2018 Honda Classic

Alright this week on the PGA Tour was a very eventful one. There’s a few things to digest here so let’s get right to it.

Let’s start with the golf course. PGA National Resort and Spa is home to the PGA of America and features a five golf courses that include The Champion Course. The golf course designed by George and Tom Fazio later saw a redesign by Jack Nicklaus. While not overly long at 7,140 Yards (7,048 yards Actual Scorecard Yardage) while carrying a slope of 147 and a course rating of 75.2 (Actual Scorecard) it provides a challenge. The course yielded a winning score of 272 (-8) which means that it held up very well against the field. I love ‘The Bear Trap” and like the plaque says “It should be won and lost here”. Most of the holes (14 of them) played a touch over par so it goes to show that if the course is set-up (pin locations on “funny” parts of the green) you can still protect the course versus length. Of course, the winds through the first 3 days helped.

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Photo Credit; USA Today

Golf ball rollback. Well this is a conversation that isn’t going to go away any time soon. Again it became part of the week when Mr. Nicklaus said after having dinner with USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. Is it inevitable that the rollback is going to happen? Honestly, I don’t know and quite frankly at this point of my life it doesn’t impact me. But the way that the world has become I wouldn’t be surprised if it did happen. Sure ,the guys on Tour are crazy and yes Mr. Nicklaus had concerns about the golf ball dating back to 1977. I still think that if you just grow out the courses and let the course superintendents and tournament committees have a little “fun” scores will ultimately drop. The drawback however could be upset membership at host clubs. Is the issue with the golf ball the fact that it hinders pace of play (as suggested by Mr. Nicklaus)? In my opinion this might be the case for the top half percent of golfers playing the game.

Justin Thomas!! The young man has been on some sort of roll. He hasn’t seen a finish worse than a T-22 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions since at least October 15, 2017. In that stretch he has two victories and quite frankly he’s playing wonderful golf. He won this week and was cool under pressure coming into the 72nd hole when he had to hit a clutch shot and hit a tremendous wedge shot. He actually thought that he had holed-out the shot. He would end up in a playoff with Luke List and would eventually outlast List as day turned night. Thomas now owns 8 victories on the PGA Tour. But winning the tournament wasn’t the only thing that he did… Thomas also managed to get a fan ejected from the tournament when a fan cheered against wishing his ball to go into a bunker. Thomas was then picked up on a live microphone during this exchange…

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“Who said that? Who yelled for that ball to get in the bunker? Was that you? Enjoy your day, buddy, you’re gone.”

The “offender” was of course singled out by other spectators. I think JT was ultra-sensitive here. It’s not like the fan said it during his backswing. It never factored in on his shot. If anything, this now has set a sort-of precedent. Maybe we’ve heard the last of “mashed potatoes”, “you da man” and every other stupid remark you hear when someone hits a golf ball. I’m trying to think back to when “that” became a “thing”. Oh yeah… Tiger Woods!

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Photo Credit: Golf Digest

For those that are unaware Tiger Woods played this week and the “Tiger Effect” was obvious at the Honda Classic. Those galleries! Only one person does that to a tournament. Tiger had his best showing in a tournament since… forever and even though I’m not a staunch fan of his it always sucks to see someone great be in a decline. Watching Tiger this week I observed a guy who’s feeling healthy, seems to be in a good place mentally and has a swing that’s working. He was impressive off of the tee and more importantly he led the field in proximity to the pin. I loved that he went for the flagstick on 15. He wanted to win and that’s an even more telling sign of where he is. Again though, I simply ask the golf world (fans, media etc) not to get too high or too low on him. Just let the guy play golf!

Until The Next Tee!!

Bloodline Golf Putter Named to Golf Digest’s 2018 Hot List

Generally speaking, I don’t really care what other publications or websites have to say about golf products. This is for one major reason. I like to form my own observations and conclusions. Period.

Bloodline Golf is a brand of putters that until recently is a new name to me. Admittedly, I have no familiarity with the brand and that’s a wonderful thing. I always love to learn about new potential game-changing products. Bloodline Golf features two putters in their line-up. They have a blade model called the R1-J Blade and the RG-1 Mallet. Both putters feature a stand-alone design allowing for better alignment and graphite shafts.

The brand has been in the news on a few fronts as of late. Canada’s Adam Svensson (a Titleist Staff Player) recently won on the Web.com Tour.  World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee and multiple Major winner Ernie Els not only became a Brand Ambassador for Bloodline Golf but also invested in the brand. Last but not least bloodline Golf as described in the press release below (as shared by Tracey Nackel of TEN Marketing and PR) was named to the Golf Digest Hot List. Please read below.

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Bloodline Golf Putter Named to Golf Digest’s 2018 Hot List 

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., February 13, 2018 — Bloodline Golf is pleased to announce that Golf Digest has awarded its RG-1 Mallet putter with a 2018 Hot List award. The Bloodline putter was released less than a year ago and has already been adopted by top players – most recently, the winner of the Abaco Classic on the Web.com Tour.

The Golf Digest Hot List awards for Equipment appears in the magazine’s March issue. The Hot List is an intense evaluation and testing of equipment gathered from three independent panels consisting of scientists, retailers and players during a two-week annual Hot List Summit. A product’s score is based on its weighted average in four criteria, including Performance, Innovation, Look/Sound/Feel, and Demand, with the first three largely determining the total score.

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Photo Credit: Bloodline Golf

“We are extremely proud to have made the Hot List in such a competitive category with our very first product,” said Brad Adams, Bloodline co-founder. “Our goal in designing this putter was to create a breakthrough technology that players would choose to play regardless of whether it stands up on its own or not. We went through numerous iterations and have included a combination of proprietary design features that are critical to the performance, look and feel of our putter.”

According to Golf Digest, “Alignment aids are practically universal in today’s putters, but Bloodline takes it to the extreme with a club that can (literally) stand on its own: You set the club behind the ball and walk behind it to ensure you’re on target. It does all this without sacrificing feel. The machined aluminum face, body and hosel are bonded to a stainless-steel soleplate for a sharp, crisp touch at impact.”

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Photo Credit: Bloodline Golf

“Once we designed the premium putter head, we matched it with a high-performance carbon fiber shaft,” added Larry Bischmann Bloodline co-founder. “With this combination, we were able to take advantage of stand-up features for alignment without sacrificing anything when it comes to feel at impact, distance control, and precise ball striking. We are excited that the Golf Digest Hot List panel of testers gave our young company a chance to be evaluated on an equal playing field with the more established club brands.”

Comments from testers include:

  • “When I first picked it up, I thought the shaft was crazy. But after trying it, I got it. The shaft transfers no vibrations when I hit the ball.” ~ Low Handicapper
  • “Constantly good on short and long putts alike.” ~  Mid Handicapper
  • “Sets really square. It takes the variable of aligning the putter out of it. It almost hits it for you.” ~ High Handicapper

Bloodline has developed a premium putter line of CNC-milled heads which include a high-performance graphite shaft that contributes to the putter’s unique capability to stand up by itself on the green.  The company recently announced that Hall-of-Famer Ernie Els has become the first high-profile investor in Bloodline and he will also be a brand ambassador over the coming years. Els was the first player to use Bloodline in a major championship when he played it in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

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Bloodline Golf

Bloodline’s RG-1 and R1-J putters are available both on line at http://www.bloodline.golf and in an exclusive retail network.

About Bloodline Golf

Bloodline Golf designs putters that have set a new standard in performance thanks to an innovative carbon fiber shaft/grip combination that enables the putters to stand alone on the green. This pioneering technology was introduced in the spring of 2017 and was used in tournament play soon after by players who have won multiple majors on the PGA TOUR.

The Bloodline brand is rooted in three generations of golf industry excellence and is committed to making a lasting impact on the game of golf. The company’s name pays tribute to a golf “bloodline” that includes Vale Adams, an extremely well-respected club professional from Illinois, his son Gary Adams, the founder of Taylor Made Golf, and his grandson Brad Adams, one of the founding members of Odyssey Golf. The legacy continues with Larry Bischmann, who built the team and strategy that launched the super-premium driver shaft, Diamana, which became the winningest driver shaft on the PGA TOUR. Adams and Bischmann joined forces to create the ultimate fusion of design, function, performance and heritage: Bloodline Golf.

For more information, visit www.bloodline.golf.

Keep up-to-date with all of the latest Bloodline Golf news on social media:
Twitter @BloodlineGolf
Facebook @BloodlineGolf
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Until The Next Tee!!

PEAKVISION Sunglasses Under New Ownership

I always love sharing information about products and brands that are either new or new to me. Part of the reason why I like to do what I do is to educate the general golfing public on products from both industry giants and those that are not.

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PEAKVISION Sunglasses are a brand in the golf industry that I have heard of. Although, I have to admit that I have no practical knowledge or familiarity with them. I do intend to make that change. One of the intriguing technologies that the brand features is their patented “Zero/Zero Distortion Lens”. How many times as golfers have we left our sunglasses on and missed a putt because the green didn’t look quite right through our sunglasses? What happens? We remove them and place them on our heads. this is where “Zero/Zero” would come in handy. Also of note is that they have a “Jack Nicklaus Signature Line” of sunglasses available as well.

Carole Imperiale of PEAKVISION Sunglasses was kind enough to share this press release with me. Recently, PEAKVISION saw a change in ownership and this press release describes the transaction, their success at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show and some of the brands plans for the future.

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Named 1 of 9 top items at 2018 PGA Merchandising Show by Orlando Sentinel

(CONWAY, SC – February 14, 2018) — PEAKVISION, the sunglasses that took the golf world by storm with its unique, patented Dual-Zone/Zero Distortion lens, is under new ownership. David Feaser of Conway, South Carolina, who’s been in the sunglass business for thirty years as the owner of Shades of George (www.shadesofgeorge.com), bought PEAKVISION company assets and all the patents for the popular lenses from the original company in May 2017, and is running the company as President/CEO.

Nicholas Feaser is National Sales Manager of PEAKVISION. The father-son team is committed to growing the brand and giving back to the golf community.
The Orlando Sentinel named PEAKVISION one of the top nine items at the PGA Merchandising Show this year. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/golf/os-sp-golf-top-merchandise-0204-story.html

”PEAKVISION lenses have such great clarity and high definition that it provides three times more visual information on the green for an impeccable read,” says David Feaser. “Everywhere we go, golfers come up to me and tell me they’re the best sunglasses on the market. These sunglasses visually ‘Change you Game,’ and help you make better putts and save strokes on the green.”

“Let’s face it,” Feaser continues. “Your round is won or lost on the green so if you can save one or more strokes off your game, who wouldn’t want to try these sunglasses? Most golfers take their sunglasses off or put them on their hats or head while they putt. Your eyes during that moment are adjusting to more visual information, which makes putting even more difficult. With PEAKVISION Sunglasses, it provides a continuity of visual information and you don’t have to take the sunglasses off. In fact, you’ll want to leave them on!”

PEAKVISION offers a line of Jack Nicklaus-signature sunglasses as well. “The JN1 and the JN5 in the collection reflect the high standards of Jack Nicklaus himself,” adds Feaser. All PEAKVISION styles are available and are currently on-sale by ordering on-line at http://www.peakvision.com.

PEAKVISION will be partnering with the Myrtle Beach World Amateur in Myrtle Beach, S.C., August 27-31, 2018 by providing PEAKVISION Sunglasses to the winning golfers. The easiest way to order PEAKVISION is to go on-line at http://www.peakvision.com. PEAKVISION ships the same day the order is placed.

Be sure to connect with PEAKVISION via their new social media sites:

Follow PEAKVISION on Twitter: @PEAKVISION1
Follow on Instagram: PEAKVISIONSunglasses
Like PEAKVISION on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PEAKVISIONSunglasses/

Until The Next Tee!!