Worldwide Golf Shops 90 Day Satisfaction Guarantee Just Got Better

Worldwide Golf Shops announced today an exciting new addition to our already outstanding 90 Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee policy. We want our customers to be completely satisfied with their golf equipment purchases, whether you shop in one of our retail stores or online at www.WorldwideGolfShops.com. Starting March 1, 2012, customers who purchase a new golf club or golf club sets valued at $299 or more online at WorldwideGolfShops.com will, not only get free shipping on their purchase, but will also get FREE Return Shipping if they are not 100% satisfied. Customers will have the choice to exchange their club purchase for another brand or loft of the same or greater value, or get a credit for a future purchase. As long as the replacement club or set they have chosen is of equal or greater value, those clubs will also be shipped for free.

We know golf clubs need to be tried, so what better way to get yourself into a new set from Worldwide Golf Shops. Consider it a free mulligan on your club purchase. We know that if you are happy with your equipment and with the way you’re treated at Worldwide Golf Shops you’ll tell your friends. That’s all we ask.

 

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Worldwide Golf Shops Golf Balls for a Year – 2012 Winners

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Roger Dunn Shoppers
Rick G. Santa Ana
Sean C. Seal Beach
Denis V. Riverside
Nicholas D. Rancho Cucamonga
Jake H. North Hollywood
Marc M. West Los Angeles
Fred W. Newbury Park
Bob P. Cathedral City
Art W. Indio
Ron M. Mission Viejo
Dean T. Honolulu
John K. Pearl City
Lena T. Kahului
The Golf Mart Shoppers
Ron K. San Diego
Need Name San Marcos
John S. Encinitas
Nancy H. Del Mar
Deborah T.. South San Francisco
Luis G. Dublin
Jay S. San Rafael
Scott B. Concord
Gary J. Rohnert Park
Joe P. Seaside
Golfers’ Warehouse Shoppers
Ryan Q. Hartford
Connie H. Danvers
Jim H. Natick
Joseph L. Braintree
David H. Cranston
Vans Golf Shoppers
Bob M. Frank Lloyd Wright
Pat H. Camelback
Richard B. Sun City
John H. Speedway
Jeff G. Tucson
Matthew V. Metro Center
Aaron S. Apache
Internet Winner
Nisa T. Internet

Moving Forward

While we all want to get ahead in life, that doesn’t seem to translate to the golf course. In fact some of us are going backwards…as in tee boxes. A good majority of golfers are playing the blue tees when they should play the white tees or playing the white tees when they should play the forward tees (which many golf courses now offer). And playing the wrong tee boxes leads to – you guessed it – slower play. Let’s look at it this way; the yardage difference between tee boxes can be the equivalent of an extra hole! That means you are playing 19 holes, scoring 4-5 shots higher and taking an extra 10 minutes to play your round. So check your ego at the bag drop, move on up and my guess is you’ll score lower and have more fun. What is your take? Take our poll at www.facebook.com/worldwidegolfshops

Congratulations to Kyle Stanley for a Great Comeback…Well Deserved!

Kyle Stanley

On one of the biggest sports days of the year, Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyle Stanley charged to a victory more than worthy of Super Bowl-sized acclaim.

One week after finishing runner-up in a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open, Stanley, 24, came from eight shots back Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to earn his first PGA Tour victory, authoring a story of perseverance that golf won’t soon forget.

“I just tried to focus on playing golf,” said Stanley, who combined with Titleist Brand Ambassador Kieran Pratt and Pro V1x loyalist Paul Lawrie to sweep the three events played last weekend across the worldwide professional tours.

“I knew I was playing well coming into this week,” Stanley said. “I think the biggest challenge was seeing if I could put last week behind me. I think I did.”

Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, including a new set of Titleist MB (712 Series) irons, Stanley closed with a bogey-free 6-under 65 for a 15-under 269 total and one-shot victory, leading a 1-through-7 finish for Titleist golf ball players.

Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane (Pro V1x) finished runner-up after a final-round 5-under 66. He was followed by Spencer Levin (3rd, Pro V1x) and Titleist Brand Ambassadors D.J. Trahan (4th, Pro V1x), Brendan Steele (5th, Pro V1x) and Kevin Na (5th, Pro V1x), and Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson (5th).

A total of 92 players in the field at TPC Scottsdale relied Titleist golf balls for their success, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in irons sets (39); sand, lob and approach wedges (128); and putters (59).

Stanley’s victory in the desert was highlighted by both power and precision, not to mention some grit and determination.

At the par-5 13th, Stanley ripped a 376-yard tee shot with his 910 driver and hit his Titleist MB 9-iron to 20 feet to set up an eventual two-putt birdie. On the par-4 14th, he drove his Pro V1x golf ball 325 yards down the middle of the fairway, pitched to 12 feet and rolled in the birdie putt with his Scotty Cameron Timeless GSS.

On the par-4 17th, Stanley used his Vokey Design Spin Milled 56•14º wedge to hit a highlight-reel recovery shot from beneath a cactus (see video below), and two-putted for par. Stanley, who hit 89 percent of his greens in regulation Sunday, sent his approach shot on the par-4 18th to 12 feet above the hole. He two-putted for the one-shot victory.

“You know… this week I just kind of tried to just let it happen, not think about it, and just focus on things that I could control,” said Stanley.

Two weeks ago, Stanley paid a visit to the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif., a short drive from Torrey Pines and the Farmers Insurance Open. There, he worked with Dr. Greg Rose on his alignment, getting himself squared up from what had become an open stance.

As a result of the realignment, Stanley lost some backspin with his Titleist 910D3 7.5º driver. Enter: Senior Club Fitting Analyst Dino Antenucci, who changed Stanley’s driver head from 7.5º to 8.5º, keeping the SureFit Tour hosel in the A•1 position (standard loft, standard lie).

Immediately, Stanley had a better ball flight, more shot-shaping control and about 2,400 rpm of backspin.

Of course, the results speak for themselves.

The Old Tiger is Gone Forever

John Ziegler
talktozig@aol.com
www.worldwidegolfshops.com

The Old Tiger Is Gone Forever

Tiger Woods will likely win again. He will probably even win at least one more major, if only for old time’s sake. But despite what his recent resurgence may indicate, the Tiger we once knew is gone and is not coming back.

After winning his own “tournament” in dramatic fashion late last year and leading a European Tour event into the final round before finishing third, the golf media, desperate for their golden goose to return to his past glory, quickly heralded his rebirth. However, as a long-time Tiger watcher, it seems pretty clear to me that this is little more than wishful (almost desperate) thinking.

Before the scandal, I used to literally be Tiger’s biggest fan (back when there was fierce competition for that honor). I still consider myself lucky to have been living in the first part of the last decade when we saw what was clearly the best golf ever played in the history of homo sapiens. There was even a time when I wondered if Tiger even technically qualified as a mere human being.

But with this version of Tiger Woods, the thrill is gone and not just because we now know that as a person he is nothing remotely special. In fact, from purely a golf perspective, Tiger Woods “3.0” is usually downright boring and, even at his best, not particularly spectacular.

In his prime, even the casual fan could instantly see that Tiger was fundamentally different/better than anyone else on tour. He hit the ball farther than almost anyone and (especially in 2000-2001) his swing was both incredibly powerful and almost perfectly symmetrical. At his best, his follow through looked exactly like the mirror image of the top of his swing. While he didn’t hit every fairway, his recovery skills were so Seve-like you almost looked forward to him making the rare mistake just to see the magic which would inevitably ensue.

Today, when everything is clicking for him, he morphs into a poor man’s Nick Faldo with a little more distance. He is no longer a highlight machine waiting to be turned on, but rather just a steady contender who hits fairways and greens and makes the occasional putt. Tiger is certainly one of the best players in the world, but not significantly better than anyone else in that group and nothing really to write home about.

His swing, once a feast for the eyes, no longer inspires awe. While seemingly becoming more efficient, his swing now finishes either with the shaft pointing straight towards the sky or, when he is playing a fade, across his no longer geometrically ideal stance.

Tiger still hits it far, but isn’t close to the longest player on tour. Perhaps more disappointing, it seems as if this Sean Foley version has sapped most of the magic out of Tiger’s swing and stripped him of his prodigious powers of recovery. Even his short game doesn’t seem to create nearly the fireworks it used to and his putting is no longer the definition of clutch.

In short, as sleep inducing as golf can be to watch on television without Tiger, it is almost as dull even with him now. The biggest reason it isn’t is simply the great memories we associate with Tiger and his incredible career. Without those reminiscences, watching him would be pretty much the same as anyone else, which, in some ways, might be the most damning indictment of what he has become.

My personal view as to why this has happened is that it is mostly tied to those couple of months after the scandal broke when Tiger was in hiding. It seems pretty clear that he underwent some sort of significant mental therapy, which probably included a rather harsh tearing down of many of the belief systems which helped make him so great to begin with. In a sense, his internal hard drive was fried and then partially restored. Obviously not all of the files (including the ones labeled “magic” and “intimidation) made it through the rebooting process.

While this is all very sad and somewhat tragic, there is a bright side to it. While we will never again get to see Superman in action, we still have the fascinating spectacle of finding out what Clark Kent is capable of achieving while armed with little more than the distant memories of what he once was.

So the Tiger Woods saga will still be “interesting,” just don’t expect it to be “amazing.”

John Ziegler has played in three national amateur championships and won four private club championships in three different states, including the last two at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. He is currently a member at Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo.