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Posted: August 10, 2012
The 94th PGA Championship marks the second major appearance for the new prototype Titleist 913 drivers and the buzz on tour continues to grow. Now factor in a course that's playing around 7,700 yards, and it should be no surprise that distance and overall performance off the tee are a couple of elements that players will be focusing on while traversing the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
This week, 26 players in the field are gaming a new Prototype 913 driver (913D3 – 18 / 913D2 - 8) and Team Titleist recently checked in with Titleist Brand Ambassadors Geoff Ogilvy, JJimmy Walker, Bill Haas, Marc Leishman and Nick Watney to get their initial reactions on the new drivers.
"It looks really good and we noticed that off-center hits seem to still keep up the speed that an on-center-hit would have. It's nice to know that the ball's going to go the same distance with an off-center hit," said Walker.
Players continued to work with the Titleist Tour Support team to dial-in their SureFit Tour settings to optimize ball flight and launch conditions. This tour van in a hosel technology ensures a precision fit that also translates into more confidence.
"I use the B•2 setting which makes it a hair more upright," said Haas. "It looks good when you set up behind the ball. So, when you're comfortable, sometimes that's all you need."
A little over a month into the tour seeding and performance validation process, the 913 drivers have already recorded three wins on the worldwide professional tours and continue to build momentum with 913D3 and 913D2 models representing more than half of the Titleist drivers in play at the PGA Championship.
Hear what else the players had to say in the video above and take a closer look at their driver specs below.
Geoff OgilvyModel: 913D2 9.5ºShaft: Aldila RIP Phenom 70SureFit Tour setting: D•1
Jimmy WalkerModel: 913D2 8.5ºShaft: Aldila RIP'd NV 75SureFit Tour setting: A•1
Bill HaasModel: 913D2 8.5ºShaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 7.2SureFit Tour setting: B•2
Marc LeishmanModel: 913D2 7.5ºShaft: USTM Axiv XC 75SureFit Tour setting: B•2
Nick WatneyModel: 913D3 10.5ºShaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White 83SureFit Tour setting: A•1
Posted: August 8, 2012
Welcome to PGA Championship week! The final major of the 2012 PGA Tour season is here and players are gearing up for a major test on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
Team Titleist recently caught up with brand ambassadors Geoff Ogilvy, Greg Chalmers, Bill Haas and Marc Leishman to get their take on navigating the Ocean Course and why they trust Pro V1 and Pro V1x for their games.
With unpredictable weather, tough terrain and a layout that can be stretched out to just under 7,700 yards factoring into the equation, having confidence in your game and your golf ball is going to be key for players in the field.
"The more you can believe what you are going to hit and hit with, the better the swing you're going to put on it," said Ogilvy. "It's a trust and belief issue more than anything."
Chalmers adds, “I've been using the Pro V1x for seven or eight years, I know what it's going to do and I'm confident it's going to do it."
Hear what else they had to say in the video above.
Posted: August 7, 2012
J.J. Henry ran his Titleist Pro V1 golf ball in for four birdies Sunday to win the Reno-Tahoe Open while Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Kohles relied on a Pro V1x golf ball, new prototype Titleist 913 driver and a full bag of Titleist equipment to win the Cox Classic and lead a three-win week for Titleist players.
With the wins this weekend, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now combined to win 105 times this season across the worldwide professional tours, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all other golf balls combined.
A total of 12,995 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,075 and more than all competitors combined.
Using the modified stableford scoring system, it was a rare week on the PGA Tour where posting a big number was the goal at the end of the day. Players receive eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie and zero for par. They are also docked a point for bogey and three points for anything worse.
In this format, there is certainly a premium on eagles and birdies and J.J. Henry took full advantage. Henry tallied three eagles, 17 birdies and 46 pars en route to a 43-point total for the event.
"I said to some friends and my caddie that I really thought I was going to have a great week," Henry said. "Sometimes when you believe it, good things happen. And that's exactly what happened this week for me."
"Well, it's been a long time coming. This is my twelfth straight year on Tour. I got my first victory in 2006, but to finally kind of get over that hump again, it means a lot, not only to win, but to win here in such a neat place," added Henry.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Reno-Tahoe Open with 87, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (30), wedge (105) and putter (54) categories.
A total of 27 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 18 new 913D3 (13) and 913D2 (5) models.
Titleist was also the choice of six players in the Top 10 including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Brendan Steele, Tom Pernice Jr., and Pro V1x loyalists John Mallinger, Josh Teater and Todd Hamilton.
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WEB.COM TOUR: Ben Kohles began Sunday two strokes off the lead but quickly took the lead and posted a bogey-free 9-under-par 62 to become the first player in Tour history to earn a victory in each of his first two professional starts.
Kohles relied on a V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment for his success, including a new 913D3 prototype driver. Kohles is now 2-for-2 with the big stick. He won last week the first time he put it in play.
"I just kept my head down. We were pedal to the metal at the end because you never know what will happen behind you," Kohles said in a television interview.
What's in Ben Kohles Bag:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 913D3 prototype 9.5ºFairway Metal: Titleist 910F 13.5ºHybrid: Titleist 910H 17ºIrons: Titleist CB (3-P) Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 52º, 58ºPutter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the Cox Classic field of 156 in the golf ball category with 109, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (48), wedge (168) and putter (59) categories.
"I think I played the best round of my life today. That was a blast," Kohles said after hitting 17 of 18 greens. "I'm pretty shocked myself. What are you supposed to do better than this? I don't think that part has sunk in yet. It's pretty life altering."
A total of 36 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 25 who chose the new 913D3 (18) and 913D2 (7) models.
CHAMPIONS: Pro V1 loyalist Bernhard Langer fired a final round 10-under 62, overcoming a six-stroke deficit to win the 3M Championship for the second time in four years. Langer recorded a 17-under par 198 total, two shots clear of runner-up Pro V1x loyalist David Peoples, who posted the best finish of his Champions Tour career.
"Winning is always special, but this is pretty important because it's been awhile since I've won, and especially after what I've been through the last few weeks being in contention and not being able to close the deal," Langer said. "It was very important for my confidence to pull off a win here sooner than later."
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the 3M Championship field of 81 in the golf ball category with 56, over five times the nearest competitor with 10. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (20) and wedge (66) categories.
WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS:Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker (Pro V1x, 913D3 prototype driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 909H hybrid, AP2 irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled sand and lob wedges), closed with a 64 that included birdies on the final three holes to finish in a tie for 2nd, one shot behind the winner of the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational.
Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen finished solo fourth, another shot back, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy (Pro V1x, 913D3 prototype driver, 906F2 fairway metal, 910F fairway metal, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter) tied for 5th. He was followed by fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner (Pro V1, 910D2 driver, 910F fairway metal, 906F2 fairway metal, AP2 irons, Vokey Design SM4 sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron prototype putter) in solo 7th.
Pro V1x loyalists Luke Donald, Aaron Baddeley, and Lee Slattery along with Pro V1 loyalists K.J. Choi and Bo Van Pelt were among eight players who tied for eighth, as 10 of the 15 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist was the top choice of more players in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational field of 78 in the golf ball category with 46, more than four times the nearest competitor with 11. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (22) and wedge (78) categories.
A total of 20 players relied upon Titleist drivers at the event, including a combined 12 prototype 913D3 (8) and 913D2 (4) models. Among the Titleist Brand Ambassadors putting the new 913 prototype drivers in play for the first time this week were Bill Haas (8.5), Marc Leishman (7.5) and Geoff Ogilvy (9.5), all of whom gamed the 913D2 model.
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICAS Q-SCHOOL: Titleist was the overwhelming favorite equipment brand among the field of 139 who participated in the PGA Tour Latinoamericas Q-School. Titleist was the top choice in golf balls (98), nearly five times the nearest competitor with 20. Titleist was also the leader in the fairway metal, iron, wedge and putter categories. Titleist was second in the driver category with 49, five shy of the leader.
Posted: August 2, 2012
When it comes to world-class fields, this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is among the best. A total of 49 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings will be teeing it up at Firestone Country Club on Thursday, with just Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson (World No. 5 ) among the missing. Simpson and his wife, Dowd welcomed a new baby daughter, Willow Grace, last Saturday evening. Titleist golf ball loyalists occupy 26 of those Top 50 positions, including 10 full product line brand ambassadors.>> Adam Scott Ready to DefendTitleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott seeks to defend his 2011 championship after posting a four-shot win at this event last year. Scott never trailed following any round en route to his first World Golf Championships win, which included an opening 8-under par 62. The World No. 6 enters the tournament with confidence after his performance here last year and his runner-up finish at The Open Championship two weeks ago."It is always exciting to return as the defending champion," Scott told Team Titleist. "There is always a little extra motivation when you are defending, to try and hold onto the trophy. It would be quite an honor to defend a World Golf Championship with the field that's assembled this week."Scott also got in a couple of rounds at the Ocean Course at Kiawah earlier this week in preparation for the year's final major, the PGA Championship. It is a course he had never seen prior to visiting last week. "It was interesting," said Scott. "Not quite what I had expected. It's going to be very weather dependent. There's good scores out there in good weather, but if the wind blows, it's going to be very difficult."Scott made final preparations for this week's event by playing 18 holes with fellow Titleist Brand Ambassadors Geoff Ogilvy and Nick Watney on Wednesday.>> The Inside Scoop on Stricker's Prototype 913D3Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker, who made the switch to the new 913 prototype driver on the eve of the British Open is sticking with the new big stick after continuing to tweak it at Firestone on Tuesday. As it turns out, after trying other combinations, he remained with the exact specs and shaft that he was fit for in England. He also worked on his fairway metal in Akron, a 910Fd that he was working to his liking.
Driver: Titleist Prototype 913D3
Shaft: Motore Speeder VC 8.2
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A•1
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Fairway Metal: Titleist 910Fd
Shaft: Fujikura Tour Spec 9.2
SureFit Tour Hosel Setting: A•1>> From Most to FirstTitleist golf ball loyalist Lee Westwood is playing in his 40th career World Golf Championships event, the most of any player in WGC history. By contrast, eight players in the field of 78 are participating in their very first World Golf Championships event, including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jamie Donaldson, Scott Piercy and Bernd Weisberger (pictured below).
Donaldson won the Irish Open last month, while Piercy captured the Canadian Open last week. Wiesberger originally qualified via his victory at the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea in March, which he followed up with a victory at the Lyoness Open in his home country of Austria last Saturday.
Posted: July 31, 2012
This past weekend marked a big milestone for the tour launch of the new prototype 913 drivers as Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bernd Wiesberger and Ben Kohles recorded the first official wins on the worldwide professional tours with the new 913 drivers in their bag.
Wiesberger tweeted earlier this month after one of his first test session's with his new 913D3 driver, "I don't think I have ever hit a Driver that good. Guys, you can really look forward to the new [Titleist] 913 Driver line!"
Fast forward to this past weekend and he found himself atop the leaderboard on home soil at the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria. This marked the first official win for the new Titleist 913 driver and Wiesberger's second career European Tour victory (and second win of the year).
Wiesberger worked with the Titleist European Support Team to get dialed in with his new driver and landed on the Titleist 913D3 7.5º with an Aldila RIP Alpha 80 shaft and a SureFit Tour hosel setting of A•1.
Back in the United States, Ben Kohles (who finished his amateur career last week) stepped up to the tee in his first professional event with a new 913D3 in the bag and never looked back. Trusting his new 913D3 driver, Kohles finished T-1 for the tournament in driving accuracy and won in fashion by dropping a 22-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole.
Kohles driver specs: Titleist 913D3 9.5º with a Graphite Design DI-7x shaft at 44.5" (tipped at 1") and a SureFit Tour hosel setting of D•1.
"It's absolutely a dream come true," said Kohles, the first player to win an event on the tour in his pro debut. "What more can you ask for in your first pro event than to win? It's still a bit of shock and I'm not sure it's all sunk in yet."
We are only a few short weeks into the tour seeding and performance validation process for the new prototype 913 drivers and the buzz on tour is continuing to build. Check out the links below for more 913 driver coverage and stay tuned to Team Titleist for the latest updates.
First Look: Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers
Slideshow: Seeding and Testing of New Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers Begins
Video: Seeding, Testing and Fitting the New Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers
Slideshow: Seeding and Testing of New Prototype Titleist 913 Drivers – Day 2
Video: First Impressions of New Prototype 913 Drivers