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You can now tour Titleist’s legendary Ball Plant 3 where the Pro V1 is made

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While you never want to see how the sausage is made, you almost certainly want to see how the Pro V1 is made. Until now, however, only a very limited group of professionals, industry folk, and truly fortunate media members have had the opportunity to do so.

But starting November 20, one of the golf equipment industry’s sanctum sanctorums, Titleist’s Ball Plant 3, is opening its doors to the public.

Titleist has manufactured balls at the New Bedford, Massachusetts, facility for more than 80 years. It’s the same location where company founder Phil Young developed the first Titleist golf ball in 1935.

The company is calling the tour the “Titleist Golf Ball Experience.” And while it’s technically “open to the public,” Titleist is offering the one-of-a-kind experience exclusively to Team Titleist members.

“The history of Titleist is one of hardworking, passionate people dedicated to making the best golf balls in the world and helping golfers play their best,” said Mary Lou Bohn, President, Titleist Golf Balls. “At Ball Plant 3 alone, we have more than 450 associates with an average tenure of over 20 years ensuring that our precision manufacturing process delivers unmatched consistency from ball to ball. We’re excited to take our most loyal brand fans behind the curtain and reinforce why they can trust their game to us on every shot.”

For the first time, the public will be able to get a first-hand look at the history and processes behind the best-selling balls in golf.

Registration for the Titleist Golf Ball Experience is now open at www.titleist.com/TourBP3.

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  1. Brian

    Nov 14, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I really don’t care how the sausage is made.

  2. Dave R

    Nov 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    They are made at the same place

  3. chinchbugs

    Nov 13, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I’m holding out to tour the Ksig plant…thanks though.

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What’s the biggest golf surprise of 2017?

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The 2017-2018 PGA Tour and European Tour seasons have already kicked off. The turkey is gone, and Christmas is rapidly approaching. Not surprisingly, the dying embers of 2017 have GolfWRX members in a reflective mood.

MattyO1984 (on his mid-morning tea break, no less), authored a thread dedicated to the biggest shock of 2017. His reflections center around golf’s favorite rolling two-year rating of relative performance.

“I ended up on the OWGR page and seeing some of the positions for guys who were Top 5 (not Patrick Reed) material just a year ago took me by surprise. For example, I am sure that most posters on here will know that Jason Day started the year as world number one and is now down to 12. There is then McIlroy who is just, and only just, holding on to being 10th. Everyone will know that neither won this season and of course that is going to result in them slipping down the rankings but who would have thought that they would have both been winless.”

Matty then goes on to examine the other side of the coin: Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, etc.

WRXers, keen to discuss the topic, point to Justin Thomas’ rapid rise, as well, and plenty didn’t see a Sergio Garcia major victory in the cards.

KirkNo-yes points out

1. Hideki Matsuyama’s virtual fall off the map after ending the last season/starting this season so dominant
2. Lopsided Presidents cup win
3. DJ not winning a major

Less than a week old and already more than 60 replies deep, this is a hot topic that’ll only get hotter as the year continues to wind down.

See what other WRX members think, and add your own biggest surprises  in the thread.

 

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Who would you most want to trade swings with on Tour?

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Equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics in this episode including golf movies, golf swings, and Jake Owen making his pro tournament debut. Watch and enjoy the video below!

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The great “golfers don’t get paid enough” debate

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Do professional golfers stack as much cash as they ought to? Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, and Sam Snead would certainly say so (even allowing for inflation).

Even so, everything is relative, and (on court/course/field) athlete compensation is a function of ad dollars, sponsorships, and television deals, as we all know. In golf, it’s pretty simple tale we’ve heard time and again: Purse sizes swelled during the Tiger Woods era as sponsorship dollars flooded into the sport and more people tuned in.

Today’s PGA Tour pros are the beneficiaries…except they’re still being short-changed, GolfWRX member MaddMaxx suggests in a forum thread he dedicated to the topic.

Jordan Spieth: $34.5 million
Salary/bonuses: $5.5 million
Endorsements: $29 million

So he made 5.5 million. The pay of a 3rd string baseball player, a soccer player who shows up.
A fairly good hockey player…..

Which sport so you think is the lowest/highest paid when considering:

the talent/ability required
hours of practice
pressure situations(stress)
have a life outside the sport
life after the sport

I think golf is the most underpaid.

Your-away argues the opposite

“He will also be making millions much later in life than any other sport, soccer players are generally done by there mid 30’s, he will just be reaching his prime. I think good pro golfers have it pretty good.”

RSinSG offered some perspective.

“It’s all about putting people in stadium seats or in front of a TV.  Ticket sales = more salary. A group of athletes who are even more underpaid are all female athletes. They play just as hard, practice just as long but since the viewership is so small the pay is proportional.”

Seth Pistol called to mind the athletes with arguably the worst lot

“Salary is based on demand, not based on skill.  not only ticket sales but TV contracts, endorsement opportunities, merchandising, etc etc etc.  Golfers get paid pretty well in my opinion.  Think about the hundreds of Olympic athletes who scrape by.  These athletes are no less talented or dedicated but their sport is “unpopular” and therefore $$$ is non-existant.  Those are the guys who really get screwed.”

MattyO1984 writes

“I am of course biased in all of this because Golf is my number one sport but in comparison when you consider that the winner of the tennis US Open received, $3.7 Million this year, compared to the $2.16 Million that Koepka got, I think you can argue that golfers, in the world of sport, are underpaid.”       

Raynorfan1 thinks this is lunacy

“This is crazy talk. In the HISTORY of mens tennis, only 54 guys have made $10M (in aggregate for their career)…compared to 174 in golf. Tiger Woods has made almost exactly the same amount as Roger Federer ($~110M), but Federer has had the more dominant career.

“Then look down to #10 on the career money lists – for golf, it’s Steve Stricker at $43 million. For tennis, its BORIS freaking BECKER. Stricker has won basically nothing (no majors). Becker won 6 slams and made a total of $25M.”

And these are just culled from the first 15 replies. And the thread is only a day old! In other words, the thread is blowing up and the takes are red hot.

How can you not have a strong opinion on the issue of player compensation? Join the discussion!

 

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