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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 2, NUMBER 60
Friday, March 25, 2011

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's easy to get critical about stuff, but if something like that happens, you realize you just have to learn from it and it's one shot, and it doesn't make or break who I am or how I'm going to feel about myself. If it does, I'm not going to be the player I want to be.”

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BRAIN TEASER: How long has Arnold Palmer owned Bay Hill?

MONEY CLUB: Everyone has an opinion about the state of Tiger Woods’ game these days. It seems to be a constant topic and likely to remain that way until he wins again. Woods acknowledged that his go to club, his putter, hasn’t been as reliable as it once was. A hot putter can make up a lot of strokes or overcome challenges from tee to green. Woods pointed the finger blame squarely at himself in explaining the balky putter. “I had not practiced my putting as much as I had in years past, and consequently, I became more of a streaky putter,” he said. “There are times when I get in these streaks where I don't miss and there are times where I don't hit the hole from whatever the distance. I've never been that way. I've always been a pretty consistent putter day-in and day-out and I'm getting back to that.” The cure, he said, is straightforward. “ I think it's more practice, plain and simple.” Under windy conditions, which Phil Mickelson described as hard for putting, Woods opened with 32 putts in his first round using a Nike Golf Method 003 mid-mallet.
Meanwhile, Tiger said he is a big fan of another player on Tour and especially the way he handles the flat stick. “I like how Ryo (Ishikawa) plays. I like how he goes about his business. Just his demeanor on the golf course, as well, but I really like his putting stroke. It's a pretty pure stroke. He is pretty good for a person still in his teens.” Ishikawa played one shot more (74) than Woods (73) in his opening round but finished with five less putts (27).

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GET THEM EARLY! Bridgestone Golf reported it is the exclusive golf ball partner of the PGA TOUR Academy Junior Golf Camps for 2011. As part of the agreement, Bridgestone Golf said it will supply 2,500 dozen golf balls and caps for all participants at nearly 200 TOUR Academy summer golf camp dates nationwide. The product donation represents nearly $100,000 in retail value, the company pointed out. The partnership is a joint effort by Bridgestone Golf and the TOUR Academy to educate junior golfers on the importance of choosing the right ball for their game.
“No other company is as passionate about making sure its customers have the right ball for their swing as Bridgestone Golf is,” said John Fechter, President of the TOUR Academy.  “We are proud to make Bridgestone a part of our junior golf camps and we look forward to helping our program participants decide which ball is right for their games.”
The way it will work is the TOUR Academy will ask all participants to participate in a B-FIT session on www.bridgestonegolf.com prior to registration in order to determine which ball best suits their swing characteristics.  Bridgestone will then supply the TOUR Academy with a dozen of the recommended ball for each attendee. TOUR Academy summer camp programs are scheduled to begin in June and run through August. Programs include overnight, full-day and half-day programs and are open to juniors 7-18 years of age and of all ability levels.
“With its rigorous training program for instructors, the TOUR Academy has one of the finest junior golf instructor teams in the game, so we are excited to partner with them to educate junior golfers on the importance of ball-fitting,” said Dan Murphy, Vice President of Marketing – Bridgestone Golf, Inc.  “In addition, their summer programs provide junior golfers the ability to experience some of the best courses in America, and receive best-in-class training that will help further their golf careers.”

FACE TIME: Nike Golf has added new Nike VR Pro wedges to its VR Pro line. Each wedge face features more grooves, the company said, closer together and deeper on the clubface. A precision laser crosshatch pattern was applied to the land area between the grooves, which adds three times the surface texture, Nike said, versus conventionally finished faces.
The VR wedge, which is conforming to the new USGA and R&A rules, utilizes a new precision-forging technique, according to the company, eliminates most hand work and ensures consistency and maximum performance throughout the set. Stewart Cink, Anthony Kim, Francesco Molinari and Tiger Woods are some of the first players to put the VR Pro wedge are in their bags on the PGA Tour. The wedges offered in Satin Chrome or Brushed Oxide RAW will be available starting on April 1st at retail. They carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $149.99.

WEB GEMS:

REALITY CHECK: "This may be the wakeup call I need, you know? So it's a good thing really, a reality check for me. I've got to get my ass in gear and start working hard. Not that I haven’t been working hard, but I really have to get my focus back a little bit, and focus on what I am doing as opposed to all the other crap around me right now." READ MORE>>>

LA CONFIDENTIAL: Michelle Wie's voice had no emotion as she described her birdie putts, seven of them, during the first round of the LPGA's Kia Classic at the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

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ANSWERS: Hunter Mahan reflecting about last year’s Ryder Cup. The King has owned Bay Hill since 1976.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 2, NUMBER 59
Thursday, March 24, 2011

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I hit it so far these days that I hear it land.”

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BRAIN TEASER: When the first time (year) Arnold Palmer’s name was included in the tournament title?

TWO STEPS BACK ONE STEP FORWARD? The economy has taken a big bite out of many industries in the past few years. Its been said tough times don’t last, but it feels like it as everyone eagerly awaits signs the proverbial corner has finally been turned. Shaft manufacturer Aldila (ALDA.PK) reported its financial results for 2010. Sales in the fourth quarter slipped to $12 million (14.7 million in the prior year) and it recorded a net loss of $403,000. In the same period in 2009, the company made $1.0 million. However, Aldila managed to post higher sales for the year ($54.7 million) and a profit (net income of $2.3 million) compared to 2009 when sales were $49.8 million and it lost $243,000 from its operations.
While comparing two years of operation is one way to evaluate a business, looking a bit further back can be illuminating, if not sobering. "We have seen a multi-year slide in golf equipment sales industry wide. This decline is approximately 18% below the sales number in 2007,” explained Chairman of the Board & CEO, Pete Mathewson. “In the key club category of Drivers, the decline is over 20% in units sold versus 2006 and price compression has dragged down the average selling price of Drivers from $236 in 2006 to around $210 in 2010, which continues to put pressure on golf shaft pricing. Fairway, Hybrid and Iron club categories have suffered as well over the last several years and while the macro-economic landscape has improved, the only visible change has been a slowing in the decline of equipment sales.”
The CEO was frank about the near term prospects for the industry that his company is a supplier to. “While it appears golf equipment sales have troughed, the return to a more normalized sales level could be slow in coming and require several years to climb back to a healthy level,” Mathewson said. “With no organic growth domestically to offset the impact of an economic downturn, the golf industry will continue to struggle. We believe we can deal with this environment, as we have been through this numerous times before to various degrees.”
With respect to Aldila, Mathewson stated, “We expect a weaker than normal first half to this year due to a conservative outlook on the part of the industry and timing of older programs winding down and new programs set to launch after mid-year.”
According to Mathewson, Japan won’t affect its financial performance. He stated that Aldila doesn’t do a lot of direct business in the country and believes the natural disaster won’t have any impact on the business.

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IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD: It’s been a harsh winter for a lot people around the world. Summer, it would seem can’t get here soon enough. However, it’s been a summer like no other for those in Australian and New Zealand. Rain, heat, flooding, cyclones and earthquakes have sadly been challenges many have been forced to face. For some in golf, cash flow issues could be next on the horizon. READ MORE>>>

p4TIGER-LIKE: Tiger Woods is offering recreational and aspiring players a chance to improve their game with his help. Woods launched his own swing app that is available through Apple’s iTunes store.
“With the new My Swing App I get instant feedback on my swing whether I’m out on Tour or practicing at home,” he said. “This device gives me with all the tools necessary to analyze and break down my own swing, and best of all I don’t need another set of eyes or expensive equipment to do it." Among some of the highlights the app offers is the feature that allows anyone to compare side-by-side their swing with the former #1 player in the world. Woods promises exclusive updates along with information about his life on Tour though the app. It also provides a how-to video directly from Woods covering swing analysis as well as video updates from him, exclusive for members only.
The app is priced at $9.99, which Woods defended when questioned about it at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. “Shotzoom is what determined the price,” he said and added that his share of the proceeds is going to his foundation. “We want to raise as much money as we possibly can for the Foundation, and it's a way for anyone who participates in the game of golf to use the same technology that I use on a daily basis,” he explained. “That's how I make the swing changes with Sean. I take a video of my swing. So I use it almost daily. And there's no reason why anyone else can't.”

IN GOLF WE TRUST: GE and the PGA TOUR reached a new three-year Official Marketing Partnership. GE becomes the Official Medical Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Sponsor and Official Electronic Medical Records Management Solutions Sponsor of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour. “The PGA TOUR is very excited to partner with GE and healthymagination,” said Tom Wade, PGA TOUR chief marketing officer. “GE is a dynamic company that is bringing its innovation and knowledge to the PGA TOUR in an exciting, interactive way. We see this as an opportunity to educate both our players and our fans about their own health in a fun and creative way. We’re grateful for GE’s support of the PGA TOUR and look forward to working together in the coming years.”
Jim Furyk and Sean O’Hair have joined GE as ambassadors for the healthymagination program.  They will help activate the partnership with consumers and media. “We are eager to partner with the PGA TOUR as well as Jim Furyk and Sean O’Hair as another step forward in our healthymagination commitment to deliver better health to more people,” said Mike Barber, vice president of healthymagination. “Through the PGA TOUR sponsorship, GE will share high-tech innovations – like ultrasound, MR and Lunar body composition testing – with millions of consumers.”

WEB GEMS:

THE BEST IS YET TO COME SAYS HARRINGTON: “But I’m in the prime of my playing career. I believe I’m going to play my best golf going forward — I absolutely think that the best is yet to come. How most people look at confidence is fleeting, so self-confidence is the important thing and I have plenty of that. That’s the only thing that lasts in this game.” READ MORE>>>

NO WORRIES MATE: A leading Australian coach thinks Tiger Woods is close to returning to his former greatness with just a few weeks to go before the US Masters. "It looks like he's overloading everything at the moment. That's why it looks a little bit overdone, but you have to do that, otherwise it takes a long, long time for the new pattern to take over from the old one.” READ MORE>>>

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ANSWERS: Arnold Palmer. 2007 was the first time the event included Palmer’s name in it.

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 2, NUMBER 58
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “We get caught up in the idea that we're losing a piece of golf tradition that we've had our whole lives. But all I've ever heard players talk about was that it was torture."

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BRAIN TEASER: What professional tournament was Arnold Palmer’s first victory?

FOREVER YOUNG: No one knows exactly when Arnold Palmer became known as The King. But no one can dispute his iconic stature within golf or for p4that matter Americana. Born in 1929, he has gone on to achieve many extraordinary accomplishments. His charisma is still as strong today, which explains the launch of Arnie, a golf and lifestyle apparel line directly inspired by the looks and fabrics worn by the golfing legend during the peak decades of his playing career. The line is a partnership with Arnold Palmer Enterprises, Geoff Tait and Bobby Pasternak, co-founders of Quagmire Golf clothing.
According to the company, the line was developed through researching primary source material -- including Palmer's personal library of photographs from the 1950s, '60s and '70s and archive of historically significant garments. "The Arnie line of apparel represents the styles of clothing that are as popular today as they were in the earlier part of my career," said Palmer. "It's been a real thrill to see some of my signature pieces come back to life, and experience the enthusiasm Geoff and Bobby have for introducing them to the next generation."
Palmer was recently ranked one of "The 25 Coolest Athletes of All Time" by GQ, which previously named him one of the "50 Most Stylish Men of the Past 50 Years." He was also honored as one of "The 75 Best Dressed Men of All Time" by Esquire.
"Arnie was a cultural force way beyond the golf course," says Tait, Creative Director of Arnie apparel. "The lifestyle he led is what's behind each piece we've designed and the result is a collection that is clean, classic and cool.” Retailing from $79 and up, Arnie is set for three deliveries in 2012, each with a distinct aesthetic:
• 1950s Collection (February) - During this period, Palmer showcased slim, clean-fitting clothes. Short plackets, small collars and shorter sleeves distinguished his tops. Palmer tended to prefer his pants fitted and his outfits were often highlighted by the color red, which is exclusively found in the 1950s collection.
• 1960s Collection (April) - When Palmer was dominating the competition, he was also looking the part. Wider legged pants, wider collars and longer shirt plackets were the style of the day.
1970s Collection (July) - While piloting his own plane around the world, Palmer's wardrobe continued to evolve and set trends. He chose shirts that reflected the style of the day, with slightly wider collars and long plackets, but the fit of his pants more closely resembled a modern boot cut. His color palette also became more subdued with grey being the signature color exclusive to the 1970s collection. The collection will be available at better green grass and off-course golf retailers, as well as major department stores.

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HELLO, I MUST BE GOING: Pete Bevacqua has resigned as the USGA’s chief business officer, effective immediately, Golfweek has learned. READ MORE>>>

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD: PING is threatening to leave its north Phoenix home of 45 years if the neighborhood continues to decline, its attorney says. The dispute between Ping and its neighbors came to light recently at the first use-permit hearings for medical-marijuana locations citywide. READ MORE>>>

UNITED WE STAND: Ai Miyazato, Mika Miyazato (no relation) and Momoko Ueda have designed a special logo that will appear on their golf hats. It is in Japanese and means "Never give up." Ueda said all three players are happy to be able to do something for their country. "By doing it together," Ueda said, "we could have a bigger influence." READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

IS IT THAT TIME? If it is, if the grand Tiger Woods/Phil Mickelson era really has expired, let it be written that Tiger Woods' fatal wounds were self-inflicted while Mickelson's came from a piano falling on his head. READ MORE>>>

CHARACTER REVEALING: "We think about this all the time, how blessed we are," he said. "From where I grew up to where I am now.” READ MORE>>>

TIME FLIES: We’ve known Michelle Wie half her life, since she was an intrepid 10-year-old golfer. She is finally old enough to buy a beer and celebrated her 21st birthday last October with friends at the Stanford-USC football game. “I’ve definitely learned a lot the last few years. I definitely grew up a lot. I appreciate the downs and ups. I’ve learned from everything — how to handle situations, how sometimes they are not fair.” READ MORE>>>

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: If you like what you have seen with the Daily Pulse, help spread the word. Pass along your copy. Its free and all anyone needs to do is send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it asking to be put on the distribution list. It is a complete opt in or out system.

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ANSWERS: Paul Goydos, who is on the PGA TOUR policy board, on the possible changes to qualifying school. The 1955 Canadian Open. Palmer shot 23 under par (265) to beat Jackie Burke Jr by four strokes. Guess technology can’t be blamed completely for low scoring.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, BUT IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. THE OPINION EXPRESSED IS THAT OF TERRY MCANDREW AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION TO BUY OR SELL SECURITIES IN ANY OF THE COMPANIES DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS NEWSLETTER. CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR REBROADCAST WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF TMAC GOLF

 

 

 

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 2, NUMBER 57
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Even Tiger Woods still takes golf lessons. It's something that I'll constantly be working on probably the rest of my career.”

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BRAIN TEASER: Arnold Palmer became the first man to reach one million dollars in career earnings on the PGA Tour. What year did that happen?

ROAD SHOW: While the Masters Tournament (April 7-10) is quickly approaching, signaling the start of another golf season around the world, Nike Golf p4and Tiger Woods are teaming up to launch the inaugural Nike Golf “Make it Matter” Tour in Asia. Woods and Nike Golf officials will be in China and Korea from April 12 – April 14, 2011 to share details in an effort to, “to illuminate the sport of golf in Asia among youth, golf fans and aspiring athletes alike.” Tiger will share his insights as it relates to golf, including athletic training, practicing, preparing for competition and product innovation.  
“Our goal with this Tour is to combine the enormous popularity of Tiger as a global iconic athlete with the strength of the Nike Brand in Asia and around the world to excite, attract and inspire golfers of all ages,” said Cindy Davis, President of Nike Golf.  “We believe that teaming with Tiger to shine a light on golf in China and Korea will have a meaningful impact on a region that is playing a critical role in the growth of our sport.” 
The Nike Golf “Make It Matter” Tour will launch in China beginning in Shenzhen (April 12th), then on to Beijing (April 13th) and Seoul, Korea (April 14th).  The Tour’s schedule had originally included Tokyo, but out of respect for the obvious focus needed for Japan’s recovery from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11th, plans to travel to Tokyo have been postponed, and Nike Golf efforts in Japan will be part of Nike’s overall community response plan.
Nike Golf said that the “Make it Matter” tour will showcase Woods demonstrating clinics for youth, providing insights on his training regimen and educating consumers on Nike Golf product innovation. Along with Davis, Woods also will spend some time discussing the issues of golf with media and connecting with Nike Golf’s business partners and constituents. Of course another green jacket wouldn’t hurt the efforts to generate awareness either.

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STATUS QUO: Late last summer, 16 percent of people thought of Woods positively, according to the Q Scores, while an astounding 50 percent of people thought of him negatively. Schafer noted that, since he hasn’t won, Tiger’s Q Score has gone virtually unchanged. READ MORE>>>

BUSINESS AS USUAL: It’s easy to let the big picture influence our minds and perceptions. While currently it’s less than ideal playing conditions, its important to remember business transaction continue despite the challenges that dot the landscape. To borrow a phrase, through adversity arrives opportunity and that appears to be the case for Escalante Golf – owner and operator of luxury golf properties. The company announced it has acquired the stock and assets of Black Diamond Properties, Inc. for an undisclosed price. Black Diamond Properties operates Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Florida and last year began the search for a new investor. 
Black Diamond Ranch was the vision of Stan Olsen, who founded the Citrus County-based golf club community in 1987. Olsen embarked on creating one of the premier golf destinations of the world, hiring Tom Fazio to pull off one of his greatest golf designs – forging the Quarry Course through the steep cliffs and lakes of two retired limestone quarries. The course has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” for 20 consecutive years. Following Olsen’s decision last year to retire, he sought new investors who would share his vision for the community and had the capacity to implement a successful long-term strategy for Black Diamond Ranch.
“I am excited that we were able to find Escalante Golf, who has a great appreciation for what makes Black Diamond Ranch unique, and the energy and vitality to bring it to the next level,” said Olsen. “It was of utmost importance to me and my family that Black Diamond Ranch continues to flourish in the spirit in which it was founded.”
David McDonald, President of Escalante Golf stated, “This is an incredibly special club and we intend to introduce new programs that will enhance the condition of the entire community. Most of all, our goal is to enhance the quality of life for members and residents.”
The acquisition of Black Diamond Ranch strengthens Escalante’s portfolio, which has grown from four properties to 11 the past three years reinforcing that business opportunities exist no matter the circumstances.

IRISH EYES ARE SMILING: Finally some good news for Ireland-bound golfers who are fed up paying airlines a fortune to transport their clubs. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

CLOSE TO HOME: Ai Miyazato is playing in this week’s Kia Classic. She won five LPGA events and rose to No. 1 in the rankings in 2010. She was in Japan when the earthquake hit her country and offers a first person account of the events and how it has impacted her. READ MORE>>>

SCHOOL’S OUT? The PGA Tour is considering a change to the end of its season in which players who don't make the FedEx Cup playoffs would compete for their cards in a series of tournaments against top Nationwide Tour players. If the plan goes through, that means players could no longer go straight from Q-school to the PGA Tour. READ MORE>>>

MONEY TALKS: There has been considerable chatter that European golf has an advantage over its American counterparts. Its been fueled by the world rankings, performance over the past four major championships as well as the bi-annual Ryder Cup. However, it isn’t superior in one category as Karl McGinty reports in the Irish Independent. Excluding the Majors and World Golf Championships, the US and European Tours will both stage 43 tournaments in 2011, with $219 million to be played for at the American events and $117 million on Europe's worldwide international roster. READ MORE>>>

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: If you like what you have seen with the Daily Pulse, help spread the word. Pass along your copy. Its free and all anyone needs to do is send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it asking to be put on the distribution list. It is a complete opt in or out system.

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ANSWERS: Brittany Lincicome after finishing one shot back of Karrie Webb at the Founders Cup on her game and metal approach. The King reached seven figures in career earnings in 1967!

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Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 2, NUMBER 56
Monday, March 21, 2011

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I got out here in '09. I wasn't a very good golfer. I was athletic, but I didn't know what I was doing.”

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BRAIN TEASER: How many professional victories does Arnold Palmer have to his credit?

ONE MORE TIME: The PGA TOUR announced that the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship will again be played at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., in 2012. Its fate is unknown at the venue beyond next year. The course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, was built with the event in mind as the WGC was played down the street from it at the Gallery prior to 2009. While hosting the world’s best players has certainly helped to raise awareness for both the Ritz property and golf course, its unknown whether the association with the PGA TOUR has reached its intended goals due to the timing of the recession or for that matter whether another year will either.

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LET’S GET PERSONAL: Optimization and customization has been a constant theme for several years for golf equipment and Never Compromise is looking to add some personal touches to help players make a few more putts. It has launched the “MY CUSTOM PUTTER” customization feature for its recently introduced Gambler Limited line of putters. Custom options consist of multiple grips, paint fill, length, lie and additional personalization options. Production and distribution of the new Gambler Limited series will be limited and each putter will be marked with a unique serial number, as well as a certificate of authenticity.
“Putters are personal, and our new website allows the enthusiast to put their own personal touch on our designs. The customization feature allows their design to come to life right in front of their own eyes,” said Adam Sheldon, Master Craftsman for Never Compromise. “The Gambler putter line has its own uniqueness and attitude with each of the models boasting their own individual artwork machined into the sole.”  
For more on “MY CUSTOM PUTTER” visit: http://www.nevercompromise.com/my-custom-putter/

ANOTHER CHOICE? KZG has released the PTI Fairway Wood. “The PTI Woods are exceptional,” said Jennifer King, President of KZG. “They were designed with a cup face, which costs more to manufacture but the result is a hot face with incredible rebound. The single screw portal, with six screw options, allows the Professional Fitter to ‘dial in’ the perfect specifications for any golfer.”
KZG offers six different weighted screw options, ranging from 1.5 grams to 10 grams. According to the company, changing the weight can potentially alter the trajectory by as much as 6 degrees, as well as alter the MOI, center of gravity and swing weight. The PTI Fairway Wood starts at $269 depending on shaft selection and is available in right handed only: #3/15°, #4/17°, #5/19°, #7/21° lofts and LH: #3/15°, #5/19° lofts.

WIN/WIN: Australia's Karrie Webb won her second title in three LPGA events this season capturing the inaugural LPGA Founders Cup by one stroke. Victory in the $US1 million event brought no prize money for the 36-year-old LPGA Hall of Famer, with all prize money going to charity. Half the money went to LPGA youth programs while top-10 finishers directed donations of the rest. Webb donated $US100,000 to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to combat paralysis and in a surprise move announced after the victory she'd donate $US100,000 to charities working on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief effort. "The Japan people have done a lot for me, Japanese companies as well, and I feel like I need to give back to them," Webb said afterwards.
The Cup paid tribute to the 13 founding LPGA players, three of whom greeted players as the exited the 18th green on Sunday. The event was considered somewhat controversial due to its payout structure to charity. "I'm really honored to win the inaugural Founders Cup," Webb said. "It's a great concept and we need to honor these ladies more than we do. The reason we're playing today is because of them. It means a lot to me to be champion."

WINNER’S BAG: Gary Woodland claimed his first career PGA TOUR title at the Transitions Championship using a full bag of Titleist products. His win came using a 910D3 driver, 909F3 fairway metal, 503i utility iron, MB irons (with True Temper Project X 7.0 shafts), Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron prototype GSS putter and a Pro V1 golf ball.
According to Titleist, 93 players, at the Transitions Championship, played its ball more than five times the nearest competitor with 17. Woodland's first victory also marks the 11th time through the first 13 events on the 2011 PGA TOUR for Titleist golf balls. True Temper reported that its shafts were in the bag of 124 players at the Transitions Championship. It said that of the 124, 21were Project X graphite shafts and 17 Grafalloy shafts

WEB GEMS:

UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU! “I know I’ve paid my taxes,” Goosen said March 19 at the Transitions Championship. “I don’t owe the government anything.” READ MORE>>>

MISUNDERSTOOD? “For me, ‘choking’ is just another term in golf.” READ MORE>>>

ONE HIT WONDER OR MORE TO COME? "He says things other golfers don't say. He doesn't talk about money or fame. He talks about being the best in the world," said his agent, Blake Smith. "For people who don't know him, you think, 'Wow. Okay.' For those of us who know him, it's not a joke.” READ MORE>>>

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ANSWERS: Gary Woodland, winner of the 2011 Transitions Championship. Palmer has won 94 times as a professional, 62 were on the PGA TOUR.

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