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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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Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged, 919 Forged, and 919 Hot Metal hit USGA’s conforming list

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As alerted by our always investigative GolfWRX Forum Members, three new Mizuno JPX irons have shown up recently on the USGA Conforming Clubs list; JPX 919 Forged (there is no image of the RH version, but there is of the LH), JPX 919 Hot Metal (and LH), and a JPX 919 Tour Forged iron.

Although still unannounced and unreleased by Mizuno, it’s likely these JPX 919 irons will be the replacements for the previous JPX 900 series. If you remember, Brooks Koepka won back-to-back U.S. Opens using JPX 900 Tour irons; now, it seems there may be a replacement for that iron on the way, judging by the USGA Conforming List.

Check out the Mizuno JPX 919 irons below, as listed on the USGA Confirming list.

Mizuno JPX 919 Forged

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal

Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the USGA photos.

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SPOTTED: Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons

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Photos have recently popped up in our GolfWRX Forums of Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons. It’s been nearly two years since the company released it’s previous Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, so it’s possible (if not likely), based on nomenclature, these could be the replacements for that series.

The photos in our forums show Z785 short irons (5-PW) and Z785 long irons (4 and 3), but it does not appear that the Z785 irons shown in the photos are driving irons, so it’s likely these photos come from a mixed set.

We do not have any official tech or release information about new irons from Srixon at this time, so we’re left to speculate for the time being. What do you think about the photos of these Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons?

Check out the photos of each below, and click here for more photos and discussion.

Srixon “Z785” irons

 

Srixon “Z585” irons

Click here for more photos and discussion.

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Michael Kim on why he switched to a Titleist TS2 driver, and the change he’s making for The Open

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Michael Kim set a tournament scoring record at the John Deere Classic last week, so, needless to say, the UC Berkeley alum was firing on all cylinders.

With respect to one of those cylinders, Kim, historically not a great driver of the golf ball, was 34th in Strokes Gained off the tee and tied for second in driving accuracy with a new Titleist TS2 driver in his bag last week. For reference, he’s 192nd in Strokes Gained off the tee and 183rd in driving accuracy for the season. In other words, while Kim’s incredible putting (+13.51 strokes gained: putting) helped, the Titleist TS2 driver he began experimenting with at the FedEx St. Jude Classic also played a role.

We caught up with Kim by phone from Carnoustie and asked him about the decision to put the new TS2 in play.

“When I hit it, I liked it right away. I noticed the biggest difference on mishits. On my old driver, the ball speed would drop a little bit on a toe or heel hit, but with the new one, you barely saw any [drop in ball speed]. And it was definitely going straighter off the mishits. Straighter and longer, honestly.”

“Generally, I don’t make a switch, especially with the driver mid-year, but I put it right in play. And I’m working on some new things with my swing…I kind of turned the corner at the Quicken Loans…obviously hit it great at the Deere.”

“I tried the TS3, but it was a little too low spin for me. So we kept the same shaft [Aldila Rogue Black 60X] and I think it’s the same setting.”

Kim also mentioned he’s putting a steel-shafted driving iron in play for The Open this week–on the recommendation of a guy who knows a thing or two about playing well at the British Open.

“Zach Johnson told me on the plane ride here that I should maybe try a driving iron. So…I got out here and I asked to try a couple of different driving irons…On Tuesday, I tried out a couple of different T-MBs…2-iron, 3-iron. The 2-iron was going way too far, so I tried the 3-iron on the golf course. The way the course is set up, it’s just so firm…It’ll be great if there’s some wind. Exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll put it in play and I’ll probably use it a decent amount throughout the week.”

With respect to Kim’s wedge setup, Vokey Wedge rep, Aaron Dill, offered this comment

“Michael Kim has a really good short game that shows tremendous confidence. Michael uses a great system with his gap wedge having higher bounce, this help with flight and consistency, his 56 is high bounce for bunker and all shots needing extra bounce, and his 60 is a low bounce L for all tighter conditions and shots that need easy and fast lift. The beauty of this setup is it covers multiple shot window and types.”

We’ll see how it works out for him. Kim is competing in his first Open Championship. He tees off at 9:04 a.m. local time with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Chez Reavie.

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