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.
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.
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.
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