Japan's ball war is heating up in an unexpected way (article above). In the season opener (Daikin Orchid), the Titleist ProV series was first in usage at 34%, which has never happened before (or in a long time). Usually Titleist would be third behind Srixon and Bridgestone. One trend is players like Sakura Yokomine, Mika Miyazato and Ritsuko Ryu going contract-free in 2019 and picking Titleist. TaylorMade TP series has also made progress, breaking 10% usage for the first time.