Hallson Golf BLOG
DalyII, Hank, 2020 already
9/17/2019 7:31:14 AM
Daly's son had a great weekend in a Junior event on Florida, won by 5 shots in the older division. He has a chance to be much better than dad, watch him progress. Hank Haney is to resume in Pod Cast mode. Still don't know what the big deal was, people just don't like the truth these days. Rookie wins at the Greenbrier, Niemann. Like normal golf does not get a great deal of attention this time of year. Solheim Cup was something to watch, at least a close match occurred and both teams did well. Driver testing, I guess it is OK, but a player really has no control over it, he assumes his rep gave him a good driver. The player can't test himself, so this process will be interesting. Give Euro Credit for trying to do something about slow play. Never understand how a tour pro playing at around par can take 4+ hours to play. I think taking over 3 is crazy. Luckily for me where I play, I can do 9 in about 1:20 and 18 in 2:45 or less most days. An that is walking and carrying the bag.
Season 2020 Starts
9/9/2019 6:29:54 AM
Seems we just stopped, we did, the 2020 Seasons starts this week and 11 events occur before 2020 gets here. I play a great deal of golf and like golf but do we really need this many events. I guess it keeps the Golf Channel busy. Seems most of club makers new clubs for 2020 are hitting the shelves now. More clubs that will send the ball higher and further and yet average Joe still plays bogie golf at best. Family of Palmer is still working on what to do with all his memorabilia. Hope most of it end up at Golf Hall of Fame for everyone to enjoy. Paul Casey won in Europe this week, but other than that kind of a slow week in golf.
9/3/2019 6:24:16 AM
As of 9-3-2019 you can get 2 dozen of the TP5 PIX balls for $70, plus tax, create an account and you can get free shipping, not a bad deal for a high end ball, I have played and the TP5 and it plays top end, https://www.taylormadegolf.com/TP5-Pix-Golf-Balls/DW-WZ906.html?sc_src=email_56637&sc_lid=4364366&sc_uid=vy8xsYwFxc&sc_llid=105154&utm_source=us-emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ball&utm_content=pix-2for70&sc_eh=810d6bb7f2912f8a1
Omega - Rory
8/30/2019 6:09:39 AM
Seems Omega, one of Rory sponsors had him introduce a new lightweight watch to the market this week, so cool what does it look like and cost, nice looking yes, price tag $48,600. Now does the average golfer have $50k for 1 watch. I thought golf club prices were getting nutsy. Does Omaga really think someone going to drop down $50k just because Rory wears one. If you have that kind of money I doubt it. On another funny note, Tommy Fleetwood used his caddies putter on 8-29-19 which his caddy got off eBay. Amazing what golfer will do to make a putt. Lastly did you see the score card of Litwak at a Texas PGA Sectional this week, 29 -7 on the front, 43 +6 on the back, I think he started thinking about 59...
FedEx Cup Money
8/26/2019 7:04:07 AM
Nice to make the top 30 this year. Even 30th picked up a nice $400k. Schauffele picked up $5 million. Nice for a 25 year old. There has always been some debate on Tour how much if any should the caddy get of the year end money. If McIlroy gives his caddy $1.5m, nice for carrying around a bag. I wish I made that kind of money. Seems the getting strokes was no big deal, a player who did have a good year won the event. Koepka only has himself to blame, he kind of folded down the stretch this week. Happens to everyone, some days you just don't have it. Still won $3.5m, again I'll take that. The only change they need to make is not giving so many points in the 2 other events, they had to much movement for getting hot at the end.
FedEx Cup Playoffs
8/22/2019 6:07:09 AM
Why is the FedEx Playoffs so hard to understand? The old system was way to hard for the average fan to follow. I know this leads to guys who did not have the best year to end up winning, but lets compare. In Football, Baseball or basketball teams with losing records or about .500 records can get into the playoffs. AN in those sports they could end up winning the entire thing. This is the same thing, yes Kopeka had the best year but he needs to complete the process. The only tweak I think they need to make is not putting so many points on the 2 other Playoff Events. That did allow some player movement that was not deserved, they got hot 1 week and jumped 30 spots, that part is wrong. Kopeka had such a large lead going into the first 2 weeks, under normal weekly points he could not have been caught. For him to go into the last week in third is not right. I understand this is not easy, how do you generate a playoff vibe in a sport that for the most part plays year round. Maybe some consider ration should be made to have only 1 playoff event, staggered start like now, but say 6 rounds over 2 weekends.
FedEx Cup Finals
8/19/2019 6:21:59 AM
Last week of the season for golf, which is strange because they begin 2020 in just a few weeks. I like the idea of giving someone a head start for the finals but I think they gave to many points to the last 2 events. There was some major movement by a few only because they played good now. Not sure Thomas should be able to go from 15 to 1 in 1 event. Congrats to Doug Barron. Monday qualifies and wins the event. Barron only made $550k in 8 seasons on Tour and in his only 2 Sr Events he has now picked up roughly $375k. Its good to turn 50. Doug just happens to play a great of golf at Windyke CC(where I play) and TPC Southwind in Memphis area. Doug is a small guy that can really hit the ball hard. ***EQUIPMENT*** Taylormade really pushing there new and improvement P790 irons...Pre Order...Really who orders a club they have never hit...Don't do it...Hit them first. Never mention this before, but CallawayPreOwned.com is a good option for good clubs on a budget. FootJoy new Fall Line of clothes is out. The seems to be focusing more on clothes then shoes these days. Another budget hit, if you lose a high number of golf balls, RockBootomGolf.com AMMO Used balls are the way to go.
8/13/2019 5:13:02 PM
Taylormade has already made over the P790 irons. The other P790's were only 2 years old. Again a vendor with 7 models of irons. How do you know what to buy. Reed finally won again, another guy with an interesting bag setup, Ping, Taylormade, Titleist and Odyssey all in the same bag. Sorry DeChambeau, people are right speed up. Viewers get bored waiting, also not good for your sponsors, TV directors won't cut to you because you take to long. In general what don't the have the numbers on every tee to speed up play. Why does every player and caddie have to figure it its 176 to the hole and 169 to cover the bunker. They get to the same answer, speed up the process and just have it documented on the tee, all 18 of them, that probably cuts out 20 minutes a round along.
Great Talk with Lee Trevino
8/9/2019 6:08:19 AM
More Equipment thoughts
8/7/2019 7:55:35 AM
Just looking through an email from Taylormade and they have 5 different Iron models. Ping has 7 different Iron models. Callaway's are very confusing, but about 7 Iron Models. Without dragging in Titleist, Mizuno, Cleveland, Cobra, etc. how in the world could anyone figure out what is the best Iron for them. I love the fact the options are there, but talk about overwhelming. I get nothing from them but use ClubChampion to get fitted before you spend $1000 for irons. Pay the fee, you will glad you did.
This Week in Golf 8-5-19
8/5/2019 8:21:16 AM
Why I like Golf Athletes over other sports. PGA Tour players never have guaranteed jobs from year to year. To keep your playing rights you have to play well, you have to make cuts. Look at some of the names that will have to fight to get into events next year, Kaymer, Haas, Mahan, Walker and many more. I never know why other sports contracts are not totally based upon performance. FedEx Cup Playoffs begin this week. Two players missed the Top 125 by 2 points. That is 1 putt missed. Does not see like Tiger played very well except Augusta, yet he has 1003 points and is 27th in points. Not sure he can play 3 weeks in a row. Still not sure they have the formula right but I will admit I not sure how to change it. Koepka has a 572 point lead, seems like he should get some sort of big advantage. Given 4th is 1029 ponts behind only the top 3 should be allowed to win the entire thing. Other notes, Woodland had twins, congrats to him and his wife. Titleist has now hit the market with new TS2 and TS3 Hybrids and Fairway Woods. Again are they really any better than the old models or just something else to sell. JT Poston's bag this week was all Titleist. Fairly unusually for an entire bag to be 1 vendor. Did you see the Tour Caddy that shot 202 in the U.S. Am qualifier? I am not sure how you could shot that bad with just 1 club. Remember never fall for the vendors HYPE. I don't get paid by them but for a serious golfer, find a Club Champion location and get fitted for your swing and what feels good to you. it is not cheap $100 to $350 depending on what your doing, but if you going to spend $2000 plus for a full bag of clubs get one that will work for years. There are way to many choices for you to figure this out on your own.
St Jude World Golf
7/29/2019 6:49:12 AM
Koepka does it again, steps up in big events and wins. McIlory did not really fold, he just never got anything going. Watch closely on how far off his short irons are. He comes up short way to many times. TPC Southwind does not get the credit it should. More balls in the water in the last 15 years than any course on tour. Look it up. Water is in real play on 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 18. Look at the number of doubles and triples happen around this course. And with only 2 par 5's your must be on your game. Take Speith he had 2 double and 2 triples over the four days, get rid of 4 holes and he is at -16. Congrats also to Langer for picking up another big win in the Senior British Open. Equipment keeps getting more costly, Callaway just hit the market with a new EPIC Flash Star Driver $699. That right $699 for 1 club, really. Now why is the fairway wood version $399 which is crazy, but the driver is $300 more. New EPIC Forged Star Irons, full set is $2599. No profit margin here. Again, you want to expand the sport but club prices are to high. They already have problem with faces being to close to limit on being to hot and here comes another one. Might be great clubs, I am not knocking them, just the price point.
Champion Golfer of the Year
7/22/2019 6:51:02 AM
Can't even imagine how Lowry feel winning The Open while it is played in Northern Irland. Only downside was he was in such on control for the last 2 days there was not much drama. Congrats to Lowry. I wonder how much the bar bill was. Check outs Lowry's bag makeup, Srixon, Taylormade, Cleveland and Odyssey. Play what fits your game, not brands. JB Holmes, could there a been a bigger slide. Koepka did get on Holmes for slow play and good for him. Koepka is 100% right, why does Holmes wait until it is his turn to put his glove on and really figure out what shot to hit. This week FedEx St Jude, World Golf Event for the first time. They are getting lucky, weather end of July is normally 100 degrees plus heat index, this weeks forecast never above 90 which is great for Memphis. If you did not catch it, Schauffele had his driver fail the COR test so he had to use a new one. 1 - Seems like Callaway would check that before they give it to him, 2 - Crowd there called him a cheater because they leaked the test results. Come on UK fans, you really think he new, he plays what the Callaway van gives him. Plus 4 drivers failed, none of the others leaked out. Also 4 of 30 tested, is something wrong with the test and do the makers have a problem.
7/16/2019 6:12:40 AM
Like how they claim the name, the Open. Looks for deals coming and going this week. Taylormade put the TP with spots on Sale, the Millar clothing line on sale and Spider putters. That is new for a brand to run a short sale. Gfore has several items on sale, which are still high because of their price point. William Murray Golf seems to be on the rise, they have launched several new prints. The items are not as loud as you would expect. Ping G410 LST Driver is out, another promise of more distance. New adjustment device allows for 8 different settings in 1 club. Dylan Frittelli won the John Deere with a complete bag from Callaway, all clubs, putter and ball. That is unusual. Titleist has a new U500 Utility club, not sure where this category is coming from. From 16 to 22 degrees. Always selling us something easier to hit, sure it is for a Pro.
This Week in Golf 7-8-19
7/8/2019 6:33:17 AM
Another example how you can play golf your way, its just the 4 inches before and after the ball that counts. Lets see how often he can keep it up, congrats Wolff. $1.152m nice way to start a career. Furyke made $50m with a wacky swing, go for it young man. Wolff's bag is also completely Taylormade, except the ball. Very odd these days. Seeing the new crop of college golfers getting into events and it shows, some of these guys can play. DeChambeau, still not sure about this guy, he seems to run very hot and cold. He definitely has to much going on in his head but what do I know he makes more than me playing a game. Daly wanting a cart again at a major in which he can not win. Good for them telling him no. Rahm wins Irish Open with great final round, $1.4m. Scotty Cameron releases new Teryllium-insert putter family at only $599. I know you hit more shots with you putter than any other club, what is teryllium and is it really going to help me make more putts.
Stop Buying from NIKE
7/2/2019 11:42:30 AM
Seems Nike was going to produce a shoe with the US Flag on it and Kaepernick told Nike that would be offensive so they stopped production. Not that I have influence but stop buying anything Nike. Plenty of vendors Titleist, Puma, Adidas, Ralph Lauren, the list goes on have USA based items and no one is offended. Why they keep listening to a washed up loser like Kaepernick is beyond me. Sorry you insult every person in the military and their families when you to not stand up for the US. If you don't like was going on, move find out how good you really have it.
6/21/2019 6:21:01 AM
If you are an equipment buff, warning signs are out from Callaway dropping prices on Rogue iron woods and X Series, Cobra dropping King F8, that always means new product is coming so their dumping the old product. Seems there still prior generation ProV1's out there too at $39 a dozen. Seen some price drops on Ogio Shadow bags by $30. If you don't know Callaway now owns Ogio, thus whu Ogio use to make 10 or so bags, not they make about 5. You will see a new round if discounts as the Open nears.
6/17/2019 6:01:25 AM
Congrats to Woodland, guy played great all 4 days, Pebble continues to stand the test of time, don't need 7500 yard tracks with rough, small fast greens. Kopeka - 2nd Masters, Wins PGA, 2nd US OPEN, the guy loves majors what else can you say, he has admitted he gets bored at a normal tour event. FOX, learn how to cover golf, way to many special little clips, talking to people we don't care to hear from, way to many shots played recorded, golf is about showing live golf, your coverage is D at best.
6/9/2019 5:36:06 PM
3 Courses I think are special, St Andrews, Masters and Pebble Beach. I have been to Masters and Pebble. Both are unique in their own ways. If you ever get a chance to attend Pebble Beach event in Feb try to attend. Tickets are easy to get and only about $150 for the week. They bus you in because there is not parking, but the trip is quick about 15 minutes. Even if you do not like golf, go for the views, they are awesome. For golfers number 7 plays far more up hill than you can see on TV. The little par 3 eighth is amazing hard and so short, looks like it could fall off the cliff. The wind is so strange, the holes right on the water it can be blowing hard enough to make it hard to walk around and the just slightly inland holes might not feel any of it. As they say, by PGA standards the greens are small. The Feb event has sports stars and Hollywood types with each Pro. When I attended Josh Duhamel ask me which way a putt breaks because he wants to make the cut. Kevin Costner walks up and gives my wife signed ball. Kevin James tells jokes while waiting to hit the next shot. An yes, they all get upset with themselves when they miss a shot just like us. The both become real people just trying to play the best golf they can. The area has plenty of other parks and things to see, go if you can even if you don't like golf.
LPGA / Titleist New Equipment
6/5/2019 6:25:22 AM
I am not a Hank fan, but is what he said really that bad, if you don't like him, don't listen to his show. In his odd way, he is right, APAC region of the world controls womens golf and hardly anyone can name but a couple of players. Not good when you need business sponsors. MorningRead did a good piece on it, http://www.morningread.com/features/3511dd3f-a7cd-4627-994d-74241cab45d6. Equipment never stops changing, another new driver from Titleist TS1 and TS4 at the new wonderful MAP Price of $499, another reason people are avoiding golf, 1 club. Their Hybrid 818 just got a price cut from $279 to $199, which normally means a new version of that is coming soon, probably at the $299 MAP Price. I am not picking in Titleist they all do this. Golf market gets away with price fixing which is against US laws, what they makers do is if you advertise or sell the product below MAP price they drop your account, thus everyone is forced to sell at MAP. Cell Phone makers get away with the same thing.
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