Team Titleist managed to catch up with some of our brand ambassadors at this weeks Volvo China Open at Binhai Lake Golf Club. Amongst them was defending Champions Nicolas Colsaerts, Past Champion Scott Strange, and Jbe Kruger let us have a good rummage through his bag. Check out all the pics in the slideshow below:

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 This is what everyone will be playing for in this weeks co-sanctioned OneAsia and European Tour's Volvo China Open.

One week and 12 time zones from Masters Sunday, Louis Oosthuizen trusted a Pro V1x golf ball to his second victory of the season at the Maybank Malaysian Open.

Oosthuizen, the runner-up in last week's playoff at Augusta National, closed with a 4-under 68 for a 17-under 271 total and three-shot victory at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, capping a week that began with a 30-hour trip from Georgia to Malaysia.

“It was a long journey to get here and I have to be honest and say that I didn't expect to play this well because of the tiredness," said Oosthuizen, who has now played his last eight rounds in 27 under.

 “The one thing I did know was that the game was there so that helped a lot. I was pretty tired at points in those first couple of rounds but overall it has been great and I am over the moon with the result."

Oosthuizen's victory highlighted a three-win week for Titleist Pro V1x golf ball players around the world, including wins by Alex Aragon (Nationwide Tour) and Michael Allen (Champions Tour).

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have combined for 44 victories so far this season across the worldwide professional tours, more than seven times the nearest competitor with six and more than all other golf balls combined.

A total of 5,000 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in those same events, more than six times the nearest competitor with 789 and more than all other golf balls combined.

Oosthuizen was the only player in Malaysia to post four rounds in the 60s (66-68-69-68), rolling his Pro V1x in for one eagle, 19 birdies and just five bogeys. He finished fourth for the week in greens in regulation at 81.9 percent.

"On Thursday I knew the game was there - it was just a question of whether or not I would be able to go all the way physically," said Oosthuizen, who moved to No. 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking. "Having a good week this week was important and playing well. I didn't want to come here and play bad but to win means a lot because I have been playing well for the last few weeks now and to win gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.”

Oosthuizen topped a leader board that featured four Titleist golf ball players in the top 5, including runner-up Stephen Gallacher (Pro V1x). David Lipsky (Pro V1x) and Rafael-Cabrera-Bello (Pro V1x) tied for third.

Ninety-four players in the field relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 24 and more than all competitors combined.

• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Alex Aragon earned his first career Nationwide Tour title at the TPC Stonebrae Championship, leading a 1-2-3-4 finish for Titleist golf ball players in Southern California.

 Araxon closed out a week of significant weather delays with a 4-under 66 for a 10-under 270 total, one shot clear of Pro V1 golf ball players Duffy Waldorf, Paul Haley II and Matt Harmon, who tied the course-record Sunday with a 9-under 61.

"I'm trying to keep it all in perspective," said Aragon, who played 54 holes on the weekend after Friday's play was washed out.

"It's a major step and I'm proud of myself for doing it."

Aragon was one of 106 players in the field that trusted Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor with 19 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (46); sand, lob and approach wedges (164); and putters (63).

• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Titleist golf ball players swept the top five positions on the leader board as Pro V1x loyalist Michael Allen earned his second-career Champions Tour title at the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay.

 Allen birdied three of his final seven holes for a final-round 3-under 68 and 12-under 272 total, three shots ahead of Kenny Perry (Pro V1x). Peter Senior (Pro V1, 3rd), Corey Pavin (Pro V1, 4th) and Bernhard Langer (Pro V1, 5th) rounded out the top 5.

"It's been a long time since I beat these guys," Allen said. "I haven't beat them very often. It's very nice to get on 18 and finally go, 'man, I got them all.'"

A total of 59 players in the field teed up Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (15); and sand, lob and approach wedges (59).

• PGA TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the RBC Heritage with 90 players, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all other golf ball combined.

Titleist was also first in iron sets (34); sand, lob and approach wedges (127); and putters (58).

• JAPAN TOUR: At the Token Homemate Cup, 57 players relied on Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, nearly twice the nearest competitor with 31. Titleist also led the field in hybrids (38); and sand, lob and approach wedges (108).

The PGA Tour season pushes on this week with the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links, about a three-hour drive southeast from Augusta National.

While Harbour Town is one of the most picturesque stops of the year, it also packs quite the punch with some of the Tour's smallest greens and tightest fairways.

 "It's a classic golf course. It's one you have to really manage your game around," said Pro V1x loyalist Luke Donald. "You have to think your way around very well. ... It's going to be tough to hit a lot of greens this week. And because of that you need a good short game."

An overwhelming majority of players this week are relying on Titleist golf balls to successfully navigate them to the finish line, marked by the famous view of the Harbour Town Lighthouse behind the 18th green.

A total of 90 players in the field are playing Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, more than six times the nearest competitor with 14 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist is also first in iron sets (34); sand, lob and approach wedges (127); and putters (58).

Check out Team Titleist's pictures from the practice rounds earlier in the week in the slideshow below.

Team Titleist spent some time at the Maybank Malaysia Open this week at KLGCC. And we had our camera's ready as always. Along with the help of our European Tour Leadership Team, we have 2 slideshows to share this week. This is the first, and be sure to check back on Friday for the second. We hope you enjoy the pictures. Feel free to post on our discussion boards if you have anything to say about the Maybank Malaysia Open this week or throughout the weekend.

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 Who will be walking home with the Maybank Malaysia Open Trophy this year? Titleist brand Ambassador Matteo Manassero had a cracking final round to win last year, can he defend his trophy this year?

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Countless times a day, Titleist golf balls are launched from earth, propelling upwards and onwards in a matter of seconds.

??Ever wonder what makes them go? ?

Golfers, their golf clubs and golf swings certainly have a lot to do with it. Not to mention all of the technology, innovation and R&D that gets added to the equation when it comes to making the #1 ball in golf.??

However, a golf ball's main source of energy is its core. ?

Since we’re a rather curious bunch here at Team Titleist, we decided to head downstairs to the Golf Ball R&D department in order to improve our core competency. ??Here's what we learned from the experts...

 The core is a high-resiliency rubber composition that makes up the center and largest component of every Titleist golf ball. ??In the Titleist R&D department, an entire team of chemists and engineers has been dedicated to formulating cores and advancing the technology (such as the Titleist Pro V1's new ZG Process Core Technology) that helps power the most played golf balls at every level of competitive golf.

"Plain and simple, the core is the engine of the golf ball," says Bill Morgan, Senior V.P. of Titleist Golf Ball R&D.

??The core's main ingredient is Polybutadiene (pol-ee-byoo-tuh-dahy-een), a synthetic rubber that produces a high-energy return and can be manufactured to a number of desired characteristics. ?

"Stiffness, compression, resilience, size, whether it's a single core or a dual core," says Morgan, "all of those things factor into performance characteristics of the golf ball."

??Spin rate (control), initial velocity (distance) and compression (feel) are all affected by differences in core construction. ?

 In addition to the base rubber, cores contain cross-linking agents that will increase resiliency (speed) when cured, peroxides to catalyze that cross-linking, and fillers to adjust the weight.

(The USGA rules of golf allow for golf balls weighing as much as 1.620 ounces, and since the core is the largest component, the overall weight is adjusted here.) ?

"Generally speaking, every element that you add to a golf ball changes multiple characteristics of the ball," Morgan says. "So you balance what a particular compound or dimension does against performance characteristics, and you're trying to match that to golfers' needs." ?

The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball features a single solid core, 1.530 inches in diameter, constructed with Titleist's new and innovative ZG Process Core Technology. ??The ZG Process, which took over five years to develop, has resulted in Titleist's most uniform core ever constructed – from within the core itself, from core to core within the press and from press to press.

The transformation from uncured rubber to the engine of a Titleist golf ball takes less than 15 minutes at over 300º F. ?

"It’s the most consistent golf ball that we’ve ever made," says Brian Comeau, Manager of Materials Research in R&D.

Other features of the Pro V1 include a responsive Ionomeric Casing Layer (.045 inches thick), high-performance Urethane Elastomer Cover and spherically-tiled 352 tetrahedral dimple design. ??The result is a golf ball that provides exceptional distance and durability, increased spin control and a more consistent, penetrating ball flight. ?

"It's important to remember that no single element of design can determine the performance of the golf ball," says Comeau. "There needs to be a symbiotic relationship between all of the elements, from the core to the intermediate layer, to the cover and dimple patterns." ?

 The Titleist Pro V1x golf ball has a large, high velocity solid dual core with soft center, as well as a responsive Ionomeric Casing Layer (.035 inches thick), high-performance Urethane Elastomer Cover and spherically-tiled 328 tetrahedral dimple design. ??

This combination delivers very low spin off the driver and long irons, a higher trajectory that contributes to longer distance and a consistent ball flight that cuts through windy conditions.

The new Titleist NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT Solo golf balls also feature different core, cover and dimple design variations that contribute to their relative performance characteristics.

 The new NXT Tour, which delivers excellent scoring performance exceeded only by Pro V1 and Pro V1x, has a large dual core, three-piece construction that features a slightly smaller, soft center and higher volume outer core layer. Its 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, as well as soft feel on all shots with excellent durability.

The new NXT Tour S – featuring a new, proprietary low compression and highly resilient core – was created for golfers seeking NXT Tour-like performance with a softer feel. (This ball is also available in high optic yellow.)

In creating the new Titleist Velocity golf ball, R&D implemented exclusive high-speed LSX core technology to produce the highest velocity core formulation of any Titleist golf ball.

The Velocity is encased in a NAZ2 cover formulation featuring a 332 icosahedral dimple design that delivers high initial ball speed on all full swing shots and playable feel in the short game. It all adds up to a soaring, tight, consistent ball flight and deep downrange peak trajectory.

The new DT SoLo was developed with one objective in mind: Design the softest compression feel possible, while continuing to deliver the long distance and control that DT SoLo players have always counted on.

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.??

We hope you enjoyed this brief journey to the core of the Titleist family of golf balls. Click here to get some more information on the current line-up.
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