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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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SPOTTED: New Callaway Forged irons… Apex or Legacy?

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Photos of a new Callaway Forged iron popped up in our GolfWRX Forums, and our members are trying to figure out whether they’re going to be replacements for Apex Pro irons, or whether they’re an update on the Legacy series. They could also be X-Forged irons, but since Callaway recently came out with new X-Forged irons, that would be unlikely.

Here’s what GolfWRX Members are saying:

  • elwhippy: A new Legacy iron? Looks a bit Japanese shaped. 
  • mattTHEkatt: Like an X-Forged/Legacy Black mashup. They look powerful. 
  • DTown3011: …gotta be the next Apex!
  • J13: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • mgholda: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • TheMoneyShot: I thought Cally was going to phase out the Apex name after they released the MBs?
  • john443: A larger cavity in these then the X- Forged… competitor to the 750 and AP3 maybe? …or Legacy Black finally brought to retail…hallelujah. CF16 replacement???!
  • Equipto: These look very sharp, and like thumpers. I don’t care if they are a Legacy Black or Apex replacement, call them whatever… i’ll try them 
  • mrmikeac: Next gen Callaway Apex Legacy? Hmmmm…..
  • Brizam: The Legacy Black might be the best players cavity back ever made.  If they were to become available they’d move straight to the top of the list of clubs to buy for me. 
  • Jourdan M: This is the Apex Pro 

Here are photos of the new Callaway irons we spotted

Previous Apex Pro irons

Previous Legacy irons

Which one do you think the new iron looks like? 

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Wilson’s new FG Tour V6 RAW irons (yes, they will rust)

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Wilson came out with its FG Tour V6 irons in 2016, but these new Raw versions have a different look… and with time, they’ll have a VERY different look.

The new FG Tour V6 Raw irons have an unplated finish, and they’re designed to “develop a unique patina based on age, exposure and use over time,” according to Wilson. This gives each iron a unique look, and one that’s far from the clean cut original FG Tour release that had a chrome finish (which won’t rust).

In addition to the rusting effect, the irons are different because they have a copper badge in the cavity that will eventually match the color of the golf club over time. Here’s a graphic mock-up of how the Raw irons may look overtime.

Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

The FG Tour V6 Raw irons are a custom option on Wilson.com, and are available through Wilson’s premium partner accounts as of today, Tuesday, June 19. According to Wilson, the Raw irons “are a very limited production run,” so only a certain amount of sets will even be built.

 

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Chief Engineer Chris Voshall on Mizuno’s approach to the Tour and some of the most insightful pros

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Mizuno’s Chief Engineer Chris Voshall chatted with Johnny Wunder on the latest episode of the Gear Dive.

Voshall offers innumerable interesting anecdotes–particularly interesting is the development of the JPX 900 iron for Brooks Koepka and Voshall’s discussion of his work with other Tour talents.

In the excerpt below, however, Voshall discusses Mizuno’s approach to Tour players and further, whose feedback has proven particularly valuable.

“We’re not making them something special. If they’re coming to us, it’s because the product is that good…They come to us instead of us having to go to them…that’s one of the really exciting things.”

Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

With respect to excellent testers on Tour, Voshall sang Luke Donald’s praises, as well as Jhonny Vegas and Brian Gay.

“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

“One of my favorite guys to work with, even though he’s not on staff anymore, is Brian Gay. He knows his game. He knows equipment. Speaking to the fact that he’s been out on Tour as long as he has and has the wins he has with the length he hits the ball, it shows that he does not miss a shot. And he knows everything…when he makes a comment on a club, that’s the one that I take most serious.”

For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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