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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 100                                                       
Thursday, May 21, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “That's a general question about life I guess. I'm not really a fan of comparing myself to what happened last year. Especially the way things happened, it's very difficult to do it again. To win two of the biggest events that we play all year, the way I won them, is very difficult to do. Once is tough; twice is difficult, very difficult. So I just see it more as a learning process, what happened last year and try to improve from that.”

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BRAIN TEASER: How many players have won the Texas Grand Slam (Shell Houston Open, HP Byron Nelson Championship, Valero Texas Open and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial) over their career on the PGA TOUR?

CREAM OF THE CROP: It doesn’t seem many companies are having the start to the year they envisioned. As noted, Callaway Golf reported lower first quarter sales (-19%), yet a profit. The question is whether it can maintain that trajectory throughout the entire year on the bottom line and reverse it on the top. Its archrival TaylorMade, via its parent company adidas, shared first quarter sales were off 9% on a currency neutral basis. The German owner company elected not to reveal how the bottom line fared in the quarter. Yesterday, Golf Galaxy reported its first quarter same store golf sales were down 11% from a year ago. While the sentiment may be somber, it doesn’t mean everyone is struggling to gain some traction in the early going.

The Acushnet Company, owner of Titleist and FootJoy, reported first quarter sales were $416.2 million, an increase of 1% from the first quarter of 2014. The company enjoyed an operating profit of $50.4 million and net income of $26 million during the first quarter. In the spirit of it’s not how much you make, rather what you keep, Acushnet’s bottom line grew by 46% from a year ago despite a slight uptick in sales. The company proved it’s a case of managing from within given the market conditions and economic headwinds faced by all.

COME AND GET ‘EM: Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) has taken the first step toward launching its brand to consumers. The company announced that PXG 0311 irons and wedges are now available to demo and order at all Cool Clubs locations. PXG clubs have been in play on the PGA TOUR since January 2015, but until now have not been available to consumers. Cool Clubs will be first retail partner to carry PXG 0311 irons, with other PXG Certified Retailers coming soon.

“PXG is committed to building the best golf equipment on the planet,” said company founder, Bob Parsons. “While the equipment will speak for itself, we want to make sure that every golfer is fit for his or her clubs by a professional. Cool Clubs’ commitment to fitting their customers with the very best golf equipment makes them an ideal first partner."

“Cool Clubs is proud to offer PXG irons to our customers before they become generally available to the public,” said Cool Clubs CEO Mark Timms. “The patented technology behind PXG clubs makes them one of the most forgiving irons in the market today.”

IN CASE YOU NEED A REASON: The United States Golf Association (USGA) is touting Wednesday, July 29th for its second annual PLAY9 Day. In support of the day, the USGA will deploy a national awareness-building campaign to encourage participation from golf clubs and golfers alike. Facilities and golfers will be encouraged to share their photos and success stories from PLAY9 Day, and the USGA said it will feature these across its many platforms. Within social media circles, all participants will be encouraged to promote the day via the use of #Play9Golf.

“Of paramount importance to the USGA is researching solutions and promoting initiatives to encourage participation while sustaining the health of golf for future generations,” said Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA. “PLAY9 Day addresses the time barrier to the game that some face. By expanding our efforts through outreach with USGA Member Clubs and state and regional golf associations, we anticipate a steady uptick from last year’s program, affirming the merits of playing golf when time does not permit an 18-hole round. We encourage everyone to play golf on July 29th, and to bring friends and family along to enjoy the experience.”

Chase Sapphire Preferred and the PGA of America today an official partnership whereby it is the official credit card of the PGA of America and the PGA Championship, including the 2015 PGA Championship. The multi-year partnership also includes Chase Bank as the official retail bank. Chase Sapphire card members can redeem their credit card rewards points or purchase exclusive 2015 PGA Championship packages through Ultimate Rewards.

“Our card members have many passion points, one of which is golf, so we are excited that our partnership with the PGA of America will allow us to reward customers with exclusive experiences at some of professional golf’s most prestigious Championships,” said Chase Sapphire Preferred General Manager Lisa Walker. “We had tremendous response to golf experiences offered in the past, so we’re thrilled to be able to offer our card members more of what they love.”

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WEB GEMS:

TIME TO DO IT AGAIN: "This is what kick-started everything," he said. "This win, it gave me a lot of confidence to go on into the summer and do what I did. It was a real catalyst." READ MORE>>>

RYDER CUP CONTINUES TO RESONATE IN EUROPE: Sir Alex Ferguson had inspiring words to say to Europe's Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles last September, and he was at it again at the Players' Awards Dinner. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “That's a general question about life I guess. I'm not really a fan of comparing myself to what happened last year. Especially the way things happened, it's very difficult to do it again. To win two of the biggest events that we play all year, the way I won them, is very difficult to do it twice. Once is tough; twice is difficult, very difficult. So I just see it more as a learning process, what happened last year and try to improve from that.”--Martin Kaymer, who won the PLAYERS and the U.S Open in 2014.

Adam Scott became the first and only player to win the Texas Grand Slam, having won the 2007 Shell Houston Open, 2008 HP Byron Nelson Championship, 2010 Valero Texas Open and 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

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 99                                                         
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's a tricky course. Without a doubt, there's no gimme birdies on it. You've got to be in good position, hit good shots and make putts. So to win here is a real honor. It's a great track. It was a test for me to scale back and to stay patient and just pick my way around the golf course, and very satisfying to come out on top.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Rory McIlroy has won 11 times in his young PGA TOUR career. Can you name his first victory?

BELIEVE WHAT YOU WILL: Earlier this month at the PLAYERS Championship, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem went on the offensive over the current state of the game. “There's been some negative commentary about the game over the last couple of years. From our perspective, we see the game as stable and healthy in the United States,” Finchem proclaimed. It’s doubtful that sentiment is shared by the management or shareholders at Dicks Sporting Goods. Last year, Dick’s CEO, Ed Stack, touched off a firestorm when he declared, “The more concerning and unpredictable issue is the golf business. We anticipate softness, but instead we saw significant decline. With Golf Galaxy down 10.4% and Dick's Sporting Goods golf off by high single digit. Our overall golf business missed our first quarter 2014 sales plan by approximately $34 million.”

Turns out the start of 2015 isn’t looking much better for the golf retailer. Golf Galaxy sales decreased another 11.0%. Last month, Callaway Golf reported global sales down 19% for the first quarter. Its U.S revenues were down 9% from a year ago during this time period. Earlier this month, TaylorMade adidas Golf reported first quarter sales were off 9% on a currency neutral basis. Thus two of the larger equipment manufacturers, measured in terms of revenue, seem to validate what Stack first headsandalerted the industry to a year ago. Meanwhile, Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, continued to read from the psalm book at the PLAYERS, “I want to state that we view the overall state of the golf industry as stable, and we view its future as encouraging.”

On its fourth quarter conference call, back in March, Stack updated the investment community on the state of his golf business. “Golf showed a slight improvement from the spring of 2014 or down versus last year. Golf Galaxy was down 7.1% with Dick's golf business slightly better,” he reported. “Our golf inventory is very clear. Our inventory is down versus last year. Our golf inventory really could not be in much better shape and I would say that the vast majority of a brand their inventories are in great shape too, so the whole channel doesn’t have the same inventory issues this year that we did last year.”

So fiscal fourth quarter of 2014, Golf Galaxy was down 7.1%. Looking back at the third quarter of last year, Golf Galaxy comparisons were down 8.9% and Dick's golf business was down a similar level. 2014-second quarter, despite promotional business centered on Father’s Day, saw Golf Galaxy sales off 9.3%; while Dicks golf business was down somewhat less. “What was very encouraging is that two million people took up the game of golf in 2014 for the first time, and that's the highest level since 2002,” Mona recited from his Hymn book at the PLAYERS this month.

A year ago, Dicks reported Golf Galaxy first quarter sales were down 10.4% and the Dicks Sporting Goods golf business in its 600+ locations was down by high-single digits. Which brings us back to today; where first quarter 2015 sales at Golf Galaxy came in lower by yet another 11%! So looking back from the first quarter of 2013, Golf Galaxy sales in 78 stores are down nearly 22% in 24 months!!

Finchem loves to point to the First Tee and its exploits as a means of a somewhat savior to golf. “The First Tee started in '97. Over 10 million kids either in the school program or in the facility program have been involved since its inception. In the last four years, the amount of dollars raised by chapters locally has gone from $50 million a year to $70 million a year, so the popularity of the program in communities is growing. It's in 8,500 schools today with school districts lined up to get it in, on the school side. So that's a program that I think the sky's the limit in terms of its overall impact.”

However, back in the real world, the sporting goods retailer isn’t seeing golf as a growth platform for its business. Perhaps, it explains why it let go more than 500 PGA golf professionals last July and reduced its square footage devoted to the game within Dicks stores in 2014. “The best thing we can do as an organization, the best thing we can do in terms of linking arms with the entities that are represented up here, are to join forces to grow the game,” stated PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua.

“Golf is going to continue to be difficult,” Stack stated on his 2015 first quarter conference call. “There isn’t a lot of growth in it.” He added that Golf Galaxy represents a little more than 3% of its total annual sales for Dicks Sporting Goods, which were listed at $6.8 billion for the 52 weeks that ended January 31, 2015. “We think longer term golf is going to be an okay business, it is an important part of our business and we’re going to stay in the golf business. We see certain categories of golf accelerating, the golf apparel business, I think a fair amount of growth will come from there. I think the golf equipment business will be stabilized and that will kind of move up or down a little bit one year to the next, but we think that longer term will be a good solid profitable business for us.”

Time will tell which side of the story has it right when it comes to golf’s fate. However, when you don’t have to share any financial performances, it does tend to make the argument more opinion based.

MAY THE LUCK OF THE IRISH BE WITH YOU: Srixon and Cleveland Golf have partnered with GolfNow in the “Play Ireland with Graeme” sweepstakes. It’s an exclusive opportunity for one lucky golfer to win a trip (for two) to Ireland for the 2016 Irish Open as guests of Graeme McDowell. The sweepstakes winner and their guest also will have an opportunity to play a round of golf with the 2010 U.S. Open Champion, and be outfitted in Srixon/Cleveland Golf clubs and apparel.

Golfers can visit the sweepstakes page, GolfNow.com/Graeme and have until August 17 for a chance to win. Once registered, participants can submit daily entries, and earn additional entries by sharing the sweepstakes URL via Twitter and inviting a friend to participate. Sweepstakes entrants also are eligible for daily instant win prizes, which include Srixon/Cleveland Reward credits, and discounts on Srixon/Cleveland equipment and apparel. The grand prizewinner will be announced at the conclusion of the sweepstakes via GolfNow social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter), and on the Golf Channel’s daily news and lifestyle program, Morning Drive.

FORE: If you don’t have a tee time on Saturday mornings, then this might help fill the gap. Peter Oosterhuis has his own show on the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio channel. Oosty & Fred, which Oosterhuis will host alongside Fred Albers, will air live Saturday mornings from 8:00 to 10:00 am ET starting May 23rd. Oosterhuis and Albers will take calls from listeners across the country and discuss the game’s current events and players, and Oosty will share his experiences and stories from more than four decades in golf as a player and broadcaster.

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WEB GEMS:

THE MUTE BUTTON MIGHT WORK BETTER? Since 2011 the Federal Communications Commission has fielded 22 complaints about profanities heard on golf broadcasts on CBS, NBC, Golf Channel and ESPN, according to FCC records obtained by GOLF.com through a Freedom of Information request. Fifteen of those grievances, or nearly 70 percent, relate to salty language uttered by Woods. READ MORE>>>

EVERYBODY LOVES RORY: Rory McIlroy says he is driven by a desire to become the best golfer of his generation. READ MORE>>>

LIFE IS GOOD! After two weeks off from the PGA Tour grind, Dallas native Jordan Spieth re-emerged into the spotlight on Tuesday at Colonial Country Club. For Masters champion Spieth, 21, this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial is the first of two “hometown” events. Next week he’ll be in Las Colinas for the AT&T Byron Nelson. “There’s nothing better than playing well in front of your hometown family and friends. I’m going to try and do a little bit better this year than I have in the past couple of years, but still obviously can very much enjoy what it means to come back with the green jacket, but try and enjoy that off the course.” READ MORE>>>

HE WHO LAUGHS LAST? Mike Davis hasn't caused this much consternation since he spoke at a PGA Tour players meeting about the evils of the long putter. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's a tricky course. Without a doubt, there's no gimme birdies on it. You've got to be in good position, hit good shots and make putts. So to win here is a real honor. It's a great track. It was a test for me to scale back and to stay patient and just pick my way around the golf course, and very satisfying to come out on top.”--Adam Scott after winning the 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

In 2010, PGA TOUR rookie Rory McIlroy shot a final round 10-under 62 to claim his first TOUR win by four shots over Phil Mickelson at the Quail Hollow Championship. The tournament is known today at the Wells Fargo 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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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 98                                                         
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Right now nobody is turning 66s into 71s better than me.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Who was the last player to win on the PGA TOUR that wasn’t in his 20’s?

LET’S MAKE A DEAL!! PGA TOUR Superstore is hoping to give away a lot of TaylorMade drivers. The deal hinges on whether Dustin Johnson wins this year’s djU.S. Open golf tournament. If he does, anyone who purchases a new 2015 TaylorMade driver leading up to the U.S. Open will get their driver for FREE. 

“Dustin is one of the best athletes on Tour and a top ranked player whose golf game suits the site of this year’s U.S. Open,” said Matt Corey Chief Marketing Officer of PGA TOUR Superstore. “This promotion at PGA TOUR Superstore is a great way to motivate golfers everywhere to root for Dustin to win his first major, the 2015 U.S. Open.”

The offer is up and running through June 17th and it applies to the 2015 R15 and AeroBurner drivers when purchased in-store. If Johnson wins the U.S. Open, consumers across the country who have made an in-store purchase or completed an in-store write-in entry will have the purchase price of their TaylorMade driver fully refunded by PGA TOUR Superstore.

“TaylorMade’s new drivers are better than ever and because golf purchases are often influenced by winning and performance on The PGA TOUR, we feel we are offering real value to the consumer,” added Dick Sullivan, President and CEO of PGA TOUR Superstore.

Golf fans may recall a similar club giveaway promotion five years ago when Callaway Golf and Phil Mickelson teamed up with Golfsmith for an, “if you win promotion” which resulted in $1 million in golf clubs given away for FREE. Last year, Callaway tried something different around the playing of the national championship. It was also centered on Mickelson as it offered “The Big Big Bertha Payday,” a promotion that encouraged trying a Big Bertha Alpha Driver, a Big Bertha Driver or a Big Bertha Fairway Wood. In turn consumers were rewarded will a chance to win the same dollar amount that Phil Mickelson would earn at the 2014 U.S. Open (up to a maximum of $1.5 million). He went on to finish T28 and earned $59,588 for the event.

To learn more about the promotion stop by any PGATSS store or visit http://www.pgatoursuperstore.com/winwithdj.jsp. This promotion is available only in PGATSS stores. 

WHY WOULDN’T YOU FOR A BUCK? Marriott Golf has launched the $1 for HOPE campaign. All golfers/visitors checking in for their tee time and or making a purchase at the pro shop, at any of 20 participating Marriott Golf resort destinations, can make a donation, by adding $1 or more, to their fee.  All proceeds from this initiative will be used to support and enhance PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) programming nationwide. The flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, PGA HOPE is designed to introduce golf to veterans with disabilities in order to enhance their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. The HOPE program, led by PGA Professionals, helps veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game of golf provides. All PGA HOPE programming is fully funded by PGA REACH, and offered at NO COST for military veterans and their families.

“I’ve listened to military veterans describe the difficulty of getting out of bed in the morning, but once they are introduced to golf, they use the game as a platform for inspiration,” said William Nault, Vice President, Marriott Golf. “On Behalf of Marriott International, we are thrilled to support the PGA HOPE initiative, and our collection of Marriott-managed properties in the U.S. is committed to raising funds to support golf programming for our American Heroes. The $1 For HOPE campaign is a wonderful initiative that can engage golfers across the country in better understanding the HOPE program and directly supporting the unwavering commitment put forth by veterans who served our country so faithfully”   

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WEB GEMS:

HOW’S HE DO THAT? Rory McIlroy won in dominating fashion at the Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Club. He gained a remarkable 9.4 strokes with his driving, nearly half (47 percent) of his total gain against the field. That’s the third-best strokes gained: driving performance in a PGA TOUR event since the ShotLink era began in 2003. McIlroy’s drives averaged 312 yards, nearly 22 yards longer than the field average. At the same time, McIlroy hit more fairways (and first cuts) than the field average (67 percent compared to the field average of 55 percent). Driving the green on the 345-yard par-4 14th in the third round also helped. READ MORE>>>

THE SKY IS STILL THE LIMIT: Rory McIlroy admitted that a weight has been lifted since he went to the Masters seeking the career Grand Slam. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Right now nobody is turning 66s into 71s better than me.”--Phil Mickelson after the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

At the age of 34 years, 8 months and 27 days, Justin Rose won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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 97                                                         
Monday, May 18, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Mentally I'm so much better. I'm at staying patient, not being afraid to go low. My demeanor doesn't change no matter what situation I'm in in a tournament or on the golf course. That's the thing that really is the difference between who I am now and who I was five years ago.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Which European Tour player has made the most hole in ones in their career?

WILL IT MOVE THE NEEDLE? Callaway Golf wants to be known for more than simply its equipment as it is embarking on an ambitious strategy. The same week David Letterman bids farewell to his loyal audience of fans, Callaway is looking to say hello to its. Tonight at 6:00 P.M PST, Callaway will broadcast its first 25-minute talk show live from a fully equipped studio at its global headquarters in Southern California. Called Callaway Live, the weekly show will feature unscripted conversations with public figures from sports, arts, entertainment, media and business worlds that share a passion for the game.

Callaway Live will be captured before a studio audience, and streamed on the company’s web site, on partner sites and across social media channels. Interested viewers can tune in at CallawayGolf.com/CallawayLive

Confirmed guests include former Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Jon Leiberman, News Correspondent for the Howard Stern Show. Dick Enberg, who has done play-by-play for the Olympics and nine Super Bowls, among numerous other major sports events, will headline tonight’s premiere episode of Callaway Talks. “Callaway Live is about unscripted and lively conversations with people connected to the game,” explained Harry Arnett, Callaway’s SVP Marketing. “We’re able to give our audience access in a modern format to suit their viewing behavior.”

Callaway Live, the company said, represents the ongoing evolution of the company’s content marketing strategy, which centers around rapid and efficient content production – and digital distribution - to better match the consumption habits of many modern golfers.

WHAT’S YOUR HANDICAP? The USGA is leading an effort to get the world’s six handicapping authorities on the same page. This initiative is the final piece in a long-term push for unified golf governance around the world.

In Great Britain and Ireland, usually only competitive tournament rounds are used for handicaps. For many golfers, that may only be a handful of rounds per year. Indexes can be woefully out of date. In Australia, the predominate form of play, mostly in competitions, is in the Stableford format. Points are awarded for par, birdie, bogey and so forth. That system creates more incentive to take risks and less incentive to play out bad holes, since any net score above double bogey earns zero points. All these cultural preferences impact the handicap index that individual golfers carry. READ MORE>>>

CONSOLIDATION: The Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) and the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) are destined to merge and on Friday, both bodies took the first step towards the goal of having one governing body for golf by issuing a joint statement to say they will sit down to talk. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CLUBS: Rory McIlroy’s seven-stroke win at the Wells Fargo Championship is the largest on the PGA TOUR since Jimmy Walker won by nine strokes earlier this season at the Sony Open in Hawaii. McIlroy, who won the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship each by eight strokes, has now claimed his 11th TOUR titles by a collective 37 strokes. He has surpassed Gary Player for international players with the most TOUR wins before their 30th birthday. Player had 10, while Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and Seve Ballesteros each had seven.

McIlroy played Quail Hollow’s 16 par fives for the week in 13-under-par. Since 2010, no one is more under par on the 96 par fives. McIlroy has posted three eagles, 52 birdies, 29 pars and only four bogeys (-54). His last bogey on a Quail Hollow, par five came at the fifth hole in round three of 2013. He has now played 39 consecutive par fives in the event without recording a bogey. McIlroy won using the following products:

Driver: Nike Vapor Pro 8.5-degree (MRC Diamana S+ 70 TX shaft)
Fairway Wood: Nike Vapor Speed 3-wood/15-degree and 5-wood/19-degree
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9) with Project X shafts
Wedges: Nike VR Forged 46-degree, 52-degree, 56-degree and Nike Engage 59-degree all with Project X shafts
Putter: Nike Method 006
Ball: Nike RZN Black

Rory McIlroy’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 27
Pars: 40
Bogeys: 4
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 267

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WEB GEMS:

BORED BUT A WINNER: Rory McIlroy had one word to his play on the back nine Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship. "Boring," the world's top-ranked golfer said with a laugh. READ MORE>>>

MINOR ADJUSTMENT MADE MAJOR IMPACT: Dave Stockton Sr. had seen enough. The two-time major champion turned putting guru sent Rory McIlroy a simple text message – we need to talk. He needed five minutes to work on the Northern Irishman’s stroke. It took less than that. READ MORE>>>

MORRISON WINS IN SPAIN: England's James Morrison carded a flawless final round of 69 to claim his second European Tour title in the Spanish Open on Sunday. Morrison recorded three birdies and 15 pars to finish 10 under par at El Prat, four shots clear of defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, David Howell, Edouard Espana and Francesco Molinari. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Mentally I'm so much better. I'm at staying patient, not being afraid to go low. My demeanor doesn't change no matter what situation I'm in in a tournament or on the golf course. That's the thing that really is the difference between who I am now and who I was five years ago.”--Rory McIlroy on his maturation.

Miguel Angel Jimenez tied Colin Montgomerie with 9 when he recorded his second ace this year at the Open de España on Friday. In addition to matching the Euro record for aces, the Mechanic also came away with 288 bottles of beer (which is also par for the week at Real Club de Golf El Prat).

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 96                                                         
Friday, May 15, 2015

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm absolutely hoping that this week and next week, which I plan to play, is going to set me up for a big summer. There's a lot of big golf, exciting stuff to look forward to. I really do feel my game is all there. The ship is steadying for sure so I just have to get some momentum going and get the results and that confidence comes.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Robert Streb is the first round leader of the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship. He opened with a score of 7-under par, 65 for a one shot lead. Has Streb ever been victorious over his PGA TOUR career?

GOOD THINGS OFTEN COME IN SMALL PACKAGES! Callaway is bringing the Bertha Mini 1.5 driver on May 29th. Depending on how you want to play berthaminiit, according to the company, the Bertha Mini 1.5 can be a replacement driver, a longer option off the tee than a 3-wood, or a club that’s playable off the fairway. Callaway believes this is a new type of weapon for high and low swing speed players alike. According to Callaway, it’s longer off the tee than its traditional 3-wood, and the head is 35% larger than the XR Fairway Wood to give forgiveness and confidence when you’re standing over the ball.

Callaway also has put in a shaft that’s 2” shorter than a driver shaft, and a cambered Warbird Sole to make it easy to hit from the turf. This might be something for better player are attracted to who want to hit it long off the fairway. “The new Bertha Mini 1.5 driver is a great alternative to the long part of your bag,” remarked Evan Gibbs, Sr Manager, R&D – Woods at Callaway Golf. “It’s configured in between a driver and a 3-wood. It really offers a unique combination of distance, forgiveness and versatility. At 235 ccs it is 35% larger than a 3-wood and gives you a lot more MOI to retain ball speed and distance when you don’t quite hit the center of the face.”

Callaway believes its new Mini 1.5 is something for those recreational player that maybe struggle off the tee would find beneficial, while others that want to reach long par 5s in two would also be attracted to. Therefore, it feels the product offers broad appeal to anyone who is looking for some alternative ideas with their long game. It debuted on the PGA TOUR at Hilton Head, where Patrick Reed and Fredrik Jacobson each put one in play but for different reasons. One replaced his driver with it, while the other his 3-wood.

The Bertha Mini 1.5 will be available at the end of the month in the U.S and it will be priced at $299.

GOOD TO THE SOLE: Tour Edge Exotics is releasing the second-generation CB PRO fairway wood, the CB PRO F2. The F2 looks noticeably different with a smaller, matte black club head, and a redesigned Slip Stream sole to increase ball speed, according to the company. “The Slip Stream sole is the design I am most proud of, so far,” said David Glod, president and founder. “The foundation of Exotics is to bring the best technology in the industry to players worldwide and that is my goal with each new product introduction. The CB PRO family of clubs is our premium line and the new F2 fairway wood only adds to that reputation.”

The new-patented Slip Stream soles waves are reduced in length to minimize turf contact regardless of the attack angle and position of the head at impact. New heel and toe cavities also provide less turf interaction and improved workability. The CB PRO F2 features a 159cc club head, slightly smaller than the original for a Tour preferred size and shape.

Tour Edge’s Exotics CB PRO F2 fairway woods are available right hand only, 13.5°, 14.5°, 15.5°, 16.5°, and 17.5°. Suggested retail is $399.99 and it is projected to be in stores June 1, 2015.

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WEB GEMS:

A GAME OF MISTAKES: Rory McIlroy wasn't going to let one bad shot ruin his round. "If I can play the same sort of golf and get rid of the mistakes it will be close this week," McIlroy said Thursday after an opening-round 70 for a 2-under par READ MORE>>>

SCOTT NOT BUYING IN: Adam Scott, the former world No 1, has attacked golf’s re-inclusion in the Olympics and said he does not care whether he plays in what he considers will be nothing more than an “exhibition” event next year in Rio. “Whether I win an Olympic medal or not is not going to define my career or change whether I’ve fulfilled my career. It’s nothing I’ve ever aspired to do and I don’t think I ever will.” READ MORE>>>

ALL THAT AILS GOLF: Former Ryder Cup captain Tony Jacklin has called on golf's ruling bodies to take action over what he describes as the biggest divide that has ever existed between professional players and weekend hackers. "There's never been a bigger divide between professional and amateur golf and I think the golf ball's the issue," the 1969 British Open and 1970 U.S. Open champion told Reuters in an interview. READ MORE>>>

DIFFERENCE OF OPINION: Ryan Moore says there is a "90 percent chance" that next month's U.S. Open will be won by a player who does not arrive early at the relatively unknown venue, Chambers Bay. USGA executive director Mike Davis said last month: "I would contend that there is no way, no way, a player will have success here at Chambers Bay unless he really studies the golf course and learns it. The idea of coming in and playing two practice rounds and having your caddie just walk it and using your yardage book, that person is done. (He) will not win the U.S. Open." READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm absolutely hoping that this week and next week, which I plan to play, is going to set me up for a big summer. There's a lot of big golf, exciting stuff to look forward to. I really do feel my game is all there. The ship is steadying for sure so I just have to get some momentum going and get the results and that confidence comes.”--Adam Scott, currently ranked 11ht in the world. He opened with a round of 71, 1-under par.

Robert Streb collected his first win at the McGladrey Classic last October. He defeated Brendon de Jonge with a birdie-2 on the second extra hole (No. 17) to win a three-man playoff. Will MacKenize dropped out of the playoff on the first extra hole with a bogey-5 on No. 18. His previous best finish on TOUR was T2 at the 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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