FFS! Just Stop Already!

Golfers having bad tempers is not a new fad. We get it, the game is utterly infuriating and it was British nobility, His Royal Highness King George V who once said: “Golf makes me so damned angry”. Sir, you were so correct and truer words have never been spoken. But legends of our game, the professionals that many of us look up to were no exception.

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King George V strikes a ball at Royal Lytham and St. Annes

Tommy Bolt was known for his bad temper. The man who inspired me to take up the game (Mr. Palmer) was notorious for coloring the air “blue” around him. Although, he wasn’t excessive about it where an entire golf course and surrounding counties could hear him. John Daly, yes he had a pretty bad temper too and he’s had his moments. It makes me wonder if the Dali Lama himself uttered a few cuss words during his round with Carl Spackler. The reality is, outbursts have long been around the game.

There’s a difference though between now and then. PGA TOUR, European Tour, and LPGA TOUR players now have a lot more cameras around them during tournaments. Not to mention of course, that everyone and their uncle has a cell phone on them at all times. Much like regular news, social media and cell phones have made catching the next news story more plausible and easier than ever.

I’ve always said that if you want to be a celebrity or a professional athlete you need to be prepared to have your life examined under a microscope. It’s the price of fame and fortune. The current crop of PGA TOUR players is no exception. I won’t beat the “dead horse” Sergio Garcia because he’s been doing his thing for what seems like an eternity now. But we’ve seen Rory toss his clubs, and Tiger Woods, of course, is definitely not null and void from this conversation. Heck, even as recently Bryson DeChambeau damaged the course and then he was caught again this week at the WGC – Mexico Championship damaging a green. I like Dechambeau but this sours me on him more than the Kuchar nonsense. It just seems like the anger and outbursts are reaching a near epidemic.

Guys taking out their piss poor shots that they made on the greens, bunkers, and fairways. Seriously, for all of the TOUR professionals that take part in this crap just STOP!! Honestly, the ones partaking in this behavior you’re ALL acting like a bunch of entitled, spoiled little brats. Primadonnas. It isn’t you who stands out in the sun making sure that there isn’t a blade of grass out of place week in and week out during your jet-setting stops around the world. It’s the Superintendent or more specifically the guys and girls that work under him or her. For the most part, you guys and gals are guests playing a course that has to be shut down for a period of time. Let’s not lose sight of that. Oh yeah! One other thing. Take a look around you! The people in the galleries who buy a ticket to stand or sit in the gallery and clamber at an event for a selfie, autograph, golf ball or a glove. Sometimes, they just want to catch a quick glimpse of their favorite player. But likely, more importantly, they’d rather be the ones in your shoes playing that course or be the one “inside the ropes”.

 

As much as I’m going to point my finger at the player’s themselves to exhibit a little more self-control I’m going to point my fingers at the respective commissioners. Jay Monahan (PGA TOUR), Keith Pelley (European PGA TOUR) and Michael Whan (LPGA TOUR) the onus is on you to get a control on your players. I love the fact that the three of you are forward-thinkers with great new ideas and you are doing some great things. But you have a problem. Your players are making it ever increasingly difficult to watch golf. This coming from an individual who breathes and lives golf and writes about it for nary any sort of remuneration. Quite honestly, I’m not necessarily talking about issuing fines because what’s a fine to a player with a bankroll of millions of dollars. I’m talking something more punitive. Penalty strokes or perhaps a little more of enforcing Rule 1.2A (Serious Misconduct). What’s the difference between a TOUR player intentionally damaging a fairway, bunker or green (no I’m not talking about divots as the result of an actual stroke) or an adolescent getting caught spray-painting graffiti on a building? There isn’t! No… Wait there is. The adolescent has to atone for their actions and sometimes it may involve them cleaning it up.

Huh?! There’s an idea, make these guys go out and do some grunt work. He or she who ruins must repair. Get out there and spend time getting your hands dirty. It’s respect and accepting responsibility for one’s actions. Maybe then they’ll just stop… FFS!

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The only Tortoise err… Turtle that I want to see on a course. More Hare action.

**** Commissioners.  I nearly forgot. My recommendation for fixing another epidemic. Slow Play. Just start giving two-strokes to an entire group with no opportunity to appeal after the round. The players will govern themselves. Your players are the ones hurting the game. Who the Hell wants to watch 6-7 hour rounds? I played in Mini-Tour events that went like that and it destroys the game in both a literal and figurative sense.

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Dominance and Validation

Even though it’s the middle of another week on the PGA Tour.. The “People’s Tournament” (WMO Phoenix Open) I just wanted to take a quick look back at what happened this past week. First there was dominance in the desert of Dubai. Then several hours later there was “terrificness” at Torrey (I know terrificness isn’t a word in the English language).

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Bryson DeChambeau continued his meteoric rise to the top of the golfing world this past weekend in Dubai at the Dubai Desert Classic. Dechambeau blew the field away besting the runner-up by a mere 7 strokes. Powered by Cobra Golf KING F9 driver (third win for the driver in 2019-2019), Cobra Golf ONE Length Forged irons and of course his Bridgestone Golf Tour B X golf ball. The genius, scientist or whatever you choose to call him has seemingly silenced his critics. Having watched him on social media being harrassed by “keyboard warriors” as recently as last year all has gone quiet. I said it before and I’ll say it again. He’s great for golf… he’s different and fresh. If you look at his last several finishes the numbers are astonishing. I grabbed this list from the Bridgestone Golf Twitter feed.

  • WIN 🏆

  • T10

  • 7th

  • T12

  • WIN 🏆

  • 19th

  • T19

  • WIN 🏆

  • WIN 🏆

Is there really a hotter player in golf at the moment? Well…

PGA: Farmers Insurance Open - Final Round

Jan 27, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; Justin Rose poses with the winner’s trophy following the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course – South Course. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

So as the dust or shall I say sand settled in Dubai, on this side of the Atlantic the Farmers Insurance Open was being played alongside the para-gliders and pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean. Torrey Pines. I’ve always enjoyed watching this tournament mostly because it is played on a public golf course and I can relate to it via many rounds played there by way of Tiger Woods PGA Tour video games. That said, generally speaking there’s always a solid field at this event. While many golf fans were tuning in for Tiger I was more intrigued by watching the current World #1 Justin Rose play with his new clubs. Honma Golf. Just remember, Rose didn’t just get up and leave TaylorMade Golf… his contract expired and he chose to move on. If you haven’t made swings with Honma Golf products… find some and swing them. You’ll understand. At any rate, Justin Rose is the last golfer in the world that would need to quantify or validate his switch. This past week however… he did. At the Farmers Insurance Open he claimed victory less than a month after the “official” change-up. It was only his second official start playing “The Mole” (Honma’s logo). When I think about all of this I think of one of his quotes…

“I switched to Honma to get better” – Justin Rose

That’s a scary thought!

In case you were wondering what his WITB looked like here it is.

Driver: Honma TW747 460 9.5 w/ Honma Vizard FD-7X shaft

3-wood: TaylorMade M6, 15˚(Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80TX)

#2 Iron: Honma TW-U2

#4-9 Irons: Honma T//World 747

Proto Wedges: Honma Rose Proto 48, 52, 56

Putter: Axis1

Ball: TaylorMade Golf TP5

****Photo Credits belong to Honma Golf EU and Axis1****

It’s just the beginning of this 2019 PGA TOUR season but this is going to be fun. Could Rose and DeChambeau be on a collision course? Time will tell.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

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DeChambeau Dominates In Dubai To Take Bridgestone’s Hot Streak Global!

Tour Star Bryson DeChambeau Wins His First-Ever European Tour Title Using Bridgestone’s TOUR B X Golf Balls

 

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf Tour star Bryson DeChambeau continued his and the brand’s winning ways with a convincing 7-shot victory at the PGA European Tour’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic this weekend. The win is DeChambeau’s first ever title abroad and the 7th professional victory of his career. DeChambeau’s victory in Dubai complements a run of 7 wins on the PGA TOUR and 1 on the LPGA Tour over the last 5 months for Bridgestone.

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Photo Credit: BBC via Getty Images

 

Using Bridgestone Golf’s TOUR B X balls, ‘the golf scientist’ blew away the field in Dubai with prodigious driving and pinpoint approach shots throughout the week, on his way to finishing a record 24-under par for the tournament.  Starting the final round with a 1-shot lead, DeChambeau once again proved he’s one of the best closers in the game – firing an 8-under par 64 that included 7 birdies and an eagle to finish with the largest margin of victory in the event’s history.

“We are excited for Bryson to get his first-ever professional international win this weekend and his 4th worldwide victory in the last 7 months,” said Dan Murphy, President & CEO of Bridgestone Golf. “What the Bridgestone brand is experiencing at the Tour level right now is almost surreal.  When you add this Tour success to the incredible reception our brand received this past week at the PGA Merchandise Show, 2019 is shaping up to be a special year for Bridgestone Golf.”

DeChambeau switched to the TOUR B X in late 2017 after extensive experimentation revealed a significant impact on his driving, iron play, short game and putting.  He also wears Bridgestone’s new TOUR B FIT Glove featuring high-end Cabretta leather with FIT technology to ensure a soft feel, consistent grip and excellent durability.

The TOUR B golf ball series is a result of Bridgestone’s continued commitment to providing premium tee-to-green performance to players of varying swing types. Bridgestone owns over 800 golf ball patents and fully leverages the company’s heritage of excellence in polymer science worldwide to design the industry’s most cutting-edge golf balls.

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For more information on Bridgestone Golf’s award-winning TOUR B family of golf balls and the entire Tour team that relies upon them, visit www.bridgestonegolf.com.

 

About Bridgestone Golf

Based in Covington, GA, Bridgestone Golf USA manufactures premium golf balls, clubs and accessories under the Bridgestone and Precept brands. The company started making golf balls in 1935 and today has more golf ball design patents than any other company. Beginning in 2006, Bridgestone revolutionized golf ball selection with its custom ball-fitting program, identifying a golfer’s ideal golf ball based on personal swing characteristics. Today, as the #1 Ball-Fitter in Golf, Bridgestone has conducted over 2.1 million fittings via a combination of live-fitting, online selection and its B-FIT App.  The consumer data gathered from ball-fitting continues to inspire Bridgestone’s innovative new golf ball designs, yielding industry-leading performance products for the entire range of players, from recreational golfers to the best in the world. Bridgestone Golf is proudly represented on international professional tours by icons such as Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau and Lexi Thompson.  Bridgestone Golf USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo. More information:  bridgestonegolf.com.

12 Years of Research Leads to New Bridgestone Golf e12 Golf Balls

Bridgestone Golf has introduced to new golf balls to their golf ball range for 2019. After conducting 12 years of research through their ball-fitting data Bridgestone Golf’s golf ball R&D team came up with several innovations in their newest golf ball.

The new e12 comes in two different models. The e12 Speed and then the e12 Soft. Both golf ball models feature a 3-piece construction with a Surlyn cover. That means this golf ball will prove to be rugged and durable. Also of note for both golf balls is Bridgestone Golf’s”Active Acceleration Mantle”. A new polymer in the mantle provides greater exit velocity upon impact. This mantle also translates to a softer core construction.

The e12 Speed is geared towards players that have a swing speed from 105 mph or more. Mean while the e12 Soft is aimed at golfers below the 105 mph range.

“First Impression”

img_20190122_143702I had the chance to hit their new e12 Soft golf ball on the range at Demo Day and these balls fly well. In strong crosswinds these golf balls held their line extremely well. When the e12 landed on a “makeshift green” while hitting wedge shots… I saw them back-up. The apex they fly at seems relatively high which is great for stopping power when hitting approach shots into greens. The e12 offered very good feel while using all clubs from their new Tour B JGR product range with a special emphasis on the new Tour B XW-1 wedge (which is receiving a Teezy Award).

These golf balls will retail for $29.99 USD. I cannot wait to get these golf balls into action. I’m hoping to return somewhere warm in March to do some product testing sooner before later.

In the meantime, please see the press release below as shared by Jared Kelowitz of PRCG for more information on the e12.

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COVINGTON, Ga. – (January 22, 2019) – Bridgestone Golf, the #1 Ball-Fitter in Golf, unveiled today its innovative e12 family of golf balls, using 12 years of proprietary ball-fitting data to take distance and accuracy performance to a new level.  The e12 family of balls builds upon the 3-piece, surlyn construction, spin-reducing forgiveness of Bridgestone’s popular e-series, now with more power than ever before.

The e12 family includes two models – e12 SOFT and e12 SPEED – delivering increased firepower off the tee and reduced sidespin for players who need it most.  Both of the e12 balls feature Bridgestone’s proprietary new Active Acceleration Mantle layer as a key component of their 3-piece construction.  The Active Acceleration Mantle is comprised of a new High Performance Polymer material that provides increased thrust and higher initial velocity at impact, while allowing Bridgestone to soften the core for greater forgiveness and enhanced feel.  In addition, each of the balls utilizes Bridgestone’s Delta Wing Dimple pattern for less drag and optimized aerodynamics. The e12 SOFT is designed specifically for players with less than 105 mph swing speeds who fight sidespin challenges, while the e12 SPEED is intended for higher swing speed players (greater than 105 mph) who struggle with accuracy off the tee.

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“With the benefit of 12 years of ball-fitting data, we have amassed an incredible body of data that has allowed our R&D engineers to pinpoint specifically what causes players to lose distance and accuracy in golf ball construction,” said Elliot Mellow, Golf Ball Marketing Manager, Bridgestone Golf.  “Contrary to the traditional school of thought in golf ball design, where power comes solely from the core, our new Active Acceleration Mantle actually allows us to derive additional power from the mantle layer to boost distance. We’ve created the ‘holy grail’ of distance performance golf balls – a 3-piece surlyn construction that minimizes sidespin to provide ultimate forgiveness, while delivering velocity needed to ensure maximum distance.”

The Bridgestone e12 SOFT and e12 SPEED balls will hit retail on February 15th, 2019 and feature a street price of $29.99 per dozen.  In addition to the classic white version, the e12 SOFT will also be available in bright Matte Green, Matte Red and Matte Yellow colors.

 

In addition to the new e12 SOFT and e12 SPEED, Bridgestone Golf has a diverse portfolio of golf balls, designed based on information gleaned through ball-fitting, to meet the needs of a wide range of player performance characteristics, including the popular TOUR B series. For more information on the company’s entire offering of golf balls and for help selecting the right ball for you, visit bridgestonegolf.com.

 About Bridgestone Golf

Based in Covington, GA, Bridgestone Golf USA manufactures premium golf balls, clubs and accessories under the Bridgestone and Precept brands. The company started making golf balls in 1935 and today has more golf ball design patents than any other company. Beginning in 2006, Bridgestone revolutionized golf ball selection with its custom ball-fitting program, identifying a golfer’s ideal golf ball based on personal swing characteristics. Today, as the #1 Ball-Fitter in Golf, Bridgestone has conducted over 2.1 million fittings via a combination of live-fitting, online selection and its B-FIT App.  The consumer data gathered from ball-fitting continues to inspire Bridgestone’s innovative new golf ball designs, yielding industry-leading performance products for the entire range of players, from recreational golfers to the best in the world. Bridgestone Golf is proudly represented on international professional tours by icons such as Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau and Lexi Thompson.  Bridgestone Golf USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo. More information:  bridgestonegolf.com.

2019 PGA Show Demo Day – Summary

The buzz of the chatter amongst golfers. Golfers that are industry professionals, PGA Professionals and media types. The sound of golf balls meeting club face. The hustle of going from one side of the range to the other. This is Demo Day at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.

Today started out early enough. In fact, I was laying awake in bed at 4:30 a.m. with visions of golf balls and new drivers dancing through my head. Part of it was because of all the equipment that I was about to digest and part of it was concern because I had no idea who was coming to swing the clubs. It would be one of Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde or Frankenstein. Hitting into a net in the backyard is one thing… but not seeing real flight is another.

 

After getting ready, Crystal and I left the motel and made our way to the Orange County Convention Center where we checked-in to the Media Center and picked up our badges. After taking the obligatory shot in front of the large PGA Show sign we made our way to the shuttle bus that would transport us to Demo Day at Orange County National Golf Resort and Lodge. Thru Disney and traffic our driver navigated his way ever the skillful driver.

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Upon arrival, it was time to have the first scheduled meeting. Wilson Golf. The 2019 line-up is so much more than the Driver vs Driver 2 winner (Cortex). I had a nice talk with Rich Hulock (Wilson Golf Innovation Manager – Metal Woods) about their range for 2019. The first thing that I need to say in a brief summary is that the Cortex was the rightful winner of the reality t.v. show. It looks fantastic (their nicest to date), the sound/feel was on point and the performance was undeniably terrific. However, as I alluded to Wilson Golf introduced their D7 range recently. When released, I said that the D7 driver and woods “looked right”. They are!! This is a product range that performs and has an appealing price-point. Oh, the D7 irons were just as good as the metal woods. I’ve often said that while their irons have been great for some time now their metal woods have lagged behind. This is simply not the case in 2019.

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Tour Edge Exotics released their EXS range in late 2018. I had the opportunity to test and review the hybrid. I’ve been saying for some time that Tour Edge Exotics got it right with EXS. They got it right because they had a ton of technology packed into their clubs with a very attractive price point. The driver was worth the price of admission and the same can be said of the fairway wood and irons. I have no doubt that Tour Edge Exotics (EXS) is the best bargain for the golfer dollar in 2019.

I should really talk about Callaway Golf and the Epic Flash. I had the pleasure of meeting with Dave Neville. Mr. Neville is the Senior Director of Brand Management for Callaway Golf. Admittedly, I had some skepticism about their latest creation. I mean AI (Artificial Intelligence) in a golf club. “Flash Face Technology”? Really?! After the launch and in the days leading up to the show I offered these words. “If they married the Rogue and Epic… they might really have something”. Holy Smokes! They have something! In 2017, I said that Epic looked and performed just like it should. The Epic Flash is that and more. It’s AMAZING! As much as I loved the driver the fairway wood was even better. Oh… the latest iteration of Apex is one great set of irons. The sound and feel is so pleasant. It’s what I dream of at night.

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Cobra Golf. The new KING F9 SPEEDBACK driver already has two wins to its credit. Both Lexi and Bryson have won with it in their golf bags. After how good the F8/F8+ were in 2018 I wondered how the encore would be. Tom Olsavsky… I have no idea how your R&D does it but you guys did it again. That product range of metal woods is just a total juggernaut. When it came to the new SPEEDBACK irons (Variable and ONE Length) I knew within two swings how good they were. Either one produced easy launch and a repeatable ball flight. My meeting with Mr. Olsavsky was very educational.

Bridgestone Golf. Not only did I see new clubs of theirs today (Tour B JGR) but I also saw and used their newly introduced E12 golf ball. It’s priced at $29.99 USD and is a 3-piece offering. The wind was brutal out there today and this golf ball stayed on line in the wind, was very controllable and feels great off of all clubs. Speaking of feel. Their tour B JGR driver and metal woods had one of the most responsive faces of the day. I describe the feeling as “lively”. Moreover the new Tour B JGR irons are not only great-looking but are really easy to swing and launch.

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Mizuno Golf. I never made any swings with the irons. What I did do however (time constraints) was make swings with the ST-190 driver. There are two models of ST-190. (standard and G). Not only does this club look great and feel even better. It’s face is “jumpy”. Swings were rewarded with flights that just seemed to float and continue down range.

Every year that I come down to the PGA Show I eventually find a “hidden gem”. The discovery of the 2019 PGA Show might have happened at Demo Day. Have you heard of Eagle Rebirth Golf? No? That’s because they’re new. I had an appointment at 3 p.m. with the owner Ernie Reynolds at the ICG booth. He has a very thorough range. Drivers, woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and a couple of putters. I nearly made swings with everything that he had. The irons and wedges are forged from 8620 and they feel soft. The driver and metal woods were easy to launch, went straight and just penetrated. I was picking a tall flag in the middle of the range and I was carrying driver over it. Oh… there was a hurting quartering wind. I wasn’t too sure what to expect after looking at them on their site… let me tell you. It wasn’t what I experienced. Holy Smokes! It takes a while for this Eagle to land. Mr. Reynolds… you have some amazing products.

I could go on and on but I won’t. Here’s what you need to know. The products are so good in 2019 that it’s hard to comprehend. This product cycle is STRONG! Look for first impression reviews of all of these clubs and more in the near future. Time to lick the wounds and get ready as the show moves indoors tomorrow for Day ONE.

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JumboMax Grips set to exhibit at upcoming 2019 PGA Merchandise Show

(JUPITER, FL) – JumboMax Grips announced today that they will be exhibiting in ETC #2 at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show set for January 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

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PGA Professionals, media members, and buyers are encouraged to stop by and try these revolutionary oversized grips for themselves at the indoor Equipment Test Center area located next to the PGA Forum Stage during the show.

“The PGA Show is the perfect place to showcase our super-oversized grips,” said John Mazzanoble of JumboMax. “Our grips feature Finger-Palm™ technology, which places the grip in the strongest, most stable part of your hand for improved accuracy, more power and more consistent squaring of the club face.”

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In the past two years, JumboMax Team Members, Bryson DeChambeau and Kelly Kraft have combined earnings in excess of $15 Million Dollars.

5-Time PGA Tour winner, Bryson DeChambeau plays the new Tour Series Grips from JumboMax that he personally helped develop and Kelly Kraft plays the NEW Standard-Oversize Tour Series Grips (+1/16″) from JumboMax. The Tour Series Black/Green and Black/Silver grips are now available in 6 sizes; JumboMax Standard-Oversize, X-Small (Junior), Small, Medium, Large and X-Large!

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The Tour Series grips feature a deeply-textured, all-weather design for incredible feel and tackiness, and the performance better players require. The Tour Series takes JumboMax Grips game-improving performance to a whole new level. JumboMax Grips simply fit your hands better for increased distance, better accuracy and more solid ball striking. Their patented design and larger diameter provides a superior “Finger-Palm™ grip” that is revolutionizing the game of golf.

Independent tests by GolfTest USA and Golf Etc. showed that in nearly every category tested, from club head speed, launch angle, side spin, back spin to carry distance, JumboMax Grips outperformed standard golf grips. Once you try them you’ll never want to go back to a “skinny” grip again.

Dominant Golf, LLC is the parent company and manufacturer of JumboMax Golf Grips. The company was created with the goal of developing a better way for people to learn, play and love the game of golf. The JumboMax Grip was designed with computer and laboratory technologies and has been studied extensively on golf ranges and courses with golfers of varying skill levels including low, intermediate and high handicap players.

 

For more information about JumboMax Golf Grips, visit www.JumboMax.com.

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2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions

Doesn’t it feel great? The 2019 PGA Tour season has officially begun. As the season starts where the sky meets Pacific blue the long road to the season’s playoff finale at East Last began this week in Maui. The home of Kapalua Golf and its Plantation Course. The site of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

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This weekend saw a field of 34 players (make that 33… as Kevin Na had to withdraw due to a fractured finger) all with hopes of punching their ticket back to paradise in 2020. This week was a little different as we watched players contend with the new modernized rules of golf. We watched Bryson DeChambeau putt with the pin in. We also watched him execute a drop from knee height which if you ask me looked awkward as heck and called it “a bit absurd”. We also saw a player or two take advantage of being able to ground a club in a hazard.

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The event marked a “sort of” end to a quasi “free agency” market. For example, the previously mentioned Kevin Na formerly a Titleist staffer is now with Callaway Golf (he was a free agent during 2018). Also with Callaway Golf is defending Champion Golfer Of the Year Francesco Molinari who was also an equipment free agent in 2018. Paul Casey was observed with a Honma utility iron so who knows perhaps he joined Justin Rose on Team Honma. Troy Merritt previously of Wilson Golf was seen this week wearing a Titleist cap. Speaking of Wilson Golf, Gary Woodland who in 2018 had a buffet in his bag is now with the Chicago, Illinois-based golf manufacturer. He’s playing a V4 utility iron, Staff Proto blades and at last check he’s testing the Driver vs Driver 2 winner (Cortex).

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As I write this article, there’s a tie atop the leaderboard as Woodland and Xander Schauffele are in a share for the lead at -22 after Woodland sunk a clutch putt on 17. Schauffele who is playing in the group ahead missed an Eagle putt on 18 however he would make birdie to get to -23 (a final round 62).  Woodland in the meantime hit his second shot (a layup) to just in front of the green. He left himself a make-able putt to force a playoff but just missed.

Congratulations go to Xander Schauffele on his win in Maui. If this is any example, it’s going to be an exciting year on the PGA Tour. Next stop for 2019 is the first full field event for 2019. The Sony Open.

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