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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 10                                                         
Monday, January 16, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I've said all along, the game's gotten a lot easier because of the technology in the golf ball and stuff. It really is a putting contest, and I proved that today. I made more putts than I've made probably all last year in one round. When you're on, you're really on, and then it's just a putting contest.”

BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the last player to win the Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in the same year on the PGA TOUR?

PING BRINGS A NEW IRON TO THE MARKET: PING has a reputation of understating and over delivering on its products. It’s proven to be a strong combination. The company is reporting it new i200 irons, which first surfaced at the SBS Tournament of Champions, have a face and cavity structure that is more dynamic to achieve faster ball speeds, a soft, powerful feel and forgiveness.

i200irons“The i200 iron is engineered for golfers who want an iron with a clean look that delivers exceptional feel, distance and forgiveness while providing the trajectory control they need to play with precision,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “Bringing all these benefits into one iron required our teams to re-think how the face and cavity structure can work together to improve overall performance. The feel is amazing and the gains in forgiveness are significant for an iron this size. It’s a shot-maker’s iron by design, but it will fit a lot of golfers because it’s so easy to play. This iron will exceed their expectations in every way, especially the feel.”

PING engineers said they created a head design that provides precision distances with horizontal and vertical trajectory control while substantially increasing forgiveness. A muscle-stabilizing bar and deeper, longer tuning port with a thinner, faster face to promise a powerful feel and sound. This results, according to the company, from the elastomer insert activating at impact to enhance face flexing for faster ball speeds while damping vibrations. The insert, it said, nearly doubled in volume, allowing for more than three times the amount of face contact. It is concealed to create a clean cavity design, which is precision milled.

The 431 stainless steel head has a hydropearl chrome finish that repels moisture for more control, PING said and helps minimize fliers from wet conditions and lies in the rough. The thin face (30% thinner than the i iron) and tuning port structure produce weight savings that are redistributed to the toe and hosel regions to increase the moment-of-inertia in both the heel-toe and high-low orientations. The i200 iron soles are designed with added bounce and a more contoured lead edge to create a profile that glides smoothly through the turf without digging or bouncing.

A variety of custom-shaft options are available to fit a player’s ball flight and feel preferences. The stock shaft is the proprietary PING AWT 2.0, which employs a steeper weight progression paired with a variable step pattern to offer a balance of high trajectory, increased ball speed, and stable feel in the long irons, yet controlled trajectory and smooth feel in the short irons. The KBS Tour, Dynamic Gold, N. S. Pro Modus3 105, XP 95, and Project X are also available at no upcharge.

The i200 iron are available for pre-order starting today at authorized PING golf shops around the world. The U.S. MSRP is $135 per club with steel shaft and $150 per club with graphite.

GENTLEMEN ONLY? Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has asked the Kasumigaseki Country Club, venue of golf competition of the 2020 Olympic Games, to admit women as full members. "I feel very uncomfortable about women not being able to become a regular member in this era," Koike told reporters. The club situated in Saitama Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, also bars women from playing there on Sundays, according to a Kyodo news agency report. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CLUBS: Justin Thomas put the hammer down going wire to wire to win the Sony Open. He opened with a 59 and never looked back. He certainly proves Jordan Spieth’s comments after the Tournament of Champions to be rather prophetic! "I think it's potentially floodgates opening," Jordan Spieth said. "The guy hits it forever. He's got a really, really nifty short game. He manages the course well. He's playing the golf course the way it should be played, and honestly, he's taking advantage of the easier holes. It's awesome to see. He's going to be tough to beat next week (meaning the Sony), too." Here's (again) is what Justin Thomas had in the bag to win the Sony Open:

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (9.5*) driver with a Mitsubishi Diamana BF60 TX shaft
Fairway Metal: Titleist 917F3 (15*) fairway metal with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 80 TX shaft, Titleist 915Fd (18) fairway metal with a Fujikura Motore VC7.2 X shaft
Irons: Titleist 716 MB irons (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: Vokey Design SM6 pitching (46*), sand (52*) and lob (60*) wedges
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X5 putter
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Shoe: FJ ICON MyJoys golf shoes
Glove: Pure Touch Limited glove

Justin Thomas’– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 3
Birdies: 26
Pars: 38
Bogeys: 5
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 253

WEB GEMS:

R.I.P.: John Jacobs OBE, the founding father of the European Tour and a two-time Ryder Cup captain, has died at the age of 91. Jacobs will be remembered for the huge influence he has had on European golf, as a player, an innovative coach and as a driving force behind the formation of the European Tour. READ MORE>>>

A PERFECT STORM! Graeme Storm beat Rory McIlroy in a play-off to win the BMW SA Open hosted by City of Ekurhuleni just 84 days after he thought he had lost his European Tour card. READ MORE>>>

ANOTHER ONE? One tournament into the new year, Rory McIlroy is going for tests on his back Monday to make sure he is fit enough to play Abu Dhabi without further damage. McIlroy felt pain in his back before the second round of the South African Open, and it lingered throughout the final round, where he closed with a 67 and lost in a playoff to Graeme Storm. McIlroy was flying to Dubai on Sunday and said he would have an MRI "just to see what's up with this joint in my back." READ MORE>>>

TWO WINS AT ONCE: Woody Austin completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Diamond Resorts Invitational and former pitcher Mark Mulder took the celebrity title. READ MORE>>>

GEORGIA ON HIS MIND: Teenager Toto Gana of Chile sank a two-foot birdie putt to book a spot at this year's Masters with a gripping playoff victory at the third Latin America Amateur Championship in Panama City on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I've said all along, the game's gotten a lot easier because of the technology in the golf ball and stuff. It really is a putting contest, and I proved that today. I made more putts than I've made probably all last year in one round. When you're on, you're really on, and then it's just a putting contest.” --Woody Austin after his opening round of 59 at the Diamond Resorts Invitational on the Champions Tour.

Justin Thomas is the first player to win the Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in Hawaii in the same season since Ernie Els did it in 2003.

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

 

 

 

 

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 9                                                           
Friday, January 13, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Honestly, I want to have a lot more fun. I want to smile more on the golf course. I want to just feel like I'm really enjoying the process of playing and living out my dream. I mean, obviously with my personality, good golf certainly helps that. But even when things aren't necessarily going as planned, just recognizing that's going to be the case.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player is 33 under par for his last five rounds on the PGA TOUR. Can you name him?

DID YOU KNOW THIS? Global Value Commerce, owner/operator of an e-commerce platform for pre-owned golf equipment and new golf gear, reported its 16th consecutive year of growth. According to the company, sales increased 15% in 2016, over the prior year, coming in at $52.9 million. The company attributes the increase to golfers being more predisposed to selling their personal inventory and buying pre-owned products. Top-selling brands at its flagship site GlobalGolf.com and companion sites 3Balls.com and GolfShoesOnly.com include Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, Nike, PING, Srixon, TaylorMade and Titleist.  GVC also sells certified, pre-owned TaylorMade Golf products exclusively on TaylorMadeGolfPreOwned.com

Specific to the secondary golf equipment market, every $1 in trade propels $6 in revenue, according to the company. GVC said it processes more than 1,000 daily product transactions. It said it acquires pre-owned clubs from golfers, original manufacturers and on-course / off-course retailers with trade-in programs and nearly 500,000 drivers, fairway woods, irons, hybrids and putters are transacted annually.

PAY TO PLAY: TaylorMade reported it has signed six players to play the company’s metal woods on the PGA TOUR. They are Smylie Kaufman, Paul Casey, Seung-Yul Noh, Nick Watney and Jon Curran. And in other news, Scott Piercy and David Lingmerth have agreed to multi-year deals to wear IZOD Golf apparel. Wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager Burns & Wilcox extended its sponsorship deal with Jimmy Walker and announced a new deal with Webb Simpson. Financial terms were not disclosed.

NEXT? While equipment executives await the next wave of American consumers to take up the game, one PGA TOUR veteran posed an interesting angle from the TOUR perspective. “We were talking at breakfast with a couple of guys, talking about how long I've been out here and was able to play all the way through until I got to the PGA TOUR champions,” noted David Toms. “And I'm not sure how often that's going to be in the next generation; how many guys will be able to play all the way until they are 50 from age -- from turning pro while they are in college or right out of college, from a guy that's 22 years old, playing all the way till he's 50, being exempt on the Tour. I'm not sure how many guys will be able to do that.” Could this be the new normal for golf???

A FIRST FOR CHILE: The fourth Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC) will be conducted at Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile from January 18-21, 2018. Founded by the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA), the LAAC was established to further develop amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.                             
    
The LAAC champion receives an invitation to compete in the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. In addition, the winner and the runner(s)-up are exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open Championship. The champion is also awarded full exemptions into The Amateur Championship, the U.S. Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for which he is eligible. The 2018 championship will mark the second LAAC conducted in South America and the first in Chile.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: PGA TOUR Superstore is taking on additional space in the valley of the sun. The company has a gran opening tomorrow (January 14th) in Glendale, AZ. It marks the company’s 28th store in the U.S. and the fifth location in Arizona (joining Chandler, North Scottsdale, Scottsdale and Tucson.

“With the amount of golf and tennis played in the greater Phoenix area year-round, Glendale is an ideal marketplace to expand our brand presence and provide the best retail experience for sports enthusiasts,” said PGA TOUR Superstore President and CEO Dick Sullivan. “We have more stores in Arizona than in any other state and look forward to inspiring all types of golfers and tennis players – from beginners to avids – to play the game and find everything they need under one roof.” 

The latest 40,000 square foot location, which was a previous Sports Authority store, will offer more than 9,000 square feet of soft goods, 6,000 square feet of hard goods and 2,500 square feet of footwear. The Glendale PGA TOUR Superstore grand opening event will take place January 14th and include $30,000 in giveaways.

WEB GEMS:

WHEN YOU’RE HOT, YOU’RE HOT! Fresh of his victory on Maui, Justin Thomas became the seventh player to join the "59 Club" on the PGA Tour when he made a 15-foot eagle putt on his last hole Thursday at the Sony Open for an 11-under 59. READ MORE>>>

STRONG START: Rory McIlroy declared his new equipment set up an early season success after he opened his 2017 campaign with a five under 67 in the BWM SA Open.
The world No 2 ended his day tied for third with England's Jordan Smith and South Africans Jbe Kruger, Thomas Aiken and Dean Burmester, one stroke behind leaders Trevor Fisher Jnr and Keith Horne, who shot 65s. “It is going well,” he said of his new clubs. “I am in a fortunate position where I can choose what I want for the foreseeable future I feel like what I have in the bag at the minute is working pretty well. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Honestly, I want to have a lot more fun. I want to smile more on the golf course. I want to just feel like I'm really enjoying the process of playing and living out my dream. I mean, obviously with my personality, good golf certainly helps that. But even when things aren't necessarily going as planned, just recognizing that's going to be the case.”--Jordan Spieth.

Justin Thomas, who won the SBS Tournament of Champions last week on Maui with a score of 22 under par, continued his torrid pace with an opening round score of 59 (-11) at the Sony Open. He is 33-under par for his past five rounds in Hawaii!

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

 

 

 

 

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 8                                                           
Thursday, January 12, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “We're coming off a string of presidents that have loved this game. When he takes office, he probably will be the most proficient golfer that's ever sat in the Office of the Presidency, and he's certainly the most golf knowledgeable.”

BRAIN TEASER: The Sony Open gained attention for granting four consecutive sponsor invitations to the same player, the first in 2004. Who was it?

SOCIAL STRATEGY: The Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson (No. 1), New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. (No. 2) and the Houston Texans JJ Watt (No.3) were officially named the Top 3 Most Valued Athletes in Social Media of 2016 in a ranking created in partnership between MVPindex and 120 Sports. The ranking includes U.S. professional and Olympic athletes.

To determine the most valued athletes on social media this year, Chicago-based digital sports network 120 Sports collaborated with social measurement and valuation platform MVPindex to rank athletes using a proprietary algorithm that evaluates all of their social activity throughout the past year. The ranking combines three separate scores: Reach (fans, followers, impressions), Engagement (likes, comments, shares, retweets, favorites) and Conversation (positive/negative mentions).

The National Football League dominated the 2016 ranking with 9 players in the Top 25. The NBA followed with five of the Top 25 athletes. Wilson claimed the top spot for the second straight year with an overall ranking of 0.983, remaining at the center of the social spotlight this year not only for his athletic performance, but also for his recent marriage to singer Ciara. 

Top athletes in each sport include:
         •        Robinson Cano (MLB)
         •        Conor McGregor (UFC)
         •        Russell Wilson (NFL)
         •        Rory McIlroy (PGA TOUR)
         •        LeBron James (NBA)
         •        Alex Morgan (US Soccer)
         •        Serena Williams (WTA)
         •        Jeff Gordon (NASCAR)
         •        Kerri Walsh Jennings (AVP)

“We produce and deliver sports content based on whatever is the hottest story as indicated by what is trending on social media and what sports fans are talking about on social platforms,” said Jason Coyle, president of 120 Sports. “MVPindex helps us to quantify the commanding voices and influencers on social media from the past year so we can continue to relate with our fans by showcasing the athletes that matter most to them.”

The most impressive climbs on the 2016 index include MMA fighter Conor McGregor who jumped 33 spots from last year’s index to claim the No. 5 spot in 2016. In addition, Cam Newton (No. 16), Stephen Curry (No. 11) and Antonio Brown (No. 12) all made notable double-digit climbs up from 2015. There are five women represented on the list in 2016; Alex Morgan (No. 15), Serena Williams (No. 16), Ronda Rousey (No. 18), Hope Solo (No. 22) and Kerri Walsh Jennings (No. 25). The Seahawks, Patriots and Cavaliers all have two players each; the youngest person on the list is Beckham Jr. at 24, and the oldest is Tiger Woods at 41.

HOW TO GROW: Organic growth prospects in golf appear limited, due largely to the industry’s mature status. One equipment company has decided the way to go is through acquisition. Callaway Golf Company reported it acquired OGIO International, Inc. for $75.5 million. "We are excited about OGIO becoming part of Callaway and believe this acquisition aligns well with our stated goal of strategically developing growth in tangential areas," commented Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway Golf Company. "Furthermore, there is a robust strategic fit between the companies; both are strong brands with a sports heritage that share a passion for creating high-quality, performance-driven products. There is also significant overlap in our supply chains and go-to-market strategies, which should allow us to add value and create profitable growth."

Callaway projects OGIO will generate annual EBITDA of approximately $10 million after the acquisition is integrated. Callaway estimates that the majority of the operational synergies will be realized within two years. Callaway said it also expects to realize significant value from potential tax benefits associated with the transaction.

In 2017, OGIO is expected to contribute approximately $45 million in revenue back to Callaway. The transaction is expected to be financed with cash on hand and borrowings from Callaway’s existing asset-backed credit facilities.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Gia Bocra Liwski, a Class A LPGA Teaching Professional and considered one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers in America, has announced the launch of Golf Experiences for Her. It is a program of customizable, golf- and lifestyle-centered events that provide women—individuals, executives, and their female clients—opportunities to advance their golf games while incorporating sophisticated off-the-course experiences. 

“Golf Experiences for Her grew out of a career’s worth of evidence demonstrating that many women are seeking more than just a standard golf lesson or typical group clinic,” explained Liwski, who is also a teaching pro at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, New Jersey. “HER Experiences also provides guests with a selection of experiences in areas such as motivation, wellness, art, fashion, wine, and gastronomy, all led by industry professionals, that can create a special day that strikes the perfect balance of golf and lifestyle. As well, our events motivate women to learn how to play golf, or enhance their existing golf games, with the help of golf’s top instructors and in a way not offered by other instructional programs.”

Golf Experiences for Her has launched its website - www.golfexperiencesforher.com - which reflects Liwski’s mission to grow the game for women. She strives to provide guests with an exceptional experience of personalized instruction and individually tailored leadership, team-building, and social events. The website allows visitors to visualize the many ways an event can be customized and constructed. “We want people to see that a golf-oriented program can be much more than just time spent on a lesson tee. Groups that attend our events experience a luxurious day out of the office providing time for both pleasure and relaxation, and depart better prepared to accept their next golf invitation.”

WEB GEMS:

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN! Jim Furyk was appointed as the U.S. captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in France, where his team will try to win on European soil for the first time in 25 years. Furyk was a unanimous choice by the Ryder Cup committee last month. READ MORE>>>

SOLD! One of the best-known golfing pubs in Scotland has been sold to a group of golf lovers from Canada and the United States who fell in love with it during visits to the sport’s cradle. The Dunvegan Hotel in St Andrews is a popular watering hole for players and caddies after a round in the Fife town. After being owned and managed for more than 20 years by Jack and Sheena Willoughby, it was put up for sale last year for just shy of £3 million, attracting interest from around the globe. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “We're coming off a string of presidents that have loved this game. When he takes office, he probably will be the most proficient golfer that's ever sat in the Office of the Presidency, and he's certainly the most golf knowledgeable.”--PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan.

The Sony Open gained attention for granting four consecutive sponsor invitations to Michelle Wie, the first in 2004 when she was age 14. In her first Sony Open appearance she posted rounds of 72 and 68 over the first two days for a 140 total. The cut came in at 139, therefore Wie missed out on the weekend by a single shot.

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

 

 

 

 

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 7                                                           
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Michael has told me for the last couple years, Waialae is one of the best courses on TOUR for you. It's almost like your Hilton Head, your Colonial, you have to kind of strike it around both ways and play in the wind, and we feel like that kind of plays to our strength, kind of trickier reads on the greens. You can make putts from mid-range and off a bunch of ridges. I think this could be a stop that we'll continue to make as long as we can get into this event.”

BRAIN TEASER: In 2007, an amateur became the second youngest player ever (16 years, 4 days) to make a 36-hole cut in an official PGA Tour event at the Sony Open of Hawaii. Do you remember who it was?

HE’S OUR MAN! John Daly, has signed a multi-year deal with Vertical Groove Golf, LLC. The two-time major champion will play the company’s driver when competing on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and other professional golf tournaments in 2017 and beyond. As part of his agreement, Daly will serve as Global Ambassador, sporting the Vertical Groove Golf logo on his left shirt collar and on his golf bag. “Having John Daly, a major champion and an acclaimed long driver, put our Vertical Groove Driver into play on the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions, is strong validation that this club performs at the highest level,” said Jeff Barry, Chief Executive Officer, Vertical Groove Golf, LLC. 

Financial terms were not disclosed.

LOOKING TO PLAY SOFT BALL? On this day in 1935, American aviator Amelia Earhart departed Wheeler Field in Honolulu, Hawaii, on a solo flight to North callawaysupersoftAmerica. It was the first flight of its kind. Hawaiian commercial interests offered a $10,000 award to whoever accomplished the flight first. The following day, after traveling 2,400 miles in 18 hours, Earhart landed safely at Oakland Airport in Oakland, California.

There hasn’t been a golf ball invented yet that can rival Earhart’s flight time or mileage, but there are a few that were built to handle any bumps incurred on shorter hauls. There is an obsession in golf towards soft, especially with golf balls. Callaway is building on this theme with the introduction of the Supersoft ($21.99) ball. The name says it all and in marketing terms helps to sell the message it wants to convey to consumers this season. Callaway reported it has combined its lowest compression golf ball ever with a soft cover and its new Premium HEX Aerodynamics surface pattern. The result, it promises, is a long, straight distance ball that is incredibly soft. Callaway said the new, improved ultra-low compression core is designed to promote faster ball speed and low spin.

If you’re wondering what ever happened to Earhart, two years after her Hawaii to California flight, she attempted to fly around the world with co-pilot Frederick J. Noonan. But her plane was lost on July 2, 1937, somewhere between New Guinea and Howland Island in the South Pacific. Radio operators picked up a signal that she was low on fuel and it was the last trace the world would ever know of Amelia Earhart.

BE UNIQUE! Customization is an important element in golf. While everyone is equal not everyone is necessarily the same. Some players have certain needs, while pingpldothers are different. Customized equipment has proven to be a game changer for many players both professionally and at the recreational level.

Personalization is also an important component as we see it from license plates all the way to tattoos! In today’s world, people want to stand out for different reasons. While golf may appear bland to some, it isn’t to many avids that are obsessed with the game.

PING is now offering its loyal fans and customers in the United States the experience only reserved for Tour players. The company has just launched the PING PLD1 putter program. The PLD stands for Putting Lab Design.

It allows anyone (in the United States) the chance to purchase a precision-milled premium putter that they can customize, personalize and optimize on their own. The design will be made-to-order by PING machinists, who will handcraft the design for a truly original one-of-a-kind putter. Priced at $600 (plus sales tax), the PLD1 putter program is inspired by the one-off, milled putters that Bubba Watson and several of PING’s tour players use.

WEB GEMS:

AGREE OR DISAGREE? “If I can win on Tour at 51, having been through all the injuries and surgeries I've had, he can absolutely win again. He's a heck of a lot stronger and better at 41 than I was at 51. I can see a win in each of the next five years. I'm not saying the sky is the limit for him. This is a different Tiger Woods. But he can win.” READ MORE>>>

SUBJECT TO CHANGE: World No 2 Rory McIlroy begins the new year having not yet decided on what clubs he will play but insists the player rather than the equipment is more important. McIlroy has been testing a number of options and will start this week's BMW SA Open with Callaway woods and irons, Titleist wedges and balls and a Scotty Cameron putter. “They are picked for this week but that could change week to week,' he told a press conference. This is my first event with those clubs so we will see how it goes this week.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Michael has told me for the last couple years, Waialae is one of the best courses on TOUR for you. It's almost like your Hilton Head, your Colonial, you have to kind of strike it around both ways and play in the wind, and we feel like that kind of plays to our strength, kind of trickier reads on the greens. You can make putts from mid-range and off a bunch of ridges. I think this could be a stop that we'll continue to make as long as we can get into this event.”--Jordan Spieth!

In 2007, amateur Tadd Fujikawa became the second youngest player ever (16 years, 4 days) to make a 36-hole cut in an official PGA Tour event. He went on to place T-20 for the week.

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

 

 

 

 

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 6                                                           
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Honestly, my perfect day wouldn't be playing golf; I would not envision going to the golf course. I would just want to be home somewhere, and comfortable in my surroundings and not get asked for a photo or an autograph. To just be invisible I guess.”

BRAIN TEASER: There have been five multiple winners of the Sony Open in Hawaii, all two-time champions and all have won major championships. How many can you name?

i200I SPY: Word has been circulating on the world wide web that new PING irons and putters have made their way to the 50th state this week. No official comment from the Phoenix, AZ based company on the matter, but it appears players are testing i200 irons and Sigma G putters at the Sony. Historically these products would first surface at the annual PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando later this month. Since there is no denying the pictures exist, company officials might be prompted to move the announcements forward especially if someone happens to enjoy success in the Aloha state this weekend!

WE HAVE A DEAL? News of TaylorMade’s fate remains clouded in mystery, yet another equipment company has been sold, according to a published report. Miura Golf has a new owner who will make a “significant investment” in the Japanese golf equipment brand, sources close to the matter have told GolfWRX. It has also learned that True Spec Golf will manage worldwide sales and distribution of Miura products. READ MORE>>>

mackdaddyWEDGES THAT FEATURE A PROGRESSIVE CENTER OF GRAVITY: Callaway is taping into Roger Cleveland’s vast experience and talent for working with Tour pros along with understanding the nuances of what they want in a wedge’s look, feel and performance. The company is introducing for 2017 Mack Daddy Forged wedges. The latest has less offset, a squarer toe and a straighter leading edge. Callaway also said the 2017 Mack Daddy wedges feature a progressive center of gravity (CG) positioning, in which the CG gradually moves upward as the loft of each wedge increases. According to the company, this promotes a lower and easier-to-control flight in the higher lofts without sacrificing spin, making it easier to attack the pin.

The new Mack Daddy wedges ($149.99) have a 16-groove configuration that incorporates an added groove at the bottom, close to the leading edge, to promote added stopping power, especially on pitches and chips, according to the company. The new •R• sole grind provides added versatility. The defined crescent sole and mid bounce makes a broad range of greenside shots easy to play, according to Callaway, from square-faced skippers to open-faced flops and everything in between. Golfers are given choice in finishes: Satin Chrome and Brushed Slate for a raw look. The new Mack Daddy wedges are expected to debut at retail on January 20th.

MAKE IT EXOTICS: Tour Edge Golf has introduced the 2017 Exotics product line; EX10, which includes an EX10 adjustable driver. It features a new lighter-weight 8-1-1 titanium chassis and new Japanese TSP Beta Ti thinner face. A 10 and 12 degree heads are available with a new hosel system that doubles the adjustability options, which allows players to raise or lower the loft +/- two degrees.
 
According to the company, 19 grams is housed in the sole of the EX10 driver. The 10-gram screw fits into a 9-gram weight pad specifically located for a higher MOI. The interchangeable rear center sole weight helps players optimize the club’s performance. Additional weights can be purchased as a kit or individually. The kit includes 6-gram, 12-gram and 14-gram weights to increase or decrease the swing weight.

The aerodynamics in the EX10 driver is greatly enhanced, Tour edge said, by a more sloping crown and four speed channels on the sole. The new, more tapered head profile also promises to reduce aerodynamic drag and saves weight that is redistributed in the sole of the club. The speed channels also enhance the aerodynamics of the club head and stabilize off-center hits with higher MOI.

Premium high-performance stock shafts options: Aldila Rogue Max Series, Graphite Design Tour AD50, and Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series. NEW- there is no-charge for custom premium shaft options, including: Project X Hzrdus series, Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Blue series, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana series, Exotics Fujikura Pro series, Exotics Matrix Tie series, and Aldila Rogue Silver & Black series.

Projected ship date is February 1, 2017 with a suggested retail price: $349.99.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: In January of 2014, Harris English signed an endorsement deal with Callaway Golf. He made his debut playing Callaway and Odyssey harrisenglishgear at what was then called the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui. The two-time PGA Tour winner has signed an agreement to return playing PING equipment.

“We’re very excited to welcome Harris back to the PING team,” said PING Chairman & CEO John A. Solheim. “Our relationship dates back to his junior golf days and throughout his distinguished college career at the University of Georgia. We watched his pro career advance quickly from the Web.com Tour to the PGA Tour, where he won twice as a PING professional. He has a wonderful all-around game and he’s a proven winner. He’s a great addition to our staff.”

English, 27, will play this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii carrying a PING G driver, 3- and 5-woods, iBlade irons, Glide 2.0 wedges and a Cadence TR Ketsch putter. “It feels great to have a PING bag with my name on it again,” said English, a four-time collegiate All-American who won the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic and 2014 OHL Classic at Mayakoba as a PING pro. “I’m very excited to be a member of the PING tour staff and to get the season started this week in Honolulu.  I have a lot of comfort and confidence with the clubs in my bag and the people at PING who design and build them for me. Their focus on engineering the highest-performing equipment gives me the best chance to play my best golf.”

As part of a multi-year agreement, English will carry a PING staff bag and play a minimum of 11 PING clubs, including a PING driver and PING putter. Financial terms and the length of the agreement were not disclosed.

WEB GEMS:

RORY UNFILTERED: “I’ve seen it first-hand. I’ve seen what his life is like in Florida. I’ve played golf with him and said: ‘What are you doing tonight? Do you want to come and have dinner with us?’ And he can’t. He just can’t. And for me that’s unfathomable. I could not live like that. I could not live like that. If someone was to say, ‘You can have 14 Majors and 70 wins but have to deal with that, or nine Majors and 40 wins and stay somewhat the same as you are’, I’d take the second option all day.’ READ MORE>>>

EAST MEETS WEST: China's HNA Group has agreed a five-year deal to become title sponsor of the Open de France, which will also join the new Rolex Series with a prize fund of $7 million, the European Tour said. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Honestly, my perfect day wouldn't be playing golf; I would not envision going to the golf course. I would just want to be home somewhere, and comfortable in my surroundings and not get asked for a photo or an autograph. To just be invisible I guess.”--Rory McIlroy told the Irish Independent.

Hubert Green, Corey Pavin, Lanny Wadkins, Ernie Els, and Jimmy Walker have won major championships along with the Sony Open of Hawaii two times in their careers.

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