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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 190                                                       
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “My father taught me, and he drove home that point, you don't need to tell anybody how good you are. You show them how good you are. So I learned early not to brag about how good I was or what I could do but let my game show them that I could play well. And I tried to do that rather than talking about it. Win and win as much as you can.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the last PGA TOUR event won by Arnold Palmer?

WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR: Wilson Golf has unveiled the Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 Irons. Engineered to enhance the Feel player’s game, according to the company, the V6 Irons are an evolution of the V4 Irons, which Kevin Streelman, Troy Merritt and Padraig Harrington have employed on the PGA TOUR.

“There is no feeling that compares to hitting a ball pure on the face of a forged FG Tour Iron,” said Streelman. The V6s are the best looking irons I’ve ever played and the tungsten sole technology helps make every shot count.”

Wilson reported the newly added 20-gram tungsten insert is built to increase launch angle without increasing spin rate, which adds forgiveness in the long irons. This makes, it said, for a well-balanced and consistent iron with accuracy, impact stability, and distance.

“It’s not easy to incorporate real innovation and technology in a forged, but the FG Tour V6 Irons do just that. From the tungsten inserts, to what was done to enhance feel and feedback in the impact area, to the sole design and thinner topline, every aspect was refined for better amateurs and tour players,” said Michael Vrska, Global Director of Golf Innovation.

Forged from 8620 carbon steel, the V6 Irons are clad in a nickel-chrome plating, a high-end mirror finish and completed with True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT shafts. The FG Tour V6 Irons are available on WILSONGOLF.COM and select retailers in 4-GW stock sets but not until January 9, 2017 (MAP $999.99)

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LIMITED EDITION: Sentio Golf is making available a limited run of tour-prototype putters called the “Century Edition.” These individually numbered putters were the first 100 ever made by the company. “We wanted to commemorate our company’s launch with something special.” explained Jim Varney, President of Sentio Golf, “so we set aside our first 100 production putters and called it the Century Edition. We found in early testing that a lot of our better players liked a darker finish and a softer feel, so we created this special run to their preferences.” 

The Century Edition putters feature Sentio’s unique construction which separates the entire stainless steel face from the rest of the putter head with a vibration-dampening thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) core, through a process called insert molding.  A proprietary TPE formulation bonds the two metal parts permanently together while keeping them separated from each other without any contact. Century Edition putters are available only through the company’s web store at Sentiogolf.com for $399 each. 

TECH TALK: The PGA TOUR and CDW Corporation (Nasdaq: CDW) announced a five-year extension of their marketing relationship that will extend CDW’s role through 2021. Through the agreement, CDW will continue its exclusive sponsorship of the PGA TOUR’s ShotLink real-time scoring system and maintain branding across the bottom of the TOUR’s electronic scoreboards at tournaments.

“For almost a decade, CDW’s relationship with the PGA TOUR has benefitted both organizations and enabled the TOUR to fully leverage CDW as a trusted technology advisor,” stated Thomas Richards, chairman and CEO at CDW. “From powering the ShotLink scoring system to improving back-office productivity with cloud-based Office 365, the extension of CDW and the PGA TOUR’s relationship will allow us to continue to collaborate successfully.”

CDW will continue business-to-business hospitality and customer engagement at 10-plus tournaments in strategic markets and provide a range of IT products and services to advance the TOUR’s operations for players and staff, as well as to improve the experience for golf fans.

ONE MORE TIME! Callaway Golf and the San Diego Padres have partnered again this year to host the Links at Petco Park. This will be the second Links at Petco, following the inaugural event last year, which marked the first time that a one-of-a-kind, 9-hole golf experience had ever been done inside a major league stadium.

In addition to an updated, 9-hole layout throughout the stadium, this year’s event will feature nearly double the amount of tee times after last year’s success. The Links at Petco Park will open with a Media/VIP Day on November 2, and tee times will run from November 3-8, with groups of four going out from 7 am to 9:30 on most dates.

WEB GEMS:

ARNIE’S GENEROSITY: "I went to dinner with Arnold, and Arnold ends up picking up the tab; obviously, you know, I'm a college student," Woods told the Golf Channel. "So Arnold picks up the tab; well, I get declared ineligible. So, I'm at the All-American in El Paso. And so I fly there as a person ineligible -- I wasn't allowed to play a practice round. And so I had to write a $25 check to Arnold, he had to cash it, he then had to fax the copy that it was cashed to the [NCAA] for me to lift up my so-called violation. And so, it was a running joke for over 20 years -- every time I'd see him, I'd say, 'You still owe me 25 bucks.'" READ MORE>>>

THE MAN: Here was Arnold Palmer: When he'd see you, he'd grab your right hand and shake it, your right shoulder and hold it and say, "How the hell are ya?" Then the left hand might move up to behind your neck or maybe he'd pull you sideways and walk with it draped over your right shoulder, as though you were childhood chums. Ben Hogan was an icicle, Jack Nicklaus was a god, but Arnold Palmer was your poker buddy. The man went out of his way to make sure you knew he liked you. Tiger Woods? Just the opposite. READ MORE>>>

IS THIS RYDER CUP A REFERENDUM ON MICKELSON? "I think it's a great opportunity for us to do something special," Mickelson said Sunday. "We have been given, the first time in 20 years that I've been involved in the Ryder Cup, actual input, actual say, kind of ownership, if you will, of the Ryder Cup. And all the players feel like they're involved and listened to. All the vice captains have great input." The question remains how that input will help players make putts. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “My father taught me, and he drove home that point, you don't need to tell anybody how good you are. You show them how good you are. So I learned early not to brag about how good I was or what I could do but let my game show them that I could play well. And I tried to do that rather than talking about it. Win and win as much as you can.”--Arnold Palmer.

Arnold Palmer’s last PGA TOUR victory came at the 1973 Bob Hope Desert Classic. He beat Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller by two shots. His winning score was 17-under par.

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 189                                                       
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Wake Forest has had an influence on my life almost as much as anybody in my life, other than my father.  And my attendance there, and the school and the people, I learned to be a southerner when I went to Wake Forest, and that sort of solves the whole problem.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Can you guess how many years Arnold Palmer played at least one PGA Tour event?

WHAT IS THERE TO LOSE? There is a growing belief that golf should welcome new formats and experiences from alternative options to the traditional game and incorporate the best features when possible. Topgolf has gotten a lot of traction in 2016, in part due to Callaway Golf’s investment, which delivered a handsome return. It flies in the face of the golf business, which seems to be enduring a death by 10,000 cuts. Financial gains within the industry haven’t exactly been its sweet spot in recent years!

Golf isn’t the only sport being challenged these days. A recent study found that 32 of 40 traditional sports or fitness activities have witnessed participation declines in the past 7 years!! America is changing and so in turn are her demands. Golf isn’t alone, despite what some might believe and therefore it isn’t necessarily an indictment on the game itself. “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change,” Albert Einstein once said. “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything,” added George Bernard Shaw

What might seem impossible is still achievable. Case in point, cricket, which isn’t embraced by Americans and likely never will be, has found a way to change in ways many might have thought possible. On the international level, it is played in three versions. A test match has a duration of maximum of 5 days (8 hours each day including breaks). It can end early (ends as a draw if no result is obtained for 5 days). On average, the result is usually obtained on the fourth or fifth day! However, Twenty20 cricket is a short form of the game. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) originally introduced it at the professional level in 2003 for the inter-county competition in England and Wales. A typical Twenty20 game is completed in about three hours! That’s less than an average round of golf! Time is a critical element that represents the ultimate swing vote with many people, especially when hoping to attract a new audience.

Golf has been plagued by the expense involved, difficulty and time required to play it. This isn’t anything new and it hasn’t changed throughout the years. When times are tough these challenges become steeper to climb. For many all that can be seen are the obstacles. There are few that see opportunities. Rob O'Loughlin has an interesting idea that is extremely cost effective and offers some hope to an industry that is struggling to find some.

O'Loughlin by his own account is an eternal optimist and perhaps an unrealistic dreamer, has an idea that he calls the BIGCUP. What is it? The BIGCUP is a portable, above ground, 9 inch “forgiving” golf cup for junior golfers (and or Junior golfers of all ages). Consider it golf’s attempt at offering the Bunny Hill or T Ball. If successful it represents an easier way to get people started in golf. According to O'Loughlin, there are 15,000 charity scrambles played in the United States annually. Typically, it’s for a worthy cause and many that participate rarely play unless prompted for such occasions. Scrambles are less intimidating to the occasional player. A 9 inch cup might just help increase the fun factor not only for the individual but also the course superintendent that isn’t interesting in cutting a new cup.

“We need the Big Cup in golf for the same reasons golf's most popular format is the scramble and why 41 million adults play softball and only 40,000 play baseball. It's easier (but not too easy). Maybe the Big Cup will keep more youngsters and beginners from dropping out of the game because it's just too challenging,” O'Loughlin wrote in Sports Illustrated Golf. “It pains me to say that the game today is too slow, too expensive and too difficult, in no particular order. No one seems to be doing anything about it, either, so I guess we're supposed to sit back and enjoy the fiddle music while Rome burns.”

O’Loughlin understands the industry, perhaps better than most. He was on the ground floor with Softspikes when it was started (and sold more than two billion non-metal cleats and saved millions in maintenance expenses). He also founded Laser Link Golf and helped get rangefinders legalized by golf's ruling bodies, a tough fight won after years of staying on the backs of the USGA and R&A.

“Of all the crazy stuff I have been involved with this is the first time the product worked better that we expected!” he shared. “You will be surprised how well it snags the ball -- even at low speeds!” Here is the way he sees it: Junior golfers under the age of 12 can’t putt at all and it is a “turn off” to the game. His 9-year old granddaughter can hit it 110 yards but when she gets to the green, it results in 3 and 4 putts! “42% of the game is putting and its 88% of the heartache!” he exclaimed. With the BIGCUP, 3-putts become an endangered species. “From 8 feet, the top 10 TOUR pros only make half of their putts. I’ll bet $100 I can make 10 in a row from 8 feet using the BIGCUP. Does that make me Steve Stricker,” asks O’Loughlin, an 8-handicapper from Wisconsin. “No! I'm not trying to change the world and I understand that the BIGCUP isn't for everyone. It's not for Steve Stricker, Ernie Els and the TOUR pros. They don't need it. It's not for purists and traditionalists. They won't consider it. But everyone else, listen up: If you don't want to have more fun, play faster and shoot lower scores, use the BIGCUP at your own risk. You have been warned.”

According to O’Loughlin, his BIGCUP shaves 40 second off each hole since the flagstick never has to be removed. Over 18-holes that represents 12 minutes, which may or may not be a game changer for some. His idea costs less than $500 for a complete set and can be employed or unemployed at any time.

“You will not ‘make everything’ with the BIGCUP but it virtually eliminates 3-putting,” he said. “The good putters are still good and bad putters are still bad. In a 36-hole test, (no gimmies) I had 17 ‘1-putts’ and NO ‘3-putts’ for a total of 55 putts. That is a TOUR like 27.5 putts per round. It was FUN!” he continued. “The BIGCUP in Charity scrambles / Husband and wife Nine and Dine / Junior Golf 3-holers / Just for fun is a real no brainer. What we have is a ‘disruptive’ new device that Superintendents will love. It does not cost much, lowers scores, speeds up play and eliminates 3-putts. Establishment golf will hate it!”

This may seem or sound like a crazy idea to some or even many. But those who follow this belief would be surprised to know there are 600 courses in the United States and another 120 in England that offer FootGolf. The cups that are required for FootGolf are significantly larger, labor intensive and potentially disruptive to putting surfaces. If FootGolf represents an opportunity in some course owner’s minds, the BIGCUP should be something worth investigating. And don’t worry, O’Loughlin and his team are working on BIGCUP version for FootGolf too. “All I'm trying to do is increase participation and make the game better.”

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HAVING A BALL: Callaway’s golf ball sales are up $4.5 million over six months of 2016 from 2015. The company isn’t resting on any laurels as it’s introduced its new Chrome Soft Truvis Pink model. It will also be available on Friday, September 30th at retailers nationwide and on callawaygolf.com.

Callaway said this is a limited edition golf ball that will be available during the month of October, and Callaway Golf and the Morgan Pressel Foundation made a one-time donation to aid and support patient care and research in the fight against breast cancer.

The ball has Callaway’s proprietary Dual SoftFast Core for fast ball speed from the driver, 4-piece construction leading to even more control throughout the bag, according to the company with low compression for extremely soft feel, and a Tour Urethane Cover. According to its creators, it allows players to compress the ball on iron shots to promote a soft feel, and gives you more spin and pinpoint accuracy from 100 yards and in. Callaway said it optimized its HEX Aerodynamics, which makes the ball flight even better in all conditions.

WEB GEMS:

THE KING: The debt modern players owe to Arnold Palmer. READ MORE>>>

AN INCREDIBLE LIFE:  He attended Wake Forest and was forever devoted to the university, but left in his senior year after his best friend, Bud Worsham, was killed in a car accident. Later, he served in the Coast Guard and at age 24 he was a half-lazy paint salesman with no particular direction. His life changed in August 1954, when he won the U.S. Amateur shortly before his 25th birthday. The next month, he met Winnie Walzer, a 19-year-old college student, at an amateur event in Pennsylvania on a Tuesday. That Saturday night he proposed. "Her father hated my ass," Palmer once said. "He said, ‘You're going to marry a golf pro?'" It was only in that period that Palmer decided to turn pro. READ MORE>>>

AN AMERICAN DREAM: In the 1961 Los Angeles Open at Rancho Park, he recorded a 12 on the par-5 ninth hole when he hit four balls out of bounds. Palmer’s fans were deflated, like him, but somehow his flubs enhanced his appeal. He was human; he could blow a lead or a shot like any duffer. And they liked that he went down swinging, with his lunging, go-for-broke play. If he hit a wayward tee shot to an awkward spot, he usually went for the green, rather than chip the ball safely back to the fairway, as other golfers would have done. “You can make mistakes when you’re being conservative, so why not go for the hole?” he said. “I always feel like I’m going to win. So I don’t feel I’m gambling on a lot of shots that make other people feel I am.” READ MORE>>>

PALMER'S LEGACY OVERSHADOWS THE RYDER CUP: The flag at half-staff over Hazeltine National was enough to take the edge off the Ryder Cup. Arnold Palmer occupied everyone's thoughts on Monday. "There's a hole in the game that can't be filled," Phil Mickelson said. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Wake Forest has had an influence on my life almost as much as anybody in my life, other than my father.  And my attendance there, and the school and the people, I learned to be a southerner when I went to Wake Forest, and that sort of solves the whole problem.” --Arnold Palmer.

Arnold Palmer played at least one PGA Tour event every season for 52 consecutive years, ending with the 2004 Masters.

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 188                                                       
Monday, September 26, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “When I think of him. I think of his hands. The greatest set of hands I've ever seen. Those eyes, too. On the golf course, all I ever saw was a mass of people. I saw, but I didn't see. He was able to focus in on everybody in the gallery individually. It wasn't fake."

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BRAIN TEASER: How many times did Arnold Palmer win on the PGA TOUR in his career?

LONG LIVE THE KING! Arnold Palmer, a seven-time major winner who brought golf to the masses and became the most beloved figure in the game, died Sunday. No one did more to popularize the sport than Palmer. His dashing presence singlehandedly took golf out of the country clubs and into the mainstream. Quite simply, he made golf cool. “I used to hear cheers go up from the crowd around Palmer,” Lee Trevino said. “And I never knew whether he’d made a birdie or just hitched up his pants.” READ MORE>>>

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GOLF AND AMERICA LOSE A LEGEND: He looked like an athlete, a prizefighter, and a middleweight. He opened golf's windows and let in some air. He lifted a country-club game, balanced it on his shoulders, carried it to the people and made it a sport. He won big. He lost big. People who didn't follow golf followed him. People who hated golf loved him. He was photogenic in the old newspapers. He was telegenic in the new medium. He was the most asked question called into the night desks on weekends: "What did Palmer do today?" READ MORE>>>

SELF-MADE MAN: Some men love cars. Others love watches, pens, vinyl albums or books. Arnold Palmer loved golf equipment. “I never got a new set of golf clubs until I was old enough to buy them myself,” he wrote in Arnold Palmer: Look This Way Please! “That’s another reason I spent so much time tinkering with my clubs. They were usually hand-me-downs, so I had to modify them to fit my swing. And, boy, did I learn quickly!” READ MORE>>>

BE ORIGINAL! FootJoy fans and there are a lot of them, have something to look forward to. The #1 shoe in golf has introduced a new category called FJ Originals. “FJ Originals offer traditional-styled saddle golf shoes for the consumer seeking a great fit, lightweight comfort and durability all at an affordable price point,” said Keith Duffy, Senior Product Manager of Golf Footwear.  “The FJ Originals category is a great example of how committed the FJ brand is about designing and developing incredible product appropriate for all levels of golfers in every price segment.” The new line is available immediately in white/white, black/black and white/brown/black styles. The manufacture’s suggested retail price is $90.00.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Rory McIlroy was three shots behind with three holes to play Sunday in the Tour Championship. Nearly two hours later, he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole to win the tournament and claim the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus. "I've made it no secret that it's one of the last things I feel like I had left on my golfing CV," McIlroy said afterwards. Here is what Rory McIlroy used to win the 2016 TOUR Championship:

Driver: Nike Vapor Fly Pro 9.5° (MRC Diamana S+ 70 XTS shaft) 
Fairway Metal: Nike Vapor Speed 3-wood 15°, 5-wood 19°
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (3-9) with Project X 7.0 shafts
Wedges: Nike Engage 46°, 56°, 58° with Project X 6.5 shafts
Putter: Scotty Cameron M1 Prototype
Golf Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum

Rory McIlroy’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 20
Pars: 43
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 2
Cumulative Score: 268

WEB GEMS:

GOLF’S NEXT SUPERSTAR? “I describe it as Bernard Langer style,” said McGinley. “He is not going to overpower a golf course with his length, you just know he is going to beat you with monotony and consistency.” READ MORE>>>

THE DARKER SIDE OF DARREN CLARKE: Darren Clarke carries a reputation for volatility that has only grown during his 26 years on tour. Age, coupled with the honor of heading to Hazeltine as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain, ought to have softened him. But a few serrated edges remain. READ MORE>>>

STIRRING THE POT: Johnny Miller doesn't agree with Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III that this U.S. team is the best "maybe ever assembled." He still has a hunch the Americans finally will win, mainly because of the European team they are facing. "I do believe the Euros have got, at least on paper, the worst team they've had in many years," Miller said Saturday at the Tour Championship. READ MORE>>>

INEVITABLE? Rory McIlroy finally won the FedEx Cup when he least expected it. In its 10th year, the FedEx Cup never had a finish like this. READ MORE>>>

A LOSS TURNS TO A WIN: With strong play down the stretch of the PGA Tour’s regular season and in the FedExCup Playoffs, Ryan Moore will now be playing in the Ryder Cup. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “When I think of him. I think of his hands. The greatest set of hands I've ever seen. Those eyes, too. On the golf course, all I ever saw was a mass of people. I saw, but I didn't see. He was able to focus in on everybody in the gallery individually. It wasn't fake."--Raymond Floyd.

Arnold Palmer won 95 times as a professional, 62 times on the PGA TOUR. He won another 10 times on the Senior Tour, which he played an instrumental, if not integral, role in getting it up and running.

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 188                                                       
Monday, September 26, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “When I think of him. I think of his hands. The greatest set of hands I've ever seen. Those eyes, too. On the golf course, all I ever saw was a mass of people. I saw, but I didn't see. He was able to focus in on everybody in the gallery individually. It wasn't fake."

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BRAIN TEASER: How many times did Arnold Palmer win on the PGA TOUR in his career?

LONG LIVE THE KING! Arnold Palmer, a seven-time major winner who brought golf to the masses and became the most beloved figure in the game, died Sunday. No one did more to popularize the sport than Palmer. His dashing presence singlehandedly took golf out of the country clubs and into the mainstream. Quite simply, he made golf cool. “I used to hear cheers go up from the crowd around Palmer,” Lee Trevino said. “And I never knew whether he’d made a birdie or just hitched up his pants.” READ MORE>>>

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GOLF AND AMERICA LOSE A LEGEND: He looked like an athlete, a prizefighter, and a middleweight. He opened golf's windows and let in some air. He lifted a country-club game, balanced it on his shoulders, carried it to the people and made it a sport. He won big. He lost big. People who didn't follow golf followed him. People who hated golf loved him. He was photogenic in the old newspapers. He was telegenic in the new medium. He was the most asked question called into the night desks on weekends: "What did Palmer do today?" READ MORE>>>

SELF-MADE MAN: Some men love cars. Others love watches, pens, vinyl albums or books. Arnold Palmer loved golf equipment. “I never got a new set of golf clubs until I was old enough to buy them myself,” he wrote in Arnold Palmer: Look This Way Please! “That’s another reason I spent so much time tinkering with my clubs. They were usually hand-me-downs, so I had to modify them to fit my swing. And, boy, did I learn quickly!” READ MORE>>>

BE ORIGINAL! FootJoy fans and there are a lot of them, have something to look forward to. The #1 shoe in golf has introduced a new category called FJ Originals. “FJ Originals offer traditional-styled saddle golf shoes for the consumer seeking a great fit, lightweight comfort and durability all at an affordable price point,” said Keith Duffy, Senior Product Manager of Golf Footwear.  “The FJ Originals category is a great example of how committed the FJ brand is about designing and developing incredible product appropriate for all levels of golfers in every price segment.” The new line is available immediately in white/white, black/black and white/brown/black styles. The manufacture’s suggested retail price is $90.00.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Rory McIlroy was three shots behind with three holes to play Sunday in the Tour Championship. Nearly two hours later, he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole to win the tournament and claim the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus. "I've made it no secret that it's one of the last things I feel like I had left on my golfing CV," McIlroy said afterwards. Here is what Rory McIlroy used to win the 2016 TOUR Championship:

Driver: Nike Vapor Fly Pro 9.5° (MRC Diamana S+ 70 XTS shaft) 
Fairway Metal: Nike Vapor Speed 3-wood 15°, 5-wood 19°
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (3-9) with Project X 7.0 shafts
Wedges: Nike Engage 46°, 56°, 58° with Project X 6.5 shafts
Putter: Scotty Cameron M1 Prototype
Golf Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum

Rory McIlroy’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 20
Pars: 43
Bogeys: 6
Double Bogeys: 2
Cumulative Score: 268

WEB GEMS:

GOLF’S NEXT SUPERSTAR? “I describe it as Bernard Langer style,” said McGinley. “He is not going to overpower a golf course with his length, you just know he is going to beat you with monotony and consistency.” READ MORE>>>

THE DARKER SIDE OF DARREN CLARKE: Darren Clarke carries a reputation for volatility that has only grown during his 26 years on tour. Age, coupled with the honor of heading to Hazeltine as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain, ought to have softened him. But a few serrated edges remain. READ MORE>>>

STIRRING THE POT: Johnny Miller doesn't agree with Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III that this U.S. team is the best "maybe ever assembled." He still has a hunch the Americans finally will win, mainly because of the European team they are facing. "I do believe the Euros have got, at least on paper, the worst team they've had in many years," Miller said Saturday at the Tour Championship. READ MORE>>>

INEVITABLE? Rory McIlroy finally won the FedEx Cup when he least expected it. In its 10th year, the FedEx Cup never had a finish like this. READ MORE>>>

A LOSS TURNS TO A WIN: With strong play down the stretch of the PGA Tour’s regular season and in the FedExCup Playoffs, Ryan Moore will now be playing in the Ryder Cup. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “When I think of him. I think of his hands. The greatest set of hands I've ever seen. Those eyes, too. On the golf course, all I ever saw was a mass of people. I saw, but I didn't see. He was able to focus in on everybody in the gallery individually. It wasn't fake."--Raymond Floyd.

Arnold Palmer won 95 times as a professional, 62 times on the PGA TOUR. He won another 10 times on the Senior Tour, which he played an instrumental, if not integral, role in getting it up and running.

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 187                                                       
Friday, September 23, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm glad I'm not Davis. This is a tough, tough decision. We were sitting around, a few of us having dinner, talking about it a little bit, and we were all scratching our heads thinking there's so many different ways he could go. There's so many different ways we all feel about it differently. I could make a case for five guys right now off the top of my head. It's not going to come down to who plays great this week. It's not going to come down to that at all. It's going to come down to who Davis feels comfortable and guys he trusts and wants on that team. It will be a collective effort. The good news is whoever he chooses, we're going to be in great shape.”

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BRAIN TEASER: How many past FedExCup champions are playing at East Lake this year?

WHY ASK WHY? Nike Golf dropped out of the equipment business. Its focus is on apparel and footwear moving forward. Golfsmith has declared bankruptcy protection. Rounds played are essentially flat in 2016 but that doesn’t mean the entrepreneurial spirit is dead in golf. Case in point, Bill Murray is launching his own lifestyle and apparel brand called William Murray Golf.

The line promises to “break away from traditional golf apparel by bringing a new look and feel to the industry with a little irreverence and a lot of style.” What else would you expect? The range includes polos, T-shirts, shorts, hats, and the world’s first golf button-down, which has become the actor’s signature look on the course. 15-year PGA Tour veteran Pat Perez will serve as William Murray Golf’s first brand ambassador.

For those so inclined, the entire product line will be available online starting on Thursday, October 20th, at WilliamMurrayGolf.com and available through their exclusive partner, TheChivery.com. The collection represents a partnership between Murray Brothers LLC, including actor Bill Murray, and Resignation Media, owners of the entertainment website theCHIVE.com. On September 21, in celebration of Murray’s birthday, William Murray Golf released a special Chicago-themed polo and two hats, a month before the full line’s launch. A portion of proceeds from these opening day sales will go to the Murray family’s favorite charity in Chicago, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, which helps break the cycle of neglect and abuse for Chicago-area children and young adults, ages 11 to 21.

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO? For the vast majority winning $10 million will only happen by playing the lottery. You can't win if you don't play, as they say, which is often the case unless the jackpot gets astronomically high. Life on the PGA TOUR each week is the equivalent of playing the lottery, as millions of dollars are available for a limited few. "We play for a lot of money every week," acknowledged Adam Scott.

In 2012, Brandt Snedeker won the FedExCup and along with it a $10 million bonus. "It's the only time I've ever called the Tour about a bank transfer, and that was on Tuesday. It was supposed to get in at 9:00. It was a little late. Didn't get in until 11:00. I called at 9:05, just making sure it didn't get lost in the mail. Tim (Finchem) was gracious enough to take my phone call. 'Don't worry. It will be there. Just relax,'" Snedeker recalled. " It was just kind of a surreal moment to see it happen."

Once the money was deposited into his account, Snedeker's mind immediately went to work. "I thought I've got to start figuring some things out. This is a little different. You never think it's going to happen, and when it does, you still don't quite quantify." For many the idea of $10 million initiates a never-ending fantasy of how to spend the money. But Snedeker isn't cut from that cloth. "I didn't change anything. I didn't go out and buy anything special or anything like that. It was one of those weird deals, I need to get my head around this and get some planning going forward to make sure I'm not a sob story 30 years down the road of how he lost this."

Sneds did, however, indulge in one item. But it isn't what you would think. "I've told this a thousand times. I bought a Sonic ice machine. I love pellet ice. I went and bought a Sonic ice machine. Still have it in the house. I love it. That was my treat to myself," he said. Not exactly the dreams many would have with a $10 million pay day. But then again another $10 million will be awarded after this weekend. Who knows what dreams that might buy?


PLAY BALL! Mizuno and the Atlanta Braves have reached a long-term partnership that will include the opening of a one-of-a-kind Mizuno Experience Center in The Battery Atlanta. The agreement makes Mizuno the Official Baseball Gear Partner of the Atlanta Braves, reaching beyond on-the-field opportunities.

As the Official Baseball Gear Partner of the Atlanta Braves, Mizuno also will also pioneer multiple baseball glove kiosks inside SunTrust Park where fans can check out Mizuno baseball gloves to catch foul balls during the game. Fans will be able to return the gloves at no cost or purchase them at the end of the game. The Mizuno Experience Center will enable visitors to test a variety of Mizuno performance technologies, such as Mizuno Golf's Performance Fitting System and the Bat Interactive Optimization System (BIOS) for bat fitting along with showcasing its gear across baseball, golf, running, softball, volleyball and more.

"The Atlanta Braves are one of the most iconic franchises in professional sports and this opportunity will enable us to showcase our passion and our values to fans across Braves Country," said Bob Puccini, Mizuno USA president. "While Mizuno's Japanese heritage goes back 110 years, we are proud to call Atlanta home to our U.S. operations for more than 30 years. This partnership will give us the opportunity to continue to invest in and support the various causes and events that make this city such a great place while also solidifying Mizuno as the premium performance sports brand based in Atlanta."

Mizuno's engagement will not be limited to baseball, as it will fully integrate its golf and running sub-brands into several Braves events. For instance, Mizuno will be the participating sponsor of the annual Braves Country 5K and Braves Foundation Golf Classic. "Through this partnership we have the ability to showcase the entire breadth and depth of Mizuno - our heritage, craftsmanship, innovation and technology behind our gear, while also becoming an integral part of the fan experience. This is a long-term commitment that further embeds Mizuno into the Atlanta community, and we are excited about the many new opportunities to come as a result," said Puccini.

WEB GEMS:

WAR OF WORDS: Whatever else next week's Ryder Cup might lack it must now be presumed that there will certainly be no absence of edge. Paul Azinger, America's only winning captain this century, warned Lee Westwood that his Tiger Woods comments could "backfire" at Hazeltine. READ MORE>>>

JOHNSON CONTINUES TO ROLL: Dustin Johnson hit out of a bunker to 2 feet for birdie on his first hole and kept right on rolling to a 4-under 66 for a three-way tie of the lead Thursday at the Tour Championship. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: "I'm glad I'm not Davis. This is a tough, tough decision. We were sitting around, a few of us having dinner, talking about it a little bit, and we were all scratching our heads thinking there's so many different ways he could go. There's so many different ways we all feel about it differently. I could make a case for five guys right now off the top of my head. It's not going to come down to who plays great this week. It's not going to come down to that at all. It's going to come down to who Davis feels comfortable and guys he trusts and wants on that team. It will be a collective effort. The good news is whoever he chooses, we're going to be in great shape."--Brandt Snedeker.

Jordan Spieth (2015) and Brandt Snedeker (2012) are the only two past FedExCup champions at East Lake this year, and they have a chance to join Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) as the only two-time winner of the FedExCup. Spieth lies T7 after a 68. Snedeker posted 72 to lie T15 after the first round.

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VOLUME 6, NUMBER 186                                                       
Thursday, September 22, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “For a fan, this is a great month of golf. When you've got the playoffs followed by the Ryder Cup, it's nirvana.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Seven PGA TOUR rookies qualified for the 2016 FedExCup Playoffs but only two made it to the TOUR Championship. Can you name them?

STAYING STATUS QUO: TaylorMade has announced contract extensions with the number one and two players in the Official World Golf Rankings, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson. Day first signed with the company back in August of 2006 when he was ranked 666th in the world. “I chose TaylorMade at the onset of my PGA TOUR career because they made products that performed. They’ve supported me on my quest for world #1 since day one. I’m excited to continue working with the great team at TaylorMade and playing the best performing equipment in the game,” said Day. The company did not report whether the deal includes apparel and footwear. ESPN has reported Day will be wearing Nike products after inking a $10 million a year deal.

Johnson signed with TaylorMade in December of 2007 and earned his 2008 PGA TOUR card by way of qualifying school. His first victory on the TOUR came at the Turning Stone Resort Championship in October 2008. “Since day one, I’ve had a great relationship with the TaylorMade team and especially the guys who support me every week out on TOUR. I’m looking forward to continuing our teamwork and playing equipment that I believe in and has helped me to succeed,” said Johnson.

"We’ve had tremendous relationships with both Jason and Dustin since the day they first signed with us and have thoroughly enjoyed working with them and watching as they’ve ascended to the top two spots in the OWGR. It’s rare to have the top two players in the world in your stable and we’re thrilled they’ve both decided to stay with the TaylorMade family, trusting the best equipment in the world as they continue their dominance on Tour.” TaylorMade did not disclose the terms of the deals.

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MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO AROUND! How has golf got itself into a position where $10 million (£7.7 million) does not really mean anything? Not to the players, by and large, and certainly not to the fans. This is the 10th anniversary of the FedEx Cup and, by now, it is fair to say that the “wow!” factor which greeted the advent of this ludicrous purse back in 2006 has petered out into a shrug of the shoulders. READ MORE>>>

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ANYONE BUT PHIL! Dustin Johnson says he does not want to partner United States team mate Phil Mickelson at next week's Ryder Cup in Minnesota. Throwing diplomacy out of the window, the long-hitting Johnson on Wednesday made clear his thoughts regarding Mickelson, who is a five-times major champion. "I think I can partner pretty well with pretty much anyone, except for Phil," world number two Johnson told reporters on the eve of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. READ MORE>>>

FINCHEM LEAVES WITH ONLY ONE REGRET: Frank Sinatra sang about regrets but said they were too few to mention. Tim Finchem listed only one as he concludes his tenure as PGA TOUR Commissioner. “The one regret would be thus far I haven't been able to make a little more progress on the global effort," said Finchem. "We've done a lot of great things globally. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more acceleration there but there were other factors at work that impacted that situation globally." Its fair to say Greg Norman would have a few things to say to Finchem on the topic if he has a chance. READ MORE>>>

CASEY KNOWS NEXT WEEK WILL HURT: “That’s going to be a weird one,” Casey said. “In the past, when I’ve missed a Ryder Cup because I haven’t qualified, or I’ve not qualified for the Masters I have watched with a sense of, ‘I wish I was there, but I had my opportunity and I didn’t get there’. So maybe watching the Ryder Cup next week ­because I’m not eligible – yeah, it will hurt a bit more.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “For a fan, this is a great month of golf. When you've got the playoffs followed by the Ryder Cup, it's nirvana.” --PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem.

Emiliano Grillo and Si Woo Kim are two of seven PGA TOUR rookies who qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs and the only two who advanced to the TOUR Championship. In the history of the FedExCup Playoffs, no more than one rookie in a season has qualified for the TOUR Championship.

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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