Golf News – July 5, 2017

Golf Pride® MCC Plus4 Align™ Earns First Major Championship Victory At U.S. Senior Open

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. … Eaton announced today that its Golf Pride Grips Division developed the MCC Plus4 ALIGN midsize grips used by the winner of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open. The MCC Plus4 ALIGN made its Champions Tour debut just three weeks ago.

MCC Plus4 ALIGN activates upon installation with a dedicated raised ridge on the underside of the grip allowing for consistent hand placement and an enhanced ability to square the clubface at impact each and every time. ALIGN Technology also features a unique micro-diamond texture and 50% firmer material compared to the surrounding grip area to amplify its pronounced feel. The flex channel separates the ALIGN Technology ridge from the grip body to maximize elevation lift and lock the grip into fingers, while conforming to the rules of golf.

After testing for a week under non-competitive conditions, the winner of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open debuted MCC Plus 4 ALIGN midsize on all 13 of his swing clubs at Salem Country Club in Peabody, MA. MCC Plus4 ALIGN midsize will be introduced at retailers throughout the United States on Friday, July 7th. The MCC Plus4 ALIGN midsize features a street price of $11.49 per grip.

For more information on ALIGN technology and the entire 2017 Golf Pride product offering, visit golfpride.com

KBS Wins 2017 Web.com Nashville Golf Open

KBS Golf Shafts has another week of back to back wins on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour this past Holiday weekend. The second win came late in the day at the Web.com Nashville Golf Open. This week’s winner, a Virginia Commonwealth graduate has been rising up the ranks on the Web.com Tour and finally broke through for his first win at the Nashville Golf Open. The winner Playing KBS Tour 130 throughout his bag has been a KBS Golf Shaft supporter his entire Web.com career. KBS again grew its huge numbers of KBS Golf Shafts Players on the Web.com Tour, by having an unprecedented 70 plus players on the Web.com Tour using KBS Golf Shafts. We congratulate all KBS Golf Shaft Players and the winner on his amazing breakthrough win with more to come in his professional Golf career. Player Driven. Tour Proven.

‘Intent’ the anchoring get-out-of-jail-free card

When describing the proper way to avoid being in violation of the anchoring ban (Rule 14-1b), USGA executive director Mike Davis said, “All you have to do is this [hold the club away from your body] where you control the whole club with your hands. So, long and belly putters are still legal – so long as you don’t anchor them.”

Anchoring, as we all know (and as the USGA knows, with the exception of one word) is when the club, or the gripping hand, or a part of the forearm is held against the body, relieving the player from making a free swing by restricting the movement of the club as if it were physically attached to the player’s body and thereby providing extra support and stability for the stroke.

Anchoring is NOT deemed to have happened when and if a player holds the club, or the gripping hand, or a part of the forearm against the body, relieving the player from making a free swing by restricting the movement of the club as if it were physically attached to the player’s body and thereby providing extra support and stability for the stroke … if the player, regardless of having done all of the above, merely states that it was not their “intent” to have done so. That it was not their “intent” to have anchored.

Intent is the get-out-of-jail-free card for both the player and those who are meant to police the player.

It appears as if the USGA and the R&A, anticipating a clog of calls about the club or the gripping hand or part of the forearm accidentally or otherwise brushing against or settling upon one’s shirt, added the stipulation that there must be intent for the rule to have been violated. They thereby exempted themselves from all adjudicating, in effect saying that while we wrote the rule, we will not interpret the rule.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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