TEAM TAYLORMADE’S SUNG-HYUN PARK SET TO ADD 2019 TP5X GOLF BALL TO EQUIPMENT ARSENAL

Two-Time Major Champion and Current World #2 Officially Announces She Will Switch to the 2019 TP5x, the Industry-Leading 5-Layer Golf Ball from TaylorMade

Carlsbad, Calif. (January 15, 2019) — Team TaylorMade’s Sung-Hyun Park, whose remarkable play in 2018 elevated her to world #2 and who has five LPGA Tour victories including two major championships to her impressive career resume, has chosen to add distance, spin, control and all-around performance with the new 2019 TP5x golf ball.

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SH Park had been playing the same ball for more than 10 years but after testing the new TP5x she made the immediate decision to make the switch. SH Park, who puts a lot of emphasis on spin in her game, found the TP5x to be low spin off the tee but at the same time easy to control around the green leading to the ideal performance combination of speed, power, spin and control.

“I was a little worried to be honest because I’ve used the old ball for a very long time, but I tried the new TP5x and it was really good. I tend to put a lot of emphasis on spin when playing because I swing hard, so sometimes it was difficult for me to control spin, but the new TP5x gives me the right amount of spin and I really liked that. If you make the switch to TaylorMade, you won’t regret it”

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Since turning pro in 2012, SH Park has done nothing but impress throughout her professional career. Park progressed from the KLPGA Tour to play her first tournaments on the LPGA Tour in 2016 where she earned enough money to secure her Tour card for 2017. Park’s rookie year turned out to be phenomenal, as she became the first player since 1978 to win the Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year awards in the same season.

Park became the fastest player in LPGA history to reach $2 million in career earnings at 7 months and 13 days (19 starts) and the fastest to reach $1 million following her maiden major victory at the U.S. Women’s Open (14 starts). Later in 2017 she would also briefly reach World #1. In 2018, Park claimed another three victories including her second major title at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and finished third on the LPGA Official Money List.

 

Like all of TaylorMade’s Tour staff who play the golf ball, SH Park can choose the number she plays on her golf ball. Park was born in September and pronounces that 9 is the most structurally beautiful number, so she has opted to play #9.

She’s set to play the TP5x in competition for the first time as she tees off in the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Presented by IOA in Florida this week.

SH Park’s WITB:

M5 Driver | 9° | MCA KuroKage XT5s

M6 Fairway | 15° | MCA Tensei W6s

M3 Rescue | #2, 17° | HY75s

P790 4, P760 5-PW | Nippon NS Pro 950R

Milled Grind Wedges | 50°, 54° & 58° | Nippon Modus 3 105s

The 2019 TP5 and TP5x will be available at retail starting February 15, 2019 at an MSRP of $59.99 CAD. To learn more about TaylorMade’s new 2019 TP5 and TP5x golf balls, visit  TaylorMadeGolf.ca.

Odds ‘n’ Ends – January 16th, 2019

It’s that time again. It’s time to take a quick look at some recent happenings in the golf world. So many things… so little time. Where to begin?

Let’s take a look at a trend that’s starting to develop. I have no issue with following the rules and even bending them sometimes isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Without any semblance of rules… you have anarchy. When it comes to the Rules of Golf they’re in place for a reason. Much like Newton’s First Law of Physics (“For every action… there’s an equal but opposite reaction”). While some of the rules are silly and can hurt you (some of these were addressed on January 1st) some are in place to actually help golfers. Some of the new modernized golf rules put into place the elimination of the “T.C. Chen”. Yes… the double-hit! Now there’s no penalty for doing so and over social media I’ve seen various videos of golfers (including PGA Tour players) practicing or just goofing around from behind a tree executing the “Intentional Chen”. UGH! It nauseates me. Now you’re actually stretching the envelope of the rule thus taking away a little bit of the integrity from the game. Like there hasn’t been enough taken from it already. If a Tour player were to do it… it would be “Bush League”. Period! The rule needs to be re-written to include “not intentionally for the purposes of getting out from behind a hazard etc”. Or at least something to that effect.

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Brooks Koepka escaping trouble. Using the “Intentional Chen”.

We crowned a new winner at the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii this past weekend. Matt Kuchar played some great golf. He bested the field by 4 shots finishing at -22. Armed with the golf clubs and golf ball below he took home a nice little paycheck of just under $1.2M (yeah… you know where this is headed).

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR (Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6S), 9.5 degrees

3-wood: Titleist TS2, 13.5 degrees

Hybrids: Bridgestone Tour B XD-H (18 degrees); Ping Anser (20 degrees)

Irons (5-PW): Bridgestone J15CB

Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Forged (52 degrees); Cleveland RTX-4 (56 degrees); Cleveland RTX-3 (62 degrees)

Putter: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1

So this week all over social media we heard about an incident…story…rumour or whatever you want to call it involving his win at 2018 Mayakoba Classic. For this tournament, Kuchar hired a local caddie. Apparently, the parties involved came to an agreement. The caddie would be remunerated $3,000 USD for his work during the week. Sheesh! I’d love $3,000 for a week of work. Crap! I’ll do it for $2,000 USD (always undercut the competition). Anyways, Kuchar would go on to win the tournament and if you believe everything that you read (especially on the internet) the caddie didn’t receive any more than the $3,000 after the victory. To this end I have this to say. With none of us being there firsthand none of us should be so freaking quick to judge Kooch! If that was all of the money that the caddie received then that sucks I guess. If he was given more money than that out of the winnings then good for him. He rendered good services during the week and deserved a payout. You know who didn’t make $3,000 USD that week? Me!

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

As we know, Justin Rose left TaylorMade Golf to sign with Honma. Actually, he didn’t leave them. His contract expired and he was an equipment free agent in a way similar to players on professional sports teams and NASCAR drivers. According to reports, it all started with a putter. But not just any putter. The way that I translate it, is that he tested a putter (Axis1) and consequently rolled the ball well with it. One thing led to another. After testing out Honma products late in 2018 he began to really appreciate the quality of their products. Honma Golf allowed Rose to have input on the design which as it turned out weighed-in on his decision significantly. This is something that I truly appreciate. This meant something to the Englishman.  There were other little things in the contract that swayed Rose to go in that direction including the ability to pick and choose any metalwoods and golf ball of his choosing. For the time being, it’s being reported that Rose will continue to play TaylorMade fairway woods. I expect that to change not too far down the road. Rosey… I like you even more.

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That’s it for Odd ‘n’ Ends for this week. The next time we do this… I’ll have wrapped up my Demo Day experience at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.

Until The Next Tee!!

#SeeUOnTheNextTee #FightAndGrind

Odds ‘n’ Ends

Sitting here.. I’m reflecting on several things from the last week in golf. Some of my thoughts are about the upcoming 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, some of it is about the recent equipment releases while some of it is about what we witnessed this past week in professional golf. Much like when you go out to the grocery store with no list you’re merely picking up odds ‘n’ ends. So that’s what this article is going to be titled. It might even turn into a regular piece. Who knows?!

The Sentry Tournament of Champions was a fun event to watch. Yes, it left me dreaming of going to the Hawaiian Islands as it’s always been on my “Bucket List”. Since I was 10 years old. I’ve always dreamed of seeing sea turtles, volcanoes, visiting Pearl Harbor and since I started my foray into golf.. playing Hawaiian courses and experiencing the “Tradewinds”. In a script perfect for a product launch Xander Schauffele won with the new Epic Flash and Apex Pro 19 irons in the bag. His closing round (62) was remarkable but I want to look at a couple of other things. Bryson DeChambeau proclaimed the new knee height drop to be “a bit absurd”. No arguments here. I’ve mocked it enough recently. But it’s as stupid an amendment to the rules of golf as an amendment can be. While it isn’t hard to bend over at the waist to execute the drop (Bryson was a bit over the top) what are the benefits? In one video I made demonstrating my need for “muscle memory” the ball rolled forward from knee height and rolled back into a divot. Does it really make a difference? If anything, nothing has changed. Am I missing something? Heck, why don’t we just place the ball. Screw integrity.

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Photo Credit: Golf Channel

Sticking with the Sentry Tournament of Champions we saw a first. Under the new rules of golf we had our first penalty assessed. Dustin Johnson has the “dubious” distinction. DJ was assessed a two-stroke penalty when a pulled tee shot went into the long grass… where the wild things are. A marshal on the course had marked the area that they had believed DJ’s golf ball had come to rest. Locating a golf ball with a (TaylorMade Golf logo on it) Johnson promptly chopped it out. After hitting his shot he continued his walk and found HIS ball. There’s a lesson here folks. Stay loose for that knee height drop. Bend over and move the grass and identify your golf ball. Besides, there’s no penalty for the moved ball. Or at least that’s the way that I translate it.

This past week we saw plenty of product launches. In particular, those from the “marketing mammoths” of the industry. During these launches there was no shortage of marketing buzzwords. TBRAR, Speed Bridge, Triple Track, “our longest golf ball”, AI, Flash Face Technology and so on. They do marketing and they do it well.

TaylorMade Golf announced their 2019 range of products. From the newly designed TP5 and TP5x golf balls to their new M5 and M6 range of products. The irons have incorporated “Speed Bridge Technology”. There is something there that sort of reminds me of the Nike SlingShot irons. I know… it was horizontal as opposed to vertical. Upon posting pics on Twitter (@UntilTheNextTee) my “Tweeps” were definitely not sold on the looks. Nor was I. After all… how can you kiss a girl (or guy) if you can’t look at them? Maybe their performance outweighs the aesthetics.

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I beat the tar out of the pricing in articles so we will not beat that “dead horse” again. Or at least for now.

Callaway Golf also announced their product range. Featuring the Epic Flash metal woods, Big Bertha 19, Apex 19 and Apex Pro 19 irons and lastly the ERC Soft golf ball featuring “Triple Track Technology”. I’ve seen this sort of thing before and I commented on it back around 2015. Kick X Golf has/had their Tour-Z golf ball (who consequently got sued by Acushnet and I’ve held a secret for a long time about that) and while technically different the alignment aid on those golf balls were the same as the newly introduced Triple Track Technology. I said then that it was the best alignment aid on the market for putting and now that distinction clearly goes to Callaway Golf. The three lines do significantly improve alignment on putts as Callaway Golf demonstrated during the launch. With that said, I am very intrigued by many things about the ERC Soft golf ball. In particular, their hybrid cover which takes the feel of urethane and combines it with the durability of surlyn. Consider the cover a “love child” of the two materials. For $39.99 USD this sounds like a decent offering. Color me intrigued.

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The 2019 PGA Merchandise Show is coming up quick and my booked appointment schedules are full. Demo Day is crammed full of interviews with the likes of Wilson Golf at 9 am and a company called Eagle Rebirth at 3. In between are appointments with Callaway Golf, Bridgestone Golf, Cleveland Golf/Srixon/XXIO, Cobra Puma Golf, Jack Grace USA and many others. The mix is absolutely eclectic. I’m also going to be visiting with others that are unplanned. Epon, Miura, Knuth Golf, Fourteen and Lynx Golf are high on that list. I have no doubt that there will be some surprises and hidden gems. There always is.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee