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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 16                                                         
Friday, January 23, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Last year I was not good in a lot of areas, my putting fell off, my iron play was the worst it's been, that's the strength of my game that was terrible. And I drove the ball short and crooked. So I had a lot to improve on. But I’m really excited about this year. My body hasn't felt this good in years and I have not been able to swing the club this fast in years. The Majors are the biggest motivator for me.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Only one player has ever successfully defended what is now known as the Humana Challenge. Can you name who it is?

MY HOW TIME FLIES! It was in 1995, 20 years ago, when the pro-am team of Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Bob Hope and defending champion Scott Hoch teed up for the tournament's opening round. It marked the first time a sitting president – Clinton – had played during a PGA TOUR event and it is believed to be the first time three presidents had ever played together. There are a few of the players in the field this year also that also played in 1995, including Mark Brooks, Justin Leonard, Scott McCarron and Woody Austin.

BUSINESS HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER? TaylorMade’s new CEO Ben Sharpe tells FOX Business the company will return to growth whether the sport is expanding or not. He’s confident the company’s new clubs will boost sales and return the golf giant back to “where it was before, not where it’s been in 2014.” READ MORE>>>

BUY, BUY, BUY! PGA TOUR Superstore has signed a multi-year national partnership agreement with Golf Channel, which includes a brand integration program and a strategic media buy.  The partnership will also provide sponsorship of key PGA TOUR event highlights on programming schedules.

“Our partnership allows us to leverage our national footprint in the U.S. and provides an opportunity to deliver authentic content and branding through programming and services that showcase our stores and our associates,” said Dick Sullivan, PGA TOUR Superstore CEO & President. “Golf Channel is the industry leader in delivering entertaining and informative golf content and with the most-affluent audience in all of television; their viewers are our demographic sweetspot. We are both focused on helping the avid golfer as much as the recreational player with their approach to the game, how to play and/or what equipment they need to improve their experience so this is the ultimate partnership.”

PGA TOUR Superstore has 22 locations and is owned and operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc., whose controlling owner and chairman is Arthur M. Blank, retired co-founder of The Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons.

“The tremendous growth of PGA TOUR Superstore is a sign of momentum within the golf industry and we look to support their continued success through our media platforms,” said Tom Knapp, Golf Channel’s Senior Vice President of Programming. “This collaboration is a natural fit between two prominent brands dedicated to innovation within the game we love.”

THE GHOST OF HOGAN? According to the research firm Golf Datatech, equipment sales in 2014 were $2.4 billion, $540 million for irons. But Hogan is entering a golf equipment market dominated by Callaway, Titleist, TaylorMade and Ping. “A niche product, and in part a niche brand, with an iconic brand name, always has a place in the golf market,” said Tom Stine, a partner at Golf Datatech. Still, he termed the Hogan revival “a leap of faith.” READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

THREE’S A CROWD: A sparkling run of four birdies in a row lifted Austrian Bernd Wiesberger into a three-way tie for the lead with South Africans Branden Grace and George Coetzee after the Qatar Masters second round on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

A NEW YEAR STARTS: Phil Mickelson got most of the attention in his return to competition after a four-month break. Blake Adams got a lot more out of his comeback round. READ MORE>>>>

ANSWERS: “Last year I was not good in a lot of areas, my putting fell off, my iron play was the worst it's been, that's the strength of my game that was terrible. And I drove the ball short and crooked. So I had a lot to improve on. But I’m really excited about this year. My body hasn't felt this good in years and I have not been able to swing the club this fast in years. The Majors are the biggest motivator for me.”--Phil Mickelson after his first round at the Humana.

The only player to successfully defend the Humana Challenge title is Johnny Miller (1975-1976). Defending Humana Challenge champion Patrick Reed opened with a 7-under 65 at LaQuinta CC and has a chance to join Miller.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 15                                                         
Thursday, January 22, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I went clean 11 straight weeks. I didn't touch anything that was on my red or yellow list. I was just in my green list. That sucked. But I had to do it. Now occasionally I'll go and I shouldn't really, if you get off it, you're almost resetting, to be honest with you, from the people that I've talked to, so, I'll have meals here and there like in California In & Out Burger. Got to have an In & Out burger.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Six players since 1991 have won four or more PGA TOUR events prior to the age of 25. How many can you name?

PUTT FORE DOUGH: Scotty Cameron has a new line of GOLO mallet putters. “The GOLO line has been around for three years now and it’s won a lot of golf tournaments with some the best players in the world,” said Cameron, whose putters have been the choice of more players on the PGA Tour since 1997 and counting. “But there are always ways to learn and do things better. We’ve moved in today’s technology, machining and computer systems and taken everything we’ve learned on tour to create an even better GOLO. The new models have better feel, better sound, better alignment and better overall performance. It’s the next wave of construction technology – and it’s simply better. Nobody else has done what we’ve done with this line.”

The new Scotty Cameron GOLO putters offer new vibration dampening technology that delivers the softest feeling Cameron putter in recent years, according to the company. “We now have the softest feeling putter we’ve ever had in the GOLO line,” Cameron said. “With the new vibration dampening system, when we put the two pieces together the aluminum actually does not touch the stainless steel. It’s very slick.”

The face-sole core found in the new line is a single piece of dark anodized lightweight aluminum that comprises the GOLO’s sole and midsection, wraps up and around to create the face and pops through the flange to create the sightline field. The aluminum forms the entire putter face, as opposed to a traditional face insert that occupies only a specific center section of the face. “I’d always wondered, with a conventional insert,” Cameron said, “if you hit it thin – which is very common considering putting surfaces are rarely level – do you hit the portion of the putter face below the insert? And how does that affect the feel and performance? Inserts are used for feel, not for performance. But performance is, in part, due to feel. So, I thought, why not just take the seam out? The insert is now the entire face, which wraps under and into the sole.”

The soles of the new GOLO models are designed with enhanced relief in four directions, front-to-back and heel-to-toe. “This is quite unique. We now have relief all the way around the sole, so it sits on the dead center,” Cameron said. “Hardly ever are you on a flat surface on a putting green, so we made the draft angles perfect in each direction, front-to-back, heel-to-toe, so that you’re not going to snag the ground.”

The new GOLO line includes four models, allowing players to choose their preferred appearance:

• GOLO 3, a mid mallet with a heel shafted flow neck;
• GOLO 5, an angled back mallet with a crisp single bend shaft;
• GOLO 5R, a rounded back mallet with a crisp single bend shaft; and
• GOLO 6, a B-back mallet with a crisp single bend shaft.

A new GOLO 5 Dual Balance model is available for those players who prefer the GOLO mallet head but need maximum stability in their stroke. “We feel in this new line that we have developed innovative putters for all mallet fans,” Cameron said. “Whether you’re a line guy, a round guy, a square guy, a soft guy, a heel-shafted guy – we’ve got it.”
 
The new GOLO putters will be available beginning April 3rd. All models have a MAP of $379 ($410 MSRP).

Cameron has also added to his line of Select putters with the new Select Roundback, a modern mid mallet design. It features an aluminum sole with crisscross sight lines that pop through the head. Sight lines positioned parallel and perpendicular to the face deliver visual confidence for improved alignment.

Roundback, Fastback and Squareback each have a popular Newport shape with an extended back that varies in appearance. The Roundback has a new, fully rounded shape. The Fastback has rounded corners, while the Squareback is boxy.

“When we introduced them a year ago, the Fastback and Squareback instantly resonated with golfers at every level of the game. Just last week at the Sony Open, seven guys had Fastback and Squareback models in play,” Cameron said. “Alignment is a huge trend on tour, and having multiple sight lines on a head works to benefit many golfers. If you have difficulty setting up to the ball and squaring the face at impact, this is a great option.”

The new Scotty Cameron Select putters will be available in golf shops beginning March 6th with a MAP of $349 (MSRP $375).

BEAT IT LIKE A RED HEADED STEP CHILD! Adams Golf is turning red. Previously it was Nike Golf, but Adams is taking up the charge with the arrival of its new Red hybrid.

redRed incorporates several new advancements, according to its creators; designed to help the golfer hit better shots more consistently. Adams engineers placed a focus on versatility, utilizing a smaller head (95cc) that can handle a wider variety of difficult shots and make them easier to hit from all conditions. The company’s patented upside-down head design brings the CG lower, it said, thus promoting easier launch and greater demand from all lies.

To keep ball speed fast, even on off-center hits, Red utilizes Adams’ Velocity Slot Technology on the sole and Ghost Slot Technology on the crown. An extra benefit for those seeking maximum shot-shape options, three transferrable weights on the sole (one 25g & two 2g) can be configured to promote the flight that works best.

“Adams Red is golf's next great hybrid from our company,” said Brian Bazzel, Senior Director, Product Creation. “To be able to pack so much into such a beautiful shape and deliver performance, I was blown away seeing and hitting it for the first time. After seeing Red in testing with players of varying ability, we’re confident it will resonate not only with amateurs, but also meet and exceed expectations for the best players in the world." 
  
The Adams Red Hybrid will be available in five different lofts (16°, 18°, 20°, 23° & 26°) beginning April 17 at an MSRP of $229 USD.

STAYING THE COURSE: COBRA PUMA GOLF has reached a long-term extension with 26-year-old, Rickie Fowler. “Rickie defines the new generation of golf – his progressive approach to the game, on and off course, is in line with the values of COBRA PUMA GOLF,” said Bob Philion, president and CEO of COBRA PUMA GOLF. “He is a dynamic, passionate and determined golfer who has been an integral part of the COBRA PUMA GOLF family since he first turned pro. His commitment to the brand is unwavering and we are excited that he will continue his professional career with us.”

“I’m extremely proud to be part of an innovative, exciting and creative company,” said Fowler. “COBRA PUMA GOLF and I have shared incredible success over the last five years and I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”

HEIR JORDAN! Jordan Spieth has signed a 10-year partnership extension with Under Armour. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

MOVING FORWARD: Dustin Johnson said in an interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi that he has never failed a drug test and that his life is in a “better place” after taking a six-month leave of absence from the PGA Tour. READ MORE>>>

KEEP THE FAITH: Former world number one David Duval is not ready to write off Tiger Woods, but he knows from personal experience how difficult it is to play hurt and without confidence. READ MORE>>>

LOSING COULD LEAD TO WINNING: Serving as a Humana Well-Being Ambassador for the week, Jason Dufner, 37, appeared before the media on Wednesday morning looking decidedly leaner. Compliments of a new diet and exercise regime (with an enhanced focus on the former), the three-time Tour victor and 2013 PGA Championship winner makes his 2015 debut having lost more than 20 pounds in recent months. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I went clean 11 straight weeks. I didn't touch anything that was on my red or yellow list. I was just in my green list. That sucked. But I had to do it. Now occasionally I'll go and I shouldn't really, if you get off it, you're almost resetting, to be honest with you, from the people that I've talked to, so, I'll have meals here and there like in California In & Out Burger. Got to have an In & Out burger.”--Jason Dufner on losing 20 lbs.

Adam Scott (4), Patrick Reed (4), Sergio Garcia (5), Phil Mickelson (6), Rory McIlroy (6) and Tiger Woods (24) are the six players to win four or more time before reaching the age of 25!

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 14                                                         
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The positives are I was playing really good golf. That was nice after such a long break, when you play the first three days, I played so solid, missed barely a fairway. And today was a little bit different. But there's still a lot of positive, and that's tough to say after that round. I certainly was shocked.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Over the first seven events of the 204/15 PGA TOUR season, can you guess who has made the most cumulative birdies?

PERFORMANCE DRIVEN: Its an unenviable task, yet one many wish they had the opportunity to tackle. Titleist has unveiled its 2015 ProV 1 and ProV1x models, with the expressed intent of improving the already lofty standard of performance the franchise has already set with golfers worldwide.

For nearly 15 years, the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls have become the gold standard to many in the game. It was in October 2000 that the original Pro V1 prototype first appeared on the PGA Tour at the Invensys Classic in Las Vegas. Forty-seven players put it in play that week, marking one of the largest initial shifts of equipment at one event. In March 2001, just four months after launching to golf shops, Titleist Pro V1 became the best-selling golf ball in the marketplace.

prov1“The launch of Pro V1 was especially significant in that for the very first time the best performing golf ball for tour players was also the best performing golf ball for all golfers,” said Mary Lou Bohn, Vice President of Titleist Golf Ball Marketing and Communications. “You no longer had to choose between distance over short-game control, or durability over soft feel. There were no trade-offs. Pro V1 delivered total performance.”

The new 2015 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x models, available in golf shops beginning Jan. 30, are the result of a never ending process rooted in research and development, technological advancements, comprehensive player testing and validation, and meticulous manufacturing.

“Golfers often ask us what sets Pro V1 and Pro V1x apart from other golf balls. You can’t just point to one or two things. The difference is everything,” said Bill Morgan, Senior Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball R&D. “We have more people with more experience designing and making golf balls, the largest intellectual property portfolio and the most sophisticated precision manufacturing processes. The 2015 Pro V1 and Pro V1x are the culmination of all that knowledge and all of that technology. The original Pro V1 was revolutionary, no question, but we’ve learned a lot in the last 15 years and these new Pro V1 models are the best we’ve ever made.”

The 2015 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls feature a new, patented thermoset urethane elastomer cover that delivers more short game spin and control, and softer feel – while maintaining their distance and flight characteristics, and durability, Titleist said. The softer, reformulated cover system improves feel, sound and short game scoring control, providing golfers the confidence and performance to hit it closer to the hole.

prov1x“When we set out to improve Pro V1 and Pro V1x, the product development process always starts with asking golfers how we can help them shoot lower scores,” Bohn said. “Since golfers have had such resounding success with Pro V1 and Pro V1x, this time around, they told us, ‘Don’t change much. I love the distance. I love the scoring performance. I love the durability. If you can give me slightly more spin in the short game as well as even softer feel, I’ll take it. I just don’t want to give anything up.’ So that became our design goal.”

The thermoset urethane cover formulation on both models is created by a chemical reaction that takes place during the sophisticated casting process. Liquid materials specifically formulated by Titleist R&D are combined and react to form the solid cover. This urethane is termed “thermoset,” meaning that the cover, once formed, will not re-melt. Most competitive urethane-covered golf balls, Titleist said, use a thermoplastic urethane (TPU), supplied by an outside vendor and usually formulated for another non-golf product, which is melted and then reformed to create the cover.

“Thermoset urethane is very difficult to work with, but it gives us complete control of the chemical composition. It’s essentially a little chemical plant right in the mold, compared with using an off-shelf material like TPU. This allows us to dial in our desired properties of spin control, softness and durability,” explained Michael Sullivan, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Product Development. “We do a lot of testing. We test the urethane on the ball and test it off the ball. In fact, we do so much material testing before it even gets onto a golf ball that by the time it does, we have a solid understanding of how it’s going to react. With the new 2015 models, we tested hundreds of formulations. You simply can’t do that with TPU. In the end, our iterative prototyping process ultimately improves performance for golfers.”

“We’re giving golfers everything they’ve previously had in Pro V1 and Pro V1x with some enhancements,” Morgan said. “They’ll get the extraordinary distance and ball flight they’re accustomed to. But they’ll also get a softer cover, which will add more spin control and feel around the greens. The feedback we’ve received on tour and with club professionals and amateurs clearly tells us that players are benefiting from this improved performance.”

prov1prov1xPlayer testing, a core value at Titleist drove the development of new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.  At the Australian Open last November, Jordan Spieth went with the new Pro V1x golf ball and called it, “the best round I have ever played” after the final-round when he shot 8-under 63 to win by six shots. Spieth’s round set the course record on a gusty day at Australian Golf Club, leading several media members to suggest it may have been the best round in the event’s 110-year history.

“It obviously performed well,” Spieth said after the round. “I used the same ball the entire day today and it still flew perfectly. The changes to the new golf ball have been big for me and I’ve been playing well since changing.” Seven days and over 10,000 miles later, Spieth was on the 18th green at Isleworth Country Club in Florida, tapping his new Pro V1x in for par and a 10-shot victory at the Hero World Challenge after rounds of 66-67-63-66.

The tour seeding and validation process for the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x models began in October at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas – the same city where the original Pro V1 prototype debuted in 2000. A few weeks later, Bubba Watson put the new Pro V1x in play for the first time at the at the WGC-HSBC Championship in China. In the final round, Watson holed a 60-yard bunker shot for eagle on 18 to force a playoff. On the first playoff hole, he rolled his 2015 Pro V1x in from 20 feet for birdie to win. The following Sunday, Charley Hoffman, playing 2015 Pro V1x, shot a final-round 5-under 66 to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, closing out the calendar year on the PGA Tour. To date, more than 100 players across the worldwide professional tours, Titleist said, have put the new models in play, including Adam Scott, Ian Poulter, Hunter Mahan, Marc Leishman, Bill Haas and Padraig Harrington, who teed up 2015 Pro V1x for the first time in his victory at the Indonesia Open.

Below are some samplings of what Tour players are saying, complements of Titleist, about the new models:

Jordan Spieth: “The 2015 Pro V1x is very much an improvement for me just as each version has really improved. This one’s better for me because that softer cover around the greens allows me to have more spin control and softer feel, without jeopardizing any distance or spin with the long clubs. It’s still long off the tee with more control around the greens. [New Pro V1x] feels really nice, like it’s sticking to the club face more, which I like. It allows my short irons and wedges to spin a little more which is always nice around the greens, to be able to fly it closer to the hole and have it drop and stop.”

Bubba Watson: “I first tried the new ball two weeks prior to going to China. I loved it and put it in play right away. It has all the great qualities of the previous generation Pro V1x with improved feel around the greens, which is exceptional. It even goes a little further for me off the tee.”

Hunter Mahan: “The new ball feels great. It has the performance and flight characteristics I’m looking for with all my full shots, and I’ve picked up more spin on my 30-40 yard pitch shots. Overall, I’m getting better performance into and around the greens, and still have the flight, trajectory and control I need on full shots.”

Bill Haas: “The first time I tried the new Pro V1x I immediately noticed a softer feel with my irons and wedges. The softer feel provides me slightly more spin around the greens and gives me the added confidence that I can get the ball to stop the way I need it to. For me, more confidence leads to better scoring. I still get the long game performance I need as well with the proper amount of spin and control.”

Charley Hoffman: “I put the new Pro V1x in play immediately after my first day of testing. It has all the great characteristics of the 2013 model off the driver and irons with a slightly softer feel around the greens. It’s extremely hot off the driver with the feel of the Pro V1 around the greens. When I won at Mayakoba, the new ball stood up to all the tests. It performed great in the rain on Saturday and unbelievable in the wind on Sunday.”

Marc Leishman: “The new ball still has the firm, solid feel and penetrating flight off the tee, but is noticeably softer and spins more with half shots and chip shots. I feel like I’m getting the best of both worlds - long off the tee and workable around the greens.”

Padraig Harrington: “I used the new ProV1x for the first time during my victory in the
Indonesia Open. After some testing on the practice days, I put the ball straight into play and found it to be a seamless switch. I loved the feel and felt that the ball was spinning a little more around the greens, whilst being just as long off the tee. In fact the last time I switched to a new version of the Pro V1x ball (during the 2011 tour seeding process) I also won in Asia the first week out.”

Ian Poulter: “The new Pro V1x gives me a softer feel and better performance around the greens. I’m able to execute all the shots and the ball feels great. I also picked up some ball speed with the driver during testing, so I’m getting a little more out of it off the tee.”

The new 2015 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls will be available in golf shops beginning Jan. 30, 2015, with a suggested retail price of $62 (MAP: $47.99).

DATA MINING LEADS TO PRODUCT LAUCH: Golf Pride is growing its MCC (New Decade MultiCompound) family with the introduction of the new MCC Plus4. The new model is designed to have a larger lower hand that matches the feel of 4-layers of extra tape build up preferred by many Tour players.

The slightly less tapered shape has a 4.6% larger outside diameter in the lower hand, compared to the original MCC, to encourage lighter grip pressure which can help increase swing power. The MCC Plus4 utilizes a proprietary new soft compound in the lower hand to enhance feel, Golf Pride said. 
  
“80 percent of players on the PGA Tour trust Golf Pride grips, so we have a large body of data to examine their specific grip preferences,” stated Brandon Sowell, global director of sales and marketing for Golf Pride. “We’ve used that knowledge to create the MCC Plus4, which reflects the shape and design preferences of the game’s best players, to improve performance and feel for golfers of all skill levels.”

Available in blue, grey and red, MCC Plus4 will be available at retail March 15th and will feature a street price of $9.49 per standard size grip. 

SMART WATCH: Garmin International Inc., has announced the Approach S5 GPS golf watch. Boasting more than 38,000 international courses with Touch garminTargeting and Manual Pin Positioning, the Approach S5, golfers can track player stats and then upload data to Garmin Connect to share and compare rounds. Golfers can also stay connected on the course with the Smart Notification feature, which sends call, text and email alerts to the watch from a compatible smartphone.

“The Approach S5 boasts an extensive feature set that would benefit any golfer,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “With the color touchscreen and CourseView mapping, the Approach S5 gives golfers a desirable advantage whether it’s used on their home course or anywhere else in the world.”

The S5 will be available at specialty golf retailers and golf pro shops in Q1 2015, and will have a suggested retail price of $349.99.

LONG TERM PLANNING: The PGA Tour and Charles Schwab have reached an agreement to extend the sponsorship of the Champions Tour’s season-long points race and season-ending tournament for 20 years -- the longest marketing agreement the Tour has ever signed with a sponsor. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

PARENTHOOD: Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky are parents of a boy. READ MORE>>>

WORK IN PROGRESS: The Clinton Foundation will remain a part of the tournament beyond next week, even though Humana is leaving after the 2015 event. "We are going to land on our feet on that. The PGA is working this hard, and I have done a little work on it, and I feel like we'll be fine," Clinton said about new sponsorship for 2016. "I am grateful to Humana. You know they have new leadership and they have the right to have new priorities. We'll figure out how to replace them, and they still want to stay involved in some way." READ MORE>>>

PAY TO PLAY AND PAY TO WATCH? "But I’m not sure the R&A balance the books in the best way. They’re very generous to golf clubs who have parts of their course eroded by the sea and do great deeds around the world. But think about the audiences the BBC get for the Masters over Sky. It’s always five times as much. Shouldn’t the R&A take those figures into account, when participation levels in the game are falling?" READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The positives are I was playing really good golf. That was nice after such a long break, when you play the first three days, I played so solid, missed barely a fairway. And today was a little bit different. But there's still a lot of positive, and that's tough to say after that round. I certainly was shocked.”--Martin Kaymer after his fourth round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Robert Streb has played 28 rounds and made a total of 125 birdies. He leads by 23 over Ben Martin, who has made 103 (24 rounds), in the first seven events of the new season.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 13                                                         
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I feel like all the hard work I've been doing is paying off. I work hard. I put in the time. I feel like I've got good people around me, and I think that's really made the difference. They've helped me believe that I can be better than I am. It feels good.”

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BRAIN TEASER: This week Patrick Reed will defend his Humana Challenge title. He shot the same score in each of the first three rounds en route to his winning score of 28 under par. Do you remember what it was?

READY FORE LIFTOFF: Bridgestone Golf has redesigned its e-Series golf balls. “Our e-Series balls have long been trusted by golfers struggling to overcome ball flight challenges,” said Corey Consuegra, Director of Marketing – Bridgestone Golf. “The 2015 e-Series delivers that same great flight performance while offering tangible distance gains courtesy of our new WEB Dimple Technology.”

eseriesThe 2015 e-Series family feature WEB Dimple Technology, Bridgestone’s newest, proprietary design that utilizes a “spidering” pattern. According to the company, dimple-surface-coverage is enhanced by 10 percent over the previous e-Series models. The new pentagonal, WEB pattern combined with the aerodynamics of Bridgestone’s dual dimple design reduces drag, resulting in a more penetrating ball flight and greater distance.

“We’re very pleased with distance increases we’ve seen from WEB Dimple Technology during testing. In both robot and live testing, we have seen substantial distance increases versus previous models,” noted Consuegra. “The distance increases are consistent and significant. It’s exciting for our team to see the results at the test site, and we can’t wait for golfers to see the results on the course.”

The e5 remains a unique 2-piece urethane construction designed for golfers needing higher ball flight, more distance and greater control. The 2015 e6 is the softest multilayer golf ball on the market, Bridgestone said and is designed to help players eliminate slices and hooks. The multilayer e7 model is designed purely for faster, longer, more penetrating shots, according to Bridgestone, reducing the ballooning in windy conditions often encountered by golfers with a higher ball-flight.  

The new 2015 e5, e6 and e7 balls will feature a street price of $28.99 per dozen (MSRP $38 per dozen) and will be available at golf specialty stores and green grass retailers nationwide beginning February 2015.

ADIDAS IS LOOKING TO GIVE YOU AND IT A BOOST: adidas Golf has introduced Boost cushioning technology, which is highlighted in an all-new adipower Boost for both men and women. According to the company, BOOST technology is designed to deliver maximum energy return, responsiveness and unparalleled comfort.

boastFoam cushioning in the Boost technology is comprised of thousands of TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) energy capsules fused together by a proprietary high-pressure steam molding process. The capsules function are storing and releasing energy efficiently throughout the swing, according to adidas Golf and delivering maximum energy return as athletes perform.

While traditional EVA foam hardens and softens dramatically when temperatures fluctuate, Boost foam retains consistent cushioning and is said to be responsive in both hot and cold conditions. Combined with a lace-in saddle, fitsleeve tongue wrapping, external heel counter and a fitfoam PU sockliner, adipower Boost promises a more precise, comfortable fit for all golfers.

Jason Day, adidas Golf brand ambassador and #8 in the current Official World Golf Ranking, was first introduced to the shoe during testing back in March of 2014. “When I first put them on, I immediately noticed how comfortable they were. I didn’t want to take them off,” said Day. “During the swing, the energy return is noticeable – as if you can feel the technology in action. I wanted to keep them the moment I saw them. They feel good, and look good, too.”

“Innovation is at the core of everything we do, and we are relentlessly looking to push design, engineering and performance boundaries to create footwear that helps our athletes and all golfers perform at their highest level,” said Masun Denison, Director, Global Product Marketing, Footwear at adidas Golf. “adipower boost is a perfect example of utilizing breakthrough technology never seen before in golf to create the ultimate performance golf shoe.”

Available starting February 27th, men’s adipower Boost carry an MSRP of $190 USD, while women’s adipower Boost are $10 cheaper.

ARE YOU KEEPING TRACK? In the growing category of wearable technology, SkyGolf  is throwing its hat into the ring with the introduction of its new SkyGolf GT1 Game Tracker system for on-course play.  The system includes the SkyGolf GT1, a wearable GPS and RFID sensor and tags that the golfer attaches to the grip end of each club. The SkyGolf Game Tracker provides both the distances you need while playing but also captures the club used, distances and the location of each shot. During the round, golfers can quickly review their shots in real-time and get distance information via SkyCaddie Mobile Golf GPS app. Each captured shot is also sent automatically to the SkyGolf 360 Cloud to eliminate connecting to a computer after the round. Post-round, golfers can review the captured data in greater detail providing valuable insight into their overall round performance, strengths and weaknesses. Simple, intuitive editing is available in both real-time in the app as well as later in the SkyGolf 360 Cloud, SkyGolf said. From the SkyGolf 360 Cloud, results are immediately available for sharing with friends, family or your golf professional in real time or any time after the round. Pricing and availability have yet to be released on the product.

WEB GEMS:

BUBBA BALL: A connection the Pensacola Blue Wahoos have made with Bubba Watson during the past three years has led to an investment. Watson, the two-time Masters champion who has become one of the biggest names in professional golf, will join the Blue Wahoos as a part owner. READ MORE>>>

HSBC CHIEF THINKS GOLF SHOULD CHANGE: "There are lots of positives about golf but the world, particularly with digital communications and people's time, has changed in the last 15 years beyond anybody's wildest dreams. I'm not sure that golf has kept up with that change. And therefore I think, because it attracts high investment, has famous superstars, its men and women, its old and young and it's relatively healthy, there are lots of good reasons it can look at all of the ingredients and then re-bake the cake." The HSBC's sponsorship boss warns, "If in 10 years people are not engaging in the sport, not playing it or watching it and it's not relevant to the people we want to do business with, it follows that it won't be the right way to engage with them." READ MORE>>>

WOODS LOSES TOOTH: Tiger Woods surprised Lindsey Vonn on Monday in Italy, showing up at the finish line of her record-breaking win. He surprised the rest of us with his apparent lack of a front tooth. Woods' agent Mark Steinberg released a statement Monday afternoon explaining the situation: READ MORE>>>

JOHNSON TALKS: “I did not have a problem,” he says when asked explicitly about cocaine. “It’s just something I’m not going to get into. I have issues. But that’s not the issue.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I feel like all the hard work I've been doing is paying off. I work hard. I put in the time. I feel like I've got good people around me, and I think that's really made the difference. They've helped me believe that I can be better than I am.  It feels good.”--Jimmy Walker after his win at the Sony Open.

Patrick Reed opened the 2014 Humana Challenge by shooting 63 in each of the first three rounds of the event. He is the first player in TOUR history with each of his three opening rounds at 63-or-better. His total score of 189 broke the low 54-hole score at the Humana, which was 191 by Pat Perez in 2009.

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 12                                                         
Monday, January 19, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's unbelievable to win, because when I see the leaderboard and the 5th hole, I saw Martin Kaymer on 24-under, and I say, it's not possible to win. But when I saw the leaderboard on the 16 green, I saw Martin Kaymer and 17-under, so in my head, I say, it's possible, you can do it.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the last player to lose in a playoff only to follow it up with a victory before Jimmy Walker?

BRINGING THE GOODS: Bridgestone Golf will reveal its new J15 Forged Wedges at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show this week. “Bridgestone is proud of the bridgestonewedgewedges that we have put into the market over the years, but we know based on our extensive R&D testing that our new J15 Forged line offer best in class spin and versatility,” said Josh Kinchen, Golf Clubs and Accessories Marketing Manager, Bridgestone Golf, Inc. “Feel and spin control have been vastly improved in going from our previous cast wedges to the new J15 Forged line. It speaks to our commitment to provide superior performing clubs to our loyal customers.”

The J15 Forged Wedges feature a Sure Contact Sole design. Bridgestone said it offers unique heel side shaping that features a reduced profile and ensures accuracy from any lie on the course. Unlike other companies who hand grind the crucial heel side of the sole; Bridgestone said its unique forging process ensures this area is never touched by hand ensuring consistency.

Bridgestone engineers focused on increasing the inner groove area for the J15 Forged Wedges, offering the ability to channel dirt, water and debris away from the face, increasing spin and ensuring consistent ball to face contact from all lies.

The J15 Forged Wedges are built with heat-treated faces for enhanced durability and longer club life. According to the company, the unique heating process reinforces the face without compromising club feel or performance.

The J15 Forged Wedges feature a head length of 79 mm with a tour preferred teardrop shape. They are available in black oxide and satin finishes and will feature a street price of $119. Look for the product to hit retail on February 1, 2015.

HUGHES MOVING ON: Michael Hughes, chief executive officer of the National Golf Course Owners Association, will step down at the conclusion of 2015, ending what will be 25 years of service. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CLUBS: Jimmy Walker earned his fourth career PGA TOUR victory in his 219th career start on the PGA TOUR. His 23-under 257 is one stroke shy of the tournament record of 256, belonging to 2013 champion Russell Henley. His closing 36-hole score of 15-under 125 supplants the previous-best of 126 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, posted by David Toms, who achieved the feat en route to his 2006 victory.

Walker played the new Titleist Pro V1x golf ball in competition for the first time at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, finishing second following a sudden death playoff. He closed the deal at the Sony Open. Here is what else he used in his victory.

Titleist 915D2 driver (9.5*) with Aldila Rogue Tour X shaft
Titleist 915F fairway metal (15*) with Aldila Rogue Tour X shaft
Titleist 915F fairway metal (18*) with Fujikura Motore VC8.2 Tour shaft
Titleist 712U 3-iron with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft
Titleist MB 714 irons (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Vokey Design SM4 pitching wedge (48), SM5 sand (54) and lob (60) wedges with True Temper Dynamic Golf X100 shafts
Scotty Cameron Newport2 GSS
FJ ICON MyJoys golf shoes
FJ StaSof glove

Jimmy Walker’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 29
Pars: 37
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 257

WEB GEMS:

KAYMER DOESN’T CLOSE: Gary Stal overturned an eight shot deficit to deny Martin Kaymer and claim a maiden European Tour title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. READ MORE>>>

PARADISE! Robert Allenby says he was robbed, beaten and dumped in a park after missing the cut in the Sony Open, leaving him with cuts and a deep scrape on his forehead. "I didn't think I was going to survive this one," Allenby told AAP. READ MORE>>>

SOME WINS ARE BIGGER THAN OTHERS: Matias Dominguez made a short bogey putt that came with a big perk. He closed with a 1-under 71 on Sunday to win the inaugural Latin American Amateur Championship, giving the 22-year-old from Chile a spot in the Masters this year. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “It's unbelievable to win, because when I see the leaderboard and the 5th hole, I saw Martin Kaymer on 24-under, and I say, it's not possible to win. But when I saw the leaderboard on the 16 green, I saw Martin Kaymer and 17-under, so in my head, I say, it's possible, you can do it.”--Frenchman, Gary Stal, winner of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Kyle Stanley was the last player to lose a playoff (2012 Farmers Insurance Open) and followed it up with a victory at the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open!

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