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VOLUME 1, NUMBER 227

Monday, November 22, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I’m not playing the game saying, I'm going to get to No. 1; tried that once before and didn't work.”

ON THIS DAY: In 2004, Frank Lickliter and Cameron Beckman conducted a golf clinic for troops in South Korea.

NAME GAME: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been named to an important committee for the U.S. Golf Association, sparking speculation that Rice is on the fast track for future USGA leadership positions. READ MORE>>>

GO GREEN: ECCO is launching the new BIOM Golf shoes for January 2011. It is sad to be based on the barefoot running trend popularized the past couple years. Its considered to be the first and only Natural Motion golf shoe, according to the company and it features a game-enhancing swing platform. Similar to adidas strategy with its advanced THiNTech platform, ECCO’s BIOM Golf shoe brings golfers closer to the playing surface, with the purpose of improving ground feel and stability during all phases of the swing.

The basic premise behind the BIOM, which is intended to be a difference maker to end users versus competitor’s products that it follows the foot’s natural system for absorbing impact to enhance stability while strengthening muscles in the feet and lower legs. The company said it was designed using decades of ECCO research into the human foot, including scans of more than 2,500 feet to create the perfect fit. It’s believed to be up to 100 grams lighter than other performance golf shoes, which is unclear how that improves performance. But if you’re lighter on your feet (if you can feel it) perhaps it builds a case of less foot fatigue at the end of the day.

The BIOM is equipped with a wider, stabilizing heel and a unique three-cleat configuration and stability bars between each cleat to achieve the ideal balance points, ECCO said. It has anatomically correct flex grooves that follow the foot’s biomechanics that will lead to remarkable support and comfort, the company promises. It will be available in January with an MSRP of $225. Wonder if Freddie will be wearing it???

CAPACITY LIMITS? Social networking through the Internet has become a race to connect to as many friends or create new followers as possible. However, some insiders are saying that the human network has capacity constraints and it doesn’t have anything to do with server issues. Evolutionary anthropologist Robin Dunbar has a famous theory that the number of people with whom one can maintain a close relationship is limited to 150 by the size of the neocortex, the part of the brain used for conscious thought and language. Dave Morin, formerly an executive at Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. and Shawn Fanning, co-founder of Napster, are betting that people crave more private interaction with a much smaller social circle: Path lets each user designate only 50 friends. Morin estimates that, based on Dunbar's research, 50 is "roughly the outer boundary of our personal networks." READ MORE>>>

AND THE AWARD GOES TO: Henry-Griffitts Limited, a custom-fit company in golf, announced its 2010 awards.  The categories for the awards include two Master Golf Clubfitter, two Professional Golf Clubfitters and two special awards. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

WHICH WAY WILL THE COOKIE CRUMBLE: December 8 is judgment day. That's when the PGA of Australia will announce whether the Australian Masters or the Open is the lead-in event to the Presidents Cup to be played at Royal Melbourne next November, with the obvious spin-off of picking up quite a few players from both the American and International teams for the prelude. But there is a wildcard. It is understood there is a strong bid for the date being assembled in Adelaide, with the backing of the state government, for a one-off 30-man tournament with plenty of money – prizes and appearance – to lure some of golf's elite for a warm-up event to the Presidents Cup. However, Tiger Woods, who won the Masters at Kingston Heath last year before all hell broke loose in his private world – it was the last tournament won by the former world No.1 – also referred to the Masters (IMG, the owner and promoter) being played at the Heath as a lead-in to the Cup. READ MORE>>>

POWER SHIFT? That sense of superiority has always been rooted in the US tour's greater financial pull and, as long as US television continues to broadcast live golf and corporate America wants to associate itself with the sport, it will continue to exist. But there comes a point where the quality of the "product" – more commonly known as the players – has to count. Right now, the US has the sport's two biggest names in Tiger Woods and Mickelson. But how much longer will that be the case? READ MORE>>>

PACK PLENTY OF PATIENCE: As if air travel over the Thanksgiving holiday isn't tough enough, it could be even worse this year: Airports could see even more disruptions because of a loosely organized Internet boycott of full-body scans. Even if only a small percentage of passengers participate, experts say it could mean longer lines, bigger delays and hotter tempers. The protest, National Opt-Out Day, is scheduled for Wednesday to coincide with the busiest travel day of the year. READ MORE>>>

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ANSWER: Ian Poulter after winning the UBS Hong Kong Open.

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 (Monday, 22 November 2010 12:02)

 

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse

VOLUME 1, NUMBER 226

Friday, November 19, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “They say blonds have more fun, so we'll see if that can work this week.”

ON THIS DAY: In 1989, Curtis Strange and Mark O’Meara teamed to win the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charity Invitational hosted by Greg Norman.

STREET SIGNS: Its been said more than once in this space that its a different world. Consider Exhibit A: Tiger Woods. A year ago his world was about to change dramatically. Today he is working on improving his public image. He’s even giving Twitter a shot in an attempt to connect with his fan base. Perhaps Woods is an extreme example of how (quickly) things can change. However, in business staying the course isn’t always going to guarantee the anticipated or expected outcome.

Throughout 2010, golf has seen a decline in the frequency of play at the recreational level. Its unknown all of the factors that have influenced this, even if some appear more obvious than others. Price is a critical element in any transaction and it has become the new battleground being waged between courses and consumers. Choices in any given geography can be plentiful as tee sheets offer availability. But cost more than likely is the tipping point for many interested consumers and understating the market has never been more important whether its the consumer or the course operator. Tolerance towards over paying has never been as high as it is today regardless of whether its applied to a tee time or holiday shopping.

Research produced by the Longitudes Group offers a glimpse into the pricing practices happening in the real world. The results might catch you off guard. The company compared green fee prices from 2007 to 2010 in the mid to higher-end range of courses. It captured information on 353 Metropolitan areas (>50,000 pop), which represents about 82% of America living in an Urban/Suburban area. The research also separated green fees into two different groups: All courses (Private/Semi-Private/Resort /Public-Daily Fee/Military) and those that are considered strictly Public/Daily Fee. Among some of the key insights with its analysis was All Courses fees decreased on average -2.5% in the Top 50 metros areas in the US. (0.2% for 353 Metros). Public course fees, however, increased on average 4% in the Top 50 metros (7.2% for 353 Metros). “ It looks like the lower-priced and public courses have felt they could increase green fees, while the better courses, resorts, semi-privates have felt price pressure,” said Sara Killeen of Longitudes Group. “All courses (Private/Semi-private/Resort/Public) we found no correlation with Unemployment rates and green fees,” she added.

America’s largest cities (Top 10) have seen even more price pressure with All Courses’ fees down 5.2%, according to the research. Two cities experienced green fees that are down across all categories since 2007: Atlanta and Washington DC. Over-inflated prices prior to the economy going into the toilet hung in there better than expected as Phoenix and Dallas in the Top 10 are down in only two of the three categories. Meanwhile, the city with big shoulders, Chicago was the ONLY city that experienced ALL green fees going up 11.8%, double the rate of inflation during 2007-2010.

The conventional thinking is that rounds played are a necessary ingredient towards leading consumers to buying new equipment. Some locations may be more price sensitive than others when it comes to teeing it up, however what flies in one city, state doesn’t necessarily imply it’s the case elsewhere. “ In sum, all of this bodes well for golfer’s spending power in the country, but it does vary from place to place!!” said Killeen. For more information on prices and trends contact Sara Killeen This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

NOT A PRETTY PICTURE: A large research report into the golf industry in Ireland has found there is a significant amount of debt in clubs, especially among newer clubs, which made large capital investment. There has been a 10 percent decline in membership numbers in the past year, as the recession has hit the Emerald Isle. The Irish industry has the capacity to support over 23 million rounds of golf in a given year; however, the analysis shows that, at most, 14.7 million rounds were played in 2009, which indicates a level of under-utilization over 30 percent. The research also found a significant amount of debt, especially among newer clubs that made large capital investments in the last 10-15 years. Almost 75 percent of clubs made capital investment over the past three years, with the highest rate in Dublin where almost 93 per cent of clubs incurred capital expenditure.

The report found a clear need for strategic planning, and suggests many clubs require help in “developing a business turnaround plan that addresses strategic deficiencies and operational ineffectiveness.” READ MORE>>>

THUMBS UP OR DOWN? Rory McIlroy is taking a path less traveled. In fact, it could be argued he might also be blazing a new trail thus suggesting the 21-year old might be a pioneer of sorts. The Irishman has a new app (FREE to download) for iPhone 4 users that offers the rare chance to hear directly from him, before and after his rounds. The messages are intended to provide insight into how he’s feeling at key times as well as how he prepares at various stages throughout the season. He also promises some banter from the Tour along with photos and video.

The first review on iTunes for the app shared some disappointment. “The user interface is poor, difficult to read some section and the application has crashed a number of times. Especially disappointed that there is a charge of $7.99 to subscribe to the app and get access to exclusive voice mails...”

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING? Golf Digest tackled the issue of the square groove ruling after its first year of being banished from the PGA Tour. It looks at the numbers and interviews those who played by the new rule. "No, not at all," said Sean O'Hair when asked if the rule change made much of a difference. “I don't think the grooves themselves had any issue out there. For me, I actually thought it was easier out of the rough because you know you're going to get a flyer. Sometimes with square grooves it would fly, and sometimes it wouldn't. So it actually took the guessing out of it for me. I liked the new grooves a little bit better." READ MORE>>>

ONE OF A KIND: Tom Watson's legendary career in golf has always been defined by a select number of special moments. Who will ever forget Watson's near triumph in the 2009 in the Open Championship? Or "The Shot" that helped him win the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach?

For those who are fans of Watson and his Hall of Fame career, there is, for the first time, a special opportunity to own commemorative pieces honoring those moments. Available only on his website, TomWatson.com, are five autographed, exquisitely matted and framed pieces. Each item listed below is incased in non-glare, 99% conservation quality glass, a sealed frame (for protection), a rich black dust cover, and is wired for immediate display. For the photographs, the Giclee print is made using pigment inks and Museo Silver Ray fine art paper. Each also has a brass plate commemorating the special event pictured. Prices start at $595. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

ALMOST: Ian Poulter claimed the halfway lead at the UBS Hong Kong Open after producing a stunning second round of 60 to move to 13-under par. "I had five birdies from the seventh and as soon as that happened I felt there were plenty of chances coming in. I am happy but slightly disappointed." READ MORE>>>

STAYING PUT: Ryo Ishikawa is adding his name to those who have decided not to play the PGA Tour in 2011. "No interest," he said. "I want to do what I did this year." READ MORE>>>

IT WILL COST YOU: The spoils of victory came with a price recently for US Open Champ, Graeme McDowell. "All because I was carrying the US Open trophy that I brought to Shanghai, Singapore and on to Hong Kong, so that people could admire it," said an angry McDowell. READ MORE>>>

STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION? The PGA Tour Policy Board, where some pretty darned good ideas go to die quiet, lonely deaths. 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: Rory McIlroy on his new look.

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 (Friday, 19 November 2010 10:56)

 


Web Street Golf Daily Pulse

VOLUME 1, NUMBER 225

Thursday, November 18, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I hope he wins again because golf - and sports - are so much more interesting when he does. But for now, after what feels like the latest round of commercials - or infomercials - he is an old line. Not from the golf business. From show business: Shut up and sing.”

ON THIS DAY: In 2001, David Duval and Tiger Woods lead the U.S. to victory in World Golf Championships-EMC World Cup in Japan.

ONE DOOR OPENS AFTER ANOTHER CLOSES: Adams Golf signed Ryan Moore, who recently walked away from Scratch Golf, to an equipment deal. “We are excited to expand our relationship with Ryan, especially since he has carried some of our clubs in his bag for several seasons now,” said Chip Brewer, Adams Golf president and CEO.  “He is an exceptional talent and brings an already impressive record of achievement to our staff. He will be a great ambassador for our brand for years to come.”

Moore will play Adams Golf equipment, wear an Adams Golf hat and carry an Adams Golf staff bag. “I’ve been playing an Adams Golf driver and hybrid for the past several seasons and they have remained in my bag because they clearly perform,” said Moore. “The quality and level of technology Adams Golf puts into each and every club was evident from the first time I tried them. I’m excited about joining a company that is committed to developing world-class golf clubs and where I can make an impact.”

Moore was winless in 2010 but did finish 32nd on the PGA Tour Money List with earnings of more than $2.3 million. He had six Top 10 and 10 Top 25 finishes in 24 events played.

LOOK WHAT HAPPENED: Regardless of the industry or product, a company never knows how something new will be received until it goes to market. In golf there is an added element in the form of performance. Validation is a necessary and proven component towards ultimately seeking consumer acceptance.

Two more wins over the weekend on the LPGA and Sunshine Tours gave the new PING S56 irons 12 victories worldwide since it first arrived on Tour in late June, the company announced today. Its safe to say the product has overachieved early expectations. “We’ve never seen such instant acceptance and success for a new product on Tour,” said PING Chairman & CEO John Solheim. “We’re extremely pleased so many players have switched and seen immediate results. Our Tour reps are getting a lot of requests for the S56 irons right now from players all over the world. We’re more than happy to accommodate all the requests.”

In-Kyung (I.K.) Kim, a member of PING’s staff was the first to win on the LPGA Tour with the S56 irons at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational last week. The 22-year-old South Korean donated her $220,000 winner’s check to two charities, including $110,000 to the Lorena Ochoa Foundation. “When I read that I.K. had donated all of her winnings, I was touched by her incredible generosity,” said Solheim. “She was inspired to make the donation after meeting some of the children who attend a school set up by Lorena and her foundation. We’re proud to be associated with players like I.K. and Lorena who recognize the opportunity they have to give back to the game.”

Despite a brief existence the S56 irons have already created a significant story. More than 40 Tour players worldwide have switched to it since they debuted at Pebble Beach during the U.S. Open. Three PING professionals, including Gregory Havret and Louis Oosthuizen, put the new irons straight in the bag that week. Havret went on to place second, finishing one shot back. A month later, Oosthuizen dominated the British Open, winning by seven shots using the S56 irons. Three of the victories have come on the PGA Tour, where the new irons became the most-used model of any PING iron by the end of the season.

SCHOOL UNIFORM: Fairway & Greene and Zero Restriction is set to become the official apparel brands for Golf Digest Schools. "We are proud to be the official apparel brands for Golf Digest Schools," stated Andy Bell, President of Fairway & Greene and Zero Restriction. "We take a lot of pride in the heritage and authenticity of our brands and we believe the Golf Digest Schools are the perfect platform to reach our core consumer." READ MORE>>>

LOOKING FOR MORE: Tom Watson’s DVD instructional set recently surpassed the 25,000 mark and it isn’t looking to slow down anytime soon. A portion of the proceeds from all sales goes to the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research. Tom Watson Productions announced that it is selling the English language version of “Tom Watson - Lessons of a Lifetime” on Amazon Japan. The DVD program is prepared in the NTSC format and is region free to play on Japanese equipment. Watson also happens to be competing in the Dunlop Phoenix Golf Tournament in Miyazaki City, Japan that starts today. The instruction golf DVD program is also available for sale and international delivery on tomwatson.com

WEB GEMS:

DO OVER: It looks like Tiger Woods is working on a make over. Normally recluse when it comes to the public, he has taken on a new leaf. “Giving my son, Charlie, a bath, for example, beats chipping another bucket of balls. Making mac and cheese for him and his sister, Sam, is better than dining in any restaurant. Sharing a laugh watching cartoons or reading a book beats channel surfing alone. Some nights now, it’s just me and the kids, an experience that’s both trying and rewarding. Probably like the experience a lot of families have every evening around the world.” READ MORE>>>

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE: Reconnecting implies that he had ever connected with them in the first place by doing something other than winning record-breaking numbers of tournaments, major and otherwise, shooting record-breaking scores. That was before we found out all the other scoring with all the Rachels. READ MORE>>>

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tiger Woods in an interview Thursday on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" is opening up about his efforts to regain perspective and balance in his life after the car accident a year ago that sent his life into a tailspin. 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 Lupica on Tiger Woods

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, 18 November 2010 12:15)

 
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