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2021 Virtual PGA Show: More things we loved

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As promised, we’re checking out all the digital booths at the 2021 Virtual PGA Show for items of intrigue and note, and we’ve found no shortage of interesting items.

Check out a few notable items below—and you can find our first-day favorites here, and our second-day favorites here.

(More on the 2021 Virtual PGA Show here)

Colour Path Golf

Sometimes, the best ideas are the simplest.

Product description: Colour Path “provides visual training aids complimented by online coaching programs to ultimately simplify the learning process of golf. The unique learning process takes the form of following an easy to understand colour-coded system to influence the sequence of movement in the golf swing.”

“What the team at Colour Path Golf have developed is essentially a concept, which at its heart allows the coach and student to communicate through an externally focused learning environment, that has been proven in over 80 studies worldwide to outperform the more traditionally internally focused teaching methods.”

Website: www.colourpathgolf.com

Johnston & Murphy: XC4 shoes

When a major dress shoe manufacturer steps into the golf footwear space, we take notice.

Product description: “Heritage craftsmanship meets modern technology designed to perform on and off the course with our waterproof, XC4® golf shoes. Advanced cushioning and J&M Smart Degree Technology® that delivers effective temperature control (cooling when hot, warming when cold) ensures ideal comfort all day long. A hybrid lug sole provides excellent stability on the greens and comfort on the street.”

U.S. Kids: Ultralight

Something new from the leader in kids clubs.

Product description: “Ultralight is engineered to develop a proper and lifelong golf swing. It is a progressive system spanning nine height ranges. Each size has a unique length, weight, shaft flex, lie angle, and grip size.”

Altwell: CBD Gummies

If you’re taking the CBD plunge, this is a good way to go. 

Product description: “Meet your new morning routine must-have. These delicious gummies deliver 25 mg of broad spectrum hemp extract to soothe stress and bring peace and calm to your body and mind.”

Percentage Play Golf

An interesting application of analytics!

Product description: “Gambling on golf is now legal and is being embraced by the PGA Tour and Television Networks that cover golf tournaments! Our proprietary PercentageGolf Prediction Model™ is able to statistically calculate the likely result of any shot and is able to run a simulation on every tournament to pick the likely winner (or players who should perform better than their odds). PercentageGolf will add excitement, drama, and suspense for all telecasts!”

Areso

60,000 custom putter combinations? 

Product description:

ARESO Golf is the custom-fit putter company focusing on science fitting combined with putter engineering.

ARESO Golf putters are milled with high precision with specifications from the fitting protocol.
1. Head Type – blade, mallet, square to hyper.
2. Loft angle – 1.5d, 2.5d, 3.5d (also offers 0.5d, 5.5d for some models).
3. Lie angle – 68d, 70d, 72d (also offer 65d and 75d for some models).
4. Hosel type – center shaft, plumber,, slant neck and double bend.
5. Weighting – min 4g up to 60g of adjustability.
6. Balance (Toe-hang) – 0d to 70d
7. Length option
7. Shaft option & weighting
8. Grip option & weighting

Shinola Watches: Detrola collection

As a company from the Detroit area, we were thrilled to see Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola exhibiting at this year’s show!

Product description: “Detrola, a new watch collection from Shinola, brings to the table what the world needs a little more of these days. Fun. It’s for the ones who live freely, laugh often and eat dessert first. These watches strike the perfect balance between strength and style–engineered with durable TR90 resin, a stainless steel core and laid-back attitude. Each watch adds its own personality to the mix. Many styles are produced in extremely limited numbers and may not be around for long.”

 

 

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  1. Ardbegger

    Jan 31, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Went to the Areso golf site. Pretty interesting to have look-see around at the different combination. The plug-and play concept (sort of) reminds me of those old Machine putters.

  2. Maskz Dontwerk

    Jan 30, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    They invented something near about the time fire was discovered. I think they called it patience. So put your masks on Jordy and relax. Facebook and Netflix will be there when you get home.

  3. Jordan

    Jan 30, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    Can someone invent something for all these new people playing golf because of COVID that makes them play faster?

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WOTW: Patrick Cantlay’s Rolex Datejust Rolesor in Black

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For the second week in a row, we get to see Patrick Cantlay play some amazing golf, battling the best players in the world.

We also got to see him win another tournament and hold a couple of trophies in the air wearing his Rolex Datejust in Rolesor (stainless steel and white gold) and Black.

WOTW Specs

Name: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41
Reference: 126334-0017
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: White Gold Fluted
Dial: Bright Black
Size: 41 mm
Movement: Calibre 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster, 904L Oystersteel
Price: $9,650 (~$12,500)

Patrick just came off a two-week stretch where he played some stunning and entertaining golf. From a six-hole playoff against Bryson to holding off a hard-charging Jon Rahm to win the Tour Championship, Cantlay defined “strong finish.”

In his back-to-back wins, Cantlay was wearing what looked like a Rolex Datejust 41 in Rolesor — Rolex’s combination of Oystersteel and white gold — on his wrist. Patrick could be wearing the 36 mm version as a comment suggested, but it is hard to tell from photos. The 41 mm is the most popular size.

We don’t want to write the same article as last week, so today we jump into a few more details of Cantlay’s Datejust.

The Rolex Datejust was introduced in 1945 and was the first self-winding automatic watch with a date window that changed over instantly at midnight. For most date windows ,you will see the number in the window start to creep up as the time gets closer to midnight, but for Rolex that wasn’t acceptable. They engineered the Calibre 3235 movement, and the others before it, to rotate the internal date wheel so quickly at midnight that you cannot see it move. Instant change.

The Calibre 3235 was designed and is completely built in-house by Rolex. Released in 2015, the 3235 was replacing the beloved Calibre 3135 movement that was considered one of the more durable for daily wear. A larger Blue Parachrom hairspring and Chronergy Escapment upped the power reserve to 70 hours (3135 had 48 hours) and increased the efficiency by about 15 percent. Rolex added its Paraflex shock absorbers for durability and ball-bearings to the main rotor for smoother feel and rotation.

Cantlay’s Datejust is made from stainless steel, but it isn’t just bought from the steel producer with the best price. Rolex owns its own foundry and makes the 904L Oystersteel itself to ensure that it is of the quality it demands and has no variations from watch to watch. The 904L is extremely corrosion resistant for its dive watches and takes a polish better for either brushed finish or a mirror-like shine. T

he 41mm case and the Oyster bracelet are both made from this Rolex alloy. The white gold bezel is also created in this foundry and is formulated to keeps its color longer than a typical formula. The fluted white gold bezel is a Rolex design icon and not only looks classic and dressy but also screws into the case to help with the water-resistant rating.

The legendary Oyster bracelet is made from solid flat links of 904L and the center links are polished while the outer links are brushed for a great two-tone look. Rolex’s Oysterclasp features an Easylink extension for 5 mm of tool-free adjustment to dial in the fit.

Rolex dials are typically hand-finished and set by experts with years of experience in-house. Dials start off as brass discs and go through up to 60 steps to ensure they are painted and finished off perfectly. Patrick’s dial is Bright Black with a sunray finish that refracts light for a deeper look. The hour markers are made from white gold, filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material, and handset on the dial. The date window is at 3 o’clock and that is covered by a synthetic sapphire crystal with a cyclops lens over it for easier reading.

We should all give a big congratulations to Patrick on winning the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup! He proved just how difficult that is to do and why not many have done it. I hope he takes a little time for himself and gets a new watch to celebrate the occasion! I suggest a white gold Rolex Daytona with a Meteorite dial on an Osyterflex strap!

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Tour Rundown: Solheim Cup, Tour Championship, KFT

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Lots of twin things happened this week. Twins won on a tour in consecutive weeks for most likely the first time in recorded history. Twins rounds on the weekend proved to be the key for at least one winner. And the Korda sisters aren’t twins, but they represented the USA in the Solheim Cup. Maybe it’s a reach, but it’s early September and the story leads are thinning out. It’s Tour Rundown time again, so find your BFF, or your twin and read up together. #MoreFunWithFriends

Solheim Cup claims EGOT for best performance of the year

It figures that a course called Inverness would bring out the best in team professional golf competition. The recent restoration of the iconic Toledo club by Andrew Green set the stage for the performance of many lifetimes. Despite having three acts on the dais, no one expected an EGOT from this biennial event. And yet, the women of Europe and the USA gave us performances usually reserved for Emmy, Globe, Oscar, and Tony winners: they gave us their hearts, their soul, and their blood, sweat, and tears. What more could we ever hope to have, especially during these still-trying times?

After one day, the visitors from across the Atlantic let it be known that they would go quite noisily into the weekend. A 5.5 to 2.5 advantage told the host team that Saturday had better be different, or Sunday would be a formality of a singles competition. Rise to the occasion did the Red, White, and Blue. The home side won 4.5 of the 8 points on offer, and reduced the 3-point margin to a 2-point disadvantage. This, friends, is why singles are reserved for Sunday. Much like wrestling, you walk alone onto the mat, under the gaze of all in attendance, and have only yourself and your singlet. It is raw, it is forceful, and it is unforgettable.

The early portion of the day belonged to the blue of Europe. Three matches were won by Maguire, Sagstrom, and Boutier, while a fourth was halved. The old world stood two mere points from declaring one more piece of luggage on its return flight to the Union. At 4:30 EST, Nelly Korda held off Georgia Hall and notched the first point for the Red flag. At that same moment, it seemed, every other match went to all-square or red as well. Could a comeback take root?

It did, and it almost flowered. Meghan Kang had a six-up lead on Sophia Popov, and such a trouncing would send reverberations throughout the Inverness 18. Somehow, Popov dropped it to five, then four, then three. She ultimately lost by 3 & 2, but who is to say if her delaying the inevitable somehow allowed Matilda Castren to secure a 1-up win over Lizette Salas, and allowed Emily Pedersen to reach 3-up with three to play against Danielle Kang. Those two points made the difference, as Europe retained the Solheim Cup, and won for the first time on USA soil since 2013.

These team events were created to be exhibition matches, but they have (d)evolved into much more than that. They are a source of pride, and they hold their finish not for a moment, but for two entire years until the matches resume. Thus are explained the tears of Kupcho, Harigae, Popov, who suffered one-sided losses to their opponents. Thus is explained the exhaustion of Thompson and Nordqvist, who battled to a draw through 18 draining holes. And thus is explained the jubilation of a dozen women from Europe, who answered the call and realized the dream.

The Ryder Cup has been served notice: after the Curtis Cup and Solheim Cup competitions, the male professionals have much to live up to.

PGA Tour’s Tour Championship belongs to the Cantlifornia Cid

There was an age when Patrick Cantlay was the next and great thing in American golf. That time has returned, and not a moment too soon. As Team USA prepares to move into Ryder Cup competition, its current darling (two-time major champion Collin Morikawa) is struggling, at the same time its sinew set feuds on. Along comes Patrick Cantlay, with a win last week over DeChambeau, and another this week over Spain’s Jon Rahm, to collect his first two, playoff titles, and his first-ever FedEx Cup.

In that yet-to-be-accepted format of starting the top players with an advantage, Cantlay posted just the fourth-best score on the week, and he was tied at that. However, given his bonus strokes as top horse in the race, his 269 was just enough to edge the U.S. Open titleist (Rahm) by one. Cantlay stood outside the top six who automatically qualify for Team USA, but he figured to be an automatic pick to all. With everything on the playoff line, the winner closed birdie-bogey-birdie to edge Rahm’s 72nd-hole birdie.

In an era of Twitter-this and Bluster-that, Cantlay’s demeanor is a contradictory throwback to an era when clubs did the talking. It’s a style befitting a spot on recent European teams, not the ones sporting RWB. Here’s hoping that his disposition and comportment rub off on his teammates and give us the Ryder Cup we all deserve.

Korn Ferry Tour Championship is a tale of highs and lows

Joseph Bramlett has battled his way around the tours for over a decade. Perhaps, only in his dreams did he expect to shoot 30 on the final nine of a Korn Ferry Tour Championship — including a five-birdie run — to clinch the tournament title and a return ticket to the PGA Tour. That’s precisely what happened on Sunday in Indiana. Bramlett stood on the 14th tee, on the heels of two consecutive birdies, precisely six shots in arrears of tournament-leading Trey Mullinax. Five holes later, the former Stanford golfer had made up six shots and earned a four-shot win over the former UAlabama star. Third place went to Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa, one back of Mullinax at 15 deep.

Throughout the week, Trey Mullinax had held the spotlight. He opened with 63 over the water-laced Victoria National layout, and maintained first spot until the bittersweet end. At 14 and 15, his iron game betrayed him from perfect fairway lies. At 18, it was an errant driver that nearly cost him solo second. Despite the home-stretch troubles, Mullinax will join Bramlett next year on the PGA Tour. A win in his portfolio would have been nice, but the consolation prize will comfort almost as nicely.

Let’s remember that the gilded story of the week was the performance of Mr. Bramlett. He has visited the PGA Tour before, and here’s a raised glass to his taking up longer residence this time around.

European Tour Italian Open: Twins win in back-to-back weeks

Just two of the top eight failed to break par each day at Marco Simone near Rome. One of the two, Masahiro Kawamura of Japan, finished in a tie for fifth. The other, Nikolai Hjøgaard, won by a single shot. And he did so on the 72nd hole. And he is the twin of last week’s winner, Rasmus Hjøgaard. That’s pretty exciting, huh?

For the second time in his European Tour career, Adrian Meronk had a chance at victory. Unlike the 2020 Dunhill, when he gave up a final-round lead, Poland’s top golfer stood tied with Nikolai Hjøgaard as the Dane played the final hole. Meronk had posted a sparkling 66 on Sunday, highlighted by an eagle-birdie-birdie, back-nine stretch. His closing run of five pars proved to be precisely what undid his challenge. Nikolai Hjøgaard was brilliant for three days, then held on for dear life over the course of the final round. Faced with the prospect of an initial tour title, each bogey was countered by birdie, and vice-versa. At the closing par five, he zipped a wedge approach to about 30 inches and converted the putt for four and a one-shot win over Meronk and Tommy Fleetwood, who had also made birdie to reach minus-twelve.

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2021 Tour Championship DraftKings fantasy golf picks

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Welcome to a new installment of DraftKings picks from staff writer and host of the Inside Golf Podcast, Andy Lack.

The PGA Tour travels to Atlanta, Georgia, this week for the Tour Championship, the final event of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Only the top-30 players in the FedEx Cup standings will be in attendance at East Lake Golf Club, and all will be competing for the FedEx Cup trophy and the top prize of $15 million dollars.

While this is an incredibly compelling week from a viewing standpoint, it does present an interesting proposition for those inclined to play DraftKings this week. Beginning in 2019, this event switched to a staggered scoring format to eliminate the confusion of two potential winners for the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup title. Patrick Cantlay, who is in first place after his victory last week at the BMW, will begin the tournament at 10-under par. Tony Finau, the number two ranked player, will begin at eight-under par, and so on until we reach the 30th ranked player, who will begin at even par.

Because of this new format, pricing is all over the place. Patrick Cantlay is the most expensive golfer at $13,400, and Erik Van Rooyen is the cheapest option at $5,000. Since there are only 30 players in the field this week, multiple players will crack 30% ownership, and only one or two players will have single digit ownership. While this week certainly isn’t for everyone, I do believe we are presented with an appealing opportunity to lean on game theory (even more than we usually do) and capitalize on some value. Let’s dig into my DraftKings picks for the Tour Championship.

$10,000 range

Jordan Spieth, $10,400 (Projected ownership: 10.98%)

I had no real plans to deploy Jordan Spieth this week, but he is a must play at this ownership. Spieth is in a bit of a dead-zone in the $10,000 range with Dustin Johnson, and double the amount of people are choosing a slightly more expensive Johnson in this spot despite him starting a stroke behind Spieth. That makes little sense to me. While the three-time major champion’s ball-striking has regressed in recent weeks, Spieth has been known to show up on tracks that he loves, regardless of form, and rise to the occasion. So long as he can find some of these fairways, East Lake is a good course for the 12-time PGA Tour winner, as evidenced by his win here in 2017. Spieth has also won at Innisbrook, been solid at TPC Southwind, and experienced plenty of success on Bermuda-grass greens.

$8,000 range 

Harris English, $8,700 (Projected ownership: 10.84%)

Since there are only two players in the $9,000 range this week and I will be playing neither of them, let’s jump down to the eights. I usually fade the Harris English chalk at all costs, so I was shocked to find out that the recent Travelers Championship winner currently carries the third lowest ownership projection of all 30 players in the field. English has been dominant on TPC Southwind, excellent on Bermuda-grass greens, and he profiles well for East Lake statistically as well. Over his last 36 rounds, English ranks 11th in fairways gained and fifth in scrambling. The University of Georgia product should be right at home this week in the southeast.

$7,000 range 

Brooks Koepka, $7,800 (Projected ownership: 17.90%)

Another week, another under-owned Brooks Koepka. I get it, the TOUR Championship is not a major, but I have a hard time believing that the four-time major champion can’t sink his teeth into the task of tracking down his peers from a giant hole. There’s a lot of money on the line this week, even for finishing ninth, and judging from Koepka’s dogged interest in the “PIP”, I think it’s a safe bet to assume this tournament will have his upmost attention. It was obviously overshadowed, but Koepka was good last week at the BMW as well. The Florida native was never going to win, but he fought hard all week and finished a respectable T17 while losing strokes putting, which kind of pokes a hole in the “Brooks only cares when he’s in contention” narrative. If the eight-time PGA Tour winner can grind out a solid weekend while not in contention on what players claimed to be both the hottest week of the year and the most difficult walk of the year, I think it’s fair to surmise that he’ll play hard for four rounds at East Lake, a golf course he’s already finished third and sixth at before.

$6,000 range

Joaquin Niemann, $5,600 (Projected ownership: 18.43%)

While we are not exactly getting a giant ownership break with Joaquin Niemann, fantasy managers are gravitating to the likes of Daniel Berger, Sergio Garcia, Corey Conners, and Hideki Matsuyama in this price range instead. Give me Niemann at depressed ownership. There seems to be a prevailing narrative that the young Chilean should only be deployed on Bent-grass greens, but Niemann has actually averaged 2.6 strokes putting across seven Bermuda-grass starts this season. The former Greenbrier Classic winner is also coming off a performance at the BMW Championship where he gained 1.5 strokes off the tee and 3.9 strokes on approach. Niemann is under-priced and under-owned for the upside he possesses.

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