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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 231                                                       
Thursday, December 5, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm never looking at Tiger's performances in tournaments or majors. It's a great thing for Tiger, of course, if he wins a major or more majors, but personally I have never looked at what performance Tiger is going to give because I signed up for Tiger with what he's achieved in the past.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who won the 2018 Hero World Challenge?

NOW YOU SEE HIM, NOW YOU DON’T: “Well I played too much last year. That was a mistake, and this past year I backed off my schedule, played a little bit less, and I think that’s probably going to be my schedule going forward. I can’t play as much as I used to,” reported Tiger Woods on the eve of his event.

“Once I get to an event I’m playing, ok? Plain and simple. I’m going to give everything I’ve got to win this event. But it’s the prep going into it. It’s trying to put in the hours, trying to put in the time, you know, those mundane, boring routines we’ve got to do. The amount of balls we’ve got to do, the amount of playing we’ve got to do. You know, then I’m at home. I have two kids that I’m taking to school. If they have soccer practices we have late nights. So just trying to figure all that in, it’s a challenge. But it’s a fun challenge and one that I had struggled with for a couple of years because I was not feeling very well, but now I’m able to do those things.”

ITS GOTTA BE THE SHOES: Ditch the thought of a new driver. Forget about taking a lesson. Wait until tomorrow to start working on your exercise plan. An independent study found that driving distance, ball speed, shot dispersion and smash factor all improved when golfers wore replaceable cleats instead of spikeless footwear. The study was conducted at Pinehurst Golf Resort by instructor Eric Alpenfels, PGA and Dr. Bob Christina, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The improvement in these categories was most significant in golfers with high handicaps as the cleated footwear helped to create a more solid lower body foundation, more consistent swings and improved energy transfer from the clubhead to the ball.

“This study reinforced what we believed about the benefits of wearing replaceable cleats,” said John Hohman, senior vice president of marketing for PrideSports. “Driving distance and accuracy are key aspects of improving your scores, and the data provided by this study shows that your footwear choice absolutely makes a difference in your swing. Every teacher of the game should review this study and start asking students about their footwear during the very first lesson.”

The study utilized 28 adult male golfers divided into two groups, 14 with handicaps over 12 and 14 with handicaps under nine. Each participant hit 10 measurable drives, five in replaceable cleats and five in spikeless shoes. Each drive was on dry, flat ground and new, Titleist Pro V1x golf balls were used throughout the study. The golfers’ average carry distance was 4.35 yards longer when wearing replaceable cleats.

“The spiked shoes provided better grip with the ground and a more solid lower-body foundation, which produced higher-quality driver swings,” said Alpenfels. “The swings in spiked footwear were more efficient at translating clubhead speed into ball speed, because of more centered contact between the clubhead and the ball.”

WEB GEMS:

THANKS BUT NO THANKS: Tiger Woods twice turned down offers to play in the controversial Saudi International tournament on the European Tour, but he defended Phil Mickelson's decision to play the event early next year. READ MORE>>>

BIGGER PROMISES TO BE BETTER: Two months ago, Bryson DeChambeau weighed just shy of 200 pounds and struggled to do 10 arm raises with a 10-pound weight. Now he’s up to 25-pound weights, and tips the scale at a brawny 225. The gains haven’t been limited to his gym routine or sudden beefiness, either. The 26-year-old five-time PGA Tour winner says he has picked up 12 mph of ball speed—up to 185—and another 6 mph in clubhead speed in recent weeks. “More distance,” DeChambeau said when asked what prompted him to pack on the pounds. “People are gonna say what they’re going to say.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I'm never looking at Tiger's performances in tournaments or majors. It's a great thing for Tiger, of course, if he wins a major or more majors, but personally I have never looked at what performance Tiger is going to give because I signed up for Tiger with what he's achieved in the past.”--Dr. Pawan Munjal, CEO of Hero MotorCorp

Rickie Fowler (-18) won the won the 2018 Hero World Challenge.

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 229                                                       
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “We know the golf course is quick and fast. It's very similar to a links course, but bentgreens, a little bit more like Augusta National. The bunkering is absolutely fantastic. The ball ends up in the middle. You're going to have to hit high bunker shots with a lot of spin, and the greens are always quick. And we all know that when you're in Melbourne, it always blows. So you're always going to have wind. It's never a day where wind doesn't blow, so that's always been a challenge.” 

BRAIN TEASER: Four players on the U.S. Team went undefeated in the last Presidents Cup. How many can you name?

phantomxTIME FOR A NEW LOOK? Scotty Cameron has added a new model to the 2019 Phantom X family – the Phantom X 12.5. According to Cameron, it meets the needs of players seeking a stable mallet with more toe flow and a new alignment option. It has a new setup option, featuring a low-bend shaft configuration and a tour-inspired single milled sight line.

“Every time we introduce a new putter line, I receive requests from tour players and dedicated golfers for additional setups and configurations,” said Cameron. “Phantom X 12.5 is the result of some of those requests. I added the low-bend shaft for extra toe flow and also designed a new alignment option by milling a single sight line down the center painted black for a very clean look from address. It really sets up nicely. Adding this new model also gave me the opportunity to make a left-handed version designed so everyone can take advantage of the performance benefits of the Phantom X 12.5.”

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12.5 putters will be available in North America on December 12, 2019, and worldwide on February 14, 2020 through Titleist authorized golf shops. It carries a minimum advertised price of $429.

TAKIN’ FROM THE STREET: adidas has drawn upon the influences of sport and street culture with its new limited-edition Collection Ø, a capsule collection which is designed to push the boundaries of the definition of what performance apparel can look like on the golf course. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

MONEY TALKS: Phil Mickelson will play the Saudi International early next year. The decision means Mickelson will miss the PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open, a tournament he has played 27 years in a row and won three times. READ MORE>>>

A GENTLEMAN’S GAME? "Last time it was too friendly. Quite bluntly, we want the home-crowd advantage, and I'll be disappointed if they are cheering enthusiastically for Tiger or anyone on the U.S. team." READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “We know the golf course is quick and fast. It's very similar to a links course, but bentgreens, a little bit more like Augusta National. The bunkering is absolutely fantastic. The ball ends up in the middle. You're going to have to hit high bunker shots with a lot of spin, and the greens are always quick. And we all know that when you're in Melbourne, it always blows. So you're always going to have wind. It's never a day where wind doesn't blow, so that's always been a challenge.” --Tiger Woods.

Four players on the U.S. Team went undefeated in the previous Presidents Cup. They were:
Dustin Johnson 4-0-1
Rickie Fowler 3-0-1
Phil Mickelson 3-0-1
Kevin Kisner 2-0-2

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 228                                                       
Monday, December 2, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think, it's just great for the game. Great for the event to have Tiger play. He's Masters champ and he just won. He's an icon of the game. It will be different. But Tiger is a bit different, isn't he. He's done things that other people hasn't really done on the golf course.”

BRAIN TEASER: Where was the 2017 Presidents Cup played?

LET’S WORK TOGETHER: Ladies European Tour players voted Tuesday to run its tour as a 50-50 joint business venture with the LPGA. The tours will combine to manage operations. READ MORE>>>

SAVE THE PLANET! Royal North Devon Golf Club has become the first club in the UK to ban the use of plastic tees on its course. From January 1, 2020, the historic Devonshire club’s pro shop will sell only wooden tees, with extra tee bins to be provided around the course to discard the inevitable increase in broken tees. Royal North Devon, whose 155-year-old course is located on common ground adjacent to Westward Ho! Beach, and is grazed by sheep and horses, has made the move in order to protect local wildlife. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

REST IN PEACE: Hilary Watson, the wife of eight-time major champion Tom Watson, has died after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 63. READ MORE>>>

ONE MORE WEEK OFF: Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from next week’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas but says he will be fit for the Presidents Cup the following week. READ MORE>>>

ONE DOOR CLOSES ANOTHER OPENS: Ernie Els announced Ben An will replace Day on the International team following Day's withdrawal because of a back injury. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I think, it's just great for the game. Great for the event to have Tiger play. He's Masters champ and he just won. He's an icon of the game. It will be different. But Tiger is a bit different, isn't he. He's done things that other people hasn't really done on the golf course.”--Ernie Els.

The 2017 Presidents Cup was played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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 227                                                       
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

In observance of the American Thanksgiving holiday, the Daily Pulse will not be published on Wednesday (Nov 27), Thursday (Nov 28) or Friday (Nov 29). A happy and safe Thanksgiving to all Americans, especially to everyone traveling. Thank you to the many international readers for your patience during our absence. The Daily Pulse will resume publishing on Monday December 2, 2019.

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I've thought about it all week. I've thought about it the last two hours. I've thought about it as soon as I made the putt. But it still hasn't processed in my mind. It's a thought in there it still has not been internalized. It's really so hard to believe that some of the greatest champions in European golf and Spanish golf haven't been able to accomplish what I have in just three years. That's what I can't really put my mind into.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player’s streak of 12 consecutive rounds of 68 or better came to an end with a 72 on Sunday. Who is he?

SAFE TRAVELS: More than 55 million travelers are expected to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.6 million more people will travel compared with last year, a 2.9% increase. The vast majority of holiday travelers will drive to their destinations and, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects Wednesday afternoon to be the worst travel period nationally, with trips taking as much at four times longer than normal in major metros.

“Millions of thankful Americans are starting the holiday season off right with a Thanksgiving getaway,” said Paula Twidale, vice president, AAA Travel. “Strong economic fundamentals are motivating Americans to venture out this holiday in near-record numbers. Consumer spending remains strong, thanks to increasing wages, disposable income and household wealth, and travel remains one of their top priorities for the holiday season.”

The 2019 Thanksgiving travel forecast, according to AAA, will see 49.3 million travelers on the road this Thanksgiving, the most since 2005 and 2.8% more than last year. INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts major delays throughout the week, peaking Wednesday with trips taking as much four times longer as commuters mix with travelers.
“With record levels of travelers, and persistent population growth in the country’s major metropolitan areas, drivers must prepare for major delays,” said Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX. “Although travel times will peak on Wednesday afternoon nationally, travelers should expect much heavier than normal congestion throughout the week.”

With 4.6% growth, air travel will see the biggest increase in travel volume during the Thanksgiving holiday, with 4.45 million Americans expected to fly.

HOW BIG IS IT? According to a comprehensive study by Golf Datatech, LLC, the total Distance Measuring Device (DMD) market is roughly equal to the size of the putter market in dollar sales. Estimates are over 90% of Serious Golfers use a distance device, and the majority use one every time they play.

“One of the most significant challenges for both manufacturers and retailers of DMDs is that they are almost made too well. They are very accurate, rarely malfunction and don’t easily wear out. Getting current users to buy a new DMD to replace an older model is challenging, but we do see a portion of existing users buying new product. However, changing the market dynamic to get large numbers of users to replace their current DMD has been difficult to pull off thus far,” said John Krzynowek, Partner, Golf Datatech, LLC. “As DMD technology advances, we believe smart watches with golf apps are the product category to keep an eye on for potential upside. However, they too have issues to overcome, such as having a small face that is difficult for some golfers to read.”

The 200+ page Distance Measuring Device Study will be released Dec 1, 2019. For more information contact Tom Stine, Partner, Golf Datatech, at 888-944-4116 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

TWEET, TWEET! The RSM Classic was the 11th of 49 events in the PGA TOUR Season. It also marked the conclusion of the on-course competition over the first 11 events of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season. The top three players who accumulate the most birdies (or better) earn $300,000, $150,000 and $50,000, respectively, for children or family-based charitable organizations of each player’s choice. With four birdies on Sunday, rookie Scottie Scheffler topped the competition and earned $300,000. He finished fifth in The RSM Classic after shooting 15-under 267. Scheffler finished with 139 birdies and eagles, one more than Lanto Griffin. He earned $150,000 for the charity, while Denny McCarthy earned $50,000 for finishing third.

WEB GEMS:

RAHMBO: Jon Rahm is back into rarified air in the Official World Golf Ranking following his double-dip in Dubai. The Spaniard won the season-ending DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, a victory that also netted him the overall Race to Dubai honors. It sparked a $5 million payday for the 25-year-old and also vaulted him up two spots to No. 3 in the latest world rankings. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I've thought about it all week. I've thought about it the last two hours. I've thought about it as soon as I made the putt. But it still hasn't processed in my mind. It's a thought in there it still has not been internalized. It's really so hard to believe that some of the greatest champions in European golf and Spanish golf haven't been able to accomplish what I have in just three years. That's what I can't really put my mind into.”--Jon Rahm on winning The Race to Dubai, only the second Spaniard after Seve to do it.

Brendon Todd’s streak of 12 consecutive rounds of 68 or better came to an end with a 72 on Sunday; the streak is the second longest since 1983, trailing only Tiger Woods’ 14 rounds of 68 or better from the 2007 Dell Technologies Championship (R2) through the 2008 Farmers Insurance Open (R3)

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 226                                                       
Monday, November 25, 2019

In observance of the American Thanksgiving holiday, the Daily Pulse will not be published on Wednesday (Nov 27), Thursday (Nov 28) or Friday (Nov 29). A happy and safe Thanksgiving to all Americans, especially to everyone traveling. Thank you to the many international readers for your patience during our absence. The Daily Pulse will resume publishing on Monday December 2, 2019.

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I've been coming back here for ten years. I know the place like the back of my hand. I feel like I could play this place blindfolded.”

BRAIN TEASER: Who won the Race to Dubai 2018?

FATHER TIME: So some believe the game has become easy or easier for today’s players than past generations. Some subscribe to the notion that the golf ball needs to be slowed down and a distance roll back is a good idea. On this controversial topic that often provokes passionate opinions, one dimension of the subject matter has likely been over looked. Davis Love III touched on it in explaining his move to the broadcast booth.

“My body would tell you that it's been coming the last two or three years, that I need to slow down playing, I need to play a little less,” he said. “I've been really blessed to play this long obviously. I've had a few injuries or I would have already passed Mr. Mark Brooks at 802 or 3, whatever he is. I had a plan at the start of last season that I was going to play full seasons on the PGA TOUR last year and this season and would break that record. I had another surgery this summer that stalled that game plan. So it's going to be getting harder and harder to break Brooksy's record, so he may be safe now.

“I would like to fantasize that I could play on the tour a couple more years and stay competitive and break that record that we talked about, but I think my game is showing that I'm losing speed, losing power. I'm not going to really play on the regular tour on big golf courses,” Love admitted.

Modern day golf is described as a power game. Its doubtful any previous generation would argue it became a recent phenomenon. Nevertheless, power is fleeting. Even when it comes to golf! “The game's different, but it's still the same. You have to hole the putts, you have to hit it in the fairway. Let's go back to Jack. Jack was the longest. Then my generation, there was four or five or six or seven guys that were super long. Now, there's a hundred guys that are super long and you have to have that and you have to have all other aspects. You better be strong mentally, physically, better chip, putt. I came out just a ball-striker. I could hit it really, really good and I got out on tour with that. If I had to go back now with the game I had coming out of North Carolina, I probably wouldn't make it through Q-School because I couldn't chip and putt. It's just not going to happen these days.” Love made his 769th career PGA TOUR start last week at the RSM Classic. He failed to make it to the weekend.

WINDOW DRESSING: The PGA Tour confirmed that the policy board approved modifications to the circuit’s pace-of-play policy. Although the Tour doesn’t plan to release details of the modified policy until the circuit initiates an “education process with the PGA Tour’s membership,” one source familiar with the changes characterized the adjustments as “not drastic” and more focused on individual players. READ MORE>>>

WELCOME A BOARD: Scott H. Baxter has been appointed to Callaway Golf’s Board of Directors. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Kontoor Brands, Inc., a global lifestyle apparel company. He was named Chief Executive Officer in August 2018 when VF Corporation announced its intention to separate its Jeanswear organization into an independent, publicly traded company. Baxter has more than 30 years of business experience, including in the apparel industry.  

Prior to becoming the CEO of Kontoor Brands, he was Group President, Americas West, for VF Corporation and was responsible for overseeing brands such as The North Face and Vans. In 2008, Baxter was named Coalition President for the Imagewear coalition, which comprised the Image and Licensed Sports Group divisions. 

WEB GEMS:

PERCEPTION VERSUS REALITY: Robert Garrigus was suspended from the PGA Tour for three months earlier this year for what he says was medical marijuana prescribed by his doctor. Garrigus was randomly drug tested by the Tour after the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, and failed based on elevated levels of THC, one of the active ingredients in marijuana. “The fact that it is socially unacceptable for cannabis and CBD right now blows my mind. It’s OK to take Oxycontin and blackout and run into a bunch of people, but you can’t take CBD and THC without someone looking at you funny. It makes no sense,” Garrigus said. “I’m not mad at anybody but it makes me laugh at the whole way it is set up. There needs to be something different.” READ MORE>>>

THE BIG WINNER: Jon Rahm claimed the Race to Dubai title on Sunday after he held off Tommy Fleetwood to secure a one-shot victory at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I've been coming back here for ten years. I know the place like the back of my hand. I feel like I could play this place blindfolded.”--Rory McIlroy on Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE.

Francesco Molinari won the Race to Dubai 2018.

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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