Fortune Brands is going to split into three units and sell off its golf and home products units, keeping its most profitable division which is in the alcohol realm (Jim Beam).
Fortune’s golf unit would include anything under the Acushnet umbrella, Titleist, Footjoy, Pinnacle etc. Cobra has already been sold off to Puma.
This essentially means that golf’s biggest brand will have one of those WalMart happy face stickers and be up for sale to the highest bidder.
“While the breadth and balance of our portfolio have served shareholders very well, we see the potential for even greater value by separating our businesses into focused companies,” ~ Chief Executive Bruce Carbonari.
So, I’ve just gone through my wallet. I managed to gather up $19.60. I’m willing to throw that in the pot. What do you say we pass around a golf hat and see if we can come up with enough dough to make the purchase? I think that would mean we could get a great deal on, or perhaps even scam some free ProV1’s…
Yesterday one of my buddies lost a ball in an area of grass which had a bunch of clippings. We were trying to find his ball by dragging our clubs through the clippings to see if the missing ball was underneath them when his wedge hit my new Dornoch Putter. It put a big ding in the face. Boy am I a sad camper right now.
Just before that happened my other pal was telling the guy who hit my putter with his wedge that my putter was the most beautiful putter he’d ever seen. Boo hoo. I’m on suicide watch now…
I don’t switch putters very often. In fact, the last time I switched was because my old putter was stolen. I’ve switched and I’m very happy with my new putter by Grant Mackay of Dornoch Putters. This thing is amazing.
I missed the DHL guy a couple of times. I didn’t know what he was delivering. On the 3rd day he finally caught me and handed me a golf club box. The problem was that the top 1/3 of the box was gone and there was the handle of a golf club sticking out about 1.5 feet. I looked at the return address and this thing had come clear from Scotland. I asked the DHL guy about the condition of the box and he said “this is the way it was when it got to me.” Surprisingly the putter had survived a trip from Scotland to Utah with half the box gone and/or destroyed.
I tested the putter out on the practice green a few days later and shot some pictures of it, as I do for all my reviews. I wasn’t quite done testing it on the practice green, not confident enough to try it on the course yet. The next day I forgot to put my regular putter back in the bag and found out the Dornoch Putter was in play when I arrived at the 1st green in my Thursday money game. Uh oh. That could be expensive.
As it turned out, it was expensive… for my opponents. I putted so well that day, that the putter hasn’t left my bag since.
I’ve been experimenting with a crazy wedge lately called the Bandit Wedge. This wedge reminds me of those no-shank F2 wedges which I reviewed clear back in March of 2006.
In working on my review here I’ve been trying to do some research on the Bandit Wedge, but there’s nothing out there. No web site to be found. I can’t find anything about this club anywhere online. So I’ll proceed solely on my experience with the club.
Many people shank their wedges. I played with a guy who did it all the time. It is hard to watch. Fortunately I don’t shank my chips, but I do hit an occasional shank with full shots. I won’t be doing that with this club.
The Bandit has a bent hosel to prevent shanks. The head is perimeter weighted to make it easy to hit.
Camillo Villegas, a long time Cobra/Titleist guy, will be joining the Taylormade-adidas tour staff starting in 2011.
Villegas, 28, will play TaylorMade® clubs, a TaylorMade ball, wear TaylorMade headwear, wear a TaylorMade glove, use a TaylorMade staff bag and wear adidas Golf footwear. More details on the relationship between Villegas and TMaG will be revealed on September 9.
Currently Camilo is ranked 25 in the world, but ranked #1 with the lady golf fans…