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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 42                                                         
Thursday, March 1, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Whenever you win before the new year rolls around, you kind of feel like you've put some points on the board and some credit in the bank. From my point of view now, it's just about this is the beginning of a long run of golf. I traveled so much at the end of last year and the beginning of this year that I kind of knew there might be a cost to that at some point, so I just preemptively took a few weeks off. I also really wanted to work on my game. The reason for taking a few weeks off was to essentially just sort of rebalance the system a little bit.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player moved up 155 spots in the world rankings last week. Can you name him?

BALL GO FAR! For those tuning in to the WGC Mexico Championship this week, there will be countless mentions regarding the course elevation as well as the influence it has on the distance players are seeing their golf balls travel. Located less than 10 miles from downtown Mexico City, Club de Golf Chapultepec was built in 1921. It was designed by 1899 U.S. Open winner Willie Smith, who started work on the design during the Mexican Revolution. Please take note of the dates, as it would appear this particular course has some how managed not to become obsolete!

According to Shotlink mapping data, the lowest part of the course is 7,603 feet above sea level and the highest part of the course is 7,835 feet above sea level. By comparison, Montreux G&CC, venue for the PGA TOUR’s Barracuda Championship in Reno-Tahoe, Nevada, is in the range of 5,476 – 5,952 above sea level.

Last season, Club de Golf Chapultepec ranked as the longest driving distance off the tee when using a driver (317.47) and fairway wood (292.08), according to Shotlink. Last season, Rory McIlroy led the field in driver distance off the tee at Club de Golf Chapultepec, averaging 350.34 yards. Justin Thomas led all players off the when using a fairway wood, averaging 333.52 yards from the tee. Dustin Johnson, who won the tournament, averaged 285.13 yards using an iron off the tee, the longest average distance of any player in the 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship.

So while the topic of distance is still somewhat fresh in some minds, its important to understand that there are other factors that come into the equation. Players are very aware of this and will attempt to take full advantage in order to produce the best results.

“I played a practice round with Rory last year,” said Tommy Fleetwood. “I think I was necking me driver a bit in the practice round. Rory's hitting these high bums and it's going 80 yards past me or something stupid and I'm like, this is ridiculous. So if you do get the ball in the air, it's going to go miles. I think wedges then it makes less of a difference than it does with a 7-iron or 8-iron. All these things you've just got to factor in. The afternoon when it heats up, the ball's going absolutely miles and just something you always have to be aware of.”

Justin Rose shared Fleetwood’s sentiments. “If the ball's in the air longer, it's going further. So guys who can launch the ball higher making the most of the available altitude to give them that extra distance,” he said. “So I think that's probably more so than a long hitter. I think a high ball hitter. Clearly, Tommy Fleetwood hits the ball quite long. DJ is a long hitter. But it shouldn't be a golf course that really suits the long hitter. It's very strategic, there's a lot of wedges in hand for most of the field. TrackMan has a setting now where I think we're about 7,000 feet here, so you can adjust the TrackMan to 7,000 feet and it normalizes the shot that you're hitting. ”

Kiradech Aphibarnrat echoed Rose’s belief. “It depends on the ball flight. If you can control the launch, you can get really similar distance. If you're hitting too high or too low, you will add or lose some distance, which is the key for this golf course especially,” he said.

So distance will be a factor this week. As we await the infamous distance report, Martin Slumbers, CEO of the R&A, referenced recently its worth wondering whether the numbers produced at Club de Golf Chapultepec were taken strictly at face value?

TRY IT YOU MIGHT LIKE IT! Global Value Commerce (GVC) has launched U-try, an online club trial program at Globalgolf.com. Anyone can simply select up to two clubs on www.globalgolf.com/u-try/ and GlobalGolf.com will ship the clubs for a $25 trial fee per item. Within 14 days, judge and jury can decide to either keep the club(s) and pay the current list price – less the trial fee – or return them with a prepaid shipping label. Currently Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, TaylorMade and Titleist products are available to test drive. Hybrids, iron sets and additional brands are expected to be offered by late spring.

A complimentary Arccos Driver unit will be sent with each U-try driver beginning in early March. The small sensor attaches to the grip-end of the club, pairs with a free app for iOS or Android smartphones and automatically records distance, accuracy and more for each drive.

“Buying golf equipment is a significant investment and our goal at GVC has always been to provide players of all skill levels a helpful avenue to find the clubs that best suit their games,” says Ed Byman, CEO of GVC. “With U-try we’ve created a risk-free opportunity for our customers to spend time with new clubs and determine what is right for them.”

GOOD FORE BUSINESS: According to TicketIQ.com, the average price of a single-day ticket at Augusta this year is a whopping $2,948.42 on secondary markets. Compare that to $2,592.91 for last year's Masters, and just the prospect of Tiger prowling the leaderboard in his Sunday red has effectively increased the price of entry by 20%. Here is how the average price for a Masters ticket has fluctuated in recent years, with or without Tiger: READ MORE>>>

STANDING THE TEST OF TIME: The loss of 50,000 members over the last 10 years suggests that something is wrong in Scottish golf clubs, with Scottish Golf non-executive director Stewart Darling pinpointing factors such as an aging demographic and failure to attract sufficient youngsters into the game. Has the game really lost its appeal in its birthplace? We asked that question in undertaking four case studies into the sport and, while it is certainly not all doom and gloom due to the fact it continues to provide fun for all ages, there is no doubt that some aspects are not being helpful in terms of either keeping people in the game or enticing them to become club members. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

GOOD TO GO: Rory McIlroy insists his much-criticized putting is good enough to secure a first Masters title and complete a career Grand Slam. "At Augusta you don't need to putt great, you need to not waste any shots, no three putts, hole everything inside five feet," McIlroy told BBC Sport Northern Ireland. "I feel good about Augusta, I know the golf course so well.”  READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Whenever you win before the new year rolls around, you kind of feel like you've put some points on the board and some credit in the bank. From my point of view now, it's just about this is the beginning of a long run of golf. I traveled so much at the end of last year and the beginning of this year that I kind of knew there might be a cost to that at some point, so I just preemptively took a few weeks off. I also really wanted to work on my game. The reason for taking a few weeks off was to essentially just sort of rebalance the system a little bit.”--Justin Rose.

Tiger Woods went into the Honda Classic ranked 544th in the world. When he finished 12th, it moved him up 155 places to 389. He once was world #1 for a total of 683 weeks!

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