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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 232                                                       
Friday, December 2, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I would be honored to be selected as a Ryder Cup captain, but it's not going to be for a while. I know that next year I'm hoping to be a playing assistant. I was hoping to be a playing assistant this year, too. Didn't quite work out that way. But I would like to play as an assistant, that would be fun.”

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BRAIN TEASER: On Thursday, Tiger Woods completed his first round of competitive play. Can you guess how many days has it been since he last played a full round in a tournament?

FOOL’S GOLD? For years, if not decades, the woman’s market has been touted as potential gold mine for golf. Yet, history has shown it remains untapped for a variety of different reasons. Its especially confusing given the lack of growth the industry has been faced with. Nevertheless, under the heading of old is new again, another research piece surfaced indicating golf would be well served if its able to tap into the female market. Have a look:

Women account for just 24% of golfers worldwide, yet the number of prospective female players could add $35 billion to the global golf economy. These are the findings of a groundbreaking global study into female golf participation commissioned by Syngenta and conducted by an independent international market research company. The new report, ‘The Global Economic Value of Increased Female Participation in Golf’, surveyed 14,000 people in eight markets in North America, Europe and Asia. It found that 29% of non-golfing females and lapsed players were either interested or very interested in taking up golf in the next two years. READ MORE>>>

GROWTH BY ASSOCIATION? Growth has been a challenging topic in the golf world. However, Hero MotoCorp, said its affiliation with Tiger Woods, despite his long lay off, has paid dividends to its business. “We at Hero have been steadily going global, growing the brand, growing our sales. And our association with Tiger and the Tiger Woods Foundation clearly has helped both the brand, Hero, and Tiger Woods Foundation,” said company CEO Pawan Munjal.

“These last few years have been very exciting for us at Hero. We've been the No. 1 tubular brand, single largest tubular brand for 15 consecutive years now. In the last two years we've gone into 34 new markets across the globe and still counting. So far since the inception of Hero from 1985, we've now sold over 70 million motorcycles and scooters, which is not a small number,” he continued.

“Last year we opened our first manufacturing plant outside of India in Colombia, in a city outside, Cali. Took just nine months to put up the plant and we will be using that not just for the Colombian market but also for the Andean countries. Happens to be our fifth manufacturing plant, two more already, one in India and one getting ready in Bangladesh. Hero MotoCorp represents the youth, the spirit of sports and speed, enthusiasm, hard work, determination, the will power and inspiration, and on top of everything, excellence, which I believe is what Tiger stands for as well. I would like to commend Tiger for having the fortitude to start over again and put the immense amount of work you have done to get to this point. No one can predict the future, of course, but I know the dedication that you have shown these past few months is a model for not just most people, but us at Hero as well.”

WEB GEMS:

WHAT’S THE RUSH? World No.1 Jason Day has indicated he is prepared to take the slow road back to golf, as he continues to sit out with a back injury. Day hasn't played since September, when a back issue ruled him out of the BMW and season-ending Tour Championships. READ MORE>>>

FAST START: Five birdies on the back nine from home favorite Charl Schwartzel catapulted the South African into a share of the lead after the first round of the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship on Thursday. Defending champion Schwartzel, aiming for a fifth Dunhill title, is tied with Irishman Paul Dunne at six under-par at the Leopard Creek Country Club, with six players a further shot back. READ MORE>>>

MIXED BAG: Tiger Woods ruined an otherwise impressive return to golf Thursday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I would be honored to be selected as a Ryder Cup captain, but it's not going to be for a while. I know that next year I'm hoping to be a playing assistant. I was hoping to be a playing assistant this year, too. Didn't quite work out that way. But I would like to play as an assistant, that would be fun.” --Tiger Woods.

On Thursday at the Hero World Challenge, 466 days have passed since Tiger Woods last played a competitive round, finishing T10 at the 2015 Wyndham Championship after rounds of 64-65-68-70.

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 231                                                       
Thursday, December 1, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I've always thought that he's got at least another 10 years of good competitive golf in front of him if he's healthy and as talented as he is. I don't think anything is safe.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Who won the 2015 Hero World Challenge?

TIGER, TIGER BURNING BRIGHT! While it’s been a while since the world has seen Tiger Woods in action, it appears his absence has made the heart grow fonder in terms of his brand. Woods revealed he has a new sponsor and others are still courting him.

“We're excited having Monster as now my bag sponsor, and working with them on a new product that I can utilize on the golf course is going to be exciting,” said the former world #1. “It's fun for me to be able to tap into that realm that's going to help me with my performance on the golf course. I know that I'm not going to be doing any kind of half pipes or anything like that. I have energy but just not like that.”

Woods has some new clubs in his bag since Nike Golf announced it has exited the equipment business. “But as far as equipment and golf clubs, I'm still evolving, I'm still testing that. I've put some old clubs back in the bag. I’ve got my old Cameron back. I'm going to go out here and test some more woods. I've got my old Nike irons back in the bag, and Bridgestone ball for right now.” Clearly there is strong interest in his services going forward and Woods understands the mating game likely better than most, when it comes to picking a new partner.

MORE NEW STUFF: Tiger isn’t the only one using some new clubs in the Bahamas. Bubba Watson is trying out a few new items as well. “I've been testing equipment, so I've got all new equipment in the bag,” said Watson. “They (PING) made me a couple putters, new wedges, new irons (i-BLADES). I got a hybrid in the bag. So I've been testing it.”

JACK URGES GOLF INDUSTRY TO SEIZE WORLDWIDE POTENTIAL: Jack Nicklaus has challenged the golf industry to show the right leadership and seize its opportunity to be an ‘enormous worldwide game,’ while addressing the 2016 HSBC Golf Business Forum. “Fact is, more golf courses have closed in the US in each of the last 10 years than have opened. This is thanks in great part to changes in the golf ball and the distance it travels. Courses have had to change along with it. It’s now a slower game and more expensive than before, and that can’t be a good thing. We don’t want to change the game for the core golfer, but we need to make every effort to offer alternatives to bring more people into the game and keep them in the game. I think we need to develop a golf ball to suit the golf course, rather than build courses to suit a golf ball. Whether it’s a ball that goes 50%, 75%, or 100%, you play a ball that fits the course and your game.” READ MORE>>>

TURNING JAPANESE: Shares in Accordia Golf surged on Wednesday after the Korean private equity group MBK Partners placed a heavy bet on the wallets and energy levels of Japanese retirees and said it would acquire the course operator for $760m. The deal puts MBK at the forefront of the Japanese golf industry at a potentially transformative time: the retirement years of the “baby boomer” generation born immediately after the Second World War. MBK cites figures suggesting that golfers who retire from work around the age of 62 will continue playing until their early 70s — the age band in which the nation’s biggest generation now occupies. Created in the early 2000s by Goldman Sachs, Accordia set out to buy up courses that had been forced into bankruptcy by the late 1990s Asian financial crisis and its fallout in Japan.  READ MORE>>>

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HE’S TIGER WOODS: Everyone is watching, everyone is curious, and Jordan Spieth had the perfect view of Tiger Woods for his return to golf. Spieth was on the 17th green and looked across a narrow pond to the ninth tee at Albany Golf Club where Woods stood over his tee shot during the Wednesday pro-am. He saw the swing, but he lost sight of the ball in the glare of the tropical sun. "Where did it go?" Spieth said as he tried to gauge where the ball might land. "Not in the fairway." He looked again. "Whoa! There it is - WAY down there," he said. "Damn." READ MORE>>>

EXCITEMENT BUILDS: He’s able to run, and cycles between 50 and 70 miles several times a week. “My goal is to play 20 events a year for the next decade because I love competing,” he said. “Will my body allow me to do that? I don’t know. We’ll have to see.” In the pro-am he partnered baseball legend Derek Jeter, and his game seemed in good shape with two eagles on the front nine in a two-under par round of 70. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I've always thought that he's got at least another 10 years of good competitive golf in front of him if he's healthy and as talented as he is. I don't think anything is safe.”--Jack Nicklaus on Tiger Woods.

Following a third-round 9-under 63, Bubba Watson carded a final-round 6-under 66 to win the 2015 Hero World Challenge by three strokes over Patrick Reed and four over Rickie Fowler. The two-time Masters champion won with a 72-hole total of 25-under 263, one shy of the Hero World Challenge record of 26-under 262 set by Jordan Spieth in 2014.

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 230                                                       
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm not dead, I'm ready to go.”

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BRAIN TEASER: How many times has Tiger Woods won the Hero World Challenge tournament?

ETWWILL ANYONE NOTICE? All eyes will clearly be focused on the return of Tiger Woods this week. How many of them will be looking down at his feet? Nike Golf is hoping there will be more than a few that do, as ETW will debut a new set of kicks at his Hero World Challenge. His first tournament since the Fall of 2015 will see Woods wear a prototype of his latest signature golf shoe, the Nike TW '17.

“This shoe is an absolutely integral part of my return to the sport I love and have missed so much,” Woods says. “Nike really got in the zone with me. I knew Tobie (Hatfield, Nike Senior Director of Athlete Innovation) and I were on to something special back when I tried on the first prototype. I feel supreme support from this shoe which leads to the utmost confidence when I step onto the course."

Nike reported Woods and Hatfield meet over dinner during the Greenbrier Classic (July of 2015). During the discussion, Woods revealed his new swing has shifted his dominance from his left leg to his right. By October 2015, Hatfield reportedly delivered four options of an initial prototype shoe to Woods at his home in Florida. The prototypes addressed the need of keeping his feet more secure and locked down in his shoe. Woods selected one of the concepts to then move forward with. In February of 2016, Hatfield and Carl Madore, Innovation Design Lead for Nike Golf footwear, shared four variations of the prototype Woods had selected to assess. Nike said Tiger hit some shots on a simulator and was intrigued by the duo’s strapping system concept that is found in the new TW ’17. Its purpose is to help keep him secure through his swing and a full day of golf. In April, Nike said it delivered the finished product to Woods, who began his own wear testing on the course. Since returning from surgery, Nike said it’s the only golf shoe Woods has worn.

The Nike TW '17 will be available in Spring 2017. No word yet on price.

THE PURSUIT OF A BUCK: The United States Golf Association (USGA) says it has reimagined its online shopping experience, expanding its product lines while making it easier for fans to find and purchase their favorite championship merchandise. The new USGAshop.com offers a new 24/7 customer support model and improved flat rate shipping costs.

The new site will serve as the apparel, headwear and gift headquarters for all 13 annual championships conducted by the USGA. Exclusive merchandise and accessories for the 2017 U.S. Open Championship, scheduled for June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis., have been released as well, featuring the distinctive Erin Hills logo.

The USGA has also launched USGAcardshop.com through its new relationship with greeting card and stationery specialist Viabella. More than 35 holiday card designs have been released, with standard message options and the ability to create personalized cards that include photos and messages. Starting in quantities of 20 cards per order and deliverable within a few business days, the secure ordering system is available to both consumers and businesses.

The USGA has also reinvented USGApublications.com, the portal for ordering The Rules of Golf, Decisions on the Rules of Golf and other educational materials. In line with the Association's commitment to sustainability, many of the USGA publications incorporate soy inks and are printed using solar- and wind-generated power sources through its relationship with Allied Printing, Inc. New to the website is the capability for individual consumers, as well as golf associations, golf facilities and schools and universities, to place orders online. Additionally, shoppers looking to take home a piece of history can purchase photographs from one of the most comprehensive collections of golf photography in the world. Visitors to the USGA Photo Store can shop from more than 500,000 images, including original black-and-white prints from the beginning of golf and photography in the United States, as well as an extensive collection of contemporary images. Each year, more than 15,000 images are added to the collection from the USGA's film library, championships and other assignments.

BRAVO! Strong support from Indiana golf fans, Crooked Stick Golf Club and BMW helped the 2016 BMW Championship raise $2.8 million for the event's sole charity, the Evans Scholars Foundation.

WE CAN HELP: Troon has announced a new division – True Club Solutions – specializing in advisory services for the club and hospitality industries. "We formed this new division to have a greater reach into the golf and club industries, and outside of our normal activities at Troon," said Dana Garmany, chairman and CEO, Troon. "In Rich Carter we have the ideal leader with his entrepreneurial spirit and over twenty years of service and club operations experience."

"I welcome the opportunity to build the True Club Solutions team and help shape the future of this new division," said Rich Carter, division president, True Club Solutions. "Our team of professionals will strategically guide clubs and golf/resort destinations through today's competitive landscape offering advisory services in a variety of disciplines, including operations, sales and marketing, agronomy and more."

The advisory services offered by True Club Solutions include, but are not limited to, the following disciplines: READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

EASY MONEY?? During his prime, Tiger Woods was once favored in 35 consecutive tournaments, a stretch that ended at the 2010 PGA Championship. Six years and multiple knee and back surgeries later, Woods' odds are drastically different this week, when he returns to competitive tournament golf for the first time in 15 months. Woods is 40-1 to win the Hero World Challenge, a tournament he is hosting in the Bahamas. The sports book also is offering odds on whether Woods will withdraw during the tournament. READ MORE>>>

TIME FLIES: They were voted rookie of the year 20 years ago in their respective sports and quickly piled up championships. Tiger Woods and Derek Jeter finally had a chance to play golf together Monday. Only one of them is retired. The group included Jeter's ex-teammate, Tino Martinez, and Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm not dead, I'm ready to go.”--Tiger Woods on his return to competition at the Hero World Challenge.

Tiger Woods has won the Hero Challenge event five times in his career. He won for the first time in 2001 when it was played at Sherwood Country Club. He won again in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2011 (all at  Sherwood Country Club).

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 230                                                       
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I won't be able to turn the TV on, or the radio on, or look at my phone without knowing what he shot. The expectations are so high. Every pitch shot, every putt, every 3-footer, it's not under public scrutiny like he has. I guess you live by the sword, die by the sword. That's why he's Tiger Woods. It's a tough situation.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the course where the very first Hero World Challenge as it is known today, was played at?

TIME IS MONEY: Golf has been plagued by the time it takes to play the game. There was a time when society's attitude was perfectly fine with a 4-5 hour round. But that thinking is no longer prevalent. Nevertheless, one person is setting out on a crusade to change the time it takes to improve at playing the game. Skyhorse Publishing has announced the publication of Eight Minutes to Better Golf: How to Improve Your Game by Finding Your Natural Swing, by Ji Kim. Who doesn't have time for this?

Kim, a master golf instructor, has been ranked in the top fifty best instructors by Golf Digest and by Golf Magazine says he has developed a new method to improve your game without the expensive lessons and time-consuming, redundant practices.

Eight Minutes to Better Golf enables golfers to find their best swing quickly using a simple, effective approach—the "Focus Drill" method—that Kim has been perfecting over a thirty-year period. As a result, he's earned the nickname "Doctor of Golf" among many of his more than 60,000 students.

This book covers various facets of this strategy, detailing different approaches to:

• Grips

• Backswing

• Downswing

• Driving

• The short game

• Specialty shots


More than one hundred instructive color photos accompany the text to assist novice and experienced golfers alike!

DEAL OR NO DEAL? Continuing along the theme of time, very little has been revealed on the potential sale of TaylorMade. Last summer it was divulged that its parent company, adidas was looking to unload its golf division. The trail has been quiet but took an unusual route when speculation surfaced in September that Tiger Woods was part of a group that would buy the company. While it remains to be seen when and who will acquire the business, adidas' CEO intends to wash his hands clean of golf by the end of the calendar year.

"We'll continue the divestment process for TaylorMade, Adams, and Ashworth," stated Kasper Rorsted - CEO of adidas recently. "It is strategically the right decision that's been taken. And we are fully committed, including myself, to execute that. It's best for the group to exit the golf equipment market. We expect an agreement by the end of 2016, and the divestiture is expected to trigger a loss at disposal."

Considering the holiday season is starting to hit its stride, adidas must be confident that it has a deal and price in place in order to move forward. Wonder what the hold up has been? Time will tell!

GO EAST YOUNG MAN: The R&A has opened a new Asia-Pacific office at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. The purpose of having a presence in the region is to further the organization's commitment to the growth and development of golf. A traditional lion dance was held to mark the opening of the new office and the Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews Keith Macintosh, performed the 'eye-dotting' ceremony to begin the dance.

"I'm delighted to officially open the new Asia-Pacific office for The R&A in Singapore," said Macintosh. "Singapore is a hugely important center in the region and is an ideal location for the new office. It will be central to The R&A's efforts to support the development of golf throughout Asia-Pacific."

The Singapore Open, being staged at Sentosa in January, has been included in The Open Qualifying Series for the first time and Sentosa Golf Club was a regular venue for International Final Qualifying for The Open in previous years. The Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, founded by The R&A, the Masters Tournament and Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, will be staged at Sentosa Golf Club in 2018.

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ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO: “I have way more shots now, because I’ve played way more golf. I only had a handful of shots back then,” said Woods, who played nine holes at Albany shortly after he arrived on Saturday. “And you just saw a session where I hit everything. And I had control of everything. I can hit all the shots now, on call. It was a smart decision in the end to pull out of the tournaments. The competitor inside me wanted to go so badly, I was itching to go, I had been playing at home, and I thought I could get it around. I had played feeling worse and won golf tournaments. But I finally decided why rush. I had waited more than a year, so let’s wait a little more and get it right.” READ MORE>>>

INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW? Tiger Woods isn’t keeping his relationship with girlfriend Kristin Smith a secret for much longer! RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal the couple will go public with the romance at an upcoming golf tournament. “She’s going to his tournament in the Bahamas that’s coming up,” a source close to Smith exclusively told Radar of the Hero World Challenge, which is from December 2-4. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I won't be able to turn the TV on, or the radio on, or look at my phone without knowing what he shot. The expectations are so high. Every pitch shot, every putt, every 3-footer, it's not under public scrutiny like he has. I guess you live by the sword, die by the sword. That's why he's Tiger Woods. It's a tough situation.”--Jim Furyk.

What has been known as the Williams World Challenge, Target World Challenge, Chevron World Challenge, Northwestern Mutual World Challenge and now as the Hero World Challenge was originally played at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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 229                                                       
Monday, November 28, 2016

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “If Tiger Woods starts playing golf, he brings back all of that magic that he's had. He's the only PGA Tour player around that's won 79 times. If he misses cuts, he'll have a huge impact, but if he were to be competitive, it would have a significant impact, so that would be very exciting.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Can you guess within $5 million, how much Tiger Woods has made in official career earnings playing the PGA TOUR?

COMING TO AMERICA: The American golf equipment segment is getting more competition. HONMA Golf announced it is entering the market for Unites States of America. “HONMA is a brand that makes clubs for all the different level of players. We have the more luxurious side of the game with the BERES line that has to be one of, if not, the most beautiful set of clubs in the game. We also recently released the TOUR WORLD TW737 line that caters to avid golfers and the best players in the world,” stated Adam Sheldon, General Manager HONMA Golf USA.

The company is based in Japan and created its first set of clubs in 1959. “ As an industry leader in golf,” the company said, “we pride ourselves on making our golf clubs, not by a manufacturing process, but as a craft and an art form.” Recently, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave President-elect Donald Trump a Honma BERES S-05 Driver. As part of its introduction to America, the company wanted to create a piece of content that captures the beauty and pride of the country. Click here to view it.

GAME CHANGER? Wilson Staff has decided to go outside the box with the announcement, introduction of its Wilson Staff Triton driver. The company elected to use a reality based television show, broadcast on the Golf Channel, and solicited ideas for its next product from individuals outside the golf industry. The result is an adjustable multi-piece driver featuring two interchangeable sole plates optimize launch and spin rates.

The initial concept was introduced by industrial designer Eric Sillies and perfected by the Wilson LABS team over a period of 16 months. The name Triton was selected as it communicates characteristics of power, strength and speed. It also speaks to specific product attributes including the three sole weight ports and the tri-winged shape of the sole plates, which were inspired by the aerodynamic manta ray.

“It was a new, fun experience to work with people and concepts from outside the golf industry, but there were numerous challenges as well. I am extremely proud of the work done by the Wilson LABS team and maybe more importantly, the final quality and performance of the Triton driver. This is truly a world class product,” said Michael Vrska, Wilson Golf’s Global Director of Innovation.

The Triton comes equipped with two interchangeable sole plates – one titanium and one carbon fiber – for significant launch and spin changes. The 22-gram titanium sole plate is optimized for the majority of players who need mid to high launch and low spin while the nine-gram carbon fiber sole plate is geared for players who prefer a more penetrating ball flight and lower spin. Swing Active Technology, the 1:1 crown alignment feature is designed to make hitting the sweet spot intuitive and consistent, improving ball striking for improved accuracy.

Five moveable weights – two, two-gram, two six-gram and one 12 gram – can be placed in 18 combinations for player preference with ball flight. By varying the weight placement in the three sole ports, shot trajectory can be adjusted higher or lower or to help with draws and fades for customization to complement each player’s swing. Fast Fit technology, an adjustable hosel system, allows for easy access to all six hosel settings, including three loft and three draw options with a few turns of a wrench.

The above features speak to golf’s fascination and obsession with visual technology. In other words, if it looks different it then must be different! Retailers love this as it helps to tell the story to consumers, which leads possibly to a new sale. Performance is the ultimate factor, but until anyone tries something it’s unknown whether it can or cannot accomplish the goal. Therefore, visual technology is a necessity in aiding in this process.

Credit Wilson Golf, a self-described challenger brand, for taking an alternative path in a category it has little lose and everything to gain. Time will tell whether the strategy, partnered with the Golf Channel, pays dividends back to it. The timing of the launch, however, is strange as the golf season is essentially closed until next year for most of the country. While Americans have been known to shop over the holiday season, typically drivers are not high on the list. And as history has shown, there will be additional entries from multiple vendors into the category before the Masters is held in April.

The Wilson Staff Triton became available online at DriverVsDriver.com and select retailers on Black Friday, November 25. Headlined by the Aldila Rogue Tour Silver 125 MSI, ten different tour proven shafts are available at no upcharge. From Aldila Rogue to Project X HZRDUS Black and Red to several options from Matrix, the optimal bend profile, feel, launch and spin can be fit to every golfer for maximum distance and fairway finding control.

THE EQUIPMENT GAME: Rory McIlroy will spend a week in Dubai next month testing equipment. He has already started using TaylorMade woods and it would not be the end of the world if Nike irons remain in his bag for the new season. The four-times major winner says: “That could happen. I have two more sets of these irons so they will last me for at least five years. I go through about a set every year and a half. I really like this ball but I will test what’s out there. Nike’s chief golf ball engineer has gone to Callaway so I will test a few of those because I know how good he is. The ball he made for me now is really good.” READ MORE>>>

TIME FORE CHANGE: Golf Canada announced today that after 10 years at the helm, CEO Scott Simmons has made the decision to depart the organization in early February 2017. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

A LIFE WELL LIVED: Bing Crosby serenaded her in the Pine Needles bar. Perry Como played her course. Jimmy Carter stayed at the lodge during the National Governors’ Convention. Rudy Vallee was a guest and she played with Jackie Gleason, Michael Jordan and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Peggy Kirk Bell, the grande dame of women’s professional golf who led two of Moore County’s signature golf properties for years and was an inspirational figure to thousands, died peacefully Wednesday night at her home. She was 95. READ MORE>>>

GREAT DANES: Denmark fought off a three-pronged attack to win golf's World Cup at Kingston Heath on Sunday. Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen held their nerve after a four-shot overnight lead was threatened by China, France and Sweden. The pair combined superbly in the best-ball format for a closing 6-under 66 to finish on 20-under 268, four shots clear of France (63), China (65) and the United States (66) in a three-way tie for second. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “If Tiger Woods starts playing golf, he brings back all of that magic that he's had. He's the only PGA Tour player around that's won 79 times. If he misses cuts, he'll have a huge impact, but if he were to be competitive, it would have a significant impact, so that would be very exciting.” --Tim Finchem

Tiger Woods, who is scheduled to make his return to competitive play this week at the Hero World Challenge, had made $110,061,012 in official earnings playing the PGA TOUR.

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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