How many times have you faced a 40-yard pitch shot?

This is a pretty common shot for most of us at Team Titleist, and on paper, it should be an easy shot to execute.

And sure enough, these are the shots that usually determine if you'll steal a birdie, save a par, or mark a square on the scorecard.

Well, we've enlisted Titleist Brand Ambassador (and defending champion of this week's John Deere Classic) Zach Johnson to share some pointers on how you can hit this pitch shot closer to the hole, and lower your scores.

Check out the video above and let us know how you like to control your pitch shots? Do you pull a different Vokey wedge out of the bag? Adjust your swing, move the ball position or is it something else?

Share what works for you with the rest of Team Titleist in the comments below.

The top five finishers at The Greenbrier Classic, including winner and Pro V1x loyalist Jonas Blixt, all relied on a Titleist golf ball for their success at The Old White TPC. 

And with 156 players competing for the prestigious Springhouse trophy and Greenbrier green jacket, 107 players trusted a Titleist golf ball, nearly 6 times the nearest competitor with 18.

With two more wins, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 77 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 28 and more than all other competitors combined.

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PGA TOUR: Jonas Blixt began Sunday 10-under par, four shots back. After posting a 2-under par 33 on the opening nine holes Sunday, Blixt still sat two shots off the lead. Blixt was persistent as the sun began to set, and played the final five holes 1-under par to cap off his come-from-behind victory.

''This is what I play for,'' Blixt said in an interview. ''I play to win. It just confirms that if you do the right things, that you work hard, dreams can come true.''

Filling out the all-Titleist top five, tied for second two shots behind Blixt, were Brand Ambassadors Matt Jones (Pro V1x) and Jimmy Walker (Pro V1), and Pro V1x loyalists Johnson Wagner and Steven Bowditch.

With his second career PGA TOUR win, Blixt earns an invitation to the 2014 Masters.

With a T-2 and his current FedExCup point ranking, Walker, who was playing prototype irons Titleist MB irons and a new Scotty Cameron Futura X putter for the first time this week, also earns an invite to Muirfield in less than two weeks.

“Yeah, that's great,” he said after the round. “I've never played the British. I hear Muirfield is pretty awesome, so I'm excited. I'll get ready.”

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PGA TOUR CANADA:

Pro V1x loyalist Wil Collins shot a final round 6-under par 66 to capture the Dakota Dunes Open, his first PGA TOUR Canada victory. Collins, playing among the field of 156, headlined a group of 100 players who relied on a Titleist golf ball in pursuit of the victory.


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High MOI, Perimeter Stability Weighted Putter Available Worldwide Aug. 1

Master Craftsman Scotty Cameron’s commitment to the creative process and collaborating with the best players in the world helped lay the groundwork for the new Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura X putter. Futura X is a high MOI, modern mallet design with advanced perimeter weighting that provides exceptional stability and forgiveness with solid feel.

The new Futura X, available worldwide beginning Aug. 1, is 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 Futura X “the most stable putter I have ever played.”

Precision milled from high grade 6061 aluminum, the unique Futura X design combines a rear balance bar with deep heel-toe weights plus perimeter weighting under the face. The resulting deep CG provides stability throughout the stroke, while the perimeter weighting adds forgiveness and solid feel. The result is unmatched stability and a great roll.

“I like to describe Futura X as a lethargic putter, for those golfers that need a slow, steady stroke that doesn’t jump around a lot,” said Cameron, whose putters have been the No. 1 choice of players on the PGA Tour since 1997 and counting. “It’s the perfect design for Adam, and will give confidence to all golfers that want stability during the stroke and less hand manipulation.”

Futura X features four stainless heel-toe weights, two 20-gram weights on the rear balance bar and two adjustable sole weights (configured depending on the length) in the front corners of the putter under the face.

The overall headweight of Futura X is 20 grams heavier than a standard Cameron Select putter, resulting in a swingweight of E8. However, since much of the weight is located behind the axis of the shaft and not directly under the golfer’s hands, the Futura X feels stable but not heavy during the stroke.

“Futura X is what I call a ‘force balanced’ design,” Cameron said. “While the putter has a near-face balanced shaft configuration that would normally produce a slight toe hang, there’s so much weight off the back of the putter that it forces the face to hang flat. The 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 Scott: “The new Futura X is the most stable putter I have ever played. I worked with Scotty and his team at the Studio for many hours at the end of last year and we worked hard to get it right. Even when I began to play it on Tour at the beginning of 2013, we were still tweaking the original design right up until I won with it at the Masters. It was definitely a long process and I provided considerable feedback based on my performance with it under the gun.

“For me, the key to the performance of the putter is the perfect combination of perimeter weighting, high MOI and solid feel. I have more confidence in my stroke with this putter because of its design. Scotty determined the best positions for both the fixed and adjustable weights so the head would remain stable throughout the stroke. I have never had more confidence in a putter or my stroke than I do right now with the new Futura X.”

Futura X is offered in standard lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches. A double-bend, stepless steel shaft with one shaft of offset provides a square, technical visual at address.

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. 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Futura X has an MSRP of $375. Standard length models (33, 34 and 35 inches) are available worldwide through Titleist authorized golf shops beginning Aug. 1, 2013.

ON THE WEB: www.scottycameron.com

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.

PRECISION MILLED 6061 aluminum body with T-shaped sight lines for easy alignment.

• IMPROVED SOUND from the mid milled face texture.

SQUARE SET UP and appearance from the stepless shaft with technical double bend. 

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

PISTOLERO GRIP with pistol shape for a stable feel in your hands.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:

FUTURA X

Loft: 3.5º

Lie: 70º

RH Lengths: 33’’, 34’’, 35’’

LH Lengths: 33’’, 34’’, 35’’

Head Material: 6061 T6 Aluminum

Neck: Double-Bend

Offset: One shaft

Toe Flow: Minimum

Grip: Pistolero

NOTES:

All models available in 1/2” lengths from 33”-35.5” (standard). Some lengths are custom order only.

Futura X available in heavy configurations from 34”H-35.5”H.

Custom Loft +/-1° Custom Lie +/-2°.

• Additional options available through the Scotty Cameron Custom Shop at www.scottycameron.com.

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