The saying goes “Those people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”. A simple saying that I heard my parents say as I grew up simply translates to shouldn’t criticize other people for bad qualities in their character that you have yourself. I admit, I’ve had my transgressions after all and the last time that I checked, I wasn’t a saint. That said, I feel like I can discuss today’s article and still look at myself in the mirror.

The first thing that I wanted to talk about is Sergio Garcia and his tirade in the desert. Now before I get rolling on this I just wanted to say that I’m going to try to be as objective as I can be. When it comes to my opinions of Sergio Garcia they’ve ranged anywhere from I like the brash teenager running and scissor-kicking his way up the fairway, to totally disliking him viewing him as a petulant primadonna, to liking him and giving him a chance after he appeared on Feherty, to really disliking him after watching him conduct himself in a practice round during the 2018 RBC Canadian Open. It appeared that he didn’t want to be there but appearance fees are dollars in the bank account. Then again, who did want to be there the week following The Open Championship?  I guess there’s a degree of me that dislikes more than likes him.

We’ve seen the pictures or the video of Sergio in the bunker having a mini-meltdown, tirade, or tantrum. Whichever you elect to call it. however, if you haven’t let’s see “Exhibit A”.

As tempting as it is to break down his mechanics like I have recently about Choi Ho-sung and Matthew Wolff I won’t. It goes without saying that he was peeved and I wish that I could translate what he was saying. But, was he really mad at the state of the bunkers? Or was it his effort out of the bunker? I’m pretty sure the conditions of the course at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City were pretty good. But the issues for Garcia “snowballed” and he was later disqualified from the tournament (Rule 1.2a allows for disqualification if a player has committed serious misconduct. He later offered an apology ““I respect the decision of my disqualification. In frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologize for, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again.”

But do you accept his apologies? I asked on Twitter and you responded.

It was a small number of responses but it was a close poll. 54% of the respondents said yes. By the way thanks to all of those that took part in the poll. Out of some of the explanations for those saying yes among them was from individuals from Europe that appreciate what he’s done for European Ryder Cup Teams. I understand and respect that and other opinions that people give. Always! Here’s my issue. Sergio is nearing 40, a peer (Brooks Koepka) said that he “acted like a child” (no argument here) and it’s not like he’s a first-time offender. There is a little bit of a history of him having tantrums where if he was playing in the NHL, Sergio would have been suspended for 40 games by now for being a repeat offender.

Heck, Happy Gilmore got thrown off of the TOUR for less and nearly cost him a “Yellow Jacket”. We know that he won’t be suspended for his actions. But, I would love to see him be “put to work” by The European Tour and the Kingdom of Saud and work on their greens crew raking bunkers all day and fixing the damage that he caused. Sergio, those guys work their asses off to make sure that these courses are in pristine condition for you, your peers and the others that play the course.

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Photo Credit: Golf Digest

While I’m at it I just wanted to touch on the Matt Kuchar situation. I know that I’ve already written about it but as of today, it reached a conclusion. First, I wanted to say that I’ve always liked Matt Kuchar but I have definitely soured on him in light of “CaddieGate”. I always viewed Matt as one of the “good guys” on TOUR but the way that he handled the payment situation after his win at the Mayakoba Classic was a touch off base. I respect the fact that he and his local caddie agreed upon the $5,000 USD for the week. However, I just think that when he won I think that he should have had the wherewithal to consider the original agreement “null and void” and pay the man his dues. Maybe not the full 10% but more than the 5K.

“For a guy that makes $200 a day, $5,000 is a really big week” – Matt Kuchar

As of today (February 15th) Kuchar has said that he’ll be issuing an apology to the caddie, he’ll pay the remainder of the $50,000 he requested, and donate money back to the tournament to be distributed to charities. In a statement, Kuchar went on to say…

“This week, I made comments that were out of touch and insensitive, making a bad situation worse,”

In the same statement, Kuchar followed up by saying…

“They made it seem like I was marginalizing David Ortiz and his financial situation, which was not my intention. I read them again and cringed. That is not who I am and not what I want to represent. My entire Tour career, I have tried to show respect and positivity. I let myself, my family, my partners and those close to me down, but I also let David down. I plan to call David tonight, something that is long overdue, to apologize for the situation he has been put in, and I have made sure he has received the full total that he has requested.”

I’m glad that his caddie David Ortiz is getting his payday. The man deserved it. But there are things that I don’t like about this situation. The first is that it got to this point in the first place. If you’re Kuchar you can’t seriously be that oblivious to the situation. You have to realize that when you were signing your card in the scoring tent that the original agreement was “dead”. Secondly, the fact that the caddie came out about the situation the way that he did. Talk about a “Festivus-style” airing of grievances. Ortiz, my man, you really knocked this one out of the ballpark. Then again, if he doesn’t does he get paid? Thirdly, did Kuchar cave because of media/social media pressure? Last but not least, I actually saw people criticizing Kuchar’s sponsors. What the heck does Bridgestone Golf and Skecher’s have to do with the situation? Get a grip, folks!

Frankly, Garcia’s propensity for immaturity and Kuchar’s “insensitivity” should never have been a story and I should have been writing about “CaddieGate” in the first place. Instead, this time and energy should have been exerted on a review or press release.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

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One of the highlights at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show was the return of Covington, Georgia based Bridgestone Golf. The last time that they were in attendance showing the golfing world their new products was back in 2016. The company at the time was introducing their JGR range and to be honest… they were real “sleeper” products.

As we fast-forward the clock to the present we are seeing an elegant range of products from the folks at Bridgestone Golf. The Tour B JGR range is a perfect blend of elegance, precision and power and nowhere is this more evident than looking at the new TOUR B XW-1 wedges.

These wedges are gorgeous and I really enjoyed swinging them at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day. As aesthetically pleasing that they are… what impresses more is the feel of the golf ball as it comes off of the face. The marketing material says “buttery-soft” and that’s what they are. While I cannot comment on greenside performance I did apply swings ranging from half to full wedge shots. divots were crisp and I really liked the feel of the XW-1 wedges through impact.

One of the feature’s that I will elaborate on a little bit more is that the XW-1 wedges feature what Bridgestone Golf R&D refers to as “Biting Rail Milled’ grooves. These new “Biting Railed Milled” grooves generate more spin on approach and greenside shots.

What I can tell you was that I observed the new Bridgestone Golf e12 Soft drop and spin back at Demo Day when hit into a temporary green. If that was any indication these might be the spinniest wedges I’ve tried to date. The TOUR B XW-1 wedges are nominated for a Teezy Award in the “Top Wedge” Category of the 2019 PGA Show

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

New Biting Rail Milled Finish Grooves Optimize Spin and Control Greenside

 

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf – the #1 ball-fitter in golf, revealed today its new TOUR B XW-1 collection of wedges, its softest and highest spinning wedges ever designed for better players. The XW-1 Wedges feature Bridgestone’s proprietary, new Biting Rail Milled grooves leading to more spin on approach and greenside recovery shots.  Premium forged from 1020 mild carbon steel, the XW-1 Wedges provide the ultimate in soft feel better players prefer.

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“Low-Mid handicappers are going to love the control and feel that our new TOUR B XW-1 Wedges deliver,” said Zack Kupperbusch, Golf Club Marketing Manager – Bridgestone Golf.  “The combination of the industry’s most premium forging and our new Biting Rail Milled grooves provide unparalleled softness and optimum spin on a variety of short shots.”

The new TOUR B XW-1 Wedge series is designed with three separate sole configurations, each intended to optimize the types of shots played with that particular club. The F (Flat) sole is found in the 50-degree gap wedge, and intended to optimize turf interaction on full or mid-range approach shots providing added stability at impact for a more penetrating ball flight. The M Sole, or the “Multi-Purpose Sole” characteristic of the 52, 54, 58 and 60-degree wedges, focuses on providing versatility for all the varying shots one would hit during a round.  From hooded bump-and-runs to open-flange flop shots, the M-Sole delivers maximum controllability. Finally, the A Sole, or the “Forgiving Sole” offers supreme forgiveness in the 56-degree wedge, whether you’re hitting an explosion shot to get out of a steep face bunker, or pin-hunting from the fairway.

The XW-1 wedges are available in right-hand only with a satin chrome finish and come stock with a Modus Tour 105 stiff shaft.  With retail availability beginning March 1, 2019, the street price will be $139.99 per club.  The TOUR B XW-1 wedges will be available through Bridgestone Golf’s proprietary equipment demo program, Test Drive, and all Club Champion retail locations.

For more information on Bridgestone Golf’s award-winning TOUR B family of golf balls and clubs, 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, Brandt Snedeker, 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.

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.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

 

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.