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PGA Show 2018: Demo Day recap

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GolfWRX has spikes on the ground in the Sunshine State for the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show. We’re also producing a buffet of content–particularly photos–that would put Golden Corral to shame.

Here’s a look at some of our coverage from the main page, forums, Twitter, and Instagram.

Starting with the front page, we ran stories on some new TaylorMade releases, including a P-790 UDI 2-iron and several new Spider putters (see the full article here).

Also on the flaststick front: We covered the launch of new Scotty Cameron Select Putters and Odyssey EXO Indianapolis, Seven, and Rossie putters.

Speaking of Callaway, we also profiled the launch of new Chrome Soft, Chrome Soft X, and Superhot balls. Plenty of buzz about the Chrome Soft’s graphene (the hardest substance in the world) core!

We also got a look at the new FootJoy Tour S shoes. Check out our writeup to learn about FJ’s new approach to stability in the golf shoe.

Returning to the equipment front, we got a look at vaunted Japanese clubmaker Miura’s full range of new offerings, including the MC (muscle cavity) irons. Check out our article for all the details.

GolfWRX also chatted with long-driver-turned-tour-pro Jamie Sadlowski (and new Cleveland-Srixon staffer) about what’s in his bag. See what Jamie had to say.

On the forum front, we have eight overflowing galleries from Demo Day.

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 1 – Mitsubishi, Wilson

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 2 – Various including Training Aids, Carts, Rangefinders

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 3 – Cobra, Honma, Graphite Design, Epon, TPT

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 4 – SuperStroke, Miura, Yonex, Nippon, Vokey, Golf Pride, FootJoy

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 5 – Wilson, Flat Cat, Golf Board

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 6 – Various including Oban, carts, bikes and others

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 7 – TaylorMade, Odyssey, Footjoy, Miura, Cleveland/Srixon

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt 8

You can thank the intrepid crew below for the photo feast fit for a king.

From the Twitterverse: GolfWRX had a ton of great Demo Day content.

From a Golf Swing Shirt you can actually wear on course…

…to this electric push cart doing donuts.

…to this glorious contraption

…to Vertical Groove’s expansion into the woods space…

…to some savage SM7s.

…GolfWRX had all the bases covered.

The team will be live for Day 1 and Day 2, so stay tuned for more great content from the Major of the Golf Business.

 

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  1. justin

    Jan 29, 2018 at 10:43 am

    sloppy job. never told us the brand name of the red wood. focus boys. cmon.

    • Mr. Divot

      Feb 9, 2018 at 12:31 am

      RED club is called the Bomb-It Mini Driver. It’s a training club to teach you how to hit the ball closer the center.

  2. Tom Duckworth

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Could you guys take a look at Srixon and see if anybody is talking about new irons for 2018? I want to but a set but would be bummed if I did and they came out with new ones later this year.

  3. rz

    Jan 24, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Love that lil’ red fairway metal with a target grooved into the face!
    Just hit the ball on the target…. soooo obvious…. sooooo simple..!!

    • Robert Parsons

      Jan 24, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Looks like a training aid, not a real club.

      • Kurt

        Jan 24, 2018 at 4:53 pm

        Which brand is that red fairway? I would love to bag her 😛

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In-hand photos of prototype Ping “Blueprint” irons

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Our Johnny Wunder paid a visit to Ping HQ in Phoenix, and in addition to getting to step inside to company’s legendary gold putter vault, The Gear Dive host got an exclusive in-hand look at Ping’s new prototype Blueprint irons.

While we can’t provide any additional details at present, we do have these photos of a 6-iron for your viewing pleasure.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the irons in the forums. 

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Bargain Challenge: Putting together a set of clubs for $500

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You have a golf trip planned in two weeks. One day after work, you head to your car to hit the range and get some grinding in for the trip. As you walk to your car you notice your car has been broken into and your clubs are gone. Not good. You need new clubs for the trip but aren’t in a position to shell out the $2,000-$3,000 for a brand new set. What are your options? I recommend hitting the used market.

Every year, thousands of used golf clubs go on the market. Some of the clubs had a rough life and some have barely been hit. As an exercise to see what you can get for your dollar, I browsed one of the web’s largest used golf equipment sites (3balls.com) with a budget of $500 for a full set of clubs in my specs. What I found was really interesting.

Rules: 14 clubs for under $500 shipped. As close to my specs as possible.

Driver

Since I play a low loft driver with a low launch, low spin shaft, I knew I was in for a challenge with finding a driver. Once I took a minute to search, I found this beauty of a driver. I remember hitting the Ping G10 back in the day, and it was one of the most forgiving drivers at the time. Plus, it was very close to my specs at standard length, 7.5 degrees, and a mid-launch Grafalloy shaft.

Wood

While searching for a 3-wood, I had two things in mind, I needed a X-stiff shaft, and I needed it to be heavy. After about five minutes, I found this great Titleist 913 with a heavier X-stiff shaft. Normally I play a 13-degree 3-wood, and this 3-wood would allow me to loft it down to get the desired flight. Really a solid deal for $50.

Hybrid

In an ideal world, I’d be hitting a 2-iron or a driving iron here. The problem is that driving irons can sell for $100-plus fairly easily, so that was out of budget. After searching, I found a nice 17-degree hybrid from Ping with an X-stiff shaft. The shaft is a little lighter than I would like, but it is not a bad pick up for 80 bucks.

Irons

I knew I would want to spend the majority of my money on some solid irons. After searching, with the parameters being a 3-PW set with X100 shafts, I found this great Titleist combo set. I current play a MB/CB combo from another company, so this set fits well with what I am looking for if I was to replace my current set. All of this for $200.

Wedges

Wedge shopping was hard because I needed a lob wedge with good grooves and a gap wedge that wasn’t trash. I got really lucky with the Ping lob wedge. It is in very good condition which is really what matters for the grooves since I will be using it greenside. Since it is blue dot, I can get it sent to ping to be adjusted for my specs. For the gap wedge, I picked up a heavily used 52-degree. Ideally, I would have more money for a slightly better grooved GW.

Putter

Can’t go wrong with a White Hot in my preferred length. Not much more to say.

Total

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Is it easier to hit players irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day was created by lazyjc4, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what they feel are some of the easiest to hit players irons on the market. Our members have mentioned a multitude of players irons, with plenty of detailed reasoning behind their choices.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • thewral: “New Level 902. Single piece forging, feel great, smallish head, low offset, distance lofts.”
  • naj959: “I went through a couple of sets of irons this year which included 765s, flyz+, and finally settled on the…..Bridgestone J15 DPF. There are some great reviews of these irons. The 765s are forgiving, but the j15s are even more so. They have a very thin top line, are workable, and are lonnnng.”
  • Casper_golf: “Take a good look at the Wilson V6, or if you are looking for something older, guys really like the V4’s that can be found as a steal.  Way underrated irons. Soft feel forgiving and long for the weaker lofts they have. No offset.”
  • Sonja Henie: “Very interested in the comment about the 745s being similar to the 545s in forgiveness.  I’ve been very tempted by the 565s but might do better with the 765s.”

Entire Thread: “Easier to hit players irons?”

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