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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 155                                                       
Friday, August 16 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “l can always figure out a way to spend an extra $15 million. I can figure that out. I mean, I'm not playing it for the money. I don't tee it up to try to win millions of dollars. I just tee it up because I enjoy the competition, I enjoy playing the game and coming out here and competing. You know, there's so much money in the game already, it's not a factor why we play or why we do anything. I'm just looking to compete and win something else.”

BRAIN TEASER: This season, he captured his 15th and 16th career PGA TOUR victories. His 16 career TOUR titles, marks the most of players currently 30 and younger on TOUR.  Who is he?

IT AIN’T EASY: Keegan Bradley recorded his fourth PGA TOUR win in his 209th career start on TOUR at the 2018 BMW Championship. Bradley required extra holes to secure the victory as he defeated Justin Rose on the first playoff hole. He played his final round in the 2018 BMW Championship 14 strokes better than his first two final rounds in the FedExCup playoffs last season. His 64 was his lowest final round in his FedExCup playoff career.

Bradley made a career most 28 birdies marking his most in a four-round event on TOUR. It was five more than his previous best 23 at the 2012 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Bradley led the field for only the second time in his career in SG: Putting, outperforming the BMW Championship field by +1.790 strokes per round. Entering the 2018 BMW Championship, he ranked 186th in SG: Putting losing -0.493 strokes per round.

“It was a big moment in my career because it culminated a lot of hard work and battling back that I had to do,” noted Bradley. “It's a win that I remember most fondly, I think, with my family and with kind of what I had to go through to get back there. It was just a tournament and a moment I'll never forget the rest of my life.”

ONE MORE TIME! Srixon has unveiled details of the ninth generation of its AD333 golf ball, which will be available READ MORE>>>

LOOK GOOD, PLAY GOOD: Peter Millar has unveiled its autumn 2019 menswear collection READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

SAME STORY? The course is familiar to Tiger Woods. The circumstances are not. What he needs is good health and a good week at the BMW Championship. Otherwise, one of his best memories from last year will remain just that. READ MORE>>>

OPPORTUNITY? Former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer will be allowed to retain conditional PGA Tour membership for the 2019-20 season despite falling short of the Tour’s requirement that a player make at least 15 starts in a season. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “l can always figure out a way to spend an extra $15 million. I can figure that out. I mean, I'm not playing it for the money. I don't tee it up to try to win millions of dollars. I just tee it up because I enjoy the competition, I enjoy playing the game and coming out here and competing. You know, there's so much money in the game already, it's not a factor why we play or why we do anything. I'm just looking to compete and win something else.”--Brooks Koepka

This season, Rory McIlroy captured his 15th and 16th career PGA TOUR victories at THE PLAYERS and RBC Canadian Open. McIlroy’s 16 career TOUR titles, marks the most of players currently 30 and younger on TOUR.

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 154                                                       
Thursday, August 15 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I was pretty bitter there for a while. But you see a lot of guys that were using the belly or long putter that are putting great now. I'm so proud of that because I was so upset with that decision, and I still don't think it's right. But it's good to prove them wrong.”

BRAIN TEASER: There is the only ONE player to qualify for the BMW Championship every year during the FedExCup era. Who is he?

SCREW JOB: TaylorMade Golf Company has added the TP Patina Putter Collection to its line up. According to the company, it’s a modern take on a classic tppatinadesign, built with TaylorMade’s Pure Roll insert. The third-generation release of the TP Putter Collection features new signature TP screws that securely fasten the Pure Roll insert to the putter face. Through this process, according to the company, it voids and air pockets beneath the insert are minimized, creating an improved and solid feel on impact. 

New to the TP Patina Putter Collection, is the TP adjustable weight system that enables the TP sole weights to be unique to each stock length to hit a specific swing weight. Weights ranging from 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 15 and 20 grams are available for sale separately. The entire TP Patina Collection is available in 34” and 35” lengths in both RH & LH models. Each putter comes equipped stock with a KBS CT Taper Stepless Chrome Putter shaft and a Super Stroke Pistol GT 1.0 grip at an MSRP of $249.99 USD.

STEADY AS SHE GOES: According to Callaway Golf, market conditions for global equipment sales have varied widely. “ The U.S. market is roughly flat,” reported Callaway Golf CEO, Chip Brewer recently to Wall Street analysts. “ Japan was down about 8%. Europe is actually up 8% year-to-date. We look at the markets kind of broadly; I'd characterize them, as roughly flat which is roughly consistent with my expectations going into the year. And we see the markets remaining in a good position going into the back half of the year. So no real change in expectations. They're performing consistent with expectations, and we anticipate that continuing.”

THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE: It was over. BMW would pull away from title-sponsoring what is now called the BMW Championship after the final putt dropped this week at Medinah Country Club. Instead the German automotive giant would sink its U.S. golf sponsorship money into the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. The PGA Tour and Western Golf Association would continue hunting for a new title sponsor. Sources told the Tribune on Tuesday that BMW will renew as the title sponsor of the annual FedEx Cup playoff event. The price tag: $15 million to $18 million a year. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

CHANGE IS CONSTANT: This could go down as one of the most memorable years in golf. Tiger Woods won the Masters following four surgeries on his back and just two years after he feared he might never compete again. The Open was not held in Britain for the first time in 68 years. Two players went from college to PGA Tour winners in a span of two months. And the PGA Tour might finally get around to doing something about pace of play. The Player Advisory Council is meeting this week during the BMW Championship, and slow play is on the agenda. The Tour all along had planned on the final PAC meeting of the year to be devoted entirely to solutions for a problem that apparently has no quick fix or it would have been fixed a long time ago. So this could take some time. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I was pretty bitter there for a while. But you see a lot of guys that were using the belly or long putter that are putting great now. I'm so proud of that because I was so upset with that decision, and I still don't think it's right. But it's good to prove them wrong.”--Defending BMW Champ Keegan Bradley.

Phil Mickelson is the ONLY player to qualify for the BMW Championship every year during the FedExCup era.

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 153                                                       
Wednesday, August 14 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think it starts with players talking about it and that's how things change. I think that's how a lot of things with the tour change. Players see things and they view problems and you know they come up with solutions, and that's the phase we are trying to get into right now.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many players moved from outside the top 70 going into the Northern Trust and into the field for this week’s BMW Championship?

IT’S IN THE BAG: It’s hard to get excited about a golf bag. But that isn’t the way everyone feels!  “I’m absolutely pumped for the new tour bag,” said Justin Thomas. “We’ve been asking for a fresh, new look and the designers came through big. I love the blacked-out design with the red zippers – and that white Titleist script just pops. You can tell they’ve taken our feedback and thought about every little detail. It’s really slick.”

Titleist has updated its Tour bag. According to the company, it incorporated feedback from tour players and their caddies and PGA golf professionals. The new Tour Bag offers a glimpse into Titleist’s forthcoming 2020 Jet Black Collection that will feature products ranging from stand bags and cart bags to leather headcovers and umbrellas. Stay tuned!!

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW? TaylorMade announced the second generation of its Milled Grind Wedges – Milled Grind 2 (MG2). It features a new raw face designed for spin. Similar to its predecessor and found in the new P·7TW irons is the company’s CNC milling technology.  ZTP Raw Grooves offer sharper, deeper and narrower grooves and a sharper radius, which further combined with a rougher surface from the laser etching between the grooves, enable the golfer to create more friction between the clubface and the ball generating more greenside spin, according to the company.

“Our Tour Players have long benefited from the performance raw wedges offer and it’s great to now be able to offer these performance gains to golfers of all levels. We’re confident they will enjoy the look, feel and performance that a raw face has to offer,” said Bill Price, Senior Director of Product Creation, Putters & Wedges.

In addition TaylorMade has also announced the addition of the Hi-Toe Big Foot wedges. First launched at the beginning of 2018, now welcome a game-improvement option with Hi-Toe Big Foot. “We have one of the best wedge line-ups on the market but realized that there was still one golfer out there that wasn’t catered for, with Big Foot we now have a game improvement wedge that’s easier to play regardless of course conditions, especially for those who struggle out of bunkers. The Hi-Toe Family of wedges now cover every aspect of the game; versatility, playability and game improvement,” said Price.

WEB GEMS:

THE FINAL PUSH: “I think energy levels are going to be key over the next couple of weeks, especially with how hot it’s going to be in Atlanta. (It’s about trying) to find that balance between resting but still getting enough work in so that you feel like your game is where it needs to be,” said McIlroy. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think it starts with players talking about it and that's how things change. I think that's how a lot of things with the tour change. Players see things and they view problems and you know they come up with solutions, and that's the phase we are trying to get into right now.”--Brooks Koepka on the matter of slow play.

Four players moved from outside the top 70 and into the field for this week’s BMW Championship They are: Harold Varner III, Troy Merritt, Wyndham Clark and Joaquin Niemann. The four that lost a spot were Sergio Garcia, Danny Lee, Matthew Wolff and Kevin Streelman.

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 152                                                       
Tuesday, August 13 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I was pretty frustrated with my game and wasn't really thinking about the FedExCup. I was just thinking about how I could improve like how I play out here. A lot of stupid mistakes and didn't really get things to go my way. You know, if they had told me at the beginning of the season that I would be in the FedExCup Playoffs, I think it would be a pretty good year for me. Just looking forward to learn from this experience and on to next year. I feel like I need to work on a few things in my game. Hopefully I can have a long career out here.”

BRAIN TEASER: After entering the week at No. 102 in the FedExCup standings, this player moved to No. 29 in the FedExCup, a jump of 73 spots, the biggest improvement by any player last week. He ranked No. 1 in Approach Shot / Proximity to the Hole (29’ 4”) at the Northern Trust. Who is he?

BRAND MANAGEMENT: Have you ever noticed how many Mercedes, Porsches or BMWs are on the road? Everyone seems to have one! Apple phones are everywhere. But they aren’t cheap! What do these luxury brands have in common? Each has found a way to lower the cost of entry to find new customers versus going up. Aston Martin or Rolls Royce on the other hand, hasn’t lowered the brand to chase sales growth.

Golf has seen this strategy implemented as well. Without naming names, which anyone can surmise on their own, equipment companies have chosen to lower average selling prices in order to maintain their reach. The strategy is understandable, especially if there is some level of transparency when reporting financial results. Nevertheless an unintended consequence is diluting the value of a brand. For example, ever see someone driving a high-end car, wearing a custom made suit and playing a $169 driver? You hopefully get the point.

There is a pretty chance you’ve never heard of Majesty Golf before. It’s a luxury brand golf company that carries the Maruman name under it. Adam Sheldon, President of Majesty, is in the process of building out its distribution channel and it isn’t what you would expect. “We will use different ways to showcase out product,” he said, “such as casinos or jewelry stores. Our focus is finding the top 5% of income earners. We know their is a membership that exists for this price point.”

Majesty Golf doesn’t aspire to be like any other brand in golf. Its target market is the 60 year old and above that has a low to moderate or mid to high swing speed. Its Sublime Series driver retails for $4,400. Sheldon said the company only delivered 4 sets into the country. That doesn’t sounds like any other equipment manufacturer! “Its a niche market of buyers,” said Sheldon, “but it can grow. We won’t ever have the difficulty of spending to maintain our brand position. As much as there is a barrier due to our price point, there are people out there. We are looking for the person that aspires one day to own an Aston Martin or Rolls Royce. Some people shop for 10-karat gold while others want 24 karat. Our Sublime Series driver has 24 karat. These customer exist!” Slow and steady will be the key to winning this race. While others are forced to manage today for tomorrow.

BETTER THAN EVER: TaylorMade Golf is going back to the well one more time with the second generation of the P·790 irons. According to the company, the 2019 P·790 features a 7% thinner face designed to produce a faster COR and for the first time includes Progressive Inverted Cone Technology (PICT) designed p790to improved accuracy throughout the set, minimizing the right tendency often found in the long irons. Behind the face is TaylorMade’s  SpeedFoam, a proprietary construction, which serves a dual purpose of generating ball speed as well as the management of sound and feel, according to the company.

Available at retail starting on September 6th, the new P·790 irons will be offered in 3-PW, AW equipped with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold 105 steel shafts ($1,399.99) or UST Mamiya’s Recoil 760/780 ES SmacWrap graphite shafts ($1,599.99) with Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips.

Complementing the P·790 irons is the P·790 UDI, a forged driving iron. It will be offered in RH only models as a 2-iron (17°) at $229 USD.

TaylorMade has also created a high-performance set of irons (does that imply the P·790 is low performance?) the P·790 Ti. A game improvement iron, comprised of a 9-1-1 titanium, that allowed engineers to increase the amount of tungsten (up to 119g – nearly half of the iron head mass) in the sole of the iron for an ultra-low center of gravity.

Available at retail not until November 8th, (87 days form now!) the new P·790 Ti irons will be offered in 4-PW/AW and come equipped with Nippon 950GH NEO steel shafts ($2,799.99 USD) or Mitsubishi’s MMT graphite shafts ($2,999.99 USD) in 75g (S), 65g (R) and 55g (A) flexes, each with Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips.

WEB GEMS:

HAPPY TRAILS: "It was a disconnect of old school and new school," said Day. READ MORE>>>

620TH WORLD RANKING: Catriona Matthew picked Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, who took time out from golf to have a baby in 2017, as one of four wildcards to face the United States in the Solheim Cup in Scotland next month. READ MORE>>>

I’LL BE BETTER: DeChambeau vows to improve pace of play in Instagram post. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I was pretty frustrated with my game and wasn't really thinking about the FedExCup. I was just thinking about how I could improve like how I play out here. A lot of stupid mistakes and didn't really get things to go my way. You know, if they had told me at the beginning of the season that I would be in the FedExCup Playoffs, I think it would be a pretty good year for me. Just looking forward to learn from this experience and on to next year. I feel like I need to work on a few things in my game. Hopefully I can have a long career out here.”--Matthew Wolff.

After entering the week at No. 102 in the FedExCup standings, Harold Varner III (T3/-14) moved to No. 29 in the FedExCup, a jump of 73 spots, the biggest improvement by any player last week. He ranked No. 1 in Approach Shot / Proximity to the Hole (29’ 4”) at the Northern Trust.

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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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 151                                                       
Monday, August 12 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Let's talk about slow play. I play a different way. I take my 40 seconds that's allotted, sometimes over, absolutely. Totally agree. It's maybe five percent of the time. But I'll tell you that it's really kind of unfortunate the way it's perceived because there's a lot of other guys that take a lot of time. They don't talk about this matter and for me personally, it is an attack and it is something that is not me whatsoever. People don't realize the harm that they are doing to the individuals.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many career PGA TOUR victories does Patrick Reed have?

MONKEE SEE, MONKEY DO: Einstein’s definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. In many ways it describes golf. But it certainly isn’t a smart way to do business.

Golf has been plagued by three challenges that have prevented it from growing. The time it takes to play, the cost involved and the difficulty of the game are the main reasons why people choose not to play or play less often. Most recreational players harbor some level of aspiration for the professional game. Yet, the best of the best, which make it look very easy at times, continue to plod along at a pace they deem acceptable. The argument has been the amount of money on the line shouldn’t cause anyone to rush. But its worth pointing out the epidemic, yes it is, isn’t a recent phenomenon and therefore is in fact chronic. It’s become a topic of discussion recently at the TOUR level, which should leave everyone to wonder to what extent this virus has infected the recreational game.

“We've been fighting that ever since I grew up watching the game, guys were complaining about slow play,” stated 43-year old Tiger Woods before he withdrew from the Northern Trust. “We can only go as fast as the group in front of us goes. It's important that the first group goes out and sets the pace, because as you know, the times get slower as you go on, and if the first group goes out slow or has rulings, hits the ball bad, it just logjams everyone behind them.”

Woods shared how some players attempt to counteract the slow boats. “We've had guys that have played with slow players, that will play slow on purpose to put them on the clock, so the group will play fast. They want to play fast. And that's their version of combatting slow play is they will play even slower,” he said. “Well, what about the guys behind them, you know, and the logjam that creates?” This strategy is lost on the recreational/aspirational player in large part since its never been reported. But the days of 4+ hours to play a round, is the new normal.

Rory McIlroy wasn’t bashful with his thoughts on the matter. “I don't think it's fine to do nothing because it's genuinely a problem in our game. It starts at our level because people try to emulate us. I've heard stories of college events and how long they take. There's no reason why it should take that long,” he said. “It has to be addressed some way. For me, I think the guys that are slow get too many chances before they are penalized.” 

He has a solution, which unfortunately isn’t likely to ever be embraced. “So it should be a warning and then a shot. It should be you're put on the clock and that is your warning, and then if you get a bad time while on the clock, it's a shot. That will stamp it out right away,” said McIlroy. “I don't understand why we can't just implement that. We are not children that need to being told five or six times what to do. So it should be a warning and then a shot. It should be you're put on the clock and that is your warning, and then if you get a bad time while on the clock, it's a shot. I think giving guys less opportunities to be slow could be a good start.”

So if you want to reduce the time it takes to play, McIlroy is offering a way that could lead to a wider adoption rate. His solution isn’t new, but what would be is giving it a try! For the good of the game, something needs to be done. But it’s going to take some courage to stand up to TOUR players. And that is where the rubber meets the road, as they say. “The PGA TOUR policy is the amount of time it takes to hit a shot. But the problem with that is that there's people walking and other people in the group that are walking to the next shot and there's other people that are getting numbers, right. It takes them time to do stuff,” said Bryson DeChambeau, who has taken some heat from social media on the time it, takes for him to play.

Its 2019 and little to nothing has been done to address this chronic problem that is systemic in golf. At the recreational level, where course owners and operators are challenged to locate consumers willing to pay $50, $100 or $200 to play and then turn around and enforce a strict pace of play policy. Since the game requires sunshine the window of opportunity on a daily basis is limited, which in turns means the owner/operator’s financial opportunities are too. Capacity is constricted per 18-holes and when operating at less than capacity is becomes even harder to enforce paying customer to play faster to accommodate others, especially when they want to act the part of TOUR player. But leading by example could be a start towards turning this ship around. Maybe one day it will happen. Then again it will require more that a few players speaking out about it. Einstein wasn’t known as a golfer. He died in 1955. But it would bring a smile to his face, if he were still alive today, how golf continues to prove his point!

As the late, great George Carlin immortalized, “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.” His joke also sums up golf’s pace of play issue!

WEB GEMS:

LIP SERVICE? The PGA Tour is considering expanding its pace-of-play policy in the wake of vocal criticism by players and fans of recent slow play. READ MORE>>>

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY: Michelle Wie got married in style Saturday to Jonnie West in a ceremony and reception at a private home in Beverly Hills, Calif. West is the director of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors and son of NBA great Jerry West. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “Let's talk about slow play. I play a different way. I take my 40 seconds that's allotted, sometimes over, absolutely. Totally agree. It's maybe five percent of the time. But I'll tell you that it's really kind of unfortunate the way it's perceived because there's a lot of other guys that take a lot of time. They don't talk about this matter and for me personally, it is an attack and it is something that is not me whatsoever. People don't realize the harm that they are doing to the individuals.”--Bryson DeChambeau.

Patrick Reed claimed his second THE NORTHERN TRUST victory and seventh PGA TOUR title.

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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