us turn those 4-footers into tap-ins. And as you will see in the video, George shares a favorite drill that he uses to reinforce success.

“Repetition is a big key for me,” George explained to us as he placed tees in the green on four points of the compass. “At each point, if you can make forty or fifty putts in a row, then you build your confidence and you learn to repeat a quite simple stroke.”

Watch the video above to hear what else George has to say and give this drill a try the next time you're out on the practice green.


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The new Scotty Cameron Futura X Dual Balance mallet, a product of comprehensive putting research and golfer testing, provides maximum stability through the stroke and at impact from a high MOI, counterbalanced design.

The Futura X Dual Balance mallet features advanced perimeter stability weighting in the head and a standard length of 38 inches with a large diameter 15-inch grip that reduces hand action for a smoother, more stable stroke. A 50-gram counterweight in the butt of the putter shaft helps golfers make a proper stroke with the butt of the shaft pointed at the midsection.

“We’ve found, through our last 20 years of high speed video research with tour players, that the best putters in the world point the butt of their putter at their midsection throughout the putting stroke,” said Master Craftsman Scotty Cameron, whose putters have been the No. 1 choice of players on the PGA Tour since 1997 and counting. “From address, to the backstroke, at impact and through the forward stroke – the butt of the putter remains pointed to about the same 1- or 2-inch circle in their belly area.

“With Futura X Dual Balance, the goal was to slow down the butt end of the putter and keep it stable. If you have quick hands, drag the butt away, or you struggle to make a consistent stroke with a conventional putter, Futura X Dual Balance is a great option.”

The proper length of a Dual Balance putter is three inches longer than a golfer’s conventional putter length. Accordingly, the standard length of Dual Balance is 38 inches, three inches longer than the standard length of a conventional 35-inch Scotty Cameron putter. The large diameter Cameron Flat Front Winn grip has a colored section at the top that indicates the proper hand placement at 35 inches, which keeps the 50-gram counterweight above the hands for maximum effect. The 15-inch grip length also allows for multiple hand placement options and the ability to grip up or down, depending on the player’s preference.

“The higher we can get the butt weight, the more counterbalance effect there is,” Cameron said. “The additional three inches provides stability but keeps the putter unanchored.”

Precision milled from high-grade 6061 aluminum, the Futura X Dual Balance head utilizes a heavy stainless center section and stainless heel and toe to deliver a precise counterbalance with an extra 50 grams in the head and a 50-gram weight in the shaft. The overall headweight is 400 grams, 50 grams heavier than the standard Futura X.

“We developed numerous prototypes using various counterbalance weighting techniques and tested them with golfers at the Putter Studio and on the PGA Tour,” Cameron said. “When we introduced dual balance technology, the player feedback was extraordinary. It’s very balanced, it’s very controlled. It slows everything down and promotes a more flowing, lethargic stroke without the putter feeling too heavy. Some players have said it feels like an SUV versus a sports car.”

The Futura X Dual Balance head also features advanced perimeter stability weighting with four stainless heel-toe weights, two 20-gram weights on the rear balance bar and two 10-gram sole weights in the front corners of the putter. The resulting deep CG plus the perimeter weighting under the face creates forgiveness and solid feel for a great roll.

“That rear balance bar allows us to add considerable weight a fairly long distance away from the shaft axis, which is really what drives the high MOI,” said Cameron. “Can you get it too far back weighted? Absolutely. We put the balance point so it sets well and maximizes the MOI and the resistance to twist at impact on off center hits.”

The putter has a Frozen Titanium finish that helps reduce glare, two black sightlines and red cherry-dot weights in the sole and balance bar. The mid-milled face texture draws a crisp sound from the aluminum face and body. 

A double-bend, stepless steel shaft with one shaft of offset provides a square, technical visual at address.

The original Futura X head design was the direct result of Cameron’s extensive work with Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott, who used a prototype version of the putter in winning the 2013 Masters Tournament. Scott, who has been using Cameron putters for more than a decade, calls his Futura X “the most stable putter I have ever played.”

PRODUCT FEATURES:

• STABILITY through the stroke from the deep, perimeter weighted balance bar and high MOI design.

• SOLID FEEL AND FORGIVENESS at impact from the perimeter sole weights placed under the face.

• MINIMUM TOE FLOW through the stroke from the deep weights that create a force balanced face.

• COUNTERBALANCE from a 50g heavier head and 50g weight in the butt of the shaft that helps stabilize your stroke.

• REFINED COSMETICS with a Frozen Titanium finish and red-dot graphics.

• IMPROVED SOUND from the midmilled face texture.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:

• Loft: 3.5º

• Lie: 70º

• RH Lengths: 38’’

• LH Lengths: 38’’Head Material: 6061 T6 Aluminum and Stainless Steel

• Toe Flow: Minimum

• Neck: Double Bend

• Offset: One shaft

• Grip: Cameron Flat Front Winn

• Available in 1” lengths from 36-40”.

• Some lengths are custom order only.

• Custom Loft +/-1° Custom Lie +/-2°.

 

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.

As the final events play out for the 2013 season on the worldwide professional golf tours, the winning ways continue for players trusting Titleist. Relying on a Pro V1x golf ball and new AP2 irons (714 series) among his full bag of Titleist equipment, Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson rallied from four shots behind with eight holes to play to capture the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. The comeback will be long remembered for a stunning hole out by Johnson on the 72nd hole that forced a playoff in which he ultimately prevailed.

Joining Johnson in this week's winners' circle, Titleist Brand Ambassador Marcelo Rozo captured his first career victory on the LatinoAmerica Tour, raising the trophy at the VISA Argentina Open. Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players have now won 158 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 40 and more than all other competitors combined.

To date, 22,010 players have trusted a Titleist golf ball across the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than six times the nearest competitor with 3,238 and more than all other competitors combined.

Let's review this weekend's action from around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.

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PGA TOUR (Unofficial): Northwestern Mutual World Challenge

Johnson's dramatic finish came after his approach to the 72nd hole found the hazard fronting the 18th green. Playing his fourth shot from a drop zone 58 yards from the flag, Johnson played a knockdown shot with his Vokey Design Hand Ground, 60-degree, V-Grind lob wedge that skipped, bounced twice, halted inches beyond the pin and then spun back gently into the heart of the cup, capping a 4-under round of 68. The par matched his playing partner, who got up and down from a greenside bunker at the last to send the contest to extra holes. Both players finished with 13-under 275 scoring totals.

Returning to the 444-yard 18th hole at Sherwood Country Club for the first playoff hole, Johnson struck a perfect drive down the right side of the fairway. Relying upon his new AP2 9-iron, Johnson struck a solid approach that left him a 15-foot birdie putt. His birdie bid burned the left edge of the cup, but the tap-in par was all he needed after his fellow competitor made bogey.

Just prior to attending the Northwester Mutual World Challenge, Johnson visited the Titleist Test Facility in Oceanside, CA.  During testing with the Titleist Club R&D Team, Johnson decided to put new AP2 irons (714 series) in the bag, as well as a new 18-degree 913FD fairway metal.

The new AP1 and AP2 (714 Series) irons feature progressive designs to produce optimum launch, trajectory and distance for each loft.  Advanced CG height progression, precisely designed into both models, creates higher launching long irons and flatter launching short irons for more carry distance with outstanding control to help players stop the ball on the green, closer to the hole.

While the World Challenge is not recognized as an official event on the PGA TOUR schedule, it does provide world ranking points and the win vaulted Johnson to No. 9 in the Official World Golf Rankings.  This marks the first time in his career that Johnson has occupied a spot in the top-10.

"I feel very fortunate, and a bit lucky," Johnson would say after the victory. "A little too dramatic for me.”

Though luck was on his side at the last, Zach's play down the stretch seemed to foreshadow the memorable shot. On the par-5 16th, he laid up and nearly holed a sand wedge from 88 yards. The shot led to a tap-in birdie. On the very next hole Johnson flagged his 8-iron tee shot, sinking a four foot birdie putt that gave him a share of the lead as they headed to the wild finish.

WHAT’S IN ZACH JOHNSON’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 (8.5°) driver, 913FD (15.0°, 18.0°) fairway metals, AP1 (4) and new AP2 (5-9) irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching (48°) and sand (54°) wedges, Vokey Design Hand Ground (60°, V-Grind) wedge.

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LATINOAMERICA TOUR: VISA Argentina Open

Of the 131-player field, 108 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13.

In the final event on the 2013 LatinoAmerica Tour calendar, Marcelo Rozo closed with an even-par 72 on Sunday, good for a 10-under-par 278 and a two-shot margin of victory in his first LatinoAmerica Tour win.

Jeff Gove (Pro V1x), a three time winner on the Web.com Tour, finished with a 5-under 67 to take solo second at the event.

Two players tied for 3rd at 7-under 281, including fellow Pro V1x loyalist Bronson Burgoon.

WHAT’S IN MARCELO ROZO’S BAG?: Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D2 (8.5°) driver, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 approach (52°) and lob (58°) wedges.

 

Welcome to the Hong Kong Open


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The European Tour makes the first of its stops in the Far East this week with the 55th anniversary of the Hong Kong Open being held at the prestigious Hong Kong G.C.  Although it is one of the shortest courses the Tour will visit at 6,699 yards, it is well protected by tight, tree lined fairways and numerous water features. 

In the field this week and flying the flag for the Titleist Brand are ambassadors Seve Benson, Espen Kofstad, and Alexander Levy.  Along with these players are recent Challenge Tour graduates Stuart Manley and current round 2 leader JBe Kruger.

Good luck to all Titleist Ambassadors in the field this week, and as always, stay tuned to Team Titleist for further updates.

 

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