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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 87                                                         
Thursday, May 3, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think swing instruction is flawed. And has been for a long time. It’s the only game in which people spend hundreds of dollars and get worse. Imagine sending a child to a school and three months later finding that he is a worse student than when he arrived. You’d take him to another school. Even with all the diagnostic equipment we have right now, we can’t agree on how to hit a draw or a fade. You can’t definitively tell a new golfer how to make the ball fly left-to-right or right-to-left. There’s more than one school of thought. It’s crazy.”

BRAIN TEASER: Since the start of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season, this player has recorded eight wins, 10 rounds of 63 or better and is a combined 413- under par. Can you name him?

NUMBERS GAME: Last season, the 73.468 scoring average at Quail Hollow Club (2017 PGA Championship) was the highest of any course and the only course playing more than two shots over par (+2.468), according to Shotlink. At 7,600 yards on the scorecard, Quail Hollow Club played as the third longest course during the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season.

In 2016, when it last held the Wells Fargo Championship, the cumulative stroke average for the field was 72.953. Say what you will and clearly Mother Nature has a hand in all of this, but it would appear, based on data, the golf ball isn’t the root of all evil as some contend it is. Keep in mind the USGA and R&A issued earlier this year a distance report that implies the professional game is picking up incremental improvements.

Meanwhile, the comparison between the 2017 PGA Championship and the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship, both played on the same venue, offer a different perspective on what tricks golf still has up its sleeve to maintain the relevancy of the game. In case you’re wondering, James Hahn’s winning score in the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship was 9-under par, 279, while Justin Thomas won posting 8-under, 276 . Notice the difference in scores and the correlation between difficulties of the two years?

EVERYBODY HAPPY? “We are pleased with our progress, but there is so much further that we need to go,” insisted Pelley. “We are incredibly proud of the Rolex Series and how that changed our Tour. At the end of the day, the player in 100th position at the end of 2017 compared to 2016 was financially much stronger off. I think that is certainly a testament to the Rolex Series and some of the other new partners we have garnered. Our commitment to innovation is unwavering. I think consolidation of a lot of the infrastructure in golf is critical going forward.” READ MORE>>>

SCIENTIFICALLY BACKED: For more than a half of a century the putter shaft has not changed. No one really thinks about that, especially when you consider the attention shafts receive in irons and metal woods. Meanwhile, putter head designs have evolved and gotten dramatically heavier.  One company even made a point of it, for those that remembers, by calling their product, Heavy Putter!

An argument can be made that putter shafts that are not stable or strong enough to keep these heavier/advanced putter heads that promote a higher MOI from oscillating, twisting and turning.

Breakthrough Golf has introduced Stability Shaft, which uses a scientifically advanced multi-material design with geometries never before used in a putter shafts, according to the company. The Stability shaft has a unique look and a more solid feel than a traditional steel putter shaft. You may also recognize the CEO of the company too.

CEO, Barney Adams stated, "When I first learned about the product I knew that it could be significant. It's a step forward in golf equipment technology. What has been rewarding for me is that the Stability Shaft works better for amateurs. Pros are great putters and while the shaft does help them, it's the inconsistency of the amateur that it corrects most."

There are four parts of the Stability shaft that work together to improve putting performance, according to the company. There are eight layers of high modulus carbon fiber specifically layered, wrapped and widened, with a no-taper design to greatly reduce torque. Through 'Finite Element Analysis' a lightweight 22g aluminum insert was developed and precisely located to reinforce flexural rigidity. A 7075-aluminum connector that helps to stiffen and reinforce. This versatility, according to the company, allows attachment to virtually any tip diameter of any putter, regardless of the bend profile. The stainless steel tips have extremely consistent wall thicknesses for greater strength and are coated with a smoke PVD finish to add protection from corrosion and rusting.

The end result, according to the company, is the Stability Shaft delivers the face more squarely at impact for improved accuracy, solid feel and has a lower launch for a predictable roll. Breakthrough Golf  promises players will get a higher ‘Smash Factor,' hit the clubface more consistently and ultimately make more putts. I f you would like to see more on the design click here.

The Stability Shaft has a MAP price of $199.99 and is available from golf retailers in the US and Canada.

WEB GEMS:

ALWAYS ONE TO WATCH FOR: Rory McIlroy is hoping a return to a familiar hunting ground this week at Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina will allow him a chance to bounce back from a near-miss at last month’s U.S. Masters. A return to an old stomping ground could not come at a better time for McIlroy in his first start since he finished in a share of fifth place at Augusta National where he went out in the final pairing eyeing the final leg of the career grand slam. The 28-year-old Northern Irishman claimed his maiden PGA Tour victory at Quail Hollow in 2010 and has posted top-10 finishes in six of his eight starts at the venue, including a second triumph in 2015. READ MORE>>>

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING? Tiger Woods will use a new set of irons at this week’s Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina, the 14-times major winner announced. READ MORE>>>

SEEING IS BELIEVING: Patrick Reed says a much-needed visit to the eye doctor and his first pair of corrective lenses may have been the secret to his breakthrough Masters victory last month. “First week ever wearing contacts,” Reed added, “and I go ahead and make every putt I look at and win a golf tournament.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think swing instruction is flawed. And has been for a long time. It’s the only game in which people spend hundreds of dollars and get worse. Imagine sending a child to a school and three months later finding that he is a worse student than when he arrived. You’d take him to another school. Even with all the diagnostic equipment we have right now, we can’t agree on how to hit a draw or a fade. You can’t definitively tell a new golfer how to make the ball fly left-to-right or right-to-left. There’s more than one school of thought. It’s crazy.”--Frank Nobilo

Since the start of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season, Justin Thomas has recorded eight wins, 10 rounds of 63 or better and is a combined 413- under par.

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