With two US Opens and two Masters thanks to the pandemic not to mention an almost 51-year-old winning a major championship the 2020-2021 PGA Tour season was certainly one that will long be remembered. Continue reading
Titleist has replaced their current T-series irons with four new models and the newbies include three for tour players and better amateurs, the T100, T100S, and T200 plus a game improvement model theT300. Continue reading
Titleist introduces the ultralight TSi1 driver for those with swing speeds less than 90 mph and the low-spin TSi4 driver for better players with faster swings. Continue reading
Titleist has updated their bestselling Pro V1 and Pro V1x and the most played balls on every professional tour with redesigned aerodynamic dynamic dimples plus a new core, casing and cover for increased distance, softer feel and more control. Continue reading
Sometimes statistics are important, even vital, and sometimes they are not which is the case with counts of which equipment company can boast the most wins so far in the PGA Tour 2020-2021 season. Continue reading
The two largest and only publicly traded golf equipment companies, Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE: GOLF) and Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) reported sales gains in the third quarter though both said finances have not recovered from the pandemic-induced shut down of the worldwide economy. Continue reading
Titleist has added to the premium priced CNCPT line two new players-distance category irons, the CP-03 and CP-04, joining the CP-02 blades first seen last year. Continue reading
Four years ago, Justin Thomas had some ideas for a modified putter which have now resulted in Scotty Cameron making the limited edition Phantom X5.5 mallet. Continue reading
Our window on the finances of golf equipment companies is not wide since most firms are part of larger corporations or held privately and financial information is unavailable. Therefore, the only view comes from the published reports of the two publicly traded corporations who also happen to be the largest in the industry. Continue reading
Titleist the largest seller of golf balls introduces the Tour Speed, a lower compression three-piece urethane cover model at a midlevel price point. Continue reading
Bryson DeChambeau’s performance with a driver during the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club was an easy target for those who “view with alarm” the distance PGA TOUR professionals are hitting the ball. Continue reading
With 22 PGA Tour events in the books before the corona virus-induced cancellations and Masters postponement we are now halfway through the 2019-2020 season. Unknowns abound starting with whether more tournaments will be cancelled or will some, as they are saying with the Masters, be played later?
Obviously with what seems like the whole world going into quarantine fans understand the need for this but that doesn’t take away the disappointment of missing out on what was shaping up as an exciting runup to the first major and then golf’s favorite event the Masters itself.
Fans conditioned to the Thursday through Sunday golf telecasts must make do with re-televised past tournaments or be reduced to watching “Wheel of Fortune” and hoping against hope for a “Caddy Shack” rerun.
For someone writing about the game and not wishing to parrot others or engage in the handwringing over the schedule disruption, the list of related but germane topics is a veritable desert. On the assumption most of our readers are affected similarly here are a few clearly unimportant statistics to possibly provide some quiet satisfaction to the golf deprived.
Don’t read too much into any of these numbers but they could come in handy playing the 19th hole.
WYNTK First Half 2019-2010 PGA Tour Season
Two Two-time Winners So Far
Justin Thomas, who is on the Titleist endorsement staff, won the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges and the Tournament of Champions while Brendon Todd carrying a Ping G410 LST driver, Titleist irons and a SIK putter took the top spot at the Bermuda Championship & Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Speaking of Endorsements
Many assume the driver company able to boast the most wins would the same as it has been for several years in the past, i.e., TaylorMade. For the 2018-2019 season players using one of their drivers won 18 events with Callaway users totaling 9 wins and Titleist at 7. In our 2019-2020 half season the somewhat surprising leader is Ping with 9 wins compared with only 5 for all last season. If you’re interested, Callaway which is the bestselling driver brand has but 2 this season, Titleist with by far the largest endorsement staff has 8 and the perennial top driver company TaylorMade has 3 wins in the 22 events.
Winning Golf Balls No Surprise
Five golf ball brands have won in the first half of the PGA Tour season. Taylormade has two victories while Bridgestone, Callaway and Srixon have one each. The remaining 17 events were won by players playing either Titleist Pro V1 (seven) or Titleist Pro V1x (10). In case you’re interested, for last season’s 46 tournaments including the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event, the numbers were Titleist-26, TaylorMade-7, Srixon-5, Callaway-5 and Bridgestone-4.
Scotty Cameron Tops in Putters
Again without putting undue emphasis on these numbers, Titleist’s Scotty Cameron division has racked up eight wins, Ping six, Odyssey (part of Callaway) three as has SIK courtesy of Brendon Todd’s two victories. TaylorMade completes the list with two wins.
Finally, the Money
The Tour’s best didn’t go away from TPC Sawgrass with a total loss for the week. According to PGA Tour regulations if only one round of an event is completed prize money is cut in half and split amongst the players. In the case of The Players Championship, the $15 million purse was sliced so each of the 144 competitors received just over $52,000.
The 2018-2019 PGA Tour season is over and it’s time for our annual compilation of which manufacturers had the most wins with particular attention to the two categories offering the most bragging rights, drivers and balls. Here after 46 events are the totals: Continue reading
Titleist recently introduced the 620 CB and MB irons basically “pro-only” models and for recreational players the much more significant T-series composed of the T100, T200 and T300 which means Titleist’s familiar AP designation is history. The T-series is a departure from the past not only in nomenclature, but theT200s and T300s now have a new internal construction called Max Impact technology. Continue reading