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Posted: August 30, 2014
The second event of the FedEx Playoffs is underway and the top 100 players in the race will be looking to go low in order to capture the Deutsche Bank Championship. The 7,241, par-72 TPC Boston layout in Norton, Massachusetts is designed with wide fairways and many risk-reward holes, forcing the players to stay aggressive in hopes of keeping pace with the leaders.
"If you're in position out here, you can be aggressive...everybody knows you're going to have to go out and make birdies" said former champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman, who ranks 33rd on the FedEx Cup points list.
"You've got to get to 20-something under. There are guys shooting 60, 61, 62, every year out here"
Points leader and Pro V1x loyalist Hunter Mahan realizes that while there are many opportunities to be make birdies, players still need to properly plan and execute.
"The wind blowing right now should dry out the course quite a bit and dry out the greens. We'll really have to think about our approach shots and how we want to come into the greens, and angles become very important"
In order to shoot low scores, golfers need complete control and confidence in their equipment, especially their golf ball.
BY THE NUMBERS: 2014 DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
This week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball choice with 54 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That’s more than four times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (25) and approach, sand and lob wedge (84) categories.
SHOTS AND SCENES
The #1 Ball on the TPC Boston practice green.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Charley Hoffman gets in some early work on the TPC Boston practice range.
The Titleist Tour Van arrived early on Monday ready to address any and all player equipment needs.
Vokey Tour Representative Aaron Dill (left) and Titleist Tour Technical Representative Dave Southworth share a laugh on board the van.
Bob Vokey was on site earlier this week to help players get their wedges playoff ready.
Posted: August 29, 2014
Along par-3 always presents a challenge for every golfer but if you're armed with the right game plan and technique, it can become a scoring opportunity.
And to help us improve our approach, Titleist Staff Professional Mark Blackburn is back to discuss the importance of choosing a conservative target and making an aggressive swing.
Mark's advice is to focus on hitting a high, soft shot in order to maximize control. To do this, he explains how a long, shallow swing will help launch the ball higher and create a steeper angle of decent.
Watch the video above to learn how to add this shot to your game and click on the image below to check out the entire 18 Shots series of tips.
Posted: August 25, 2014
Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Hunter Mahan capped off a week of solid play at Ridgewood Country Club by firing a final round 65 to claim a two shot victory at The Barclays. Hunter carded seven birdies and only one bogey during his final round as he jumped up the leaderboard to top off a four-round total of 14-under-par 270.
The win vaults Mahan to the top of the FedEx Cup Playoffs points list heading into the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Hunter's play this week was highlighted by a number of clutch putts but before reaching for his putter, he relied on controlling his golf ball off the tee and into the greens to set up his scoring opportunities. Helping him along the way to hitting a field-leading 80.6% of his greens in regulation this week has been Hunter's laser-focused approach to his preparation.
"I don't want to waste a shot anywhere, on the range, on the putting green, on a chipping green, on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday," said Mahan during his post-round press conference.
"It's not about putting the time in. It's about putting the right time and putting the real focus on to every shot, because I think that's what great players do. They don't waste a second of practice time when they are out on the golf course."
Great advice for all golfers. And for Hunter, the hard work certainly paid off this week.
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS:
Jamie Donaldson (Pro V1x) closed with a 4-under-par 68 to overcome a two shot deficit and post a 14-under-par victory total to claim the D+D Real Czech Masters. The victory was the third of his career and also helped secure him a position on the European Ryder Cup team.
Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist So Yeon Ryu fired a course record 63 in the first round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open and she never looked back. Ryu continued her stellar play throughout the week and went on to capture a wire-to-wire victory, finishing the tournament at 23-under-par.
At the WinCo Foods Portland Open on the Web.com tour, Pro V1x loyalist Carlos Ortiz posted opening rounds of 66 and 63, propelling him to a 14-under 270 victory total. With the regular season now over on the Web.com Tour, Titleist golf ball loyalists won 13 events on the 2014 Web.com Tour, more than four times the nearest competitor with 3.
Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Scott Dunlap won the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour after sinking a birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff. Dunlap set up his winning putt on the par-5 18th hole with an outstanding approach to the right of the pin that bounced past the hole, and then drew back downhill to within four feet. He made an easy two-putt for his first Champions Tour victory.
David Bradshaw (Pro V1x) birdied the final hole at The Great Waterway Classic to claim his first career win on PGA TOUR Canada. Bradshaw fired a final round 5-under 67 to post a 21-under victory total. The victory helped move Bradshaw to ninth place on the Canadian Tour Order of Merit with three events to go in the 2014 season.
On the KPGA Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Sang Hyun Park closed with a 4-under-par 67 to win the Vainer Championship by one shot over Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Maeng Dong Seop. Park fired a four round total of 15-under-par 269.
TEAM TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
With another seven wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 117. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 27 and more than all competitors combined.
In total, 16,678 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,682 and more than all competitors combined.
THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD | WEEK ENDING August 24, 2014
Posted: August 22, 2014
It’s a fact. Every golfer has more than one swing speed.
Think about the last round of golf you played and you’ll quickly realize that you hit a number of different shots all at varying swing speeds.
From a half-wedge or a full-wedge shot, to an approach shot with a 5-iron or 8-iron, or a tee shot, every shot is going to have a different swing speed. This is an important concept of golf ball development and it’s why we design golf balls to perform on every shot.
“A golf ball must perform for all golfers of all swing speeds on all shots,” says Titleist Golf Ball Fitting Manager Mike Rich.
“Titleist golf balls perform for all swing speeds on all shots.”
At Titleist, we also spend a lot of time with golfers of all skill levels testing golf balls and capturing launch condition data to help us learn even more about all of the different shots that golfers are hitting throughout their rounds.
It’s these experiences working with real golfers and listening to them talk about what they are looking for in golf ball performance that fuels our passion to help golfers shoot lower scores.
It's Playoff time on the PGA Tour and the first stop for the 2014 season is Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey for The Barclays. The top-125 players in the season-long FedEx Cup points race will face-off this week on the classic A.W. Tillinghast layout that has played host to many notable events including the 1935 Ryder Cup.
Stretching out to 7,501 yards and featuring fast greens, tight fairways and deep rough, the field will have to rely on precision ball striking and sound course management to help claim victory.
"It's very, very tough. It's a great golf course. If you're hitting in the fairways, you're going to make some birdies and you're going to play the golf course very well. If you miss the fairways, it's very tough." said Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson.
"This is U.S. Open type rough"
Bubba enters the week in 3rd place in the points race, one spot behind Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker who spent some time surveying the greens during his practice rounds.
"Seems like the greens are going to be really fast" said Walker. "You don't want to be above the hole too much here."
And to navigate this layout successfully, players will need to have total control, trust and confidence in their golf ball.
BY THE NUMBERS: 2014 BARCLAYS
This week at The Barclays, Titleist is the overwhelming golf ball choice with 70 players in the field trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success. That’s more than four times the nearest competitor with 15 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also the top choice in the iron (30) and approach, sand and lob wedge (103) categories.
Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jimmy Walker (left) and Jordan Spieth (right) set off for a practice round together.
Good things come in threes.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson splits the first fairway with his Pro V1x.
A little short game work for Titleist Brand Ambassador Morgan Hoffmann.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott is firing on all cylinders.