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Share Your Favorite Titleist Moments from 2017

Mike D., Team Titleist Manager Team Titleist Staff

As we enter the final stretch of 2017 and get ready to flip our calendars for the New Year, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of our favorite Titleist moments from the past season.

We’ll get things started on our end with this thread, but we want to hear from all of you! 

Was there a favorite story on the blog or a discussion thread that you found yourself glued to? Maybe it was an event like the TT Invitational or taking part in a product test panel, or having the chance to meet another TT member in person. Whatever your favorite Titleist moment was, we hope you’ll share it by adding a reply below.

And to kick things off, my favorite moment of 2017 was the TT Invitational. It’s always great to connect with TT members in person (and even better when it’s on the golf course) and I truly enjoy catching up with some familiar faces along with having the opportunity to meet some new people for the first time. I can honestly say that some of my best friends these days are TT members, and that’s what I think is so great about this game we all love so much. 

Check out the gallery below for some of the highlights and don’t forget to share your moment below.

Invitational participants received a Titleist...
Invitational participants received a Titleist essential duffel filled with golf balls, valuables pouches, commemorative ball markers and lapel pins, the first edition of The Golfer's Journal, Tervis tumblers and so much more. 1/28
From the discussion boards to TPC Sawgrass ...
From the discussion boards to TPC Sawgrass ... 2/28
... participants were able to meet up with old...
... participants were able to meet up with old friends and make plenty of new ones. 3/28
TPC Sawgrass staff welcomed our Team Titleist...
TPC Sawgrass staff welcomed our Team Titleist members with open arms, including General Manager Bill Hughes. 4/28
After meeting up with their teams for the next few...
After meeting up with their teams for the next few days, everyone headed back to the Sawgrass Marriott to rest before Round 1 on Dye's Valley. 5/28
Thursday morning opened with a sea of golf carts...
Thursday morning opened with a sea of golf carts at TPC Sawgrass before 84 players took on the par-72 Dye's Valley course. 6/28
The format for the Invitational was a best ball,...
The format for the Invitational was a best ball, with one team winning low-gross and another winning for low-net. 7/28
Team Titleist members signed up as individuals,...
Team Titleist members signed up as individuals, twosomes, threesomes and full foursomes, and competed with their teams during both rounds. 8/28
There were plenty of moments of glory on Dye's...
There were plenty of moments of glory on Dye's Valley ... 9/28
... alongside moments of laughter ...
... alongside moments of laughter ... 10/28
... and some seriously strong play.
... and some seriously strong play. 11/28
After Round 1, the group went inside for a quick...
After Round 1, the group went inside for a quick lunch before heading back out to the driving range for more. 12/28
Titleist staff met participants on the driving...
Titleist staff met participants on the driving range for a golf ball aerodynamics and performance demonstration, followed by a demo experience for the Titleist 718 irons and 818 hybrids. 13/28
Players couldn't wait to get their hands on...
Players couldn't wait to get their hands on the newest clubs, which hit golf shops that day. 14/28
Every model in the Titleist 718 irons and Titleist...
Every model in the Titleist 718 irons and Titleist 818 hybrids lineup was available for participants to demo and ask our product specialists questions. 15/28
A full afternoon later, participants returned to...
A full afternoon later, participants returned to the Sawgrass Marriott to freshen up before dinner. 16/28
Dinner Thursday evening was complemented by a...
Dinner Thursday evening was complemented by a panel with Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing Michael Mahoney, Titleist Vice President of Tour Promotion Chris Tuten and PGA TOUR coach Scott Hamilton. Team Titleist members had the opportunity to ask each of the gentlemen questions about their experiences in golf and working with Titleist. 17/28
We were welcomed by another day of beautiful skies...
We were welcomed by another day of beautiful skies and warm weather at TPC Sawgrass on Friday. The field was going to face its next test, the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, home of The PLAYERS Championship. 18/28
The Stadium Course presented another par-72 test,...
The Stadium Course presented another par-72 test, but one that has seen the world's best players struggle and dominate. 19/28
We once again saw lots of fist pumps and moments...
We once again saw lots of fist pumps and moments of triumph ...20/28
... and there was no shortage of team spirit.
... and there was no shortage of team spirit. 21/28
These Team Titleist members showed up to play well...
These Team Titleist members showed up to play well Friday. 22/28
It was hard not to stop and simply take in the...
It was hard not to stop and simply take in the impeccable views on No. 18, heading toward the clubhouse. 23/28
One of the most photographed holes in golf, No....
One of the most photographed holes in golf, No. 17, included a special experience for our participants. 24/28
Players had the option to take a second shot on...
Players had the option to take a second shot on No. 17 with the new Titleist 718 irons and 818 hybrids. 25/28
From the looks of the scores, players found...
From the looks of the scores, players found success on the island green. 26/28
After the round was finished, everyone enjoyed a...
After the round was finished, everyone enjoyed a final lunch and awards ceremony. 27/28
Congratulations to all of our winners and we...
Congratulations to all of our winners and we can't wait to see new and old faces at next year's Invitational! 28/28

Here's to more fairways and greens in 2018!

- Mike

51 Replies

  1. Tim Tiger

    While I could not attend the TT Invitational. Had a blast on a couple of trips this year that involved other TT members.
    Birthday bash at Bethpage Black with a group of crazy friends was a great fun trip.
    Wisconsin visit to catch a game and play two major venues.
    Heading to Iceland for a FootJoy outing but all parties were Titleist diehards as well.

    Was truly an EPIC 2017. Looking forward to 2018.
    TT
  2. Dale V

    Loved all the posts on this site and hoping to get to the 2018 TT Invitational. Great year for me personally with Titleist getting new sticks and my second ever Hole-in-one with the new AVX ball.
  3. Abby L., Team Titleist Staff

    The Team Titleist Invitational was definitely a highlight of my year as well! I can't really pick one favorite moment, but I would say a top theme of moments would be when we have the opportunity to interact with PGA TOUR and LPGA players.

    To take a little stroll down memory lane, I'll start with the U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills, where I think I logged 15,000+ steps a day:

    Team Titleist joined Titleist Brand Ambassadors an...
    Team Titleist joined Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists for one more practice round at Erin Hills. 1/20
    Spotted around the course this week: The coveted U...
    Spotted around the course this week: The coveted U.S. Open players badge.2/20
    Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger practic...
    Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger practices with his 917F2 fairway before his round Wednesday.3/20
    Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth works with...
    Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth works with Coach Cameron McCormick on his ball striking using his 716 AP2 irons. 4/20
    Jordan practices as his bag full of Titleist equip...
    Jordan practices as his bag full of Titleist equipment awaits its practice round. 5/20
    Players will face a variety of elements and terrai...
    Players will face a variety of elements and terrain at the rolling Erin Hills. 6/20
    The weather held out until late afternoon Wednesda...
    The weather held out until late afternoon Wednesday. 7/20
    What a group to follow on Wednesday. 
    What a group to follow on Wednesday. 8/20
    Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker and Pro V1 ...
    Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker and Pro V1 loyalist Rickie Fowler both work with coach Butch Harmon, who was on site at Erin Hills to help players prepare for the week. 9/20
    Also playing with Jimmy and Rickie was Titleist Br...
    Also playing with Jimmy and Rickie was Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas, who launched his 917D2 driver on the par-4, fifth.10/20
    Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner is coming o...
    Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner is coming off a recent win at the Memorial. Will the major champion capture a U.S. Open? 11/20
    Jason also games the 917D2 driver off the tee. 
    Jason also games the 917D2 driver off the tee. 12/20
    Jimmy also tees off with his 917D2 driver to face ...
    Jimmy also tees off with his 917D2 driver to face the 514-yard, fifth. 13/20
    Pro V1 loyalist Henrik Stenson practices his short...
    Pro V1 loyalist Henrik Stenson practices his short game out of the fescue. 14/20
    Pro V1 loyalist Kevin Kisner's top showing at ...
    Pro V1 loyalist Kevin Kisner's top showing at a U.S. Open is a T12 finish at the 2015 championship at Chambers Bay. 15/20
    Titleist golf ball loyalist Pat Perez is competing...
    Titleist golf ball loyalist Pat Perez is competing in his fifth U.S. Open championship. 16/20
    Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Kokrak played alon...
    Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Kokrak played alongside golf ball loyalist Pat Perez during Wednesday's practice round.17/20
    A few groups ahead, Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill...
    A few groups ahead, Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas strikes his 917 driver while playing with golf ball loyalist Lucas Glover. 18/20
    Titleist golf ball loyalist Angel Cabrera earned h...
    Titleist golf ball loyalist Angel Cabrera earned his first major title at the 2007 U.S. Open contested at Oakmont Country Club. 19/20
    Justin...
    Justin Thomas practices a few chip shots around the par-4, 4th green. Practice time is nearly over, as the tournament gets underway tomorrow. Good luck to all of Team Titleist at the 117th U.S. Open Championship!20/20

    In June, I travelled with our Titleist Tour Reps to Washington D.C. for the Quicken Loans National, where they conducted Tour seeding for the new Titleist 718 irons. It was incredible to see the culmination of work that our golf club R&D team was dedicated to come to fruition in the hands of the world's best players.



    A few weeks later, I had the opportunity to watch players including Patton Kizzire, J.T. Poston, Graham DeLaet, Bobby Wyatt and so many more test the new Titleist 818 hybrids.



    One more adventure that I want to share was our leadership shoot in Chicago, where we captured an endless amount of content that will be coming your way in 2018!

    As always, thanks to all of your for making 2017 fantastic, and here's to another year full of memories!


    Abby
    Team Titleist Staff

  4. Tyler H

    Tim Tiger

    While I could not attend the TT Invitational. Had a blast on a couple of trips this year that involved other TT members.
    Birthday bash at Bethpage Black with a group of crazy friends was a great fun trip.
    Wisconsin visit to catch a game and play two major venues.
    Heading to Iceland for a FootJoy outing but all parties were Titleist diehards as well.

    Was truly an EPIC 2017. Looking forward to 2018.
    TT

    Glad to have been a part of a few of these trips with you Tiger, et al.

    The whole Bethpage experience was amazing - from being the first car in the lot (thanks to Speedy), finishing Bethpage Red in the dark and our everyone in our Foursome hitting the green in regulation and making par, to sharing leftover pizza with some Trash Pandas, and many other great memories of Birthday Bash.

    Having the pleasure of TT, Speedy and Sauce making the trip to Wisconsin to catch a game at Lambeau, play Whistling Straits and Erin Hills. Many other great stories from this trip and the 700 plus miles that live on in that Kia rental van.

    2017 was a great year and 2018 is shaping up to be even better...

    TH
  5. Don O

    Missed this year's as the last Titleist Invitation ever due to work. Last year's intro to the 917 drivers set up the big improvement in my game this year. I've been setting up short irons on par 5s due to the consistent gains with the D2. The best example was at Tobacco Road. Inconsistent drives on my previous visit made for some very difficult holes, but this time every drive was long and where it needed to go. Didn't play a second shot from a waste area all day. Finished the year with a birdie on the par 5-18 on Pinehurst #1 with a chip-in. The game became fun this year. Hoping for an early spring in Wisconsin and a chance for another Invitational in 2018.
  6. mj

    Just wanted to share a story with Titleist family;

    I currently play AP2 712; was fitted, with KBS Tour, Regular flex...when they came out...loved them, and saw my game really improve. Prior, i had set of 962....had those for 10+ yrs.

    For myself, whenever i go to a golf store, i love to look, but i never hit any balls. Reason for this is...if i hit, i will want to buy.

    I was in a golf shop, and buying some new balls (NXT); and on the counter, were the new 718 line. AP-1; AP-2; AP-3; CB and MB. All very sleek. Gentleman at the counter....said go ahead...you'll be the first to hit them....i said why not!!!!

    Hitting them, the AP-2 was typical AP-2; nice feel, nice sound....you didn't need to see the data; cause u know the strike was a good strike and you know where the ball went....and good feedback.

    During next few months, i break my personal oath, and visit Golftown, and hit some ball, Titleist of course, trying out the different models and different shafts. Not being any expert, you try to fit yourself.....staff there was so-so when it came to help.

    Take me now to Black Friday; Golftown was blowing out there 716 AP-2; 4-PW + GW; $750 with free shipping. Used, but excellent condition. When they arrived, they were truly MINT, not a mark on them, some of the clubs still had wrap on the grips.

    I recently purchased New set of AP2 716 from Golftown.....got a steal of a deal.

    Only issue i had was with the fitting, they came with Dynamic Gold AMT, stiff shaft. standard lie....etc. My current set was AP2 712. Although nice, i knew had to get spec'd out.

    Enter now, Kathy Stecyk from Titleist Regional Fitting Ctr, here in Surrey, BC. She had previously fitted me for my AP-2 712; after various conversations, I asked her if i just went with what i have; (KBS Tour and bend 2 degrees) should this be ok? She told me to get my butt into see her to; and lets get on a launch monitor (Trackman) and make sure.

    During the fitting, her attention to detail; spin; launch angle; carry distance; smash factor....explaining what they meant, how it would impact my game. She asked questions about my game.....and at the end, got fitted to a different shaft, than what i had previously.

    Getting them now Re-shafted, and adjusted....

    Few lessons:
    1) never swing a club....likely you will end up buying them
    2) get fitted

    I walk out of there, thinking reason why i choose and stay with Titleist
    1) quality clubs
    2) great resale (sold my old AP-2's.....literally could of sold them 8x)
    3) Mostly; it is the Professionals like Kathy Stecyk you get to deal with. No pressure, no sales pitch, takes the time to get you into what you need to play your best, explains what is going on and explains the numbers to you.

    Will do the wedges in spring with Kathy.

    Shout out to Kathy Stecyk and rest of Titleist team and family
  7. Speedy

    2017 was a good year.. Where does Speedy begin….

    Well the TOP highlight for me was going to the Masters.. The experience of attending the Masters can’t be beat…

    Took a few amazing trips with some great TT buddies and will echo what Tiger and Tyler said.... Bethpage Black to celebrate someone’s 40th bday was a great trip, lots of good laughs and good memories. Nothing beats having the first 2 tee times at Bethpage..

    Wincy trip was also an amazing trip and can’t thank Tyler enough for putting it together. So many items knocked off the bucket list from this trip. Going to a Packers game and then playing 2 major venues; Erin Hills and Whistling Straits. It’s tough to top a trip like that.. I didn’t even wanna go home… One thing I did learn though, never eat a whole bag of beef jerky.. Bad idea and I’ll save that story for another day..

    Visiting Ball Plant 3 and getting a chance to meet Morgan Hoffman.. What an amazing learning experience on how the #1 ball is made… If you haven’t signed up yet to visit the ball plant, DO IT…

    And last but not least, retaining the Empty Cup with my partner Rich T. Nothing better than taking down Team Handsome.. And this time it was a LEGIT win… A great way to end a year….

    Already looking forward to 2018 with you all and you better believe a few trips have already been planned with some handsome and not so handsome TT members.; TH40 and TP2018.. Like Michael Breed, LET’S DO THIS!

    I am forever grateful to come across the Team Titleist community. The people I’ve been able to meet on here has been awesome and really enjoyed reading all the postings.. Keep them coming!!!

    Happy Holiday to you all! Cheers
  8. B.A.

    Wish I could have made the Invitational work, I'm sure it was a blast!

    Some of my own favorite Titleist moments in 2017 were:

    1) First putt-in Eagle on one of the toughest par 5s around,, has a humungous tree on a hill right in the middle of the fairway.. Very tough to get there in two.
    2) First time breaking 80 on a tough course (same course- The Golf Club at Boulder Ridge in San Jose).
    3) The pre-release 718 fitting at La Rinconada in Los Gatos and meeting a few of the amazing behind the scenes Titleist staff!
  9. Keith M

    Two memories from 2017 come to mind. On a family trip to Myrtle Beach, was lucky enough to meet up with some fellow TT'ers and FJC members and had a great time. Maybe we didn't play so well, (ok it was mostly me), but the experience was well worth it. Hoping to do so again next year.

    The other was a trip to Vegas in late September. Was fortunate to play my favorite course, TPC Las Vegas, twice while there. Took some great pictures, played some very mediocre golf, but had fun.
  10. N Anthony S

    I enjoyed reading about the Team Titleist Invitational as well. Unfortunately being out here in the North West corner of the country I was not able to participate. Of course who could complain about all the contest and sweeps that come our way. Especially the SM6 wedges Mr. Vokey and his team surprised me with. I am truly a lifelong Titleist fan and proud of it.
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  11. Robert L

    One of my TT highlights of 2017, was being a part of the 718/818 road show at La Rinconada and getting to meet Kim and Cathi that day while being some of the first to try out the AP3s and 818 H1/2s!
  12. Sam K

    A few highlights for me in my first year with TT......

    The highlight of my year, in many ways, was my Titleist Thursday fitting. This fitting and the end result, represented a personal triumph for me, which I won't detail here for time sake. From going to Furman with my wife for the fitting, to receiving my set, I have genuinely enjoyed the process of pursuing brand exclusiveness with Titleist. My game has improved, and I could not have more faith in my equipment. TT has been a great source of wisdom, passion, and information; which has inspired a much higher level of motivation for me.

    In addition to my fitting, I really enjoyed the TT pumpkin carving. It was a lot of fun!

    TT helped me come to terms with the fact that iron covers might be a little excessive, and I have since saved time by not using them. Any small victory against my OCD is great! haha

    I suppose one of my favorite post's was from Dale V about his AVX ace. It was awesome to see his trophy case for his two HIO Titleist's (something to strive for). I still feel that he could be the very first person to get a hole in one with the AVX! Exciting thought anyway.
  13. Speedy

    OH and one more, getting an invite from Cathi to be one of the few lucky ones to get fitted for the 718 line before their release AND as an added bonus, placing an order that day and getting them BEFORE the release in the stores.. Now that's what I call taking care of your people. Titleist will ALWAYS be #1 in my book.

    Thank you Cathi!
  14. Chuck Z

    Three events important this year.

    In the spring had the opportunity to work along side the FJ (pic below) and Titleist Reps at the RBC Heritage at Sea Pines at Hilton Head Resort for three days for the Pro AMs. Assisted participants in selecting shoes and apparel.

    This summer had the opportunity to play the TPC at Southwind in Memphis, home of the FedEx St Jude's Classic. Having lived in Memphis for ten years and worked for Levi Strauss as a District Manager we had been a corporate sponsor I had never played the course. Shame on me. Business came first and did not play golf back then. Always gave my passes to my wife and she took her friends most of the time. Also this summer this summer met with Chris, Sawyer, and Keith, members of TT and we played TPC @ Myrtle Beach. Always awesome to meet up with members for a great time.

    And last by far from being least on my list is the TT Invitational. Much has been said on the site about this year's event and it all is true. Great accommodations, outstanding food, the courses were pristine, the staff at Sawgrass were ever so gracious, and the folks from Titleist, always rock stars. They always provide us with something to remember, but yet always something to look forward to the next year. Many thanks again guys.

    In the upcoming year, may your ball fly higher with less spin off the driver, thus giving you a little more distance and hopefully the ball will land closer to the center of the fairway. May those irons produce a sweet feeling shot that lands softly on the green and closely so that and occasional eagle may land and a few more birdies appear on the card. Keep you hands forward and you eyes on the ball and have a Merry Christmas. Cheers, Chuck.........

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  15. Rick V., Team Titleist Staff

    Hi, everyone!

    I agree with Mike and Abby that the 2017 Team Titleist Invitational was a highlight of the year. TPC Sawgrass was a fantastic host and we learned a lot from the experience (and from the feedback provided by TT members who attended) that will help us to keep improving the event for years to come.

    I have two moments that I'd like share again and, like the TT Invitational, they both involved sharing a few laughs and making some new friends. The first is a video that we published at the very beginning of the year. We had a blast filming this video with our Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists and as you'll see, they really seemed to enjoy our new spin on the old closest-to-the-pin challenge:

    Behind the scenes: The Team Titleist closest-to-the-pin challenge

    The second moment I'd like to revisit took place in September, when we met Spencer and Gaines Beard. It was the first time that we welcomed a son and his father to the home of Titleist as the Grand Prize winners of our annual Team Titleist Ultimate Experience Contest.

    Behind the Scenes: The 2017 Team Titleist Ultimate Experience

      

    Thanks for some great memories!

    Rick

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