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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 5, NUMBER 204                                                       
Monday, October 20, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Last year was good for me and 2007 was a good year. I've had a few of them but obviously this is the top. This is the best year of my career by far.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Ben Martin won the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by shooting 20 under par. But he really won the tournament with the way he played holes 14-18 at TPC Summerlin. Can you guess how many under par he was on these holes over the four rounds?

THE MORE THE MERRIER: Look for Odyssey Golf to debut this week three new models of its Metal-X Milled family – #1 Wide, #2 and 2-Ball – at the McGladrey Classic. According to the company, the three new flat sticks are technologically advanced milled putters, which incorporate Metal-X Milled roll technology; the oval depressions in the face maximize the mechanical lock with golf ball dimples. By doing this, the putter increases friction and creates a more controlled, consistent stroke, Odyssey believes.

The putters also have an adjustable weight kit and a crossbar in the back that stiffens the face without adding much weight to stabilize sound and feel. The adjustable weight kits are 10 grams, 15 gms and 20 gms in the #2 and #1 Wide shapes and 1 gms, 10 gms and 20 gms in the 2-Ball, which has one weight port.

Odyssey will make the new putters available on the putting green starting Monday at the McGladrey Classic. No word yet on retail pricing.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES: Scott Piercy, a native and resident of Las Vegas who missed the cut at the Frys.com Open, is playing on a Major Medical Extension this season. Piercy had surgery to repair a torn flexor digitorum superficialis in his right arm in February after losing in the first round at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. The injury originally occurred at the 2013 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. He started the season with 14 events to earn 200 FedExCup points or $300,710. Sunday’s finish was good for 85 points and $193,233.

AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE! Making his comeback from two bouts of myeloid leukemia, Jarrod Lyle (played this week on a sponsor’s exemption) and finished T42. He posted rounds of 66, 71, 70 and 69 to finish at -8. This season, Lyle has 20 events to earn $283,825 to retain his TOUR playing privileges. Through his first two events, Lyle has earned $53,795 (finished T31 at the Frys.com Open). Lyle now heads back to Australia to play his home circuit for the remainder of the year.

A NEW GIG: Greg McLaughlin is taking over as president of the Champions Tour. McLaughlin was the president of the Tiger Woods Foundation for 14 years until he left this year to join the PGA Tour management. READ MORE>>>

WINNER’S CIRCLE: Ben Martin had never held a lead on TOUR entering the final round. His previous-best position entering the fourth and final round was at the 2014 RBC Heritage where he was T3 (finished T3). But the two-time winner on the 2013 Web.com Tour (United Leasing Championship and the Mylan Classic) drew on his past experience and closed in strong fashion going four under for the last four holes of the tournament. Martin made a 46-foot eagle on the par-5 16th hole to regain the lead and a 19-foot birdie on the 72nd hole to secure a two-stroke victory over Kevin Streelman (65).

Martin captured his first PGA Tour victory in his 56th start. He played a Titleist 910D3 driver (8.5*) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X shaft along with a PING i25 3 wood (15*) with an Aldila Tour Blue 85TX shaft along with and a 913H hybrid (17*) with a True Temper Dynamic Gold shaft. He carried Titleist CB irons (3, 5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic X100 Gold shafts and Vokey Design SM5 gap (50) and sand (54) and K-grind TVD lob (58) wedges also with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts. He played a Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour putter and a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball. He wore  He wore FootJoy DryJoys Tour golf shoes and a FJ StaSof glove.

Ben Martin’s Statistics for the Week:
Fairways Hit 36 of 56 T18
Driving Distance 296.2 yards 64
Greens in Regulation 59 of 72 T3
Total Putts 114 T17
Strokes Gained: Putting +1.653/round 2
Strokes Gained: Tee to Green +1.847/round 7
Sand Saves 2/3 T9

Ben Martin– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 2
Birdies: 26
Pars: 35
Bogeys: 8
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 264

WEB GEMS:

CLOSING RANKS: Jack Nicklaus rallied to the defense of longtime friend and adversary Tom Watson, asserting that Watson made painstaking preparations for his role as captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team this year and that little could be done to stave off another European victory. “When I had teams and guys had problems, we went back to the team room and talked about it. That’s where the conversation should be. (And) I feel the same about the task force thing. That’s sort of overkill. We’ve had 70 years of the Ryder Cup and it’s gotten along just fine. The pendulum will swing back without making a monumental thing about it.” READ MORE>>>

POULTER BALSTS FALDO IN HIS NEW BOOK: Ian Poulter has hit out at Sir Nick Faldo after he called Sergio García "useless" during the recent Ryder Cup victory over the Americans at Gleneagles. According to Poulter, in his newly published book No Limits: My Autobiography, the European team were furious with Faldo and lost a lot of respect for him. "Sergio puts a brave face on it but the rest of the guys are fuming," Poulter writes. "I'm shocked that he has said it. It's highly disrespectful. It's a cheap shot and it's the worst possible timing.” READ MORE>>>

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? Organizers are confident there will be a 50th edition of the World Match Play Championship next year despite the withdrawal of tournament sponsors Volvo, they said. The Swedish carmaker, which has backed a variety of European Tour events for the last 26 years, recently announced it was drastically reducing its golfing commitments in the future. READ MORE>>>

LONDON CALLING? Finland's Mikko Ilonen called for the World Match Play Championship to remain in England after becoming the first Scandinavian winner of the tournament on Sunday. This is the last year of Volvo's sponsorship and there is a question mark hovering over the event that was held at nearby Wentworth from its inception in 1964 until 2007. The Match Play has lost some of its luster in recent seasons, moving to Spain for three years, Bulgaria in 2013 and disappearing from the calendar completely in 2008 and 2010, and Ilonen believes it is best to stage the competition in England. READ MORE>>>

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED! Ben Martin made a 45-foot eagle putt to regain the lead and finished with a 20-foot birdie putt for a 3-under 68 and his first PGA Tour victory Sunday in the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. Martin played his final four holes at the TPC Summerlin in 4-under par, though no shot was more important than the eagle. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Last year was good for me and 2007 was a good year. I've had a few of them but obviously this is the top. This is the best year of my career by far.”--Mikko Ilonen after beating Henrik Stenson in the finals of the Volvo World Match Play Championship, which moves him into the top 50 in the world rankings. His first prize of 650,000 euros ($829,205), almost doubled his previous biggest payday from winning the Irish Open in June.

Ben Martin played the final five holes this week at TPC Summerlin at 15-under. Here are his hole-by-hole scores on Nos. 14-18:
R1: birdie-birdie-eagle-par-par (-4)
R2: birdie-birdie-birdie-par-par (-3)
R3: birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie-par (-4)
R4: par-birdie-eagle-par-birdie (-4)

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 5, NUMBER 203                                                       
Friday, October 17, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think a lot of people make it out to be so important, but at the end of the day, it's a competition, it's the Ryder Cup, it's supposed to be fun. So I don't let it linger as long as some people may.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Which member of the PGA Tour turns 45 today?

TRIPLETS: You have to believe Nike Golf is expecting some big things out of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in 2015. Woods should be healthy and well rested; while McIlroy will look to continue the momentum he’s created in 2014. If either or both players are able to play up to their capabilities, Nike is hoping its association will help to drive sale. For either player to live up to the advanced billing, it will have to start with their tee shots. McIlroy, who ranked third in driving distance vapor(averaged 310.5 yards) in 2014, used his driver as a weapon. It helped him win two majors and more than $8.2 million in the past 10 months. He elected to switch out of his Covert 2 at last month’s Ryder Cup and into a yet to be released Vapor driver.

Nike announced it has more than one Vapor driver; in fact it’s coming to market at the end of January, with three. The Pro, Speed and Flex feature Nike’s FlyBeams, which stiffen the cavity back of the club, a re-engineered Compression Channel and FlexLoft 2, which facilitates the functionality of five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings. According to Nike Golf, all of these technologies were developed to drive more energy to the golf ball for more distance, no matter the swing. But it will be Woods and McIlroy who it will be left to drive home the points to consumers by their respective performances.

The Vapor Flex model, which carries a whopping street price of $499 (good luck with that), features a RZN tube with a high-density weight on one end, called the FlightPod, which is located in the cavity of the club. By flipping the Flightpod, golfers can move the center of gravity of the Vapor Flex driver to further optimize their launch conditions. Does it sound familiar? Yes, this appears to be Nike’s answer to Callaway’s Big Bertha Alpha driver that has a “gravity core” rod. This isn’t the first time these two companies have been first to market with something unique in the driver category. Some year’s back Callaway had the FT-i, which Nike countered with the Sumo Squared. As history would prove the square driver platform never materialize the way either company envisioned. Perhaps this time around will be different.

Nike is pricing its Vapor Pro at $399 and the Vapor Speed at $299, which is more in line with current market prices. However, history once again as our teacher suggests that consumers are typically attractive to one model versus all three equally in terms of sell through. Retailers will have the task of stocking all three since it’s challenging to forecast consumer spending, even on the best of days. For those wondering, McIlroy chose to put the Vapor Pro ($399) in play at Gleneagles.

Last November, Nike Golf announced two versions of its Covert 2 at its “Innovation Unleashed” summit for 2014. Eleven months later it has gone with three Vapor drivers to temp retailers and in turn consumers for 2015.

IT’S ALL ABOUT MAKING ADJUSTMENTS: Mizuno, which announced its JPX-850 driver earlier this month, is adding Fairway Woods and Hybrids, featuring its new Shock Wave Sole Technology. The primary characteristic of the JPX850’s Shock Wave sole is to enable the entire club head to contract and expand on impact, promising an additional energy source to the clubface.  The additional mass also lowers the head’s center of gravity, maintaining high ball speeds directly off mizunojpxthe turf, according to the company. “The Shock Wave sole overcomes the size limitation of fairways and hybrids – by enabling the entire head to flex. It’s a hugely improved way to increase ball speed without the downside of moving the sweet spot too high up the face,” said David Llewellyn – R&D Manager for Mizuno.

There is also a 4-degree range of loft adjustment possible within each fairway head (3/5/7) through the use of Mizuno’s Quick Switch shaft adjustability to enable easy, quick modifications to loft and lie angle. "For most golfers, it's very challenging to attack pin locations from long range where shot trajectory needs to be high enough for the ball to land softly or 'stick'," said Chuck Couch, Vice President of Product Development, Golf Division, Mizuno USA. "With the JPX-850 woods, golfers are going to hit long range shots with a much higher launch angle, allowing them to go for the pin more aggressively than ever before."

The JPX-850 fairways are available in lofts of 15°(3W), 18°(5W), 21°, (Right-, Left-handed & Women's) with a FujiKura Motora shaft. It will carry a suggested retail price of $249.99 and be in retail stores starting on November 7th. The JPX-850 hybrids are available in lofts of 16°(#2), 19°(#3), 22°(#4), 25°(#5) with a suggested retail price of $199.99.

A LITTLE SOFT SHOE: Callaway Footwear has launched the All-New Del Mar Series of casual spikeless shoes and the Apex Tour high performance shoe for men, as well as two new models of its Sky Series for women. "The new Del Mar Series is a tip of the cap to our California roots," said Callaway Footwear President, Brad Handelman. "The two new Del Mar Series shoes provide the perfect balance of performance with comfortable, casual style that delivers on the course and in the clubhouse."

"We took our aggregate learning on traction from the development of our innovative X Cage Vibe and incorporated it into a totally new casual spikeless outsole," said Callaway Footwear VP of Product, Jake Pinger. "It combines lightweight EVA with an extremely durable rubber compound in just the right places to dramatically reduce the slippage that can occur on the lateral sides of your shoes on your backswing and finish."

The Del Mar Zephyr is said to be nearly 20% lighter than the 2014 Del Mar, has a more elongated European casual shoe profile, and features our ultra-comfortable Ortholite 3D insole. The Del Mar Sport has a similar outsole design to the Zephyr, a molded Ortholite insole, and is 12% lighter than its 2014 predecessor. In addition, the Sport has a wider profile and is available in wide sizes for golfers who prefer a more generous fit.

The Apex Tour is built from premium leather and features an outsole composed of multi-density materials for a dress shoe style, comfort and stability. Molded Ortholite insoles offer enhanced heel cushioning and improved fit ensure maximum comfort.

On the women's side, Callaway Footwear announced the Halo Pro Tour-level performance shoe and the Playa, women's answer for the Del Mar Series for men. "For the Halo Pro, we sought to develop a serious performance golf shoe for competitive amateur golfers and Tour players that has great style as well," said Pinger.

The Halo Pro features a reduced heel-to-toe drop to get the feet in a more ideal, stable position during the golf swing, the company said. An outsole made of lightweight EVA deploys an extremely durable rubber compound to maximize stability and traction.

The Playa is based on the same platform as Callaway’s Solaire line. Meaning "beach" in Spanish, the Playa features an upper that echoes the California casual style of the Del Mar Series for men. "We developed the Playa based on very specific feedback from women golfers," explained Pinger. "They told us that they liked the Solaire's combination of style and performance, but they also wished they could sport a look more along the lines of our Del Mar shoes for men. The Playa is our answer for those women."

All models are available at retail October 31st. Manufacturer's Suggest Retail Prices are as follows: Del Mar Zephyr $139.99; Del Mar Sport $119.99; Apex Tour $209.99; Halo Pro $119.99; Playa $109.99.

BOBBY JONES EXPANDS INTO OUTERWEAR: Bobby Jones has unveiled its first-ever complete selection of performance outerwear. “Mr. Jones played in a time when golfers had to endure severe weather without much protection from the elements at all,” said Andy Bell, President/CEO of Jones Global Sports. “If players were lucky enough to find a reliable rain jacket, they had to sacrifice range of motion and comfort in order to stay dry. Mr. Jones would be amazed to see today just how far outerwear has come. The ability to blend comfort, style and protection is a unique advantage to the golfers of this era. What we’ve done with the XH2O Outerwear collection for Fall 2014 is create garments that we know Mr. Jones would have been proud to wear in a variety of challenging and changing weather conditions like he faced when competing in tournaments known for foul weather like, the Open Championship and British Amateur.”

The Bobby Jones XH20 Outerwear collection offers three different levels of performance, according to the company. The Impact Collection, features three garments, all-adept at handling cool, windy light precipitation conditions. The High Side 1/4 Zip Half Sleeve is constructed of 100% polyester and offers lightweight versatility.  The Durable Water Repellancy (DWR) finished fabric is said to be quiet and provides an easy fit for layering. Utilizing the same DWR finished poly fabric, the Torque 1/4 Zip Vest offers a water-resistant shell, quiet nylon coil zippers and an adjustable elastic draw-cord at the hem for a versatile piece that is easy to provide quick protection in changing weather conditions. Highlighting the Impact offering is the Bobby Jones XH2O Condor Full-Zip Jacket that is lightweight and packable, with a compact polyester that promises the wearer comfortable and effective water-resistant protection. The XH2O Outerwear Impact Collection ranges in price from $98.50-$125, and each item is available in Black, Emerald, Navy, Red, Sapphire and White color schemes.

Bobby Jones’ XH20 Dynamic Collection is built on the Double Eagle Pullover, which is constructed of 100% polyester and offers a seam-sealed, breathable design. It is said to offer quick-dry capability and low moisture absorption. The Double Eagle Pullover is available in Black, Navy, Red and Sapphire and is priced at $225 with a 5-year warranty of waterproof protection.  

Bobby Jones XH2O Outerwear also offers the Velocity Rain Jacket. It is completely waterproof, breathable, in a 4-way stretch fabric shell that is said to be lightweight and whisper-quiet. It utilizes a combination of stretch inserts to maximize ease-of-movement.  Furthermore, the front and back breathable inserts, upper mesh liner and underarm zippers increase airflow and moisture evaporation keeping the wearer cool and comfortable no matter what the situation. The Velocity Rain Jacket also features zip-off sleeves. The Bobby Jones XH20 Velocity Rain Jacket is available in Black and Navy and offers complementing pants for head-to-toe protection. The Velocity Rain Jacket also offers a 5-year warranty on waterproof protection and is priced at $325. 

WEB GEMS:

GMAC HAS SOME WORK IN FRONT OF HIM: Defending champion Graeme McDowell's comeback fell short, while Henrik Stenson rallied from three holes down with success at the World Match Play Championship on Thursday. McDowell fell to Mikko Ilonen of Finland 2 and 1 in their second pool match at the London Club. It was only McDowell's third defeat in 18 matches in the event. READ MORE>>>

NOTHING TO FEAR: A leading European Tour official has brushed aside Volvo's decision to drastically reduce its sponsorship of tournaments and is predicting a full calendar of events on next year's schedule. "Other people may see it as a blow to the tour but we look at it a different way in that anyone who has supported the tour for 26 years is tremendous for us," chief operating officer and director of international policy Keith Waters told Reuters in an interview at the London Club on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

LOOKING TO BREAK A DROUGHT: Stewart Cink, winless since his British Open triumph five years ago, remained patient through a slow start before surging into a share of the first round lead at the $6.2 million Las Vegas Open on Thursday. Cink was even par after seven holes in the Nevada desert event, but the 41-year-old bided his time and was rewarded with seven birdies in the final 11 holes for a seven-under-par 64 at the TPC Summerlin. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think a lot of people make it out to be so important, but at the end of the day, it's a competition, it's the Ryder Cup, it's supposed to be fun. So I don't let it linger as long as some people may.”--Webb Simpson. The irony of this statement, which he made prior to the start of the Shriners tournament, is that back in September it came out that he texted Tom Watson, lobbying for a spot on the team. “I made my final plea,” Simpson explained. “I told him I want revenge for what happened in 2012 and I really, really want to be on the team.” Compare the two statements and it becomes more intriguing.

Ernie Els was born on October 17, 1969. He is playing in the Hong Kong Open on his birthday and joked, “That's why I've got an early time so I can celebrate big in the afternoon.”

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 5, NUMBER 202                                                       
Thursday, October 16, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm going to do a lot of the same that I've done the past four or five years. I'm going to do a lot of nothing. Right now, I need to kind of recharge mentally a little bit. A little tired at the end of the year. I'm ready to take some time off. So, I will take most of the next month, I won't have a club in my hand very often. Only when I have to, to be honest with you. Then I'll practice for a week or two before Tiger's event trying to get ready for that and then I'll take another month off.”

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WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN? Every week players go into an event wondering what it will take to come out on top. Looking back at last year can often provide some clues to what performance is needed to have an opportunity on Sunday.

Webb Simpson picked up his 4th career PGA TOUR victory in his 142nd TOUR start at the 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. For the week, Simpson hit 62 of 72 greens in regulation (86.11%) and had a dominating performance on the greens ranking first in strokes gained: putting. Since the start of 2013, there have been 82 stroke play event winners. Simpson hit the second most greens in regulation by a winner in this timeframe during his win in Vegas.

Simpson led the field in strokes gained-putting outperforming the field by +2.456 strokes per round and +9.822 total strokes for the week with his putter at the 2013 tournament. His total strokes gained was more than three shots better than the next best player, Jason Bohn (+6.684). It marked Simpson’s best career strokes-gained putting performance in his PGA Tour career. Simpson’s victory came down to strong iron game and hot putter. One more data point on his win, Simpson was 80% (8 of 10 – 3rd) when scrambling from around the greens at TPC Summerlin. He averaged 7’ 7” to the hole in scrambling proximity for the week.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Looking for some help getting the ball to find the hole? Titleist has a couple of ideas on how to answer that age-old question. The company has announced two new Scotty Cameron Futura X5 and X5R putters. Available in golf shops worldwide beginning Oct. 31, the latest from Cameron promise stability through advanced perimeter weighting and easier alignment thanks to vertical and horizontal sightlines. The X5 model is angled in the back, while the X5R features a rounded shape.

“The Futura X5 mallet is for someone who likes the stability of a bigger head, the feel of a bigger grip, and likes to look down and see more lines for alignment purposes. X5 is more of a mechanical shape where the X5R is a softer, rounder shape. There’s no right or wrong. Same performance, same weight, same feel. It all depends on what you like to look at,” Cameron said. “We’re finding that mallets make up as much as 50 percent of the putters used on the PGA Tour each week – and for good reason. The size of the head is larger so it looks and feels more stable on the ground. The bigger the head, the more lines you can add for alignment. We worked with many players on tour and in the Putter Studio during the development of X5 and they all told us the same thing: It adds confidence.”
 
futuraIn addition, the new Futura X5 Dual Balance putter combines the X5 head style with Dual Balance technology to provide maximum stability, according to the company, for golfers who struggle to make a consistent stroke with a conventional length putter. The Futura X5 DB has a 50-gram heavier head (400 grams total) and a 50-gram counterweight in the butt of the shaft. This configuration helps many players make a proper stroke where the butt of the shaft remains pointed at the midsection, the company said. Dual Balance putters have a standard length of 38 inches with a 15-inch grip that allows the player to grip down below the counterweight for a more stable stroke.

“The X5 basically started from the original Futura 10 years ago. We’ve learned from where we’ve been, taken parts of the past and moved it toward the future with performance, feel and sound,” Cameron said. “But the concept has always been about moving the weight back and out. When we do that, the putter becomes more stable and the resistance to twist becomes a lot better. So with X5 we’re using different materials like aluminum and stainless steel and getting that weight where it’s needed most. But you also have to remember the feel, the shaft bend, the grip – all of these things have to come together, and they do with the new X5.”

The Futura X5 and X5R putters are designed with a new single bend shaft with a higher bend point that produces a true face-balanced configuration, according to Cameron, and one shaft of offset for a clean, tour-preferred appearance. “The single bend came from taking feedback from the tour and working with players in the Studio. Double bends have been around for years and for X5 we really wanted to clean up the look,” Cameron said. “We had many players say they wished that the shaft leaned at their target or on their line, so we worked to find the proper offset and lean of the shaft so at address the bend lines up pointing right at your target. That was a key one because the mechanical-industrial shape of the head and the clean mechanical-industrial bend match perfectly. What I didn’t want was a heavy, flowing bend onto a mechanical head.”

The larger, mallet head designs of Futura X5 and X5R work with a10-inch Matador Red Midsize grip. The grip, weighing in at 77 grams, promises to feel great and promotes a more stable stroke. “The grip can complement or kill the design of the putter,” Cameron said. “I know that sounds strange, but grips make a difference. With blades, it’s a little more handsy, a little more flowing, a little more feel. With Futura X putters, it’s a little more robotic, a little more square-to-square and this larger Matador grip complements the head very well.”

The Futura X5 putters have a minimum advertised price of $349 ($375 MSRP). Futura X5 Dual Balance has a MAP of $399 ($425 MSRP).

THAT’S SHOE BUSINESS: Just as the movie industry has been known to employ sequels to draw in a crowd, one equipment company appears to following this biomstrategy too (pun intended). ECCO has announced BIOM Hybrid 2. It is 15% lighter than the original model, according to the company; thanks to an extra-thin midsole that helps bring players closer to the playing surface. This is complemented by a dual-density TPU outsole. Two-colored to create an inspiring aesthetic, ECCO said, it is harder in areas that need the most stability and softer in key comfort zones. "We've taken what many have declared the world's most comfortable golf shoe and made it even better," said Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. "That we can do this is a testament to our skill as shoemakers and the drive that pushes us to pioneer new innovations season after season."

Premiering for Spring/Summer 2015, BIOM Hybrid 2 is slated to be worn in competition by Fred Couples and other ECCO Golf staff players. No word yet on the expected price on the BIOM Hybrid 2.

HOW ABOUT A LITTLE HELP! Martin Kaymer won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and wants to enlist as many people as possible to help spread the message, especially in his home country. “I think I did good this week. Hopefully, if a few papers, a few magazines will write about it. We are trying to get the Ryder Cup in 2022 in Germany, so that's a lot of things that are happening in Germany, a lot of big projects,” he reported. “We have the Solheim Cup next year. So, golf is definitely growing, but everybody has to work more together in Germany, not distracting each other. So all the magazines, the TV companies and the TV channels, it would be nice if they can work together and try to help me out here as well to push golf a little bit more in my country.”

R&A FINDS ITS MAN: Its a club nearly every recreational player would love to be a member of. Yet, it draws the ire of many of the same that would gladly step foot in the building just once that is synonymous with its existence.

The R&A has announced the appointment of Martin Slumbers as Chief Executive and also as Secretary of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, effective slumbersOctober 1, 2015. Slumbers will succeed Peter Dawson who is retiring after 16 years leading the body, which organizes The Open Championship and governs golf worldwide, jointly administering the sport with the USGA. He will join The R&A in March 2015 as Chief Executive Designate and spend six months working with Dawson before his retirement. This period will allow him an opportunity to oversee the role of Chief Executive and Secretary during the staging of the Open Championship, which will be held on the Old Course in St. Andrews.

So who is Martin Slumbers? Born in Brighton and educated at Lancing College, Slumbers (54) gained a BSc in Production Engineering and Economics from the University of Birmingham. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London before embarking on a career in investment banking. He spent 12 years working for Salomon Brothers International in London and Hong Kong, becoming Chief Financial Officer in Asia and then Europe. In 1998, he joined Deutsche Bank and served in a number of senior executive roles. He was appointed Global Head of Deutsche Bank’s Investment Banking Operations in 2006 and the following year as Global Head of Global Business Services. He is a member of Worplesdon Golf Club in Surrey where he plays to a handicap of two.

“The R&A is one of the most influential bodies in world sport and I am delighted to be taking up this position,” he said. “Golf has always been close to my heart and I am very much looking forward to living and working in St Andrews. I am honored to be appointed to lead The R&A and to serve such an historic and prestigious Club.”

Professor Wilson Sibbett, Chairman of The R&A, said, “I would like to congratulate Martin on his appointment. He has enjoyed a long and successful career and will bring a great deal of experience to the position. He has a passion for golf and is absolutely committed to the work of The R&A in governing the game, running The Open and supporting development initiatives around the world.”

WEB GEMS:

LIFE CHANGES: "People would want to talk about golf and then it hit me again," he said. "It was a pretty amazing 48 hours, to win then FedExCup and become a dad." READ MORE>>>

PLEASURE DOING BUSINESS: Martin Kaymer is making a habit of beating Bubba Watson in head-to-head situations, even at an exhibition of major champions in Bermuda. He won $600,000, while Watson picked up $400,000. Hard to say anyone really lost. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm going to do a lot of the same that I've done the past four or five years. I'm going to do a lot of nothing. Right now, I need to kind of recharge mentally a little bit. A little tired at the end of the year. I'm ready to take some time off. So, I will take most of the next month, I won't have a club in my hand very often. Only when I have to, to be honest with you. Then I'll practice for a week or two before Tiger's event trying to get ready for that and then I'll take another month off.”--Jim Furyk after completing the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Nick Watney has had success at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open finishing inside the top 10 in 3 of his last 4 starts at this event. Since 2010, he is -58 at TPC Summerlin. The next closest to him during that time is Robert Garrigus (-45), Kevin Stadler (-45) and last year’s winner Webb Simpson (-44).

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VOLUME 5, NUMBER 201                                                       
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “That's one thing that I really enjoyed at The Ryder Cup was just the knowledge that everyone has for the game. They are very respectful and at the same time, they get it and they understand when you get that quality shot, that it doesn't matter who hit it. They cheer for some golf. I got 45 e-mails right when I got home. Five were only from Americans. All the others were from the European crowd. Every one of them was positive. They absolutely loved it. At the end of the day, it's just a bunch of fun and respectful play back and forth. It's one of those things that was a lot of fun, and hopefully I have more Ryder Cups to come where I can do some more stuff.”

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BRAIN TEASER: The winner of the last two Shriners Hospitals for Children Open finished with identical totals. Can you guess what the winning score was in 2012 by Ryan Moore and 2013 by Webb Simpson at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open?

NOBODY’S PERFECT: It hasn’t been the kind of year TaylorMade adidas Golf was looking for. Others can certainly relate, just perhaps not on the scale TMaG has seen its business drop off. Many in the industry have wondered how the company will respond to its first down year in a long time. The first clues have surfaced as TaylorMade announced RSi irons featuring Face Slot Technology.

In an interesting twist, the teaser campaign leading up to the announcement was titled mis-hits happen, which could be one way to explain the company’s performance in 2014. Nevertheless, TMaG has revealed its next generation of irons to help improve not only recreational players’ games but company revenues too. According to TaylorMade, 76% of all iron shots are mis-hits struck outside the center of the face. This discovery led the company to the development of a new technology, designed to improve consistency and distance on off-center hits.

“Face Slot Technology provides greater consistency across the face, giving players improved performance on mis-hits,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s Director of Product Creation for Irons, Putters & Wedges. “No golfer is perfect, not even the best players in the world hit the center of the club every time. So with RSi, we’re giving all golfers a technology that can help their mis-hits perform more like pure strikes.”

The company has taken what it’s learned from the development of the Speed Pocket technology (introduced two years ago) and applied it to the iron face to activate the toe and heel areas to provide more uniform flexion across the face and protect ball speed on off-center hits. Only available with RSi, Face Slots are found in the 3-8 irons. Positioned at the toe and heel, just outside the score lines and vertically spanning 35 to 38mm (depending on the iron number), the slots are cut all the way through the face and filled with an epoxy compound. The heel and toe slots allow the face to flex easily and protect ball speed for more consistent distance across the face. In addition to Face Slots, the RSi iron features ThruSlot technology – engineered to activate the lower portion of the face by minimizing speed reduction and creating higher launch on shots hit below center. Like Face Slots, the Speed Pocket (found in the 3-7 irons), according to TaylorMade, protects ball speed, launch angle and spin rate, especially on shots struck low on the face.

The family of RSi irons features three models; each designed to appeal to the performance needs of different player types. RSi 1 features TaylorMade’s Advanced Face Design – the company’s thinnest face ever, a deep undercut and Inverted Cone Technology (to extend the COR zone) in order to promote greater ball speed. In addition, a stabilized head structure and multiple dampening systems resulted in improved sound and feel. The new Reax 90 steel shaft from True Temper helps optimize ball flight for max distance and performance.

The most resounding characteristic of the RSi 2, according to TaylorMade, is the Progressive Multi-Material Construction. The 3-5 irons are cast from 450 stainless steel with tungsten weighting to promote a lower CG and slightly higher flight. The mid irons (6-7) are cast of 450 stainless steel, as well. The high-strength material allowed engineers to make the face thinner, TaylorMade said, undercuts deeper and accommodate slot technology. The short irons (8, 9, PW) incorporate forged faces to promote feel and accuracy; and the wedges are completely forged, giving them the look, feel and workability desired by better players. RSi 2 irons come stock with the all-new KBS Tour 105 shaft. “The RSi 2 provides the ideal blend of performance and beauty,” said Bystedt. “We have combined a progressive multi-material construction with our most innovative performance technologies to provide the best of all worlds in a slim, beautiful package.”

The RSi TP irons combine the forged look and feel preferred by better players with Face Slot Technology. An advanced two-piece construction blends a premium 1025 forged carbon steel hosel/face with a 431 stainless steel back using plasma welding in the 3-7 irons. This construction provides the precision and feel of a forged iron with the advanced geometry of cast irons. The short irons (8-PW) are classic forged heads with a slight muscle cavity.  RSi TP irons come stock with the Tour-proven KBS Tour Steel Shaft.

“The RSi TP irons were developed to deliver launch, consistency and feel to take performance to the next level for our Tour Professionals,” added Bystedt. “The shapes of these irons will be instantly pleasing to better players and will have the feel and workability that golfers expect in a forged product. It really is the best combination of performance, look and feel that we’ve created for the world’s best players.”

Both RSi 1 ($799 steel; $899 graphite) and RSi 2 ($999 steel; $1199 graphite) will be available to demo at select TaylorMade retailers on October 15, 2014. Sets (3-PW) can be purchased beginning on November 14, 2014. Individual gap, sand and lob wedges will be available in the RSi 1; while only gap and sand wedges will be available in RSi 2. RSi TP ($1199) will be at retail starting on January 15, 2015.

HEAD OF THE CLASS: Laura Davies, David Graham, Mark O’Meara and A.W. Tillinghast will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum as the Class of 2015.  The ceremony will be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 at the University of St Andrews, just blocks from the Old Course, host site of that week’s 144th Open Championship.

THIS CAN’T BE GOOD FOR GOLF: L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive directive on Tuesday requiring Los Angeles to reduce its fresh water use 20% by 2017 as a response to the prolonged drought. Garcetti also asked L.A. departments to dramatically cut the amount of water used by replacing lawns and other city landscaping, including street medians, with less thirty plants. READ MORE>>>

SCORING: Believe it or not, but Sang-Moon Bae was one of only three players, that made the cut at the Frys.com Open, who did not make a putt outside of 15 feet the entire week. So much for drive for show and putt for dough! There are always exceptions to the rule. Bae is only the fourth player to win a PGA TOUR event since 2003 without making a putt of 15 feet or longer. According to PGATour.com, the other three players to win without making any bombs were Phil Mickelson at the 2007 Deutsche Bank Championship, Steve Stricker at the 2007 Barclays and Sean O’Hair at the 2009 Wells Fargo Championship.

Now before getting too excited that the putter isn’t important in scoring, the last time Bae didn’t make a putt from 15 feet or more was the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic. He missed the cut so go figure this time around would be different for him. Also under the hard to explain category is the fact that Bae  holed out from around the green on three separate occasions at last week’s Frys.com. How does he do that yet his longest putt made, according to ShotLink, was from 14 feet, 6 inches? Ironically, the first two winners of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season led their respective fields in Strokes Gained – Putting (Webb Simpson/Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and Jimmy Walker/Frys.com Open). Bae ranked 44th in the field at the 2014-15 season opener, yet still managed to win by two shots. He did, however, rank first in strokes gained: tee-to-green last week! Golf is still a crazy game and there is more than one way to come out on top!

WEB GEMS:

IS THIS THE ANSWER?  The PGA of America wants to take a closer look at its Ryder Cup failures by creating a task force that includes Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, along with three past captains of losing American teams. The 11-member "Ryder Cup Task Force" has five players, three former captains and three PGA of America officials. READ MORE>>>

GERMAN ENGINEERING: Martin Kaymer made an eagle and drove the 10th green to set up a two-putt birdie for a 6-under 65 and a two-shot lead over Masters champion Bubba Watson in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “That's one thing that I really enjoyed at The Ryder Cup was just the knowledge that everyone has for the game. They are very respectful and at the same time, they get it and they understand when you get that quality shot, that it doesn't matter who hit it. They cheer for some golf. I got 45 e-mails right when I got home. Five were only from Americans. All the others were from the European crowd. Every one of them was positive. They absolutely loved it. At the end of the day, it's just a bunch of fun and respectful play back and forth. It's one of those things that was a lot of fun, and hopefully I have more Ryder Cups to come where I can do some more stuff.” --Patrick Reed.

Webb Simpson enjoyed a comfortable six shot victory at the 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, with a 5-under 66 in the final round. His 72-hole total of 260 matched Ryan Moore (2012) for the 72-hole tournament record.

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VOLUME 5, NUMBER 200                                                       
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm in this year but I'm going into next year. It's still weird to wrap your head around it's already a new year and Santa hasn't even come yet.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Miguel Ángel Jiménez is looking to win the Hong Kong Open for the 5th time, following wins in 2005, 2008, 2012 & 2013. Only three players have won a European Tour event 5+ times. How many can you name?

HAVE A BLAST! For those that play infrequently or wonder what they’re doing differently each time they play, there is a solution to help their performance. Blast Motion, which focuses on wearable motion capture technologies, has announced Blast Golf, which combines full swing driving and putting with real-time motion metrics and smart video capture. Blast Golf automatically captures video highlights of a player’s swing with overlaid performance metrics that are immediately blastgolfshareable through email, messaging and social media. Among the items it measures is tempo as well as loft, for example.

"The introduction of full swing golf metrics, combined with smart video capture technology to automatically identify, capture and create video highlights, enhances the value for our customers well beyond a basic swing analysis tool," said Donovan Prostrollo, senior director of marketing, Blast Motion. "We're combining motion metrics with video to create a very personal user experience where golfers can literally 'see' the mechanics of their swing, and socially share their long and short game in a whole new way."

Weighing less than half an ounce, the Blast Motion precision motion sensor securely and discretely attaches to most regulation putters and drivers in the butt end of the grip. The company’s proprietary algorithms capture natural motion, allowing it to intelligently understand the difference between real and practice strokes. Blast Golf uses Bluetooth Smart technology to transmit accurate and meaningful analytics to smartphones or tablets during practice or play. 

Blast Golf is currently available for $149.95 from blastmotion.com and select retailers. The Blast Golf app, which is free, is available from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blast-putt/id818681736?mt=8.

HOW DOES IT LOOK? While many are wondering what the future has in store, especially golf retailers in part due to several new products that will debut in November, the bigger picture may help shed some light on the topic. After a turbulent start to 2014, the National Retail Federation has announced it expects sales in November and December (excluding autos, gas and restaurant sales) to increase by 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion, higher than 2013’s actual 3.1 percent increase during that same time frame.

Holiday sales on average have grown 2.9 percent over the past 10 years, including 2014’s estimates, and are expected to represent approximately 19.2 percent of the retail industry’s annual sales of $3.2 trillion. This would mark the first time since 2011 that holiday sales would increase more than 4 percent, if the forecast become reality.

“Retailers could see a welcome boost in holiday shopping, giving some companies the shot in the arm they need after a volatile first half of the year and an uneventful summer,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “While expectations for sales growth are upbeat, it goes without saying there still remains some uneasiness and anxiety among consumers when it comes to their purchase decisions. The lagging economic recovery, though improving, is still top of mind for many Americans.

“Recognizing the need to keep household budgets in line, we expect shoppers will be extremely price sensitive as they have been for quite some time. Retailers will respond by differentiating themselves and touting price, value and exclusivity,” continued Shay. Golf equipment companies and retailers may not like the sound of that.

“Though we have only seen consumer income and spending moderately – and erratically – accelerate this year, we believe there is still room for optimism this holiday season,” said NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz. “In the grand scheme of things, consumers are in a much better place than they were this time last year, and the extra spending power could very well translate into solid holiday sales growth for retailers; however, shoppers will still be deliberate with their purchases, while hunting for hard-to-pass-up bargains.”

NRF’s holiday sales forecast is based on an economic model using several indicators including, consumer credit, disposable personal income, and previous monthly retail sales releases. It now includes the non-store category (direct-to-consumer, kiosks and online sales.) For historic sales information visit NRF’s Holiday Headquarters and the Retail Insight Center.

Meanwhile, Shop.org released its 2014 online holiday sales forecast, expecting sales in November and December to grow between 8 – 11 percent over last holiday season to as much as $105 billion. Shop.org forecasts sales based on government data including, consumer credit, disposable personal income, and previous monthly retail sales releases. Holiday non-store sales in 2013 grew 8.6 percent.

WEB GEMS:

THE TALK CONTINUES: "In the Ryder Cup, we have always talked about, `We have got to win the next one.' I think we've got to be a little more farsighted than that," Furyk said. "I think we need to look at the next 10 to 20 years of Ryder Cup golf. For the next 20 years we got 10 events. Let's think about maybe 5-5 is good, let's think about 6-4, let's think about 7-3. Let's go on the winning side of it. When we look back the last 20 years, it's probably a 2-8 type of deal," he said. "Let's reverse that tide and get it moving forward." READ MORE>>>

WHOA NELLIE: Paul Azinger will not be part of a newly-created Ryder Cup task force to be announced Tuesday that is expected to include former U.S. captains as well as past and current players, including Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Azinger said Monday that he was approached by the PGA of America about being part of the panel that will evaluate everything related to the Ryder Cup but he feels it's too soon to make a commitment. "I'm just not ready to sit down and jump on a task force," Azinger said by phone. "I have a scheduled meeting with the PGA of America in early November and I just think it's too soon for me to commit to jumping on a task force." READ MORE>>>

REALITY CHECK OR HIDDEN AGENDA? One person isn’t ready to roll over and believe the PGA of America is suddenly going to come up with all the answers to what ails it in relation to the Ryder Cup thanks to the advent of a “task force.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm in this year but I'm going into next year. It's still weird to wrap your head around it's already a new year and Santa hasn't even come yet.”--Stuart Appleby on the start of the new PGA Tour season.

The most interesting man in golf is looking to join select company. If he wins the Hong Kong Open for the fifth time, he would join Tiger Woods (8x WGC Bridgestone, 7x WGC Cadillac, both considered European Tour events), Tom Watson (5x Open Championship) and Bernhard Langer (5x German Open).

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