Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 78
Thursday, April 20, 2017
ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Certainly to be considered one of the top guys to not have won a Major means you're one of the top guys. It also means you've not won a Major. I think at some point kind of everybody has been on that list, every great player is on it until they win their first. It's funny, I've not run through who the other names would be but I'd certainly think I would be one of those guys, sure. I'm hoping that I can get off that list sometime soon.”
BRAIN TEASER: You may need to be a little luck with today’s answer. Can you name the player making his professional debut this week at the Valero Texas Open?
CONSISTENCY: The USGA and The R&A are working with golf’s handicapping authorities to develop a single World Handicap System for the game. More than 15 million golfers in more than 80 countries currently have a handicap, according to the organizations. You may be surprised to learn that today; handicaps are delivered through six different systems in the world. For example, in some parts of the world only tournament scores are accepted for handicapping purposes. In the United States casual, be it some might call social rounds are used for generating or authenticating a handicap. The aim of the proposed handicap system is to adopt a universal set of principles and procedures that would apply all over the world.
An extensive review of existing handicap systems administered by Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AGA) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) has been undertaken.
Golf organizations from different parts of the world have also been engaged with the current handicap authorities for the past two years to help shape the proposed system, which takes into account the many inherent golf cultures and most common formats of play. Research conducted to date has also reviewed systems and best practices inherent to handicapping, such as course rating and administration.
A joint committee led by the USGA and The R&A has been formed; including representatives from each handicap authority as well as the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada. The joint committee plans to announce its proposals later this year.
USGA Executive Director/CEO Mike Davis said, “One wonderful aspect of golf that separates it from other sports is the opportunity for players of differing abilities to play on an equitable basis through handicapping. With one global system, golf courses will be rated and handicaps calculated in a consistent manner everywhere in the world. Removing borders to provide an easy way for all to play together is great for the game and golfers everywhere.”
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, added, “We have been concerned for some time that many golfers find the handicapping landscape to be complicated and can be frustrated when it is not always applied in the same way in different parts of the world. We are working closely with the existing handicapping bodies to benefit from their insights as we try to formulate a system that will be easy to understand and can be applied consistently on a global basis. We very much appreciate their support for this initiative.”
ALL FORE ONE AND ONE FORE ALL! COBRA GOLF has introduced the new F7 JUNIOR ONE Length set of irons. The set features constant length irons that have been re-engineered for 7-iron length and weighting throughout. According to the company, it was designed with optimized geometry to produce consistent trajectory and distance gapping from long irons to wedges. COBRA’s research shows that across the board junior players testing JUNIOR F7 ONE irons improved in accuracy, with tighter distance and dispersion variation from shot-to-shot. Beyond long irons and approach shots, COBRA testing, it said, demonstrated improved short-game performance with the one-length set, due to the simplicity of set-up and execution.
“Since working with Bryson DeChambeau to help bring this concept to life in two adult sets of irons earlier this year, we have had requests from retailers and consumers to offer a set of one length irons for junior golfers,” said Tom Olsavsky, Vice President of R&D for COBRA GOLF. “We tested these irons among a wide range of skill levels ranging in age from 13-15 and we found that universally they delivered more consistency and better performance for these younger golfers”
The COBRA F7 JUNIOR ONE irons are designed for golfers between the ages of 13-15 years of age and are available in right-hand only (MAP: $449 – 5-piece set (5-7-9-PW-SW) with stock graphite COBRA Fujikura Fuel Jr. shafts that are 36.25” in length. The F7 JUNIOR ONE irons will be available at retail and online beginning April 21st.
ELEMENTARY MY DEAR WATSON! Tom Watson is living legend in the golf world. He believes the game is on solid ground beyond the professional ranks. “Actually, the youth of America are getting move involved with golf,” Watson remarked prior to the start of this week’s Champions Tour event. “In the last couple years there's been a good uptick in the participation of younger players in the game. A lot of it has to do with golf's efforts to do that, from The First Tee programs to The PGA of America programs with their Junior League programs to the Youth On Course program, which allows you to play golf on designated golf courses for a maximum of five bucks. That's really a good program. So we've got the right programs in place.
“All we need are the parents to start the kids in the game. That's how I started and that's how I guarantee 95 percent of all these players right here (Champions Tour) got started, with their parents involved in the game.”
PLAYING HURT: Months after capturing his first major title, Jimmy Walker started dealing with intermittent bouts of fatigue. He struggled to find a source for his condition, but now has an answer. Walker told reporters at the Valero Texas Open that he has tested positive for READ MORE>>>
HISTORY IN THE MAKING? Catriona Matthew would “love to be a member of Muirfield” and has revealed “there are things in motion” that could make that happen after the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns and runs the East Lothian club, voted last month to admit women after 273 years as a male-only club. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: “Certainly to be considered one of the top guys to not have won a Major means you're one of the top guys. It also means you've not won a Major. I think at some point kind of everybody has been on that list, every great player is on it until they win their first. It's funny, I've not run through who the other names would be but I'd certainly think I would be one of those guys, sure. I'm hoping that I can get off that list sometime soon.”--Matt Kuchar
2016 U.S. Amateur champion and World No. 1 amateur, Curtis Luck, will make his professional debut at this week’s Valero Texas Open. Luck won last year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the World Amateur Team Championship en route to becoming the top-ranked amateur in the world.
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