If you've ever played links-style golf, you know that the weather is usually a factor and when the wind is blowing you'll need to work hard at controlling the flight of your golf ball.

At the Open Championship there is always a premium placed on your ability to work the golf ball with the wind, against the wind and sometimes under the wind.

So before you tee it up again on a windy day, check out the latest tip from Dave Phillips, co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute, as he shares some thoughts on club selection, setup and strategy for those blustery days.

Stay tuned to Team Titleist for more tips from Dave this week and don’t forget to check out MyTPI.com for even more exclusive golf-specific health, fitness and swing advice.

Welcome to the Open Championship

The season’s third major is upon us and many of the world’s best golfers have made the journey to the shores of Scotland for a chance to be crowned Champion Golfer of the Year and to take home the coveted Claret Jug. The iconic yellow leaderboard is standing tall as the game’s oldest major makes its return to Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland. And if a player wants to see his name at the top on Sunday, he’ll have to prevail on a challenging links course that is shaping up to be firm and fast this week. Let’s not forget that the weather can also change in a heartbeat to add another level of difficulty in the already demanding quest of securing a major title. Watch the video above to see what Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists including past Open Champions Padraig Harrington (2007 and 2008) and Ben Curtis (2003), along with Bud Cauley, Jason Dufner and Bo Van Pelt had to say about the next major test. Welcome to the Open Championship.


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Team Titleist is on the grounds of Muirfield and ready to provide inside the ropes coverage of the The Open Championship.

The sun is out and the wind is up as the participants prepare for the year's third major. Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists alike have been visiting our European Tour Support Van (which is parked right behind the practice range) securing their golf balls, tweaking their equipment and trying on outerwear in case the weather turns for the worse at some point this week.

Among the first to stop by this week was Titleist Brand Ambassador Graham DeLaet. This will mark DeLaet's first appearance at the Open Championship, but not the first time he has played Muirfield. He shared with Team Titleist that he stuck around after playing the Dunhill Links last year and enjoyed a memorable father-son golf trip that included Muirfield on the itinerary. DeLaet loves the links style layout and after knocking on the door several times this year, hopes to make this his first victory since joining the PGA Tour.

Another early visitor included reigning Masters Champion and Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott as he popped in for a quick visit with the Titleist Leadership Team. Adam also spent some time signing Masters memorabilia before heading out to the practice facility to work on his game.

Check out the slideshow above for a quick tour of Day 1 and we'll check back in tomorrow with more updates from Muirfield.

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Of the 107 players in the 156-player field who relied upon Titleist golf balls at the John Deere Classic, a trio qualified for an all-Titleist Pro V1x playoff. After five holes of sudden death play, Jordan Spieth triumphed over Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson and David Hearn to capture his first career PGA TOUR victory. Spieth also became the first teenager to win a PGA TOUR event in over 80 years and subsequently punched his ticket for this week's Open Championship at Muirfield.

And while 93 players out of the 144-player field at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic relied on a Titleist golf ball, it was Pro V1 loyalist Hee Young Park who entered the winner’s circle. In an all Pro V1 playoff, Park birdied the third hole of sudden death to defeat Pro V1 loyalist Angela Stanford.

On the Champions TOUR, Titleist Pro V1 loyalist Kenny Perry fired a final round 7-under par 63 and won his second consecutive senior major championship at the U.S. Senior Open. Of the 156-player field, Perry was one of the 117 who trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.

With three more wins, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball loyalists have now won 80 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: John Deere Classic

- Three players tied for 4th, one shot out of the playoff, including Titleist Brand Ambassador Martin Flores (Pro V1x, 913D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 712U 2-iron, CB/MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges, Scotty Cameron GSS putter) and Titleist golf ball loyalist Daniel Summerhays (Pro V1x).

- Flores fired the best final round of the tournament with a sizzling 8-under 63 to put himself in contention, while Summerhays had the best single round performance with a 9-under 62 on Saturday.

- Nine of the 11 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.

- Spieth needed a win to become a regular member of the PGA TOUR in order to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. With the win, his 614 Non-Member points become retroactive and are added to the 500 he earns for the win, giving him 1,114 points. With that, Spieth is projected to move inside the top 20 in FedExCup standings, safely securing his spot in the FedExCup Playoffs.

- Spieth earns a spot into these additional 2013 and 2014 PGA TOUR events: 2013 World Golf Championships-bstone Invitational, 2013 PGA Championship, 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, 2014 Masters Tournament.

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LPGA TOUR: Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

- Park and Stanford each birdied the final hole of regulation to set the sudden death playoff stage with 26-under 258 totals after regulation.

- The pair finished three shots clear of third place finisher Catriona Matthew (Pro V1x), giving Titleist golf ball loyalists a 1-2-3 finish.

- Park fired a tournament-best 10-under par 61 on Saturday to put herself in contention.

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CHAMPIONS TOUR: U.S. Senior Open

- Perry completed his comeback from 10 shots down after the second round to win by five shots with a 13-under 267 victory total. His 64-63 finish set a tournament record for the final 36 holes.

- Perry's 63 matched third round leader and fellow Pro V1x loyalist Michael Allen’s Friday score for best round of the tournament. Perry trailed Allen by two shots entering the final round.

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.

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