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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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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ghoul31 who created a thread dedicated to finding the ideal golf ball for players with slower swing speeds. Our members have their say on what is the ball most suited to slower swing speeds, with a variety of models receiving a mention.

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.

  • Hogan9: “My SS is 80 to 85. I play the Titleist AVX. Many people on these forums tell it’s wrong for me. I’ve tried several brands and types over the last year ( Pro-V-1 and 1X, Cally Supersoft and Chrome Soft, TM TP5X, Wilson Duo Soft and the Snell MTB. The AVX gives me the best overall performance for my game. I’ve had to slightly adjust to how it reacts on chips and pitches, but the extra distance off the tee is well worth it. “
  • North Butte: “Maybe 90mph driver swing on a good day. Driver 205-ish hit 6-iron from 150. Pro V1x but I have played AVX, B330, TP5 with pretty much similar results to my favorite V1x. Also played the Chrome Soft for a while but it seemed to fly a little low and sometimes have trouble holding greens (or maybe I just didn’t give it a long enough chance to know for sure).”
  • Hat Trick: “Pro V1X – Spin and higher launch keeps it in the air longer, but at the same time that spin holds the greens – SS 96-98 mph.”
  • Kmac: “My SS is right around 95-100, and I find the QST to the perfect for my game. I will also play the AVX or Chrome Soft Truvis. But for the money, nothing beats the QST.”

Entire Thread: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from rbark11 who has sparked an interesting debate over single length irons in our forums. Rbark11 has been playing single length irons for the past seven months, and he is concerned that he may have issues changing back to regular length irons. Our members give their take on the matter, as well as discussing single length irons in general.

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.

  • mcs4: “No, it will not. Both my father and I are currently playing Cobra One Length irons after decades of playing variable length irons. It took both of us maybe a few rounds to feel comfortable with the switch. This weekend I played a round with my old irons, and it was different but not a big deal. My opinion is that there are pros and cons with each approach, but I don’t think picking one will make any particular negative impact on your ability to later switch to the other.”
  • Quadra: “I’ve played both. Right now I am back to VL clubs ( Wishon 560 irons). Find VL gives me more shot-making options. With uneven lies, especially with the ball above or below foot level, the shot seems easier with a more upright or flatter lie, rather than trying to manipulate a shot from clubs with only a single length/lie. VL = more shot possibilities.”
  • Aucaveman: “I played Cobra ftbo for a year. Shot my best scores ever. Our club switched to Mizuno exclusively, so I had my first real fitting. I switched to the 919 forged and had to sell the Cobras to fund the mizunos. Really wished I hadn’t. I really liked the Cobras. The shafts in the Mizuno’s are better suited for me but had I put the same shafts in the Cobras; I’d prob been better off. At some point, I’ll prob do it and go back to one lengths. I was perusing eBay yesterday actually.”
  • Brandons68: “I think that the consistency you gain from SL irons is pretty great. I have not played them personally, but have talked to several people that have, and they really like the feel of the irons and the fact that they swing every iron the same because they are all the same length.”

Entire Thread: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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Top 5 coolest things at the PGA Fashion & Demo 2019 in Las Vegas

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If you are doing an apples to apples comparison, the Orlando PGA Merchandise Show and The Vegas PGA show are on two different planets. It would be like comparing the Death Star to Marty McFlys’s hoverboard in “Back to The Future.”

However, the best thing about the PGA Fashion & Demo in Las Vegas is the laid back nature and quality time you get with the brands that show up. So, as I made my way around the Sands Expo at The Venetian, I did find some seriously awesome swag that will be coming out in the next six months…and oh yeah, Sherry Major, the woman who runs both shows, is a unicorn and deserves a street in her name.

OK, here we go.

DORMIE WORKSHOP MASTERS-INSPIRED HEADCOVER

The title says it all, the Nova Scotia, Canada-based creators do amazing custom pieces for not only individual clients but also for some of the most exclusive clubs in the country.

Cost: $100-$300

Check em out here.

G/FORE MG 4.1  

Let’s be honest G/Fore doesn’t miss much. I own a pair of the original release of the MG 4.1, and I get asked about them on the street allll the time. This new color and the rest of the new line will be quite the must-haves, I reckon. And yes they are REALLY comfortable on the course and in the street.

Cost: $185

Check em out here.

VINEYARD VINES MENS BELT

I’m not super familiar with VV, but these ridiculously well-crafted belts are not only awesome with the Shinnecock and Oakmont themes, but they remind me of the belts my old man used to rock. I’m all for the modern gear making its way into the market, but who doesn’t want an Oakmont belt?

Cost: $58

Check em out here.

DUNNING GOLF “PURE” ACCESSORIES

This is a cross-collaboration between Dunning, Imperial Headwear, Dormie, and others to promote golf as it is…PURE. The name represents so much and the simple high-end hats, head covers, etc. express the word that we say when something in golf is better than most and represents the essence of the game: It’s pure.

Cost: $35

Check em out here.

TOUR STRIKER PLANEMATE

Lots of buzz about the brainchild of David Woods and Tour Striker’s Martin Chuck. I have tried it, and I can honestly say it helps in multiple ways. Once you follow the protocol that they send, once you become an owner, you have a swing device that builds in the sensation of “shallowing” the golf club and you don’t need a teacher there yanking the club down to show you how to do it. I love working on things at home and this thing is a gem.

Cost $162.99

Check em out here.

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