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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 237                                                       
Friday, December 13, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The course is so unique. You can't explain it. There's so many blind shots. It's just, the golf course plays so different over the course of a couple days. It's going to be cool. I truly don't know to expect in terms of if pars are going to be winning holes, birdies, or whatever it might be. But I know you have to use your creativity and imagination.”

BRAIN TEASER: Adam Scott played in his 40th match Thursday, putting him in a tie for third in most matches played in tournament history. Who has played in the most career Presidents Cup matches?

ALL IN! Saudi Arabia has announced the first-ever professional women’s golf event in the Kingdom. The tournament, which will carry a USD$1 million prize fund, will be held in the Kingdom from the 19th to the 22nd March. Time will tell whether any women have any challenges with the setting as the way some of the men have.

CAN’T TELL YOU YET, BUT WE CAN TEASE: This week at the Presidents Cup, Xander Schauffele is playing a new Callaway Prototype driver. He has recently tested it during the offseason and throughout this week’s practice rounds at Royal Melbourne. According to Callaway, Schauffele said that he’s liked the prototype driver since he first tested it. The company has released a product teaser video as it builds interests towards it into next year. The video can be seen here and Callaway has also dedicated teaser page here.

WEB GEMS:

A GENTLEMAN’S GAME: It seemed as if Patrick Reed wanted to hear it from the hecklers sooner than later. “Hey Patrick, does your caddie have 14 clubs and a shovel,” joked one fan just before Reed teed off against International players Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan in the fourball competition. Moments after he drove his ball, another yelled: “Get in the bunker!” And sure enough, it did, sliding into the greenside bunker to loud cheers from the gallery. READ MORE>>>

MAGIC: Ernie Els wanted to inspire his International team at the Presidents Cup, and he found the one video that might do the trick. Then again, there wasn’t a lot to choose from. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The course is so unique. You can't explain it. There's so many blind shots. It's just, the golf course plays so different over the course of a couple days. It's going to be cool. I truly don't know to expect in terms of if pars are going to be winning holes, birdies, or whatever it might be. But I know you have to use your creativity and imagination.”--Justin Thomas on Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Adam Scott played in his 40th match Thursday, putting him in a tie for third in most matches played in tournament history.
Phil Mickelson (55)
Tiger Woods (41)
Ernie Els (40)
Adam Scott (40)
Vijay Singh (40)

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 9, NUMBER 236                                                       
Thursday, December 12, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The course should be so arranged that the long handicap player, or even the absolute beginner, should be able to enjoy his round in spite of the fact that he is piling up a big score.”

BRAIN TEASER: For the 2019 Presidents Cup, a minor format change will be implemented. Do you know what it is?

ALL IN THE FAMILY! Once upon a time golf equipment was categorized as either game improvement or performance based for better players. Over the years, the emphasis on game improvement clubs has lessened for whatever the reasons may be. Nevertheless, recreational players on the whole haven’t seen a massive improvement in their scores. Regardless, equipment manufacturers have continued down the narrative path of marketing towards single digit handicap players. In a move that is reminiscent of days gone by, Wilson Sporting Goods has unveiled a family of clubs that are game improvement.

The new Launch Pad family of clubs was designed to inspire confidence in the mind of the high handicap golfer, whether new to the game or looking to improve. According to Wilson, the Launch Pad family is designed to elevate shots, while providing greater distance and ensuring more consistent contact.

The magic behind the irons, according to Wilson, lies within the Launch Pad Sole featured throughout the set. It was designed to eliminate the “chunk” shot, while simultaneously improving launch. The short irons feature traditional game-improvement sole widths, while longer irons feature wider, more forgiving soles.

“The Launch Pad Irons will give game-improvement golfers confidence over every shot,” said Jon Pergande, Manager of Golf Club Innovation. “Keeping the everyday player in mind, our test results show the Launch Pad sole reduces fat shots by 73%, enabling players to attack the course with more confidence.”

The steel shaft options will be sold at $699.99 while the graphite set will start at $799.99.

The Wilson Staff Launch Pad Driver and Fairway Woods have been designed for players looking to put an end off the tee to a slice. Featuring a moderate hosel offset, 13 grams of weight in the heel side of the club and an upright lie angle, Wilson believes this will be what the doctor ordered to cure players of this chronic disease!

With an overall club head weight of just 272 grams, the Wilson Launch Pad Driver is considered one of the lightest drivers on the market. Paired with a new Variable Face Technology the Launch Pad Driver head promises to deliver higher ball speeds and high launch angles, regardless of location of contact on the clubface.

The Launch Pad Fairway Woods were also designed with a moderate hosel offset and heel-focused weighting. The Launch Pad Driver is available in both men’s and women’s options at a MSRP of $299.99. The Launch Pad Fairway Woods will be sold at $199.99 and available in two loft options – 15˚ (3-wood) and 18˚ (5-wood).

Prior to introducing the Launch Pad FY Club, Wilson Labs testing showed a 41” shaft with a 19.5 ˚ face is the easiest-to-hit combination of loft and length for golfers that hold a handicap over 10, replacing the need for 3-irons, 3-hybrids and 7-woods. The Launch Pad FY Club is available for $179.99 in right and left-hand options. It will also be available for women, in a RH option with 20.5-degree loft.

“The process of creating the Launch Pad Driver, Fairway Woods and FY Club started with researching the swings of self-described slicers,” said Pergande. “Our goal is to help players stay in play more often than not and the visually subtle technologies in our Launch Pad Driver and Woods like the offset hosel and weight in the heel have done just that.”

The new Launch Pad family will be available for purchase on Wilson.com and at golf retailers on Monday, January 13th, 2020

BIG BUSINESS! The 148th Open at Royal Portrush generated more than £100 million of economic benefit for Northern Ireland, according to an independent study commissioned by The R&A and figures released by Tourism Northern Ireland. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

CRYING WOLF? Could this week bring the spark the Presidents Cup so desperately needs? READ MORE>>>

ALL BUSINESS! Tiger Woods' star-studded Team USA is on a weeklong booze ban as they look to put the Internationals to the sword for the eighth straight Presidents Cup.
Last time Woods was in Australia a decade ago, the 15-time major winner's world came crashing down after revelations of his infidelity and late-night antics first emerged. But Rickie Fowler, one of Woods' captain's picks, has revealed there'll be no such partying – not until Sunday anyway. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: Dr. Alister MacKenzie arrived in Melbourne on October 25th, 1926 and quickly endeared himself to the Australians. Prior to beginning preparation of plans for the West Course, MacKenzie asked, “Can I please have a list of all the Club Members names, ages and handicaps?” The reason for MacKenzie’s request for this list was simple: “The course should be so arranged that the long handicap player, or even the absolute beginner, should be able to enjoy his round in spite of the fact that he is piling up a big score.”

For the 2019 Presidents Cup, a minor format change will be implemented, stating each player shall only be required to play a minimum of one match prior to the Sunday Singles matches. This is a change from previous years when players were required to compete in two matches prior to Singles matches.

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 235                                                       
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “At the end of the day, if you do something unintentionally that breaks the rules, it's not considered cheating and at the end of the day that's what it is. If you're intentionally trying to do something, that would be considered cheating, but I wasn't intentionally trying to improve a lie or anything like that, because if it was, it would have been a really good lie and I would have hit it really close.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who are Ernie Els’ assistant captains for the Presidents Cup?

HOW DOES NEXT YEAR LOOK? In meetings held meetings with Patrick Burke of Callaway Golf (Vice President of Global Finance) and institutional investors in NYC, the equipment company anticipates the golf industry will grow 0-2% in 2020, according to a research note published by Compass Point. Callaway expects to grow 1%-2% faster that the golf industry, according to Casey Alexander’s research piece. “The end result is that with apparel factored in ELY sees top line growth in mid-to-high single digits.” he wrote. “Investors took note of the new Mavrik Driver, which has been placed on the USGA’ conforming club list. The new Mavrik is the next generation from the popular Rogue lines, and Mr. Burke confirmed that the Mavrik Driver has also been developed with the use of artificial intelligence (AI). ELY would expect a traditional new product year as Epic Flash transitions into its second selling season. ELY still sees pricing as stable and discounting as minimal.”

BIG SHOES TO FILL? Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO, has introduced two brand new golf footwear models in partnership with ASICS North America – the GEL-COURSE Glide and GEL-COURSE Duo BOA. “I’m excited to introduce ASICS golf footwear into the U.S. golf market,” said Mike Powell, President of Sales and Marketing at Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO. “ASICS is a huge global sports brand and widely recognized as the leader in performance footwear. They have a rich heritage of innovation and product quality, and align with our values as a company. These two models will appeal to golfers that enjoy an active and healthy outdoor lifestyle and love the performance and comfort that ASICS is famous for.”

ASICS golf shoes are built from ASICS legendary running shoes. The GEL-COURSE Duo BOA model features the BOA Lacing system. They are waterproof, and feature a traction sole pattern with seven spikes. The GEL-COURSE Glide shoe offers the alternative spikeless version with standard laces for versatile use both on and off the course.

The GEL-COURSE Duo Boa model MSRP is $179.99 and are offered in three different color combinations are Black/Gunmetal, White/Peacoat, and Peacoat/Pure Silver. The GEL-COURSE Glide shoes MSRP for $129.99 and are offered in four different color combinations: Black/Silver, White/Polar Shade, Polar Shade/Black, and ASICS Blue/White. The Women’s Gel Course Glide shoes come in two different color options: Metropolis/White and Orchid/White. These two models are available at authorized golf shops and golf specialty retailers across North America, as well as online at Srixon.com/ASICS.

SOLD! One of Scotland's most prestigious golf resorts has been sold to Hong Kong-based investors. Fairmont St Andrews said its holding company had been bought by a consortium led by Great Century for an undisclosed sum. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO: If you want to be successful at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, you better have the keys to the sandbelt. International captains assistant Geoff Ogilvy – who has played Royal Melbourne more times than he can remember – offered seven secrets of sandbelt golf. READ MORE>>>

DATA DRIVEN: “The numbers haven’t shown exactly what I expected. It’s funny. A lot of the personalities I wanted together; the data shows they are not compatible,” Els confirmed to PGATOUR.com. “To convey that to the players has been tough. As you can expect, certain players want to play together -- but I can show them if it is not compatible. Now the good thing is the guys are taking that in and actually listening to me whereas in previous years guys were quite adamant who they wanted to play with.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “At the end of the day, if you do something unintentionally that breaks the rules, it's not considered cheating and at the end of the day that's what it is. If you're intentionally trying to do something, that would be considered cheating, but I wasn't intentionally trying to improve a lie or anything like that, because if it was, it would have been a really good lie and I would have hit it really close.”--Patrick Reed.

Ernie Els has K.J. Choi, Trevor Immelman, Geoff Ogilvy and Mike Weir as his assistant captains for the Presidents Cup.

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 9, NUMBER 233                                                       
Monday, December 9, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Love Australia. Love the style of golf down in Melbourne. Been there a handful of times and been able to play Royal Melbourne once, but it's some quality golf down there. I'm excited to be heading back down. I love hard, fast, links-style of golf, and Royal Melbourne is definitely a golf course you need to think your way around and position yourself to be able to get at certain pin locations the right way. That style of golf allows you to use your creativity and shot-making so much.”

BRAIN TEASER: Can you name Henrik Stenson’s last official PGA TOUR victory?

THANKS FOR THE INVITATION! Henrik Stenson has finished in the top five six times in seven starts at the Hero World Challenge. Jon Rahm had two bogey-free rounds (66/R2, 66/R4), while the rest of the field had just one combined! Rahm finished runner-up in title defense. Despite being a five-time winner, Tiger Woods finished fourth to earn his best result in the event since 2014.

WEB GEMS:

HOME COOKIN’: Matt Jones won his second Australian Open title in four years on Sunday after a two-under-par 69 in the final round proved just enough for a one-shot victory over major winner Louis Oosthuizen. READ MORE>>>

DRAMA! Patrick Reed says he stayed off social media Friday evening after being the subject of a rules controversy and subsequent two-shot penalty earlier that day at the Hero World Challenge. Reed was adamant that it was an honest mistake, though also blamed the television camera for portraying a different perspective of events. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Love Australia. Love the style of golf down in Melbourne. Been there a handful of times and been able to play Royal Melbourne once, but it's some quality golf down there. I'm excited to be heading back down. I love hard, fast, links-style of golf, and Royal Melbourne is definitely a golf course you need to think your way around and position yourself to be able to get at certain pin locations the right way. That style of golf allows you to use your creativity and shot-making so much.”--Rickie Fowler.

Henrik Stenson’s last official PGA TOUR victory came at the 2017 Wyndham Championship (Hero World Challenge is unofficial).

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 232                                                       
Friday, December 6, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I would love to be able to go to Tokyo. We had a great time in Rio, but I'm going to need to play some darn good golf over the next five, six months really to give myself a chance. I mean, golf's very competitive right now, especially when you look at -- I mean, we're going to get four guys to go to Tokyo, but to be one of those four from the U.S., you almost need to be ranked top-5 in the world right now. It's not easy, but still a goal that we're shooting for and that's kind of a long-term thing as far as you're looking at kind by June or so. Yeah, we just need to go play well, go win some tournaments and see where that puts us.”

BRAIN TEASER: In the history of the Hero World Challenge the largest margin of victory is 10 shots (2014). Who did it?

MORE THAN JUST GOLF: As part of ongoing relief and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Dorian, the Hero World Challenge announced additional donations will be made to the ONE Bahamas Fund through a charity challenge to the players. The tournament will make a donation of $500 for each birdie, $1,000 for each eagle and $2,500 for each hole-in-one made during competition rounds.
 
Through the first two rounds, there have been 164 birdies ($82,000) and seven eagles ($7,000) recorded. The ONE Bahamas Fund was created to support relief and rebuilding efforts in The Bahamas and to support its residents who were affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Founders Justin Timberlake, Tiger Woods, NEXUS Luxury Collection, Royal Bank of Canada and members from the Albany community collectively pledged $6 million as a challenge gift, matching donations by the public dollar-for-dollar for the next $6 million – with a goal of raising a minimum of $12 million.

THE BEST IS HOPEFULLY STILL TO COME? The PGA Tour is poised to cash in on growing demand for live sports content in the cord-cutting era when its current media rights deals expire in 2021 – even if it’s most recognizable tournaments won’t be part of the deal. Negotiations on PGA Tour's next rights deal are ongoing, with an announcement expected sometime in 2020, a source with knowledge of the situation told FOX Business.

The PGA Tour is seeking a “significant increase” in value over its current media rights deals, according to the Wall Street Journal. Reached in 2013, the deals with CBS and NBC are purportedly worth $400 million annually. In 2018, the PGA Tour sold its international rights to Discovery Communications in a 12-year agreement valued at $2 billion. READ MORE>>>

CONSOLIDATION: Lincolnshire Management, a private equity firm, announced that TRUE Sports, which owns True Temper, has acquired Aerotech Golf. The acquisition was financed from the balance sheet of TRUE Sports, but no other financial information was disclosed.

"We have been working actively with the management team at TRUE Sports to identify opportunities to extend their leadership position in the sporting goods space, particularly golf shafts," said T. J. Maloney, Chairman and CEO of Lincolnshire Management.  "Adding Aerotech's extremely popular SteelFiber line of shafts to the TRUE Sports stable of products further reinforces the company's leadership in multi-material golf shaft design and manufacturing."

"For TRUE Sports, this transaction is about adding an advanced technology to our suite of products, creating more opportunities for research and development, while expanding into adjacent product categories," said Philip Kim, a Managing Director at Lincolnshire Management.  "During our ownership, we have also diversified the business to become a multi-sport brand."

MONEY IS NO OBJECT: Honma Golf announced the release of its all-new BERES. The line includes drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons for both men and women available in Honma’s 2,3,4 or 5 star grade options.

“Only Honma’s most experienced takumi are permitted to work on BERES. These golf clubs represent the soul of our company and are the ultimate artistic expression of our most talented clubmakers,” said Hiroshi Suwa, Senior Director, Product Development Division.

Four full product lines defined by a star grade ranging from 2-5 Stars are differentiated by increasing levels of cosmetic detail, shaft performance and use of precious metals in the clubhead, according to the company, culminating in the jewel-like 5-Star offering featuring both 24K gold and platinum accents.

The metalwoods feature maximum active speed slot technology that fully activate at lower swing speeds to increase distance, Honma said. BERES ARMRQ shafts have been redesigned for distance. Honma builds its own graphite shafts from start-to-finish in its Sakata, Japan factory and designs the shafts in tandem with the club head to maximize the performance.

“The new BERES brings modern, elegant beauty and high-performance technology to a wide range of golfers across all global markets who appreciate fine detail and impeccable craftsmanship in golf clubs,” said Chris McGinley, Vice President of Global Product.

BERES is available in stores and online around the globe as of December 5th.

WEB GEMS:

GAME CHANGER? “I started taking the pill at night before bed and I noticed my sleep got a lot better. The reason I noticed was because I wear a device called WHOOP, that tracks my sleep, strength and heart rate variability,” McCarron told Benzinga. “After taking CBD oil for a week, through the device I noticed my sleep was as good as it has been for a year. I was in the green everyday, which I had never been before since I got the device.” READ MORE>>>

AMATEUR HOUR: Scott crashes and kids shine in Open smog. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I would love to be able to go to Tokyo. We had a great time in Rio, but I'm going to need to play some darn good golf over the next five, six months really to give myself a chance. I mean, golf's very competitive right now, especially when you look at -- I mean, we're going to get four guys to go to Tokyo, but to be one of those four from the U.S., you almost need to be ranked top-5 in the world right now. It's not easy, but still a goal that we're shooting for and that's kind of a long-term thing as far as you're looking at kind by June or so. Yeah, we just need to go play well, go win some tournaments and see where that puts us.”--Rickie Fowler.

Jordan Spieth won the Hero Challenge in December 2014 by 10 shots over Henrik Stenson.

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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