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VOLUME 1, NUMBER 227

Monday, November 22, 2010

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I’m not playing the game saying, I'm going to get to No. 1; tried that once before and didn't work.”

ON THIS DAY: In 2004, Frank Lickliter and Cameron Beckman conducted a golf clinic for troops in South Korea.

NAME GAME: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been named to an important committee for the U.S. Golf Association, sparking speculation that Rice is on the fast track for future USGA leadership positions. READ MORE>>>

GO GREEN: ECCO is launching the new BIOM Golf shoes for January 2011. It is sad to be based on the barefoot running trend popularized the past couple years. Its considered to be the first and only Natural Motion golf shoe, according to the company and it features a game-enhancing swing platform. Similar to adidas strategy with its advanced THiNTech platform, ECCO’s BIOM Golf shoe brings golfers closer to the playing surface, with the purpose of improving ground feel and stability during all phases of the swing.

The basic premise behind the BIOM, which is intended to be a difference maker to end users versus competitor’s products that it follows the foot’s natural system for absorbing impact to enhance stability while strengthening muscles in the feet and lower legs. The company said it was designed using decades of ECCO research into the human foot, including scans of more than 2,500 feet to create the perfect fit. It’s believed to be up to 100 grams lighter than other performance golf shoes, which is unclear how that improves performance. But if you’re lighter on your feet (if you can feel it) perhaps it builds a case of less foot fatigue at the end of the day.

The BIOM is equipped with a wider, stabilizing heel and a unique three-cleat configuration and stability bars between each cleat to achieve the ideal balance points, ECCO said. It has anatomically correct flex grooves that follow the foot’s biomechanics that will lead to remarkable support and comfort, the company promises. It will be available in January with an MSRP of $225. Wonder if Freddie will be wearing it???

CAPACITY LIMITS? Social networking through the Internet has become a race to connect to as many friends or create new followers as possible. However, some insiders are saying that the human network has capacity constraints and it doesn’t have anything to do with server issues. Evolutionary anthropologist Robin Dunbar has a famous theory that the number of people with whom one can maintain a close relationship is limited to 150 by the size of the neocortex, the part of the brain used for conscious thought and language. Dave Morin, formerly an executive at Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. and Shawn Fanning, co-founder of Napster, are betting that people crave more private interaction with a much smaller social circle: Path lets each user designate only 50 friends. Morin estimates that, based on Dunbar's research, 50 is "roughly the outer boundary of our personal networks." READ MORE>>>

AND THE AWARD GOES TO: Henry-Griffitts Limited, a custom-fit company in golf, announced its 2010 awards.  The categories for the awards include two Master Golf Clubfitter, two Professional Golf Clubfitters and two special awards. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

WHICH WAY WILL THE COOKIE CRUMBLE: December 8 is judgment day. That's when the PGA of Australia will announce whether the Australian Masters or the Open is the lead-in event to the Presidents Cup to be played at Royal Melbourne next November, with the obvious spin-off of picking up quite a few players from both the American and International teams for the prelude. But there is a wildcard. It is understood there is a strong bid for the date being assembled in Adelaide, with the backing of the state government, for a one-off 30-man tournament with plenty of money – prizes and appearance – to lure some of golf's elite for a warm-up event to the Presidents Cup. However, Tiger Woods, who won the Masters at Kingston Heath last year before all hell broke loose in his private world – it was the last tournament won by the former world No.1 – also referred to the Masters (IMG, the owner and promoter) being played at the Heath as a lead-in to the Cup. READ MORE>>>

POWER SHIFT? That sense of superiority has always been rooted in the US tour's greater financial pull and, as long as US television continues to broadcast live golf and corporate America wants to associate itself with the sport, it will continue to exist. But there comes a point where the quality of the "product" – more commonly known as the players – has to count. Right now, the US has the sport's two biggest names in Tiger Woods and Mickelson. But how much longer will that be the case? READ MORE>>>

PACK PLENTY OF PATIENCE: As if air travel over the Thanksgiving holiday isn't tough enough, it could be even worse this year: Airports could see even more disruptions because of a loosely organized Internet boycott of full-body scans. Even if only a small percentage of passengers participate, experts say it could mean longer lines, bigger delays and hotter tempers. The protest, National Opt-Out Day, is scheduled for Wednesday to coincide with the busiest travel day of the year. READ MORE>>>

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ANSWER: Ian Poulter after winning the UBS Hong Kong Open.

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