FEBRUARY 7, 2017

By Ted Bishop

“(Slightly) better times ahead.”

That was the theme of the annual Pellucid/Edgehill “State of the Industry” report, and the golf industry can thank the baby boomers for any glimmer of hope. But those positives likely won’t last.

Jim Koppenhaver and Stuart Lindsay, viewed by some industry leaders as monsters of doom and gloom, delivered the report during the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., with a brutally honest analysis of participation data. While golf’s leading organizations often decline to reveal any bad news regarding the sport’s steadily declining participation numbers, Pellucid/Edgehill compiles data from the National Sporting Goods Association and offers a candid assessment.

By Gary Van Sickle

Inventor and golf-club designer Clay Judice was fighting a losing battle against the yips. He had to do something. So he came up with the Shaftlign putter.

“Alignment was always an issue for me,” said Judice, of Lafayette, La. “Alignment killed me on those 3-footers. I thought my yips were caused by insecurity on the speed, not necessarily hitting the target line.”

The solution he found was simple and straightforward. His Shaftlign putter features a white shaft attached to a black putter head. Atop the putter head is a white bar from toe to heel.

By Alex Miceli

Las Vegas oddsmakers installed Hideki Matsuyama as a 10-1 choice to win his first major championship this spring at the Masters after his playoff victory Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The Westgate LV Superbook still lists Jordan Spieth as the favorite at 8-1, but Matsuyama and Jason Day are co-No. 2 picks at 10-1 for the April 6-9 tournament.  

Keeping score

Number of World Golf Hall of Fame members – Fred Couples, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal and Mark O’Meara – entered in the PGA Tour Champions’ Allianz Championship this week in Boca Raton, Fla. Ian Woosnam, who will be inducted into the hall in September, also is scheduled to compete.


From the industry

Srixon and Cleveland Golf extended congratulations to staff member Hideki Matsuyama for his victory Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona. Matsuyama plays the new Srixon Z 965 irons (4-PW) and the Cleveland Golf 588 RTX 2.0 Forged wedges (52, 56 and 60 degrees) and uses the Srixon Z-star XV golf ball.

February 4-9
Golf Industry Show
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
February 7-11
Club Managers Association of America World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo
Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Fla.
February 9-12
PGA Tour: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
European Tour: Maybank Championship
Saujana Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Web.com Tour: Club Colombia Championship
Bogota (Colombia) Country Club
February 10-12
West Michigan Golf Show
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Champions Tour: Allianz Championship
The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla.
February 16-19
LPGA: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Grange, Australia
European Tour: ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth
Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia
PGA Tour: Genesis Open
Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Web.com Tour: Panama Claro Championship
Panama Golf Club, Panama City, Panama
February 17-19
Champions Tour: Chubb Classic
TwinEagles Golf Club (Talon), Naples. Fla.
February 23-26
European Tour: Joburg Open
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa
PGA Tour: The Honda Classic
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
LPGA: Honda LPGA Thailand
Siam Country Club (Pattaya Old), Chonburi, Thailand
February 24-26
Chicago Golf Show
Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.
Toronto Golf And Travel Show
The International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
February 27-28
Northern California Golf Rep Show
Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Pano Hall Lincoln, Calif.
February 28 - March 2
Philadelphia Golf Merchandise Show
Embassy Suites Valley Forge, Chesterbrook, Pa.
February 28 - March 3
Scottish International Golf Course Architects Conference
Inverness, Scotland

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