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Posted: February 20, 2012
TITLEIST LAUNCHES FOUR NEW GOLF BALLSNEW NXT TOUR, NXT TOUR S, VELOCITY AND DT SOLO MODELS.
Strengthens Performance and Expands Preference Options
Singapore (February 14, 2012) – Titleist, the undisputed golf ball technology leader, introduces four new golf balls to its line - NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT SoLo. Each has been designed to deliver best in category quality and consistency, while providing a range of performance and preference options for golfers across every skill level of the game.
New NXT Tour and NXT Tour S deliver the best scoring performance available with a non-urethane cover. Trusted by golfers for over a decade, NXT Tour has been improved for 2012 to deliver even longer distance while retaining its commanding scoring shot performance. New NXT Tour S offers NXT Tour-like performance with a softer compression feel. The all-new Velocity provides explosive distance via the fastest solid core of any Titleist golf ball. Titleist delivers the Softest DT yet in the New DT SoLo. Both NXT Tour S and DT SoLo are offered in optic yellow. New Velocity is also available in double-digit play numbers.
“Our golf ball product development process is the same for all Titleist golf balls,” said Bill Morgan, Senior Vice President, Golf Ball Research and Development. “It always starts with golfer testing where we identify performance improvements that will help golfers score better and determine what their preference options are. New Titleist NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT SoLo are the result of this process and deliver the best scoring performance and quality within their respective segment.”
The new offerings, all of which are manufactured in Titleist’s world-class ball plants, begin shipping to golf shops in February. They also will be included among Titleist’s industry-leading mobile, in-shop and on-line Golf Ball Education, Fitting and Selection initiatives.
“Before we introduce any new Titleist golf ball, it is performance validated with golfers. Thousands of Team Titleist members tested and validated the New NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT SoLo,” said Mary Lou Bohn, Vice President Golf Ball Marketing and Titleist Communications. “Along with the Pro V1 and Pro V1x, the best scoring performance golf balls in the game, Titleist provides golfers with a range of superior performance and preference choices, all with our precision, quality and consistency. “
PERFORMANCE BENEFITS AND DESIGN FEATURES
NXT TOUR: First introduced in 2001, the Titleist NXT Tour begins its second decade as the established best-performing, non-urethane covered golf ball in the game. New NXT Tour has a large dual core, three-piece construction that features a slightly smaller, soft center and higher volume outer core layer, that is engineered for increased power and longer distance than the prior model. The soft, thin Fusablend cover features a new spherically tiled octahedral design with four axis of symmetry, and 302 dimples in five different sizes. The result is a combination of long, consistent distance, commanding short game spin and control, soft feel on all shots with excellent durability. Available - March 1st 2012
• Engineered for High Performance • Even Longer Distance• Commanding Short Game Spin and Control • Newly engineered dual-core with soft center, volume of high energyouter core increased over 4%• Soft, thin Fusablend cover• New spherically tiled Octahedron, 4 axis of symmetry, 302 dimpledesign
NXT TOUR S: New NXT Tour S is introduced as a preference option for golfers seeking NXT Tour-like performance with a softer compression feel. NXT Tour S features a new, proprietary low compression, highly resilient core, in combination with the same soft, thin Fusablend cover formulation and aerodynamics as the New NXT Tour. NXT Tour S offers a softer compression feel than its counterpart and, like NXT Tour, offers low driver and long iron spin for outstanding distance, a piercing trajectory and consistent ball flight, and commanding short game spin and control. As another preference option for golfers, the New NXT Tour S is offered in white and high optic yellow. Available - March 1st 2012
• Engineered for High Performance • Soft Compression Feel• Outstanding Distance • Commanding Short Game Spin and Control• Delivers Feel & Color Preferences• Proprietary soft compression, highly resilient core• Soft, thin Fusablend cover • New spherically tiled Octahedron 4 axis of symmetry, 302 dimple design• High optic yellow
VELOCITY: The all-new Titleist Velocity golf ball is powered for distance and the result of leading-edge design, proprietary technology, and the unparalleled precision of Titleist’s world-class manufacturing process. New Velocity features Titleist’s exclusive high-speed LSX core technology and is encased in a NAZ2 cover formulation that delivers high initial ball speed on all full swing shots and playable feel in the short game. The combination of the fastest solid core of any Titleist golf ball, cover formulation, and 332 icosahedral dimple design aerodynamics, delivers a soaring, tight, consistent ball flight and deep downrange peak trajectory. Velocity is available in single or double digit orange play numbers. Available - March 1st 2012
• Powered for Distance• Fast Ball Speed for Explosive Distance• Deep Downrange Peak Trajectory• Playable Short Game Feel• LSX core technology delivers FASTEST solid core of any Titleist ball • Speed enhancing NAZ2 cover blend • High surface coverage dimple design
DT SOLO: The “Red Box” Titleist has enjoyed a loyal following for decades and the newest generation was developed with one objective in mind: design the softest compression feel possible, while continuing to deliver the long distance and control that are the DT standard. The result is the softest DT yet. The new DT SoLo is comprised of an extremely soft and fast core formulation that provides a distinctly soft compression feel. The cover blend of two soft Surlyn ionomers, in combination with the soft, fast core and 392 icosahedral dimple design aerodynamic package, provides a penetrating ball flight with long roll out for excellent total distance. The New DT SoLo is available in white or optic yellow. Available - March 1st 2012
• The Softest DT Yet and Softest Compression Titleist• Responsive Short Game Performance• Low flight with long roll-out for excellent driver and iron distance• Trusted Titleist Quality and Consistency• Large and soft core with a soft cover
• High coverage, 392 icosahedral dimple design in fivedifferent sizes • Available in white or optic yellow
A world-class field, featuring three of the top four-ranked players in the world, gathered in Dubai early last week for one of the European Tour's premier events, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
By Sunday evening, Titleist Brand Ambassador Rafael Cabrera-Bello had stolen all of the spotlight, trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment to the biggest win of his career.
The 27-year-old Spaniard began the tournament by making nine birdies in his first 11 holes, posting an opening-round 63. He played nearly-flawless golf the rest of the way, hitting 87.4 percent of his greens in regulation. Over the 72 holes, he made 21 birdies and just three bogeys.
Rafael recently gave our friends at Team Titleist UK & Ireland a tour of his Titleist golf bag, full of the latest, most-advanced Titleist equipment available. Check it out in the above video.Here's a complete listing of Rafael's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (Project X 7A3)Fairway: Titleist 910Fd 13.5º (Project X 10A2)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 20º (Fujikura Speeder 904HB)Irons: Titleist MB (712 Series) 3-PW (Project X Rifle 7.0)Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 54•11º, 60•07º (Project X Rifle 7.0)Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Buttonback
Mardan Mamat (Pro V1x) completed a wire-to-wire victory at the Philippine Open to earn his third-career Asian Tour title and complete a 3-win-week for Titleist ball players on the worldwide tours. Mamat remained steady to the finish, closing with a 1-under 71 for an 8-under 280 total at Wack Wack Country Club's East course.
He was the only player to post four under-par rounds for the week.“It feels great. It’s always good to win a tournament, especially the oldest national Open in Asia," he said.
"I didn’t (make) any stupid mistakes and kept my ball in play all the time. The whole week (I was) very patient and hit the ball good."
Mamat was one of 107 of the 150 player field to trust a Titleist Golf Ball.
The win places Mamat at the top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit going into the Avantha Masters this week.
• European Tour: Titleist Brand Ambassador Rafael Cabrera-Bello concluded his weekend ballstriking clinic by raising the trophy Sunday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment, including new MB (712) Series irons and Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Cabrera-Bello closed with a 4-under 68 at the Emirates GC to lead a 1-2-3-4 finish for Titleist golf ball players.“It’s an unbelievable feeling and it’s been a really spectacular week for me,” said Cabrera-Bello, 27, who rolled his Pro V1x in from 9 feet for a crucial birdie on the par-4 17th.He finished the four days at 18-under 270, one shot clear of Pro V1x loyalists Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher. Marcel Siem (Pro V1x) finished solo-fourth, three back of Cabrero-Bello.A total of 82 players relied on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all competitors combined.“With so many big, big names I felt really proud of myself," said Cabrera-Bello, one of three Titleist golf ball players to find the winner's circle last weekend across the worldwide professional tours."I wanted to fight, I stayed calm, I did everything that I’ve read we should do in these type of situations."The result: Cabrera-Bello led the field in Greens in Regulation at 87.4 percent (T-1), making just three bogeys over the 72 holes. His opening-round 9-under 63, featuring a back-nine 30 and nine birdies in 11 holes, was the best round of the tournament.With the victory, Cabrera-Bello moved to No. 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking and earned invitations into three of the year's biggest events: WGC-Accenture Match Play, WGC-HSBC Champions and WGC event at Firestone.Here's a closer look at Cabrera-Bello's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (Project X 7A3)Fairway: Titleist 910Fd 13.5º (Project X 10A2)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 20º (Fujikura Speeder 904HB)Irons: Titleist MB (712 Series) 3-PW (Project X Rifle 7.0)Wedges: Vokey Design SM4 54•11º, 60•07º (Project X Rifle 7.0)Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Buttonback• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Corey Pavin broke through to win his first Champions Tour title Sunday at the Allianz Championship and lead a 1-2-3-4 finish for Titleist golf ball players.Pavin rolled his Pro V1 golf ball in from 12 feet for birdie to edge Peter Senior (Pro V1) on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Both players closed out regulation at The Old Course at Broken Sound (Boca Raton, Fla.) with 1-under 71s for an 11-under 205 total at the Bernhard Langer (Pro V1) and Michael Allen (Pro V1x) tied for third, one shot back.Fifty-seven players in the field played Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (40); and sand, lob and approach wedges (128).Highlight of the day? Pavin's left-handed chip on the par-3 14th hole, the result of an unfortunately-placed tree root."That was a once-in-a-lifetime shot," said Pavin, who pitched his Pro V1 to 5 feet and saved par. "I can't think of a better up-and-down I've had in my career. It's not like I practice turning 8-irons over and hit them left-handed. When that happens, you think you're going to win, but I had to get that thought out of my head."
• PGA TOUR: At the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, 106 players trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than six times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all other golf balls combined, including runner-up Charlie Wi (Pro V1).Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (38); sand, lob and approach wedges (129); and putters (57).• LPGA: Titleist golf ball loyalists Stacy Lewis (Pro V1x), Brittany Lincicome (Pro V1x), Julieta Granada (Pro V1), So Yeon Ryu (Pro V1) and Hee Kyung Seo (Pro V1x) all competed in the six-way playoff at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.In total, 99 players teed up Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls in Australia, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all other golf balls combined.
Last season, Golf Digest asked 66 PGA Tour players this question: Who is the best athlete on tour?The majority chose Titleist Brand Ambassador Gary Woodland, also considered by many to be the longest hitter on tour.Newsflash: As the result of changes in swing mechanics and equipment, including a move from the Titleist Pro V1 to Pro V1x golf ball, Gary's gotten even longer.Late in 2011, Gary began working on his swing with Butch Harmon, a key member of the Titleist Leadership Advisory Staff. One thing Butch emphasized during their sessions was the importance of Gary using his skill and athleticism to shape shots. “We’re getting him to move the ball around, change his trajectory a little, change the setup and the path of his swing and get more of a variety of shots, which he needs to have," Harmon told the Associated Press last week.As a result, a few equipment tweaks and changes followed.Gary adjusted the SureFit Tour hosel setting on his Titleist 910 7.5º driver from C•1 (6.75º loft, 57.75º lie) to A•1 (standard; 7.5º loft, 58.5º lie), adding roughly one degree of effective loft. He made the same change to his Titleist 910Fd 13.5º fairway metal (C•1 to A•1).After a testing session with Fordie Pitts of Titleist Golf Ball R&D on the range early last week at TPC Scottsdale, Gary also switched golf ball models from Pro V1 to Pro V1x.Gary initially sought out Fordie having noticed an increase of spin off of his irons.
He wanted to make sure he was playing the best Titleist golf ball for his new swing.On Monday, Fordie had Gary test the lower-spin Pro V1x in front of a TrackMan launch monitor. With Gary's short and mid irons, the data showed a reduction of about 150-200 rpm in spin as well as a slight increase (1-1.5 mph) in ball speed. With his driver, Gary's ball speed increased about 4 mph with very similar spin (2,593 rpm).Gary was pleased with the numbers, and took the Pro V1x out on the course for more testing.
Off the irons, the Pro V1x launched a little higher and longer (3 to 7 yards), hitting and stopping faster on the greens and giving him the control he needed on his scoring shots. He had the same confidence around the greens, as well.
Off the driver, his carry yardage increased about 14 yards, to the point where the other players in his practice round group couldn't help but laugh and shake their heads. (These are extremely rare numbers, to be sure.)
On Thursday, Gary walked to the first tee with a Pro V1x in his pocket, confident he was playing the ball that best suited his game.
He would go to finish T-4 for the week in Greens in Regulation (76.4 percent), closing out the tournament with a 5-under 66 Sunday at TPC Scottsdale.
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On one of the biggest sports days of the year, Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyle Stanley charged to a victory more than worthy of Super Bowl-sized acclaim.One week after finishing runner-up in a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open, Stanley, 24, came from eight shots back Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to earn his first PGA Tour victory, authoring a story of perseverance that golf won't soon forget."I just tried to focus on playing golf," said Stanley, who combined with Titleist Brand Ambassador Kieran Pratt and Pro V1x loyalist Paul Lawrie to sweep the three events played last weekend across the worldwide professional tours."I knew I was playing well coming into this week," Stanley said. "I think the biggest challenge was seeing if I could put last week behind me. I think I did."Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, including a new set of Titleist MB (712 Series) irons, Stanley closed with a bogey-free 6-under 65 for a 15-under 269 total and one-shot victory, leading a 1-through-7 finish for Titleist golf ball players.Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane (Pro V1x) finished runner-up after a final-round 5-under 66. He was followed by Spencer Levin (3rd, Pro V1x) and Titleist Brand Ambassadors D.J. Trahan (4th, Pro V1x), Brendan Steele (5th, Pro V1x) and Kevin Na (5th, Pro V1x), and Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson (5th).A total of 92 players in the field at TPC Scottsdale relied Titleist golf balls for their success, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in irons sets (39); sand, lob and approach wedges (128); and putters (59).Stanley's victory in the desert was highlighted by both power and precision, not to mention some grit and determination.At the par-5 13th, Stanley ripped a 376-yard tee shot with his 910 driver and hit his Titleist MB 9-iron to 20 feet to set up an eventual two-putt birdie. On the par-4 14th, he drove his Pro V1x golf ball 325 yards down the middle of the fairway, pitched to 12 feet and rolled in the birdie putt with his Scotty Cameron Timeless GSS.On the par-4 17th, Stanley used his Vokey Design Spin Milled 56•14º wedge to hit a highlight-reel recovery shot from beneath a cactus (see video below), and two-putted for par. Stanley, who hit 89 percent of his greens in regulation Sunday, sent his approach shot on the par-4 18th to 12 feet above the hole. He two-putted for the one-shot victory."You know… this week I just kind of tried to just let it happen, not think about it, and just focus on things that I could control," said Stanley. Two weeks ago, Stanley paid a visit to the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif., a short drive from Torrey Pines and the Farmers Insurance Open. There, he worked with Dr. Greg Rose on his alignment, getting himself squared up from what had become an open stance.As a result of the realignment, Stanley lost some backspin with his Titleist 910D3 7.5º driver. Enter: Senior Club Fitting Analyst Dino Antenucci, who changed Stanley's driver head from 7.5º to 8.5º, keeping the SureFit Tour hosel in the A•1 position (standard loft, standard lie).Immediately, Stanley had a better ball flight, more shot-shaping control and about 2,400 rpm of backspin.Of course, the results speak for themselves.Here's a closer look at Kyle Stanley's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Kaili 70X)3-wood: Titleist 910Fd 13.5º (Mitsubishi Fubuki 83X)Hybrid: Titleist 503i 2-iron (Project X 6.5)Irons: ; Titleist MB (712 Series) 4-P (Project X 6.5)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 52•08º, 56•14º, SM4 60•10º (Dynamic Gold S-400)Putter: Scotty Cameron Timeless (GSS)
“Fantastic. It feels great to win the first event of the year," said Pratt, who finished regulation tied with Blyth and Aphibarnra at 15-under 273.
"Obviously you want to get off to a fast start but to win is obviously better."
Pratt was one of 80 players in the field that teed up a Titleist golf ball, more than twice the nearest competitor with 36, including seven of the top 10 on the final leader board.