The Honda Classic 2017 #PGATour

Tournament Information

Founded in 1972 as The Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Classic

Location              Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Established          1972, 45 years ago

Course                 PGA National Golf Club,

Par                        70

Length                  7,158 yards

‘Bear Trap’

Home of Jack Nicklaus’ infamous ‘Bear Trap’ that includes holes 15 through 17.

Defending Champion

Adam Scott with a score of -9, 271

Inaugural Winner

Tom Weiskopf

Prize Money

1972 $52,000

2016 $1,098,000

What a difference 44 years makes.

Tournament Record Score

 Justin Leonard posted the tournament low score in 2003 with 24 under par.

Multiple Winners

Jack Nicklaus: 1977, 1978

Johnny Miller: 1980, 1983

Mark Calcavecchia: 1987, 1998

Pádraig Harrington: 2005, 2015

Tournament Highlights

1972: Tom Weiskopf out dueled Jack Nicklaus to win the inaugural tournament by a single shot.

1978: Jack Nicklaus birdies the last five holes to win by one stroke.

1980: Johnny Miller captured his first tournament win since Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club

1991: Steve Pate shoots the worst last-round score by a PGA Tour tournament winner in ten years, a 75, but still wins by three strokes.

1992: Corey Pavin won in a sudden-death playoff after holing a 136-yard 8-iron shot for eagle on the finale hole of regulation to tie for the lead with Fred “Boom Boom” Couples

1996: Tim Herron was the first PGA Tour rookie to win wire-to-wire in 13 years.

2004: Thirty-eight-year-old PGA Tour rookie Todd Hamilton wins by one shot over Davis Love III.

2012: Rory McIlroy wins and claims the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

PGA TOUR

“The Bear Trap”

“The Bear Trap” on PGA National Champion course is a daunting trio of holes 15, 16 and 17 is one of the most challenging three-hole stretches on the PGA Tour.

The name “The Bear Trap” precisely describes the difficulty and pays tribute PGA Tour legend Jack Nicklaus.

The plaque and bear statue honors what has become one of the ultimate challenges PGA Tour golfers face all season.

What do the Pros Say about The Bear Trap?

“It should all be won or lost here”

-Jack Nicklaus.

“There are no bailouts. You have to commit and hit a good shot,”

-Tiger Woods

“I don’t care if they make golf balls that go for a thousand yards. The Bear Trap will stand the test no matter what the equipment is,”

-Jack Nicklaus

“No. 17 is one of the hardest we play,”

-Jesper Parnevik

It’s not about length, it’s about precision. It’s about guts. It’s all about what do you have in your chest that you can finish those holes,”

-Jack Nicklaus

“On Sunday when the pin is in the back right on No. 17, this is the hardest hole we play on TOUR,”

-Robert Allenby

“Standing on the 15 th tee, even with a six-shot lead, I’m going to be nervous still. You’re got to get good shots coming in”

-Mark Wilson

“There’s a pretty good reason they call it the Bear Trap because if it doesn’t get you one way, it’s going to get you another,”

-Rory Sabbatini

“Probably some of the toughest three holes in world golf really — especially when the wind is up,”

-Graeme McDowell

“You have to be pretty precise. You get through that stretch in even par for the week, you’ve done very well.”

-Rory McIlroy

“16, if you get your drive away, is OK. But obviously missing it right isn’t very good.” – Rory McIlroy

The Honda Classic Cares

The Honda Classic Cares. Our true mission is giving back to the children of the community. While the tournament strives to provide Palm Beach County with a premier professional sporting event, the ultimate goal is to positively impact youth in need and create a brighter future for our community.

Children’s Healthcare Charity

Children’s Healthcare Charity is the host organization of The Honda Classic established to contribute net proceeds from tournament and special event programs to South Florida 501(c)(3) organizations. Through our primary beneficiary, Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, CHC supports initiatives that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood disease

s and disorders, as well as other not-for-profit programs and projects aimed at pediatric health care and health-related services. More information about the excellent work of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation can be found at www.nchcf.org.

American Honda Birdies for Children

American Honda Birdies for Children program is a vehicle for local charities to team up with The Honda Classic and present their donor base with a chance to win a new Honda automobile, while at the same time, the charity benefits from the proceeds plus a 10% matching contribution courtesy of The Honda Classic.

2017 Honda Classic Fantasy Golf Picks

Adam Scott        

He is the defending champ and leads the tour in strokes gained putting.

Rickie Fowler     

Because Patrick Reed isn’t playing.

Sergio Garcia     

The 2016 runner-up, winner three weeks ago in Dubai, and Sergio is red hot..

Padraig Harrington

He is the 2015 Champion with rounds of 67, 66, 71, and 70. Despite a neck injury and missing the cut last week the three time major winner can never be counted out.

Back Up Picks

Daniel Berger

Berger lost in a playoff here in 2015 when he closed with 64.

Brendan Steele

Twelve consecutive cuts made, a win, and has made the cut in six tries at PGA National.

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The Honda Classic 2017 #PGATour

Tournament Information

Founded in 1972 as The Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Classic

Location              Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Established          1972, 45 years ago

Course                 PGA National Golf Club,

Par                        70

Length                  7,158 yards

‘Bear Trap’

Home of Jack Nicklaus’ infamous ‘Bear Trap’ that includes holes 15 through 17.

Defending Champion

Adam Scott with a score of -9, 271

Inaugural Winner

Tom Weiskopf

Prize Money

1972 $52,000

2016 $1,098,000

What a difference 44 years makes.

Tournament Record Score

 Justin Leonard posted the tournament low score in 2003 with 24 under par.

Multiple Winners

Jack Nicklaus: 1977, 1978

Johnny Miller: 1980, 1983

Mark Calcavecchia: 1987, 1998

Pádraig Harrington: 2005, 2015

Tournament Highlights

1972: Tom Weiskopf out dueled Jack Nicklaus to win the inaugural tournament by a single shot.

1978: Jack Nicklaus birdies the last five holes to win by one stroke.

1980: Johnny Miller captured his first tournament win since Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club

1991: Steve Pate shoots the worst last-round score by a PGA Tour tournament winner in ten years, a 75, but still wins by three strokes.

1992: Corey Pavin won in a sudden-death playoff after holing a 136-yard 8-iron shot for eagle on the finale hole of regulation to tie for the lead with Fred “Boom Boom” Couples

1996: Tim Herron was the first PGA Tour rookie to win wire-to-wire in 13 years.

2004: Thirty-eight-year-old PGA Tour rookie Todd Hamilton wins by one shot over Davis Love III.

2012: Rory McIlroy wins and claims the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

PGA TOUR

“The Bear Trap”

“The Bear Trap” on PGA National Champion course is a daunting trio of holes 15, 16 and 17 is one of the most challenging three-hole stretches on the PGA Tour.

The name “The Bear Trap” precisely describes the difficulty and pays tribute PGA Tour legend Jack Nicklaus.

The plaque and bear statue honors what has become one of the ultimate challenges PGA Tour golfers face all season.

What do the Pros Say about The Bear Trap?

“It should all be won or lost here”

-Jack Nicklaus.

“There are no bailouts. You have to commit and hit a good shot,”

-Tiger Woods

“I don’t care if they make golf balls that go for a thousand yards. The Bear Trap will stand the test no matter what the equipment is,”

-Jack Nicklaus

“No. 17 is one of the hardest we play,”

-Jesper Parnevik

It’s not about length, it’s about precision. It’s about guts. It’s all about what do you have in your chest that you can finish those holes,”

-Jack Nicklaus

“On Sunday when the pin is in the back right on No. 17, this is the hardest hole we play on TOUR,”

-Robert Allenby

“Standing on the 15 th tee, even with a six-shot lead, I’m going to be nervous still. You’re got to get good shots coming in”

-Mark Wilson

“There’s a pretty good reason they call it the Bear Trap because if it doesn’t get you one way, it’s going to get you another,”

-Rory Sabbatini

“Probably some of the toughest three holes in world golf really — especially when the wind is up,”

-Graeme McDowell

“You have to be pretty precise. You get through that stretch in even par for the week, you’ve done very well.”

-Rory McIlroy

“16, if you get your drive away, is OK. But obviously missing it right isn’t very good.” – Rory McIlroy

The Honda Classic Cares

The Honda Classic Cares. Our true mission is giving back to the children of the community. While the tournament strives to provide Palm Beach County with a premier professional sporting event, the ultimate goal is to positively impact youth in need and create a brighter future for our community.

Children’s Healthcare Charity

Children’s Healthcare Charity is the host organization of The Honda Classic established to contribute net proceeds from tournament and special event programs to South Florida 501(c)(3) organizations. Through our primary beneficiary, Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, CHC supports initiatives that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood disease

s and disorders, as well as other not-for-profit programs and projects aimed at pediatric health care and health-related services. More information about the excellent work of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation can be found at www.nchcf.org.

American Honda Birdies for Children

American Honda Birdies for Children program is a vehicle for local charities to team up with The Honda Classic and present their donor base with a chance to win a new Honda automobile, while at the same time, the charity benefits from the proceeds plus a 10% matching contribution courtesy of The Honda Classic.

2017 Honda Classic Fantasy Golf Picks

Adam Scott        

He is the defending champ and leads the tour in strokes gained putting.

Rickie Fowler     

Because Patrick Reed isn’t playing.

Sergio Garcia     

The 2016 runner-up, winner three weeks ago in Dubai, and Sergio is red hot..

Padraig Harrington

He is the 2015 Champion with rounds of 67, 66, 71, and 70. Despite a neck injury and missing the cut last week the three time major winner can never be counted out.

Back Up Picks

Daniel Berger

Berger lost in a playoff here in 2015 when he closed with 64.

Brendan Steele

Twelve consecutive cuts made, a win, and has made the cut in six tries at PGA National.

Join TheGolfBallGuy’s league in PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf.

League URL: https://fantasygolf.pgatour.com/api/v5/pgaroster/og/object/leagues/id/5928

League Name: TheGolfBallGuy

The password is: 18over

Description:

PGA TOUR Fantasy allows you to show off your knowledge of the sport by picking a team of 6 PGA TOUR Professionals (4 Starters, 2 Bench). Scoring is live and exclusive using PGA TOUR Shotlink and based on player performance on the course. Play with your friends in a private group or test your skills in one of our public groups. Whether you want to play for prizes, glory or bragging rights PGA TOUR Fantasy is the only live fantasy game where the outcome of each shot matters.

Official Rules: http://fantasygolf.pgatour.com/#/roster/rules

Quality golf clubs at unreal prices. “Pull the Pin!”
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Review: The 2017 Srixon Z-Star and Z-Star XV Golf Balls @SrixonGolf

You may not know that Srixon has a long and storied golf family tree. Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd., Srixon’s parent company, has been making golf ball long before anyone in Massachusetts. With more than a century of golf ball development in their background, Srixon has certainly mastered the art.

The fifth generation line of Z-STAR golf balls are as innovated today as its ancestor the historic Dunlop 65 was back in 1935. With advancements in the Energetic Gradient Growth™ core, Spin Skin™ coating, and Speed Dimple™ pattern technologies, Srixon has improved the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV golf balls.

“The level of innovation in the new Z-STAR SERIES golf ball models is like nothing Srixon has ever achieved before,” said Jeff Brunski, Director of Research & Development for Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO, North America. “Every element has been enhanced from the previous generation, which was already regarded as one of the best tour golf ball pairs in the world. Srixon tour staffers have been reaping the benefits from switching and we know consumers will, too.”


With the hottest player on the planet, Hideki Matsuyama, 
putting his trust in the new Z-STAR XV and winning worldwide it clear that Srixon Golf has developed a superior golf ball.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 05: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan poses with the trophy after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the fourth playoff hole at TPC Scottsdale on February 5, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Srixon Golf has Two Models of Premium Tour Level Golf Balls for Skilled Players:

2017 Z-STAR: Tour Performance with Exceptional Control

  • Incredible greenside control and softer feel with outstanding distance

2017 Z-STAR XV: Tour Performance with Exceptional Distance

  • Incredible distance with exceptional feel and greenside control

The 2017 Z-STAR Golf Ball Line

While many of my fellow golf evaluators are stuck in the snow testing the new Z-STAR on launch monitors I, being here on the upper Texas coast, am able to put them to work on the golf course in February. This was my first interaction with Srixon Golf, other than being a big G-MAC fan of course.  The Z-STAR line is available in “Pure White” and “Tour Yellow,” I used the “Pure White” for testing.

 

From the Tee:

The 3-piece, urethane-covered Z-STAR golf ball produced a high launch angle with a 10 degree driver resulting in an exceptional carry distance. Srixon’stests use swing speed range of 101 to 112 mph for the Z-STAR to produce the “most favorable launch conditions” with the driver, my swing speed averages just under 100 mph and in my opinion the launch conditions look pretty good. The lower spin produced off of the driver was indeed helpful in keeping the ball on the short grass. I even used my driver on holes that I would normally tee off with the 3 wood, still hitting more fairways than usual.

With a urethane cover, and a compression of 105, the 4-piece Srixon Z-STAR XV feels a bit firmer why hit with driver, but not at all hard. Like the Z-STAR, the XV keeps it straight with the

Srixon Golf Z-STAR

lower side spin, helping hit the fairway. Distance with the Z-STAR XV from the tee box is where it distinguishes itself adding yards to every well struck drive. Playing conditions from the two rounds I used for testing were so different it is hard to have an accurate distance between the two balls.

From the Fairway:

With the fairway woods and long hybrids, the Z-STAR and XV get the ball up quickly on shots to the green. Workability, even for me, is easy with the Z-STAR from the fairway.

The Approach Shot:

The Z-STAR’s high launch angle shines from 150 yards, helping the ball land on the green without flying off the back. Control on the approach is a key characteristic of a pro line golf ball and the new Z-STAR line fills the bill. The soft feel on the mid-irons makes even miss hits pleasant, with the XV having a slightly firmer feel them the Z-STAR.

The Wedges:

Now we’re at everybody’s favorite place, a full wedge to the pin. Here find out just what this “Spin Skin™ coating” that we have been hearing Graeme McDowell talk about for some time.

From a full wedge, shots are high and land softly with more back spin than most golfers are accustom too generating. Chip shots checkup with easy and flop shots will make you feel like you know what you are doing out there. Each of the Z-STAR line has a much softer feel and enhanced green-side spin than many golf balls on the market.

The Putter:

Again, the softer feel of the line shines on the green. The balls are marked with a putting line to help you line them birdies up and drop them.

The Bottom Line:

Srixon has made a golf ball that will keep paces with any other golf ball you’ll find and surpass most of them. If you look passed the $39.99 a box price tag and try the Srixon Golf Z-STAR line you will get your money’s worth and you just may keep the ball in the fairway instead of the woods.

-TheGolfBallGuy

From Srixon Golf

SRIXON INTRODUCES NEW Z-STAR SERIES GOLF BALLS:
“TOUR PERFORMANCE TAKEN FURTHER”

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – January 23, 2017 – SRIXON®, a global leader in high-performance golf
equipment and a brand Dedicated to Improving Your Game™, is proud to introduce the new Z-STAR® SERIES
golf balls, featuring two different models: the Z-STAR® and the Z-STAR® XV. Both Tour Performance golf ball
models are available in Pure White™ and Tour Yellow™ color options. Srixon® Z-STAR® and Z-STAR® XV golf
balls have an official North America launch date of Friday, February 17, 2017, and carry a minimum advertised
price of $39.99 per dozen.
Now in its fifth generation, the new Srixon Z-STAR SERIES takes golf ball performance to an even higher
level. With significantly advanced Energetic Gradient Growth™ core innovation along with proprietary Spin
Skin™ coating and Speed Dimple™ pattern technologies, Srixon has further improved the launch conditions,
flight performance, and approach spin control in the new Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV golf balls. The result is
unmatched total performance.

Two Different Models Available for Skilled Players:
2017 Z-STAR: Tour Performance With Exceptional Control.
* Incredible greenside control and softer feel with outstanding distance.
2017 Z-STAR XV: Tour Performance With Exceptional Distance.
* Incredible distance with exceptional feel and greenside control.
The Evolution of Total Performance:
In the global development process for Srixon Z-STAR SERIES golf balls, the key areas of focus were
improving feel, playability and scoring performance. Srixon analyzed every aspect of both golf ball models,
from the core to the cover, to ensure the best-possible results in the Tour Performance category. The Total
Performance has been validated on tours all over the world, with 19 global wins since being introduced during
seeding in 2016. Tour staffer Hideki Matsuyama, who is currently No. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings, has
recorded five global wins since switching to the new 2017 Z-STAR XV.

Key Technologies:
* Energetic Gradient Growth Core Technology. The E.G.G. core

Z-STAR

in each new Z-STAR SERIES model
has been enhanced to deliver optimal performance. In the Z-STAR, the new core is slightly softer with
lower compression to provide even softer feel on all shots and improved launch conditions for more

Z-STAR XV

distance off the tee. The dual E.G.G. core in the Z-STAR XV now features a larger, softer inner core,
which promotes faster ball speed and better launch conditions for more distance off the tee. Srixon tour
staffers appreciate E.G.G. technology because of the precise consistency it helps provide on full shots.
 

Spin Skin Coating. The third generation of this innovativecoating
application, featured on both the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV golf ball
models, is softer and more elastic than ever before. The results are
softer feel, enhanced greenside spin and more consistent spin on
approach shots from any lie, especially the rough. Srixon tour staffers
continue to rave about the added spin control Spin Skin coating
technology provides, all without sacrificing any full-shot performance.

338 Speed Dimple Pattern. The Z-STAR SERIES features themore aerodynamic Speed Dimple
pattern, which improves flight performance for
additional gains in distance and control on full shots.
By optimizing the relationship between dimple
occupancy and dimple uniformity, Srixon has
created a dimple pattern that tour staffers trust
because of the penetrating, consistent launch it
promotes.
“The level of innovation in the new Z-STAR SERIES golf ball models is like nothing Srixon has ever achieved
before,” said Jeff Brunski, Director of Research & Development for Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO, North
America. “Every element has been enhanced from the previous generation, which was already regarded as
one of the best tour golf ball pairs in the world. Srixon tour staffers have been reaping the benefits from
switching and we know consumers will, too.”


More on the Z-STAR Golf Ball:
The Energetic Gradient Growth core in the 3-piece, urethane-cover Srixon Z-STAR golf ball now features 88
compression, two points lower than the previous generation. The results are higher launch and lower driver
spin off the tee, which help produce longer distance. E.G.G. core technology enables Srixon to vary core
stiffness from soft to hard to maximize energy transfer, increase launch angle and lower driver spin for even
more distance. The new core makes the Z-STAR an ideal option for a skilled players seeking exceptional
control, now with slightly lower compression and the more penetrating 338 Speed Dimple pattern.

“Having a core that is softer in the middle and becomes gradually harder towards the outer edge allows the
new Z-STAR to feel soft at impact, but also generate

Russell Knox

tremendous distance,” Brunski said.
Russell Knox, a two-time PGA TOUR winner in 2015-16 who has amassed over $10 million in career earnings,
relies on the exceptional control of the Z-STAR to play with precision: “I attribute much of my recent success to
the trust I have in my Z-STAR golf ball,” he said. “I love how this ball feels. It gives me complete confidence in
my ability to control the spin on greenside pitches and chips.”
More on the Z-STAR XV Golf Ball:
For players who prefer firmer feel in a Tour Performance golf ball, the Srixon Z-STAR XV has a urethane cover
with 4-piece construction and 105 compression. The most significant difference in the fifth generation Z-STAR
XV is the dual-core design. A larger, softer inner core has varying hardness while the outer core now features
more consistent hardness to help increase ball speed with a higher launch angle and lower driver spin.
“Through rigorous testing, Srixon concluded that by making the inner core larger and softer and the outer core
hardness more consistent – not as much gradation – better flight occurs,” Brunski said. “Ball speed increases,
launch angle is higher and driver spin is reduced. That means longer distance on full shots.”
Hideki Matsuyama has trusted a Srixon golf ball since turning professional and he has played some of the best
golf of his life since switching to the new Z-STAR XV: “This is a truly reliable ball that delivers more distance
than anything I have ever used before, and it has more responsive feel at impact,” he said. “It also has more
spin and better feel around the green, and has more consistent spin – especially from the rough. I’m amazed
with these significant improvements.”

Independent Test Results:
Srixon worked with Golf Laboratories to conduct independent outdoor robot testing on new Z-STAR SERIES
golf balls against key competitors in the Tour Performance category. The results were impressive:
 * In test results featuring an average of 101 mph and 112 mph driver swing speeds, the Z-STAR had the
most favorable launch conditions of highest launch angle with lower driver spin*.
 *The Z-STAR XV had leading distance in a robot test of 112 mph driver swing speeds, eclipsing the
next-closest competitor by three yards with faster ball speed, higher launch and lower driver spin.**

Tour Success:
The performance of Srixon products, especially golf balls, speaks for itself on global tours around the world.
Srixon Z-STAR SERIES golf balls have accounted for more than 475 wins since launching in 2008, including
more than 430 wins in the last years***. Since seeding for the fifth-generation Z-STAR SERIES began on
global tours in 2016, there have been a total of 19 victories with the new golf ball models, and it is consistently
one of the most-played golf balls week in, week out on the PGA TOUR:

Srixon® Z-STAR® and Z-STAR® XV golf balls have an official North America launch date of Friday, February
17, 2017, and carry a minimum advertised price of $39.99 per dozen.

ABOUT Srixon®:
Based in Huntington Beach, CA, Srixon®, is part of the DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD family and enjoys a strong presence on
competitive tours worldwide. The professional staff includes players such as Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Hideki Matsuyama,
Inbee Park, as well as many others. Srixon®, with more than 80 years of golf ball manufacturing experience, is committed to providing “Tour-proven, premium golf equipment to passionate golfers seeking to improve their performance while enhancing their experience
playing the game of golf.” 

*Statement based on data gathered from an independent Golf Laboratories test commissioned by Srixon. Results conducted with robot
swing testing consisting of 12 shots of each model using a TaylorMade M2 Driver, 9.5°, in standard S (101 mph swing) and X (112 mph
swing) flex shafts. Test included the following selected competitors: 2015 Titleist ProV1, 2016 Bridgestone Tour B330S, and 2016
Callaway Chrome Soft.
**Statement based on data gathered from an independent Golf Laboratories test commissioned by Srixon. Results conducted with robot
swing testing consisting of 12 shots of each model using a TaylorMade M2 Driver, 9.5°, in standard X (112 mph swing) flex shaft. Test
included the following selected competitors: 2015 Titleist ProV1x and 2016 Bridgestone Tour B330.
***Global win counts as of January 1, 2008. The following professional golf tours are included in the counts: PGA TOUR, Web.com
Tour, PGA TOUR Champions, LPGA Tour, European Tour, Ladies European Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour, OneAsia, JGTO Japan
Golf Tour, JGTO Japan Challenge Tour, JLPGA Tour, Japan PGA Senior Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, European Challenge Tour (as
of 2011), KPGA Tour (as of 2012), KLPGA Tour (as of 2012), Mackenzie Tour/PGA TOUR Canada (as of 2016), PGA TOUR
Latinoamerica (as of 2016), PGA TOUR China (as of 2016). Also counted are European Senior Tour and JLPGA Step-Up Tour (both
from 2009 to 2011).

srixon.com

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ShoeTips helps golfers calm their minds and concentrate on the one or two thoughts they want to remember as they prepare to swing-boosting their confidence and enjoyment, and lowering their scores. ShoeTips is the perfect gift for golfers of all ages and abilities.
 
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Using ShoeTips is easy. Before you play, select two swing thoughts you want to remember from the 18 provided. Insert the labels securely into the two base clips and slide the clips easily, and snugly, over your shoelaces. The reminders will be in full view on your shoes as you address the ball. To use them on your golf bag instead, simply insert the base clips through the slots on our enclosed BagTag. Now each time you select a club you can remember what you had wanted to concentrate on and clear your mind of the thoughts that interfere with making a good shot.
ShoeTips’ 18 familiar swing thoughts were chosen based on input from golf pros and sports psychologists. The labels are easy to change and organized into 3 categories-focus, relating to your mind, feel, to your body, and technique, to your swing mechanics. Can’t find the tip you want? Write your own custom tips on the reverse side of the labels with an indelible marker.
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Srixon Staffer Hideki Matsuyama @SrixonGolf @ClevelandGolf

SRIXON STAFFER HIDEKI MATSUYAMA MAKES MORE HISTORY ON PGA TOUR,

WINNING WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN AGAIN AND BREAKING RECORDS FOR JAPAN

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – February 6, 2017 – Srixon and Cleveland Golf are proud to congratulate staffer Hideki

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 05: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan poses with the trophy after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the fourth playoff hole at TPC Scottsdale on February 5, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Matsuyama for his record-breaking playoff victory over the weekend at the PGA TOUR Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona. Matsuyama sank a birdie putt on the par-4 17th hole, the fourth extra hole, to clinch a sudden-death win at TPC Scottsdale for the second-consecutive year – this coming after he posted a bogey-free, 5-under-par 66 in the final round to finish regulation at 17-under par. The 24-year-old Matsuyama took the best that the competition, his own nerves, and the largest, loudest crowd on the PGA TOUR could offer him, and he overcame it all to capture his fifth win in his last nine global starts. 

 

“It’s been a good run. I’m going to ride it as long as I can,” said Matsuyama. “The results have been really good these last few months, and hopefully we can just keep it going.”

 

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 05: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan celebrates after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the fourth playoff hole at TPC Scottsdale on February 5, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

On every shot, Matsuyama trusted the exceptional distance and tour-validated performance of the new, fifth-generation Srixon Z-STAR XV golf ball. Featuring a redesigned Dual Energetic Gradient Growth core with a larger, softer inner core, the Z-STAR XV generates consistently high ball speed on full shots and enhances greenside spin control with the new Spin Skin coating. Matsuyama, who uses a set of new Srixon Z 965 irons (4-PW), led the field in Strokes Gained: Approach to the Green (8.42) and also finished tied for second in Greens in Regulation (58/72, 80.56%).

 

With this victory, Matsuyama, who stands No. 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings, takes home a $1,206,000 winner’s check and moves back into first place in the PGA TOUR FedEx Cup points standings. Now with four career official TOUR titles (three coming via playoff, a format in which he is undefeated) he holds more all-time wins on the circuit than any other native of Japan and is also the first Japanese player to ever successfully defend a PGA TOUR championship.  

 

In Hideki Matsuyama’s Bag:

·         NEW Srixon Z-STAR XV golf ball

·         NEW Srixon Z 965 irons (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

·         Cleveland Golf 588 RTX 2.0 Precision Forged wedges (52°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

·         Srixon staff bag, glove and apparel

 

For additional information on Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO products and staff players, please visit the Srixon, Cleveland Golf and XXIO USA websites.

 

 

ABOUT Srixon®, Cleveland® Golf and XXIO®:

Based in Huntington Beach, CA, Srixon®, Cleveland® Golf, and XXIO® are part of the DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD family and each brand enjoys a strong presence on competitive tours worldwide. Their professional staffs include Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox, Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Inbee Park, and many others. Cleveland® Golf, founded in 1979, is a leading equipment manufacturer specializing in short game technologies and solutions that benefit all golfers. Srixon®, with more than 80 years of golf ball manufacturing experience, is committed to producing the highest quality, technically innovative golf balls which offer maximum performance to golfers of all levels of ability. XXIO®, with their long-standing tradition of premium golf clubs in Japan, brings one of the most successful golf brands in Japan to America. Srixon®, Cleveland® Golf, and XXIO® remain steadfastly committed to providing “Tour-proven, premium golf equipment to passionate golfers seeking to improve their performance while enhancing their experience playing the game of golf.” For more information, please contact Eli Miller (714.889.6441) or visit us online at Srixon, Cleveland Golf and XXIO USA websites.

Hideki Matsuyama Wins the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Again!

Hideki Matsuyama won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a playoff for the second straight year by defeating Webb Simpson on Sunday at TPC Scottsdale.

Hideki Matsuyama current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Hideki Matsuyama

Matsuyama’s 10-foot birdie putt on the short par-4 17th, the same hole where the Japanese super star beat Rickie Fowler in 2016.

“I just had faith and believed that my chance would come again, and I just waited and waited, had patience,” Matsuyama said. “Finally, that last one went in.”

Matsuyama finished with 5-under 66, paring the final three holes to equal Simpson at 17-under. On the par-4 18th in regulation, Matsuyama had a 20-foot birdie try to stop just short to force the playoff.

PGA TOUR

“I don’t know how it stayed out,” Matsuyama said. “But you can’t be short on a putt like that.”

Simpson finished the day with low round 64, Simpson said “To shoot 7 under on Sunday, birdieing 17 and 18 is a great feeling, knowing I had to do it,” “But Hideki is a great player, obviously. I knew he’d be a tough competitor in the playoff. I wish I could have a couple of putts back and hit them a little harder.”

Matsuyama has thrived in the party atmosphere, with an estimated 58,654 fans Sunday. “There’s nothing like it in golf,” Matsuyama said. “Playing in front of the number of fans and gallery this past week, great motivation. I just try to have fun with it, and at the same time, keep my focus.”

Matsuyama has won five worldwide events in the last 3 1/2 months, also winning the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, two tournaments in Japan and Tiger Woods’ unofficial Hero World Challenge. “It’s been a good run,” Matsuyama said. “I’m going to ride it as long as I can.”

Look for our review of the ball that Hideki Matsuyama used to to win the ‘Greenest Show’ coming soon.

 

An Introduction to BJM Putting Grip and Putting System @bjmputtergrips

These guys seem to be on to something big in putting. See our review coming soon!

11 March, 2016
“The R&A has ruled that it does conform to the Rules of Golf.”

 

The new BJM putting grip is designed to allow the golfer to turn the palms of the hands up.

WHY: by turning both palms up we reduce the available mobility in the joints of the hands and arms

Photos by BJM Putter Grips.

WHAT: does this mean: this means there is less available mobility in the joints of the hands and arms, in 3 planes of motion, for the golfer to control during the putting movement – this means less variation – this means an increase in consistency – this equates to more holed putts simply because the putter face at the starting position to the putter face at impact position variation is reduced dramatically, result, more putts hit where the putter face was aimed at the starting position – equals – positive reaction to the ball roll outcome.  

HOW: because the available mobility of the hands and arms is dramatically reduced in the 3 planes of motion, this encourages the putter head motion to come from the upper half of the body, hence creating a consistent arc and stroke length for the putter head, now the mobility of the hands and arms is reduced then the face of the putter is more inclined to stay on the putter arc dramatically reducing face to aim and face to impact variation, increasing consistency not just in the putter face but in putting stroke also, this is good news for distance control.

Photos by BJM Putter Grips.

This putter grip and putting system, even though they are separate entities are very powerful once they are combined. Join many others that have made the switch to a better putting system, try our system and grip and lower your putts today

  • Reduces available mobility in hands and arms
  • Consistent putter arc and stroke length
  • Reduces face variation between the starting position and impact
  • Increases sweet spot contact point
  • Reduces involuntary, unwanted movement in the putter head
  • Help reduce and overcome physiological glitches (YIPS)

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Read more about BJM Putter Grips here.

Photos by BJM Putter Grips.

Martin Kaymer Critical at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic @EuropeanTour

Martin Kaymer criticizes the European Tour’s decision to postpone play at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Emirates Golf Club was batter with strong winds on Friday, several trees were blown over just before the second round was suspended with half of the field has not complete their second rounds

Kaymer played through the winds carding a three-under 69 and join Rafa Cabrera Bello in a share of the clubhouse lead, but understandably upset with the decision to halt play.

“Hard to understand the difference between the morning play and now, therefore even more surprised about the decision,” the German posted on Twitter after his round.

The former US Open champion is five strokes behind leader George Coetzee, who was one-shot clear of first round pacesetter Sergio Garcia after eight holes.

Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman, who will miss the cut, wrote on Twitter: “Suspending play now is ridiculous, half the field played 36 holes in these conditions.”

The European Tour defends their choice to suspend play, citing player and spectator safety the grounds for their decision.

“Winds increased during the course of lunchtime into the early afternoon to the point where we had gusts approaching 36 miles an hour and beyond,” tournament director Mike Stewart said.

 

“We had TV towers that the roofs were blown off. We had balls moving on the greens – blew into a bunker at one stage – five trees came down, it was very unsafe and it was unplayable.

“So we brought the players off the golf course in the interests of play and safety to the spectators, as well.

“Hopefully we can get most of the third round completed tomorrow. We’ll still have a bit to conclude on Sunday and, all going well, still have a good chance of finishing on time on Sunday afternoon.”

 

 

 

Press Release: Honma Golf Medals In The 2017 Hot List

                                                                                         

NEWS RELEASE

February 2, 2017

Honma Golf Medals In The 2017 Hot List

HARBOR CITY, CA – HONMA GOLF U.S., LTD., a global leader in golf equipment craftsmanship and innovation, is extremely pleased to announce that Golf Digest has awarded HONMA’s new TOUR WORLD TW737 Series with three Silver medals in the 2017 HOT LIST.

Silver Medal Winners

HONMA TOUR WORLD TW737 Fairway Wood

HONMA TOUR WORLD TW737 Fairway Wood – Compact Model

HONMA TOUR WORLD TW737P Irons

“We’re extremely proud of the fact that our TOUR WORLD TW737 Series earned Silver medals in our very first entry into Golf Digest’s HOT LIST,” said Adam Sheldon, General Manager of HONMA Golf – U.S.A. “We’ve been making great strides to grow HONMA’s presence here in the U.S., and more great things are on the horizon. The fact that HONMA Golf is such a new brand here in the U.S., coupled with this being our first endeavor in the HOT LIST, makes the accomplishment of being featured and medaling in such an exclusive issue of Golf Digest even more rewarding for our team.”

For more information on HONMA GOLF and their products, please visit: www.HONMAGOLFUSA.com

About HONMA Golf:

Founded in 1959, HONMA Golf is one of golf’s most prestigious, iconic and storied brands in the market. Synonymous with intricate craftsmanship, dedication to performance excellence and distinguished product quality, HONMA Golf’s mission is to create aspiring, accessible golf products that combine exquisite quality with outstanding performance. The company’s founders were craftsmen who passionately viewed making golf clubs as an art form. Today, HONMA Golf remains committed to a craftsmanship heritage that embodies pride in its legacy and products, a relen tless pursuit of perfection, and perseverance toward achieving the highest design and manufacturing standards.

Quality golf clubs at unreal prices. “Pull the Pin!”
Quality golf clubs at unreal prices. “Pull the Pin!”

 

Signature Golf Balls #GolfCollecting

Why Signature Golf Balls?

Golf collecting includes many sub categories, such as, hickory shafted golf clubs, balls, books, tees, pencils, scorecards, ceramics, silver, art, programs, postcards, early golf magazines, and so many other categories. Signature golf ball collecting is one sub category of golf collecting, unlike many categories such as golf art, The Masters memorabilia, or golf antiques, the signature golf ball’s price range is very wide. With well over two thousand different signature golf balls made in the 20th century the diversity is wonderful and availability is high making it a fast growing hobby for many people. A recent online golf auction house sold a “Vardon Flyer” (the Harry Vardon signature ball) for $1298.35, and many other ball sell on eBay for only a few bucks, making the category attractive to many golf fans.

Collecting signature golf balls is more than just amassing sheer numbers of different balls, it gives the collector a starting point to explore the history of the game of golf. The signature golf ball has a history, the company who produced it, when it was in production, and the golfer who has their name on the ball. As you research the history of a single signature golf ball, you find not only, information on the player you also find out about how that golfer has influenced golf fans, golf equipment, and golf itself. You may even find a new favorite professional golfer.

The evolution of the golf ball can be seen through the history of signature golf balls. Featherie with the maker’s name marked on the leather of the late 1800s, the turn of the twentieth century gutty bramble patterned balls like the “Vardon Flyer.”

Vardon Flyer, photo by The Golf Auction

Great Lakes Golf Company made the mesh pattern Tommy Armour golf balls in 1930 and Worthington sold dimple pattern covers of vulcanized latex starting in 1934. The 1940s saw MacGregor producing the Byron Nelson signature golf ball and in the fifties, the Ben Hogan Brand was launched. The decade of peace, love, and harmony the sixties, with the invention of “DuPont Surlyn®,” ushered in the golf balls biggest leap since the gutty replaced the feather ball. The sixties could also be called “The Decade Signature Golf Ball” with players like Arnold palmer, Gary Player, Billy Casper, and Jack Nicklaus all having their names on millions of golf balls worldwide.

Slazenger B51 Fireball From Australia

With signature golf balls made around the world, with endorsements of golfers from many different countries, the international appeal of collecting them is far reaching. With today’s high speed internet access, the global interest adds to the enjoyment of collecting and commutating with fellow collectors around the world. I personally have collecting contacts in all fifty states, Canada, England, Scotland, The Isle of Man, and Australia, showing the global attractiveness of the signature golf ball.

Signature golf balls are not golf balls autographed by professional players, they are imprinted with the golfer’s name or logo.

Autograph Golf Ball
Signature Golf Ball

Categories of Signature Golf Balls

There are five main categories of Signature Golf Balls.

  1. Endorsement of Touring Pro
  2. Club Pros
  3. Certain Golf Ball Manufacturing Companies
  4. Celebrities
  5. Commemorative Golf Balls

 Endorsement of Touring Pro

Golf balls that were manufactured with the endorsement of touring professional golfers with the golfers name imprinted on the ball or in some cases, the packaging would have the players name and/or likeness printed on it.

Gary Player Signature by Shakespeare

 Club Pros

Many Club Pros played custom golf balls with their names imprinted on them. Often the Club Pros golf balls would also be sold in the pro shop. This category can be the most confusing for collector’s with only a name on the ball and not much other information it can be difficult to confirm the persons identity, even with today’s information super highway… The “Club Pro” category is not my strong suit and I would like to ask for help in doing a write up about this most challenging genre of signature golf ball collecting.

 Certain Golf Ball Manufacturing Companies

Some golf ball manufacturing companies golf balls are considered Signature Golf Balls mainly because of the roots of the company stem from a person with a great golf reputation. Such as Tommy Armour, Ben Hogan, Karsten Solheim of the Ping fame, and John Letters of Scotland.

A.E. Penfold England circa 1940 a

Celebrities

Celebrities, persons from sports other than golf, astronauts, and even presidents, vice presidents, and other politicians. Bob Hope, Michael Jordan, Alan Shepard and President Dwight D. Eisenhower with his wonderful Spalding Dot “General Ike” are some excellent examples of the category.

Dwight Eisenhower Spalding General Ike

Commemorative Golf Balls

Commemorative golf ball has often been produced to mark a special moment relating to golf or someone who has made significant contribution to the game.  Commemorative golf balls include the Dunlop 65, commemorating Henry Cottons second round 65 at the 1934 British Open, the Payne Stewart Memorial Golf Tournament golf balls, and the Spalding “Moon Ball,” commemorating Commander Alan Shepard hitting the “the first golf ball on the moon.” Titleist and Nike have, both, sold commemorative golf ball a set marking wins By Tiger Woods. Callaway had the Arnold Palmer 50th anniversary at the Masters Golf balls.

Arnold Palmer Calaway 50th Masters Set
-TheGolfBallGuy
 

 

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