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Bubba being Bubba meets Oakley being Oakley

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There might not be a more interesting golfer on the PGA Tour than Bubba Watson, and it’s nothing he tries to hide.

He’s the longest driver on the PGA Tour, which comes with its own level of notoriety. Now add that the five-time tour winner is left-handed, self-taught and one of the most talented ball strikers on the PGA Tour. From the middle of the fairway, he’s known to curve his shots 30 yards this way or 30 yards that way, because that’s what seems right to him.

Adding to Watson’s fame are his media feats, which include his part alongside Ben Crane, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler in the golfing boy band the “Golf Boys,” and his decision to trade in a traditional golf cart in favor of a hovercraft last April. 

Watson’s unique equipment needs are something out of golf folklore as well. He wields a pink driver with a pink shaft and golf grips that are more similar in size to the handle of a baseball bat than a golf club.

When Oakley signed the golfer to a contract to wear its apparel in 2013, its leadership knew that it was challenging itself with one of the most distinctive, untraditional golfers in today’s game. But by building products for him, the company knew it would be on a path to building better products for all golfers.

Bubba’s Masters Scripting

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Bright colors dominates Watson’s 2014 Masters apparel, just as the 35-year-old Bagdad, Fla., resident likes.

“He’s pretty untraditional relative to the rest of the golf community,” says Kristin Debany, Oakley’s global director of performance apparel and accessories. “He’s more vocal with his opinions and likes to stand out more. He gravitates toward the bigger, bolder prints and wants to be noticed on the course.”

Key to the bright colors that Watson sports on the course is Oakley’s printing technique called sublimation, which prints the colors and graphics on Oakley apparel when it’s still in the fiber stage. It’s a process Oakley borrowed from its production of surfing board shorts, and gives the company’s apparel a more dimensional, textural look, Debany said. 
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Of course, there are performance considerations to the process as well. In Oakley’s shirts, sublimation keeps the fabric light and breathable since it doesn’t require extra material to create patterns. And its seams are pulled forward and flatlocked to limit the friction between a golfer’s skin and clothing that is often a problem: especially for golfers like Watson, who swings his driver a PGA Tour-leading average of 124 mph.

All of the polos that Watson will wear at the 2014 Masters: The Ellis ($70), The Lyons ($75, pictured right), The Ashland ($80) and The Delta ($65) also use Oakley’s moisture-wicking “O Hydrolix” yarn and have added UV and anti-bacterial protection.

At the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open, Watson debuted a new piece of Oakley equipment: the company’s Carbon Pro 2.0 golf shoes. They could be the most important part of Watson’s outfit, and golfers who have seen his swing in slow motion know why. His unique swing and clubhead speed can cause both of the golfer’s feet to come off the ground as his club moves through the impact area.

Bubba Watson Oakley Carbon Pro 2.0

Above: Oakley made Watson a custom pair of Carbon Pro 2.0 shoes in green for the Waste Management Open. It also produced a University of Georgia-inspired shoe (pictured below) to wear at the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open, where players highlighted their alma mater with their apparel in Round 3. 

Bubba Watson Georgia shoes

Dave Ortley, Oakley’s head of worldwide footwear, said that often times its just as hard to get professional golfers to change their footwear as it is their golf clubs because of the long periods of time they spend on their feet. That’s why when Oakley landed Watson to a shoe deal for 2014, the company went to great lengths to ensure that Watson had a proper fit, starting with a 3D digital scan that measured the length, width, volume and curvature of his feet. The information was used to build Watson a custom last, or foot form, to make sure his shoes fit like a second skin.

The selling point for Watson on the Carbon Pro 2.0 shoes ($200) he wears wasn’t just a custom fit, however, but a promise that the new shoes could actually keep him better grounded during his swing. Like the retail version of the shoes, Watson’s custom-fit model sits extremely low to the ground has real carbon fiber in the midfoot, which adds stability and reduces the overall weight of the shoes. There’s also a silicon print on the surface of the footbed that better connects a golfer’s foot to his footwear.

“Everyone of these guys is unique in what they’re looking for,” Ortley said. “The beauty with Oakley is that we’re making [combat] boots, athletic shoes and sandals … so we tend to think a little broader. The inspiration, innovation and styling comes from other product categories and adds a fresh, unique perspective and inventiveness. We’re able to load that all into a golf shoe.”

Fresh, unique and inventive? Those words describe both Watson and the Oakley brand, and that’s the beauty of their partnership.

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  1. Maf

    Apr 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I see nothing bold about these color schemes or patterns. Is this what we consider bold now? Those are the most yawn-worthy pants, ever. And what is that blue? Goodnight-blue, or something?

  2. patty

    Apr 10, 2014 at 8:18 am

    negative nancies in the building!!!!!

  3. Cwolf

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I hope those shoes come with a free bowl of soup.

  4. trapp120

    Apr 9, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Wow, this is ridiculous. I’ve got an old homeless looking geezer staring at me on a background full page takeover and then an Oakley ad. WRX really sucks now.

  5. thefullsp

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Trolls. #oakley 😉

  6. paul

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I thought it was interesting, Zak.

  7. Ben

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:16 am

    TIL that WRX gets kickbacks from Oakley

  8. igor

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

    wow, nice PR article, how much did they pay you for it ?

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The most popular rangefinders on Amazon right now (Summer 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular rangefinders on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling rangefinders on Amazon as of September 2020.

1. TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder

The TecTecTec VPRO500 rangefinder is currently the best-selling rangefinder on Amazon

From the listing:The VPRO500 Golf Laser Rangefinder is a premium product, measuring up to 540 yards with continuous scan mode, advanced Pin-Seeker technology, and a durable rainproof body. Provides fast measurement with +/- 1 yard accuracy, together with Pin-Seeker technology to accurately measure overlapping subjects, perfect for measuring golf flags, hazards and wooded areas.”

Price: $149.99

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2. Callaway 300 Pro Golf Laser Rangefinder

Callaway’s 300 Pro Golf Laser rangefinder features slope measurement and can scan multiple targets at once

From the listing:Slope feature measures angle of incline/decline and automatically calculates slope adjusted distance. 6x magnification; range 5-1000 yards with +/- 1 yard accuracy. Pin acquisition technology (P.A.T.) quickly locks onto the pin from up to 300 yards away. Exclusive BIRDIE feature delivers audible “chirp” to confirm distance acquisition to flagstick.”

Price: $199.99

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3. Gogogo Laser Rangefinder

The Gogogo laser rangefinder, which can measure up to 650 yards, is designed for golf, hunting and bowhunting

From the listing:The most cost-effective rangefinder you can find on the market to provide you everything you need for golfing, hunting, bowhunting and other professional application with reliable product quality and after sales service. Both models have slope function. The physical slope switch is for tournament legal. Provide high-precision distance measurement. Integrates latest functions such as continuous range readings, ARC (angle range compensation), Pin-Seeking and Flagpole-Locking Vibration (Vibrate when the flagpole is locked) and Speed Measuring.”

Price: $90

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4. Wosports Golf Rangefinder

Featuring 650 yards range with slope and flag lock, the Wosports rangefinder takes fourth spot

From the listing:Innovative battery cover design, battery cover and range finder are inseparable. Don’t worry about missing battery cover. Meter and Yards Switching: In the boot state, Please long press “MODE” button for more than 3 seconds.”

Price: $109.99

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5. Acegmet Golf Rangefinder

The Acegmet rangefinder features 6x magnification and can measure up to 650 yards

From the listing: “Many range finders have the function of locking on the flag, but when golfers use it on the golf course, they will find that they can only lock the grass. And our rangefinder golf is used to measure small objects in the distance. The golf laser range finder automatically excludes interference from surrounding objects. Prioritize the nearest measurement target for ranging. And when locked on the flag, the golf range finder will provide a short vibration for the golfer.”

Price: $80.84

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6. TecTecTec Laser Golf Rangefinder VPRO500S

The second TecTecTec rangefinder that is popular amongst Amazon consumers 

From the listing:Our VPRO500S Laser Rangefinder is a premium product, measuring up to 540 yards with continuous scan mode, advanced Pin-Sensor technology, and a durable, water resistant body.Gives you the actual distance with Slope or without Slope (conforms to UGSA Rule 14-3). Advanced Pin-Sensor Technology and NEW Slope estimated distance mode.”

Price: $179.99

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7. MiLESEEY Professional Precision Laser Golf Rangefinder

Includes slope compensation and a target range of up to 660 yards

From the listing: “Mileseey Laser range finder golf developed with TOF (Time of Flight) technology and angle slope compensation system provide the accurate angel-compensated distance for uphill and downhill shot, Flagpole Lock(scanning), distance/angle/speed measurement; Speed Measuring Range: 18 ~ 300km/h; Perfect rangefinder for Golf, hunting, engineering measurements and outdoor activities, suitable for outdoor long-distance measurement.”

Price: $88.90

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8. TecTecTec ULT-X Golf Rangefinder

With a range of up to 1,000 yards it’s no surprise the TecTecTec ULT-X rangefinder is a popular product on Amazon

From the listing:Struggling to lock on to flags over 150 yards away? With TLT (Target Lock Technology), your ULT-X laser rangefinder will instantly catch flags at up to 450 yards and hazards at up to 1000 yards with high quality 6x magnification providing bright, clear images. Using the latest optical technology, the ULT-X gives you the most accurate and reliable measurements with an unprecedented accuracy of ± 0.3 yards at distances of up to 300 yards, ± 0.5 yards at distances of up to 600 yards and ± 1 yard at distances up to 1,000 yards.”

Price: $249.99

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9. Pro Golf Rangefinder

Another powerful rangefinder with a 656 yard range

From the listing: “Measuring the maximum distance of 656Yard (600m), the measurement unit can be freely switched between m and YD, the measurement accuracy is ±0.54Yard, the laser wavelength is 905nm, the telescope magnification is 6X,perfect for measuring golf flags, hazards and wooded areas.Built-in rechargeable lithium battery, more convenient to use.”

Price: $79.99

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10. Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder

Featuring the first ever integrated laser/GPS display, the Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder rounds out the list

From the listing:First ever integrated Laser/GPS display. Dual battery source (CR2 for Laser and USB for GPS). PinSeeker with JOLT Technology. Range to a flag: 400 yards. Accurate to 1 yard.

Price: $339.99

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: Msd71

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of Msd71.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: Msd71

Msd71 WITB

Driver: TaylorMade M6 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD MJ 6 X (44.25″)

4-wood: Ping Anser (16 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD GT 7 X, 42.5″

(Refinished by Continental Golf)

Hybrid:  Srixon H45 (19, 22 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila NVS Hybrid 85 X

Irons: Yonex TC Forged (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 125 S

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 125 S

Putter: TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto (35″)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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GolfWRX Classifieds (9/24/20): TaylorMade SIM driver, Titleist 915 heads, and TaylorMade P7MC Irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member lilceasar – Titleist 915 driver, 3 wood, & hybrids

If you need to spice up your long game, this set of 915 Titleist heads has everything you’re gonna need and comes in at a great price.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Titleist 915 Heads

Member Jw231176 – TaylorMade P7MC iron set

The P7MCs have already become one of the most sought after iron sets in golf at the moment, and if you are someone that likes to wait for those first “new” sets to hit the used market then snatch these up quick.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: P7MV irons

Member TaylorMadeHunter1 – Sim 8° Driver head

Brand new and ready to ship, this 8-degree SIM head makes for the perfect spin killing driver—all you need is a shaft and you will be good to go.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TM SIM head

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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