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Titleist Golf history
If you think it’s hard to meet people try hitting someone else’s golf ball...
How A Missed Putt Started A Golf Ball Empire
Phillip E. "Skipper" Young, a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded Titleist in 1932.
When playing a round of golf with his dentist, Young missed a sure putt that seemed to be caused by the weight of the ball. He then asked his dentist friend to X-ray the ball and the film showed that the rubber core was off-centre.
After this initial discovery, Young took X-rays of more golf balls and found that most were poorly constructed with off-centre cores and prone to erratic shots. This inspired Young to produce his own line of golf balls, which would become known as Titleist.
1930: Young developed a machine that could uniformly wind rubber string around a rubber core, making a "dead center" golf ball. He named the ball "Titleist," noting it was the "winner" of the quest to create the best for the game.
1935: The golf division of the Acushnet Process Company produced the Titleist golf ball which had consistently been the company's most successful product.
1948: Introduced "Dynamite Thread" to increase the yardage of their balls.
1949: Titleist became the most used ball at the U.S. Open Tournament.
1976: Titleist was purchased by American Brands (now known as Fortune Brands).
1985: Fortune Brands sold off the Acushnet Company's Acushnet Rubber division, which was Acushnet's original business (circa early 1900s).
2002: Titleist reached the $1 billion mark in annual revenues.
On December 8, 2010, Fortune Brands announced that it would soon sell or spin off Titleist and some other brands. It was then announced on May 20, 2011 that a Korean group associated with Fila Korea, Ltd. and Mirae Asset Private Equity would purchase Acushnet for $1.23 billion in cash.
Acushnet employs roughly 3000 people in Massachusetts, making it one of the largest employers in the region. It is headquartered in Fairhaven, Massachusetts alongside its Packing and Distribution Center about three miles south of its original location.
They also have two golf ball manufacturing plants and an R&D Technology Center located in the New Bedford Industrial Park, as well as a Custom Golf Ball plant located in New Bedford.
And all of this due to a missed putt... and a lot of blood sweat and tears, persistence, & dedication to making things happen!

How Far You Hit Your 5-Iron Determines Which Tees You Should Play By GolfSpy Barbajo, April 1, 2019 in (The 19th Hole)

Golf Arizona News and Events

Jan. 9, 2020

No More Sandbaggers - Realtime Handicap Updates...


Starting January 6th of 2020, trying to keep a high handicap so you can clean up at the next event, will be much tougher. Golfers will no longer get to wait two weeks to get their handicap index updated.
It will now be updated the day after you play…no lag time. If you get a few low scores in a given week, your handicap will drop like a stone.

Where the old system used to count your best 10 scores of your last 20, the new one will count your best 8 scores of your last 20. It will allow for a bigger adjustment if you’re on a hot streakThat’s just one of the new features that will go into the new World Handicap System (WHS).

Thanks to a $30 million software upgrade, 6 international handicap systems have been rolled into one. The best of each has been adopted to be included in the new WHS.

The new system will...

Which tees to play? Let this calc help you decide...

Don't play just by the tee-box colors, play the numbers. Use this formula to find your tee box.
Avg. 7 iron distance x 18 Greens + Avg Driver distance x 14 Fairways = your yardage.
160 yards x 18= 2,880
260 yards x 14= 3,640
2,880+3,640= 6,520 is your appropriate yardage +/- 100 yards.


Handicap System Changes; USGA Peer Review & Playing Alone

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Rhodes Rules School - The Rules of Golf - Focsus on the confusing ones...

No.3 Water & Lateral Water Hazard Stakes
Question 1: What colour stakes and/or lines define a lateral water hazard?
Answer: Red stakes and/or lines.

Question 2: A player's ball last crosses the margin of a water hazard at points a, b and c above. In which of these three cases, if any, may the player take the option of dropping their ball within two club-lengths, not nearer the hole.

Answer: The water hazard in the photo above has not been correctly defined by the Committee, as there is no clear indication of where the water hazard ends (yellow stakes and/or lines) and where the lateral water hazard starts (red stakes and/or lines). Consequently, the player should assume that the additional option of dropping within two club-lengths of where the ball last crossed the margin of a lateral water hazard, afforded by Rule 26-1c, is not available (*but see the note at the end of this email).

Where a hazard changes status, from a water hazard to a lateral water hazard, this should be indicated by a yellow stake and red stake placed side by side. This photo shows the hazard correctly defined.
This is the wording of Rule 26-1c relating to the additional options that are available if a player's ball last crossed the margin of a lateral water hazard;
Another 'Rhodes Rules School' Q&A will follow next week,
* In the photo above it would appear that the player would not benefit from the additional option for a lateral water hazard of being able to drop within two clublengths of where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard. However, in stroke play situations, where the player would like to choose this option and there is no member of the Committee available to make a decision as to where the lateral water hazard commences, the player should play two balls, under Rule 3-3, announcing which ball he wants to count. At the end of the round, he must then report the facts to the Committee and ask them to rule which of the two balls counts under the Rules of Golf.

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