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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 7                                                           
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “People lost confidence in me in 2016. I mean, I still won twice. I should have won another major that year. It's funny now. I remember in 2015 to '16 the words The Big Three being mentioned so many times, almost every interview. Not one of us three has been talked about in the last couple years. Everyone is so quick on what's happening. I mean, it's today's news.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many career PGA TOUR victories does Matt Kuchar have after his win at the 2019 Sony Open?

DOES THE SAME OLD MESSAGE STILL SELL? SRIXON is launching its sixth generation of the Z-STAR Series golf ball. What does this one do that the others didn’t? The implication is that it goes farther. “The new Z-STAR Series golf balls are built on top of the heritage of one of the most successful, trusted Tour golf balls in the market,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development. “The exceptional ball speed and distance of both Z-STAR offerings are driven by the new FastLayer Core technology, producing both outstanding ball speed and launch conditions tuned for the high swing-speed, better player.”

Someone getting a lot of attention on the PGA TOUR is Cameron Champ, who hits it a mile and also happens to be on the company’s staff. “Distance is one of the major strengths of my game, and I trust the performance of the Z-STAR XV like nothing else on Tour,” said Champ, who currently leads the Tour in driving distance. “The exceptional ball speed and distance that I’m able to generate with the Z-STAR Series gives me the unique opportunity to compete at an elite level week-in-and-week-out.” Another company man, Keegan Bradley, added, “The new Z-STAR XV is hotter off the driver. It’s definitely longer with my irons as well. So, it’s a ball that’s going to help you throughout the entire bag.”

For the gear heads in the audience, the sixth generation Z-STAR features a FastLayer Core, which has is soft in the center and gradually becomes firmer around its edge. It also features new Spin Skin technology with Slide-Ring Material (SeRM), a urethane compound that coats the cover of every ball, according to the company.

“Engineered for more spin and control, the Z-STAR Series features a Spin Skin coating enhanced with SeRM, an extremely flexible material,” Brunski said. “Never before has Srixon combined so many technologies in one golf ball, to produce more friction for more spin around the green.”

The Srixon Z-STAR Series golf balls officially launches in North America on February 1, 2019, at a MAP of $39.99 per dozen.

WEB GEMS:

MONEY STILL TALKS: Golf usually isn’t all that complicated for Dustin Johnson. He decides where he’s going to play and tries to post the lowest score. The newest addition to his schedule involved a little more than that. Johnson is among several of golf’s biggest stars who are scheduled to play the Saudi International at the end of the month. “I’m not a politician. I play golf.” He also said it might have been a tougher decision if not for so many others going. Along with four of the top five in the world, the Saudi International includes the last two Masters champions — Reed and Sergio Garcia — and former British Open champion Henrik Stenson. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “People lost confidence in me in 2016. I mean, I still won twice. I should have won another major that year. It's funny now. I remember in 2015 to '16 the words The Big Three being mentioned so many times, almost every interview. Not one of us three has been talked about in the last couple years. Everyone is so quick on what's happening. I mean, it's today's news.”--Jordan Spieth, who missed the cut at the Sony Open.

Matt Kuchar has won 9 times in his PGA TOUR career. His win at the Sony Open was his second of the season (2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic).

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 6                                                           
Monday, January 14, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS?I would like to think most of my achievements are still to come. For me it's about winning major championships. That's the measure of a career really in this game, but it's always the process of getting there. You don't just show up and win majors randomly, or not multiple majors randomly. Maybe it can happen once. You can luck into one, but not multiple majors. I can't leave it up to luck. There is a lot of work to get there, but I feel like I'm on the right track back. There are lots of adjustments throughout my professional and personal life the last few years. As frustrating as it is not to perform as good as you want, took me some time to just figure out how to balance everything out. I think I'm on a good track now.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player recorded his second career PGA TOUR ace in the first round of the Sony Open. Who is he?

TOUR FEEDBACK: Fans of Scotty Cameron have two new models to look forward to. The namesake company has added the Select Fastback 2 and Select Squareback 1.5 mid-mallet models to the line. “Extending the Select line was all about taking the feedback we got from players and incorporating it into new offerings,” said Cameron. “Shortly after we introduced the 2018 Fastback and Squareback models on tour, players began asking for them with prototype necks. We are seeing more and more players gravitate to these nice, compact head shapes. They’re not blades and not exactly mallets. We call them mid-mallets. By creating the Fastback 2 with a plumbing neck, and the Squareback 1.5 with our mini-slant neck, we’re giving players everything they asked for and more.”

Both models feature stability weighting with two, customizable stainless steel heel-toe weights. The Select Fastback 2 and Squareback 1.5 putters will be available starting on Feb.15, 2019 worldwide with a MAP of $399.

MORE TO CONSIDER? Wilson Golf is moving into new territory in 2019. The company is offering multiple metal wood offerings for retailers and consumers to purchase. For fans of the Golf Channel, Wilson introduced the Cortex Driver through the Driver vs. Driver “reality” show back in November. Now the company has added the D7 driver, line of woods and hybrids.

The Wilson Staff D7 driver features RE-AKT Technology. Engineered with the [K]omposite Crown Design, the D7 crown features a layer of Dupont Kevlar between carbon fiber to neutralize vibration and for sound and feel, according to the company.  “The process of creating the D7 driver started with designing the head shape and then stripping out nearly 25 grams of excessive weight,” said Jon Pergande, Global Innovation Manager at Wilson Golf.  “This weight was strategically returned to the head with the goal of improving the sound of the driver and optimizing ball flight with Dynamic Launch Control.”

Wilson Staff D7 fairway woods and hybrid offer a head shape inspired by input from Wilson Tour players. The crown construction features pockets, which reduces five grams of weight, according to the company.  “By removing excessive weight and changing the structure of the clubs, we see that the D7 woods and hybrids make a significant gain in performance,” said Pergande. “As with the D7 driver, the D7 fairways and hybrid can be swung faster with the same effort to give golfers the desired distance.”
 
The D7 driver, woods and hybrid will be available for purchase on Wilson.com and at golf retailers on Monday, Jan. 21st. The driver retails for $299.99, Fairway Wood at $199.99 and Hybrids at $179.99

WEB GEMS:

FAKE NEWS? Social media was abuzz Saturday evening on the subject of Matt Kuchar, but the man himself has noted there is nothing to see here. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: I would like to think most of my achievements are still to come. For me it's about winning major championships. That's the measure of a career really in this game, but it's always the process of getting there. You don't just show up and win majors randomly, or not multiple majors randomly. Maybe it can happen once. You can luck into one, but not multiple majors. I can't leave it up to luck. There is a lot of work to get there, but I feel like I'm on the right track back. There are lots of adjustments throughout my professional and personal life the last few years. As frustrating as it is not to perform as good as you want, took me some time to just figure out how to balance everything out. I think I'm on a good track now.”--Adam Scott.

Kelly Kraft notched his second career ace so on the par-3 No. 7 with a 7-iron from 173 yards during the first round of the Sony Open. His first came at the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 5                                                           
Friday, January 11, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I would love to get back in the winner's circle. I only really had a couple chances last year. I know in golf you can play the best and still not win that week, and you can also be a little off and somehow win. I've been on both sides of that. I was certainly frustrated with last season results-wise compared to previous seasons. It was also something I kind of embraced as an inevitable at some point in the career. I almost took ignorance as bliss in a lot of parts of my game. I did things well, but I didn't know why. I just did them. Then they got off, and so I had to figure out why I did them well and how to train it back.”

BRAIN TEASER: At the 2017 Sony Open, Justin Thomas set four records. Can you name any of them?

THE NEED FOR SPEED! TaylorMade Golf is looking for big things out of its M series in 2019. Along with its metal woods franchise that was recently introduced, the company has also come up with a line of M series irons. The M5 & M6 irons feature a SPEED BRIDGE that incorporate a structural beam across the cavity back of the iron to connect the topline with the back bar of the iron.

Through extensive use of computational modeling and optimization, according to the company, the SPEED BRIDGE stabilizes the iron by supporting the topline and upper face area at the exact location that vibrates at impact. The increased rigidity in the topline and upper perimeter of the face, it said, delivers improved sound and feel with increased ball speed from a more flexible Speed Pocket.

Clearly, the company is using the word speed as much as possible in the description/explanation of the product as a means to imply greater distance by virtue of it. Due to the SPEED BRIDGE construction, TaylorMade said, for the first time it is possible to design a thru-slot Speed Pocket into its M5 and M6 irons. While distance is a key-selling feature in golf, especially with drivers and balls, irons have never really enjoyed the same love affair. How many times have you seen or heard of anyone buying a new set of irons because they go further? Where TaylorMade once used the word rocket has now been replaced with speed as a way to entice consumer interest for its products.

“At TaylorMade, we have always strived to push the performance envelope to give players maximum distance and forgiveness in our game improvement irons. Our new SPEED BRIDGE technology allows us to do exactly that while improving sound and feel at the same time. Distance has never felt as good as it does with the M6 irons,” stated Matt Bovee, Senior Manager, Product Creation.

Available at retail beginning February 1st, the M6 irons ($899 steel/$999 graphite) will be offered in 4-PW/AW (8 pc. Set w/SW & LW also available) and M5 irons ($999 steel/$1,199 graphite).

BEST OF LUCK: PGA TOUR Superstore announced it will open at least six new stores in 2019. It plans on accelerating its growth strategy to expand by more than 50 percent over the next three years. It currently operates 35 stores in 15 states across the United States.

"We have tripled our store count across the United States over the last several years and will continue to be opportunistic and aggressively invest in our brick-and-mortar business," said Dick Sullivan, President & CEO, PGA TOUR Superstore. "Our innovative experiential retail model and our focus on integrating and investing in our e-commerce business for a solid omni-channel presence is resonating with our customers."

WEB GEMS:

DEAL OR NO DEAL? Cable network Discovery Inc. is among several suitors circling Condé Nast’s Golf Digest, according to sources. The title went on the block along with W and Brides in August. READ MORE>>>

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING? It is nonsense to say Rory McIlroy owes anything to the European Tour. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I would love to get back in the winner's circle. I only really had a couple chances last year. I know in golf you can play the best and still not win that week, and you can also be a little off and somehow win. I've been on both sides of that. I was certainly frustrated with last season results-wise compared to previous seasons. It was also something I kind of embraced as an inevitable at some point in the career. I almost took ignorance as bliss in a lot of parts of my game. I did things well, but I didn't know why. I just did them. Then they got off, and so I had to figure out why I did them well and how to train it back.”--Jordan Spieth

PGA TOUR records set by Justin Thomas at the 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii
Lowest 72-hole score: 253
Lowest 54-hole score: 188 (tied with Steve Stricker at the 2010 John Deere Classic)
Lowest 36-hole score: 123
Lowest opening-round score: 59 (tied with Paul Goydos at the 2010 John Deere Classic)

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 4                                                           
Thursday, January 10, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I won twice last year, so if I can win three times and add a major, that would be very successful year, I think. But I've just got to keep checking the boxes as my agent says. As long as I can do that hopefully the results fall my way and the confidence starts to kick in and I can really start working in overdrive. And hopefully if that all goes well, then my second major will come. But I just got to be patient with it.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who did Justin Thomas use to carry his bag at the 2018 Sony Open?

BALL BUSTER: Golf is a really, really tough business. While it appears sexy from the outside looking in, history has proven the seasonal nature of it only exacerbates the hyper competitive challenge of making money. Perhaps the most demanding of all the categories within the equipment sector is golf balls. One company absolutely dominates and has so for decades. It’s questionable whether any of its competitors make money in this category since the 800-lbs gorilla has a market share that has been impenetrable. When $6 out of every $10 spent on balls goes to one company and you still have two other brands in front of you, the task is pretty daunting. But it hasn’t stopped TaylorMade from trying.

According to the company, significant enhancements have been made to its TP5 and TP5x golf ball models for 2019. “With the new TP5 and TP5x golf balls, we knew there was an opportunity to make them even faster. Our research into the driver and ball interaction at the moment of impact along with the development of a new material (HFM) has given us the ability to more efficiently convert compression into speed, at any swing speed. The new Speed-Layer System (SLS) controls spin rates that is critical for driver, iron and wedge performance,” stated Eric Loper, Director of Golf Ball R&D.

TaylorMade’s said it weaved a new High-Flex Material (HFM) into its proprietary 5-layer ball construction. According to the company, HFM is the fastest material it has ever used and described it as essentially a tightly wound spring that when compressed generates more rebound energy for more ball speed. It would be interesting to get the USGA’s opinion on this, but alas we’ll take TaylorMade’s word. The spring characteristic of HFM increases the force on the driver face, further increasing the speed of the golf ball when it leaves the driver face, TaylorMade said.

If you’re wondering which model might be best for you, the TP5 has a softer feel (85 compression), launches lower on iron shots and has more spin around the greens (+300 compared to TP5x at 100 yards & +200 at 30 yards) while the TP5x has a firmer feel (97 compression) and will generate higher launching iron shots TaylorMade said.

The 2019 TP5 and TP5x will be available at retail on 2/15/2019 at an MSRP of $44.99 USD per dozen. Borrowing a page out of its competitor’s playbook, TaylorMade has brought on 55 dedicated golf ball fitters to perform over 100,000 fittings in 2019. Bridgestone was the first company to deliver golf ball fittings and eventually dragged Titleist into the fray. TaylorMade is not only slow but late getting to this aspect of the selling process. Whether it produces results, time will tell.
 
HAVING A BALL: At the end of its third quarter last year, Callaway Golf reported it was the #2 golf ball brand with 16.5% market share. Reported sales were up 21.8% or $29.4 million, in nine months of 2018. As it looks to continue its momentum in the category in 2019, it has introduced ERC Soft. According to Callaway, it is its longest golf ball and features a new Hybrid Cover. Yes, distance remains the number one and frankly only selling feature being put forth by manufacturers despite the background noise something might be addressed to this demon. The ERC Soft hits retail February 8th and is priced at $39.99 per dozen.

If the ERC Soft isn’t for you, Callaway also has Supersoft golf balls. The name pretty much sums it up. The company line on the new Supersoft combines Callaway’s lowest compression with a new softer cover and optimized HEX Aerodynamics for lower drag. Together it promotes, wait for it, longer distance! The new Supersoft also scheduled for retail on February 8th at $22.99 a dozen.

WEB GEMS:

ISSUE OR NO ISSUE? Scott McCarron is the first PGA Tour player to sign an endorsement deal with a hemp oil manufacturer, the company sponsoring him announced. Hemp oil contains cannabinoids that some people believe provide health and recovery benefits. It can contain a minute amount of THC, the psychoactive compound in recreational marijuana products. READ MORE>>>

MIGHT PASS: The grandiosely-named World Golf Championships (WGC) have, in some eyes, never really been more than glorified PGA Tour events and now one former major champion at least is thinking of totally eliminating them from his schedule. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “I won twice last year, so if I can win three times and add a major, that would be very successful year, I think. But I've just got to keep checking the boxes as my agent says. As long as I can do that hopefully the results fall my way and the confidence starts to kick in and I can really start working in overdrive. And hopefully if that all goes well, then my second major will come. But I just got to be patient with it.”--Jason Day

Jim “Bones” Mackay – the former longtime caddie to Phil Mickelson carried the bag for FedExCup Champion Justin Thomas in his Sony Open title defense last year.

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 3                                                           
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “There's going to be a few things that are, practicing your drops from your knees. We're saying that Brian Harman has got a big advantage, he can basically place it. Where you got someone like Tony Finau who is dropping it probably from like waist high for me.”

BRAIN TEASER: Which of these players has the most career PGA TOUR victories: Sean O'Hair, J.B. Holmes, Ian Poulter, Keegan Bradley, Fred Couples or Hideki Matsuyama?

GET THE SHAFT OUT! Remember not all that long ago when belly putters were the rage. After the USGA nixed that since it didn’t like the look, it was then a shift to counterbalanced models. The idea being that maintaining resistance to twisting (MOI) was the way to making more putts drop. Now another part of the club is coming under scrutiny to make players better or perhaps enjoy the game a little more.

Odyssey says its Stroke Lab (picture the late Robin Williams’ routine on golf) is about challenging common, well-established putter norms with ideas that promote improved performance. READ MORE>>>

GEORGIA ALREADY ON YOUR MIND? Is it ever too soon to talk Masters? Caddy For A Cure announced its continued partnership with Under Armour Eyewear for the annual Monday of Masters, CaddyBash in Augusta. During the evening hours following the Monday practice round, Caddy For A Cure will conduct an exclusive interview with an opportunity for guests to have a Q&A session with Sean Foley and caddy Ted Scott (Bubba Watson).  Immediately following the session guests can watch the NCAA Championship finals game. Caddy For A Cure is a non-profit organization that raises money to support notable charitable groups through its program in professional golf.

“In addition to facilitating involvement in the game and rehabilitation through our program, we were able to participate in a service dog donation to a wounded service member and participant of our Caddy For A Cure program,” said Russ Holden, Founder of Caddy For A Cure. “This achievement, combined with our donation of a mortgage free home last year, continues to fuel our drive to provide support to our military through golf and we’re confident the CaddyBash at the Executive Club will be another step in that direction. We are honored and grateful for this amazing opportunity and show of support by UA Eyewear and PrimeSport.”

The event is set to begin at 7:30 pm EST and tickets are available to purchase for $100.00 on www.caddyforacure.com

WEB GEMS:

OH PADDY BOY: Underlining the scale of the task he has taken on in defending the trophy at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin next year, only once in the last 15 years has the away team won — and that needed a miracle at Medinah. To prepare, Harrington will call on the counsel of every captain from the last 20 years. Well, all but one. “Eight put their heart and soul into the job, so they will certainly be a help, while one did it half-heartedly, and that didn’t end so good,” said Harrington. Just in case anyone had doubts as to the identity of the miscreant, Harrington added: “It shows that just because you’re a successful player, it doesn’t mean you’ll be a great captain.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “There's going to be a few things that are, practicing your drops from your knees. We're saying that Brian Harman has got a big advantage, he can basically place it. Where you got someone like Tony Finau who is dropping it probably from like waist high for me.” --Rory McIlroy.

In terms of career PGA TOUR victories Fred Couples (15) has the most, followed by Hideki Matsuyama (5). Sean O'Hair (4), J.B. Holmes (4), Keegan Bradley (4) and Ian Poulter (3) combined equal Couples!

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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