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Posted: October 29, 2013
In this week's Titleist Tip from the Tour, we asked Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson to help us with one of the most common ailments in golf - the slice.
As Bubba told us, to cure a big slice it's important to start the club away from the ball on the proper path. But ball position is also a big key.
"Put the ball in the front of your stance," Bubba says. "This will give your hands time to rotate over, so that you don't leave the shot out to the weak side." (This would be the right side for a right-handed golfer.)
Check out Bubba's video and see if his tip can help you to square the club face at impact -- a critical fundamental for driving the ball straighter and farther. Good luck in your next round!
Posted: October 28, 2013
While weather and playoffs provided extra suspense this weekend as professionals vied for a top spot on the world's major tours, the trust in a Titleist golf ball proved again superior. Across the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours, a cumulative 195 players relied on a Titleist golf ball for their success, compared to the nearest competitor with 19.An overnight rain delay yielded only one hole of sudden death playoff action, as Pro V1x loyalist Ryan Moore's 5-foot birdie putt sealed victory at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. In an all-Titleist golf ball playoff on the Champions Tour, Kenny Perry (Pro V1x) made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole to top Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) to win the AT&T Championship. And in Japan, Titleist Brand Ambassador Daisuke Maruyama (Pro V1x) trusted his Pro V1x golf ball and new Titleist AP2 irons (714) to a three-shot victory, the third of his Japan Golf Tour career. Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 142 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 36 and more than all other competitors combined.Let's take a trip around the golfing world with the Team Titleist Tour Recap.• • •PGA TOUR: CIMB Classic
With his third professional victory, Moore becomes the third Titleist golf ball loyalist to win to start the new 2013-14 PGA TOUR season. He follows Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jimmy Walker (Frys.com Open) and Webb Simpson (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open) into the PGA TOUR Winners’ Circle.
Of the 78-player field, 48 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 9.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, CB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges) of Thailand, tied for third place, one shot out of the playoff. Currently a non-PGA TOUR member, the 24-year old earned an exemption into the McGladrey Classic with his top 10 finish. His winnings virtually assured him the top spot on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Moore topped a leaderboard that included 7 of the top 10 finishers trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. Titleist players following Moore and Aphibarnrat were Aaron Baddeley (5th/Pro V1x), Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jimmy Walker (6th/Pro V1) and Graham DeLaet (T7/Pro V1x), as well as Harris English (T7/Pro V1x) and Charles Howell (T7/Pro V1x).
• • •CHAMPIONS TOUR: AT&T ChampionshipWith his victory, Pro V1x loyalist Kenny Perry extended his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup entering the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week.
Nine of the 11 players who finished among the Top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success. Of the 81-player field, 61 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 7.
The top 30 on the money list qualified for next week’s finale, though Perry and Langer are the only players with a shot at the $1 million annuity for the points title.
• • •JAPAN TOUR: bstone Open
Titleist Brand Ambassador Daisuke Maruyama carded seven birdies in his final round on the way to a 54-hole total of 10-under par 200, to win the rain-shortened event by three shots over I.J. Jang of Korea (Pro V1x). Six of the Top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.What’s in Daisuke Maruyama’s Bag?: Titleist Pro V1x, 913D2 driver (7.5°), 913H hybrids (17°, 19°), new Titleist AP2 irons (714), Vokey Design sand (54°) and lob (60°) wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour putter.• • •LPGA TOUR: Sunrise Taiwan ChampionshipEight of the Top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, including Pro V1 loyalists Azahara Munoz and Caroline Hedwall, who finished in second and third respectively.Of the 78-player field, 46 players relied upon Titleist golf balls, nearly 6 times the nearest competitor with 8.
Posted: October 25, 2013
This week, in its fourth year, the CIMB Classic welcomes 78 of the best players in the world to Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, including the top 60 available players from the 2013 final FedExCup Points list.
For the participating members of the PGA Tour, the 2013 edition of this event marks the first time official FedExCup points are up for grabs as part of the newly aligned 2013-2014 PGA Tour season.
And among the 78 players teeing it up this week, 48 will rely on a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x, more than five times the nearest competitor with 9.
Titleist is also the top choice this week in iron sets (22), and sand, lob and approach wedges (71).
Check out the slideshow above to see some of the images from the week as Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jimmy Walker, Brendon deJonge, Marc Leishman and Bill Haas were joined by Pro V1x loyalists Ryan Moore, Richard H Lee, and Aaron Baddeley (to name a few) in trusting their Titleist golf ball in Malaysia.
Get out this weekend and take advantage of the remaining fall weather by playing golf with your friends or family, and be sure to finish your swing in balance and fix your ball marks on the green for the groups behind you!
Posted: October 24, 2013
For our Titleist Golf Ball R&D team, the goal is always the same: Design and develop the most consistent and best performing golf balls to help golfers shoot lower scores. It's a process focused on continuous improvement, fostered by many talented individuals working tirelessly behind the scenes.
Of course, there's also some really cool (and extremely sophisticated) test equipment that plays a role in continually making the best golf balls in the game even better.
Case in point: The Titleist R&D team recently fired up one of their mechanical robots to film golf ball impact footage, using a high-speed camera, at 22,000 frames per second.
The second we heard this was happening, we were inspired to bring you an exclusive insider’s view. So we grabbed our cameras, headed to the Manchester Lane Testing facility and met up with Paul Furze, Manager of Product Test Methods.
Paul's plan was to run through a series of tests and capture the moment of impact of different Titleist golf ball models across various clubhead speeds. Using the high-speed footage, the team could then analyze how the golf ball reacts to the force being applied and show the actual compression upon impact.
One result, as you will see in the video: "If you compare the 120 mph driver speed to the 175 mph driver speed, you'll see that the compression on the ball is really quite similar," said Furze. In other words, every player, no matter their swing speed, compresses the golf ball.
Check out the video for a closer look at this step in our R&D process and to see what happens to a golf ball at impact – and a few micro-seconds after impact... (Yes, we said micro-seconds.)
Just in case you were wondering, "What exactly is Product Test Methods Development?" Well, this team develops and maintains all of the test equipment used throughout the various stages of the process. From robotic swing machines and air canons to wind tunnels and advanced simulators, they’ve got it covered.
Pretty cool gig if you ask us.
Posted: October 21, 2013
Over the weekend the worldwide professional golf tours served as the backdrop for some impressive performances as seven players used a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball to record victories.
Leading the way, Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson carded four rounds in the 60s (64 - 63 - 67 - 66) at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open en-route to a six shot victory and his fourth career PGA Tour title.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 140 tournaments on the worldwide professional tours in 2013, four times the nearest competitor with 35 and more than all other competitors combined.
Joining Webb in the winner’s circle this week, Titleist Brand Ambassador Jin Jeong won the ISPS Handa Perth International, an event co-sanctioned by European and Australasian Tours, with a par on the first hole of a sudden death playoff. Pro V1 loyalist Amy Yang and Pro V1x loyalist Michael Allen also won on the first holes of their respective playoffs, with Yang converting a birdie putt to capture the LPGA's KEB HanaBank Championship and Allen a victory-clinching birdie at the Greater Hickory Classic on the Champions Tour.
At the 56th Kolon Korea Open, Pro V1x loyalist Sung-Hoon Kang claimed his second consecutive Korean Tour title and Pro V1x loyalist Ulrich Van Den Berg won the BMG Classic for his seventh career Sunshine Tour title.
Rounding out the players in the winner's circle, Pro V1 loyalist Scott Hend captured his third Asian Tour victory of the season, closing with a final round 4-under 67 to prevail at the Venetian Macau Open.
For a quick recap of all the action, check out the Team Titleist notes from around the tours below.
• • • PGA: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
FAST FACT:This week marked the 13th anniversary of the tour introduction of the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball. First played at the Invensys Classic in Las Vegas in 2000, 47 players put the Pro V1 in play that week it was first available, including the eventual winner of the event. Since then, the successful momentum of Pro V1 and Pro V1x has continued around the globe, played by more players and trusted in more winning performances than all competing golf ball brands…combined.
• • • EUROPEAN/AUSTRALASIAN: ISPS Handa Perth International
• • • LPGA: KEB HanaBank Championship
• • • CHAMPIONS: Greater Hickory Classic
• • • ONEASIA/KOREA: 56th Kolon Korea Open
• • • SOUTH AFRICA: BMG Classic
• • • ASIAN: Venetian Macau Open