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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 126                                                       
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I would like to say next week. I would love to say it, but I can't. It's frustrating. I've been like this for, what, seven months. It's not fun. It's a tough road. I know I'm getting better, I'm progressing, but still I'm just not quite ready to be out here. And that's the hard part as a player and competitor where I'm not out here competing where I know I can play with these guys, I know I still can. I just need to get healthy enough where I can do it on a regular basis.”

BRAIN TEASER: Only two players have ever won the Quicken Loans National multiple times. Can you name either player?

FOLLOW THE MONEY: There is a fascination in golf with statistics and by extension for some statistic analysis. Whether it resonates with consumers is an entirely different story. After all many golfers have been reluctant to embrace club fitting throughout the years. Nevertheless, there are some powers that be that believe consumers will one day flock to better understand the power of strokes-gain and how it can unlock enhanced performance.

Greg Norman has made a material investment in Shot Tracer, described as the fastest growing sports app in 20 countries around the world. It features ball tracking for performance improvement as well as animations for social media sharing. The amount of Norman’s investment wasn’t revealed.

Norman and his investing partner David Chessler have acquired a 50 percent stake in the parent company, Visual Vertigo, and have plans to expand Shot Tracer into new sports verticals. Currently available for golf and baseball, its believed Shot Tracer has potential applications in many other sports.

Launched in 2016, Shot Tracer allows anyone with an iPhone or Android to record their swing or putt via the phone’s camera and track their ball flight similar to radar tracking. In addition to ball flight tracing, features of the app include golf swing strobe motion video sequences, putt tracing, GPS-measured shot distance, 3D map ball flight tracing, swing comparison and special effects such as explosions, splashes and smoke. Each video can also be personalized with the user’s name, score and a custom logo. Once the video is created and saved in the photo gallery, it can be shared across all social media platforms at the touch of a button.

“Enhancing the golfer experience and finding ways to change the way golf is viewed and played is of paramount importance to me and Shot Tracer checks all the boxes,” said Greg Norman. “This app allows the everyday golfer to have a launch monitor in his pocket for only $6.99 and the filters and animations make it fun to share. I am thrilled to add Shot Tracer to my portfolio as we take another step in expanding our connected sports media and content network.”

“Partnering with one of the biggest names in sports is incredibly exciting for us. When cutting-edge technology and leading business minds collide, the possibilities are endless,” said Alex Kleszcz, CEO of Visual Vertigo. “We now have such a strong team behind us and look forward to continuing to launch revolutionary new software applications.”

WEB GEMS:

WILL WE SEE HIM AGAIN? “He’ll have a very hard time. I don’t know whether Tiger will play much golf anymore,” said Nicklaus, who won a record 18 major championships. “He might come back and play — I think it’d be pretty tough for him, after getting fused, and as many problems as he’s had recently. His problems are more life problems than they are golf problems right now.” READ MORE>>>

SMART MONEY? Three of the biggest favorites for the British Open in a month are just two weeks removed from missing the cut at the last major. Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are all heavyweights when it comes to wagering on the third major at Royal Birkdale. None of them played the weekend at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. They all have a good history at this event, though. McIlroy has won it, Johnson has nearly won it multiple times and Day has never missed the cut. Let's take a look at where they sit on the odds sheet with just three tournaments between now and the tournament. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I would like to say next week. I would love to say it, but I can't. It's frustrating. I've been like this for, what, seven months. It's not fun. It's a tough road. I know I'm getting better, I'm progressing, but still I'm just not quite ready to be out here. And that's the hard part as a player and competitor where I'm not out here competing where I know I can play with these guys, I know I still can. I just need to get healthy enough where I can do it on a regular basis.” --Tiger Woods, a year ago, after the 2016 Quicken Loans National.

Justin Rose (2010, 2014) and Tiger Woods (2009, 2012) are the only multiple winners of the Quicken Loans National.

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 125                                                       
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm very happy that I'm going to be here on The European Tour again. I enjoy it here and I want to say thanks to the BMW people because if it wasn't for them, that they gave me an invite for this event, I don't have any category, and this is going to be life changing. I'm looking forward to playing The European Tour.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player signed for a wrong score at the Traveler's Championship on Friday before missing the cut for the second week in a row. Who is he?

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN: Titleist has begun the start of its Tour seeding and validation process for prototype Titleist 718 irons. The company has relied on this tried and true method in bringing any of its new products to market. Not every company does this. Yet, product seeding and player validation is considered a critical step in the go-to-market process for all Titleist equipment. Earning the validation and trust of the game’s best players, as well as dedicated golfers at every level of the game, ensures a clearer pathway for new products to the Titleist brand and its faithful consumers.

This week at both the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National and the European Tour’s HNA Open de France, Titleist Tour Reps and members of the Titleist Golf Club R&D team are busy fitting players into prototype 718 irons, answering any performance questions and gathering their feedback and data. This same process will continue over the coming weeks across the worldwide professional tours.

Titleist is providing additional updates throughout this process for anyone interested on its social channels and at www.Titleist.com/718.

A WAY TO MOTORIZE: Alphard Golf has announced the release of eWheels, which turns any pushcart into a remote-controlled electric golf caddie. With eWheels, gone are the days of carrying around a heavy bag of golf clubs.

The eWheels unit is powered by two 130W brushless hub motors and can reach speeds of 5 MPH, enough torque and speed to maintain a consistent pace while keeping up with you as you walk. Controlled via remote control, eWheels can be maneuvered in all four directions (forward, backward, left and right) at a range of up to 50 yards. A controlled distance function allows you to select a desired distance (15, 30 or 60 yards) and the cart will stop there. Cruise control mode gives it the ability to traverse any terrain at a consistent speed whether uphill or downhill. The eWheels caddy compensates on the fly for a change in pitch and velocity and adjusts its motors accordingly. An electronic parking brake stops and holds the cart for safety.

Its two rugged 11” wheels are made of polyurethane, the same material used in luggage wheels, and can retract into the body of the unit, making it more compact to travel. The unit weighs only 23 pounds and includes a built-in carrying handle. The eWheels motorized platform is constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum, water- and weather-resistant.

eWheels comes with a set of brackets for various models of push carts, including Sun Mountain, Clicgear, Bagboy and Caddytek. It installs in minutes using a quick-latching system. Its 36V, 4.4Ah Lithium-ion battery recharges with the included AC charging cable. The battery features circuit protection and complies with UN38.3 safety standards.

Alphard Golf launched a Kickstarter campaign for eWheels on June 8th and it quickly surpassed its goal of $50,000 in less than 24 hours. Alphard Golf is offering several add-ons, including a travel bag and car charger. eWheels can be purchased for $419 on Kickstarter at http://kck.st/2sfLf26. It is expected to ship in October 2017. For information about Alphard Golf, visit www.alphardgolf.com.

WEB GEMS:

TRUMP APPEARS TO BE A FAVORITE: Donald Trump’s relationship with golf is poised to remain in sharp focus, with the US president’s course on the outskirts of Aberdeen in the frame to host the 2019 Scottish Open. The event’s sponsors, Aberdeen Asset Management, are keen that the tournament returns to the north-east of the country; Trump International Golf Links is currently the favored venue. The European Tour confirmed on Thursday that Gullane in east Lothian will be the home course for the 2018 Scottish Open. No mention was made of the 2019 venue – and an announcement is not expected in the near future, with the European Tour publicly adamant no decision has been made – but Trump’s course, which opened in 2012, is understood to be in pole position, having initially been put forward for next year. READ MORE>>>

UNABLE TO ATTEND: Tiger Woods, who has missed numerous tournaments the past few seasons because of ongoing back problems, will not perform his usual duties as tournament host at this week's Quicken Loans National as he addresses his use of prescription drugs to manage his back pain. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm very happy that I'm going to be here on The European Tour again. I enjoy it here and I want to say thanks to the BMW people because if it wasn't for them, that they gave me an invite for this event, I don't have any category, and this is going to be life-changing. I'm looking forward to playing The European Tour.”--Andres Romero after winning the BMW International on a sponsor’s invitation Sunday.

Jason Day signed for a wrong score at the Traveler's Championship on Friday before missing the cut for the second week in a row. Day shot 69 but signed for a 70 after marking a par on his card at the third hole, where he actually made birdie. Under the rules, a player is not disqualified for signing for a higher score than he shoots. He bogeyed the last and signed for a two-over 142 total, two strokes shy of making the cut at the Cromwell course. The previous week, he missed the weekend at the US 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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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 124                                                       
Monday, June 26, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I change putters like I change underwear, man. If it don't work, we're putting another pair on. If these are a little too tight, you know, we're changing something, buddy. Something's going to get done.”

BRAIN TEASER: Can you name Jordan Spieth’s first PGA TOUR victory?

COULD BE SOMETHING, COULD BE NOTHING: Its been said that injuries are a part of the game. That includes golf. However, when you have a Tour, such as the PGA Champions Tour that starts at age 50 and includes a lifetime of injuries with players, it can be rather challenging. Anyone that plays the PGA TOUR, especially for any length of time is going to have their share of physical ailments. Tiger, Rory and Jason Day often get the majority of attention when it comes to this department, but it doesn’t mean the rest of the field doesn’t have its fair share of aches and pains.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan acknowledged last week at the American Family Insurance Championship this topic has his attention from time to time. “This is world-class golf. Steve (Stricker) is just coming off a 15th place in the U.S. Open and he knows he's got his hands full this week. This is a great competitive tour and it's going to continue to be that, we think, for a long time to come. But do you stay up at night hoping that everybody's going to come out here and play? Absolutely. We're always trying to do everything we can to make this as attractive, as competitive and as fruitful a tour as it can possibly be.”

In the end the players are the product and if the stars aren’t healthy then it reflects back on the Tour itself. Motivation is another part of the equation. However, in order to resonate with the largest audience possible, it would be helpful if the marquee names were able to join the party, especially on a consistent basis. Given the amount of money at stake on a weekly, monthly and annual basis on the PGA TOUR along with the amount of time players spend on the sidelines due to physical limitations, one has to wonder if this might have any impact in the future for the PGA Champions Tour?

PERSPECTIVE: Jordan Spieth was in search of his 10th career victory on the PGA TOUR at the tender age of 23 years. With his win at the Travelers, he joined Tiger Woods as the only players in the modern era with 10 PGA TOUR wins by the age of 24. For those wondering, Woods had 15 before he turned 24!

GREAT GREEN NORTH? Distribution is an extremely important segment for equipment manufacturers. Some take it for granted. However, it can be a challenge for smaller companies to make in roads in this area. Starting this month, “Sierra” the unique line of putters by Sentio Golf Inc., will be available for the first time at 22 Golf Town locations in Canada, as well as on the retailer’s website. This marks Sentio’s debut into Canada, and the young company’s largest retail partnership to date.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Golf Town community and to have this opportunity to reach a wide audience of avid golfers across Canada” explained Sentio President Jim Varney. “Our unique range of feel options allows customers to easily and intuitively fit themselves for optimal feel and distance control, which is something they can’t get anywhere else. Being able to provide this cutting-edge level of feel customization to golfers within the convenience and selection of a big retail store makes Golf Town an ideal partner for us.”

WINNER’S CLUBS: Jordan Spieth holed a greenside bunker shot for birdie in the first playoff hole over Daniel Berger to win the Travelers Championship. “ I grew up playing golf with Berger back to when we were 14, 15 years old, and to be in a playoff with him out here is pretty cool,” said Spieth. “And I hope that there are teenagers out there listening that they're able to look across from them on the tee box at junior golf events and recognize that they can be out here doing what we just did. It is really cool.” With his win, Spieth joins Justin Thomas (3), Dustin Johnson (3), and Hideki Matsuyama (2) as the only multiple winners thus far this season. He has collected seven top-10 finishes already in 16 starts this season. Here is what Jordan Spieth had in the bag to win the Travelers Championship:

Driver: Titleist 915D2 (9.5 degrees)
Fairway Woods: Titleist 915F (15 degrees)
Hybrid: Titleist 816H2 (21 degrees)
Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB 4-iron, 716 AP2 (5-9)
Wedges: Vokey Design SM6 pitching (46), gap (52), sand (56) and lob (60) 
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009
Ball: New Pro V1x

Jordan Spieth’s– Numbers for the week:
Eagles:  0
Birdies: 22
Pars: 41
Bogeys: 8
Double Bogeys: 1
Cumulative Score: 268

WEB GEMS:

NEVER A DOUBT! World number 837, on a sponsor’s invitation won in Munich. READ MORE>>>

THE KID IS ALL RIGHT: Harry Ellis said his late mother would be looking out for him in the final of the Amateur Championship and it certainly seemed there was a higher power at work as the Englishman produced a dramatic fightback to earn dream berths at the Masters and the Open. READ MORE>>>

GETTING BETTER WITH AGE: Fred Couples rallied to win the American Family Insurance Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour Champions title of the year and 13th overall. READ MORE>>>

ONE DAY AT A TIME: “It’s just a bolt of lightning, cancer that shows up for no reason,” Lietzke said. “My wife and I have definitely shed tears, had some long prayers.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I change putters like I change underwear, man. If it don't work, we're putting another pair on. If these are a little too tight, you know, we're changing something, buddy. Something's going to get done.”--Boo Weekley after the third round of the Travelers and one shot off the lead. He admitted he’s gone through about 20 putters already this year.

Jordan Spieth’s first PGA TOUR victory came at the 2013 John Deere Classic, which he also claimed in dramatic fashion by holing out from a greenside bunker.

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 123                                                       
Friday, June 23, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The U.S. Open is a little different, it is such a grind. Maybe not as much this year as in previous years. It can zap your confidence a little bit as well. So it's nice to come back to a venue where you can see shots going close to the hole, you can see putts going in, you can make birdies. Sometimes you need that.”

BRAIN TEASER: Since Jim Furyk’s 58 a year ago at the Travelers Championship, two players have posted sub-60 scores on the PGA TOUR. Can you name either of them?

WHO’S THE BOSS? HUGO BOSS has agreed to be the Official Outfitter of The Open. The R&A has agreed a five-year partnership with BOSS that will see a stensonnew specially designed apparel range. ‘The Open Collection by BOSS’, goes on sale this week in the build-up to The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale from July 16 to 23.

The special capsule collection of ‘athleisurewear’ pieces featuring an embroidered official Open logo is available now online at TheOpen.com/shop and will be on sale at the Championship, online at hugoboss.com and in a selection of BOSS Stores across the UK.

To kick start the new arrangement, the first 25 customers who spend more than £150 on items from the new collection will receive an 18th pin flag signed by Champion Golfer of the Year and coincidentally (wink, wink) BOSS golfer Henrik Stenson following his victory at Royal Troon last year.

“HUGO BOSS is a global brand with a reputation for excellence in sport and golf in particular,” said Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A. “We are delighted to welcome them as an Official Supplier of The Open and are thrilled to be launching ‘The Open Collection by BOSS’ this week. This is a long-term partnership, which will enable us to provide a truly world class apparel offering to fans of The Open around the world.”

Mark Langer, Chairman of the Managing Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), added, “HUGO BOSS is proud to be partnering with The Open, reinforcing our dedication to the world of golf as part of our global sports sponsorship program."

Under the agreement, BOSS will outfit all officials and staff members at The Open, as well as having a pop-up shop in the official merchandise pavilion where BOSS Green, the brand’s premium golf performance wear collection, will be sold. BOSS’s partnership with The Open is the latest in a long line of key sponsorship partnerships in golf, football, motorsports and sailing.

WELLNESS: The PGA TOUR and Massage Envy have announced a four-year partnership designating Massage Envy as an Official Sponsor of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions along with being the Official Total Body Care Sponsor of the Player Performance Centers, the TOUR’s mobile training and wellness trailers. The agreement marks Massage Envy’s first major sports partnership and is the PGA TOUR’s first agreement with a brand in the massage and skin care services categories.

The new relationship coincides with the introduction of Massage Envy’s new assisted stretching service called Total Body Stretch. Performed by a trained service provider, the company’s proprietary Streto Method is built around a sequence of 10, targeted stretches performed top down and designed to increase flexibility, mobility and performance. Beginning in July, Total Body Stretch will be available to members and guests of the company’s locations across the country.

“As the recognized leader in the massage and body care industry, Massage Envy is an ideal partner for the Player Performance Center unit that primarily focuses on therapeutic and injury-prevention services for our PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions members,” said Brian Oliver, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President of Sponsorship and Partnership. “We are excited to welcome Massage Envy to the TOUR as a sponsor and look forward to having its team collaborate with the Player Performance Centers’ highly skilled staff to integrate some of their services into the player program, including their new stretching program.”

“We can’t think of better partners than this team of professional athletes and the PGA TOUR, especially as we launch Total Body Stretch,” said Joe Magnacca, Massage Envy CEO. “The PGA TOUR and its players have a deep appreciation for body care and how it can boost performance. Massage Envy is proud of making massage an integral part of so many people’s lives and now, we are bringing Total Body Stretch and our Streto Method not just to professional golfers, but to everyone as part of their wellness routine.” 

To activate the partnership, Massage Envy also has built relationships with the following 10 PGA TOUR members:
         •        Jonas Blixt
         •        Patrick Cantlay
         •        Bud Cauley
         •        Tony Finau
         •        Smylie Kaufman
         •        Jamie Lovemark
         •        Patrick Rodgers
         •        Brandt Snedeker
         •        Henrik Stenson
         •        Justin Thomas

“It’s impossible to compete at this level if you aren’t taking care of your body, and assisted stretching is a big part of my training,” said Justin Thomas. “Being flexible and having a wide range of motion gives me an edge, especially against bigger guys who naturally get more power behind their swing, and it also helps me stay healthy over the course of the season.”

BETWEEN THE EARS: Putting has been described as a head game. One day the ball goes in the hole, the next it doesn’t. Players then begin to modify their putting stroke in an effort to be more successful. One person who has seen his fair share of putts drop, just not lately is Jordan Spieth. He even changed his putter not that long ago to try and spark some success. Recently, he shared some insight into what is happening with his putting.

“Cameron (McCormick, his coach) has all the logs, videos and SAM Putting Lab System information from my best to my worst weeks and everywhere in between,” began Spieth. “We've charted it down before and after my best putting weeks. He's got videos from all of it, and none of it looks any different. Couple of my best putting weeks, if you dissected the stroke down, they're actually very different strokes.

“From Tour Championship in '15 to Masters in '15, very different strokes. You wouldn't necessarily look and see by the naked eye, but if you looked at the intricacies of the stroke and the way the putter traveled, they were actually tremendously different. But the one similarity and consistency in it was up at 95% or higher. So even with the stroke being off, my face control to that stroke was the same each time, and that's what I'm trying to get is that consistency level up.

“I've been trying to make my stroke perfect with the perfect consistency, and there is really no point,” he said. “If you're looking at a spot and you set up and you know you're set up there and you can consistently hit it there, then it doesn't really matter what the stroke looked like. So, in other words, it's there, it's just a matter of trusting that it's there, seeing a couple go in, and then the hole starts to look bigger.

“You go through spurts here and there, and I went through it in '13 and '14, and even '15 when I wasn't making as many putts for a couple weeks. And you go through those kind of spurts. The hole looks a little smaller until you give yourself enough opportunities. If I hit 15 greens, I have to make a couple of them. You roll the ball near the hole that many times, if it's luck, one of them is going to bounce in. Or you just believe that's a good stroke, and the hole starts to look bigger.” As stated previously, putting can be a head game!

WEB GEMS:

PHIL’S NEXT CHALLENGE: Phil Mickelson isn’t expected to return to action on the PGA Tour until the Greenbrier Classic in two weeks. Next week, though, Mickelson will compete against the LPGA’s best. READ MORE>>>

WE NEED TO TALK: Jason Day, the former world No 1, revealed that Woods contacted him with pointers during last week’s US Open, despite having being admitted to a facility after being found asleep at the wheel. “Tiger texted me after I shot 79 [at the U.S. Open on Thursday] and said, ‘Hey, before you work on something call me because I saw something,’” Day said. “I was like, yeah, you saw 79 shots. I didn’t call him because I was so angry.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The U.S. Open is a little different, it is such a grind. Maybe not as much this year as in previous years. It can zap your confidence a little bit as well. So it's nice to come back to a venue where you can see shots going close to the hole, you can see putts going in, you can make birdies. Sometimes you need that.”--Rory Mcllroy on playing this week at the Travelers.

Since Jim Furyk’s 58 a year ago at the Travelers Championship, two players have posted sub-60 scores on the PGA TOUR: Justin Thomas (2017 Sony Open in Hawaii/R1) and Adam Hadwin (2017 CareerBuilder Challenge/R3).

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 122                                                       
Thursday, June 22, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's the Tiger Woods' effect. It's starting to come through now the last five years or so. Myself included, I'll be 32 tomorrow, (today) so it's not like I'm super young anymore. But we grew up watching Tiger Woods dominate and idolizing this guy and practicing and training and eating better all because this guy was dominating golf and he was our hero. So now, I mean, these guys Justin Thomas, and Koepka, I mean, there's a hundred of them, they played golf because they watched Tiger Woods on TV dominate. So Tiger has made everyone so much better. I mean, college golf programs have improved significantly. Junior tournaments, like everything's going in the direction of improvement. Technology has improved, coaching has improved, so people are just ready to come out and win in their 20s now -- I mean, a lot more than we were 20 years ago.”

BRAIN TEASER: What score did Jim Furyk shoot in the final round of last year’s Travelers?

BUYER BEWARE! The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group (The Golf Group) has released the results of the first year of the group’s Online Monitoring Program, which was launched in June of 2016 to crack down on criminals selling counterfeit products on e-commerce websites where both individuals and companies buy and sell products.  As a direct result of the program, 1,920 counterfeit listings were removed on Taobao, a subsidiary of Alibaba, and there was a significant decline in the overall number of counterfeit listings on the site. Counterfeit golf products on online marketplaces like Alibaba, Taobao and eBay have been a recent major point of emphasis for the group as it continues to fight the spread of counterfeit golf products from multiple angles.

“We’re proud that our efforts during the first year of the Online Monitoring Program have helped lead to a significant decrease in counterfeit listings on these types of e-commerce websites,” said Jud Hawken, Associate General Counsel for PING.  “Consumers need to realize the risks involved with all online retailers, and that websites where both individuals and companies buy and sell products pose even greater problems. The best way for consumers to guarantee that they are not purchasing a counterfeit is to buy from an authorized retailer.”

“These types of online marketplaces are attractive for counterfeiters because the sellers’ identities can remain somewhat hidden and the sites themselves often have counterfeiting policies that aren’t iron-clad,” said Stephen Gingrich, VP of Global Legal Enforcement for Srixon/Cleveland/XXIO.  “We devote resources daily to finding and shutting down counterfeit sellers online so that fake products don’t find their way into the hands of golfers. At the same time, we’re working diligently with these websites to strengthen their counterfeit policies regardless of industry so that we can fully protect the consumers that buy from them.”

The Golf Group has worked with international law enforcement to identify online and brick-and-mortar manufacturers and sellers of counterfeit golf products, seize their inventory and punish when possible.  The Group has helped keep millions of counterfeit products out of the marketplace.  Last year, the group seized more than 10,000 counterfeit products, primarily in China.  The criminals responsible for those counterfeit operations were sentenced to a combined eight years of jail time and ordered to pay fines 810,000 RMB (more than $110,000).

To help consumers learn more about counterfeit products and their inherent risks, The Golf Group posts relevant information on its website: www.keepgolfreal.com. Golfers also have the opportunity to hear directly from the group about counterfeiting, read about raid actions and interact with the group in the fight.

Miura Golf has introduced two new irons to their MG Collection-- the CB-1008 cavity back and the MB-5005 muscle back, which it says are for better players. The CB-1008 player's cavity back features a wider sole (19mm on the 7-iron) that contributes to the iron's playability and forgiveness. That weight distribution in the sole, combined with a lower center of gravity, promises greater forgiveness and increased launch angles, especially in the mid- and long irons. "Being able to deliver the feel and performance generally only associated with a Blade iron makes the CB-1008 a naturally choice in the players' iron category," said Bill Holowaty, COO of Miura Golf.  "A wider sole and a precise distribution of weight are design characteristics which enhance the playability of this iron."  Each CB-1008 iron has a $279 MAP price.

By redistributing approximately 15 grams of weight, according to the company, from the muscle back part of the iron; it modified the design of a typical blade iron, resulting in the MB-5005. This iron looks like a blade but plays like a cavity back, according to Muira.  "There exist subtleties with the design of the MB-5005 which have enabled the Miura family to deliver a Blade iron that plays like a Cavity Back," said Holowaty. "The redistribution of weight in the head allows for an expanded sweet spot and lower center of gravity. The MB-5005 is also slightly longer from heel to toe, delivering a feeling of confidence to the golfer at address." The MB-5005 is a limited edition product line in North America and has a $329 MAP price per iron.

LET’S WORK TOGETHER: Topgolf is teaming with ClubCorp to grow interest and hopefully participation in golf. The strategic alliance results in Topgolf providing new technology and benefits for ClubCorp members, and ClubCorp providing special offers and experiences at ClubCorp clubs. "Our alliance with ClubCorp signifies our commitment to not only help Topgolf guests transition to green grass, but also refresh how ClubCorp and Topgolf fans play both on and off the course," said Topgolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson.

Specific program elements are still being finalized. "Both Topgolf and ClubCorp have been leading the industry in encouraging fun golf entertainment," said ClubCorp CEO Eric Affeldt. "That's why a ClubCorp and Topgolf collaboration is so interesting. With our more than 430,000 members across North America and Topgolf's tremendous reach among new golfers and even non-golfers, we have an opportunity to introduce and reinforce the great game among a massive audience."

MORE LOFT: KZG is expanding its most line of hybrids by adding 3 new lofts - RH 38*. 42* and LH 30*. “We listen to our worldwide network of dealers which is comprised of the most highly skilled Master ClubFitters” reported Jennifer King, President of KZG.  “Our dealers have their hand on the pulse of the industry, and because they deal with golfers daily, they know what golfers need to play their best. They asked for more lofts, and we complied with 3 more additional lofts.” Suggested retail starting at $149 for a custom fit and custom-built hybrid club, available exclusively through KZG Dealers. 

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ANSWERS: “It's the Tiger Woods' effect. It's starting to come through now the last five years or so. Myself included, I'll be 32 tomorrow, (today) so it's not like I'm super young anymore. But we grew up watching Tiger Woods dominate and idolizing this guy and practicing and training and eating better all because this guy was dominating golf and he was our hero. So now, I mean, these guys Justin Thomas, and Koepka, I mean, there's a hundred of them, they played golf because they watched Tiger Woods on TV dominate. So Tiger has made everyone so much better. I mean, college golf programs have improved significantly. Junior tournaments, like everything's going in the direction of improvement. Technology has improved, coaching has improved, so people are just ready to come out and win in their 20s now -- I mean, a lot more than we were 20 years ago.” -- Russell Knox

Jim Furyk became the first player in PGA TOUR history to shoot 58, and the only player in history to break 60 twice on the PGA TOUR (2013 BMW Championship/R2/59). Furyk hit all 18 greens in regulation, made 10 birdies and a hole-out eagle to finish T5.

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