Cleveland Has New Womens Clubs

By Adam BarrJanuary 9, 2003, 5:00 pm
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CLEVELAND BRINGS NEW WOMENS CLUBS: The same technology used in its TA7 irons will be available in new Cleveland Golf TA7 W line for women, the company says. The means oval-shaped holes (Cleveland calls them Micro-Cavities) along the top edge, to strategically place weight where it needs to be.
Cleveland will also offer Launcher W drivers and fairway woods, based on its popular Launcher 400 driver. The womens version will have a slightly lower swingweight and a bit more loft, as well as a shorter shaft in the standard models.
The clubs will ship March 1. Suggested retail price for the irons will be $800 per set. SRP on the driver will be $390, and fairway woods will be $247 each.
LOVE THE MAC OR TAKE IT BACK: The folks at MacGregor Golf are so confident people will like its V-FOIL driver that the company is offering what amounts to a test drive. For V-FOIL purchases between Feb. 1 and June 30, buyers will be able to bring back the club for a full refund within 30 days if not completely satisfied.
MacGregor V-FOIL DriverThe clubs design promotes powerful, straight shots, says MacGregor CEO and owner Barry Schneider. It wants to be square at impact, Schneider claims.
The beta titanium heads come in two sizes ' 410 cc (at 9, 10 and 11 degree lofts) and 350 cc (8.5, 9.6 and 10.5 degrees) ' and suggested retail is $400 for either size.
MacGregors V-FOIL fairway woods are also part of the test drive campaign.

GRIPS FOR TENDER UNGLOVED HANDS: In response to complaints from golfers who find that corded grips rip up the ungloved hand, Lamkin Corp. is bringing out the new G3 QuarterCord grip. The cord material is only on the back quarter of the grip, under the gloved hand. The rest of the grip is made of a proprietary blend of cork-enhanced rubber. Lamkin expects to have quite a few of the new grips on tour this year. SRP per grip will be $6; theyll be available in standard and midsize.
By the way, Lamkin has been making grips since 1925, and is in its third generation of family ownership and management.
Footjoy Rain ShirtWASNT IT FORTY-SOMETHING IN MINNEAPOLIS THE OTHER DAY?: Just in time for goofy weather anomalies that have you thinking about sneaking in a winter round of golf, FootJoy is releasing a new line of outerwear. The Performance Outerwear line for 2003 is built around a new waterproofing system designed to get the job done quietly, FootJoy says. Bright red rain/wind shirts and wind shirts, in long and short sleeve models, use the new system. The rain/wind models suggested retail price is $130; the wind shirts are $54 for short sleeves, $56 for long.
The Dual Climate jacket, long a staple of the outerwear line, will now have zip-off sleeves. It has an SRP of $130. It can be worn fleece-side out for moderate weather or fleece-in for colder days.
INKS A-FLYIN: Holiday season endorsement signings characteristically spill over into the new year. Srixon Sports will try to broaden its foothold on tour with the new endorsements of pros Robert Allenby and Karrie Webb. Allenby will play a Srixon ball and irons, and will wear a Srixon glove and carry the companys bag. Webb will play the golf ball and wear a Srixon glove. Other Srixon endorsers include Tom Lehman, Thomas Bjorn, Fuzzy Zoeller, Alex Cjeka, Laura Davies, and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Srixon is a subsidiary of Japanese industrial giant Sumitomo Rubber Industries, which among other things is the No. 1 manufacturer of golf balls in Japan.
On the shaft side, graphite power Aldila has signed PGA Championship winner Rich Beem to its advisory staff. Beem had Aldila graphite shafts in all his woods and irons for the PGA.
HOW DOES BILLY LIKE HIS CHILI?: Five-way, we bet. Billy Casper Golf will manage the City of Cincinnati Recreation Commissions seven municipal golf courses under a new, multi-year agreement. BCG will handle everything from agronomy to food and beverage at the Avon Field, California, Dunham, Glenview, Neumann, Reeves and Woodland courses. Glenview is a Top 50 Public Courses award winner, and all seven are southern Ohio stalwarts.
Billy Casper Golf, based outside Washington, D.C. in Vienna, Va., was founded by the Masters and two-time U.S. Open winner in 1989.
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Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''

Full-field scores from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship

First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

“What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

Full-field scores from the Career Builder Challenge

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After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.