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Is it fair to call them the No. 1 iron, driver, wedge in golf? 

Some notes below from a press release on just how domimate Titleist is on tour this year. 

 

 

PGA:  It was a Titleist Brand Ambassador 1-2-3 finish at the regular season-ending Wyndham Championship, where Titleist Brand Ambassador J.T. Poston earned his first career PGA TOUR victory … Poston finished one shot clear of Webb Simpson and two better than Ben An  Viktor Hovland (Pro V1), finished solo 4th, another shot back … Closing with a career-best eight-under par 62 en route to a tournament record-tying 22-under 258 victory total, Poston became the first player since 1974 to win a 72-hole stroke-play event on tour without any bogeys or worse … Simpson fired a final round 65 to secure his runner-up finish for the second straight week, while An, who held or shared the lead after each of the first three rounds, closed with a 67.

>Eleven of the 12 players who finished among the top 10 and ties trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, and so did every other player who finished in the top 35 … That’s 34 of the top 35 finishers teed up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x with so much on the line at the PGA TOUR’s regular season finale.

> Poston’s win advances the 2018-19 PGA TOUR victory total for Titleist golf ball players to 23, nearly four times the nearest competitor (6) and more than all other golf balls combined … A total of 120 (77%) players teed up a Titleist at the Wyndham Championship, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 14. 

> What’s in the Titleist Bags of the top three finishers at the Wyndham Championship:

J.T. Poston: Pro V1x, TS3 (9.5) driver, TS2 (15) fairway metal, 716 T-MB (3-5) and 718 AP2 (6-9) irons, Vokey Design SM7 pitching (46), gap (50), sand (55) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter.

 

Webb Simpson: Pro V1, TS3 (10.5) driver, TS2 (15) and 913Fd (18) fairway metals, 913Hd (20) and 915Hd (23.5) hybrids, New 620 MB (5-PW) irons, Vokey Design SM7 gap (54) and prototype lob (60) wedges.

 

Ben An: Pro V1x, TS3 (8.5) driver, U-500 2-iron, 716 T-MB (3-5) and 620 MB (6-9) irons, Vokey Design SM7 pitching (48), gap (52), sand (56) and prototype (60) lob wedges, Scotty Cameron TNP putter.

 

> For the second time this season, the Titleist brand swept all eight major equipment categories on both the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour in the same week ... It is an achievement that had never been accomplished until Titleist made history by sweeping the Travelers Championship and Wichita Open in June ... The eight major tee-through-green equipment categories include golf balls, drivers, fairway metals, hybrids, utility irons, irons, wedges and putters ... The recently introduced T100 irons were the most played single model at the event with 15 sets in play, while the TS3 driver was the field favorite with 34.

> At the Wyndham Championship, Titleist was the top choice across every category for the 11th time this year ... The other tournaments in which Titleist has topped every major equipment category include: 3M Open, Rocket Mortgage Classic, Travelers Championship, AT&T Byron Nelson, Wells Fargo Championship, Corales Puntacana Championship, Valspar Championship, Honda Classic, Farmers Insurance Open and Sony Open in Hawaii ... This marks the fourth time on the Korn Ferry Tour that Titleist has swept the counts.

 

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Does this mean best equipment or most money spent on recruiting players?

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Titleist doesn’t throw money at guys to tee it up like TM does or did. Titleist does pay staffers and ball contracts. Most pros leave Titleist to chase the big payday.


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They have been a dominant force on tour in equipment played which hasn’t been the case for several years. Their win totals and performance from brand ambassadors has been impressive too.

They only have about 23 of their 69 brand ambassadors on the pga tour inside the top 150 owgr.  

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This is what happens when you **listen** to your consumer. Titleist was always a slow adapter to developing products and leaving their traditionalist values. The clubs followed the path of the ProV1’s level of innovation and here we are; a top to bottom offering that fits a very wide spectrum of golfer. And not only that, a very strong offering at each level.

I personally believe it started to evolve when they released the 910 series drivers. Soliciting input drove them to a point where they innovate and build a product that players would choose over a weekly royalty.


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Titleist doesn’t throw money at guys to tee it up like TM does or did. Titleist does pay staffers and ball contracts. Most pros leave Titleist to chase the big payday.


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Thanks. My first thought was that on the pro level they were following the TM print. 11 of 14 in my bag are Titleist regardless.

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On 8/5/2019 at 4:59 AM, Golfspy_CG2 said:

Is it fair to call them the No. 1 iron, driver, wedge in golf? 

Well, that data certainly suggests that's the case.  Anyone know which mfg's. are in 2nd thru 4th place?  I wonder how this analysis looks on the LPGA?

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9 minutes ago, fixyurdivot said:

Well, that data certainly suggests that's the case.  Anyone know which mfg's. are in 2nd thru 4th place?  I wonder how this analysis looks on the LPGA?

Well since most companies don't send out press releases saying we are 2nd or 4th place 😉I don't have it real handy.  i've  worked on getting the complete list weekly from the part that does the sruvey, but no luck so far.

As for LPGA, I can tell you this, PING dominates the iron category on a week in and week out basis with the I210, almost like it's the official iron of the LPGA!

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6 minutes ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

As for LPGA, I can tell you this, PING dominates the iron category

Great, it's official, I play girly-man clubs 🤣

 

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Is the retail version of Titleist products the same as what you find on tour?

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53 minutes ago, Tsecor said:

Is the retail version of Titleist products the same as what you find on tour?

Yes but to tighter tolerances. Sometimes they will have prototype heads or shafts but it’s all the same

edit: they have tour issued balls like left or right dash and +.

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I was going to note that the LPGA seems to be dominated by Ping - given that many of us would do well to emulate their games that's not bad for those of us who game Ping equipment.

I would also note that the most common ball used by those Ping players is Titleist.

So Rob why don't you talk Titleist into having MGS test their irons to see if they really are number one - not on tour but with a normal set of golfers? 🙂

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On 8/5/2019 at 9:20 AM, Tsmithjr9 said:

Does this mean best equipment or most money spent on recruiting players?

Take Dead Aim
 

+1. Not that the Titleist Pro V1/V1X isn’t one of the best balls, but it’s all about endorsement $ in the end. Titleist balls have a lot of wins because they endorse a lot of players.

Has there been a player whose performance changed significantly after changing balls, clubs, apparel, etc.? Do you think any pro would switch for $ knowing their performance might suffer?

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8 minutes ago, Middler said:

+1. Not that the Titleist Pro V1/V1X isn’t one of the best balls, but it’s all about endorsement $ in the end. Titleist balls have a lot of wins because they endorse a lot of players.

Has there been a player whose performance changed significantly after changing balls, clubs, apparel, etc.? Do you think any pro would switch for $ knowing their performance might suffer?

Look at players not under contract and see what they play. Lots of non contracted players using titleist and some using Bridgestone balls.

mizuno irons get a lot of non contracted players and ping, titleist and Tm get a lot in the woods/hybrids. Woodland switched his ping fw for a new titleist one. 

 

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Has there been a player whose performance changed significantly after changing balls, clubs, apparel, etc.? Do you think any pro would switch for $ knowing their performance might suffer?


I am pretty sure the answer to this is yes. Name that comes to mind is Bubba to Volvik balls. I know there are others but the names escape me; most are ball change related.
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56 minutes ago, cnosil said:

 


I am pretty sure the answer to this is yes. Name that comes to mind is Bubba to Volvik balls. I know there are others but the names escape me; most are ball change related.

 

Rory to Nike.  The Nike ball hindered Rory's game for awhile 

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2 hours ago, revkev said:

So Rob why don't you talk Titleist into having MGS test their irons to see if they really are number one - not on tour but with a normal set of golfers? 🙂

That request has been made several times, and will be brought up again more than once over the next couple days while I'm in WI. 

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38 minutes ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

That request has been made several times, and will be brought up again more than once over the next couple days while I'm in WI. 

I volunteer to test the toe forgiveness on the cb 😃🤪

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+1. Not that the Titleist Pro V1/V1X isn’t one of the best balls, but it’s all about endorsement $ in the end. Titleist balls have a lot of wins because they endorse a lot of players.
Has there been a player whose performance changed significantly after changing balls, clubs, apparel, etc.? Do you think any pro would switch for $ knowing their performance might suffer?


Did you happen to catch the MGS ball test? Actually it is one of the best balls and guys from other OEMs use it - particularly Calloway.


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I owe Middler an apology - I didn't properly read his post - I read "The Pro VI and Pro V1x are not one of the best balls...." rather than what he actually wrote.

 

Sorry about that.

 

And it's raining again. 😞

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