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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 165                                                       
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “You're supposed to learn something every day, but as I look back on 42 years in professional golf, I've had some good advice, I've had some good people in my life that told me the right thing at the right time. But in terms of golf advice, I would say stick to the fundamentals, that's the most important part. Sometimes we get lost in the technique. There's so many intricacies and so many details to what you could do and should do, but is it all that important? No, the fundamentals are the most important.”

BRAIN TEASER: Which player enters the 2017 FedExCup playoffs ranked #1 in the standings? HINT: He has recorded three victories and three runner-up results in 18 starts this season.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING: Hard to believe that September is less than 10 days away. Labor Day weekend in the US often signifies the symbolic end of summer. Just three days ago, the PGA TOUR wrapped up its “regular season.” So this must mean the new product introduction phase is upon us yet again! Earlier this week, tm790Bridgestone announced new golf balls to replace its B330 line up. Now its TaylorMade’s turn to direct the spotlight on itself.

TaylorMade Golf has the addition of the P790 irons. It’s a forged players distance iron, according to the company, engineered with new SpeedFoam Technology. The P790 has a hollow cavity that incorporates SpeedFoam Technology, a new proprietary construction, which serves a dual purpose, according to the company, of generating ball speed as well as the management of sound and feel. Injected into the clubhead, SpeedFoam provides face support and damping properties.

A WrapFace construction creates a cut-thru Speed Pocket on the sole with extreme flexibility, TaylorMade said, in the lower part of the clubface. This flexibility promises greater forgiveness and consistency than is typically seen in a distance iron design, according to TaylorMade.

The P790 also features a 1.75mm face thickness with re-engineered Inverted Cone Technology (ICT) optimized for the slightly smaller face area. Whereas the company’s previous ICT which had a larger, heavier profile, the new, smaller Inverted Cone allows for reduced face thickness at the edges of the face, thus increasing flexibility from heel to toe and low on the clubface, according to the company, resulting in more ball speed across the entire face.

The P790 will be available at retail on September 15 (U.S. & Canada) & September 29 (globally), P790 irons will be offered in 3-PW, AW equipped with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold 105 steel shafts ($1,299) or UST Mamiya’s Recoil 760/780 ES SmacWrap graphite shafts ($1,499) with Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips. Numerous other custom shaft options are also available.

BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE! TaylorMade has more to offer as the company also announced the release of the P730 irons. The P730 was designed to build off tm730the company’s blade irons, especially with the ’11 & ’14 Tour Preferred MB. The design team’s primary objective, according to the company, was to retain the features that were iconic to the Tour Preferred MB '14 – notably sole camber, offset flow, sole radius and hosel length – while at the same time improving its performance in two subtle ways; shaping and mass properties

The shaping improvements evolved from previous MB with direct feedback from Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and other PGA TOUR players over the past several years. The overall blade profile is slightly smaller with cleaner and crisper lines, particularly in the 7-8-9 iron transition, TaylorMade said. The leading edge profile was also tweaked to improve turf interaction across the set. According to the company, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose currently play milled versions of the P730 (the Rors Proto & Rose Proto, respectively), while Dustin Johnson is currently testing a forged set (which will be the version available at retail).

Let’s face it; this is a niche product at best. Forged irons are beautiful to look at but few recreational players actually buy them. Its something essentially reserved for the PGA TOUR contingent to use on a regular basis. So if you aspire to be Rose, Rors or DJ, then this might be the product for you!

The P730 becomes available at retail on November 1, and will be offered in 3-PW at an MSRP of $1,399 USD.

WHY THE MIDDLE MAN? More than half (55 percent) of shoppers prefer to shop directly with brand manufacturers over retailers, according to Astound Commerce Insight’s “Global Brand Shopper Survey.” READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

NEXT: “This is going to be my last one playing,” confirmed Matthew. “I was three-down through 11 and I said to myself: ‘This is going to be my last match so give it my all’. I managed to play all 18 and just squeak past so I enjoyed the moment, but it’s time for some younger players to take over.” She is set to take charge of Europe on home soil after Annika Sorenstram decided to step aside as captain. “I said this was a one-time thing for me,” said the Swede. “It is time to move the torch to the next person.” READ MORE>>>

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? The FedEx Cup isn't the only trophy at stake over the next five weeks. One trophy is known for its $10 million prize, with $9 million in cash. The other is about respect and honor from the other players. The PGA Tour launched its lucrative FedEx Cup in 2007 with hopes it would give the season some definition and keep golf interesting after the majors are over. Another purpose it occasionally serves is to allow the best players to lobby for the Jack Nicklaus Award as the player of the year. Justin Thomas is regarded as the front-runner, and the size of his lead depends on the scope of one's memory. READ MORE>>>

BACK IN THE NEWS: Tiger Woods has threatened to sue a celebrity smut site and the as-yet-unidentified person who stole and leaked nude photos of ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn and a full-frontal image of the golfer. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “You're supposed to learn something every day, but as I look back on 42 years in professional golf, I've had some good advice, I've had some good people in my life that told me the right thing at the right time. But in terms of golf advice, I would say stick to the fundamentals, that's the most important part. Sometimes we get lost in the technique. There's so many intricacies and so many details to what you could do and should do, but is it all that important? No, the fundamentals are the most important.” --Bernhard Langer

Hideki Matsuyama has recorded three victories and three runner-up results in 18 starts this season. Two World Golf Championships wins (HSBC Champions, Bridgestone Invitational) and a playoff victory over Webb Simpson at the Waste Management Phoenix Open have him No. 1 in the FedExCup standings heading into the FedExCup Playoffs.

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 7, NUMBER 164                                                       
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I don't feel like I have a lot of pressure to perform. I want to perform but I've been out here long enough, I know if you do all the right things, you keep on practicing on the things you need to do and sooner or later you put things together, even if it hasn't been a great season -- certainly hasn't been a bad one for me up until now.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many times has Henrik Stenson won on the PGA TOUR over his career? HINT: It was in yesterday’s issue!

GOTTA FLY! Hands up if you knew that NetJets is the Official Private Jet Provider of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions? If you did, then congratulations. It’s decided to extended its contract through 2022. What that means it is will continue, uninterruptedly, to provide flights, marketing support and charitable contributions to the PGA TOUR, tournaments and players around the world.

“We launched our initial partnership with the PGA TOUR in 2014 and it has been a mutually beneficial arrangement that delivers incredible exposure to our brand and value to the audiences we serve,” said Pat Gallagher, NetJets Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Currently, more than 30 top-ranked PGA TOUR players rely on NetJets to give them a competitive advantage by maximizing their time. We are excited to work together with the PGA TOUR on tournament activations and media opportunities, as well as extending valuable opportunities to our Owners.”

NetJets, Inc., is considered the global leader in fractional ownership of private aircraft, has more than 700 aircraft in its fleet, making it the fifth largest airline in the world. “My time is valuable and I try to maximize every second I can get on the course and with my family. For more than 16 years, NetJets has made it possible for me to do both,” said Jim Furyk, NetJets Owner. “They do everything possible to get me to tournaments on time, making my schedule, my safety, and my comfort their priority. I truly can’t imagine traveling any other way.”

BOYS CLUB? The PGA TOUR Policy Board announced that Mary Meeker, a General Partner at venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins in Menlo Park, California, has accepted an invitation to join the Board as an Independent Director. She becomes the Policy Board’s fifth Independent Director, joining Chairman John McCoy, Victor Ganzi, Edward Herlihy and Randall Stephenson.

Meeker has been with Kleiner Perkins since December 2010 and focuses on investing in Internet-related businesses around the world. Meeker has led KP’s investments in a number of leading technology companies including Spotify, JD.com, Waze, Airbnb and Peloton.  She is on the Board of Directors of Square, Lending Club and DocuSign. Meeker joined Kleiner Perkins after serving as Managing Director at Morgan Stanley in New York where she helped lead the Global Technology Research Team. Meeker has been listed by Forbes as one of ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ since 2012.

“In this dynamic, fast-changing world of media and technology, Mary’s expertise – and proven reputation as a trend-spotter – will be especially helpful as the TOUR innovates to create the best experience for our fans,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Given that her keen business acumen is matched by a true love and appreciation for the game of golf, we’re thrilled to welcome her to the PGA TOUR Policy Board and look forward to the impact she’s sure to make on the future of our organization.”

A native of Indiana, Meeker graduated from DePauw University with a B.A. degree and received an MBA from Cornell University in addition to an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from DePauw.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have someone of Mary’s expertise and caliber become the newest member of the PGA TOUR Policy Board,” McCoy said. “Many on our Board have known Mary for years and are familiar with her successes and expertise. We look forward to working with her and applying her insights as we guide the business strategies of the PGA TOUR to continue its overall growth and success.”

Meeker also has a strong, longstanding connection to golf, dating back to a summer job working as a groundskeeper and serving as captain of her high school golf team. She has played golf around the world and participated in pro-ams on both the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions, including at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

“I grew up around golf and am passionate about the sport,” said Meeker.  “I love practicing, playing, watching, competing and appreciating the artistry of golf course design. The PGA TOUR is impressive – the players, the leadership and organizers, the volunteers and the business model, including the focus on local charities communities and global growth. It’s an honor to have a seat at the table to help participate in the growth of the game.”

In addition to the Independent Directors, the PGA TOUR Policy Board includes four Player Directors from the PGA TOUR, four Player Directors from PGA TOUR Champions, and a PGA of America Director. The Board is tasked with directing business strategies, establishing corporate policies and regulations, setting financial objectives and ensuring the financial success of the TOUR.

DONE LIKE DINNER: Callaway Golf reported it closed on its $125.5 million acquisition of TravisMathew, less than three weeks after it made the news public. Net sales for the lifestyle brand for the full 2017-year are estimated to be $55-60 million.  Post-acquisition, TravisMathew will continue to operate out of its Huntington Beach, California headquarters.

"We are excited to have completed this acquisition," commented Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway Golf Company. "We believe TravisMathew fits well with our business, brand and culture and aligns with our strategy of developing growth in areas tangential to the golf equipment business.  We have identified potential synergies in operations and distribution, as well as growth opportunities in the golf channels and international regions.  We look forward to partnering with the TravisMathew management team to realize these synergies and capture these growth opportunities." 

WEB GEMS:

IN JEOPARDY? Laura Davies has a warning. “Unless there is a strong Ladies European Tour, there will no longer be a Solheim Cup,” she said. READ MORE>>>

FIT FOR DUTY? Rory McIlroy is due to attend a gig in Yankee Stadium in the Bronx district of New York on Tuesday evening that will entail hitting some golf balls from a corporate suite out onto the famed diamond, a duty which will provide some evidence of the Northern Irishman’s health. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I don't feel like I have a lot of pressure to perform. I want to perform but I've been out here long enough, I know if you do all the right things, you keep on practicing on the things you need to do and sooner or later you put things together, even if it hasn't been a great season -- certainly hasn't been a bad one for me up until now.”--Henrik Stenson after his win at the Wyndham Championship.

Henrik Stenson has won six times on the PGA TOUR over his career. Prior to his win at the Wyndham, his most recent victory came at the 2016 Open Championship. He also captured the 2007 WGC Accenture Match Play, 2009 PLAYERS, 2013 Deutsche Bank and 2013 Tour Championships.

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 7, NUMBER 163                                                       
Monday, August 21, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I feel like I've been on a little bit of a journey into last year trying to figure out what kind of golfer I am, what kind of swings I need to make. I'm trying to get back to what I did when I was successful and my kind of fingerprints and what I do well and -- it's difficult. I've had a lot of great success in my career and so I know I'm capable and just putting in the work and I'm motivated, excited to play and so just got to keep doing it and find the successes everyday no matter what the scores. Whether I play well tomorrow, I don't know but I know what I need to do and I'm starting to understand it and feel it and how I am. The more I tell myself that I can do it, the better chance I have to do it.”

BRAIN TEASER: Dru Love, son of Davis Love III, made his first cut in six PGA TOUR starts last week (five as a professional this season). Can you name the last time a father and son made the cut in a PGA TOUR event?

A NEW BALL GAME: Bridgestone Golf is looking to make a pivot. The company has been successful in the past at getting people to try its golf ball products. Now it wants to insure they remain playing it. The company first introduced the B330 ball in 2005. The B330S then followed. In 2008, the B330RX came along and shortly after came the B330RXS model. As some might recall the RX and RXS models were created based on research Bridgestone discovered from doing its consumer golf ball fittings. After all not everyone that plays this game is a Tour player!

The B330 line is being replaced by a new series that includes four models – TOUR B X, XS, RX and RXS. According to the company, data from more than 3 million in-person and online ball fittings went into the R&D process to determine how specific characteristics would benefit different players. In addition, Bridgestone said it used white label surveys to gauge and fulfill exact needs of customers.

TOUR B X and XS are designed for low handicap golfers that place an emphasis on feel. Compared to the B330 and B330-S predecessors, the X and XS provide more spin and greenside control, according to the company; due to a softer urethane cover formulation. Increased distance is provided from enhanced aerodynamics and improved 330 Dual Dimple design, Bridgestone said. The X is for those players looking for more accuracy off the tee, it said, while the XS provides extra length.

The RX and RXS are for mid-to-low handicappers, promising “explosive” distance and optimized trajectory thanks to a high repulsion construction and new 338 modified Dual Dimple design. A side note here, the 338-dimple construction in the RX and RXS was one of the major reasons for the name change by Bridgestone. The RX will help players hit more fairways, according to Bridgestone, while those that rely on feel will gravitate toward the RXS.

“Unlike other manufacturers, we don’t try to shoe-horn golfers into a ball that doesn’t fit their game,” said Adam Rehberg, Bridgestone Golf Ball Fitting. “Plain and simple, our goal is to help golfers find the ball that will lower their scores by maximizing performance from tee to green.”

“The secret to our success is in the data, as we rely on our database of millions of swings to understand how golfers of all skill levels are hitting the ball,” said Elliot Mellow, Bridgestone Golf Marketing Manager. “We then start to build out player personas based on trends and collaborate with third party golf industry data sources to further fine-tune each persona bucket. Once we have established exact needs of different players we determine which of our proprietary technologies can help them rise above the competition.”

bxTOUR B X replaces the Tour B330 model. Features include:
• Firmer urethane cover than XS, reduces driver spin for increased accuracy of the tee
• Core compression = 85
• Construction: Three-piece urethane

TOUR B XS 
• Slightly softer urethane cover than the X, creates added friction for enhanced feel and control
• Core compression = 75
• Construction: Three-piece urethane

For the new TOUR B line, Bridgestone engineers improved the manufacturing process to make the 330 Dual Dimple more precise, it said, which helps to increase aerodynamic efficiency during ball flight. The inner dimple causes greater distance with more thrust power at launch and the outer dimple promotes a shallow angle of descent for increased roll.

TOUR B RX  
• Slightly firmer urethane cover than the RXS reduces spin and increases accuracy off the teebxs
• Core compression = 66
• Construction: Three-piece urethane

TOUR B RXS 
• Slightly softer urethane cover than the RX creates added friction for superior feel and greenside control
• Core compression = 64
• Construction: Three-piece urethane

Bridgestone engineers increased the number of Dual Dimples to 338 for the RX and RXS, as this pattern provides more surface coverage of dimples, it said, to help slow rotation of the ball and increase consistency/forgiveness. This dimple works for the RX/RXS player who needs more forgiveness, while it is not ideal for X/XS players because they control their ball flight more naturally and want workability.

The brand slogan for the new B series ball coming from the company is “Dare to be better. Dare to Bridgestone.” The line will officially be available at retailers nationwide and on Bridgestonegolf.com beginning October 2. The minimum advertised price for the B Series is $44.99 per dozen.

WINNER’S CLUBS: Returning to the Wyndham Championship for the first time since 2012, 2013 FedExCup champion Henrik Stenson birdied four of his last six holes en route to a final-round 6-under 64 and one-stroke victory over PGA TOUR rookie Ollie Schniederjans. Stenson wins with a tournament-record 22-under 258, topping the previous tournament record at the Wyndham Championship of 21-under 259 (Si Woo Kim/2016, Carl Pettersson/2008). It marks his sixth PGA TOUR victory. He now owns the most victories on the PGA TOUR by a player from Sweden.

Highlights from the week: Opened the week with a 62, his low round on the PGA TOUR. Career-best, opening 36-hole score of 12-under 128 (3rd), besting 130s at the 2013 TOUR Championship and Dell Technologies Championship en route to winning the 2013 FedExCup title. His 194 total through three rounds marked his career low 54-hole total, topping 196 at the 2013 Dell Technologies Championship. In addition, 54-hole total marked the second-best total in tournament history, with the record remaining with fellow Swede Carl Pettersson, who posted 191 through three rounds in 2008.

Here is what Henrik Stenson had in the bag to win the 2017 Wyndham Championship:

Driver: None
Fairway Woods: Callaway Diablo Octane Tour (13 degrees), Callaway XR Pro, (18 degrees)
Irons: Callaway Legacy Black (3-PW)
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged (50, 56 degrees); Callaway Mack Daddy MP Grind (60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG #7H
Ball: Pro V1
Shoe: FJ ICON MyJoys
Glove: FJ Pure Touch Limited

Henrik Stenson’– Numbers for the week:
Eagles: 0
Birdies: 29
Pars: 37
Bogeys: 5
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 258

WEB GEMS:

GO TIME? Rory McIlroy will try to defend his FedEx Cup title after deciding against sitting out the rest of the season to rest a persistent rib injury. READ MORE>>>

MOTOWN: On Tuesday, officials at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc will announce that the swanky former home of the PGA Tour's Buick Open will soon host a Tour Champions tournament, according to a source with direct knowledge of the PGA Tour's plans. READ MORE>>>

TAKE OVER TARGET? The European Tour could launch a takeover bid for its struggling ladies equivalent. The Ladies European Tour (LET), which has been badly hindered by the loss of tournaments, is also a potential business target for the US-based LPGA Tour. READ MORE>>>

U.S.A.: The United States beat Europe to retain the Solheim Cup in Iowa on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

NEVER SAY DIE: With a late comeback that will go down in tournament lore, Doc Redman secured the U.S. Amateur title. Redman, 19, defeated Doug Ghim in 37 holes in Sunday’s final, winning on the first playoff hole (Riviera Country Club’s par-4 10th) to take the title. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I feel like I've been on a little bit of a journey into last year trying to figure out what kind of golfer I am, what kind of swings I need to make. I'm trying to get back to what I did when I was successful and my kind of fingerprints and what I do well and -- it's difficult. I've had a lot of great success in my career and so I know I'm capable and just putting in the work and I'm motivated, excited to play and so just got to keep doing it and find the successes everyday no matter what the scores. Whether I play well tomorrow, I don't know but I know what I need to do and I'm starting to understand it and feel it and how I am. The more I tell myself that I can do it, the better chance I have to do it.” --Six-time PGA TOUR winner, Hunter Mahan at the 2017 Wyndham Championship. He finished T16 at the event.

The last time a father and son made the cut in a PGA TOUR event was Jay (T22) and Bill (T4) Haas at the 2006 Wells Fargo 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

 

 

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 162                                                       
Friday, August 18, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think it's just extremely difficult to win and that's one of the things that I've learned and Major Championship events are more difficult than regular PGA TOUR events. I'm excited where we're headed. We've got a big stretch run here of five of the next six weeks of playing golf. If I can keep playing the way I'm playing, I'll have plenty of chances to win.”

BRAIN TEASER: He remains the youngest winner of the Wyndham Championship. He won the 1978 Wyndham Championship, his first tournament in the United States at the age of 20 years, 11 months and 24 days. Can you name him?

A LIFE WELL PLAYED! Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation (AACF) has announced that Arnie’s March Against Children's Cancer has expanded its footprint to new markets nationwide. Now it is a part of the weekly line-up of special events at three PGA TOUR events, including the recent World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, OH; the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, MA; and the 2017 TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA.

Arnie’s March is a unique fundraising model that allows PGA TOUR events and their local children’s hospital to showcase the strength and impact of their partnership, providing an opportunity to recognize and honor cancer patients, their families, hospital staff, and community supporters. The goal of each Arnie’s March is to generate significant, local philanthropic support for the children’s hospitals in unique ways that TOUR events provide.

“The reality that Arnie’s March Against Children’s Cancer has expanded beyond Orlando would make my dad smile,” said Amy Palmer Saunders, AACF Chairman of The Board. “He was committed to so many philanthropic initiatives throughout his life, but supporting children in their fight against cancer and other debilitating diseases was always a priority. I know we are making him proud every day, especially in expanding the Arnie’s March campaign.”

Arnie's March Against Children's Cancer was established in 2012 as a fundraising walk held annually during the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. The 2017 event raised more than $300,000 to support pediatric cancer research and clinical trials at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, FL. The inaugural Arnie’s March Ohio, which took place during the recent Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, raised money to benefit the tournament’s Signature Charities, Akron Children’s Hospital and University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. The final events this year include Arnie’s March Boston, which will take place during Dell Technologies Championship week, benefitting the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center, followed by Arnie’s March Atlanta, which will take place at the TOUR Championship and supports the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation was established in 2015 to help fulfill Mr. Palmer’s lifelong passion of investing in the well-being and development of children and youth, supporting health and wellness initiatives and strengthening both communities and the environment. Today, AACF has been entrusted to carry on the legacy of Mr. Palmer in marching toward a better tomorrow, while enhancing his commitment of caring & giving back by expanding into new communities across the nation.

Saunders added, “The AACF’s strategy centers on celebrating a Life Well Played by pushing forward on my Dad’s unmatched commitment to philanthropy, and a lifetime dedicated to making lives better around the world.”

ANOTHER WORTHY CAUSE: Have you heard of the Citi 44 Million Yard Challenge? It started yesterday and runs through the 2017 Presidents Cup (September 26 – October 1). Part of the challenge is golfers and participants will drive a golf ball the 43,825,760 yards it takes to circle the globe. In honor of the challenge, Presidents Cup partner Citi is donating enough to provide one million meals to No Kid Hungry. Its mission is to end childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food as well as teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.

Participants will be able to take the challenge by hitting golf balls in mobile golf simulators that will travel around New York and New Jersey, as well as by engaging on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag “#Citi44MilYards.” Each use of the hashtag will represent the equivalent of hitting the ball 1,000 yards. Fans and participants can follow the progress of the Citi 44 Million Yard Challenge and find the latest information on the golf simulator stop locations and timing by visiting: www.PresidentsCup.com/Citi44MilYards

WEB GEMS:

FAST START: Matt Every matched the Wyndham Championship's first-round record with a 9-under 61 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead. Every tied the opening-round mark set in 2010 by Arjun Atwal, who went on to win the PGA Tour's final tournament before the postseason. Henrik Stenson opened with a 62. Former Wyndham winner Webb Simpson was at 63 along with Cameron Smith, Vaughn Taylor, Tim Wilkinson, Harold Varner III, Brian Campbell and Sam Saunders. READ MORE>>>

CASE CLOSED? After listening to arguments from each side and asking each pointed questions, U.S. District Chief Judge J. Randal Hall granted a request Thursday that temporarily prevents the sale of three of Augusta National Golf Club’s iconic green jackets. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think it's just extremely difficult to win and that's one of the things that I've learned and Major Championship events are more difficult than regular PGA TOUR events. I'm excited where we're headed. We've got a big stretch run here of five of the next six weeks of playing golf. If I can keep playing the way I'm playing, I'll have plenty of chances to win.”--Kevin Kisner after his play at the PGA Championship. He opened the Wyndam shooting 1-under, 69.

Seve Ballesteros is the youngest winner of the Wyndham Championship, winning his first tournament in the United States at the 1978 Wyndham Championship at the age of 20 years, 11 months and 24 days.

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 7, NUMBER 161                                                       
Thursday, August 17, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Preparation is huge, I understand that. But it's a matter of how mentally switched on I am and how much I want it will determine my week.”

BRAIN TEASER: Justin Thomas, son of Mike and Jani Thomas, became the eighth son of a PGA of America Professional to win the PGA Championship. Who was the last son of a PGA Professional to win the PGA Championship prior to Thomas?

TURN BACK TIME: Recreational golf and the professional game share many traits but are also very different. In fact, the differences are as wide as the continental divide. For example the PGA TOUR is dominated by young players or millennial as they are often referred to. The recreational game is largely based on Generation X men (born between 1966 and 1980) and Baby Boomers (1946-1965). The National Golf Foundation estimated in 2015 that 6.8 million Gen X players and 5.4 Baby Boomers played the game for fun. Combined the two segments total 12.2 million out of the 24.7 million golfers the NGF believes that exist. Nearly 70 percent of the 468 million rounds played in 2016 were played by golfers over the age of 50, according to the NGF. While the PGA TOUR reflects a younger, vibrant crowd of participants for the most part, the real world is different.

One of the advantages golf offers is that it’s a game that can be played for a lifetime. And for those that take full advantage of that, there are challenges that comes with it. As we age, hopefully gracefully, we lose flexibility and speed. This doesn’t speak to any preexisting conditions, injuries incurred or the advent of a growing waste line either!

The game has always been centered on distance. It’s the number one selling feature in equipment. Golfers are addicted to it and have been for centuries. For that matter, equipment companies are just as dedicated to this obsessive pursuit. But as we grow older, gaining distance becomes even more and more of a challenge. Experience on our side and hopefully somewhat wiser too, we sometimes become more jaded to marketing pitches. The days of 20 yards longer is harder to swallow, for example. Titanium drivers have been a mainstay for 20 years and solid core golf balls nearly as long. So for the 70% of the rounds played in 2016 by golfers over the age of 50, finding a few more yards is likely falling of deaf ears.

Equipment companies prove annually they haven’t run out of ideas when it comes to drivers. But is the performance really there for someone on the back nine of mortality? Is the genie still in the bottle? Is it the equivalent of pursuing the fountain of youth? For many the foregone conclusion holds firm with skepticism. We grow older, therefore slower and how can they deliver more?

The answer, however, lies in two parts. First, companies have found ways to increase ball speed, while remaining in compliance with the ruling bodies. Two, they have refined club fitting to a science, especially compared to 5, 10 or 20 years ago. Trackman is a must on the PGA TOUR, yet few weekend warriors to avid players likely know their ball speed, spin rate, launch angles and whether it has room for improvement or not. I fall into that category, which is somewhat embarrassing. However, I decided it was time to see whether I was giving away distance through ignorance. I have a sneaking suspicion; I’m in the overwhelming majority.

My gamer, a PING G 10.5-degrees driver, which I was more than satisfied with, was put to the test. Trackman reported my clubhead speed was 96 mph, ball speed was 144 mph and my launch angle was 13-degrees. My spin rate was 3,150, which I knew was higher than it should be. In turn my carry distance was 242 yards with total yardage coming in at 268 yards. At the ripe age of 56, that could be classified as respectable or maybe even desirable (at least I want to think so!) depending on whom you ask? So what happens when I moved to PING’s next generation model, the G400 driver, with the same loft, shaft and length (45.25”)?

Trackman reported the following: clubhead speed: 98 mph (+2 mph), ball speed 147 mph (+3 mph), launch 13-degrees, spin rate 2,750 (-400). The carry distance immediately went to 251 yards and the total yardage was 277 yards. So, the science proved my ignorance was sacrificing distance.

The second part required some fitting magic. After some trial and error, once again confirmed by Trackman, making some changes discovered there was more upside to be found. Moving into a G400 8.5-degree LS (Low Spin) clubhead and going to a 45.75” shaft length (1/2” longer) delivered some additional pleasant surprises. Clubhead speed went to 102 mph, ball speed to 151 mph, launch angle was 12-degrees and spin rate was 2,450. The end result, confirmed yet again by Trackman, was carry distance went to 255 yards and total yardage came in at 285 landing with my shots landing at 30-degrees!

I’ll never be confused for Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson or Brooks Koepka off the tee and I’m more than okay with that. However, I found an extra 13 yards in carry and 17 yards in total that I didn’t think was there! Now it’s up to me to produced it every time I make a swing. That will be the hardest part of the equation.

Some of you will read this and remain skeptical. As we grow older, something equipment companies have to contend with daily, we remain entrenched in our opinions on a variety of subjects. Consider it the old man yelling at the kids to get off the grass that exists in all of us. Nevertheless, there are possibilities available to find a few more yards (likely more than you think) off the tee for those with possess open mind.

Food for thought: a fitting typically takes an hour or less of your time. Practice and for those committed to fitness, require plenty of dedication as well as time. Twenty years you could pick up a driver and immediately discover more distance. Now it requires the added investment of an hour. However, the return on investment is immediate and who amongst us can argue with that!

THE NAME GAME! The PGA TOUR has found a new sponsor for its winners-only Tournament of Champions event at Kapalua Resort in Hawaii. Sentry Insurance, one of the largest mutual insurance companies in the United States, is getting into golf as its agreed to five-year deal to be the lead sponsor of it. “Sentry Insurance is proud to partner with the PGA TOUR to sponsor the Tournament of Champions, held on beautiful Maui,” said Pete McPartland, Sentry chairman of the board, president, and CEO. “This tournament and its champions format is the ideal way to more broadly introduce Sentry to the business insurance audience.”

Sentry assumes sponsorship of a tournament that dates to 1953, when it was introduced at Las Vegas’ Desert Inn Country Club as an event for winners from the previous season. The Tournament of Champions remained at Desert Inn CC until 1967, when it moved to Stardust Country Club. The tournament moved from Las Vegas in 1969 to La Costa Country Club in Carlsbad, California, where it remained for 30 years before relocating to its current home at Kapalua Resort on the island of Maui. Sentry’s agreement extends through the 2021-22 season.

IRISH EYES ARE SMILING: Ireland’s Leona Maguire has won the Mark H McCormack Medal for the third consecutive year as the leading women’s player in the 2017 World Amateur Golf Ranking. “It’s a huge honor for me,” said the 22-year-old, who will shortly begin her senior year at Duke University. “To win it once was one thing but to win it three times is quite a humbling feeling. I know there have been some great names before me but to have my name on there three times is something very special and something that I am very proud of.”

The R&A and USGA award recognizes Maguire’s performances this year and is named after Mark H McCormack, who founded sports marketing company IMG and was a great supporter of amateur golf.

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UNFIT FOR DUTY: The Solheim Cup has been denied its pantomime villain, in a playing capacity at least. Wednesday’s news that a back problem has forced Suzann Pettersen out of the European team for this weekend’s event in Iowa would be notable enough – she has played eight times in the Solheim Cup – without the colorful backdrop. Pettersen triggered chaos and tears at the meeting of Europe and the United States two years ago after refusing to concede a tiny putt mistakenly picked up by Alison Lee. READ MORE>>>

GOOD FOR THE GAME? Laura Davies will become the first female golfer to compete in an event on the men's European Senior Tour when she takes part in the Shipco Masters next year in Denmark. READ MORE>>>

LIFE MOVES ON: Kevin Kisner has had little time to wallow in disappointment after last week's PGA Championship and will return to action at the Wyndham Championship on Thursday. He will not even have time for a practice round, before teeing off on Thursday. With a heavily pregnant wife and a three-year-old daughter, Kisner, 33, said he has had little time to mope. "The best part about having a family is they don't really care," he said. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Preparation is huge, I understand that. But it's a matter of how mentally switched on I am and how much I want it will determine my week.”--Jason Day before the start of the PGA Championship. He finished T9.

Justin Thomas, son of Mike and Jani Thomas, became the eighth son of a PGA of America Professional to win the PGA Championship. Keegan Bradley (son of Mark Bradley) was the last to perform the feat in 2011.

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