Hallson Golf BLOG
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.
5/29/2019 6:34:21 AM
I know companies have to make money but seems golf clubs prices keep going through the roof. Callaway has the Toulon line of putters at $449 each. While you use a putter on every home, WOW. All big brands are also stretching the limits on driver prices, many are getting to the PXG price point of $575. Many Hybrids and Fairway woods are hitting the $299 price point. You thought car prices drop quickly, check clubs prices. Priced out Titleist Hyrbid H1's recently $279 new, eBay is full of them used on fairly good shape for $75 to $100. Used price point is much easier to take than the new. An who is XXIO? Their new Prime XP1000 Driver is $849, better hit every fairway and add 30 yards for that price point. Soon your local golf shop will be offering 24 month financing. You will be upside down 1 week after purchase. On a serious note, they keep talking expand the game, well equipment prices have to stay steady for a while, I know they won't drop. Your could easily now have $3000 in clubs in the bag: $500 driver, 2 $300 Fairway Woods/Hybrids, $450 Putter, $1500 in irons and wedges or worse. Remember just a month ago Titeist hit the market with a $500 per iron set.
NA Wins Supports thoughts on PGA Courses
5/28/2019 6:44:37 AM
Congrats to Na, he is a grinder that gets it done. He also supports what I and many others say about PGA and US Open picking long bombers courses. Last week they played a keep it in play course which allowed even the shortish in terms of PGA length to compete. Na is a solid PGA Tour Player but being honest there are only a hand full of events he can probably win just due to length. Taylormade is introducing new Clothing Line by Peter Millar. Interesting since the sold Adidas since they did not want to be in the clothing business. I think they see all the money Millar is making selling $150 shorts. Collection starts at about $84 for Polo's and goes up. Club House news is FootJoy is about to introduce a higher end line of cloths at about Lillar pricing or just above. Sorry folks, I just don't get spending $100 - $75 for a Polo shirt you can get for about $30ish if you just wait or don't buy that high end brand name. Is it really worth the extra $$$.
5/21/2019 8:49:04 AM
Amazing how Koepka gets no respect from the media, 4 majors, Couples is in HOF with 1 major, like both guys don't get me wrong, but Koepka knows how to play hard courses. Note to PGA, don't pick places for bombers only, 500 yards par 4's take a number of people out of it, bombers just hit 325+ in the rough and can get it to or around the green, avg tour guy can't do that. Susie Whaley great for golf, always done a great job at every level. Her opening statement greatest field in golf, please, you have 22 club pro's, numerous past PGA champs, really only had maybe 30 guys in the field that could win. Grant you Sung Kang, Jazz a few surprises showed up, but far from best field in golf. Another under the radar surprise Matt Kucher, +1, throw out the 2 bombers he is 3 off the lead. Pebble will be more interesting because in the fairway will be key, not hitting it 330. For me, I would rather see a guy have to hit the fairway at 250 and hit to a small green or area of the green so show he has control. Nothing against Koepka, HOF'er for the 4 majors, work of advice, come out of your shell, let people see who you are, you could have Daly type crowds for your power but you have to pull in people.
TNT and PGA
5/16/2019 5:13:34 PM
TNT needs to learn how to telecast a major, seems they show 3 shots and go to another commercial. That and too many specials bits, show the golf. Good weekend to buy some new golf gear, plenty of specials, just shop.
Really Daly gets In
5/8/2019 12:39:58 PM
Nothing against Daly, he was good for golf, brought in new people, still does a great deal for his Ark community, hats off to him for all that, but why in the world would he want to take a spot in the PGA on one the hardest courses used, extremely long and hard to walk. He is going to shot 80+ for 2 days and go home. John go be part of the event, do what past champions do, but know when to stop playing, your out of your element with those young bucks...You old not disabled, I am all for the Casey Martins old the world with a true disabilities getting a break to play, that good for the game...
5/7/2019 6:17:24 AM
TaylorMade has bought out a new Original Metal Driver with 2019 standards, but I am not sure I understand the point. Does anyone really was a 275cc head driver? Not cheap either $399. Wells Fargo...Amazing how some weeks these guys come out of no where to win. Max Homa and Joel Dahmen could have made you a mint betting on them. Just shows you how many good players there are around the world, just just need a good week or a break just to get into an event. Hats off to both guys. To have Rose, Garcia and Fowler on your back and they both did amazing jobs. McIlroy does not seem to be trending positive lately. Sundays have not been his friend, which is a little strange to me, he does not need the money or the status, just play. Home and Dahman need the money and the status and they shined. Not golf but the horse got ripped off, yes he moved over but the rule also says it had to alter the course of the race, no other horse was going to catch him.