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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 172                                                       
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “He's my childhood idol. I've admired him my whole entire life. To be finally able to play with him under tournament conditions, it was different. I was a little nervous, for sure. But I was able to get out there and execute shots and worry about my game and focus on hitting the best shots possible. And I was able to play really well like that. It's Tiger Woods, guys!”

BRAIN TEASER: Who was the last player to win back-to-back on the PGA TOUR?

FORE THE GOOD OF THE GAME? Many would contend the professional game is in good, if not great shape. The recreational game, not so much. Nevertheless, the protectors of game are tweaking the rules. Recently, the USGA and R&A served notice to inform interested parties of its intention to publish the first edition of The Equipment Rules. A draft copy of the document can be viewed by following this link: Equipment Rules - Draft

According to the ruling bodies, this publication is a byproduct of the modernization of the Rules of Golf, which will become effective on 1 January 2019.  The majority of the rules and specifications regarding golf clubs, golf balls and other equipment will no longer appear in the revised Rules. Instead, it will be located in a new publication called The Equipment Rules.

While there are no substantive changes, according tot the two ruling bodies to the existing equipment rules, specifications and guidelines. There are a few detailed additions to the guidelines located in the body of the publication which were previously unpublished. These include:
         1       A more detailed description of a “chipper” and the particular specifications associated with this type of club (See Part 2, Section 1a, P.12 of The Equipment Rules);
         2       An allowance for clubs other than putters to have a length longer than 48 inches when there is a medical or physical need (See Part 2, Section 1c, P.20 of The Equipment Rules);
         3       The addition of sections for Clothing and The Use of Tape related to Rule 4.3 (Rule 14-3 in the 2016-2018 edition of The Rules of Golf) to more clearly define the requirements for these items of equipment (See Part 6, Section 4, P.69 for Clothing and Part 6, Section 5, P.70 for Tape).

ANOTHER STAR IS BOARN: SRIXON announced over the holiday weekend the launch of its second generation Q-STAR TOUR golf ball. “The Q-STAR TOUR golf ball is a tour-caliber, urethane cover golf ball priced lower than some of our competitor’s two-piece offerings,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development.

According to the company, the key technologies inside the second generation Q-STAR TOUR are third generation spin skin coating, an advanced core construction and an aerodynamic 338 speed dimple pattern that reduces drag and increases lift for maximum distance and a more stable, penetrating ball flight in any wind conditions. It was designed specifically for players with moderate swing speeds who look the performance and feel of a tour golf ball.

“In addition to having a cover that’s as soft as golf balls priced near $50 per dozen, this new Q-STAR TOUR features our low-drag, tour dimple pattern for more distance and a next-generation spin skin coating for more greenside spin,” Brunski said. “It is an extraordinary amount of performance packed into a ball that’s engineered to perform best for golfers who don’t swing at tour player speeds.”
  
The Srixon Q-STAR TOUR golf ball officially launches in North America on September 1, 2018, at a MAP of $29.99 per dozen.

WEB GEMS:

ONE MAN’S OPINION: Chris Kirk is not your prototypical PGA Tour player. He doesn’t bash the ball ridiculously long distances and he doesn’t see any benefit, at least for himself, to try. Nor does he see any reason to change the way golf is played. “The game is a little different than it was around my rookie year,” said Kirk, who explained he ranked 56th in driving distance his first year on the PGA Tour (2011) with a 295-yard average but now ranks 155th with a 290-yard average. “So it is changing. The driver and the ball don't go any further than they did eight years ago. That's the thing that everybody is missing,” said Kirk. READ MORE>>>

AGREE OR DISAGREE? Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson are expected to be named on the United States Ryder Cup team when Jim Furyk announces three of his captain’s picks. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “He's my childhood idol. I've admired him my whole entire life. To be finally able to play with him under tournament conditions, it was different. I was a little nervous, for sure. But I was able to get out there and execute shots and worry about my game and focus on hitting the best shots possible. And I was able to play really well like that. It's Tiger Woods, guys!”--Bryson DeChambeau after his third round at the Dell Technologies Championship.

Bryson DeChambeau was the first to win in consecutive weeks since Justin Thomas (2017 Sentry Tournament of Champions, Sony Open in Hawaii)

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