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Here’s why Zach Johnson and Andrew “Beef” Johnston are using Titleist #70 golf balls at the U.S. Open

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Titleist is celebrating 70 years as the No. 1 golf ball played at the U.S. Open this week. The streak started at the 1949 U.S. Open at Medinah C.C., which Cary Middlecoff won. According to Titleist, 32 players in the 1949 U.S. Open field used a Titleist ball, compared to 28 using the ball of nearest competitor. In the 2017 U.S. Open, 102 players used a Pro V1 or Pro V1x.

To commemorate that streak, Titleist created a golf balls printed with the number 70 on them to give to Titleist players. And actually, Zach Johnson and Andrew “Beef” Johnston have decided to use them in competition this week.

Below is a look at how they mark their golf balls.

Andrew “Beef” Johnston (left) and Zach Johnson

Four Reigning major champions, and The Players Champion

We also ran into the four current major champions — Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed — as well as The Players Champion Webb Simpson. They each gave us a look at how they mark their Titleist golf balls.

From top left to bottom right: Kopeka, Spieth, JT and Reed.

And here’s a look at Webb Simpson’s marking…

What’s your favorite marking, and how do you mark your golf ball?

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  1. North Butte

    Jun 14, 2018 at 9:08 am

    When playing a white ball of a common brand, I like to take a bright magenta marker and make a huge random squiggle on it. That way I can identify my ball from 20 yards away in the fairway or even sitting down in the rough.

    But usually I play a yellow ball of a type nobody in my usual group plays. No mark needed.

  2. Brian

    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I don’t mark my balls. You don’t find many K-Sigs in the wild, so I’m generally pretty sure it’s mine when I find it.

    • The dude

      Jun 13, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      K Sig…..for the guy that shows up at your party with a 12pack of Natural light and decides to drink your Heineken……and then leaves with his 12 pack of Natty….

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WRX Spotted at U.S. Open: Justin playing just Rosey with new TPT

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We are a little more than halfway through the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and so far the course is giving and taking as much as you would expect from a perfect setup by the USGA.

Taking the lead on Thursday and continuing to lurk into the weekend is Justin Rose. Since we have been paying close attention to his Honma golf bag all year, we noticed a shaft change in his Tour World driver.

We reached out to TPT to see if we could get an update on what Rose has put in play for what is often referred to as one of the toughest driving weeks of the year. Here’s the inside info

“Justin has put into play a TPT Golf 14 MKP-LT-SW shaft in his Honma driver. This shaft is a full 10 CPM ( Cycles per Minute ) stiffer than the 15 LKP-LT-SW shaft that he put in play at The Memorial after testing it that week. It’s also different in that it has a Mid Kick Point (MKP), where as the 15 LKP-LT-SW has a Low-Kick-Point (LKP) design.”

From a technical and fitting perspective (generally speaking) a lower kick point shaft will hit the ball higher with more spin compared to a mid or high kick point shaft if all other factors are equal. We don’t have access to his driver numbers but with the U.S. Open being played on what can always end up as a windy venue the theory would be that this change to the MKP is to help keep ball flight lower and more controlled — which will also be a benefit next month at the Open Championship.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best budget driver?”

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Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

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Entire Thread: “Best budget driver?”

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Xander Schauffele using a new Odyssey Stroke Lab Tuttle putter at this week’s U.S. Open

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At this week’s U.S. Open, Xander Schauffele made the move to a new Odyssey Stroke Lab Tuttle putter as he looks to break his major duck.

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The change paid dividends on day one at Pebble Beach, with the Californian firing a round of 66 to put him T2 overnight.

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