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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 86                                                         
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “When they started messing with the Old Course at St. Andrews and adding yardage, the R&A lost me. Can you imagine if the All England Club did that to Wimbledon and made the center court smaller so that the game would be more difficult? In tennis they slowed the ball down. I think we need to do the same in golf.”

BRAIN TEASER: The last time the Wells Fargo Championship was played at Quail Hollow was in 2016. Who won it?

DISAPPEARING ACT: Yesterday’s issue contained Golf Datatech’s read on the first quarter for equipment sales. The company measures retail sell through, while original equipment manufacturers report sell in to retailers. Datatech said driver, fairway and hybrid average selling prices were all up significantly through the first quarter of 2018, and even though units were slightly lower than year ago, the total value of woods improved by 7%. However, Callaway Golf reported an improvement of 19.7% from a year ago. Granted Callaway’s metal woods included international sales, while Datatech’s numbers are strictly U.S. However, it begs the question were did Callaway additional sales come from or more specifically from which competing brand?

ITS A NUMBERS GAME: Putting from inside 10 feet is very different than putting from 10 feet. The PGA Tour average is 88% inside 10 feet, and just 40% from 10 feet. In 1 of 10 rounds tour pros hole 100 percent of their putts from inside 10 feet. There's a tremendous difference in the success rate of putts from inside 10 feet versus those from exactly 10 feet. The number is so misleading because a large majority (77 percent) of the putts on Tour designated as "inside 10 feet" actually start inside of five feet. READ MORE>>>

BACK IN BLACK: Ben Hogan Golf Company has added the new Ft. Worth BLACK Iron. The new is a take off on the old. The original Ft. Worth Irons were introduced in 2015 and the new Ft. Worth BLACK Irons employ many of the same technologies as the original, according to the company. But in order to be new there must be something unique or different other than appearance, which the name implies. The new has added features and improvements, according to the company, like the durable Diamond Black Metal (DBM) coating, optimization of the Dynamic Progressive Weighting system and modification of the V-Sole design.

The patented Diamond Black Metal (DBM) coating is more than cosmetic, the company says. It is seven times more durable than nickel chrome. “The new Ft. Worth BLACK Irons live up to their iconic name. They are a classic, striking iron that out-performs any other forged blade on the market and they are flat out stunning,” commented Scott White, CEO & President, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company.

The Ben Hogan PreciseLoft System has been simplified in the Ft. Worth BLACK Irons.  While the Company remains committed to consistent 4-degree loft gaps between each iron for distance gapping and to minimize loft ‘compression’ at the short end of the set, Ft. Worth BLACK irons will only be offered in one loft matrix. The mid-high launch profile (22 to 46-degrees) is said to be preferred by the vast majority of Ben Hogan iron players. Ft. Worth BLACK irons will be stamped with traditional numbers (#4 - PW) on the sole.

The Ft. Worth BLACK Irons can be customized at no charge. Golfers can specify length, lie, loft and grips (standard or mid-sized) as well as their choice of a variety of steel and graphite shafts.

The irons are available for demo or purchase at www.BenHoganGolf.com exclusively.  The company maintains it’s Factory-Direct distribution and pricing strategy, as the Ft. Worth BLACK Irons are sold direct-to-consumers for $700.00 per seven-piece set (#4 iron - Pitching Wedge) or $100.00 per club.

WEB GEMS:

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY? The question Justin Thomas faced seven months ago was how to follow a season that featured five PGA Tour victories, his first major championship, the FedEx Cup and all the awards that go along with the best year in golf. One solution was to avoid comparisons along the way, which was never going to be easy. Quail Hollow presents one of those challenges. READ MORE>>>

LASTING LEGACY: Billy Payne, a former football player at Georgia, was celebrated in Athens at the naming ceremony for Georgia’s indoor athletic facility. The university’s Board of Regents approved in February naming the new facility the William Porter Payne and Porter Otis Payne Indoor Athletic Facility in honor of Payne and his father. The naming was funded by more than $10 million in donations from friends and family of Billy and Porter Payne. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “When they started messing with the Old Course at St. Andrews and adding yardage, the R&A lost me. Can you imagine if the All England Club did that to Wimbledon and made the center court smaller so that the game would be more difficult? In tennis they slowed the ball down. I think we need to do the same in golf.”-- Frank Nobilo

James Hahn won the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow with a score of 9-under par. Last year the event was held at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, North Carolina since the PGA Championship was contested at Quail Hollow in August.

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