The long awaited talk about Tiger Woods Skins Game in Japan has finally been announced.

Woods will take on Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in The Challenge: Japan Skins in October, an event that will kick off the Zozo Championship week. Both events will be staged at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan.

The purse will be $350,000. The skins game will feature in-match challenges, each hole will have an increasing amount of money riding on it and the golf will be timed to finish under the lights.

Here’s how it will work, according to the AP. Players need to win a hole outright, or it carries over to the next hole. Total prize money is $350,000 — $10,000 per skin for the opening six holes, $20,000 for the next six holes, $20,000 through the 17th hole, and $100,000 for the 18th.

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (10.5 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80X

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (13.5 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue

5-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (18 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue

Irons: Callaway Apex MB (3-PW)

Shaft: Nippon Modus Tour3 130X

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (54 degrees, 58 degrees)

Shaft: Nippon Modus Tour3 130X

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Rochester

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Driver: Ping G400 LST (10 degrees)

Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7X

3-wood: Ping G410 (14.5 degrees)

Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8X

Hybrid: Ping G400 (19 degrees)

Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 95 X

Irons: Ping iBlade (4-9)

Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.0

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (46 degrees), Ping Glide Forged (52, 56, 60 degrees)

Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: Ping Vault 2.0 Dale Anser (Platinum)

Grip: Ping PP58 Midsize Full Cord

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58 Rib

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

5-wood: Titleist 915Fd (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X
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Irons: Titleist T100 (4-iron), Titleist 718 MB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 (46, 52, 56 degrees), Vokey Design SM6 (60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5

Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 25: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the eighth fairway during the final round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire)

A season of solid performances, plus the leader in Total Strokes Gained, Rory McIlroy wins his second TOUR Championship in Atlanta to collect the $15m FedEx Cup first prize.

Basingstoke, Hampshire. (August 26, 2019) – Team TaylorMade athlete, Rory McIlroy, caps off a stellar season on the PGA TOUR by winning the FedEx Cup using an M5 driver, featuring Injected Twist Face technology and the 5-layer TP5 golf ball.


Wins $15m first prize to add to his $7.78m already won this season Second time he has won the FedEx Cup (2016) Joins Tiger as only the second person to ever win the FedEx Cup twice Has now won a record five FedEx Cup playoff events surpassing Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods with 4 wins each


Started 5 strokes behind the leader heading into the TOUR Championship Second time he has won the TOUR Championship Second year running he has played in the final group


This was Rory’s BEST EVER season on the PGA TOUR for Strokes Gained Total with +2.551 Rory’s +2.551 SG Total for the season is the 4th best on record (Tiger Woods holds the Top 3 in 2006, 2009 and 2007) Rory also leads in SG stats: Off-the-Tee (+1.195), and Tee-to-Green (+2.126) Three wins this season: TOUR Championship, THE PLAYERS and RBC Canadian Open Led the Tour in Top 10 finishes during the regular season From 19 starts, he has had fourteen Top 10s Ranked no.1 in scoring average with 69.057


Jumped to 25th (+.425) in SG Putting in 2019 vs. 159th in 2018 with his Spider X putter featuring Pure Roll™ technology Switched into TP5 from TP5X earlier this season to increase his short game spin Has played M5 driver with Injected Twist Face all year since Sentry TOC Recently added a P730 PW to his bag after playing a Milled Grind 48° most of the season Leads in SG off-the-tee with his M5 driver (+1.195) Has#22 stamped on his TP5 golf ball Jumps to #2 in the OWGR


M5 9.0° driver M6 15.0° fairway wood M5 19.0° fairway wood P750 4 iron P730 5-PW irons Milled Grind wedges 52°, 56° and 60° Spider X Copper putter TP5 golf ball (#22)

While perusing the improvements in golf equipment over the years, I came across data analysis that caused several rereads! Using Shotlink data, I looked at putting stats on Tour  
from 2003 to now. Using putts made at specific distances, the make percentage is LOWER today than 2003! Given the advances
over the last 15 years, better, more consistent greens, millions of dollars invested in putter head designs, contour books showing every break every grain pattern and not the least, the arrival of sophisticated putting instruction, my first reaction was "this
can’t be right."


The chart below speaks for itself. Putting has declined. These are the averages for three early years and the last three years. All Shotlink data was taken from the PGA Tour. I recruited Jim MacKay as my expert data analyst. Jim is a golf industry
veteran who has been working with tour players and these putting stats for 20 years.



The data confirms that putting on Tour has declined.  The information in the chart above was pulled from


WHY? The numbers didn’t have lots of peaks and valleys indicating, one significant factor that was having a broad, negative effect on performance. 

Before I state my case, two caveats. First, things are going to get a little technical, so hang in. Second, I will be mentioning a product with which I’m involved.


The first thought was green speeds. I asked several Tour players and instructors and the overriding conclusion was that green speeds have definitely increased and also dramatically improved. So, it was determined that this would not have been a broad
enough factor to affect a widespread putting demise.


Then why? As greens got smoother and faster over the years the philosophy behind the putting stroke developed into a smooth pendulum style. To augment this, putter designers increased the MOI of their heads while adding weight. 

One thing changed dramatically and the other stayed the same and therein lies the answer. The steel putter shaft was introduced almost 90 years ago and I‘ve been putting with them for over 60 years. How many things in this world have virtually
unchanged for 90 years?
Over the years, quality instruction on the stroke coupled with the modern technology of heavier heads increased the stress factor which interfered with the face returning square at impact.


So, we postulate; can weak steel shafts cause face oscillation? Yes! They are in direct conflict with the heart of today’s smooth stroke; they don’t allow putter face to consistently return square at impact. We cannot stop here. The theory must be


Breakthrough Golf Technology has a golf lab with perfect greens, a putting robot and
advanced software for analysis. You must have this kind of environment to isolate and measure the discrepancies. We traced
history, lighter heads to heavier on steel shafts and watched the face deflection increase. When we introduced the Stability Shaft into testing, the face angle problem disappeared regardless of head weight. When we had Jim MacKay retest at his facility and
he verified the results.

We see players holing putts all the time on TV. Yes, it’s a selection process. TV executives aren’t going to gain viewers by showing a bunch of misses. 

How about when we read that someone has putted in an extraordinary fashion. The error factor discussed is slight, and short-term success happens, but it is negated over the long haul.


Am I trying to make a big deal out of something that’s very minor just to sell shafts? Do these tiny differences really cause a huge impact? I arbitrarily took six PGA Tour players around the mid-point of the money list and calculated what just one
shot less in a tournament would be when translated into money earnings.


The result astounded me; the average amount per player was over $500k for the season! That was only ONE shot better in a 72-hole event, so while the percentages don’t look huge, when you convert them to dollars on Tour it’s the kind of result that
makes you double check the math.


Working with Tour players is challenging; they don’t like to mess with their equipment and like many professional athletes are insulated by a team of coaches, agents, trainers and tour reps that often make them unapproachable (especially since we
don’t pay). With that said, the performance of the Stability shaft has done well, since it is the fastest growing shaft on tour. Not many realize this because we don’t ‘pay to play’ and can’t advertise the names.


Any golfer (tour or amateur) is welcome to visit our fitting lab at Breakthrough Golf in Dallas
where they can go through a complete putter analysis. They will experience first-hand how the Stability Shaft fits any putter head and has proven
performance over a steel shaft. Best of all no player adjustment. Yes, it’s the only putter shaft in golf that mitigates face movement without being super heavy or something causing a major player adjustment


To all amateurs; the data used here is taken directly from the PGA Tour, who are considered the best putters in the world. Amateur improvement would be several factors greater. With all the industry attention to distance, an old line comes to mind
"Drive for show, putt for dough."  





McIlroy’s 15th career PGA TOUR victory is the 2nd win on the PGA Tour for TaylorMade’s New M5 & M6 Drivers featuring the company’s ground-breaking Injected Twist Face technology; also second win in three weeks for new Spider X putter

What You Need to Know:

 As he has since the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Rory has continued to play a 9° M5 Driver, of which he’s found remarkable success this season. At TPC Sawgrass, Rory averaged 305 yards off the tee for the tournament – good for fifth in the field.

    In addition to the M5 driver, McIlroy also games a 19° M5 titanium fairway, which he put into play the same week he added the M5 driver to the bag – in Kapalua.

    Rory’s first PGA TOUR win of the season is the 4th win for the new 2019 TP5/x golf ball – joining Johnson (x2) and Fowler as staffers who’ve won playing it. Rory’s preferred golf ball is the is the ’19 TP5, stamped #22.

    Working diligently on finding his putting stroke, McIlroy added the new Spider X putter to his equipment arsenal this season and the results have been impressive. This week, he carded 21 birdies or better en route to victory. His win is the second
on the PGA TOUR with the company’s newest putter; joining the winner of the Honda Classic.

    Having played the Milled Grind Wedges since first joining Team TaylorMade, Rory’s setup has remained fairly consistent throughout the year This week, he opted for the Milled Grind Raw in 48°, complementing it with 54° & 60° Milled Grind Hi-Toe wedges.


Additional Statistics of Note:

Ranked first in strokes gained: total (13.924)

Ranked first in strokes gained: tee to green (13.262)

Ranked second in strokes gained: off the tee (5.309)

Ranked T3 in greens in regulation (58/72 – 80.56%)

Ranked fifth in driving distance (305 yards)

M5 Driver | 9°

M5 Fairway | 19°

P790 2-iron

P750 irons | (3-4)

P730 irons | (5-9)

Milled Grind Wedge | 48°

MG Hi-Toe Wedges | 54°& 60°

Spider X Putter

2019 TP5 Golf Ball | #22

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (9 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 70 TX

Fairway wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 TX

Hybrid: Callaway Apex Hybrid (20 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 90 TX

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’19 (4-iron), Apex MB ’18 (prototype) (5-PW)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X 100

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (50, 56, 60 degrees)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X 100

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Madison Stroke Lab

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

CARLSBAD, Calif., Mar. 5, 2019 – Today Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) announced that Francesco Molinari, the reigning Open Champion, has joined its Tour Professional Staff. He will
play Callaway woods, irons, wedges, an Odyssey Putter, and a Chrome Soft Golf Ball, and he will use a Callaway Staff Bag.


“I am joining Callaway because I’m so impressed by their equipment,” said Molinari. “More than anything, I’m looking forward to playing the new Epic Flash Driver and the Chrome Soft X Golf Ball. The ball speed gains that I’m getting
from the driver are unbelievable. And this golf ball is the best one that I’ve ever played. The performance from tee-to-green, especially the feel and control, is exactly what I want.”


This week, Molinari will make his Callaway tournament debut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour. He will have all Callaway equipment in his bag for the event, including an Epic Flash Sub Zero Driver, an Epic Flash
Sub Zero Fairway Wood, Apex MB 18 Irons, Mack Daddy 4 Wedges, an Odyssey Toulon Madison Putter with a new Stroke Lab Shaft, and a Chrome Soft X Ball.


A native of Turin, Italy, Molinari is coming off a remarkable 2018 campaign, highlighted by his first major win at The Open Championship. He also won the BMW PGA Championship and the Quicken Loans National last year, and he posted
a perfect 5-0 record for the victorious European Team at the 2018 Ryder Cup. He enters this week as the 10th ranked player in the world.


You can follow Francesco on Twitter: @F_Molinari and on Instagram: @chiccogolf











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