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VOLUME 1, NUMBER 233

Thursday, December 2, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm looking forward to him getting back winning tournaments again next year. I'm sure he'll be pretty motivated to get back, his No. 1 spot.”

ON THIS DAY: In 2000, David Gossett shot 59 in the fourth round of the Qualifying School.

THERE IS AT LEAST ONE FAN OF THE GROOVE RULE: The PGA Tour adopted a condition of competition rule towards grooves this year. On the surface (pun intended) it appeared to be much ado about nothing. From a fan perspective, it appeared as the bomb and gouge strategy was on displayed by Tour players just as often as before. Players were still able to spin wedges with regularity by in large. Scoring didn’t appear to be affected, as there were even a couple of 59s recorded. But as they say, looks can be deceiving. Case in point, Jim Furyk, considered a front-runner for the 2010 Player of the Year honors (announcement will be made on Saturday) believes the rule made its point with those who had to live with it.

“I think a lot of the stats have been misleading like the scoring average and the different things,” he said. “I think the golf courses were set up much differently this year. As a whole I think we saw a lot less rough in our setups, and I think we saw a lot less of that four- and five-inch rough and a lot more of the two- and three,” he continued.

“So scoring averages probably stayed very similar, but I think it's misleading. I think what they were trying to do was provide lies so that you could get to the ball and advance it but because of the groove issue you'd have a hard time controlling the golf ball. I thought the TOUR did a pretty good job overall. There are events you can pick and choose where you wish the rough were higher, lower, but in the whole course of the season, the setups were changed.”

Furyk managed three times wins this year and only missed the cut three times out of the 21 events he teed it up in. “ I actually like the new groove probably more from about 160 yards out because I can move the ball so much farther now with a flier than I could before. I had lost my ability to hit the ball 190 or 200 yards because with the square groove the ball just wouldn't come out jumping. I couldn't get say a 5-iron on the ball anymore, and I can't hit a 6- or 7-iron that far. Now I get out from 200 yards with a 6- or 7-iron and make it jump. It might not fly there, but I can run the ball up on greens,” he explained. “From pitching wedge distance and in, 9-iron distance and in, it's a big, big difference, and you're nervous about catching that flier and knocking it over greens.”

While the scoring averages indicate the game wasn’t affected by the new rule, Furyk’s point regarding course set up implies there is room to grow in the future, if needed, to challenge the best players in the game. However, one aspect of the rule that may largely go by unnoticed is that it forced players to think twice before playing out of the rough. Perhaps similar to a placebo, the notion that there isn’t as much control over a shot as before suggests the game within the game behind the new rule change may exist more so between the ears.

“It made a significant difference in my mind. But I don't think stats prove that. But I think the players would tell you,” Furyk concluded. He finished 2010 with a scoring average of 70.23, which was slightly higher than 2009 when it was 70.02.

DAWN OF A NEW ERA? “I thought it was exceptional,” Solheim said Wednesday. “I couldn’t believe how well it went. The openness was really good – on both sides. In fact, in all the times we’ve met with the USGA and R&A, I’ve never seen this kind of openness. It was remarkable.” READ MORE>>>

IT PAYS TO SHOP: It’s been a while (or so it seems) since there has been news of a store opening on the retail side of golf. However, Golfsmith is forging ahead with the grand opening of Golfsmith Xtreme, in Naples, FL, on Friday, December 3, 2010. The new store will offer more products and more performance enhancing diagnostic equipment than any other Golfsmith location, according to the company. On Friday starting at 8:00am the retailer will giveaway free rounds of golf, $20 cash cards or golf balls to customers who come early. On Saturday beginning at 8:00am the first 40 people in line get their choice of $10,000 worth of giveaways including a $900 set of Callaway Diablo irons, a $700 set of TaylorMade Burner 2.0 irons, free drivers, GPS devices and more.  The next 250 people will get a free $20 cash card on Saturday. In total more than $40,000 worth of prizes will be given away the company said.

“Naples is a hotbed for golf and tennis and we’re proud to bring a whole new retail experience to the Southwest Florida area,” said Golfsmith President and CEO Marty Hanaka.  “This is the best store we’ve ever opened. Our purpose is to help Southwest Florida golfers and tennis players play better.  This grand opening will showcase our custom fitting studios, our free indoor driving range, a huge putting green and exclusive deals that golfers won’t find anywhere else this holiday season.”

WEB GEMS:

TO ERR IS HUMAN: It’s understandable that Tiger has always had his guard up in dealing with the media throughout his professional career. However, as his public make over continues, it appears that he might have aspirations to join the very group he rarely, if ever, trusts. He authored a first person op-ed in Newsweek and now has a piece with ESPN. The latest describes the similarities between life versus golf and the pursuit of excellence. Somewhat of a timely topic, don’t you think? READ MORE>>>

END OF THE ROAD? The Tiger Woods gravy train in Melbourne appears to have been derailed by the new state government. Woods' appearance in the Australian Masters, the tournament he has single-handedly reinvigorated in the past two years, is in doubt because Premier-elect Ted Baillieu said the government would not fund a visit by the world's most famous golfer. READ MORE>>>

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR CAN MAKE: Tiger Woods believes the turmoil in his personal life, no matter how much it cost him in money and marriage and mystique, made him a better person. It did wonders for Graeme McDowell, too, in a way few could have imagined. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS? A Las Vegas physician who found the body of professional golfer Erica Blasberg after she committed suicide has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction. READ MORE>>>

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ANSWER: Graeme McDowell

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY O 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

 

Last Updated (Thursday, 02 December 2010 12:05)

 


Web Street Golf Daily Pulse

VOLUME 1, NUMBER 232

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “When you think about it, the problems that befell this company weren't related to being able to sell cars. They sold more cars than anybody in the world for a long, long time, and they did it in part because of a partnership with professional golf and the PGA TOUR as a tool.”

ON THIS DAY: In 1973, Jack Nicklaus won the Walt Disney World Open for the third consecutive year to become the first player to reach $2 million in career earnings.

NIKE’S LATEST: The driver category continues to get plenty of attention from both sides of the fence. On the manufacturing side it offers the opportunity to generate greater attention back to the brand, which hopefully carries a halo effect to other products. For consumers, they still love the long ball and nothing says it more than off the tee. Nike Golf has announced a new Nike VR Pro driver will be available in February at retail. The product just recently found its way into play with Anthony Kim and Francesco Molinari at the HSBC Champions and Dubai World Championship, respectively.

This driver has a pear shaped Tour-driven head designed with direct input from Nike athletes, according to the company. The pear shape allows for more weight at the optimal center of gravity (CG) locations and delivers a hotter launch with optimal spin for the game’s best players, Nike said. The VR Pro driver features a new Variable Compression Channel, which increases speed at impact in more spots on the clubface.

This Compression Channel extends the entire length of the face and delivers greater distance on a variety of shots, Nike said, such as draws, stingers, high cuts, fades or straight shots. “The Compression Channel was designed to give tour players increased ball speeds for their ‘go to’ shots; these shots are not always in the center of the face,” according to Tom Stites, Director of Product Creation, Nike Golf.  “The channel action delivers a similar ball speed as the center of the face.”

The VR Pro driver expands on Nike’s STR8-FIT Face Angle Technology, giving players both the ability to select their shot shape by offering multiple face angle positions as well as the flexibility to dial in the look of their driver for confidence at address. The VR Pro is being sold with the Project X shaft from True Temper. It is designed, Nike pointed out for players are refining and optimizing distance and prefer a more traditional pear-shape look in their driver. The new Nike VR Pro driver is the latest addition to the premium VR line, which began with the introduction of the successful Nike VR irons in November 2008. Availability is slated for February 3, 2011 and it is expected to retail for $399.

DOUBLING UP: Boccieri Golf is touting that its Tour-proven Heavy Putter line continues to experience consistently strong sell-through at big box retailers nationwide, with off-course sales doubling in the third quarter of 2010 versus the previous year. Company policy prohibits it from revealing whether that means it went from selling one to two putters, 10 to 20 or 5,000 to 10,000. Nevertheless, in today’s world any good news is welcome even if the full story isn’t always included.

YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS: Wondering what to get for the holidays, a 3D television could fit the bill for the golfer on anyone’s’ shopping list. The 2011 Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club, Oahu, Hawaii, is the first full field event each year on the Tour and next year’s broadcast will be in 3D. Having conducted successful 3D testing at multiple events this year, Sony and the PGA TOUR, recently concluded an agreement to present the tournament in live 3D. The test locations included the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii. Sony, the PGA TOUR and Friends of Hawaii Charities, the host organization of Sony Open in Hawaii, also announced that Sony has extended its title sponsorship by three years through 2014, therefore implying that 3D broadcast will become a staple for the event

The 3D coverage will be produced and distributed to US households by Golf Channel and Comcast. Of the 83 million households across the US, viewers who have 3D compatible TV sets such as Sony’s 3D “BRAVIA” will be able to enjoy the closing stages of the tournament in immersive live 3D. 3D coverage will also be made available to PGA TOUR broadcast partners around the world that have 3D capability.

“We are very excited to be able to capture the 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii using Sony’s state-of-the-art 3D professional cameras, and to deliver these images into viewers’ living rooms in live 3D,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President, Sony Corporation. “By offering the unprecedented experience of immersive, live 3D images conveying the excitement and beauty of the Sony Open in Hawaii, we aim to further enhance the enjoyment of 3D entertainment in the home.”

PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem added, “We have seen what high-definition does for golf telecasts, and 3D is the logical next step to enhancing our broadcasts and providing fans with the ultimate viewing experience, particularly in such a beautiful setting as Hawaii.”

The Sony Open in Hawaii, entering its 13th year with Sony as title sponsor. “The extension of Sony's sponsorship is met enthusiastically in the not-for-profit and tourism sectors of Hawaii,” said Corbett Kalama, President, Friends of Hawaii Charities. The television coverage from beautiful, warm Hawaii to a global audience in January especially in 3D, next year, provides considerable promotional value to Hawaii's tourism industry.”

A NEW LOOK AND FRESH FACE: Rory McIlroy will soon be sporting a new look. The Irishman has reached a deal with Oakley and will sport its golf apparel and eyewear. “When I considered teaming up with a new apparel sponsor, I looked at all the alternatives, but kept coming back to Oakley because the truth is, other brands just can’t compete,” said McIlroy. “Oakley is as ambitious as I am and they suit my style perfectly. I look forward to becoming an ambassador for Oakley in the golf industry.”

Currently ranked #10 in the world rankings, McIlroy recently turned some heads when he decided to return to playing the European Tour starting in 2011.

“Rory will take advantage of the latest innovations in Oakley golf apparel,” said Raphael Peck, VP of Global Apparel, Footwear and Accessories at Oakley. “Our golf apparel technology includes hyper levels of moisture management, ensuring 18 holes of cool, dry comfort. We engineer weather protection that ranges from UV shielding to breathable water resistance, so Rory can face the harsh elements that come into play when he is out on the tour. Fit and freedom of movement are critical performance issues, so Rory will utilize Oakley golf pants engineered with four-way stretch that allows maximized torque rotation while reducing friction and eliminating abrasion.”

Peck added, “As Oakley gains worldwide recognition in golf apparel technologies, the company will continue to lead in style innovation. Rory strives for greatness while bringing the kind of irreverence that makes for a true original — someone who respects the game but refuses to accept conventional ideas of style and possibility — so he is a perfect fit for the Oakley brand. The art that wraps our science allows golfers like Rory to express their originality with confidence that gives a performance edge. Oakley brings style and technical excellence that lets players push the limits of possibility,” Peck concluded.

WEB GEMS:

GOES WITH THE TERRITORY: "My first week at number one was spent in China and it added to the surprise that they gave me a security guard from the start. I was wondering why but at the end I knew why." READ MORE>>>

POWER OF THE PEOPLE: The LPGA's players have voted to allow transgender women golfers a chance to play on the tour. Players voted Tuesday to amend the organization's constitution by removing the "female at birth" requirement, LPGA commissioner Michael Whan said. The vote came at a meeting ahead of the LPGA Tour Championship, which starts Thursday at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando. The change followed a lawsuit filed by a transgender woman over the "female at birth" requirement. READ MORE>>>

NO FEAR: Gary Player always has something to say. He isn’t afraid to share his opinion on or off the record, which makes him unique in today’s politically correct world. “I have been very outspoken and critical about The Masters, and now my board [of his company, The Gary Player Group] told me to cool it. They said, ‘you said your piece and everybody knows how you feel. Now act with dignity and let this pass.’” On how Hootie Johnson will be remembered, Player said, “As a man with good intentions who made countless mistakes and used very poor judgment.” READ MORE>>>

SILVER LININGS: The goal for Tiger Woods has always been to be better than he was the year before. Despite losing his marriage and every tournament he played, he still gave himself a passing grade. "As a golfer, I learned so much more this year than any other year — and as a person, infinitely more," Woods said Tuesday. "So it's been a very successful year, even though it was a very painful year, as well." READ MORE>>>

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: If you like what you have seen with the Daily Pulse, help spread the word. Pass along your copy. Its free and all anyone needs to do is send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it asking to be put on the distribution list. It is a complete opt in or out system.

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ANSWER: Tim Finchem, commissioner of the PGA TOUR on his new/old sponsor GM/Cadillac

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY O 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

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 01 December 2010 12:27)

 

 

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse

VOLUME 1, NUMBER 231

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “2010 is just weird, and so was '09. As I said to my group, the businesses that made it through 2009 and '10 . . . you came out of it smarter. And I think we came out of it smarter, too. We're much more of a customer-focused business today than we were two years ago."

ON THIS DAY: In 1969, Arnold Palmer won the first Heritage Classic on Hilton Head Island.

HOLIDAY RUSH: As the majority of the United States prepares for winter, golf often takes a back seat to those who enjoy regularly playing it. As the industry slows down on the surface, it isn’t exactly on vacation. For example, Golfsmith (GOLF: NASDAQ) through its 76 coast-to-coast locations reports that in November and December alone, it will sell more than four million golf tees, 80,000 golf shirts and 75,000 golf gloves along with millions of other items. According to the company, the number one holiday gift for golfers this year is golf balls and it expects to sell more than two million in the final two months of the year. Golfsmith said it anticipates selling 200,000 golf clubs of all makes and models over the holiday season along with 25,000 hats and 14,000 golf bags. Recreational play has shut down throughout the country other than in the sunbelt and the PGA Tour is counting down the days before it starts another season, but the retail side of the business still has some opportunities before closing out the books for another year.

Customer traffic on some days in Golfsmith stores and online, according to the company, can triple as shoppers hunt for gifts. In a process that began more than a year ago, Golfsmith’s merchandise buyers began examining purchasing trends, worked with various manufacturers in an effort to predict what might be in demand for gift giving. “We see a tremendous increase in shoppers visiting our stores and website this time of year,” said Marty Hanaka, Golfsmith President and CEO. “There are tens of millions of people who love the game of golf in our country and just as many gift givers,” Last year, Golfsmith sold more than 59,000 gift cards during November and December for those who didn’t know what to buy a golfer. To help shoppers, Golfsmith has a holiday gift center that provides ideas on what to buy a golfer: www.golfsmith.com/gifts Golfsmith also offers the option to order a product online and to pick it up at one of the 76 stores.

PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING: New is an important ingredient to the golf world, especially when it comes to equipment. To some it may be understated, while others have a never-ending appetite towards it. The concept of new often arrives frequently when scattered over the many vendors that look to supply aspirational players with hope. However, validation is a critical element that equally can get overlooked. Titleist provided three more data points for its 910 driver with wins by Robert Karlsson at the season-ending Dubai World Championship, Michio Matsumura at the Casio World Open on the Japan Tour and Peter O’Malley at the 2010 NSW Open on the Australian PGA Tour. Karlsson choice was a 910D3 driver (9.5 degrees of loft and a D∙2 SFT setting). He also went with the 910F fairway metals (13.5, 19.0, D∙4 SFT setting) in Dubai.

Michio carried the 910D2 model (7.5 degrees, setting unknown) and a 910H hybrid (21.0, setting unknown). He also became the third player to win with the New Pro V1x prototype, following Padraig Harrington (Iskandor Johor Open) last month, and Steven Bowditch (Cellarbrations NSW PGA Championship) last week. O’Malley relied on the 910D2 driver (10.5 degrees, setting unknown) and a 910F fairway metal (loft and setting are unknown) in claiming his first PGA Tour of Australia title in five years.

The wins by Karlsson, Matsumura and O’Malley moved the 2010 Titleist victory count across the worldwide professional tours to 144, six times the nearest competitor with 24, according to the company. In 2009, Titleist accumulated 154 victories more than five times its nearest competitor with 26.

FAST FINISH: Thanks to increasing orders from TaylorMade, Advanced International Multitech Co., Taiwan’s leading golf gear maker is expected to ship golf products worth NT$600 million (US$18.75 million) in December, growing sizably by 20%, according to a published report.

THE COLOR OF MONEY: It was only a matter of time before someone tried to stake their claim to white club heads. TaylorMade filed a trademark application last week. Cobra Golf might have something to say about that as Ian Poulter was the first to put one in play and for that matter win using one. Consider it another data point of angst between companies as earlier this year TMaG prematurely announced Camilo Villegas (under contract with Cobra and Titleist) was joining the fray by the end of the year.

JUST WIN BABY: The Tiger Woods story is turning back towards what originally made him famous. Building on the theme that was published in the November 22nd issue of the Web Street Golf Report, EA Sports Chief Executive John Riccitiello said Woods needs to start winning. "This is no threat against Tiger," Ricitiello said at the Reuters Global Media Summit in New York. "We have no plans to move away from him, but it's a business relationship on the basis of we make the best golf game and he's the best golfer. He sort of stuck with us for a very long time and we made great business together and we're willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for a period of time." READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

A BRIGHT FUTURE: Italian teenager Matteo Manassero has won the European Tour's Rookie of the Year award following a record-breaking start to his professional career. "It is a big honor to win the rookie of the year award," Manassero said. "I never expected to win on tour so quickly and to win the rookie of the year award is a perfect way to end my first season as a professional.” READ MORE>>>

MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM: Graeme McDowell has made quite a name for himself in the past year. While its often the time of year to reflect, the Irishman is already looking ahead. “Anything after this year is going to be a let down unless I win the Masters. So it’s important I readjust my focus and take the positives and confidence out of this year and pour it back into next season,” he said. Don’t take his words to suggest he is expecting less from himself. “It’s just being realistic about where I am in the world’s game. Every week I tee it up, I know I’ve got a chance to win but I think you’ve got to realize you can’t be 120 percent every week. And I’m not a guy who’s going to be happy with mediocrity… I’m 31 years old, feeling healthy and physically very good and I know I can get better. So, of course, I can be world no 1 at some point.” READ MORE>>>

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: If you like what you have seen with the Daily Pulse, help spread the word. Pass along your copy. Its free and all anyone needs to do is send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it asking to be put on the distribution list. It is a complete opt in or out system.

BEFORE WE GO: If you feel like you may have missed something from a back issue feel free to check out the archive section of the Daily Pulse, which includes an easy to use word search!

ANSWER: Mike Whan, commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY O 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

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:19)

 
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