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VOLUME 1, NUMBER 16

Monday, January 25, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Spin won't be a problem. I'll actually have more spin than last year.”

READY TO STRIKE: Cobra Golf announces the introduction of the new Cobra S2 Drivers and Fairways that promise superior accuracy, distance and forgiveness. Their collective clubface technology, clubhead design and overall engineering result in a family of products that maximize performance for all player types, according to the company.

"Avid golfers will benefit from the exceptional performance in the new Cobra S2 Drivers and Fairway Metals," says Brian Zender, General Manager of Cobra Golf. "They feature technologies that promote improved distance, with proprietary face design and adjustability to increase accuracy and forgiveness. Cobra S2 Drivers are designed for players of all abilities to maximize their distance off the tee and find the fairway more often. From there the Cobra S2 Fairways deliver outstanding launch and trajectory and produce high and long shots from the fairway and rough. The Cobra S2 Driver and the ZL Driver, representing our 2010 Driver line, were both selected for the Gold Award in the 2010 Golf Digest Hot List." FULL STORY>>>

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL? Before there can be a recovery, there first must be signs of stability. The economy has been the overwhelming story for what feels like an eternity. Under any other circumstances, the plight of commerce both in the US and elsewhere isn’t something people go out of their way to read about other than in financial publications. While it isn’t the story many want to see or hear, it’s proven to be a wary adversary that has been the greatest challenge to the golf industry. Those who prefer the world of denial, enjoy the recluse, however if less are game-fully employed than in prior years it contradicts the popular theory that a hide tide raises all boats. FULL STORY>>>

COMING UP: Earnings season has been the focus on Wall Street recently, but golf will be getting its swings in this week. Two notable companies, Callaway Golf (ELY: NYSE) and Fortune Brands (FO: NYSE) will supply the final tallies for their respective businesses in 2009. FULL STORY>>>

INSTANT CLASSIC: Cleveland Golf has announced the introduction of the Cleveland Classic BRZ putter line. Inspired by the classics and crafted for performance, these classic putters feature a bronze finish with a copper infused face insert for a soft yet responsive feel. All four models have heel-toe weighting which increases MOI for added forgiveness, while helping to limit unwanted twisting on off-center hit. FULL STORY>>>

ONE AND DONE? According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Farmers Insurance Group, agreed to a last-minute, discounted deal that pays the PGA Tour about $3.5 million to sponsor the Torrey Pines event. It estimates that is about half of what General Motors previously paid to sponsor what was formally known as the Buick Invitational. "The good news is we got a discount. The bad news is we only have one week to do anything with the sponsorship," Bob Woudstra, the CEO of Farmers Insurance, told the Journal, who reported Farmers became interested just 10 days prior when the Tour offered a one-year deal at a reduced price. FULL STORY (subscription required)>>>

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE: Its been said many times that through adversity arrives opportunity. Trouble is that opportunity on the best of days can be a tricky item to spot. This summer the best players in the world will arrive in St. Andrews to tackle the infamous Old Course as well as opportunity. But you can be there before any of them with a reserve tee time in advance without paying an arm and a leg by using a Tour operator. Available on a first come, first serve basis only FULL STORY>>>

THINK GREEN: The Waste Management Phoenix Open has a new tournament website at www.wmphoenixopen.com which is intended to be a one-stop source for all tournament related information. In addition, the new site also includes live feeds to the Waste Management Phoenix Open’s Social Media venues on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


“Our new tournament website is very interactive and is constantly being updated with the latest news and information,” said 2010 tournament chairman David Rauch. “Fans can watch videos, view our ever-expanding photo gallery, find out who’s playing in the tournament, get ‘Green’ tips from Waste Management, as well as post comments about what they’re seeing and reading on the site. It’s amazing how much stuff is packed into this website.”

NOTES: Tony Palma, CEO of Easton Sports for 14 years, has joined OGIO as its new CEO. Bettinardi Golf has signed PGA Tour player Brian Gay to an endorsement deal. RIFE Putters announced it will debut the new Deep Blue putter at the PGA Merchandise Show along with four new Island Series putters, the Aruba, Trinidad, Montserrat, and Cayman Brac. Half Moon Bay Golf Links announced its "Unlimited Golf Stay and Play Package" for 2010, with accommodations provided by Half Moon Bay Lodge. Rates begin at $185 per person, per night based on double occupancy, including taxes.

Callaway Golf Company announced Adebayo O. Ogunlesi (56 and Chairman and Managing Partner of Global Infrastructure Management, LLC,) has been appointed to the Company's board of directors.

WEB GEMS:

DIG THIS: Looks like Phil Mickelson wants to make a statement starting out his 2010-playing season. However, it isn’t what you might be expecting from him. Mickelson who has voiced his displeasure to the USGA regarding its condition of competition rule for grooves appears to be taking matters into his own hands, so to speak.... FULL STORY>>>

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ANSWER: Phil Mickelson, according to Golf Digest/Golf World

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Last Updated (Monday, 25 January 2010 16:48)

 

 

 

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse

VOLUME 1, NUMBER 6

Monday, January 11, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “If he wants to rekindle the image of who he is, this would be the best way to do it.”

DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN: A new year, a new equipment set that incorporated a new rule change for grooves and for Geoff Ogilvy, it turned out to be the same old, same old. The defending champion began 2010 as he did in 2009 by winning on the island of Maui. Over the past eight rounds of competition at the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Ogilvy is 46 under par. He was 22 under in 2010 using his new set of Titleists.

According to Ogilvy, the Cobra irons he played in 2009 conformed to the rule change as does his 2010 Titleist specs. “My only different groove clubs are my wedges,” he explained after his 2010 win. “There is definitely a difference. Especially out of Bermuda rough.” But the Aussie doesn’t believe the condition of competition rule will have an effect on the way players attack a golf course. “It's not going to affect the way you play. It's not changing the way we play,” he said.

While its unknown how each and every player is going to be adjusting to the new rule, it’s fair to state that it’s equally unknown how athletic each player is, which is a factor within the equation. In other words, the first test towards the grooves indicates the players, by in large be it a limited field event, can adjust to the new wrinkle without the sacrifice towards scoring.

 

ON A ROLL: Nike Golf is two for two starting out 2010. Charl Schwartzel's victory at the PGA European Tour's Africa Open continued the company’s winning ways. FULL STORY>>>

CAN WE TALK: Antigua has started a campaign to open the lines of communications with consumers to learn more from its fans to incorporate into its future designs. The Peoria, AZ Company has incorporated Social Media into its business strategy with the inclusion of Facebook Fan Pages at www.facebook.com/Antigua and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AntiguaWear to engage in an ongoing dialogue. FULL STORY>>>

FACE TIME: STX announced it has expanded its ProFIT Series with the addition of the new ProFIT 6 Mallet Putter. It is available in three face insert options; the black, red and green insert options. According to Director of Golf Steve Henneman, “This putter is the perfect blend of grace and grit. The design is somewhat sculpture like yet its finish and weights are bold and rugged.” Suggested retail is $199.00, which includes one insert / two weighting options. The product is expected to ship to retail accounts in March.

A NEW SHAFT ON THE WAY: Graphite Design said it will it unveil the new Tour AD DI – DEEP IMPACT shaft at the 2010 PGA Merchandise Show. “We have been testing the Tour AD DI on the major Tours for several months and are extremely pleased with the feedback we have received,” said Mr. Tak Yamada, VP of Sales & Marketing, Graphite Design. It will be available in four models.

AT WHAT COST? There have been plenty of times when it appears (no pun intended) that there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish the tasks at hand. When it comes to golf courses, revenues are often tied to direct sunlight and that can be a tricky factor depending on your location. While the number of rounds played in 2009 is believed to be in line with 2008, it’s largely unknown how price has influenced this. FULL STORY>>>

WHAT WILL THEY THINK OF NEXT? The resourcefulness of engineers and equipment designers appears to have no boundaries. Driver designs in the past several years have been described by some of those who are responsible for their creation as the golden era for designing. Nevertheless, it begs the question how can they continue to top what has already been discovered? TaylorMade, which has become the leader in market share for metal woods, appears to be headed in a new direction. FULL STORY>>>

THE DEVIL WITHIN: As reported in last week’s Jan 5th issue of the Daily Pulse, Callaway is in a devilish mood heading into 2010. The company announced a February 15th retail availability of its Diablo Forged Irons. The new product introduction retail price is $999 for steel-shafted sets, and $1199 for graphite-shafted sets.

For those who are a bit more impatience there is the Diablo Edge Irons, which will be available at retail on January 15. The Edge will carry an introduction retail price of $599 for a steel-shafted set. It is also coming in a combo set, six irons (steel shaft) and two Diablo Edge Hybrids (graphite shafts) for $699. For those who want graphite shafts in the irons as well, the price elevates to $799. FULL STORY>>>

FREE BUT WITH A PRICE: Scheyden Precision Eyewear, considered to be a luxury market leader in lenses and frames for aviation, golf, fishing and yachting, has announced a special, limited-time promotion providing free prescription lenses with the purchase of any Dual RX frame through January 31, 2010. "Anyone with a prescription recognizes just how great the value of this promotion is, and by negotiating a fabulous price with our lab, were able to introduce a whole new audience to these striking styles," says Jeff Herold, company founder and a private instrument-rated pilot.

The offer is valid with orders for any of the four classic Dual RX styles at the standard retail price ($445) and is available exclusively at www.scheyden.com/DualRxJAN2010.htm or by calling 800.851.2758.

DONE DEAL: Billy Casper Golf has purchased St. Johns Golf & Country Club (St. Johns) in St. Augustine, FL., which it has managed since 2007, from The St. Joe Company. Terms of the deal were not announced, however it’s believed the purchase price was $2.4 million, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Wondering what new names may be appearing on golf retail shelves in the future? FULL STORY>>>

UPON FURTHER REVIEW: There has been considerable talk in recent years regarding initiatives on growing sustainable participation levels in golf. Many haven’t met the objectives, at least in the US, as the numbers appear, at best, static. One location however, has enjoyed a strong turn out to a new program, but organizers are already having to rethink their strategy and it has nothing to do with the global economy.... FULL STORY>>>

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ANSWER: Butch Harmon, who worked with Tiger Woods for 10 years.

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Last Updated (Monday, 18 January 2010 15:34)

 

 

 

Web Street Golf Daily Pulse

VOLUME 1, NUMBER 5

Friday, January 8, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Anybody who hasn't talked about the Tiger thing in the last two months was on the moon.”

YOUR SERVICES ARE NO LONGER NECESSARY: While the rumor mill has been in hyper drive over Tiger Woods, its possible that a little news may have gone by unnoticed. It has been decided Woods will be relieved as host of the AT&T National tournament. Recently the telecommunications company severed its business arrangement with the world’s #1 player but its unclear whether that decision also extended creating further distance via his tournament role as well.

“All of the parties involved with the tournament got together,” PGA Tour Commissioner, Tim Finchem, explained. “I'm not going to go into all of the reasons behind it. When we discussed the tournament with AT&T, they had made the decision on a personal representation and reported the decision to us. They did not discuss with us the details of how they came or arrived at that decision,” he continued. According to the Commish, three parties determined the decision with respect to remove Tiger as host of the event. “The foundation, the AT&T and the PGA Tour,” Finchem said. He also stated that he hasn’t been in contact with Woods and doesn’t know when he will speak with him again. “We pledged our commitment to give him privacy so that would include me trying to talk to him,” Finchem stated. “I have not talked to Tiger (and) I don't know when I would talk to him.”

 

‘TIS BETTER TO GIVE THAN RECEIVE: While the holiday season has past again, the spirit of giving is on display with the United States Golf Association. The organization announced that it awarded $1.87 million to support the development of 127 golf programs through its "For the Good of the Game" Grants Initiative during 2009. More than 230,000 young people and individuals with disabilities were projected to participate in quality golf programs supported by these grants.

"The USGA is pleased to continue its support of organizations working to improve the lives of young people and individuals with disabilities through the game of golf,” said USGA President Jim Vernon. “Seeing hundreds of non-profit organizations using golf as a vehicle to positively influence the next generation speaks highly of the enduring values of the game.” FULL STORY>>>

WEB GEMS:

A SECOND CHANCE: Arizona State University's golf management program appeared to have disappeared, but the nationally recognized program now, seems to be headed back to the fairway, school officials say. FULL STORY>>>

COULD THE WORM BE TURNING? It appears the folks north of the US border are optimistic with what the future will hold and that includes the golf industry, according to a recent poll. While the Great White North is basking in a blanket of snow and a blast or two of good fresh (i.e. cold) air, many are of the belief that better days are in front of us. FULL STORY>>>

WHEN AND WHERE? The focus on the ongoing saga of the world’s #1 player has been on his whereabouts. Few have talked about when he will return. But his former teacher Butch Harmon isn’t afraid to make a prediction. Meanwhile, the man behind the records he is chasing said if he is to catch him than this is an important year.

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ANSWER: PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem in his press conference at the SBS Championship.

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

 

Last Updated (Monday, 18 January 2010 15:29)

 
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