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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 ūüėõ

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Ian Poulter WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Honda Classic (2/20/2018).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange CK 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik TP7HDe 7X

Hybrid: Titleist 816 H2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green ATX85H TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shaft: Project X LZ 130 7.0

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F, 56-14F, 60-04L)
Shaft: Project X LZ 7.0 (52), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (56, 60)

Putter: EvnRoll Tour ER
Grip: Odyssey Pistol

Putter: Rife Antigua Island Series
Grip: Odyssey Pistol

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Discussion:¬†See what GolfWRX members are saying about Poulter’s clubs.¬†

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10 interesting photos from Wednesday at the Honda Classic

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From our featured image of Rory McIlroy putting in a different kind of work on the range in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning, to shots of Tiger Woods’ similarly early pre-pro-am range work, to some intriguing shots Patrick Reed’s prototype Bettinardi putter, GolfWRX has plenty of fantastic photo content from PGA National.

Here are some of the best shots from Wednesday.

Tiger Woods at work prior to his crack-of-dawn pro-am tee time. Gentleman in the foreground: You do know that as the sun has not yet risen, you do not need a hat to aggressively combat its rays, right?

“My feet do not look like that at impact.”

All eyes on the Big Cat…except those focused on the live video on their cell phone screens…

Let’s take a closer look at Patrick Reed’s yardage book cover. Yep. As expected.

Do you think these two ever talk?

It looks like Captain Furyk already has some pre-Ryder Cup swag in the form of a putter cover.

If you’ve ever wondered why Rickie Fowler selected these interesting locations for his tattoos, this may be the answer: Visible when he holds his finish.

We’ve got a Pistol Pete sighting!

Patrick Reed’s droolworthy Bettinardi Dass prototype.

Fun fact: Wedges double as magnetic putter cover holders, as Jon Curran illustrates here. Healthy application of lead tape, as well, from the tour’s resident graffiti artist.

Wednesday’s Photos

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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Review: FlightScope Mevo

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In 100 Words

The Mevo is a useful practice tool for amateur golfers and represents a step forward from previous offerings on the market. It allows golfers to practice indoors or outdoors and provides club speed, ball speed, smash factor, launch angle, spin rate, carry distance and flight time.

It also has a video capture mode that will overlay swing videos with the swing data of a specific swing. It is limited in its capabilities and its accuracy, though, which golfers should expect at this price point. All in all, it’s well worth the $499 price tag if you understand what you’re getting.

The Full Review

The FlightScope Mevo is a launch monitor powered by 3D Doppler radar. With a retail price of $499, it is obviously aimed to reach the end consumer as opposed to PGA professionals and club fitters.

The Mevo device itself is tiny. Like, really tiny. It measures 3.5-inches wide, 2.8-inches tall and 1.2-inches deep. In terms of everyday products, it‚Äôs roughly the size of an Altoids tin. It‚Äôs very easy to find room for it in your golf bag, and the vast majority of people at the range you may be practicing at won‚Äôt even notice it‚Äôs there. Apart from the Mevo itself, in the box you get a quick start guide, a charging cable, a carrying pouch, and some metallic stickers… more on those later. It has a rechargeable internal battery that reaches a full charge in about two hours and lasts for about four hours when fully charged.

As far as software goes, the Mevo pairs with the Mevo Golf app on your iOS or Android device. The app is free to download and does not require any subscription fees (unless you want to store and view videos of your swing online as opposed to using the memory on your device). The app is very easy to use even for those who aren’t tech savvy. Make sure you’re using the most current version of the firmware for the best results, though (I did experience some glitches at first until I did so). The settings menu does have an option to manually force firmware writing, but updates should happen automatically when you start using the device.

Moving through the menus, beginning sessions, editing shots (good for adding notes on things like strike location or wind) are all very easy. Video mode did give me fits the first time I used it, though, as it was impossible to maintain my connection between my phone and the Mevo while having the phone in the right location to capture video properly. The only way I could achieve this was by setting the Mevo as far back from strike location as the device would allow. Just something to keep in mind if you find you’re having troubles with video mode.

Screenshot of video capture mode with the FlightScope Mevo

Using the Mevo

When setting up the Mevo, it needs to be placed between 4-7 feet behind the golf ball, level with the playing surface and pointed down the target line. The distance you place the Mevo behind the ball does need to be entered into the settings menu before starting your session. While we’re on that subject, before hitting balls, you do need to select between indoor, outdoor, and pitching (ball flight less than 20 yards) modes, input your altitude and select video or data mode depending on if you want to pair your data with videos of each swing or just see the data by itself. You can also edit the available clubs to be monitored, as you will have to tell the Mevo which club you’re using at any point in time to get the best results. Once you get that far, you’re pretty much off to the races.

Testing the Mevo

I tested the FlightScope Mevo with Brad Bachand at Man O‚Äô War Golf Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Brad is a member of the PGA and has received numerous awards for golf instruction and club fitting. I wanted to put the Mevo against the best device FlightScope has to offer and, luckily, Brad does use his $15,000 FlightScope X3 daily. We had both¬†the FlightScope Mevo and¬†Brad’s FlightScope X3 set up simultaneously, so the numbers gathered from the two devices were generated from the exact same strikes. Brad also set up the two devices and did all of the ball striking just to maximize our chances for success.

The day of our outdoor session was roughly 22 degrees Fahrenheit. There was some wind on that day (mostly right to left), but it wasn’t a major factor.¬†Our setup is pictured below.

Outdoor testing setup with FlightScope X3 (foreground) and Mevo

The results of our outdoor testing are shown below. The testing was conducted with range balls, and we did use the¬†metallic stickers. The range balls used across all the testing were all consistently the same brand. Man O’ War buys all new range balls once a year and these had been used all throughout 2017.¬† The 2018 batch had not yet been purchased at the time that testing was conducted.

Raw outdoor data captured with range balls including metallic stickers. Mevo data (blue) and X3 data (orange) were both generated from the same exact shots.

You’ll notice some peculiar data in the sand wedge spin category. To be honest, I don’t fully know what contributed to the X3 measuring such low values. While the Mevo’s sand wedge spin numbers seem more believable, you could visibly see that the X3 was much more accurate on carry distance.¬†Below is a quick summary of the percent differences between each of the parameters as presented by the Mevo and the X3 in our outdoor session when separated out for each club.¬†As previously mentioned, though, take sand wedge spin with a¬†grain of salt.

Table showing the percent difference of each parameter between Mevo and X3 grouped by club (outdoor testing).

The first thing we noticed was that the Mevo displays its numbers while the golf ball is still in midair, so it was clear that it wasn’t watching the golf ball the entire time like the X3. According to the Mevo website, carry distance, height and flight time are all calculated while club speed, ball speed, launch angle and spin rate are measured.¬†As for the accuracy of the measured parameters, the Mevo’s strength is ball speed. The accuracy of the other measured ball parameters (launch angle and spin rate)¬†is questionable depending on certain factors (quality of strike, moisture on the clubface and ball, quality of ball, etc).¬†I would say it ranges between “good” or “very good” and “disappointing” with most strikes being categorized as “just okay.”

As for the calculated parameters of carry distance, height and time, those vary a decent amount. Obviously, when the measurements of the¬†three inputs become less accurate, the three outputs¬†will become less accurate as a result. Furthermore, according to FlightScope, the Mevo’s calculations¬†are not accounting for things like temperature, humidity, and wind. The company has also stated, though, that future updates will likely adjust for these parameters by using¬†location services through the app.

Now, let’s¬†talk about¬†those metallic stickers. According to the quick start guide, the Mevo needs a sticker on every golf ball you hit, and before you hit each ball, the ball needs to be placed such that the sticker is facing the target. It goes without saying that it doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun to spend time putting those stickers on every ball, let alone balls that will never come back to you if you’re at a public driving range. Obviously, people are going to want to avoid using the stickers if they can, so do they really matter? Below is a table of data¬†showing the percent difference between the Mevo’s data and the X3’s data of¬†what we collected outdoors with a driver and range balls¬†with and without the use of the stickers.

Table showing how the percent difference of each parameter changes between Mevo and X3 when you use the metallic stickers and when you don’t

The FlightScope website says that the metallic stickers “are needed in order for the Mevo to accurately measure ball spin.” We observed pretty much the same as shown in the table above. The website also states they are working on alternative solutions to stickers (possibly a metallic sharpie), which I think is wise.

Another thing we thought would be worth testing is the impact of different golf balls. Below is a table of data¬†showing the percent difference between the Mevo’s data and the X3’s data of¬†what we collected outdoors with a driver and range balls¬†as compared to Pro V1’s. All of this data was collected using the metallic stickers.

Table showing how the percent difference of each parameter changes between Mevo and X3 when you switch from range balls to Pro V1’s

As shown above, the data gets much closer virtually across the board when you use better quality golf balls. Just something else to keep in mind when using the Mevo.

Indoor testing requires 8 feet of ball flight (impact zone to hitting net), which was no problem for us. Our setup is pictured below. All of the indoor testing was conducted with Titleist Pro V1 golf balls using the metallic stickers.

Indoor testing setup with FlightScope X3 (foreground) and Mevo

The results of our indoor session are shown below.

Raw indoor data captured with Pro V1’s including metallic stickers. Mevo data (blue) and X3 data (orange) were both generated from the same exact shots.

Below is a quick summary of the percent differences between each of the parameters as presented by the Mevo and the X3 in our indoor session when separated out for each club.

Table showing the percent difference of each parameter between Mevo and X3 grouped by club (indoor testing)

On the whole, the data got much closer together between the two devices in our indoor session. I would think a lot of that can be attributed to the use of quality golf balls and to removing outdoor factors like wind and temperature (tying into my previous comment above).

As far as overall observations between all sessions, the most striking thing was that the Mevo consistently gets more accurate when you hit really good, straight shots. When you hit bad shots, or if you hit a fade or a draw, it gets less and less accurate.

The last parameter to address is club speed, which came in around 5 percent different on average between the Mevo and X3 based on all of the shots recorded. The Mevo was most accurate with the driver at 2.1 percent different from the X3 over all strikes and it was the least accurate with sand wedge by far. Obviously, smash factor accuracy will follow club speed for the most part since ball speed is quite accurate. Over every shot we observed, the percent difference on ball speed was 1.2 percent on average between the Mevo and the X3. Again, the Mevo was least accurate with sand wedges. If I remove all sand wedge shots from the data, the average percent difference changes from 1.2 percent to 0.7 percent, which is very, very respectable.

When it comes to the different clubs used, the Mevo was by far most accurate with mid irons. I confirmed this with on-course testing on a relatively flat 170-yard par-3 as well. Carry distances in that case were within 1-2 yards on most shots (mostly related to quality of strike). With the driver, the Mevo was reasonably close, but I would also describe it as generous. It almost always missed by telling me that launch angle was higher, spin rate was lower and carry distance was farther than the X3. Generally speaking, the Mevo overestimated our driver carries by about 5 percent. Lastly, the Mevo really did not like sand wedges at all. Especially considering those shots were short enough that you could visibly see how far off the Mevo was with its carry distance. Being 10 yards off on a 90 yard shot was disappointing.

Conclusion

The Mevo is a really good product if you understand what you’re getting when you buy¬†it.¬†Although the data isn’t good enough for¬†a PGA professional, it’s still a useful tool that gives¬†amateurs reasonable feedback while practicing. It‚Äôs also a fair amount more accurate than similar products in its price range, and I think it could become even better with firmware updates as Flightscope improves upon its product.

This is a much welcomed and very promising step forward in consumer launch monitors, and the Mevo is definitely worth a look if you’re in the market for one.

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