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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 205                                                       
Friday, October 19, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I set myself goals of winning three times last year and I only won twice. Got off to a great start last year and I think I need to do the same. I was disappointed with how I finished the year, but I'm looking forward to improving this year. I'm looking forward to trying to regain that No. 1 spot.”

BRAIN TEASER: Nine Bridges is considered the best course in Korea. This player once called it the “Taj Mahal of golf” because every hole looked like a postcard. Who is he?

PREACHING TO THE CHOIR: Golf has been described as a good walk spoiled. However, the physical fitness aspect shouldn’t be overlooked. But walking isn’t always an option is some parts of North America. For too many years now, the game has sold out to carts for additional revenue opportunities. Nevertheless, for those that choose to walk they are getting more of a benefit from playing than those that choose to ride.

A global consensus amongst leaders in public health, public policy and sport backs golf in the race to tackle physical inactivity and the prevention of a range of non-communicable disease (NCD) including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer of the breast and colon.

Evidence linking golf and health, commissioned by the World Golf Foundation and supported by The R&A, was presented in London at the 7th Congress of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH). The biennial scientific meeting is widely considered as the world’s flagship physical activity and public health event attended by more than 1,000 delegates from 60 countries.

Recognition that playing golf has significant physical health and wellness benefits and can provide moderate intensity physical activity to persons of all ages, comes just months after the World Health Organization (WHO) published its Global Action Plan for Physical Activity. The Global Action Plan targets one in four adults, and four out of five adolescents (11-17 years) who are insufficiently active, and charts how countries can reduce physical inactivity in adults and adolescents by 15% by 2030.

The scientific consensus for golf is evidenced in research led by the University of Edinburgh and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Findings reveal that playing golf is associated with a range of physical and mental health benefits, and further collaborative efforts to improve access for the sport are needed.

New studies are underway to discover if playing golf improves strength and balance, contributing to a key public health goal of fall prevention in healthy aging and into conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Marking the close of the ISPAH Congress, public health practitioners, policymakers and golf industry leaders were hosted at a satellite event in the Palace of Westminster by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf.

Steve Brine, Minister for Public Health and Primary Care, said, “Physical activity of any type comes with a range of physical, social and mental benefits. For some, golf can be a great way to stay active and there’s growing evidence about ways the sport can help those living with long-term conditions such as Parkinson’s and dementia. And for those who haven’t discovered their favorite sport yet it’s never too late to get inspired, connect with people and improve your wellbeing.”

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, added, “Golf is working hard to encourage more people into the sport, who will realize its many health benefits. With 60 million golfers spanning six continents, golf has found common purpose in working with public health practitioners and policymakers to optimize the health benefits of playing the sport. We recognize the importance of the World Health Organization Global Action Plan for Physical Activity and we will work with our affiliates and partners around the world to help improve health and well-being through golf”.

Professor Fiona Bull, WHO Program Manager, Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, said, “Non-communicable disease is responsible for nearly three quarters of all premature deaths globally, including 15 million deaths per year in people aged 30 to 70 years. Golf is a popular sport for men and women and it is great to see golf’s global leadership recognizing health priorities and identifying ways golf can be more accessible to more people.

“I took up golf in my 30s but thought it was a very technical, expensive and elitist sport. Thankfully a 6-week ‘come and try course’ showed me how easy it was to enjoy golf as a beginner and how active playing 9 holes can be. I am looking forward to seeing how golf can attract many more girls and women to enjoy the sport and be more active and healthy.”

Annika Sorenstam shared her thoughts on the topic, “As the recent international consensus statement highlighted, golf is great for the health of people of all ages – it benefits those playing the sport and even tournament spectators. Given the health benefits, we must work together to make golf more accessible if we are to achieve our sport’s full potential.”

The 2018 International Consensus Statement on Golf and Health to guide action by people, policymakers and the golf industry was published last month in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

GUILTY: A federal jury found Nathan Hardwick, Dustin Johnson’s former attorney and one of the top advisers in his golf career, guilty of embezzling $26 million from the now-bankrupt real estate closing firm bearing his name. READ MORE>>>

BIG STATEMENT: The PGA Tour Champions has announced that Dominion Energy has agreed to a 10-year extension of its sponsorship of a tour stop in Richmond. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

IT’S A PARTY! The Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast will have its very own party hole this year, complete with a beach in a nod to the city’s famous coastline. The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale – during the PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open – is regarded as the loudest hole in golf and Royal Pines will deliver its own take on the phenomenon by transforming its 16th hole when players tee off on 29 November. READ MORE>>>

OFF AND RUNNING: Chez Reavie overcame cool, windy conditions for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES on Thursday. Danny Willett and Si Woo Kim shot 69 while the large group at 70 and tied for fourth included Ian Poulter, Nick Watney and Michael Kim. Brooks Koepka, playing in his first tournament since being voted PGA TOUR Player of the Year, shot 71 and was in a group three strokes behind and tied for 11th which included Paul Casey and Hideki Matsuyama. Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Defending champion Justin Thomas had a 73, as did Jason Day, Ernie Els, J.B. Holmes and PGA TOUR rookie Sungjae Im, who was raised in Jeju Island. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I set myself goals of winning three times last year and I only won twice. Got off to a great start last year and I think I need to do the same. I was disappointed with how I finished the year, but I'm looking forward to improving this year. I'm looking forward to trying to regain that No. 1 spot.” --Jason Day.

Chi Chi Rodriguez once called Nine Bridges the “Taj Mahal of golf” because every hole looked like a postcard.

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 8, NUMBER 204                                                       
Thursday, October 18, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “On a weekly basis, I would say maybe 10 hours during the week I spend working out. There's quite a bit of time, too, in physio treatment. As far as flexibility, the strongest and most flexible people I've ever seen are gymnasts and people that do Cirque du Soleil and they're pound for pound the strongest people, so I don't see any difference between flexibility and strength; the more strength you have, the less flexible you are because that's not true. You work on your flexibility and you work on your strength and try to make sure you get the most out of both.”

BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the next tournament on the PGA TOUR in the United States?

MORE STUFF: There is no denying Rickie Fowler is popular. But can he sell golf clubs? COBRA Golf is hoping so. The company announced a new line of players irons designed in tandem with Fowler. The new KING Forged CB/MB progressive iron set features the same design and technologies that Fowler trusts.

“These high-performance COBRA irons consistently deliver the workability and shot-shaping control that I need to be competitive on course. I’ve been playing them for a few years, and know better players are going to appreciate the sleek look and soft feel, along with the ability to work the ball without sacrificing forgiveness,” said Fowler.

The COBRA Golf KING Forged CB/MB Iron set has a cavity-back (CB) shape in the 4-6 irons to a traditional muscle-back (MB) shape in the 7-PW. The CB design (in the 4-6 irons), features a new muscle cavity, according to the company, that helps maintain a workable trajectory. 
        
The KING Forged CB/MB Irons will be available beginning November 2, 2018 in store and on www.cobragolf.com.

IS WHITE RIGHT? Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company has introduced Ft. Worth WHITE Irons. “The Ft. Worth White Irons are illustrative of how Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company interacts with and listens to its customers,” said Scott White, President and CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “On the heels of our sales success with the Ft. Worth Black Irons, we found many ‘traditionalists’ who wanted to play this iron design with the standard nickel-chrome finish, so we accommodated them with this launch.”

White continued, “As with the Ft. Worth BLACK irons, the WHITE irons will be custom-built clubs to individual golfer’s specifications. But, most importantly, unlike other brands who launch a product that is not readily available, our exclusive factory-direct business model allows us to put these irons in the hands of golfers immediately and at hundreds of dollars less than they would pay for competitive products through green-grass and retail channels.”

The Ft. Worth White Irons feature a traditional forged blade design. It also has a proprietary enhanced V-Sole Technology, which is the most versatile sole in golf, according to the company. It combines a high bounce leading edge and low bounce trailing edge on the sole. The bounce angles have been re-engineered slightly on each club head to eliminate 'grab' by the turf, especially on less-than-full shots.

While the Company remains committed to consistent 4-degree loft gaps between each iron for optimal distance gapping and to minimize loft ‘compression’ at the short end of the set, the Ft. Worth WHITE Irons will only be offered in one loft matrix. The mid-high launch profile (22 to 46-degrees) is preferred by the vast majority of Ben Hogan iron players. 

The Ft. Worth White Irons are available for purchase at www.BenHoganGolf.com exclusively for $700.00 per seven-piece set (#4 iron - Pitching Wedge).

WEB GEMS:

SOME PARTING SHOTS: Twice major winner Johnny Miller tried to hold his tongue during the recent Ryder Cup in France, but the filter came off as he criticized the U.S. team’s preparation in the lead up to their heavy defeat by Europe. READ MORE>>>

SAD TO SEE: Justin Rose didn't mince his words when asked for his thoughts on the probable demise of the British Masters following the final round at Walton Heath on Sunday. “Dare I say it, there are so many events on the European Tour that shouldn't be there, and these events with history are the ones that should be there,” he said. “I wonder if we should be focusing on condensing things slightly, and stressing quality over quantity.” READ MORE>>>

YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE: Former World No.1 Martin Kaymer’s game has slipped in recent years, resulting in the Ryder Cup hero merely spectating as Europe dominated in Paris. "As strange as it sounds, I am a better player right now than I was back in 2011 when I was No.1 in the world." READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “On a weekly basis, I would say maybe 10 hours during the week I spend working out. There's quite a bit of time, too, in physio treatment. As far as flexibility, the strongest and most flexible people I've ever seen are gymnasts and people that do Cirque du Soleil and they're pound for pound the strongest people, so I don't see any difference between flexibility and strength; the more strength you have, the less flexible you are because that's not true. You work on your flexibility and you work on your strength and try to make sure you get the most out of both.”--Brooks Koepka

The Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi is the next PGA TOUR event in the United States.

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 8, NUMBER 203                                                       
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I don't have anything to prove, but I still have golf. I still want to improve my own game, I still want to play to the best I can play. I don't think I need to prove anything, but I love competing, I love winning or being in the hunt. As long as I can do that, I think you're going to see me out here”.

BRAIN TEASER: What country hosts the next PGA TOUR event?

THINGS THAT SHOULD MAKE YOU GO HUMMMMM: Another season has begun on the PGA TOUR. The off-season goes by too fast! Two out of 46 events in the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season) are already complete and yet another FedExCup race has begun. Whether fans are ready for it or not?

Next year, there will be changing coming to the rulebook as there have been in previous years. Will it have an impact on performance at the elite level? Maybe for some and not so for others. Anyone know what Tim Clark is up to these days? The two-time winner on the PGA TOUR was last seen in 2006.

Scoring is the ultimate acid test for any player. Has there been any significant change for the best of the best? You be the judge. In the 2017/18 season, Dustin Johnson had the lowest scoring average on the PGA TOUR at 68.698. How does that compare to the previous year or years? Jordan Spieth was the low man in the 2016/17 season at 68.846. It’s the equivalent of splitting hairs in considering the difference. The previous season, no one was better than DJ who came in at 69.172.

Looking further back, Matt Kuchar held the lowest scoring average in 2010 at 69.606. Tiger Woods was the man back in 2005. His scoring average that year was 68.655. In 2000, Woods’ scoring average was 67.794. If you go back to 1990, Greg Norman led the TOUR in scoring with 69.099. The reason for going through this exercise is to point out the relationship distance has had on scoring. Or for that matter the lack of it. Norman’s scoring was pre-ProV1 era. Dustin Johnson uses a TaylorMade ball. So you decide whether distance is rewriting the record books or making a mockery of scoring. History doesn’t seem to suggest that has been the case!!

SEEING (TOO MUCH) RED? Here is another take on the topic of scoring, if you’re interested? It looks at winning scores on the PGA TOUR and offers some ideas that factor into the end result that few have considered. The gatekeepers to the game want to blame distance, yet are there other factors that have been ignored in this debate? READ MORE>>>

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HAVE CLUBS WILL TRAVEL? The strength of field for the CIMB Classic was the same as it was last year, with one exception that Anirban Lahiri nearly found out the hard way. Lahiri had gone to Malaysia the previous five years and he noted that the field — with the top 60 players available from the FedEx Cup — had always gone below 100. Lahiri finished last year at No. 99 and figured there was nothing to worry about. And then there was. While playing a practice round in Florida with Branden Grace, a conversation about alternates for the CJ Cup led Lahiri to realize he wasn’t in Malaysia. The Indian-born Lahiri didn’t bother asking for a sponsor exemption because he didn’t think he needed one. After a series of withdrawals, Lahiri was up to first alternate on Sunday before the tournament. Now what? READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: I don't have anything to prove, but I still have golf. I still want to improve my own game, I still want to play to the best I can play. I don't think I need to prove anything, but I love competing, I love winning or being in the hunt. As long as I can do that, I think you're going to see me out here.”--Bernhard Langer

South Korea is the host country for the next PGA TOUR event: THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES

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 8, NUMBER 202                                                       
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm still old school. I use some clubs that are pretty old and that kind of stuff, but I don't have, what do you call that thing in front of you, the computer that shows all the spin rate and distance. I'm sure it's good, I just didn't grow up with it. I like using it every once in a while but I don't use it every single day when I hit balls like Dustin Johnson does. I'm not saying it's bad, it's probably beneficial. I just haven't gone that way and I don't know much about shafts and this and that. I try the odd club. If I like it, it goes in the bag. If not, the old stuff stays in. That's how it's been.”

BRAIN TEASER: Marc Leishman won the Rookie of the Year award on the PGA Tour.in 2009. Who was the first Australian to win the award?

EYE CANDY: TaylorMade Golf has announced the introduction of P760 irons, an extension of its P700 series. Last week, Jason Day leaked the product on social media. It was clearly a strategic move to drive interest in the product. So for those that aspire to be like him, this might be the club for you. For the rest of us, we’ll p760have to keep hunting.

According to TaylorMade, the P760 is a progressive forged players iron. For anyone wondering, it effectively replaces the P750 & P770 in TaylorMade’s lineup. The P760’s design transitions from a single piece 1025CS forged head in the 8-PW/AW to a 1025CS forged hollow body with SUS630 face material injected with SpeedFoam in the 3-7 irons. The sole geometry has also been redesigned with a chamfered leading edge for a cleaner entry into the turf, activating the club’s bounce lessening the risk of digging.

"With P760, we set out to design a players iron for Tour-level competition, combining all the elements that are most desirable to the better golfer. The P760’s progressive set shaping enables short irons to be compact and precise while the long irons take on a hollow construction, injected with our revolutionary SpeedFoam. P760 is designed to inspire confidence whether you’re attacking pins from short range or sticking greens from long range," reported Brian Bazzel, VP of Product Creation, TaylorMade Golf.

Available starting November 2 at an MSRP of $1,399.99 USD, the P760 will be an 8-piece set (3-PW).

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP! The R&A and the USGA have published the finalized interpretation regarding the use of green-reading materials in golf that will come into effect on January 1, 2019. The new interpretation has been introduced following a six-week feedback period, according to the ruling bodies. The interpretation limits the size and scale of detailed putting-green maps and any similar electronic or digital materials that a player may use during a round to assist with reading his or her line of play on the putting green.

David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A said, "We received some extremely useful feedback over the last six weeks, which has helped us finalize the limits. It is important that we take steps to ensure that skill and judgment are the main determinants of success in reading the greens. The new interpretation is a first step in the process and we will keep green-reading materials under review in 2019 to assess whether any further action is required."

"These latest modifications provide very practical changes that make the interpretation easier to understand and apply in the field," said Thomas Pagel, USGA Senior Managing Director of Governance.

According to the powers that be, golfers may continue to use a putting-green map or other putting-green information, except that:
• Any image of a putting green must be limited to a scale of 3/8 inch to 5 yards (1:480) or smaller (the "scale limit").
• Any book or other paper containing a map or image of a putting green must not be larger than 4 ¼ inches x 7 inches (the "size limit"), although a "hole location sheet" that displays nine or more holes on a single sheet of paper may be larger, provided that any image of a single putting green meets the scale limit.
• No magnification of putting-green information is allowed other than a player's normal wearing of prescription glasses or lenses.
• Hand-drawn or written information about a putting green is only allowed if contained in a book or paper meeting the size limit and written by the player and/or his or her caddie.

Some of the changes made to the original proposal following the feedback period include the removal of: (1) the proposed minimum slope indication limit of 4% and (2) the prohibition against using handwritten notes to create a copy or facsimile of a detailed green map. Let's all raise a glass to that!

Additions to the original proposal include: (1) a new size limit for the printed book/material (restricted to pocket-size), (2) a new prohibition against magnification of putting green information and (3) a new requirement that any hand-drawn or written information must be in a book or on a paper meeting the size limit and must be written by the player and/or his or her caddie.

WINNERS’ CLUBS: You have to wonder if the technology police were listening in to Marc Leishman’s news conference after he won the CIMB Classic. After all, that golf ball has a mind of its own and travels too far thus making the game far too easy for everybody. Leishman shared some insight into the real world, even when the stars align and you come out on top!

“On Tuesday I got here and I thought I was going to have to call Callaway and get them to leave some more golf balls in my locker, I was hitting my driver a bit sideways. Sorted that out and this is the result.” Imagine that?!  Here is what Marc Leishman used to win the 2018 CIMB Classic:

Driver: Callaway Rogue Driver (9*)
Fairway Metal: Rogue Sub Zero Fairway Wood (15*, 18*)
Irons: X-Forged 18 Irons (3-9)
Wedges: Mack Daddy 4 Wedges (48*, 54*), Titleist Wedge (58*)
Putter: Odyssey Versa #1 Wide Red
Golf Ball: Chrome Soft X

Marc Leishman’– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 1
Birdies: 28
Pars: 39
Bogeys: 4
Double Bogeys: 0
Cumulative Score: 262

WEB GEMS:

SO LONG JOHNNY: After nearly 30 years in the broadcast booth, Johnny Miller is ready to hang up his microphone. Following a Hall of Fame playing career that included a pair of major titles, Miller has become one of the most outspoken voices in the game as lead golf analyst for NBC Sports. But at age 71 he has decided to retire from broadcasting following the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm still old school. I use some clubs that are pretty old and that kind of stuff, but I don't have, what do you call that thing in front of you, the computer that shows all the spin rate and distance. I'm sure it's good; I just didn't grow up with it. I like using it every once in a while but I don't use it every single day when I hit balls like Dustin Johnson does. I'm not saying it's bad, it's probably beneficial. I just haven't gone that way and I don't know much about shafts and this and that. I try the odd club. If I like it, it goes in the bag. If not, the old stuff stays in. That's how it's been.” --World Golf Hall of Fame member, Bernhard Langer after his win at the SAS Championship.

In 2009, Marc Leishman won the Rookie of the Year award on the PGA TOUR He was the first Australian to win the award.

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 8, NUMBER 201                                                       
Monday, October 15, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It was a very tough time that we went through about three and a half years ago, but certainly made us stronger as people, made us appreciate just the everyday things, appreciate our kids more, appreciate friends, family, everything. I won't say it made golf less important, but it made me realize that golf's not life or death. We've been through that and that's not fun. Yes, I want to win trophies and lucky enough today to be leaving with one, which my kids will be very happy about, by the way, but if I wasn't to walk away the winner today, that's all right, too. As long as I give it my best shot, that's what it's all about.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who lead the PGA TOUR in scoring in the 2017/18 season?

PING GOES GREEK: Like it or not but the holiday season isn’t that far off. For golfers that can mean another reason to buy another piece of equipment in the hopes it will lead to improved performance on the golf course. It’s hard to argue that one club is more important than any other. But when it comes to scoring the sigmaputter is the difference maker. Fans of PING have something to look forward to as the Phoenix, AZ-based company has announced Sigma 2 line of putters.

According to the company, which made its reputation in the putter business, it has a focus on a softer feel and lively response through multi-layer face technology, and a newly designed adjustable-length shaft. “The Sigma 2 putters are engineered to bring a new level of performance and excitement to our putter line,” said John K. Solheim, PING President. “As we do with every product, we combined our extensive technical knowledge gathered over our nearly 60-year history with the needs of the everyday golfer. In the Sigma 2, along with the new face design that’s both very soft and responsive, this approach includes providing golfers the ability to customize their shaft length by introducing a simple and intuitive adjustable-shaft-length technology that is a standard feature of every putter in the line. Our research indicates 8 out of 10 golfers are playing the wrong-length putters and losing strokes as a result. That’s a staggering statistic to us and one we’ve made easy for golfers to solve with the Sigma 2. Golfers will see significant improvement in their putting consistency if they use a putter length customized to their game.”

The Sigma 2 putters have a soft, responsive face, according to PING, the result of a dual-durometer PEBAX face material. The softer front layer, it said, ensures the precision necessary for shorter, delicate must-makes. The firmer back layer offers the solid feedback and distance control fetchrequired for holing longer-range putts and improving overall consistency. PING said its touch and pace are further improved with its patented TR face pattern, which varies in depth and pitch to speed up off-center impacts for consistent ball speeds.

“Feel is difficult to quantify as there are a lot of opinions and preferences about how a putter should feel,” said Solheim. “The Sigma 2 has a very soft feel with a lively response, similar to a solid-face putter. It is designed for the golfer who prefers a putter on the softer side of the spectrum but with the response of a firm face, including more consistency on longer putts. By combining the two hardnesses of the PEBAX material and utilizing our TR face pattern, we’re providing a feel preference that appeals to a large segment of golfers while delivering the consistency golfers need to improve their ‘strokes gained: putting’ results.”

In recent years adjustability has been a hot topic within the industry but as well with players. Essentially this has been focused on drivers, specifically within the club head. The adjustable-length shaft in the Sigma 2 line is lightweight, easy to use and concealed beneath the grip, allowing golfers to customize length between 32" and 36" to fit their stroke and posture. The process is quick and intuitive through the use of an adjustment tool that inserts into the top of the grip. One full turn causes approximately a ¼" adjustment up or down, and the grip remains perfectly aligned during the tyneadjustment process. This feature could get a lot interest from recreational players. As much as everyone believes they set up exactly the same when it comes to putting from one round to the next, the adjustability aspect can compensate for players that sometimes are looking for a different feel or look in an effort to make a few more putts each round

“The adjustable shaft is just a really cool technology,” said Solheim. “Our engineers took a very complex technical challenge and simplified it for the benefit of golfers. It allows you to experiment with various lengths and ultimately self-fit yourself. You’re no longer limited to a specific length measurement. You simply adjust it until you’re comfortable, ideally with your eyes directly over the ball. We call it ‘invisible’ technology but once you customize it to your length, the results will be very clear on your scorecard.”

The Sigma 2 series is available in 10 options, including the new Fetch model that is designed with a golf-ball-pickup feature. The new putters are available for pre-order beginning today at authorized PING golf shops around the world.

GOLF RETAILER BOUGHT:  The Manchester office of Endless, the mid-market private equity investor, has completed the acquisition of Europe’s largest golf retailer, American Golf, which has been owned by Sun European Partners since 2012. The deal includes 112 of the 132 American Golf retail stores across the UK and Eire, the 
Americangolf.co.uk and Onlinegolf.co.uk websites and safeguards the jobs of over 900 employees in stores and at the Head Office in Warrington. American Golf was established in 1970 and has a turnover of approximately £140 million. It provides a comprehensive range of golf clubs, equipment, shoes and clothing and employs over 50 PGA professionals and 20 Master Fitters who provide custom fitting services and specialist in-store advice. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

PEPPERELL IS THE MASTER: Eddie Pepperell produced a gutsy closing round of 72 to hold off the challenge of Alexander Björk and win his second European Tour title of the season at the Sky Sports British Masters. The home favorite entered a rainy Sunday at Walton Heath Golf Club with a three-shot lead and while that was reduced to one at the turn, a stunning hole-out eagle on the tenth re-established his cushion. READ MORE>>>

FOREVER YOUNG: Bernhard Langer became the first player to win four times in his 60s on the Champions Tour when he ran away with the SAS Championship by six strokes on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

LEISHMAN WINS IN ASIA: Marc Leishman shot a 7-under 65 in the final round to win the CIMB Classic on Sunday by five strokes and equal the tournament course record. First-round leader Bronson Burgoon shot a 68 to finish tied for second, along with Emiliano Grillo and Chesson Hadley. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It was a very tough time that we went through about three and a half years ago, but certainly made us stronger as people, made us appreciate just the everyday things, appreciate our kids more, appreciate friends, family, everything. I won't say it made golf less important, but it made me realize that golf's not life or death. We've been through that and that's not fun. Yes, I want to win trophies and lucky enough today to be leaving with one, which my kids will be very happy about, by the way, but if I wasn't to walk away the winner today, that's all right, too. As long as I give it my best shot, that's what it's all about.”--Marc Leishman after winning the CIMB Classic.

Dustin Johnson had the best scoring average on the PGA TOUR in the 2017/18 season. In 77 rounds, he averaged 68.698 for a total of 5,072 total strokes.

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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