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“Will Titleist ever make a yellow Pro V1?”

If you’ve been on these forums for a while or if you’re new to the site, you’ve probably seen this question, in one form or another, come up a fair number of times. In fact, it’s probably the most common product-related question we see posted.

Now, you may have heard some of the rumors out there that this was the year that we would finally introduce a yellow Pro V1. Well, I’m here to let Team Titleist know that the rumors aren’t rumors at all.

That’s right, after speaking with our product team I am able to confirm that we will be launching (sorry, I couldn’t avoid the pun) yellow Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls in 2019.

In fact, Team Titleist played a pretty big role in making this happen. We read and shared all of the posts from the community asking for us to make a yellow Pro V1 and our R&D team went to work.

They spent countless hours figuring out how we could develop the best possible bright colored cover formulation. They went through numerous trials to get everything just right. It wasn’t an easy task but the hard work has resulted in a new offering that we can’t wait to introduce.

While we can’t share any more details than this update, we did want to make sure we confirmed this exciting news with all of you as soon as possible.

So stay tuned for more updates and details later in the year.


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What is the purpose of a practice round?

BY PGTAA member Dr. Patrick Cohn

This often trips up many golfers setting themselves up for failure before the competitive round even starts.

Many golfers use practice rounds as a predictor of their scores for the tournament.

To be more specific, a good practice round is more about your strategy and game plan for the tournament, than how well you perform in the practice round.

To illustrate this point, let’s examine the case of Bob B...

Bob is a junior golfer who has competed at the USGA Junior Championships over the last few years.

Bob had good showings his first two years but, at last year’s championships, Bob never found his rhythm from the very first hole.

Bob had four double bogeys over the first 12 holes and was very disappointed and upset over his performance.

When asked to compare this year’s performance to last year’s performance, Bob was quick to attribute his poor play to his practice round.

Bob stated that last year he felt comfortable during his practice round.

In contrast, Bob said his practice round felt different this year, "I didn’t feel comfortable. My tee shots were landing all over the place and I was missing easy putts. I knew I was going to play horribly. I just didn’t have it. I was so anxious in the clubhouse that I couldn’t even focus. I played exactly how I did in the practice round, just like I thought I would."

Bob used his poor practice round as evidence that he would not perform his best when it mattered most.

As his practice round became difficult, Bob made a faulty assumption that he was off his game.

Bob became anxious and with anxiety comes increased muscle tension.

Bob’s ability to focus was compromised.

All Bob could think about was how bad he was playing and concluded there was nothing he could do about it.

In essence, Bob talked himself into a bad round.

It is easy to see how a bad practice round can hurt a golfer’s mindset heading into a competition.

So what is the alternative? The answer is you need to see a practice round for what it is...

Justin Rose, No. 3 in the world, has a unique perspective in regards to practice rounds.

Rose doesn’t put that much credence on his level of play during a practice round.

In fact, sometimes Rose doesn’t even swing a club during a practice round but uses that time to do a walk-through to get a good read on the course.

Prior to the 2018 PGA Championship, Rose revealed his strategy for the first few practice rounds.

ROSE: "I haven't actually played a practice round in terms of going out there with my golf clubs. I have walked each nine and got some good visuals."

Why would a golfer not even swing a club during the practice round of a major event?

Rose expounded on his strategy and his reasoning for not swinging a club during his first couple of practice rounds.

ROSE: "I walked nine holes both days. So I haven't hit a bad shot on the golf course. So I kind of went out there today and had a very clear intent on what I wanted to do on every hole. Often you can be biased how you play in practice at times, and that can influence the clubs you want to hit off the tee and what you're comfortable doing. Today I had a bit of a blank canvas to play with, and I felt comfortable on the course."

Now Rose’s strategy may not be the best for everyone but the most important takeaway was that Rose did not want the results of his practice round to influence his mindset when for the tournament.

Don’t muddle the purpose of your practice round. Your practice round is not a predictor of your competitive performance... Your practice round is to get a game plan that suits your strengths.

Tip for Having an Effective Practice Round:

Create a goal for your practice.

--What do you want out of your practice round?
--Is the goal of your practice round to warm up?
--Is your goal for the practice round to evaluate the course conditions?
--Is the goal of your practice round to create a game plan for each hole?
--Is your goal to become mentally prepared for the battle of competition?

Your practice round is more about preparation than performance. Don't start doubting your game if you don't do well in the practice round.

Instead, focus on how you will navigate the course given your strengths.

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Next to the PGA, the PGTAA  certification and credentialization is the most highly sought after teaching designation in the golf industry. In recognition of the industry’s growth, and in response to the demand for qualified teaching professionals, the PGTAA was established to provide extensive training to individuals as well as recognized golf teachers with years of experience behind them.

Not only will we teach you how to teach correctly, but also how to psychologically and philosophically motivate your students to become better golfers.

Becoming a PGTAA professional is probably one of the most important steps you will take during your professional golfing career. Becoming associated and certified by the PGTAA not only enhances your credibility but also enhances your teaching skills for the benefit of your future students and, naturally, your earning capacity.

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Please don’t be fooled by imitators of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. It has come to our attention that several other organizations are attempting to hijack our reputation, our certification designations, mimic our unique programs, especially our Home Study module, and in some cases, leverage even our name as their own. The name “Professional Golf Teachers Association of the United States”, formerly operated by National Golf Schools has ceased to exist after a settlement was reached between the parties.

The Professional Golf Teachers Association of America is and always will be the foremost 100% professional golf teaching certification institute in the world.

While these other programs and teaching organizations direct their marketing materials and resources to the targeting of all applicants (to cover their extensive advertising and marketing costs), whether qualified or not, the PGTAA’s philosophy and target market is that individual/golfer who desires to be a teaching professional in the field and not just an enthusiast. Since 1997 our mandatory personal telephone interview helps the PGTAA maintain their high level of members appreciated by all in the golf industry .

We do not offer various levels of certifications designed to separate you from your money and whose “membership/certification/levels of instructor” cards are useless and of zero value in the golf industry.

When comparing the PGTAA to ANY other teaching institution, whether PGA, LPGA or USGTF, our cost to become a fully certified golf teaching professional is $995.00 via the Home Study module or $2495.00 via the On-Site module. Going through the certification programs of the aforementioned organizations will cost you in excess of $5,000.00!

Most importantly, the PGTAA is 100% all about teaching.

The PGTAA has over 50 Tour players including Master’s, PGA and US Open Champions, who avail themselves of our members teaching expertise.

There is only one Professional Golf Teachers Association of America, and you can always find us at

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