At the LPGA's second major championship of the season, Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng delivered yet another perfect 10, this one coming in the form of a 10-shot victory at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, Tseng's third major title in just over 15 months.

Tseng's historic performance at Locust Hill Country Club highlighted a six-win week for Titleist golf ball players across the worldwide professional tours, including determined victories by Titleist Brand Ambassadors Pablo Larrazabal (European Tour) and Erik Compton (Nationwide Tour).

So far in 2011, 83 players have trusted Titleist golf balls to worldwide victories, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined.

A total of 10,038 players have played Titleist golf balls in competition this season, more than six times the nearest competitor with 1,533 and more than all other golf balls combined.

LPGA TOUR
Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng shot a 6-under par 66 that gave her a 10-shot win at the Wegman's LPGA championship. Her 19-under par total of 269 made her the youngest golfer ever, male or female, to win four major titles (she captured last year's Kraft Nabisco Championship and Ricoh Women's British Open, as well as the 2008 LPGA Championship).

Tseng, the No. 1 ranked woman in the world now leads the LPGA Tour in Rounds Under Par, Birdies (163), and Greens in Regulation (75%).

The win marks the eighth career victory and the third this season for Tseng, who also triumphed at the Honda LPGA Thailand event as well as the LPGA State Farm Classic.  She also had a runner-up finish at the first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Wegmans LPGA Championship with 109 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12.

EUROPEAN TOUR
Titleist Brand Ambassador Pablo Larrazabal birdied the fifth playoff hole to win the BMW International Open.  Larrazabal made his short put on the par-5 18th giving him his first European Tour title since winning the Alstom Open de France in 2008.

 Larrazabal fired four rounds in the 60s to post a 16-under 266 total and with the win he will now be in the field next month for the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s.

Five players tied for 3rd at 14-under 274, including Titleist Brand Ambassador George Coetzee and Pro V1 loaylists Mark Foster and Joost Luiten.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 117 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 18.

Titleist also was first in iron sets (49); and sand, lob and approach wedges (194).

NATIONWIDE TOUR
Titleist Brand Ambassador Erik Compton made a 4th round charge to close with a 7-under par 65 for an inspirational come-from-behind victory at the Mexico Open. 

It marked the first career Nationwide Tour title for Compton, who started the final round tied for 6th place.  He finished at 17-under par 271, two shots clear of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Richard H. Lee.

The win vaults Compton to second on the 2011 Nationwide Tour money list.  In nine Nationwide Tour starts this year, Compton has made eight cuts, including seven top 25 finishes. Compton has also made the cut in all four PGA TOUR events he has played this season.

 "This tournament has kind of summed up my life," said Compton to PGATour.com. "There was a lot of adversity to overcome in this tournament, just like what I've dealt with personally. To win this is everything to me. I never thought I'd play golf again, at least not at this level, and I proved to myself I'm more than just a guy with two heart transplants."

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Mexico Open with 107 players, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 15.

Titleist also was first in iron sets (51);  sand, lob and approach wedges (155); and putters (64). 

PGA TOUR
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Travelers Championship with 106 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 15.

Titleist also was first in iron sets (45);  sand, lob and approach wedges (142); and putters (61).

CHAMPIONS TOUR
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 55 players, five times the nearest competitor with 11.

Titleist also was first in iron sets (24); and putters (22).

JAPAN TOUR
Pro V1x loyalist Jung-Gon Hwang captured the Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tour by one shot over Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyung-Tae Kim. It was the first JGTO title the 19-year old Hwang, who guaranteed himself a start at the Open Championship at Royal St Georges with the top finish.  Hwang came from three shots off the 54-hole pace with a final round of 66 to claim the title.

Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the event with 67 players.  Titleist also was first in hybrids (42); and sand, lob and approach wedges (114). 

KOREAN TOUR
Pro V1 loyalist Kang, KyungNam won the DongBu Insurance Open by finishing the week at 8-under 276. This marked the sixth victory of his career. Titleist Brand Ambassador Lee, DongMin finished solo in second place at 2-under 286.

All 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including six of whom trusted Titleist equipment throughout the bag.

Titleist was the most played golf ball at the event with 110 players, five times more than the nearest competitor with 23.

CANADIAN TOUR
Pro V1 loyalist Danny Sahl won his first Canadian Tour event, capturing the inaugural Syncrude Boreal Open.  Sahl shot a 2-under-par 70 en route to a 16-under 272 total, good for a five shot margin of victory in his 80th start on tour.

Sahl moves into fifth position on the Order of Merit, which puts him closer to earning a spot into the 2011 RBC Canadian Open in July.

It also moves him closer to earning one of the two exemptions into the final stage of PGA TOUR Q-School, which is awarded to the top two finishers on the Order of Merit at seasons end.

As you read this, several dozens of long, cardboard boxes, imprinted with the Titleist Script, sit in the back of a delivery truck en route to Arnonimink Golf Club just outside Philadelphia, host of next week's AT&T National PGA Tour event. They were all shipped from the same place, the Titleist Tour Deparment in Carlsbad, Calif.

On Monday morning, our Titleist Tour Reps at Aronimink will begin opening those boxes, each one marked with the name of a player in this week's AT&T field.

Inside the boxes: Prototype Titleist AP1, AP2, CB and MB irons (712 Series), which are being introduced on the PGA Tour this week for testing and seeding as part of our performance validation process.

(Please note: "712" is the series designation. Titleist has long used 700 numbers for irons, just as we use 900 numbers for metals. Accordingly, the "7" stands for irons, while the "12" stands for the new model year, 2012.)

Over the last few weeks, the Titleist Tour Department has been focused on building these iron sets to the custom specifications of our Titleist Brand Ambassadors.

This week at AT&T, members of the Titleist Leadership and R&D teams will begin working with our players to show, explain, fit and test the new irons, a process that will continue over the coming weeks across the worldwide professional tours. The feedback we receive during this validation process influences the design and specifications of the Titleist products available in golf shops around the world.

We will continue to provide behind-the-scenes information and product details here on the Team Titleist blog throughout the seeding and performance validation process.

Click the photo below to view images of the first builds and shipment of 712 prototype irons from the Titleist Tour Department and some recent testing out at the Oceanside Test Center.


 

Titleist Brand Ambassador Bud Cauley's first shot as a professional? Almost unfair.

Bud made his pro debut last week at the U.S. Open at Congressional after shooting rounds of 67-65 in a sectional qualifier in Mississippi.

A three-time All-American at Alabama and a member of the victorious 2009 U.S. Walker Cup team, Bud had experienced his fair share of pressure situations on the golf course. But nothing like this.

Bud's group drew a Round 1 tee time starting off Congressional's infamous 10th hole, a downhill 218-yard par-3 surrounded by water, bunkers and thousands and thousands of spectators.

He chose 5-iron, then took a deep breath.

 Bud sent his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball sailing over the drink to 25 feet, then two-putted for one of the more memorable pars of his career. He went on to shoot an opening-round even-par 71 and make the cut in his first major championship (T-63).

Team Titleist caught up with Bud on Monday at Travelers Championship, where he is playing this week on a sponsor's exemption, to talk about his U.S. Open experience, his college and amateur golf days, the start of his pro career, and why he plays a Pro V1x golf ball.

(Fun fact: At the 2009 Walker Cup – amateur golf's version of the Ryder Cup – Bud teamed with Titleist Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler to go 2-0 in their to foursomes matches.)

For more with Bud, check out the above video.

Team Titleist South East Asia is pleased to introduce you to Titleist Advanced Fitting Days. Over the last few months, Titleist's South East Asia Club Fitting Manager, Shaun Moulds, has been traveling around the region running Titleist Advanced Fitting Days for many lucky golfers. 

 During these days golfers will have a one on one session with the Titleist fitting expert (Shaun) who evaluates their current equipment and looks to find out what changes need to be made to help golfers get the most out of their equipment, and ultimately lower their scores.

At these sessions, Shaun uses a Trackman launch monitor which accurately tracks the ball from the time it's struck to when it lands. Trackman also provides launch angle, spin rate, clubhead speed, ball speed and descending/landing angle.

 In conjunction with Trackman, Shaun will also use our SureFit Fitting Cart, complete with the 910 range of products including the D2 and D3 driver models, 910F and 910Fd fairways and 910H hybrids. Also in the cart we have the AP1, AP2, CB and MB iron models. Along with these heads there are multiple shafts at different weights, lengths and flexes to help the golfer obtain their desired results. A full range of Vokey wedges in various lofts and bounces will also be available for fitting.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, get in contact with us today to find out when the next Advanced Fitting Day near you will be held.

When contacting Titleist for an Advanced Fitting Session, be sure to let us know your location, what you are looking to be fit for, and your handicap. Also, be sure to bring your current equipment, golf shoes and a golf glove to the session. 

 Shaun took some time out of his busy fitting schedule to answer a few questions on Fitting for Team Titleist South East Asia. Check out the video below and hear what he had to say. Also, check out some examples below the video of golfers who have attended Advanced Fitting Days over the last couple of months, and who have seen instant improvements to their game simply by ensuring they are playing the correct equipment.

The following are some examples of golfers who have already been through an Advanced Fitting Day with Shaun and the impact the day has had on their game.

Golfer 1 (Singapore) - Handicap 5 - Driver Fitting
Golfer 1 was using a 45 3/4", 10.5 degree Stiff shaft in his driver. With this driver he was struggling to hit the ball consistently out of the middle of the face therefore limiting his maximum potential ball speed for his swing speed. His statistics were as follows:
Ball speed  142.3 mph
Spin rate  2964 rpms
Launch Angle 13.2 degrees
Carry distance 199metres

He was fitted for a Titleist 910 D2 9.5 degree V2 Proforce 76gram shaft with a SureFit setting at B1 @ 44 1/2". With this, he was able to achieve the following statistics:
Ball Speed 149.4mph
Spin rate 2545 rpms
Launch Angle 11.1degrees
Carry distance 218 metres

With this example, even though we shortened the length of the driver, we were able to increase the average ball speed by 7mph because the golfer was now able to hit the ball consistently out of the middle of the clubface (the center of the clubface produces the fastest ball speed). By also reducing the launch angle and the spin rate we were able to gain 19 meters carry for this golfer. His ball flight was a draw so we changed the SureFit setting to B1 (3/4 degree flatter) which gave him his desired ball flight. The shorter shaft also gave him a better shot dispersion.

Golfer 2 (Malaysia) - Handicap 0 - Long game fitting
Golfer 2 wanted to get a hybrid that would sit distance wise somewhere between their 3 iron and 3 wood. With the aid of Trackman, we were able to establish that the players carry distance on their 3 iron was only 1 meter further than the carry distance of 4 iron, also not as consistent. The golfer thus decided to forget the 3 iron and instead focus on a club in between their 4 iron and 3 wood. 
3 wood carry = 201 meters
4 iron carry = 178.2 meters

On this occasion the golfer wanted a hybrid that carried at about the 190 metre mark. We were able to achieve this with a 910H 19degree with an Motore F3 95gram Stiff flex shaft.

Golfer 3 (Thailand) - Handicap 23
Golfer 3's launch was low and the ball was spinning too much which was causing him to lose distance. He was using the following shaft: 45 1/2" 10.5 degree Regular Flex 60g. His statistcis were as follows:
Ball speed  113.8 mph
Spin rate  4064 rpms
Launch Angle 9.6 degrees
Carry distance 156metres

He was fitted for a 910 D2, 10.5 degree with a Motore F3 55gram Regular 45" shaft with a SureFit setting at B2 (3/4 of a degree more upright which helped reduce his fade). His statistics after the fitting were the following:
Ball speed  116 mph
Spin rate  3456 rpms
Launch Angle 12.7 degrees
Carry distance 165metres

The golfer increased his drives with a lighter shaft than his original. This increase was also due to reducing his spin rate and increasing his launch angle.

As you can see, club fitting is key to making sure you're giving yourself the best opportunity to shoot low scores. Contact Titleist South East Asia today to sign up for your Fitting Session. If you have a question you feel the answer of which may benefit other golfers out there, go ahead and ask it on our discussion board, and we'll get back to you ASAP.

We caught up with Dave Phillips, Co-Founder of the Titleist Performance Institute, to get his insight on the swing of the 2011 U.S. Open Champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy.

Dave was kind of enough to give us a tour of Rory's swing sequence and provide some step-by-step analysis.

Check out the video below and don't forget to visit www.mytpi.com for even more great tips on golf-specific fitness, golf health, and golf swing biomechanics.

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