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U-try brings the “try-and-buy” model to online golf retail

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Global Value Commerce has rolled out U-try, the golf industry’s first exclusively online club trial program.

Golfers can test new drivers and fairway woods from Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, TaylorMade, and Titleist. After selecting up to two clubs via the Global Golf website, paying a $25 trial fee per item, participants receive the club(s).

Within 14 days, customers either keep the club(s) and pay the current list price–less the trial fee–or return them with a prepaid shipping label. The program is currently limited to drivers and fairway woods, but hybrids, iron sets and additional brands will be offered by late spring.

“Buying golf equipment is a significant investment…with U-try we’ve created a risk-free opportunity for our customers to spend time with new clubs and determine what is right for them,” says Ed Byman, CEO of GVC.

As a bonus, each U-try driver includes a complimentary Arccos Driver unit.

Based on some questions in this the forum thread about the U-try Program, GVC have put together these answers to GolfWRX members’ most frequent questions.

Brands Currently Available:

Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, TaylorMade, Titleist, XXIO

Are these clubs new or demo clubs?

Every club in the U-try program is new. Once a club is trialed as part of the program, it is taken out of the rotation. No club is sent to multiple customers as part of the U-try program.

Can you test different shaft options?

If you’d like to test different shafts for a particular model, you would need to order two U-try clubs, and select the different shafts (if available) when you configure your selections.

What is the cost for damaged clubs?

U-Try clubs are meant to be used; however, if clubs are returned with damage beyond normal wear and tear, but are still capable of being repaired by our in-house repair team, we will notify you via email and we will charge your credit card for these repairs according to the repair charge structure below:

Damage Description Repair Required Charge per 
Damaged Club
Excessive wear or damage to grips Grip Replacement $2
Damaged shaft Shaft Replacement $30
Shaft separated from clubhead Shaft Repair $10
Ferrule damaged/replacement Shaft Repair $10
Incorrect shaft and/or shaft adapter Shaft Repair $10
Rattle in clubhead Clubhead Rattle Repair $10

Do I have to return the Arccos Driver Sensor that come with my trial club?

Customers can keep the Arccos Driver sensor free of charge, even if they choose to return the club it was sent with. (Arccos Driver retails for $29.99, so this covers the $25 trial fee and then some).

See what GolfWRX members are saying about U-try in the forums.

 

 

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  1. Carol Cardinale

    Apr 20, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Wish you had more available for women. I need a Taylor Made M4 high loft, at least 12.

  2. Rich Douglas

    Mar 11, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I clicked “like,” but I think it’s a silly idea. Not from the company’s perspective–I hope they make a mint. But the worst clubfitter in the world is you. Yes, you.

    Go to a professional and get fit. All this trial-and-error–all that club-chasing–gets you nowhere. (Except off to Golf Galaxy to buy the latest thing–that doesn’t fit you either.)

    It’s not the bow-and-arrow, it’s the archer. Still, a great archer needs equipment fit for his/her particular game. Go get fit.

  3. bill

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:38 am

    So desperate now they are trying to give them away… but at MRSP.

  4. Birdswing Golfer

    Mar 10, 2018 at 4:39 am

    Woohoo! all new drivers $25 each all mysteriously go missing in return shipping

    Wonder if you can U-try some aftermarket shafts too!

    Ha, great Idea but it won’t work

  5. Birdswing Golfer

    Mar 10, 2018 at 4:38 am

    Woohoo! all new drivers $25 each all mysteriously go missing in return shipping

    Wonder if you can U-try some aftermarket shafts too!

    Ha, great Idea but it won’t work

  6. Mr. Replier Guy

    Mar 9, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    What about skymarks and/or dents?
    Where will the discounted, already hit drivers show up?

  7. cinch bugs

    Mar 9, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    and where’s the catch…

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Adidas introduces Go-To Adapt Jacket (and you can win one in our forum giveaway)

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“Fall temps could be all over the place.” –Weather Channel

Adidas Golf is continually bringing out innovative products that are designed to help you stay comfortable on the golf course. In that spirit, the Go-To Adapt Jacket is designed to be worn when the weather can not make up its mind.

The Go-To Adapt Jacket has a polyester top portion of the chest, shoulders and back which allows for better range of motion and body heat release. The bottom portion is fleece to help keep your core warm during the cooler morning tee times. Available for both men and women, this jacket has telescoping sleeves, allowing for the sleeves to be rolled up without stretching them out. The sleeves also feature an articulated elbow region, allowing for full range of motion.

Christine Cowan, global director of apparel, Adidas Golf says, “Golfers are used to having apparel that works for the two temperature extremes. But there are days when you need to be able to transition, for example, from a cooler morning to a warmer afternoon. That’s why we created the Go-To Adapt Jacket, to be the ideal mid-weight option that provides optimal stretch where you need it as well as enhanced breathability. It’s that reliable and perfect piece that can take you through your day, on course and off.”

Designed with the golf swing in mind, some of the key features include

  • Quarter Zip (men’s)
  • Full Zip (women’s)
  • Internal headphone pockets
  • Front-zip pockets
  • Telescope cuff (women’s features thumbholes)
  • Articulated elbows for freedom of movement
  • Water-resistant fabric combined with fleece-lined shell for all weather protection
  • Droptail hem for extra coverage
  • Women’s jacket features a more feminine cut and design

And an extra bit of good news for WRXers. You can enter via this forum thread for an opportunity to get your hands on this jacket.

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Tour Edge launches new Exotics EXS Driver

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Tour Edge has introduced its new Exotics EXS Driver, which, according to the company, is designed for those golfers who seek a quality, high-performing product, but are constrained by budget.

The main feature of the brand-new product from Tour Edge is its Flight Tuning System (FTS). FTS allows adjustable sole weights to alternate between two different settings. Here’s a rundown of the two settings and what they are designed to provide:

  • FTS1: Nine-gram weight in the heel, three-gram weight in the rear for lower spin, slice reducing shape and a medium launch.
  • FTS2: Three-gram weight in the heel and a nine-gram weight in the rear for medium spin, neutral shape and a higher launch.

The New Exotics EXS Driver will also feature RollFace Technology and a new and improved SlipStream Sole. The RollFace technology incorporates modified bulge and roll on the toe, which is designed to promote straighter shots on balls hit off the toe. According to Tour Edge, the technology, combined with the enhanced sweet spot, makes this the most forgiving driver face ever produced by the company. Along with this, the new wider speed channels on the SlipStream sole are intended to improve club head speed.

Tour Edge President and Master Club Designer David Glod, explained why he believes the New Exotics EXS Driver will have a more significant impact on the market than any other Tour Edge driver before it.

“The EXS driver is absolutely loaded with technology. This is the most technology we’ve ever been able to fit into a design, and each one works in concert with one another to provide the best performing driver possible.”

“The shapes are beautiful, and we utilized only the finest in materials and components. I believe that at the aggressive price point that we are offering, the EXS driver will have its highest impact on the driver market over any other previous Exotics release.”

The New Exotics EXS Driver from Tour Edge will be available to purchase from Nov. 1, 2018, and will cost $299.

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Spotted: A new Odyssey “Stroke Lab Three” prototype putter

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Correction: This story originally reported this putter was in Patrick Reed’s bag. After further investigation, it was not.

Spotted at the 2018 Tour Championship at East Lake was an Odyssey Stroke Lab Three prototype putter. The putter appears to have a milled head and Odyssey’s familiar White Hot Microhinge face insert.

Stroke Lab may be a familiar name for some who know the Stroke Lab putters from around 2017. Mostly only available in the Japan Domestic Market (JDM), the Stroke Lab putters weighed heavier in the head — about 15 grams — and lighter in the shaft (about 29 grams), according to descriptions from True Spec Golf.

Is this a sign of things to come from Odyssey, or just a one-off? It would seem given the familiar name that it’s more the former than the latter, but only time will tell. What do you think about the Stroke Lab Three putter? Do you think it will be available in America at some point?

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