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Posted: July 31, 2014
Almost every golfer watches with amazement when a PGA Tour player hits a high, towering draw off the tee. The distance and control allows a player to setup an attacking approach shot into the green.
So how do we add this shot to our game? Enter Titleist Staff Professional and Director of Instruction at Greystone Golf and Country Club Mark Blackburn.
In our latest episode of 18 Shots Presented by Titleist, Mark demonstrates the proper technique for hitting the power draw and how to use the tee box to your advantage. He also provides some great insight into the role that target line, swing path and club face play in ball flight.
Watch the video above and check out all of the exclusive episodes by clicking below.
Posted: July 29, 2014
It was a Sunday to remember for Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark as he authored a near perfect final stretch where he carded birdies on five of the final nine holes to come from behind and win the RBC Canadian Open.
On his way to the win, Tim trusted his Pro V1 golf ball and Titleist 913D2 driver to lead the field in driving accuracy by hitting 83.93% of fairways. The win also marked his second career PGA Tour title and moves him up 58 spots in the FedExCup Standings.
Let's take a closer look at the Titleist equipment Tim trusted en route to his victory this weekend...
What's in Tim's Bag?
Golf Ball: Pro V1Driver: Titleist 913 D3 (9.5º) with Accra M4 55 shaftFairway Wood: Titleist 913 F.d (18º) with Fujikura Motore VC 7.2 Tour Spec shaftIrons: Titleist 714 CB (4-9) with Aerotech I 95 (S) shaftsWedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled SM4 48.06, SM4 56.14, SM5 60.08 with Dynamic Gold S400 shafts. Std. Length, .5 degrees flat
Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark rallied to win the RBC Canadian Open by one shot after birdieing five of his last eight holes. It marked the second career PGA TOUR title for Clark, who fired four consecutive rounds in the 60’s, including a closing 5-under par 65.
On the Champions Tour, Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Bernhard Langer won his second Senior Open Championship, finishing a record 13 strokes clear of his nearest competitor. Langer's 13-shot win is the largest margin of victory in a senior major, topping the previous mark of 12 shots established at the Senior PGA Championship in 1997.
To round out the week, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jean Hugo captured the Vodacom Origins of Golf - Arabella tournament for his 16th career Sunshine Tour title.
With three more wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 101. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 23 and more than all competitors combined.
In total, 14,409 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,310 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING July 27, 2014
Posted: July 25, 2014
Short Game has always been the key to mastering your score, and so it is essential you make sure that you have the right tools in your bag to maximise your performance. At the highest level of the game, a Tour Player has access to all of the best technology and expertise to make sure that their equipment is perfectly dialled in to their game. We wanted to offer two of our Team Titleist members the opportunity to be a Tour Player for the day and the experience of having our world class Leadership Team go through a short game fitting similar to ones given to the likes of Titleist Brand Ambassadors Adam Scott or Victor Dubuisson.
With our Leadership team fresh off a busy few days at The Open Championship, we headed to the world famous Wentworth Golf Club for the event. Wentworth is not only the headquarters of the European Tour, but also the host venue of the flagship BMW PGA Championship. Our two winners from Team Titleist were Malcolm Chapman and Daran Rice.
On hand from our Leadership Team were Paul Vizanko, Global Manager for Scotty Cameron putter fitting, Henry Byrne, our very own European Tour Scotty Cameron Putter technician, Aaron Dill, PGA Tour Vokey Wedge Representative, and Ben Welch, our Fitting and Sales Representative. After a brief introduction to the guys, we headed straight out to the short game area to put the guys through their paces. Malcolm and Daran were given plenty of time at each station to make sure that they were not only educated on the reason for finding the right specs, but also to ensure enough time to trial the products.
On the wedge front, we first gathered the guys around the green to run through the new SM5 wedges and explain the different bounce, grind and loft options. With that explained, it was over to the range where we had Trackman set up to work on distance gapping between their chosen wedge setup. Gapping is something that so many golfers ignore and just assume will be covered by choosing different lofts. Depending on the types of shots you hit, sometimes different lofts with different grinds and bounce configurations can go similar distances. Having dialled this in, it was back to the chipping green to make sure the chosen wedge specs were suitable in multiple conditions, and for as many shot types as possible.
Once our guys wedge specs were confirmed, it was over to the putting green to go through the Scotty Cameron Putter Selection process. First off we took the guys through the range and explained the different models, shapes, styles, and also explained the methodology of selecting the right putter for your game. When selecting your putter, the areas to consider are length and lie, toe flow, weight, and shape. Every golfer has an individual stroke, resulting in the many options available throughout the Scotty Cameron franchise. Once all this was explained, it was time to test them out on the green. The guys started with their current models to see how well suited these were at the moment. Inevitably there was room for improvement, as similar to many golfers, they had not been fitted before. After seeing their stroke, posture, and putting style, Paul and Henry were able to select a few different models to try. Daran and Malcolm both exhibited signs of excessive hand action, which the new dual balance options help to alleviate. Within a short period of time, we were able to get them into the new GoLo 7 Dual Balance and almost instantly controlled the use of their hands during the stroke. On this occasion, they both ended up in the same model, but it was clear to see the benefits they were receiving.
It was great to be able to offer this type of service to a few of our Team Titleist members, and Daran mentioned "To have the same personal experience that tour players get really was a once in a lifetime day and again thank you TEAM TITLEIST"
Stay tuned to Team Titleist for more opportunities like this.
Posted: July 22, 2014
You’ve probably heard in the past that if the golf ball is lying well above your feet, you can expect to see your ensuing shot draw or hook toward your target. However, did you know that the loft of the club plays an extremely important role in the resulting direction of your shot?As Titleist Staff Professional and Director of Instruction at Ibis Golf and Country Club Martin Hall explains, higher lofted clubs will usually have a more dramatic effect on ball flight and direction than lower lofted clubs.In our latest episode of 18 Shots Presented by Titleist, Martin demonstrates how to adjust your setup and alignment to stay on target when facing this challenging shot.#TeamTitleist