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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 148                                                       
Wednesday, August 7 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm always trying new things, but last week was cool. I just said, you know what, I'm going to kind of do a little bit of a hard reset. I felt like I wasn't able to progress any further than what I was able to. I felt like I was working on my golf swing hard enough and I just wasn't seeing results. And so at that point in time, when you see that, out of your game, it's like, okay, let's go and see how we can make some clubs that can be more beneficial to me and so that's what we did last week. We found some very interesting results that will be of future help to amateur golfers across the world.”

BRAIN TEASER: Two players played their way into THE NORTHERN TRUST following the Wyndham Championship: Can you name either of them?

BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY:  Frank Nobilo recently tweeted: “I’m worried about the game. I think we have lost our way in so many aspects. Golf is too expensive. The courses are too long. We have equipment that is really designed for the recreational player, but which produces unhealthy distance for the elite players.” It’s a view that seems to be widely held. With no disrespect intended to Nobilo by singling him out, but he’s right on two out of three.

The average driving distance at last week’s Wyndham Championship was 300.1 yards (vs. 310.3 in 2018) for a difference of -10.2 yards, according to TOUR sources. The average driving distance in 2019, year-to-date, is currently -2.3 yards shorter than in 2018 on the PGA TOUR.

The average driving distance at last weeks Ellie Mae Classic on the Korn Ferry Tour was 307.6 yards (vs. 310.0 in 2018) for a difference of -2.4 yards. The average 2019 driving distance for the Korn Ferry Tour is currently -2.2 yards shorter, year-to-date, than in 2018. 

How about the over 50 guys? The average driving distance on the Champions Tour in 2019 is currently -8.0 yards shorter, year-to-date, than in 2018! Across the pond on the European Tour, the average driving distance is currently -0.9 yards shorter, year-to-date, in 2019 than in 2018.

The outlier happens to be the ladies. The average driving distance on the LPGA Tour in 2019 is currently 6.6 yards longer, YTD, than in 2018. 

We can debate several ways that would make the game healthier but if anyone thinks rolling back the distance a golf ball travels will excite and encourage people to continue to play or intrigue others to try it, they’re dreaming. Anyone want to go back to dial up service for the Internet?

WHO NEEDS ROLEX? It’s been more than 15 years since Greg Norman played more than 10 events in a season on the PGA TOUR. The last time he teed it up on the Champions Tour was 2012 and that was for two tournaments. The Sharks still carried a big reputation in golf and his services remain in demand. Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), announced a new partnership with the Aussie. Financial terms were not disclosed. “We couldn’t be more excited to announce this partnership and welcome Greg Norman into the Garmin family,” said Susan Lyman, Garmin vice president of global marketing. “As a globally recognized athlete, an avid outdoorsman and successful entrepreneur, Greg’s winning attitude and adventurous spirit make him a perfect fit for Garmin.”

The Greg Norman for Garmin campaign will highlight Norman’s experiences with golf products such as the Approach S60 golf watch and the Approach Z80 laser range-finder, as well as the Fenix 5S outdoor smart watch and the MARQ Collection of modern watches.

WEB GEMS:

THE AUTHORITY! Jordan Spieth might never find his way back from the wilderness unless he stops analyzing his swing in such detail and returns instead to his natural ways, PGA Tour winner turned television analyst Brandel Chamblee said. READ MORE>>>

TO BE DETERMINED: The European Tour has suspended Thorbjorn Olesen pending the investigation into his arrest on charges of being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting a female passenger while she slept. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm always trying new things, but last week was cool. I just said, you know what, I'm going to kind of do a little bit of a hard reset. I felt like I wasn't able to progress any further than what I was able to. I felt like I was working on my golf swing hard enough and I just wasn't seeing results. And so at that point in time, when you see that, out of your game, it's like, okay, let's go and see how we can make some clubs that can be more beneficial to me and so that's what we did last week. We found some very interesting results that will be of future help to amateur golfers across the world.”--Bryson DeChambeau, defending champion of the NORTHERN TRUST.

Two players played their way into THE NORTHERN TRUST following the Wyndham Championship: Patton Kizzire (No. 118 from No. 129) and Andrew Landry (No. 132 to No. 123)

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