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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 147                                                       
Tuesday, August 6 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's been going on so quick, I haven't really been able to think back and about all the memories or all the tournaments I played so far this year. But I remember after I came back from Christmas break, just hitting balls inside for four weeks, I was lost. I didn't know where the ball was going really and I really didn't feel like I was hitting the ball that great in college my last semester. But I got a lot better at just playing the game and scoring with what I had. In that way I've been really happy with just how I've been able to perform with the things that I've been playing with.”

BRAIN TEASER: Nine players have advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs in each season since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007. How many can you name?

TWO FORE ONE! The USGA announced moving forward, the reigning U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur champions will have the opportunity to utilize their exemptions in the following year’s U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open as an amateur or professional. Previously, the reigning winners of the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur received an exemption into the following U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, respectively, only if they maintained their amateur status. Moving forward, the reigning champions will have the option to turn professional while maintaining their exempt place in the field.

“We believe this change gives our champions an important option as they choose whether and when to embark on their professional careers,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director, Championships. “Given the significant purses awarded at the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, we realize how important it is for players to make the most appropriate decision for his or her career, and the positive impact it could have at the outset of their professional careers.”

Over the past decade, four of 10 U.S. Amateur and three of 10 U.S. Women’s Amateur champions forewent their exemptions into the following year’s Open Championships, choosing to turn professional. “Given the opportunities afforded the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur champions, we want to make sure they are able to take advantage of as many as possible,” said Bodenhamer. “We feel strongly that our reigning champions have earned their places in the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, regardless of their amateur status.”  

KARMA? Despite missing the cut, Pat Perez finishes No. 125 to earn the final spot in the FedExCup Playoffs, just two points ahead of Richy Werenski (No. 126).

PLENTY TO CHOOSE FROM: It’s been a busy year for Titleist. The #1 ball in golf has been aggressive with its new product introductions. At the U.S. Open, in June, Titleist had three new irons (T100, 620 MB and 620 CB) make their debut. At the Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Titleist debuted the U-Series utility irons. This isn’t your father’s Titleist. Case in point, for the second time this season, Titleist swept all eight major equipment categories on both the PGA TOUR and Koran Ferry Tour in the same week. It was an achievement that had never been accomplished until Titleist did it by sweeping the Travelers Championship and Wichita Open in June. The eight major tee-through-green equipment categories in question include golf balls, drivers, fairway metals, hybrids, utility irons, irons, wedges and putters.

For serious and recreational players, Titleist has formally introduced three new iron (T100, T200 and T300) designs as part of the Titleist T-Series. The T100 is a new fully forged cavity construction is balanced by co-forged, dual-density tungsten, according to the company. Max Impact technology spreads speed and distance control evenly across T200’s thin, forged L-face, according to Titleist. The 300 offers the most forgiving player’s experience possible, Titleist promises. It has a mid-size face in a cavity-back design.

“The T-Series represents a revolutionary step forward in Titleist iron design and technology,” said Josh Talge, Vice President, Titleist Golf Club Marketing. “Our Club R&D team is nearly six times the size it was when the first AP iron was introduced 11 years ago. It’s because of that ongoing investment that we’ve been able to make such significant breakthroughs in materials and construction, and learn how to package those technologies into constructions that offer the look, sound and feel that players expect from a Titleist iron.”

“There are three key elements to hitting a great iron shot: distance, dispersion and angle of descent,” said Marni Ines, Director, Titleist Irons Development, Golf Club R&D. “T-Series technology helps players carry the ball longer and hit their number more consistently, even when they don’t make a perfect strike. Dispersion is tighter, so the ball stays on target. And trajectory is optimized, so the ball not only lands on the green, but stays there. Length means nothing if you don’t have control.”

The T200 and T300 irons incorporate Max Impact Technology, a Titleist innovation that extends maximum speed across the entire face of mid and long irons while preserving superior sound and feel. A thin face is backed by a unique polymer core – developed in partnership with Titleist Golf Ball R&D – to provide consistently better distance from every swing.

“Max Impact allows us to make thinner, faster faces that push the limits of iron ball speed,” Ines said. “With this system in place, we’re able to take our materials and make them thinner and faster to maximize speed across the face, and help give us the launch angle we need to deliver more consistent distances on every swing. In other words, you’ll end up with more shots that hit the green – and stop there.

tseries“Being able to rely on the material expertise of our Golf Ball R&D team, we were able to build a polymer core with properties that not only deliver the resilience we needed for speed performance but also sound dampening that helps us dial in the preferred feel for each construction,” Ines continued. “When you have a face technology like Max Impact, it becomes doubly important to balance the construction with high-density tungsten to achieve the high MOI you need to keep the club stable at impact. Having such high MOI properties at our blade lengths allows the iron face to return more energy to the golf ball on off center shots and produce more consistent distances. If you don’t have a high MOI, you’re not going to get the full benefits out of your face design.”

“T300 is the ultimate game improvement iron,” Talge said. “It goes high and far, it’s exceptionally playable and it looks great. T300 has a higher MOI than our prior generation game improvement model for even more distance and forgiveness. From address, you’d never believe how much technology is built into this iron.”

Titleist said the new T-Series irons made their tour debut two weeks ahead of schedule at the U.S. Open, due to player requests during prototype testing. Cameron Smith and Charles Howell III immediately put sets in play at Pebble Beach, while Justin Thomas added a T100 4-iron. Jordan Spieth, whose feedback the company said was instrumental in the T100 development process, switched to a full set at The Open Championship.

“When I first saw the T100 irons and it didn’t say ‘AP2’ on it, I had to have full trust,” Spieth said. “I’m sitting there saying, ‘Man, I played the same iron that said the same thing on it since 2010, probably earlier.’ But I’ve been playing Titleist clubs since I was 12 years old, and they’ve never led me in the wrong direction and they’ve always gotten better. And the idea of a name change – really an entire change across the board with their irons – is big. But there are big changes.” Charley Hoffman, Ian Poulter, Scott Stallings and CT Pan are also among the more than 20 PGA Tour players who have put the new irons in play, as T100 is poised to quickly become the most played iron model on the PGA Tour.

“With T100 we wanted to build an iron that delivers incredible performance and perfectly suits the player’s eye,” Ines said. “This is a precision product. It’s not about hitting it the furthest, it’s about hitting it that exact distance each and every time, being able to work the ball when necessary and having that pure look and feel that the best players in the world demand.”

The Titleist T-Series irons will be available in golf shops worldwide beginning Aug. 30, with fittings starting on Aug. 8.

Titleist isn’t finished with the new T-Series. For the purists and the shotmakers, the new Titleist 620 CB and MB irons carry on Titleist’s legacy of delivering tour-proven shot control and feel in precise cavity back and muscle back forgings. The 620 CB and MB have been refined based on tour player feedback with improved shaping and smoother turf interaction.

The new 620 CB and MB designs feature progressive blade lengths, with compact short irons progressing into slightly larger blade lengths at the long end of the set, the company said. The profiles of 620 CB and MB have also been matched to make for seamless transitions for the growing number of players with mixed CB and MB sets.

“The ‘600’ designation is a nod back to our original 600 series of forged blades from the early- to mid-2000’s,” said Talge. “These designs are an important part of our company’s heritage, as they proved that Titleist knew how to make the best irons for the best ball strikers in the world.”

“Our ability to use co-forged high-density tungsten in such a compact blade size like 620 CB is extremely powerful, especially at the long end of the set where players need the most help with launch and forgiveness,” said Ines. “We’ve seen many MB players gravitate toward mixed sets particularly because that combination of performance and workability in the CB 3- and 4- irons is so compelling. At the same time, with mixed sets becoming so common, we matched the profiles and blade lengths of 620 CB and MB so that players can start blending at any point in the set without making any sacrifices.”

The new Titleist 620 irons will also be available in golf shops worldwide beginning August 30th, with fittings beginning August 8th.

WEB GEMS:

THE CIRLE OF LIFE FOR GOLF: Twenty-three years ago, a commercial real-estate agent named Charles (Doc) Cunningham took an old persimmon 5-wood and sawed it down for his 3-year-old grandson. It was the start of a long three-sided relationship between the man, the boy and the sport of golf. Cunningham, a competitive golfer who would play in senior amateur events, now had a new shadow when he went to the driving range, and the boy learned a little bit of everything from his grandfather, including how to behave on the course. They spent hours together, and the boy became very good, even better than his teacher in time, and took home two conference championships in college. On Sunday, that grandson, J.T. Poston, won his first PGA Tour event at the Wyndham Championship, just 100 miles east of his Hickory, N.C., home. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's been going on so quick, I haven't really been able to think back and about all the memories or all the tournaments I played so far this year. But I remember after I came back from Christmas break, just hitting balls inside for four weeks, I was lost. I didn't know where the ball was going really and I really didn't feel like I was hitting the ball that great in college my last semester. But I got a lot better at just playing the game and scoring with what I had. In that way I've been really happy with just how I've been able to perform with the things that I've been playing with.”--Viktor Hovland. In the five events he’s played on the PGA TOUR this season, he has earned $678,035. He finished solo fourth to earn ticket to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

Nine players have advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs in each season since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007 (Charley Hoffman, Charles Howell III, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson).

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