Titleist

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Golf Balls

Titleist currently markets the following golf balls:

Pro V1 and Pro V1x

DT Carry and DT Roll (also branded as PTS Carry and PTS Roll)

NXT Tour and NXT Extreme

They also make the Pinnacle brand of distance balls:

Platinum Feel and Platinum Distance

Gold FX Soft and Gold FX Long

Ribbon

The Pro V1 made its debut on the PGA Tour at Las Vegas on October 11, 2000, the first week it was available to the pros. A longtime Titleist user, Billy Andrade, won that first tournament with the new ball. The Pro V1 was available to the public by December. The Pro V1 was a dramatic departure for Titleist, which had traditionally used a wound-ball construction (with a liquid-filled core center) for its top-of-the-line golf balls.

In December 2007, Titleist lost a patent infringement suit brought by Callaway. The following November, Callaway won an injunction in a Delaware court, ruling that sales of the Pro V1 golf balls should be stopped from January 1, 2009, with professionals being able to continue with their use until the end of the year. Acushnet immediately announced that they would be appealing against the decision. Titleist has redesigned the Pro-V1 with a more durable shell and other minor changes that saved the acclaimed performance but differentiated the ball enough to continue distributing the ball without a concern of patent infringement. However, on August 14, 2009, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated the judgment against Titleist and ordered a new trial.

Golf Clubs

Titleist manufactures a range of woods, irons, wedges and putters (under the Scotty Cameron brand).

Drivers: 909DComp, 909D2, 909D3

Fairways and Utilities: 906F4, 906F2, 585.H, 909F3, 909F2, 909.H

Irons: AP1, AP2, Z Blend Forged, Z Muscle Forged, 755, 735, 775.CB

Vokey Design Wedges: 200 Series & Spin Milled Wedges

Scotty Cameron Putters: Studio Select, Circa 62, Red X, Newport Detour, California Series

Reputation

Titleist is a respected and popular golf brand, with such players as Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Davis Love III, and Dudley Hart under contract. Tiger Woods was also contracted with Titleist before moving to Nike, when the Nike contract began Woods refused to use the Nike drivers for a long time and continued to use his Titleist one. To this day Woods still does not use all Nike clubs, he still carries around a Titleist putter.

The Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x are the most used golf balls on the PGA Tour, European Tour, Japanese Tour, LPGA Tour, Asian Tour, and Nationwide Tour.

First played in the U.S. Open in 1949, Titleist golf balls are the top-selling golf balls in the United States.

Titleist products have been referenced in the film Tin Cup, as well as episodes of Beavis and Butt-head (where it is mispronounced “Tit-lee-us”) and Seinfeld.

Tour Players

The following players have endorsement deals with Titleist and are contracted to use their equipment.

Adam Scott

Dudley Hart

Steve Stricker

Robert Karlsson

Nick Watney

Sren Hansen

Martin Kaymer

Ben Curtis

Ross Fisher

Ryuji Imada

Ben Crane

Billy Mayfair

Arron Oberholser

Rory McIlroy

Scott Strange

Jason Bohn

Gregory Bourdy

Johnson Wagner

George McNeill

John Merrick

Zach Johnson

Mikko Ilonen

Nicholas Thompson

Gonzalo Fernndez-Castao

Davis Love III

Robert Dinwiddie

Rickie Fowler

Tom Pernice, Jr.

Brett Quigley

Troy Matteson

Parker McLachlin

Chez Reavie

Michael Letzig

Peter O’Malley

Charley Hoffman

Bill Haas

Matt Jones

Colt Knost

Jon Mills

Greg Kraft

Jarrod Lyle

Brett Rumford

Jos-Filipe Lima

Martin Erlandsson

Brendon de Jonge

Marc Turnesa

Jeev Milkha Singh

Prom Meesawat

Stephen Leaney

Michael Sim

Aron Price

Darron Stiles

Robert Gamez

John Riegger

James Heath

Marc Leishman

Jason Dufner

Andrew Buckle

Paul Waring

David Griffiths

Dan Forsman

Larry Mize

Mark O’Meara

Brock MacKenzie

Brad Faxon

Jim Rutledge

Chris Kirk

Jay Haas

Peter Jacobsen

Luke List

Jonathan Moore

Webb Simpson

Niklas Lemke

David Lutterus

Mitchell Brown

Geoff Ogilvy

Gareth Paddison

Kang Sung-hoon

Kim Kyung-tae

Rick Kulacz

Michio Matsumura

See also

Acushnet Company

Scotty Cameron

Cobra Golf

References

^ “Callaway wins patent infringement suit over Acushnet”. International Herald Tribune. December 15, 2007. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/14/sports/NA-SPT-GLF-Callaway-Acushnet-Suit.php. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 

^ “Callaway wins court order to halt sales of Titleist’s Pro V1 golf balls”. USA Today. November 12, 2008. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/golf/2008-11-11-calloway-patent_N.htm. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 

^ “Titleist parent Acushnet wins latest round in court battle against Callaway Golf”. examiner dot com. August 15, 2009. http://www.examiner.com/x-1024-Golf-Equipment-Examiner~y2009m8d15-Titleist-parent-Acushnet-Company-wins-latest-round-in-court-battle-against-Callaway-Golf. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 

External links

Titleist.com – official site

PinnacleGolf.com – official site

Vokey.com – official site

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