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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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Pat Perez: The R&A “do it right, not like the USGA”

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Pat Perez opened The Open, as it were, with a 2-under 69, and at the time of this writing, he’s 4 under for the second round and tied for the lead.

Clearly, there’s something Double P likes about links golf. And when he was asked whether he was surprised by how receptive the greens at Carnoustie were after his opening round, Perez shook his head with conviction and said.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA…They’ve got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you’ve got the greens receptive. They’re not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn’t. The course is just set up perfect.”

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

Pat Perez has no problem speaking his mind. While it has gotten him in trouble in the past, you have to respect his candor. The interesting question, as I asked in the Morning 9, is how many Tour pros agree him?

Sure, it’s unlikely any of Perez’s compatriots will join him publicly in his “R&A does it right, USGA does it wrong” stance, but it’d be very interesting to know what percentage are of the same mind.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form

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Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.

 

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