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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 190                                                       
Friday, October 4, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I have the greatest job in the world. I love playing the TOUR. I love the guys out here. I love the challenge of beating the guys out here. I love the travel, the cities we go to, the courses we play. And the challenge of playing golf at the highest level brings out the best in me. Meaning, it forces me to get it the best shape, forces me to work hard and to focus on something positive, improving my game. It gives me a direction, and it's been a big part of my life and I love it. It's a fun challenge for me right now to play my best golf.”

BRAIN TEASER: Brooks Koepka is playing the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, giving Las Vegas the No. 1 player in the world. Who was the last world #1 player to play in Las Vegas?

LOFT IS YOUR FRIEND: Plenty of recreational golfers are keen to listen to TOUR pros. Adam Scott has implemented a strategy that would likely work well for the weekend warriors. “The game has moved so far from where I started. I turned professional with a six and a half degree driver, and now I'm using eleven and a half. I'm looking to keep the ball in the air to be perfectly honest with you. It's about spin and launch,” he said. “As technology progresses I have to add loft. It's amazing that I'm using eleven and a half. It's nearly like a 2-wood.”

Scott opened the Shriners posting 5-under, 66. Vegas also happens to be where he played his college golf, so maybe the 13-time PGA TOUR winner has some kind of advantage.

NEW TREADS: adidas Golf’s new range of Frostguard apparel, a layering collection for both men and women designed to combat the colder months of the year, is now available at retail. READ MORE>>>

KID’S PLAY: Lynx Golf has launched a new range of clubs aimed at younger golfers. It offers completely different club head sizes and weights in each of six height-coded sections of its Ai Junior Range. For example, a 6-iron in its smallest Blue section of clubs is 7% lighter and 7% shorter than in the next size Red section. Similar levels of difference continue through the remaining Orange, Green, Black and Silver sections, with clubs getting progressively larger, longer and heavier. Even the issue of ball size and weight has been addressed by Lynx, with smaller, lighter balls that are easier for younger players to get airborne.

Stephanie Zinser, one of the two owners of Lynx Golf, explained the rationale behind the innovative new range. “Sports medicine, and the understanding of how the young body grows, has given us great insight into the stresses and strains that old-fashioned equipment can cause to young golfers,” she said. “It’s no coincidence that in virtually every sport the equipment made for the younger, growing, player takes this into account – with lighter, smaller, softer footballs, to smaller, lighter tennis rackets.” READ MORE>>>

IT’S FREE! GroupChips.com has announced the launch of its new social media platform for golf instruction. The FREE portal allows users to create posts from YouTube videos, and collaborate with others to organize their practice and keep track of progress. 
GroupChips.com gives users the option of creating teams to share information. Swing coaches can work with students on changes and collaborate via the portal.  As the GroupChips.com user base grows, the portal will add additional features to help members improve their games.

"There is a ton of great content out there for improving your golf game, but it's so scattered and unorganized it's hard to remember what works and what doesn't," said GroupChips.com creator Mark Morton. "GroupChips.com gives us a platform to organize and track what's working, what's not working and how to practice."

Golfers around the world can create a FREE account at http://www.groupchips.com.

WEB GEMS:

UNKNOWN ON TOP: Kristian Krogh Johannessen carded an opening 63 and lead the way from a host of home favorites after day one of the Mutuactivos Open de España. The Norwegian claimed the 20th card at the Qualifying School last year but missed his first nine cuts in a tough start to his rookie season on the European Tour. READ MORE>>>

EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT WITH LEFTY? Phil Mickelson is a shadow of his former self. Weight wise that is. The 44-time PGA TOUR winner has been shedding pounds and changing his lifestyle over the last few months – a move that seemed to coincide with poor results on the golf course. But on Thursday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the 49-year-old Hall of Famer showed some glimpses of his best on the way to a 6-under 65. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I have the greatest job in the world. I love playing the TOUR. I love the guys out here. I love the challenge of beating the guys out here. I love the travel, the cities we go to, the courses we play. And the challenge of playing golf at the highest level brings out the best in me. Meaning, it forces me to get it the best shape, forces me to work hard and to focus on something positive, improving my game. It gives me a direction, and it's been a big part of my life and I love it. It's a fun challenge for me right now to play my best golf.”--Phil Mickelson.

Brooks Koepka is in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, giving Las Vegas the No. 1 player in the world for the first time since Greg Norman in 1988 when the tournament was played in the spring.

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 9, NUMBER 189                                                       
Thursday, October 3, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “ The way I see it, there were eight par 5s and I've got to play those 4 to 6 under par to have a chance to win. I played them 4 over and I'm at even par, I'm going to miss the cut. So there's eight to 10 shots right there on simply the par 5s. That identifies and shows me where I need work. It tells me that some areas are okay, but that's the area that I've got to improve on.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player made his 21st cut (24th start) at the 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and 566th of his PGA TOUR career (in 760 starts). Who is he?

IT HAS TO BE NEW? The information remains the same. The delivery is essentially the same. Yet, slap new on it and it just might have a chance with consumers? TecTecTec has expanded its selection of golf gear with the launch of ULT-G, a GPS Golf Watch. It provides distances to the front, middle and back of greens, as well as hazards and doglegs. Available at the price of $119.99.

“Our goal has always been to provide golfers with high-tech, quality products at attainable prices, and the ULT-G perfectly aligns with this philosophy,” says Renan Lore, Director of TecTecTec. “Whether a player prefers a laser rangefinder or a wearable golf GPS watch, they can find a product that fits their needs within our expanding catalog.”

ANYTHING NEW? SRIXON is launching the Soft Feel Brite golf ball. “Soft Feel Brite offers everything you love about Soft Feel,” said Brian Schielke, Marketing Director at Srixon. “It delivers distance, exceptional feel, and now, enhanced visibility from tee-to-green to form a high quality matte golf ball.”

The Srixon Soft Feel Brite features a new Matte Visual Performance, according to the company. It is built with Srixon’s Energetic Gradient Growth Core, which starts softer near the center and gradually becomes firmer around the perimeter. It has Srixon’s 338 Speed Dimple Pattern to reduce drag and maximizes lift.

The Srixon Soft Feel Brite is available now in North America in Brite Orange, Brite Red, and Brite Green.

SAUDI GOLF: The central driving force behind the game’s national development is Golf Saudi, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Saudi Golf Federation, which is backing vision with capital investment. Almost to the tune of $1bn. Among wide-ranging infrastructural developments, the building of a reported 13 golf courses is likely to gain most public traction. But this is only scratching the surface. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

GOOD AS NEW: Brooks Koepka spent the majority of his short offseason recovering from stem cell treatment on his left knee. He said after his pro-am round Wednesday that he had the stem cell treatment on his patella on Aug. 25, the day after the PGA Tour season ended at the Tour Championship. He said he was limping for a few days because the treatment was painful, but he was READ MORE>>>

MAY DATE: The Irish Open will move to a new date in May next year to avoid a clash with a high-profile tournament in the United States. The European Tour has announced the event, won by Spain’s Jon Rahm for the last two years after he secured back-to-back titles at Lahinch during the summer, will now be held from May 28th-31st. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The way I see it, there were eight par 5s and I've got to play those 4 to 6 under par to have a chance to win. I played them 4 over and I'm at even par, I'm going to miss the cut. So there's eight to 10 shots right there on simply the par 5s. That identifies and shows me where I need work. It tells me that some areas are okay, but that's the area that I've got to improve on.”--Phil Mickelson on his performance at the Safeway Open.

Davis Love III (5-under 137) made his 21st cut at the event (24th start) and 566th of his PGA TOUR career (760th start)

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 9, NUMBER 187                                                       
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “From the age of 2, I mean, I spent more time at Grandpa's and Grandma's house than I did my house it felt like a lot of times. I remember when I was younger, my parents worked and Grandpa and Grandma would pick me up, I'd go hang out there all day, jack it around the backyard. The way his backyard was, we could hit it over the house and it would fall directly into the backyard, so we just hit them back and forth, wiffle balls, to each other. I think it just started from that. He's been a huge influence. To be so loving and passionate about others than himself and still loving the game of golf and then teaching his grandson, giving me the chance as a kid to love the game and grow the game with my family and to be able to be sitting here with y'all.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player has eight missed cuts and no top-10s in 17 starts since his last win, which came last year. Who is he?

SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Early adopters take note. Distance seekers, this will get your attention. While new products often appear out of nowhere and seem to be never ending, the process behind the creation is pain staking and labor intensive. Case in point, the Titleist Golf Ball Research & Development team employs of more than 75 associates. What do they do all day when you have what seems like the ProV1 operating on autopilot?

Year after year, countless golf ball concepts are developed with some never seeing the light of day. Many are left on the trial room floor. It’s the pursuit for the one idea that makes it to the point of commercial introduction. While Titleist is best known for its flagship ProV1 franchise, the team of chemical engineers and mathematicians, to materials scientists and aerodynamics physicists have developed a new product the company is coming to market with.

The new Titleist EXP•01 golf ball is an experimental multilayer construction utilizing a new high performance urethane cover formulation and process, according to the company. The R&D process for EXP•01 continues starting today when a one-time, limited run will be made available until supplies last.

EXP•01 is being released as part of the Titleist EXP Project, a new and ongoing initiative created to provide golfers the opportunity to experience new golf ball technologies still in the experimental phase. The Titleist R&D and Golf Ball Product Management teams will be actively seeking performance feedback from golfers who play the EXP•01 during its availability.

“The EXP Project invites golfers into the early stages of our R&D process, and allows us to broadly test experimental materials, constructions and processes that could be integrated into any segment of our golf ball line,” said Michael Mahoney, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing. “EXP•01 is truly an exploratory product and there’s no better way to evaluate our progress than getting it into the hands of dedicated golfers.”

The Titleist EXP•01 will be available for a limited time, the company said, in golf shops in the U.S. and Canada. It will also be available through My Titleist on Titleist.com. MAP $39.99.

CHECK IT OUT! If you haven’t heard of Tania Tar, then make a point to. She is a popular social media influencer (Instagram account @taniatare63) and accomplished golf trick-shot artist. A New Zealand native, she uses Instagram to share her imaginative and highly difficult trick shots. A recent feature garnered more than 9.5 million views. She also has a message, using her platform to encourage everyone to play golf. The Kiwi has translated her skills into an agreement as a PING Brand Ambassador.

Tare started sharing her trick shots with friends to show how much fun golf can be. “Trick shots are good for the game because they break the stereotype of golf a little,” she said. Her athleticism shows in her trick shots, which highlight soccer and snowboarding moves. “I incorporate sports that I am more naturally good at.”

Tare will conduct trick-shot shows for PING at various events and promote the brand as a social media influencer, said PING President John K. Solheim. “Tania’s trick shots are the kind you watch over and over because you can’t believe that what you’re seeing is real, but it is – she’s that good,” he said. “Audiences will be thoroughly entertained, and she’ll be a tremendous representative for PING. There aren’t many females performing trick shots, so she’s a wonderful person to go out and inspire girls and women to play golf. She has amazing talent and a meaningful message.”   

She said aligning with PING is appealing on multiple levels. “I’ve always admired what PING means to golf. I’m so excited to have their support, to play with their custom-fit clubs, and to represent a company that has been such a generous supporter of the women’s game and the LPGA for decades. We just witnessed an incredible Solheim Cup, an event made possible only with the Solheim family’s vision and commitment to women’s golf. I’m beyond thrilled to be representing PING.” 

WEB GEMS:

HIS OWN MAN: Brooks Koepka talks the talk and walks the walk. And he never walks back the talk. Despite his burgeoning fame, he isn’t about to change his ways following a lightning ascent through the professionals ranks, a climb that has been accompanied by a growing spotlight. And while some in the genteel confines of golf didn’t appreciate his candidness, he’ll continue to be outspoken about slow play. “I’m not going to be someone else just to be more popular,” Koepka said. “I’m not your typical golfer, definitely not a golf nerd. I have an athlete’s mentality, a true athlete, and if that rubs people the wrong way, tough.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “From the age of 2, I mean, I spent more time at Grandpa's and Grandma's house than I did my house it felt like a lot of times. I remember when I was younger, my parents worked and Grandpa and Grandma would pick me up, I'd go hang out there all day, jack it around the backyard. The way his backyard was, we could hit it over the house and it would fall directly into the backyard, so we just hit them back and forth, wiffle balls, to each other. I think it just started from that. He's been a huge influence. To be so loving and passionate about others than himself and still loving the game of golf and then teaching his grandson, giving me the chance as a kid to love the game and grow the game with my family and to be able to be sitting here with y'all.”--Cameron Champ

Phil Mickelson (E) missed the cut at the Safeway Open after scores of 75-69. He has eight missed cuts and no top-10s in 17 starts since winning the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

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 186                                                       
Monday, September 30 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm sort of honestly sick of coming back over to The European Tour and shooting 15-under par and finishing 30th. I don't think the courses are set up hard enough. There's no penalties for bad shots. It's tough when you come back when it's like that. I don't feel like good golf is regarded as well as it could be.”

BRAIN TEASER: How many times has an American won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which is played in St. Andrews?

AND THE GOLF BALL IS THE PROBLEM! Several players were deemed to be using non-conforming drivers at this week’s Safeway Open in California as the new PGA Tour testing procedure swung into full gear, Reuters has learned. But some players are questioning the accuracy of the tour’s testing procedure, and have sent their drivers back to their various manufacturers for re-testing. The non-conforming drivers are from across the manufacturing spectrum, including major brands such as Titleist, TaylorMade and Cobra, two insiders with knowledge of the matter said. READ MORE>>>

TO BE OR NOT TO BE? Endeavor Group Holdings Inc., the owner of talent agency WME-IMG and mixed martial arts league UFC, has canceled plans for its highly anticipated initial public offering. The company merged with the legendary William Morris Agency in 2009 and acquired sports and fashion representation leader IMG Worldwide Holdings five years later for about $2.4 billion. READ MORE>>>

ACROSS THE POND: The UK Golf Federation, which represents over 350 proprietary golf courses and driving ranges in the UK, has reported major growth in both rounds of golf played and new members joining their facilities. Some member clubs reported green fees growth year-on-year of over 14%, whole some have experienced a 25% increase in membership over the last five years. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

AN EMOTIONAL WIN: “I think it was just kind of meant to be,” Cameron said afterward. Added his father, Jeff, his eyes welled with tears and voice breaking, “For this to happen before these last days that we’re going to have with my father here, it’s the man upstairs. It’s amazing.” With Mack on hospice and no one sure just how many days he has left, Champ wasn’t sure he was going to play this week. But he didn’t just play, he excelled. He blasted a 369-yard drive down the 18th fairway – the longest of the day by 33 yards – to set up his decisive birdie, and his final-round 69 left him at 17 under par, one shot better than Adam Hadwin (67). 

VIVA LA FRANCE: Victor Perez overcame Matthew Southgate in an enthralling final day duel to win his first European Tour title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. READ MORE>>>

THE KID HAS GAME: China’s Yuxin Lin came up huge with two birdies on the 18th hole in a playoff to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai on Sunday. Lin’s win over world No. 1 Takumi Kanaya makes him the second two-time champ of the event. Now, it’s on to bigger stages for Lin, who has earned an invitation to the Masters Tournament and the 149th Open at Royal St George’s in 2020. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm sort of honestly sick of coming back over to The European Tour and shooting 15-under par and finishing 30th. I don't think the courses are set up hard enough. There's no penalties for bad shots. It's tough when you come back when it's like that. I don't feel like good golf is regarded as well as it could be.”--Rory McIlroy after the Dunhill Links Championship.

In the history of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which is played in St. Andrews, no American has ever won it. On Sunday, Victor Perez became the first French winner of the tournament.

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 185                                                       
Friday, September 27 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm an extremely competitive person and I also like the fact that you don't need anybody to make golf entertaining. You can play by yourself and be fine and you can compete against yourself. I think the journey of self-improvement is what gets all of us. The journey of trying to beat the golf course and trying to beat yourself every day, I think that's what made me fall in love with the game. That was very important as a kid. I just loved going out to the chipping range just chipping and putting and spending time by myself just because I'm competitive within myself, trying to beat my best score, as simple as that.”

BRAIN TEASER: In the history of the Safeway Classic there has only been one wire-to-wire winner. Can you name him?

THEY SAY ITS TRUE: Titleist has introduced the TruFeel golf ball. For players that prefer a very soft compression feel, Titleist TruFeel improves upon the prior trufeelgeneration DT TruSoft, according to the company.

“We know from our extensive player testing that golfers who gravitate toward the softest feeling golf balls are also clearly focused on performance,” said Michael Mahoney, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing. “In this category, we continue to see competitive products that sacrifice distance or short-game spin in order to gain a softer feel. TruFeel strikes the perfect balance of extremely soft feel and all-around performance. Our engineers have advanced TruFeel’s low compression technology to add speed and distance in the long game while preserving the feel that golfers tell us they love – and the playability on every shot that makes this ball a Titleist.”

Now available in golf shops worldwide (MAP $22.99), TruFeel is available in White and Optic Yellow, with a new Matte Red color option to be added in January 2020. The new TruFeel sidestamp has been designed to double as an alignment aid. According to the company, the design was inspired by the most popular alignment aid available through the My Titleist customizer on Titleist.com since alignment options debuted back in February 2018

SPACE SAVER: Sun Mountain has introduced the Kube golf travel bag. It appears like an ordinary, small, plastic suitcase but unbuckled it opens into a full-sized golf travel bag. “Kube is ideal for someone who travels periodically with their golf clubs,” explained President of Sun Mountain, Ed Kowachek, “and wants their golf travel bag to take up as little space as possible when not in use.”

Kube’s folded size is 9” x 13” x 14.5” and weighs only 6.8 lbs. It is constructed from durable, ballistic style fabric in combination with plastic half-shells with dense foam padding through the top of the bag to protect golf clubs. Kube is available in eight colors with a retail price of $229.99. For the retailer nearest you, call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

WEB GEMS:

SPECIAL DAY AT A SPECIAL PLACE: Justin Walters found his form in spectacular style at St Andrews to take a one shot lead after an emotional first day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The South African has faced plenty of adversity on the golf course during the 2019 Race to Dubai, battling a calf injury over the summer and failing to register a top 20 in 23 starts on the European Tour. The 38-year-old also sadly lost his father this year but revealed after carding a stunning 63 that he felt his presence as he fired his lowest round on the European Tour for six years at the home of golf. READ MORE>>>

AMATEUR? Australian Blake Windred had a bogey-free 9-under 63 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur championship. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm an extremely competitive person and I also like the fact that you don't need anybody to make golf entertaining. You can play by yourself and be fine and you can compete against yourself. I think the journey of self-improvement is what gets all of us. The journey of trying to beat the golf course and trying to beat yourself every day, I think that's what made me fall in love with the game. That was very important as a kid. I just loved going out to the chipping range just chipping and putting and spending time by myself just because I'm competitive within myself, trying to beat my best score, as simple as that.”--Jon Rahm

The lone wire-to-wire winner in the history of the Safeway Classic is Rocco Mediate in 2010. When he won the event it was known as the Frys.com Open. He collected $900,000 for the victory compared to $1,188,000 for this year’s winner.

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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