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19 Revealing Photos from the 2018 PGA Show

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The PGA Show is a yearly showcase of new golf equipment where thousands of golfers, PGA professionals, industry insiders, media and golf equipment aficionados collect to check it all out.

Of course, GolfWRX was there to take photos of everything. We were also there writing about the new equipment, live Tweeting, filming video, and recording podcasts. It’s a busy week for us here at GolfWRX, but we’re happy to bring you all of the coverage we possibly can, because, like you, we LOVE new equipment.

There was an overwhelming amount of cool stuff, from training aids to the most expensive tech on the market, but in this article I break down 19 of the most interesting product photos (in no particular order) from the 2018 PGA Show. Enjoy!

1) Putt like a pro

Some call it cheating. Others call it information gathering. Either way, this new app from GolfLogix gives you access to green slopes, just like you’d see in the yardage books that PGA Tour caddies use every week.

2) All covered

While best known for his putters, Scotty Cameron has an unreal collection of putter covers — some more rare than others — and many of them were on display at the show. All of these covers in the photo are cool in their own right, but what’s better than the gold money sign on the green putter cover that’s two covers in from the top left? Straight cash, homie.

3) Da Kine-Fit

Areso never disappoints with its customizable, milled putters. The milling on this face is quite wavy — maybe that’s why it’s call “Kine” fit, since “Da Kine” is Hawaiian slang, and the islands are known for their waves.

4) Shhh, the fireman’s comin’

This fire truck-inspired golf cart, which Lil Wayne (aka the Fireman) would certainly roll up in, was just one of the awesome golf carts we spotted at the Garia booth. Usually you want to keep the fire going when your putter gets hot, but nonetheless.

5) Who needs a caddie

S we saw the phone app that shows you the slope of the green, well here’s the Full Swing VirtualGreen that actually shows you the break of the putt while you’re putting on the green. Somehow I think I’d still miss the putt, though.

6) Lynx has blades?

Don’t tell @ClubProGuy.

7) Where’s the CG at?

Exactly where is the center of gravity on your clubs? Well, here’s a CG Locator to point you in the right direction, and show you where the sweet spot actually is on the face.

8) Truvis bubble gumballs

Lucky for show participants who are in need of golf balls, Callaway’s new Chrome Soft Truvis golf balls in this gum balls machine were in fact golf balls and not oversized gum balls. You can still chew up the course with them, though.

9) The highest-spinning bottle opener ever

You can crack open a beer with the Cleveland CBX “Sip Groove” wedge, then get up and down with it. Save par and quench your thirst. Nice.

10) Bad weather, indoors

To show off its rain gear, Zero Restriction created hurricane conditions in this batting cage-like setup. Participants aimed at those white plates on the far right, and it made the loudest sound you’ve ever heard. Certainly an attention-grabber.

11) A club builder’s dream

A digital loft and lie reader, and one of the most stunning club-building machines ever. Somewhere, Ryan Barath is smiling.

12) The man of the people

The PGA Show attracts a small number of PGA Tour pros, most whom show up on the range at Demo Day to hit golf balls or put on a clinic. John Daly, however, just came to hang out with PGA Show goers, sign autographs and talk. Gotta love JD.

13) Bullseye!

At Table Rock, one of the most frequented and talked-about booths at the PGA Show every year, Titleist had a number of gold-plated replicas of winning putters from the past. This Steve Jones Bullseye putter from his 1996 U.S. Open win particularly caught my eye (pun). He won the U.S. Open at Oakland Hills in Bloomfield, Michigan, which is a driver, a 3 wood and wedge (if you bounce the ball off Southfield freeway) from GolfWRX HQ.

14) Chi Chi!

The legendary Chi Chi Rodriguez showed up at Demo Day in support of Vertical golf, who recently released a new fairway wood with vertical grooves.

Give em the sword fight, Chi Chi!

15) Silence of the Tyson Lamb

Nothing but silence from me on the putter-cover combo. Just speechless.

16) Office putting made easy

The PuttOut, along with the special mat, shows how far the ball would have gone past the hole if the hole wasn’t there, so you can work on speed control while putting in the office or at home. Reduce three putts while passing time at work? I’m putting GolfWRX HQ on notice.

17) Bradley’s wooden putters

These impressive, and soft-feeling putters are made from different woods such as maple. Far from the highly-technological putters of today, but these have some tremendous bag power. There’s a Tiger “Wood” joke in here somewhere.

18) A “Filthy” hat

This Sherwood CC hat from Imperial was made specially for pop-star Justin Timberlake, who’s also an avid golfer. For those out of touch with current pop-culture, “Filthy” is the name of one of JT’s new songs. If you don’t like the song or the video, Cry Me a River!

19) Dry in any weather

This new Weatherman umbrella was designed to keep from turning inside-out, even in high winds. It also comes equipped with special pockets and designs made for golfers, and it has a Bluetooth. So if the winds are really high and your umbrella flies away, you can track it with an iPhone app. You just never know where that umbrella will fly off to, especially since it won’t turn inside-out to slow down its speed!

Check out ALL of the photos from the 2018 PGA Show here.

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. OB

    Feb 1, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Gold plating a brass Bullseye putter is a travesty and nothing more than bling.

  2. HDTVMAN

    Jan 31, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Attended the PGA Show this year for the first time. Demo Day was spectacular, and the actual show at the convention center was fabulous.

  3. Ed

    Jan 31, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    A gold-plated Bullseye looks soooo … chintzy.. blingy.. garish.. foolish !!!
    I have two Bullseye putters, a regular and a rare offset putter… both in brass with a lovely patina that reeks with tradition.

  4. Bob Sarvis

    Jan 31, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I cannot understand why Titleist doesn’t reintroduce a line of Bullseye putters. I think they would do very well and I’m sure the technology exists to expand the sweet spot.

  5. Ryan Barath

    Jan 30, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    You’re Right!
    I certainly smiled at that.

    A machine like that is a club builder dream.

  6. Ed

    Jan 30, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Toys for boys…..

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Mizuno announces new JPX 919 Tour Forged irons are coming August 29 (via cryptic Twitter post)

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While cryptic, it does appear Mizuno is announcing via Twitter that its new JPX 919 Tour irons are coming on 8/29/18. One would have to assume that means they will be launched on 8/29, not actually hitting retail on 8/29, but that remains to be seen.

We recently spotted a number of new irons on the USGA conforming list, including the JPX919 Tour irons pictured above, JPX919 Forged and JPX919 Hot Metal irons from Mizuno. So it’s likely that the JPX 919 Tour Forged irons won’t be alone in the JPX 919 family when they hit retail.

The JPX 919 Tour iron specifically pictured in the Tweet above seems to be the replacement for Mizuno’s JPX 900 Tour irons that Brooks Koepka used to win this year’s U.S. Open and PGA Championship. Learn more about the original JPX 900 Tour design from Mizuno’s Chris Voshal on our Gear Dive podcast.

Diving a bit deeper into the picture from Mizuno’s Tweet, it appears the JPX919 Tour irons will utilize Mizuno’s familiar Grain Flow forging, and will be made from 1025E; that’s based on the hosel stamping that says “GF Forged HD 1025E.”

Stay tuned for more info from Mizuno.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the JPX919 Tour irons here.

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USA Stars & Stripes, European Flag Chrome Soft Truvis golf balls arrive

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Getting you in the Ryder Cup spirit a little more than a month from the competition in Paris, Callaway announced Chrome Soft European Truvis golf balls and new Chrome Soft X Truvis Stars & Stripes balls today.

The Carlsbad company is also bringing its popular Chrome Soft Truvis Stars & Stripes balls back to market.

The new European Truvis balls features a European-themed white, blue, and yellow design. Both Chrome Soft Truvis Stars & Stripes balls include a patriotic red, white, and blue pattern.

All models of these made-in-the-USA golf balls will be available at retail August 24th and will sell for $44.99.

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An Interview with T Squared putters, started by a high school golfer

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I’ve coached high school golf for over 15 years, and I thought that I had run out of “firsts.” Then, Anthony Tuber, one of our varsity six, told me that he builds putters. “Sure,” I thought. You purchase the components and assemble putters. Nice hobby to have. “No, coach, I build them from scratch. We have milling machines.” If that doesn’t catch your attention, not much will.

As a coach, you encourage your golfers from a base of experience, but I don’t have any club-making experience! The last time I played around with metal was in middle-school metal shop. In this particular case, the student is the coach, and the golfer is the teacher. I’m now the proud owner of a T Squared putter, and continue to be the proud coach of Anthony Tuber. He might be the next Bob Vokey, or Scotty Cameron, but for now, he is a varsity golfer and high school student. Oh, and he happens to make putters. Rather than write a review that might be perceived as biased, I decided to do a straightforward interview with T Squared Putters. If you want to learn more, visit the company website, or follow them on Twitter and on Instagram.

Question 1: What type of research and field testing did you do, prior to building your first putter?

Prior to making our first putter we bought a bunch of putters to see what we liked and disliked about them. Then we took those putters and tested them to figure out which roll we liked the best. The roll is determined by the weight of the putter the length and the groove pattern. After we completed the testing we drew up a design and shortly after that we had our first prototypes. We then tested those prototypes and they rolled exactly how we wanted. Time went by while we used these first putters but then we really wanted to see the competition. We went to the PGA Merchandise Show and that’s where we found out that we had a superior putter.

Question 2: Is there a style of putter that you like, that perhaps served as inspiration for some of your designs?

We bought and tested dozens of putters but two putters caught our eye and those putters are the Scotty Cameron Squareback and the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback.

Question 3: Can you tell us a bit about the materials/components that you chose for T Squared Putters?

We use American-made 303 stainless steel in all of our putters, but we also we use 6061 aircraft aluminum for the insert on the 713i.

Question 4: How do you balance your responsibilities and commitments, with your T Squared production?

During the school year academics are my number one priority. Over the summer I have been balancing my Tsquared putters work while working on the progression of my golf game. Fortunately I have a team that is very supportive of my vision for T Squared putters.

Question 5: Any chance we will see a mallet-style putter from T Squared?

Yes, we are currently testing other mallet putters to determine the most desirable features for our mallet putter. We are anticipating a prototype soon.

Question 6: Are you a better putter now that you know so much more from the design and production side of putters?

Yes, I have an entirely different perspective when I stand over every putt.

Question 7: How do you get the word out about the quality of your putters?

We have been very active on social media. The golfers that are currently using a Tsquared putter have been spreading the word. We have also been attending local golf tournaments to establish our brand.

Question 8: Do you hope to make a career of this venture, or do you envision it as a step along the path of a 21st-century businessman?

Yes, as golf is my passion I hope to take Tsquared putters to the next level. Golf will always be a part of my life whether it is professionally or recreationally.

Question 9: Finally, what question haven’t we asked, that you wish we would? Ask it and answer it, please.

I haven’t been asked how this process has affected me as a person. As a 17 year old I have a new appreciation for patience, persistence and hard work.

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