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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 10                                                         
Friday, January 18, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It just feels weird when it's in. In Hawaii, the first few rounds it was out and the last round I putted a lot with it in, just to kind of test it out. It feels weird from five feet. I don't know. I'm going to pull it out. I don't like it. I mean, I've gone my whole career with pulling the flag out and why are we going to switch it out now. I seem to have done all right with it out. I'll pull it out, maybe there's one or two putts where I leave it in, maybe downhill sliders. You look at like a place like Augusta where you've got a real tricky putt where if you miss it you're probably going to run it three or four feet by and you can still be aggressive with the flag in, something like that.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player won what is now called the Desert Classic five times, despite it never being called that when he won it. Any idea who it is?

MONEY WELL SPENT? It remains to be seen what the return on this investment will be as Callaway has agreed to be an official partner for the next five years with the European Tour. Under the agreement, Callaway becomes the official driver, golf ball, shoe and golf bag brand of the Europe Tour; Odyssey and OGIO become the official putter and luggage brands respectively; and Callaway Apparel, plus the ‘new to Europe’ Travis Mathew brand, will be the official on-course apparel of the European Tour. Callaway will also supply Chrome Soft Golf Balls to driving ranges at European Tour events.

Callaway will also collaborate with the European Tour’s digital channels to create new content featuring the company brands, products and their staff professionals. “We are delighted to have Callaway on board as an Official Partner for the next five years. It is really exciting to form a new relationship with a brand dedicated to producing not only high-performance golf products but also delivering unique and engaging content to golfers across the globe," stated Keith Pelley, Chief Executive Officer of the European Tour.

Neil Howie, President & Managing Director of Callaway Golf Europe, added, “Securing this important leadership position with such a forward-thinking and committed organization as the European Tour aligns perfectly with our own business goals of making the game more enjoyable and accessible through market-leading innovation and superior product performance. Callaway continues to enjoy a very strong and loyal following among players on the European Tour. We also look forward to the many tournament, broadcast and content opportunities that this new partnership will bring.”

BOYS AND THEIR TOYS: PXG has released GEN2 Drivers, Fairway Woods and Hybrids that feature Hot Rod Technology. According to the company, it was inspired by the look and performance of American muscle cars. It includes a multi-level, variable thickness carbon fiber crown, honeycomb TPE insert, variable face design and precision weighting system, PXG said.

“The technology we are introducing in our GEN2 metal woods is groundbreaking,” reported PXG founder and CEO Bob Parsons. “The clubs are absolutely beautiful, and the performance will shift your game into overdrive.”

GEN2 Driver retails for $575. The fairway woods go for $425 and the hybrids are $375.

DESPERATION? A name from the past, Etonic, has partnered with Loudmouth Golf to create the "loudest" golf shoe of 2019. Who does this aspire to? The Stabi-LOUD shoe is said to be a waterproof, microfiber performance upper featuring a unique zebra pattern design available in four striking colors. "The Stabi-LOUD shoe is truly one of a kind," stated John Holst, VP of Sales for Etonic Golf. "If you're looking for an ultra-comfortable, high performance shoe that will stand out on the course, then look no further!" Expect none other than John Daly to sport these shoes during the 2019 season.

WEB GEMS:

ONE MORE HILL TO CLIMB: “In my estimation, I quit the game as a failure,” he says. “It’s time to quit the game correctly.” READ MORE>>>

WHAT WILL PHIL DO NEXT? After flirting once again with a 59, Phil Mickelson settled Thursday for another portion of the PGA TOUR record book, as he became the first golfer to record three rounds of 60 or better in TOUR history (ShotLink Era). READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “It just feels weird when it's in. In Hawaii, the first few rounds it was out and the last round I putted a lot with it in, just to kind of test it out. It feels weird from five feet. I don't know. I'm going to pull it out. I don't like it. I mean, I've gone my whole career with pulling the flag out and why are we going to switch it out now. I seem to have done all right with it out. I'll pull it out, maybe there's one or two putts where I leave it in, maybe downhill sliders. You look at like a place like Augusta where you've got a real tricky putt where if you miss it you're probably going to run it three or four feet by and you can still be aggressive with the flag in, something like that.”--Brooks Koepka

The 2019 Desert Classic marks the 60th playing of the Palm Springs-PGA TOUR stop, which was first won by Arnold Palmer in 1960. The King would win his final of 62 TOUR titles, and fifth Desert Classic crown, in 1973.

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 9, NUMBER 9                                                           
Thursday, January 17, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS?I know a bunch of people say the stronger you are, it's not good for your golf game because you lose flexibility. I mean, the guys that do  gymnasts, Cirque du Soleil, they are pound-for-pound the strongest people in the world and they are the most flexible. So I don't see the issue with the gym.”

BRAIN TEASER: Which of these players has the highest career earnings: Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker or Jason Day?

MAKE A STATEMENT: Titleist is offering golfers a limited all-black editions of its 718 AP3 and AP2 irons. The development of AP3 Black and AP2 Black, according to the company, was inspired by requests from the PGA Tour and members of Team Titleist.

“Since we added AP3 to our lineup last fall, more and more golfers are experiencing the game-changing speed and forgiveness of this hollow-blade construction, while AP2 continues to set the standard for tour played iron technology,” said Josh Talge, Vice President, Golf Club Marketing. “One request we heard from both tour players and amateurs, particularly those who have gravitated toward our Jet Black Vokey SM7 wedges, was if they could have these same irons in a darker finish. Our team spent a lot of time making sure the aesthetics were done just right. It’s a look that you just have to see.”

The finish on AP3 Black and AP2 Black will wear similar to the Jet Black coating on SM7 wedges, Titleist said.  The irons are finished with a sleek, High Polish Black PVD coating.  Titleist 718 AP3 and AP2 Black irons will be available beginning March 1, 2019. MAP $187.50 per club ($1,499/set of 8).

OLD SCHOOL, NEW SCHOOL: Club Car’s Tempo Walk offers the best of both worlds. It blends tradition and technology. The new hands-free robotic golf caddie unit is designed to enhance the golf experience but also foster health and wellness.
  
“There’s been a groundswell of interest, with positive feedback since testing the Tempo Walk at courses around the country last year,” said Mark Wagner, president of Club Car. “We’re excited to introduce a new technology-driven product that will excite golfers, enrich play and provide a fun, healthy experience throughout their game. Tempo Walk complements Club Car’s other transportation offerings and reaffirms our commitment to move the game of golf forward, particularly for the thousands of golf courses that attract a significant number of health-conscious golfers and are looking to generate a new revenue stream for their operation.”

For fitness minded golfers or those that simply enjoy walking, Tempo Walk offers a caddie-like experience different than traditional push carts, electric or otherwise. For course operators, it’s a functional and environmentally friendly cart option and experience to offer customers.

“We are focused on maintaining a leadership position in resort innovation, which is why we were among the first to introduce Tempo Walk by Club Car,” said Clark Sinclair, director of Golf at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island. “It is already generating quite a buzz from our resort guests, and our staff also enjoys using the technology.”

“The Club Car Tempo Walk is a win-win. Golfers who enjoy walking the course get a caddie-like experience, and course operators get a fresh, functional and environmentally friendly cart option to offer customers,” said Susan Casagranda, the president of Torrey Pines golf course, one of the first courses to use Tempo Walk. “The Tempo Walk has resonated well with our golfers, and has given them a fun way to enjoy a round of golf.” 

For more information about the Tempo Walk visit Club Car Tempo Walk Web Site or www.ClubCar.com

MONEY BALL: Justin Rose parting ways with TaylorMade to take up with Honma might not represent a tectonic shift in the equipment landscape, but it did produce a jolt. Rarely does an elite player at the peak of his career opt for a relatively unknown club manufacturer over a brand name. Think Nick Price signing with Atrigon in 1995, after winning the PGA Championship and British Open the year before. Rose, meanwhile, is No. 1 in the World Ranking and the reigning FedEx Cup Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist. Now, he's debuting a new brand of irons and wedges, and possibly a driver, in the Desert Classic in La Quinta, Calif., on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

LEARNING CURVE: “There are going to be penalty shots this week for sure,” Fleetwood said. “It’s going to be a bit of a mess for a few weeks whilst people get used to the new rules. I’ve spoken to a couple of the referees here and they said, ‘Just ask us about everything this week’.” READ MORE>>>

IRISH EYES ARE SMILING: Shane Lowry produced a sizzling opening round of 10-under-par 62 to equal the course record at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: I know a bunch of people say the stronger you are, it's not good for your golf game because you lose flexibility. I mean, the guys that do  gymnasts, Cirque du Soleil, they are pound-for-pound the strongest people in the world and they are the most flexible. So I don't see the issue with the gym.”--Brooks Koepka.

Matt Kuchar ranks 10th overall in career earnings on the PGA TOUR. With his victory at the Sony, Kuchar has made $46,263,570. He is followed by Davis Love III ($44,894,518), Zach Johnson (44,708,811), Steve Stricker ($43,960,015) and Jason Day ($43,792,347)

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 9, NUMBER 8                                                           
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I always set goals every year. It's like they're a bunch of random goals, like to be in bed by 10 o'clock every night on the road. I did good on that one. Working out five days a week on the road, minimum. To make sure I make all the cuts. I missed a cut, I think one cut in about a year and a half. Didn't finish Top-10 half the time. Wasn't healthy; that's a big one. I think I did about half of them last year. Just trying to improve on that and make sure I can knock a few more off that list.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who did Jon Rahm beat in a playoff to win the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge?

THE SEDUCTION OF MARKETING: Ask yourself has the USGA or the R&A modified their equipment standards in recent years? A plethora of new equipment is coming in 2019 and just like every year it all promises to go farther and travel faster. However, the process requires all manufacturers to submit new products to the game’s ruling bodies in order to be determined whether it is conforming to the rules. So how can it be that previous generations of game changers have suddenly become faster and longer with the blessings of the USGA and R&A? It implies that the ruling bodies have been delinquent in its duties especially when juxtaposed with the notion by some that the golf ball needs to be rolled back! Or are equipment companies just that much smarter?

OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW! Golf Datatech reported the apparel sector of the golf industry slumped in 2018. According to John Krzynowek, a Partner with Golf Datatech, “2018 was a challenging year for golf apparel sales in the United States, with dollar sales down over 6%. However, the bulk of the decline came in the On Course/Green Grass Channel, which is also the larger of the top two retail segments (On and Off Course).”

Golf Datatech’s research suggests fewer rounds played resulted in far fewer players moving through golf shops, which lead to the decline in overall sales. “2018 was a difficult year for rounds played, with national rounds down nearly 5%, primarily as a function of weather, which clearly played a factor in the decline of apparel sales,” said Krzynowek. “No one wants to say they missed their sales target because of the weather, but in a highly seasonal business, like golf, if it’s raining or cold, golfers stay away from the golf course and don’t walk thru the Pro Shop. As a result, the reduction in golf shop traffic means golfers have less exposure to new designs, materials, and displays, and retailers miss out on ‘spur-of-moment’ purchases of new apparel.

“Not surprisingly, in 2018 On Course/Green Grass golf shops sold more shirts than the Off Course Specialty stores, utilizing the power of the logo to sell shirts that are specific to their golf course/golf shop,” Krzynowek continued. “In contrast, the Off Course stores, with significantly more space to carry various sizes and length options, sell a much higher percentage of bottoms (shorts, pants, skorts, leggings). Off Course shops also carry a wider range of price points.”

Datatech reported the On Course/Green Grass channel makes up approximately 78% of total sales with the Off Course Specialty channel, including the Online sales segment, making up the other 22%. In 2018, however, sales in the On Course channel were down nine percent, while the Off Course channel was up six percent.

WEB GEMS:

EYEBALLS DETERMINATION: The LPGA season kicks off on Thursday for a season that will comprise 34 events and distribute some $70 million (54.5 million pounds) in prize money, a record amount for the circuit although it is still barely one-fifth on offer on the PGA Tour. READ MORE>>>

AGELESS? Steve Stricker came to Hawaii for two weeks of work, just like the old days, but with a twist. Instead of starting at the winners-only field at Kapalua and then going over to the Sony Open, he started at the Sony Open and heads to the winners-only field on the Big Island for the PGA Tour Champions opener. The question is how long he stays with players his own age. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I always set goals every year. It's like they're a bunch of random goals, like to be in bed by 10 o'clock every night on the road. I did good on that one. Working out five days a week on the road, minimum. To make sure I make all the cuts. I missed a cut, I think one cut in about a year and a half. Didn't finish Top-10 half the time. Wasn't healthy; that's a big one. I think I did about half of them last year. Just trying to improve on that and make sure I can knock a few more off that list.”--Brooks Koepka

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to win the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge. Both players were tied at 22-under after 72 holes.

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 9, NUMBER 7                                                           
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “People lost confidence in me in 2016. I mean, I still won twice. I should have won another major that year. It's funny now. I remember in 2015 to '16 the words The Big Three being mentioned so many times, almost every interview. Not one of us three has been talked about in the last couple years. Everyone is so quick on what's happening. I mean, it's today's news.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many career PGA TOUR victories does Matt Kuchar have after his win at the 2019 Sony Open?

DOES THE SAME OLD MESSAGE STILL SELL? SRIXON is launching its sixth generation of the Z-STAR Series golf ball. What does this one do that the others didn’t? The implication is that it goes farther. “The new Z-STAR Series golf balls are built on top of the heritage of one of the most successful, trusted Tour golf balls in the market,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development. “The exceptional ball speed and distance of both Z-STAR offerings are driven by the new FastLayer Core technology, producing both outstanding ball speed and launch conditions tuned for the high swing-speed, better player.”

Someone getting a lot of attention on the PGA TOUR is Cameron Champ, who hits it a mile and also happens to be on the company’s staff. “Distance is one of the major strengths of my game, and I trust the performance of the Z-STAR XV like nothing else on Tour,” said Champ, who currently leads the Tour in driving distance. “The exceptional ball speed and distance that I’m able to generate with the Z-STAR Series gives me the unique opportunity to compete at an elite level week-in-and-week-out.” Another company man, Keegan Bradley, added, “The new Z-STAR XV is hotter off the driver. It’s definitely longer with my irons as well. So, it’s a ball that’s going to help you throughout the entire bag.”

For the gear heads in the audience, the sixth generation Z-STAR features a FastLayer Core, which has is soft in the center and gradually becomes firmer around its edge. It also features new Spin Skin technology with Slide-Ring Material (SeRM), a urethane compound that coats the cover of every ball, according to the company.

“Engineered for more spin and control, the Z-STAR Series features a Spin Skin coating enhanced with SeRM, an extremely flexible material,” Brunski said. “Never before has Srixon combined so many technologies in one golf ball, to produce more friction for more spin around the green.”

The Srixon Z-STAR Series golf balls officially launches in North America on February 1, 2019, at a MAP of $39.99 per dozen.

WEB GEMS:

MONEY STILL TALKS: Golf usually isn’t all that complicated for Dustin Johnson. He decides where he’s going to play and tries to post the lowest score. The newest addition to his schedule involved a little more than that. Johnson is among several of golf’s biggest stars who are scheduled to play the Saudi International at the end of the month. “I’m not a politician. I play golf.” He also said it might have been a tougher decision if not for so many others going. Along with four of the top five in the world, the Saudi International includes the last two Masters champions — Reed and Sergio Garcia — and former British Open champion Henrik Stenson. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “People lost confidence in me in 2016. I mean, I still won twice. I should have won another major that year. It's funny now. I remember in 2015 to '16 the words The Big Three being mentioned so many times, almost every interview. Not one of us three has been talked about in the last couple years. Everyone is so quick on what's happening. I mean, it's today's news.”--Jordan Spieth, who missed the cut at the Sony Open.

Matt Kuchar has won 9 times in his PGA TOUR career. His win at the Sony Open was his second of the season (2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic).

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 9, NUMBER 6                                                           
Monday, January 14, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS?I would like to think most of my achievements are still to come. For me it's about winning major championships. That's the measure of a career really in this game, but it's always the process of getting there. You don't just show up and win majors randomly, or not multiple majors randomly. Maybe it can happen once. You can luck into one, but not multiple majors. I can't leave it up to luck. There is a lot of work to get there, but I feel like I'm on the right track back. There are lots of adjustments throughout my professional and personal life the last few years. As frustrating as it is not to perform as good as you want, took me some time to just figure out how to balance everything out. I think I'm on a good track now.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player recorded his second career PGA TOUR ace in the first round of the Sony Open. Who is he?

TOUR FEEDBACK: Fans of Scotty Cameron have two new models to look forward to. The namesake company has added the Select Fastback 2 and Select Squareback 1.5 mid-mallet models to the line. “Extending the Select line was all about taking the feedback we got from players and incorporating it into new offerings,” said Cameron. “Shortly after we introduced the 2018 Fastback and Squareback models on tour, players began asking for them with prototype necks. We are seeing more and more players gravitate to these nice, compact head shapes. They’re not blades and not exactly mallets. We call them mid-mallets. By creating the Fastback 2 with a plumbing neck, and the Squareback 1.5 with our mini-slant neck, we’re giving players everything they asked for and more.”

Both models feature stability weighting with two, customizable stainless steel heel-toe weights. The Select Fastback 2 and Squareback 1.5 putters will be available starting on Feb.15, 2019 worldwide with a MAP of $399.

MORE TO CONSIDER? Wilson Golf is moving into new territory in 2019. The company is offering multiple metal wood offerings for retailers and consumers to purchase. For fans of the Golf Channel, Wilson introduced the Cortex Driver through the Driver vs. Driver “reality” show back in November. Now the company has added the D7 driver, line of woods and hybrids.

The Wilson Staff D7 driver features RE-AKT Technology. Engineered with the [K]omposite Crown Design, the D7 crown features a layer of Dupont Kevlar between carbon fiber to neutralize vibration and for sound and feel, according to the company.  “The process of creating the D7 driver started with designing the head shape and then stripping out nearly 25 grams of excessive weight,” said Jon Pergande, Global Innovation Manager at Wilson Golf.  “This weight was strategically returned to the head with the goal of improving the sound of the driver and optimizing ball flight with Dynamic Launch Control.”

Wilson Staff D7 fairway woods and hybrid offer a head shape inspired by input from Wilson Tour players. The crown construction features pockets, which reduces five grams of weight, according to the company.  “By removing excessive weight and changing the structure of the clubs, we see that the D7 woods and hybrids make a significant gain in performance,” said Pergande. “As with the D7 driver, the D7 fairways and hybrid can be swung faster with the same effort to give golfers the desired distance.”
 
The D7 driver, woods and hybrid will be available for purchase on Wilson.com and at golf retailers on Monday, Jan. 21st. The driver retails for $299.99, Fairway Wood at $199.99 and Hybrids at $179.99

WEB GEMS:

FAKE NEWS? Social media was abuzz Saturday evening on the subject of Matt Kuchar, but the man himself has noted there is nothing to see here. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: I would like to think most of my achievements are still to come. For me it's about winning major championships. That's the measure of a career really in this game, but it's always the process of getting there. You don't just show up and win majors randomly, or not multiple majors randomly. Maybe it can happen once. You can luck into one, but not multiple majors. I can't leave it up to luck. There is a lot of work to get there, but I feel like I'm on the right track back. There are lots of adjustments throughout my professional and personal life the last few years. As frustrating as it is not to perform as good as you want, took me some time to just figure out how to balance everything out. I think I'm on a good track now.”--Adam Scott.

Kelly Kraft notched his second career ace so on the par-3 No. 7 with a 7-iron from 173 yards during the first round of the Sony Open. His first came at the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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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