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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 5, NUMBER 190                                                       
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Jimmy Johnson said it to me on, I want to say 17, walking to the last hole. He said, ‘Don't you think this is going to help you when you're in a regular tournament. Don't you think this experience will help you out there and win a lot of tournaments?’ And there's some meaning behind that. I mean, very rarely do you get to experience this pressure, this adrenaline. Only when you're in contention. And to have it consistently round-in, and round-out, to feel like the back nine Sunday of a major; that's what it feels like. That's what it felt like in the mornings for us. That's what it felt like in the afternoon for us. To have that experience that's going to give us a ton of confidence going back to playing individual golf.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Four US players and three Europeans didn’t record a win in the 2014 Ryder Cup. How many can you name?

VACANCIES: Humana, the title sponsor of the former Bob Hope Classic since 2012, has decided 2015 will be its last year funding the event. A search for a new sponsor has begun and the TOUR, in consultation with Desert Classic Charities and the Clinton Foundation, is currently in discussions with a number of prospects to take over the title sponsor in 2016.

“Humana’s business is changing rapidly. As we continue to shift toward a direct-to-consumer focus, we have to align our marketing and sponsorship commitments to areas that are the best fit for our business, brand and members,” said Tom Noland, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Humana.

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WEB GEMS:

WHO’S NEXT? Paul McGinley insists his strained relationship with Darren Clarke will not influence his opinion on who should be Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain. Clarke is the favorite to lead the side at Hazeltine in 2016, when Europe will be looking for their ninth victory in 11 contests. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS ARE IN FRONT OF US? Wake up, America. Tom Watson didn’t lose this Ryder Cup by himself. It was a team effort. Whose fault was it, really? Jack Nicklaus. He’s the fool who saved the Ryder Cup from irrelevancy three decades ago when he suggested expanding the Great Britain & Ireland team to include continental Europe because the event was so lopsided. Thanks a lot, Jack. Any more bright ideas? Like making the Memorial the fifth major? Slowing down the golf ball? Scottish independence? Take a long slow sip of reality, America. We are witnessing a European golf dynasty. READ MORE>>>

ZINGER: "I'm not going to rule anything out,'' Azinger told USA Today. "But my goal is the bigger picture. It is time for the PGA of America to recognize the great disconnect and formulate the same business model for selecting a captain as it does for selecting its president and officers. Europe consistently repeats a philosophy of leadership that every captain has learned from the captains in the past. It is an approach that is comfortable and familiar. The U.S. approach is less comfortable and completely unfamiliar to every repeat player. The players have to adjust to a completely unique system to the previous two years.'' READ MORE>>>

PHIL BEING PHIL? "Phil Mickelson, along with the best players of that era, have so corrupted the experience of the Ryder Cup for their fellow competitors by not having records anywhere near what they should, given their rank in the game," Chamblee said. "If you’re looking for a reason why the United States continues to lose, you just saw it, you saw it in one man -- Phil Mickelson." He also said that Mickelson's comments may have ruined the Ryder Cup experience for rookie team members. Chamblee also blasted Mickelson's press conference maneuvers for "tainting" this year's rookies. READ MORE>>>

WAS WATSON THE PROBLEM? The problem was they did not really want Tom Watson. Sure, they said they wanted Tom Watson, and then they gave him the job, and then they gave all sorts of lip service to how great it would be to have a hard-nosed legend like Tom Watson captaining the U.S. Ryder Cup team again. But, in truth, they didn’t want Tom Watson at all. READ MORE>>>

DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA: I was eager to discuss a new way forward with Bishop and approached him for an interview before the singles matches had finished teeing off. He was enthusiastic and said to find him that evening after the press conference. But Mickelson’s critique and the aggressive questioning of his handpicked captain clearly rattled Bishop, and at the completion of the press conference he stormed out of the room. I chased after him to remind him of our agreed-upon interview, but Bishop huffed, “I’m not the guy to talk to,” before disappearing into the night.
This pass-the-buck reflex has become endemic on the U.S. side, and it was Watson’s continued blaming of the players that helped push Mickelson over the edge. He was not alone in being miffed with his captain. A veteran of multiple U.S. teams told me in the aftermath, “A lot of s--- went on behind the scenes that people don’t know about. It will all leak out eventually. People talk about Hal Sutton and Lanny Wadkins, but Watson is going to be remembered as 10 times worse.” READ MORE>>>

NEVER BETTER: “Rory and I have been through the wringer for the past two years due to the business side of things. I’m managed by the company Rory is suing. I was caught in the middle. But we’ve worked hard the last two months to patch things up and this was the icing on the cake for us. As I said to Rory, ‘I’m so glad we can be us again’,” said McDowell. READ MORE>>>

A LIFETIME OF WORK SOLD: The trophies of one of the world's greatest golfers commanded a pretty penny in an auction that concluded late last week. Items from the estate of Sam Snead that were sold by Texas based firm company Heritage Auctions included his Wanamaker Trophy from the 1942 PGA Championship, his 1952 Masters trophy, a 1939 Ryder Cup trophy and his gold medal for winning the 1946 British Open. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Jimmy Johnson said it to me on, I want to say 17, walking to the last hole. He said, ‘Don't you think this is going to help you when you're in a regular tournament. Don't you think this experience will help you out there and win a lot of tournaments?’ And there's some meaning behind that. I mean, very rarely do you get to experience this pressure, this adrenaline. Only when you're in contention. And to have it consistently round-in, and round-out, to feel like the back nine Sunday of a major; that's what it feels like. That's what it felt like in the mornings for us. That's what it felt like in the afternoon for us. To have that experience that's going to give us a ton of confidence going back to playing individual golf.”--Jordan Spieth.

On the American side of the ledger, Rickie Fowler (0-2-3), Bubba Watson (0-3-0), Webb Simpson (0-1-1) and Zach Johnson (0-2-1) all failed to win a match. For the Europeans, it was Stephen Gallacher (0-2-0), Thomas Bjorn (0-2-1) and Ian Poulter (0-1-2) that also didn’t register a winning match at Gleneagles.

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 5, NUMBER 188                                                       
Monday, September 29, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Unfortunately, we have strayed from a winning formula in 2008 for the last three Ryder Cups, and we need to consider maybe getting back to that formula that helped us play our best.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the leading point scorers for each team from the 2014 Ryder Cup?

WAIT FOR IT: Its still a mystery why some companies announce a new product four months before it hits retail shelves. Be that as it may, if you happen to vaproproremember on January 30, 2015, Nike Golf will have its new Vapor Pro driver available for purchase. The company announced the product as Rory McIlroy put it into play at the Ryder Cup.

According to Nike, McIlroy was influential in the development of it. It said McIlroy wanted a 460cc pear-shape profile and was looking for stability and speed through added flexibility across the face. According to McIlroy, the switch was prompted by a gain in distance. “ I saw added ball speed on the monitor and am getting 10-15 yards more distance on the golf course this week,” he stated prior to the start of play last Friday at Gleneagles.

The Vapor Pro driver incorporates three key technologies, Nike pointed out. Its new FlyBeam reinforced Covert Cavity Back design, a re-engineered Compression Channel and FlexLoft 2. “To elevate performance, we added FlyBeam technology to the Covert Cavity Back to focus energy into the variable-profile Compression Channel and NexCOR face,” said Nate Radcliffe, Director of Engineering. “This is the first time we have created a driver where the face and channel are measurably more flexible than the body.”

FlexLoft 2 allows the players the functionality of five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings. The new, improved system is five grams (30%) lighter, Nike said. The redistribution of mass promises more stability, better launch conditions and faster swing speeds. Golfers with previous generations of Covert can use shafts with the original adaptor in the new head or vice versa. The Vapor Pro driver will be available on January 30, 2015 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $479.99.

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ENVY? With help from Luke Donald, Mizuno has unveiled the latest ‘players’ teardrop wedge, the MP-T5. Featuring Mizuno’s Grain Flow Forging and mpt5incorporating loft-specific groove geometry and loft-specific sole grinds, the versatility and high-spin capability of the MP-T5 wedges promise players with a superior soft, solid, and consistent feel for ultimate playability, according to the company.

“Simply put, the MP-T5 wedges will be the envy of the golf world by utilizing our key competitive advantages of grain flow forging and our industry-leading fitting system” said Chuck Couch, VP of Product Management, Golf Division. “With over 50 wedge combinations to choose from, we’re poised to take the golf world by storm and believe players will be thrilled with the performance and feel.”

The MP-T5 features Mizuno’s exclusive QUAD CUT GROOVE technology, which enables the precise control of the width, depth, draft angle and shoulder radius of each groove. The MP-T5 wedges are available in two durable right-hand finishes – White Satin and Black Ion, where the left-hand is available in the White Satin only. The MP-T5 wedges are available at golf shops nationwide. It retails for $129.99 with a True Temper Dynamic Gold – “Wedge” Flex shaft.

WEB GEMS:

LOSING IS NEVER FUN: U.S. captain Tom Watson suffered a pair of defeats Sunday in the Ryder Cup - first from the Europeans, and then from Phil Mickelson. READ MORE>>>

POOR TASTE: Both Montgomerie and Faldo responded by saying that Mickelson, a former world number two, should have kept his thoughts to himself.  "You support your captain under all circumstances. In public, you respect and honor your captain. The PGA of America selected Tom Watson as the best choice to try to win the Ryder Cup back. Unfortunately, the team didn't perform for Tom." READ MORE>>>

RATINGS ARE IN: How the players and captains rated at Gleneagles. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Unfortunately, we have strayed from a winning formula in 2008 for the last three Ryder Cups, and we need to consider maybe getting back to that formula that helped us play our best.”--Phil Mickelson.

Justin Rose scored four out of a possible five points to lead Europe, while rookie Patrick Reed earned 3.5 out of a possible four points for the US squad.

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 5, NUMBER 188                                                       
Friday, September 26, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “To see the amount of people out there for the Opening Ceremony and how much it means to everyone in Scotland and for The Ryder Cup being back here, it's very special. It gave me goosebumps, it really did.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Which player has been the leading point scorer in the last three Ryder Cups?

AND SO IT BEGINS: Here are the pairings, with play commencing at 7:30 a.m. BST (that’s 2:30 a.m. EDT) and continuing at 15-minute intervals:
Match 1: Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson (Europe).
• Match 2: Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker (U.S.) vs. Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer (Europe).
• Match 3: Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed (U.S.) vs. Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter (Europe).
•Match 4: Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia (Europe).

Early reaction upon the pairings announcement for Match 1: “We love getting off to a quick start, and should be a good pairing for us against Rose and Stenson,” said Webb Simpson. “We saw in 2012 that obviously a hot start is not the key; it's about finishing. Obviously a hot start is better than not having a hot start. It's better for morale and better for everything like that,” added Bubba Watson. “I'm one for one playing those guys. Poults and I beat them in four-ball, foursomes and I lost to them in four-ball at Medinah. A dangerous partnership and certainly no underestimating them,” said Justin Rose. “There's not going to be any easy matches out there. Sometimes the big names might not play as good as some of the other guys and vice-versa. Both Justin and I are really putting our minds into it. We have to perform at a high level if we want to win that point. That's about it. You know, play well if you want to win points,” said Henrik Stenson.

Match 2: “I like the pairing. I feel like we're playing against two guys that have played well. Jimmy has had an awesome year with three wins, and couldn't really ask for a better partner,” said Rickie Fowler. “I couldn't be more happy to have Rickie has my partner. He's not only a great golfer, he's a good guy. I like that about him. I'm really excited to go out and grab a point with him,” added Jimmy Walker. “The group that we have is a tough one, I think, because Rickie is a good match-play player. Jimmy Walker, obviously he's a rookie, but that doesn't mean much,” said the reigning U.S. Open Champion, Martin Kaymer. “We know every single player on that team is a strong opponent. We're focused and determined to try and get out there, and it's been a long week now and it's time to get going,” added Thomas Bjorn.

Match 3: “I don't think you could have picked out two people that we want to play against more. I mean, get out there against Ian, obviously, with his Ryder Cup history and fire. I feel like our job is to win a point. We can do that we're going to really lower their team morale, I feel like. I think our match is very important in the morning. We'll get out and get plenty of rest and be ready to go,” said Jordan Spieth. “I'm excited. I can't wait to get out there and I couldn't have a better teammate. I've played a lot of golf with him, not only as a professional golfer, but Junior and Amateur golf. I think it's a comforting factor for us and I think we'll go out there and kill it,” said Patrick Reed. “ I can expect him (Gallacher) to hit it straight down the middle of the fairway like he's done in practice. It's a big week, very big week being in Scotland obviously for Stevie and it's going to be amazing to see the crowd pulling, and that's the energy you need out there in The Ryder Cup. You need to feed from them. You need to enjoy it and you need to embrace it, and you need to play with passion,” said Ian Poulter. “It's one of these ones, isn't it. It's such a big event to be the only Scot in your home country is massive. Got to give the fans something to see, something to cheer about,” said Stephen Gallacher.

Match 4: “Rory and Sergio is a really strong team. They are all strong here at the Ryder Cup, but Rory, No. 1 player in the world, and Sergio is an unbelievable Ryder Cup player. It's going to be a fun week,” said Keegan Bradley. “It's going to be a difficult match against what we perceive as the strongest team that Europe has. We have our work cut out for us, but we're on top of our games as well, and hopefully we'll have a good match,” said Mickelson. “Two players that obviously are very strong, have a lot of potential. We know how well they can play. But at the end of the day, we know how well we can play, too, and the most important thing is that we play our own game,” said Sergio Garcia. “Obviously a very strong pairing, never been beaten before together, and we're looking to hand them their first defeat. So it will be a tough match, both great competitors. Obviously we know how pumped up Keegan gets for The Ryder Cup from last time. At the same time, we just have got to control what we can, go out there, play, put two balls in play, give ourselves two looks at every chance and if we can do that, put the pressure on them early, get the crowd behind us, that's what we need to do,” said Rory McIlroy.

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WHAT TO EXPECT: The first tee of a Ryder Cup is considered a very unique moment in golf. Here are a few thoughts from some of those that will be experiencing it this year. “I think it's going to be magical. The reception on the first tee is going to be something to remember and cherish forever,” said Henrik Stenson. “The first tee of a Ryder Cup is long anticipated, I think it will be electric. There's no doubt we'll hear it for about for about 45 minutes while we warm up and I'm sure it's going to be an amazing buzz on the first tee,” said Justin Rose. “I've played on the big stage and we know what to do. I'm excited to step out on the first tee with him (Rickie Fowler),” said Jimmy Walker.

NO REASON TO CHANGE: Keegan Bradley has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain a member of the Cleveland Golf/Srixon  PGA Tour staff. No additional details regarding the contract were made available. The winner of the 2011 PGA Championship, the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship and the 2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational will continue to play a Srixon Z-STAR XV ball, Srixon woods, Cleveland irons and Cleveland wedges. He will continue using headwear with a Srixon logo on the front and Cleveland Golf logos on the sides, while wearing a Srixon glove and carrying a Srixon golf bag.

“We are extremely pleased that Keegan has once again chosen to remain a member of our PGA Tour staff,” said Todd Harman, President of Cleveland Golf/Srixon - U.S.A.  “We’ve had the pleasure to play a part in Keegan’s journey dating all the way back to his college days at St. John’s, and we’re thrilled to continue being a part of his journey moving forward. We take great pride in the passion and competitive drive that Keegan brings to the game of golf, particularly this week as he represents Team U.S.A. in the 2014 Ryder Cup. Keegan is the type of brand ambassador and competitor that any organization would be thrilled to have as a member of their team.”

“I’m really happy about continuing the relationship I’ve had with Cleveland Golf/Srixon,” said Bradley, a native of Woodstock, Vermont. “I think 2015 is going to be a big year for me. A major part of that comes from the confidence I have in my equipment and trust in Cleveland Golf/Srixon’s really great support staff.”

The 28-year-old Bradley, who is the son of a PGA club professional and the nephew of LPGA World Golf Hall of Fame member Pat Bradley, is currently ranked 26th in the Official World Golf Rankings. He finished the season ranked 28th on the 2014 Money List with $2,828,638 and has career earnings of $14,134,708.

JUST DID IT: NIKE, Inc. reported its first quarter revenues increased 15 percent on both a reported and currency neutral basis, to $8.0 billion. According to the company, it experienced growth in every product type, geography and key category, except Action Sports and Golf. Nike did not provide a break down of its golf division revenues for the reporting period. Net income for the business increased by 23 percent from a year ago coming in at $962 million.

WEB GEMS:

TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS: Justin Rose insists Ryder Cup win over Phil Mickelson set up Major breakthrough. READ MORE>>>

HOW THE RYDER CUP RELAUNCHED A CAREER: It was a putt that won the 2012 Ryder Cup for Europe and relaunched the career of Martin Kaymer. READ MORE>>>

NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT: The U.S. rookies are being thrown straight into the mix at the Ryder Cup. American captain Tom Watson is sending out all three of his rookies for Friday morning's opening session of fourballs at Gleneagles - including two of them paired together against a European duo featuring another rookie. READ MORE>>>

KEYS TO WINNING: "If anyone beats Rory and Sergio they deserve to win the Ryder Cup," Jacklin told Reuters as he peered down the running order on a windswept driving range at Gleneagles. "Those two have got to be one of the strongest pairings there has ever been. They can match Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal -- and they were the best. If Phil and Keegan win it will be a huge scalp for U.S. captain Tom Watson and he will be able to capitalize on that." READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “To see the amount of people out there for the Opening Ceremony and how much it means to everyone in Scotland and for The Ryder Cup being back here, it's very special. It gave me goosebumps, it really did.”--Rory McIlroy.

Ian Poulter is the leading point scorer over the last three Ryder Cups. In 2012, he was 4-0-0, 2010 he went 3-1-0 and in 2008 he was 4-1-0. In total, over the past three Ryder Cups, Poulter is 11-2-0.

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 5, NUMBER 187                                                       
Thursday, September 25, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The first hole is always amazing. It's definitely the most impressive first hole we play throughout our careers. That tee shot on the first is always different, the way they build it up and all the songs you hear and everything. I've always been surprised, everything that happens on the first hole and the cheers you get. But to me, two years ago, to be in Medinah on American soil and to hear -- what we were losing 10-6 on Sunday morning, every single player that went there, to sing that "You'll Never Walk Alone," it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. It gives me such a special feeling.”

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BRAIN TEASER: How many players on the US team have a winning record in Ryder Cup play?

CHANGE IS INEVITABLE: True Temper Sports announced that Jason Jenne, Chief Operating Officer, will succeed Scott Hennessy as President and CEO of the company in January 2015. Hennessy will be stepping away from his direct operating role, but will retain his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors, as well as his ownership position in the company. Jenne has an extensive background in the sporting goods and consumer products industries, and has served as both COO and CFO at True Temper Sports since joining the company in 1998 from Emerson Electric’s corporate headquarters in St. Louis, MO. In addition to his new role as President and CEO, Jenne will continue to serve on the company’s Board of Directors.

“It is truly an honor to be selected to lead this great company alongside our talented and long-standing management team,” Jenne stated. “We will continue to build on our past success, and we remain 100% committed to delivering the most innovative products and outstanding service levels to our customers and global markets.”

In reflecting on his time as CEO and the upcoming management transition, Hennessy stated, "It has been a great privilege to lead True Temper over these past 20 years, and the experience has been a very rewarding one for me, both personally and professionally. Today True Temper is clearly a market leader with outstanding people and a wide variety of exceptional world class products. In order to continue to build upon our 100 year history of success, I believe that now is the perfect time for our company to move on to the next generation of leadership. The company is in a strong position in terms of its outlook and direction, and has some very exciting new product introductions planned for the years ahead. Jason has been with True Temper for over 15 years, and has consistently demonstrated that he has what it takes to lead this company and to ensure that we continue to deliver the same outstanding product portfolio to our customers and the overall sporting goods industry. Most recently, Jason has served as our Chief Operating Officer, leading all of True Temper’s global manufacturing facilities and worldwide operations. I am excited to see such a capable leader firmly in place in order to carry forward with the company's momentum and strategy for the future.”

Katherine Lehman, a True Temper Board member and Managing Director at the company’s majority investor, Lincolnshire Management Inc., added, "Scott is stepping back after two decades as a very accomplished and respected leader, and we thank him for his many contributions in growing and developing the business. We are excited that we will be able to maintain the growth and industry leadership of True Temper Sports under Jason’s very capable direction, and with Scott remaining on our Board of Directors."

True Temper Sports is the leading golf shaft manufacturer in the world, and consistently ranks as number one on the global professional golf tours. The company markets a complete line of golf shafts under the True Temper, Grafalloy, and Project X brands; and sells these products in more than 30 countries worldwide. In addition to golf, the company also designs and produces a full product portfolio of performance equipment for the hockey, lacrosse, cycling, and industrial tubing markets. The company employs over 1,000 individuals in ten facilities located throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, and Australia. 

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HOW DOES THE FUTURE LOOK? Golf has been known to try and cash in on the upcoming holiday season. This year might be a little better than some might expect. Deloitte is forecasting a 4 to 4.5 percent increase in 2014 holiday sales compared with 2013. Steadily improving economic fundamentals should moderately boost holiday sales in the stores and online this year, according to Deloitte's annual retail holiday sales forecast.

"Income, wage and job growth are positive indicators heading into the holiday season," said Daniel Bachman, Deloitte's senior U.S. economist. "Debt levels remain at historical lows, and stock market gains coupled with increasing home prices have a wealth effect on consumers, which may encourage increased spending compared with prior years. Although consumers are watching tensions unfold in the Middle East and Ukraine, the improvement in their economic situation should more than offset the foreign conflicts' impact on consumer confidence and retail sales. Despite recent events in energy-producing areas of the world, gas prices have held steady, which may also sustain consumers' spending power."

Deloitte's retail and distribution practice expects total holiday sales to climb to between $981 and $986 billion, representing a 4 to 4.5 percent increase in November through January holiday sales (excluding motor vehicles and gasoline) over last season. This growth rate is a moderate improvement over last year's 2.8 percent gain. Additionally, Deloitte forecasts a 13.5 to 14 percent increase in non-store sales in the online and mail order channels during the 2014 holiday season.

"While online sales continue to climb, digital customer interactions through both virtual and physical store channels present greater sales opportunities than online or mobile commerce alone," said Alison Paul, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP and retail and distribution sector leader. "Our research indicates that 84 percent of shoppers use digital tools before and during their trip to a store. Additionally, those shoppers convert, or make a purchase, at a 40 percent higher rate than those who do not use such devices during their shopping journey."

Deloitte forecasts that digital interactions will influence 50 percent, or $345 billion, of retail stores sales this holiday season. This figure reflects the extent to which consumers' use of desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones influence brick-and-mortar store sales.     

Paul noted, "Retailers should focus on the right functionality, rather than more functionality, when creating digital experiences this holiday season. Rather than offer their full e-commerce site on a mobile device, for example, retailers may be more effective by helping consumers compare prices, scan through local assortments, and navigate the store. Retailers that better understand how consumers make purchasing decisions, then deliver tools that support that process in a way that is consistent and complementary across online, mobile and store channels — may have the advantage this holiday season."

FOLLOW THE MONEY: No matter the currency -- dollar, pound, euro -- the Ryder Cup is big business. Enormous might better describe it. And the European Tour makes no secret of the fact that the biennial event -- played in Europe every four years -- is the financial bedrock upon which the circuit rests. "It would be fair to say that the Ryder Cup is one of the financial locomotives of the tour," said Richard Hills, Ryder Cup director for the European Tour. "It's central to our television negotiations. The players very much know what that they are playing or working for their own company, if you like." READ MORE>>>

NEED A LIFT? How big is the Ryder Cup? Consider some of the follow as food for thought on the topic. Club Car, the world’s largest manufacturer of small-wheel, zero-emissions electric vehicles and Official Supplier to The Ryder Cup since 1995, has delivered more than 540 vehicles to Gleneagles for the biennial match. In excess of 300 cars have been shipped from Club Car’s US headquarters in Augusta, with a further 240 sourced from the UK.

“There are approximately 7,000 staff and volunteers involved in the staging of a Ryder Cup, including marshals, hospitality, merchandising, rules officials and media – all of whom need to get around the site easily and quickly,” explained Club Car distributor, Chris Hopkins. “The television crews alone require more than half the vehicles supplied by Club Car to help broadcast the biennial match to millions of viewers around the globe who will be watching the action unfold at Gleneagles,” he continued. “Between 150 and 200 vehicles will be assigned to broadcasters such as Sky TV and NBC and stored overnight in a dedicated media compound. The security detail will also have its own vehicles, as will the plumbers, electricians, scaffolders and behind-the-scenes staff who make this event ‘tick’. Each of The Ryder Cup’s Partners will also be given cars to ensure the smooth running of the part they play. For example, a technician from Rolex will have a vehicle allocated to them to service the clocks on each tee, to ensure they remain running to time. Perhaps the most inconspicuous requirement for a Club Car vehicle is for the volunteers who rope off the fairways. Every morning, they go out ahead of the crowd’s arrival and again, after the matches are finished to ensure all the ropes are up and provide an effective barrier for spectators.”

WEB GEMS:

PARTY TIME OVER? Dustin Johnson and fiancée Paulina Gretzky are having a baby. READ MORE>>>

PICK ‘EM? How important are captain’s picks? In the 10 matches since 1993, the team with the better record by its captain’s picks has won eight times with Europe winning five of those. READ MORE>>>

KEEPING IT REAL: The American team got a dose of perspective even before the Ryder Cup began. Captain Tom Watson invited two "Wounded Warriors" to speak to his team Tuesday night, which he referred to as a time filled with inspiration and a reminder that no matter how great the pressure will be at Gleneagles, it's still just golf. READ MORE>>>

WHAT’S CHANGED? If Sam Torrance, one of McGinley’s assistants, is asked who was responsible for Europe’s upturn in fortunes, the answer is instant. “Tony Jacklin, no question,” Torrance says. “He means so much to where we are now. He had turned the [captain’s] job down initially because the United States team had it all; Concorde, Ryder Cup golf bags, cashmere sweaters. People might laugh but that made you feel special. Made players think ‘wow’. That’s what Tony demanded – to make the players feel really special.

“There was a huge gap before that. Even a huge, physical-looking gap. When the American team walked out, there was a wow factor; Nicklaus, Palmer, Trevino, all these guys. They were legends we grew up admiring.” He adds: “They were just better than us. Even in 1981, we got absolutely hammered but I thought we were getting better. In 1983 we lost by a point; we all swore that Sunday night that we should have won but there was also a message there of ‘we are going to beat them.’ And we did, in 1985 and 1987. That was the reality of what had gone on in the Ryder Cups before; pulling together as a team and believing in ourselves. The US had been so much better from players six to 12 in the singles. I was one of these guys who had to face them. We were just overawed by them and that has changed now.” READ MORE>>>

NEW RULES? Golfers who are policed by an anti-doping code on the PGA Tour that is viewed by critics as too opaque will have to adapt to a much more transparent program if they qualify to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games. Unlike the International Golf Federation (IGF), which will administer golf's reappearance as an Olympic sport after an absence of more than a century, the PGA Tour is not a signatory to the code implemented by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Consequently, players who hope to represent their countries at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games will have to be educated on the significant differences between the PGA Tour's policy and its prohibited list of substances versus that promulgated by WADA. Perhaps the biggest difference between the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy and the more established one set forth by WADA relates to transparency. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The first hole is always amazing. It's definitely the most impressive first hole we play throughout our careers. That tee shot on the first is always different, the way they build it up and all the songs you hear and everything. I've always been surprised, everything that happens on the first hole and the cheers you get. But to me, two years ago, to be in Medinah on American soil and to hear -- what we were losing 10-6 on Sunday morning, every single player that went there, to sing that "You'll Never Walk Alone," it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. It gives me such a special feeling.”--Sergio Garcia

The current American team has only four players out of the 12 that can boast a winning record heading into this year’s event. They are: Keegan Bradley 3-1-0; Zach Johnson 6-4-1; Matt Kuchar 3-2-2 and Hunter Mahan 3-2-3. Jim Furyk is 9-17-4 and Phil Mickelson is 14-18-6. Rickie Fowler (0-1-2) is still searching for his first victory. The upside to all of this is that three rookies along with Fowler, if they all fare well, could double the number of players with winning records once Sunday play concludes.

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 5, NUMBER 186                                                       
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Gleneagles this year, at the Ryder Cup, three-quarters of our team are probably going to be PGA Tour players, who are slowly losing that art form of playing in tough conditions. I mean I'd say I've softened up over the years. I'm not the bad weather golfer I was, I don't feel like. And that can only be kind of cultivated by playing in bad weather. And we don't play in the rain here (PGA TOUR). I don't think these guys (PGA TOUR) own rain jackets. Typically when it rains, it's lightning, so you're called in off the golf course. I took the tag off my rain jacket there a couple of weeks ago for the first time this year. It's like Thursday at Doral.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Which American player has played in the most matches in the history of the Ryder Cup?

SHE’S BACK: Big Bertha is back, yet again. She is making another reincarnation this time in the form of irons and hybrids. The iconic name that is synonymous with Callaway Golf is focused on delivering on one specific area for recreational golfers: distance. As golf equipment has progressed throughout the years, if not decades, bbironsone thing remains near and dear to everyone including manufacturers, the ability to generate longer distances. As recreational player grow older, perhaps less flexible it becomes an ever-bigger wish to turn back the hands of time. Callaway Golf believes it has accomplished that with its new Big Bertha irons.

“Big Bertha irons are two clubs longer than irons produced in the past,” proclaimed Alan Hocknell, Callaway’s Senior Vice President of R&D. According to Doc Hock, this audacious statement was accomplished by Callaway’s work in the past with face cups in fairway woods and drivers. It has taken that knowledge and applied it into the new irons. “We were able to take those same basic techniques and apply it to a two-piece iron,” he said. Callaway has also updated its Variable Face Thickness pattern that is specific to irons. “We don’t just want to improve flexibility randomly, we need to control that all over the face. We are seeing gains in ball speed in the center of the face in a 4-iron of around 3 mph over irons of a prior generation. The average ball speed around the face is 2.5 mph. We’ve converted the flexibility on the face to ball speed. This claim of up to two clubs longer has been validated by robot testing,” Hocknell said.

The new Big Bertha irons (4-S) also feature a progress sole width and will be available in True Temper Speed Step 80 steel shafts or a new UST Recoil graphite shaft.

Big Bertha is also appearing in an adjustable hybrid form. The combination of an adjustable hosel and cup face technology, which is found in Callaway’s X Hot and X2 Hot products are incorporated into the new Big Bertha hybrids. “We’ve changed some of the configurations slightly aiming at making the club more playable by an average golfer,” said Alan Hocknell. “We’ve made a slightly larger format head, its deeper in the front and back. We’ve taken some of the weight in the front of the head and put it in the back to focus on slightly higher MOI numbers for forgiveness.” Callaway believes this will deliver more efficient launch and flight conditions for players to discover greater distances along with the help of cup face technology and adjustability found in the hosel to dial in the preferred loft a player wants.

The irons ($999 in steel) and hybrids ($249) are scheduled to arrive at retail on Oct 17th.

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WISE BEYOND HIS YEARS: Jordan Spieth is listed as 21, but he’s clearly someone that possesses maturity beyond his years. Case in point, he’s on the Ryder Cup team for the first time and yet, he seems to have a solid grasp on what its all about. “This event and the Masters are the two events that I think of that I'd like to win some day,” he revealed. “This one has no pay, but you're sitting here playing, representing all the American professional golfers. You're representing more importantly, you're representing your family, you're representing your country. You're chosen out of all those other incredible players that play the PGA TOUR and beyond to be part of these 12 guys that have an opportunity to win The Ryder Cup, something that we don't have a great recent history with. Yeah, I get really, really pumped up for it. I'm getting really pumped up for this. I hope that I'm one of those guys that elevates his game for this event,” Spieth said.

In an ironic twist of fate four short years ago, he was at Gleneagles playing in the Junior Ryder Cup. “I remember when I was here four years ago and I remember thinking, is there a chance that I could be here four years from now for The Ryder Cup? And kind of thinking, yeah, I'm supposed to be a senior in college, so I would have to leave school early and things go pretty well to be here. And what do you know,” he said. “It's pretty awesome to be here having stayed in the same place, and I think the same team room that we have now in the hotel. Back then, they showed us videos of the Junior Ryder Cup and guys that have gone on to become professional golfers since, and I know the Junior Ryder Cup has not been going on for very long. But looking back on those videos that we watched and to know that I'm one of those guys now that's representing the United States of America, it's a really cool feeling.”

Spieth has been looking forward to this week for a while. He used part of his limited past to remind him of his immediate future. “I found one of the special Scotty Cameron putter head covers I had from then. I've been using that for a month or so. I used it through the Playoffs just getting ready. I thought it was a cool thing to do. It was cool that I still had it,” he said. Some people get it in life and Spieth appears to be one of them.

HELPING HAND: Caddy For A Cure, Inc., will again serve as the Tournament Directors for the 2014 Blue Angels Foundation Invitational. The tournament will be held Thursday, October 3rd at Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Funds raised by the event will go in support of the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station in San Diego.

Vincent Donile, Blue Angels Foundation President remarked, "We greatly appreciate the help of Caddy For A Cure in making this golf tournament a first class, professionally run fundraising event. Our support of The Warrior Foundation and Freedom Station in San Diego enables us to contribute toward assisting, honoring, and supporting the military men and women who have so bravely served and sacrificed both physically and emotionally for our country." He continued, "With Caddy For A Cure, this event has become known for being an extraordinary day from start to finish, consistent with the tradition and expertise of the Navy Blue Angels Squadron."

Caddy For A Cure CEO and program Founder Russ Holden said, "We are so pleased to be assisting this wonderful organization again and its fundraising efforts. Their mission to support the Freedom Station is a perfect complement to what we do with our support of wounded warriors through the PGA TOUR Birdies For The Brave military home-front outreach program." He added, "While we continue to expand our support through Caddy For A Cure, we have learned that the 'cure' often means simply providing an answer to a need." Holden concluded, "This Blue Angels Foundation golf tournament is a fantastic opportunity for patriotic golfers to enjoy a day of golf at a world class course while helping a great cause."

More information about the Blue Angels foundation may be found at http://www.blueangelsfoundation.org. Donations and contributions may be made through the website or sent to: Blue Angels Foundation, P.O. Box 1945, Pensacola, FL 32591-1945.

BIG BUSINESS! It is the greatest show in golf – and by the time the Ryder Cup gets into full swing this week, Gleneagles will have spent 13 years and £20million on staging its finest hour. As the eyes of the sporting world fix firmly on this jewel of the Perthshire countryside, experts predict a flood of golf-mad tourists will pump more than £100 million into the national economy as they flock to watch the world’s top golfers do battle. READ MORE>>>

SCORING, PRESENTED BY CLEVELAND GOLF: Rory McIlroy led the PGA TOUR this past season in earnings per tournament. He pocketed $487,000 on average, which frankly there is nothing average about it! He also led the TOUR in total strokes gained. According to Mark Broadie, author of EVERY SHOT COUNTS, McIlroy beat the field by 2.8 shots per round! For the world #1, driving and approach shots were his bread and butter. He gained 1.5 shots per round from driving (53% of his total) and 0.8 strokes through approach shots. His short game and putting contributed the other 0.5 shots per round. In short, the best player in the world and the season was also the best ball-striker. It was the difference between him and his closest rivals.

Sergio Garcia ranked second in total strokes gained. He averaged 2.5 shots on the field for the year, which helped him average $309,000 per tournament in earnings. His driving wasn't close to McIlroy's as he only held a third of McIlroy's advantage off the tee. Garcia picked up 0.5 shots per round from driving but his approach game was superior to McIlroy's. He picked up on average 1.3 shots per round (ranked 1st overall all in the category) with his approach shots. But his short game only contributed 0.4 shots and his putting another 0.3 shots per round.

The top 10 leaders in total strokes gained for the 2013-14 season earned an average of $279,000 each time the pegged it up in a tournament. On average, these players gained 1.9 shots per round on the field. According to Broadie's analysis, driving contributed 35% to the total, approach shots 40%, short game 13% and putting surprisingly only 12%.

Steve Stricker led the PGA TOUR in strokes gained from short game shots (shots starting inside of 100 yards from the hole, excluding putts), gaining 0.8 strokes per round on the field. He made an average of $105,00 per tournament that he played in, which ranked him 34th in money earned per event. The top 10 players in strokes gained by short game, earned an average of $146,000 per event. Justin Leonard ranked second in strokes gained through the short game (.71/round) but averaged $37,000 per tournament in earnings!

For comparison purposes only, the top 10 strokes gained driving leaders earned $200,000 per event, while the top 10 strokes gained approach shot leaders earned an average of $229,000 per event. If you're wondering about the putting category, the top 10 players in strokes gained: putting averaged $70,000 per tournament. Graeme McDowell was the leader in the category. He picked up on average 0.89 shots per round versus the field with his putter. But consider whether you would rather be a better driver or putter, the answer might surprise you at least, according to the trends of the past season on the PGA TOUR.

McIlroy, #1 in strokes gained: driving, according to Broadie's analysis picked up 1.50 shots per round through driving, while Garcia the leader in the category of strokes gained by approach shots was 1.34 shots per round better than the field. Both categories also delivered greater earnings power per event than the best putters! So much for drive for show and putt for dough! To see more of Broadie's research looking back over the 2013-14 season click here.

WEB GEMS:

PACE YOURSELF: Tom Watson believes the United States team are often drained by having to play too much competitive golf in the lead-up to a Ryder Cup match. "I am concerned about how much these players are playing before they reach the Ryder Cup," the eight-times major winner told a news conference on Tuesday. "I'm very concerned about that." READ MORE>>>

HOW THE TIMES HAVE CHANGED: The last time an American golf team visited Gleneagles in 1921, for the first installment of what would later become the Ryder Cup, they ran into one problem: the hotel was still being built. And so Walter Hagen and his cohorts had to sleep in railway carriages parked in a siding at Auchtermuchty station, fetching their own water from a nearby steam pump, spending their evenings strolling through the deserted streets of Auchterarder looking for dinner. It is fair to say things have moved on a bit. When the European and American teams arrived at the five-star Gleneagles Hotel this week, they would have found their every whim catered for. The Americans asked for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and their own bar. The Europeans wanted the walls of their team room decked out in team colors, with motivational quotes on the wall. Some of the players have brought their own physios. “Gleneagles,” explains head professional Andrew Jowett, “epitomises luxury.” READ MORE>>>

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Ten years ago Phil Mickelson put new clubs and a new ball into play in a Ryder Cup and it backfired massively. But could Rory McIlroy be tempted to try the recently approved prototype Nike Vapor driver at Gleneagles? READ MORE>>>

NOT THE BIG DOG: Bubba Watson played down his newly-acquired "big dog" epithet and said he was ready to curb his exuberance if he felt it could help his American team deal with what is likely to be a red-hot Ryder Cup atmosphere this week. Earlier United States captain Tom Watson said the big-hitting two-times Masters winner would probably be the man the Europeans would most like to beat, just as his team have their crosshairs firmly fixed on Ian Poulter. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Gleneagles this year, at the Ryder Cup, three-quarters of our team are probably going to be PGA Tour players, who are slowly losing that art form of playing in tough conditions. I mean I'd say I've softened up over the years. I'm not the bad weather golfer I was, I don't feel like. And that can only be kind of cultivated by playing in bad weather. And we don't play in the rain here (PGA TOUR). I don't think these guys (PGA TOUR) own rain jackets. Typically when it rains, it's lightning, so you're called in off the golf course. I took the tag off my rain jacket there a couple of weeks ago for the first time this year. It's like Thursday at Doral.”--Graeme McDowell, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this year.

Phil Mickelson enjoys the greatest experience on the American side in Ryder Cup matches. He has played in 38 matches over his career, one more than Billy Casper and four more than Lanny Watkins. He leads all American players in the history of the event.

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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