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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 179                                                       
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I always wanted to win a major championship, but it's great to win the PGA last year. And coming off the form that I had in the second half of last year and picking it back up at Arnold Palmer then Dell Match Play, the current form, I feel good about my game. I feel comfortable with where I'm at, walking around the grounds, No. 1 in the world; it's a good feeling. But I know that I can't take it for granted, because obviously in this game, things can change pretty quickly. It's such a competitive sport now and so many guys can win, and it's so tough to win. But I do feel good with how I'm playing right now and where I'm at mentally and physically.”

BRAIN TEASER: The BMW Championship returns to Conway Farms outside Chicago in Lake Forest, Illinois, for the third time in five years. Can you name the two players to win at Conway Farms?

LIGHTEN UP! The majority of recreational golf is played by people over the age of 40. Some would argue its closer to 50 but let’s not quibble over this detail. The point is the population that funds a bulk of the industry, especially equipment purchases represents those approaching or playing the back 9! As we grow older we start to lose a step. It’s a scientific fact, as much as we don’t want to admit to it. Speed is part of the game, especially on the PGA TOUR and recreational players typically don’t sniff the swing or ball speeds that are prevalent on the flat belly scene.

gbbepicstarironFor those interested looking to pick up distance Callaway is offering a helping hand with its GBB Epic Star line that includes hybrids and irons. Yesterday’s issue highlighted the driver and fairway metals in the new line. However, the GBB Epic Star line also includes hybrids and irons. The central theme throughout the Epic Star is lighter and therefore faster in an effort to pick up distance.

Epic is the first hybrid to incorporate Callaway’s proprietary triaxial carbon composite material crown. It is the thinnest and lightest composite material Callaway has ever used. The weight saved was redistributed into strategic locations within the head to dramatically increase MOI and lower the CG, according to the company.

Callaway promises a clubface that boasts an expansive zone that delivers fast ball speed, courtesy of its 455 Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup technology. The thin and flexible rim around the inner side of the face flexes and releases more uniformly and efficiently at impact to increase ball speed across the face, especially toward the bottom, where most mis-hits occur.

During development Callaway said it studied and tested a variety of new ways to enhance launch and trajectory, and said it succeeded by incorporating MIM’ed tungsten into its Internal Standing Wave technology. (MIM stands for Metal-Injection Molding, an injection-molding process using finely powdered metal to create intricately shaped parts with precision.) The precise shape and weight of this MIM’ed tungsten piece (1.8 x heavier than steel) allowed Callaway to achieve the specific mass property goals necessary to raise this hybrid’s high forgiveness and launch characteristics. Epic hybrids are equipped with UST’s new Recoil 760 ion-plated graphite shaft. By now you have to wondering what the GBB Epic Hybrids will cost? $279.99 a piece!

The Epic Star irons feature a combination of ball speed technologies, low-deep CG locations, multi-material construction and an ultra-light component package, Callaway said. The latest from the company feature Exo-cage construction, a premium ultra-light 55-gram Grand Bassara graphite iron shaft, made in Japan by Mitsubishi, 360 Face Cup technology, Metal Injection Molded (MIM’d) Tungsten-Infused Standing Wave and a lightweight hollow hosel. The irons are available 4-9 irons, PW, AW, GW and SW. The cost, you might be asking is $300 per club.

So for those that subscribe to the theory go big or go home, the GBB Epic line up might be right up your alley. The price plays into the ultra premium segment. Its unknown how many consumers fall into this category, yet an effective argument can be made that there are more than you might suspect. Is this expected to be a game changer for Callaway’s annual sales? No. Could it be for an avid, affluent player? Maybe!

IRMA: The USGA announced the 31st U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, scheduled to be played Oct. 7-12 at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla., will be postponed due to the impact of Hurricane Irma. “After assessing the storm’s impact on the course, we have determined with Quail Creek that the championship cannot be successfully conducted on the scheduled dates next month,” said U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Director Rachel Sadowski. “Our thoughts are with our good friends at Quail Creek, and with everyone in the Southeast affected by the storm.”

WEB GEMS:

DON’T DO THE CRIME IF YOU CAN’T DO THE TIME: A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a bid by famed Las Vegas sports gambler William “Billy” Walters to remain free while he appeals his conviction and five-year prison sentence for insider trading. READ MORE>>>

MORE THAN A GAME: Kevin Kisner began to appreciate the value of playing in the Presidents Cup two months before the matches even started. All because of a text message. He was at the Bridgestone Invitational last month when he received a group text sent to players who were in position to make the U.S. team. The idea was to make everyone feel like a team, whether the exchange of messages was motivational or simply amusing. Kisner is among the more popular figures in the locker room, but there were still a few numbers in that group text that he didn't recognize. He wasn't alone, mainly because the guy who started the thread — U.S. captain Steve Stricker — put in the wrong number for Charley Hoffman. And that soon became clear to everyone. "Some dude told us he didn't care and to quit texting him," Kisner said. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I always wanted to win a major championship, but it's great to win the PGA last year. And coming off the form that I had in the second half of last year and picking it back up at Arnold Palmer then Dell Match Play, the current form, I feel good about my game. I feel comfortable with where I'm at, walking around the grounds, No. 1 in the world; it's a good feeling. But I know that I can't take it for granted, because obviously in this game, things can change pretty quickly. It's such a competitive sport now and so many guys can win, and it's so tough to win. But I do feel good with how I'm playing right now and where I'm at mentally and physically.”--Jason Day prior to the start of the 2017 Masters. Day has yet to win in 2017 and is currently ranked 9th in the world and 28th in the FedExCup standings heading into the BMW Championship.

The last two winners at Conway Farms were Jason Day (2015) and Zach Johnson (2013) and in 2013.

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