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Posted: October 29, 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.
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!
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.
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
Posted: October 9, 2013
The winning momentum of Pro V1 and Pro V1x continued this week across the worldwide professional tours, as four Titleist golf ball players stepped into the winners' circle.
Pro V1x loyalist Shanshan Feng provided a memorable finish at the inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic, making eagle on the final hole to edge fellow Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis at the wire.
On the Asian Tour, Scott Hend of Australia trusted his Pro V1 golf ball to win the Mercuries Taiwan Masters, ovecoming extreme weather conditions as well as a charge by Titleist Brand Ambassador Arnond (Bank) Vongvanij.
In Australia, 22-year-old Jack Wilson (Pro V1) captured his first career victory in playoff fashion at the Western Australia PGA Championship and in Korea, Titleist Brand Ambassador Do-Hoon Kim relied on a Pro V1x golf ball and a full bag of Titleist golf clubs to triumph as the last man standing at the Munsingwear Match Play Championship.
With four more wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 128 - more than three times the nearest competitor with 34.
Check out the Team Titleist Monday Recap below for some quick highlights from this past weekend’s wins.
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LPGA TOUR: Reignwood LPGA Classic
At the inaugural Reignwood Classic, the LPGA's first tournament held in Beijing, China's Shanshan Feng (Pro V1x) eagled the par-5 18th hole after her second shot approach hit the pin and secured a one-stroke victory over fellow Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Stacy Lewis. Lewis, who led by one shot on the final hole, parred out before watching Feng convert her eagle putt for the two shot swing.
Feng finished with a 26-under par 266 victory total at the par-73 Pine Valley Golf Club. Both Feng and Lewis shot final rounds of 5-under par 68.
The win marks the second career LPGA Tour title for Feng, who made her first victory a major at last year's Wegmans LPGA Championship.
Titleist golf ball loyalists accounted for 51 of the 81 players in the Reignwood field, more than six times the nearest competitor.
ASIAN TOUR: Mercuries Taiwan Masters
At the Taiwan Golf and Contry Club on Sunday, players had to contend with torrential rain and winds of up to 55 mph brought on by Typhoon Fitow, but Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Scott Hend of Australia weathered the storm, winning the Mercuries Taiwan Masters for his fourth career Asian Tour title. Hend closed with a 2-over par 74 to finish with a 3-under par 285 victory total, four shots clear of his nearest competitor.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Arnond (Bank) Vongvanij of Thailand (Pro V1x, 913D2 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 910F fairway metal, 913H hybrid, new CB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron Select GoLo S5 putter) closed with a one-over par 73, one of the best scores of the day, to finish tied for third place.
Titleist golf balls were the choice of 70 players in the field of 118.
AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Western Australia PGA Championship
Jack Wilson won the WA PGA Championship in Western Australia, topping fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Gillespie (Pro V1, 913D2 driver, 913F fairway metal,MB irons, Vokey Design wedges) in a sudden death playoff.
Wilson, who is a third year trainee at The Kingswood Club in Melbourne, became the first trainee to ever win a PGA Tour of Australasia event.
In addition to the Pro V1 golf ball, Wilson relied on a full bag of Titleist golf clubs, inlcuding a 913D2 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 712U 2 and 3 irons, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges and a Scotty Cameron Notchback putter.
Titleist was the overwhelming favorite golf ball in the 104-player field, with 83 players trusting their game to a Pro V1 or Pro V1x. In fact, each of the top five finishers and 10 of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
KOREAN TOUR: Munsingwear Match Play Championship
It was an all-Titleist golf ball final four at the Munsingwear Matchplay Championship, where Titleist Brand Ambassador Do-Hoon Kim topped Young-Han Song (Pro V1x) in the championship match.
Kim birdied the first extra hole to win the title after topping fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jun-Won Park (2 and 1) in his semifinal match. Song topped fellow Titleist golf ball loyalist Heung-Chol Joo (2 and 1) in the other semifinal. Park edged Joo (3 and 2) in the consolation match.
Do-Hoon Kim relied on a Pro V1x golf ball for his success at the event, as well as Titleist golf clubs through the bag, including a 913D2 driver, 913Fd fairway metal, 913H hybrid, new MB irons, Vokey Design sand and lob wedges and a Scotty Cameron putter.
Titleist golf balls were the choice of 23 players in the field of 32, more than five times the nearest competitor with 4.