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Posted: March 27, 2013
Team Titleist South East Asia spent some time on the range at the Maybank Malaysia Open last week, and caught up with some of our Brand Ambassadors from the European Tour. In the first of a series of video interviews, we ask Gregory Bourdy (Pro V1x), Lee Slattery (Pro V1x), Matteo Manassero (Pro V1x) and Padraig Harrington (Pro V1x) what they think of the course at KLGCC and if there are any shots they place importance on when playing it. Check out the video below:
Posted: March 25, 2013
Four different players were winners on four different tours, with one constant: their trust in a Titleist golf ball.
Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now combined for 31 wins on the worldwide professional tours, more than five times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.
Get to know Titleist Brand Ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who held off a talented field of competitors to capture his first career European Tour victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
In California, Beatriz Recari and IK Kim trusted their 2013 Pro V1 golf ball to a tie in regulation at the Kia Classic (LPGA). On the second playoff hole, Recari buried a birdie putt from off the green to oust Kim and claim her second career LPGA Tour victory.
Pro V1x loyalists Michael Allen and Edward Loar, with their victories at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (Champions) and the Louisiana Open (Web.Com), completed the weekend sweep for Titleist golf balls on the worldwide tours.
Here’s the Team Titleist weekend wrap-up…
EUROPEAN: Maybank Malaysian Open
Winner: Titleist Brand Ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat (New 2013 Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver, CB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges). The 23-year old Thai closed with a 2-under par 70 en route to a 13-under 203 victory total.
Aphibarnrat's victory is the seventh for Titleist golf ball loyalists on the 2013 PGA European Tour, more than three times the nearest competitor, and more than all other golf balls combined through the first 12 events of the season.EUROPEAN TOUR EQUIPMENT COUNTS: Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 156 with 94 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with 22. Titleist was also the top choice in the utility club (39), iron (39), and the sand, lob and approach wedge (130) categories.
LPGA: Kia Classic
Winner: Pro V1 Loyalist Beatriz Recari
Both Beatriz Recari and IK Kim ended regulation tied for first at 9-under-par 279. And while the winner may have been in doubt, the winning golf ball was not, both participants relied on a 2013 Pro V1 for their success in regulation. Recari topped Kim for the victory when she putted from off the green for birdie on the second extra hole.
#1 BALL ON THE LPGA TOUR: Titleist accounted for a tournament-leading 94 golf ball players in the field of 144, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 11.
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CHAMPIONS: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Michael Allen rallied to win his fourth career Champions Tour title.
Allen fired a final round 5-under 67 to vault over a leaderboard loaded with fellow Titleist golf ball loyalists. In fact, all 11 of the players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
CHAMPIONS TOUR EQUIPMENT COUNTS: Titleist was the top choice in golf balls in the field of 81 with 60 players, 12 times the nearest competitor with five. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (21), sand, lob and approach wedge (63), and putter (19) categories.
WEB.COM: Louisiana Open
Winner: Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Edward Loar captured his second career Web.com Tour title, closing with a 2-under par 69 en route to a 17-under 267 victory total.
WEB.COM TOUR EQUIPMENT COUNTS: Titleist was the top choice in golf balls in the field of 144 with 105 players, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (45), sand, lob and approach wedge (145), and putter (59) categories.
Posted: March 21, 2013
This week the Maybank Malaysia Open returns to Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, and Team Titleist South East Asia spent some time on the range with some of our Brand Ambassadors from around the world. And we can tell you it was hot and steamy out there. A lot of the European players have had to dial back their practice sessions to ensure they don't fatigue themselves too much and hydration has been a key word on everyones lips.
Titleist is the number one ball this week, with 94 players trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x around KLGCC's tricky, tight course.
Check out the slideshow below for an 'inside the ropes' look at the Maybank Malaysia Open 2013.
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A great catch from the Irishman. Pro V1x Loyalist Padraig Harrington catches a ball thrown to him by his caddy while hitting some drives on the range on Tuesday.
Posted: March 20, 2013
When it comes to wedge design and the short game, you won't find a more passionate expert than Master Craftsman Bob Vokey.
So we decided to go to the source and catch up with the Voke on a few of his favorite topics: bounce, grinds and wedge fitting.
Team Titleist (TT): Bob, you’re always talking about bounce and saying "bounce is your friend." What exactly do you mean by that? Bob Vokey (BV): I say bounce is your friend because it provides forgiveness on all types of wedge shots. Let me explain first what bounce is: it’s the angle between the leading edge and lowest point on the sole. If you look at a wedge, the trailing edge is lower than the leading edge. This is the bounce angle.
TT: What about "effective bounce?" How is that different from bounce angle?BV: The effective bounce is a little more art than science. It’s how the wedge will play around the greens. It takes into consideration not just the bounce angle, but the sole width, the camber, and the sole grind.
TT: You’re famous for your Tour Grinds. What exactly is a grind and what does it do for the wedge? BV: The grind is the relief and contour that is ground into the sole of the wedge. A grind can provide shotmaking opportunities around the greens. For example, our M grind soles allow you to open the face of the wedge without the leading edge coming off the ground. We have all kinds of sole grinds, which we designate with a letter.
TT: Which sole grind is the most popular and which is your personal favorite?BV: Well, the S grind which came from my work with Steve Stricker, that’s been extremely popular on the 60.07 and 58.09 models. It just fits a lot of players. My favorite is probably the M grind, because that was the one that started it all.
TT: Which bounce and grind do you recommend for the weekend golfer?BV: Well, you should definitely be fit by an authorized Titleist fitter. It’s the only way to truly know which wedge works for you.
TT: Why is wedge fitting so important?BV: Think of most amateur golfers. They only hit 6 - 8 greens in a round, if they are having a good day. So on the majority of holes, you are going to be using a wedge. And wedges are required to hit so many different shots - bunker shots, fairway shots, lob shots, little pitches. Wedges need to be versatile and every player is different. It’s never one size fits all for wedges. That’s why we have so many options.
TT: What is involved with a wedge fitting? BV: Our wedge fittings have two main aspects: bounce fitting and yardage gapping. In the bounce fitting portion, we figure out your swing type. Most players fit into one of three types: slider/sweeper, neutral, or driver/digger. That will help us recommend some bounce options to try. I always make sure when I am fitting someone that they also take the recommended sand wedge to the bunker. You need enough bounce to get out the bunker every time.
TT: What about yardage gapping? BV: It’s becoming even more critical because pitching wedges are getting stronger in loft. Many pitching wedges are 45º or even 44º. So if your next wedge is a 56º sand wedge, there is a huge gap in there. It could be 30 yards. Ideally, wedge gaps would be 10-15 yards.
TT: So is the 52º, 56º, 60º combo becoming obsolete? BV: Well, not obsolete but we are fitting more players into 50º, 54º, 58º set compositions. It just makes sense if you have 44º or 45º pitching wedge. That way you will have a nice yardage gap between the pitching and sand wedge.
TT: How many wedges should I carry? BV: It really depends on your overall set make up, but almost every Tour player carries at least 3 wedges. Wedges are your scoring clubs. We’ve found that most amateurs can’t dial back a wedge. It’s very hard for them to hit a half wedge or ¾ wedge. So having an extra wedge that you can swing full is going to help lower your scores.
TT: Any final fitting advice Voke? BV: Go see your local PGA pro! It will really help your wedge game.
Posted: March 11, 2013
In four worldwide professional tournaments this weekend, 335 out of a possible 490 players relied on a Titleist golf ball for their success. A hard charging effort by Pro V1x loyalist Kevin Kisner at the Chile Classic on the Web.Com Tour helped him edge the field for a one-stroke victory. While at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral, top-10 finishes for Titleist Brand Ambassadors Steve Stricker and Adam Scott made the WGC-Cadillac Championship another productive tune-up in preparation for this season's first major, exactly one month away in Augusta, Ga.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have now combined for 22 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2013, more than three times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.
Let's take a trip around the globe in this week's Team Titleist Monday recap...
WEB.COM: Chile Classic
Winner: Pro V1x Loyalist Kevin Kisner
Relying upon the New 2013 Pro V1x golf ball, Kevin Kisner closed with a final-round 4-under 68 to secure a one-shot win at the Chile Classic. After posting a course-record 11-under par 61 on Saturday, Kisner pulled away from his two fellow overnight leaders with five birdies against a single bogey en-route to a 21-under 267 victory total. It marked the second career Web.com Tour title for Kisner, who topped a leaderboard that included Titleist golf ball loyalists among each of the top five finishers and nine of the top 10.
Titleist was the most played golf ball at the Chile Classic with 99 players in the field of 143 relying upon a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also the favorite in irons (47), the sand, lob and approach wedge (72), and putters (48) category.
PGA: WGC-Cadillac Championship
In only his third start of 2013, Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker relied on his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball to garner his second runner-up finish and third top-5 finish. Stricker leads the PGA Tour in scoring average (68.29) and ranks second in greens in regulation (76.19%).
Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott trusted his new 2013 Pro V1 golf ball to fire the low round of the tournament with a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Sunday, placing him in a tie for third place for the week.
What’s in Adam Scott’s Titleist Bag?:Ball: New 2013 Titleist Pro V1Driver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (Graphite Design Tour AD DI8 X with SureFit Tour setting A•1)Fairway Metal: Titleist 910F 15º (SureFit Tour setting D•3)Hybrids: Prototype 712U utility iron 19ºIrons: Titleist MB (3-9)Wedge: Vokey Design SM4 48º, 54º, 60ºPutter: Scotty Cameron Prototype
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the limited-field of 65 at the 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship with 37 players trusting on a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than four times the nearest competitor with nine, and more than all other competitors combined. Titleist was also the favorite in the sand, lob and approach wedge category (72).
For more photos and a video from Doral, check out This Is Team Titleist from the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Titleist was the most relied upon golf ball in the field of 132 with 87 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 16. Titleist was also the top choice in the wedge category with 123 Vokey Design models in play, more than twice the nearest competitor with 57, and in putters with 52 players trusting a Scotty Cameron model.
Fabian Gomez relied on his Pro V1x golf ball to tie for second place, and was joined by six other Titleist golf ball loyalists among the top-10 finishers. Justin Bolli (Pro V1) and Brian Stuard (Pro V1x) finished two shots behind the winning score in a tie for fourth place, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Peter Uihlein trusted his New 2013 Pro V1x to eagle the 72nd-hole and finish in a tie for sixth place. This was Uihlein's second consecutive top-10 finish, fresh off a solo fourth finish at the European Tour's Tshwane Open in South Africa last week.
David Hearn (Pro V1x) and Titleist Brand Ambassador D.J. Trahan (Pro V1) were among three players who tied for eighth. Each of the top 10 finishers earned a spot in the Tampa Bay Classic this week.
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls in the field of 150 with 112 players, seven times the nearest competitor with 16. Titleist was also the field favorite in the iron (40) and wedge (164) categories.