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PGA Show 2019: Demo Day recap

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The GolfWRX crew are on deck at this week’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando primed to deliver bundles of content to our members from the annual gearhead junkie extravaganza all week long.

On Tuesday, it was the show’s Demo Day, and our guys were on-hand to showcase the best of what was on display through all of our platforms. Whether it be our front page, forums, Twitter or Instagram, our crew had you covered, and here’s a recap of what our team checked out on-site yesterday.

Front Page

Kicking it off with our front page, GolfWRX’s Johnny Wunder spoke to Mizuno Golf Engineer, Chris Voshall, and got the lowdown on just what the Mizuno Shaft Optimizer is and how it’s able to select your optimum shaft by analyzing just three swings. Check out the interview here.

On the shaft front, our boys were on-hand to take a look at the new Fujikura Ventus shafts. All you need to know about these shafts from Fujikura can be found right here.

“How about some Fling Golf?” A question you may hear more often in the future. We checked out the game that incorporates a lot of traditional golf rules while adding its own funky twist. Find all the details on the quirky game here.

And here is a combined GPS, launch monitor, and skill-building unit that one GolfWRX staffer described as the “Best tech I saw today.” The Garmin Approach G80 is something you don’t want to miss. Find out all about it right here.

Forums

Our forums are jam-packed with photographs of all the best that yesterday’s Demo Day had to offer. Here’s what our crew snapped on Tuesday.

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 1 – Mizuno and more Mizuno

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 2 – Cobra, Flightscope & Misc 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 3 – Range Finders, Misc.

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 4 – Jamie Sadlowski WITB 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 5 – Cobra, Epon 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 6 – Wilson Golf 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 7 – Yonex, Nippon Graphite, and misc. 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 8 – Fourteen, PRGR Gold Faced Woods 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 9 – Putter Grips, Training Aids, Putters 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 10 –  Flat Cat, Oxygen Putters, Pitchfix, Maui Jim, MISIG 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 11 –Skate Caddy, Club Car, Ernest Sports, Aldila, Mitsubishi 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 12 – Cobra, Flightscope & Misc 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 13 – FlightScope, Boditrak, Garmin, Golf Board, etc. 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 14 – Fujikura, Tour Edge & Titleist 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 15 – Bridgestone Trailer Back Ups Kuchar/Couples 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 16 – Cleveland Srixon Fujikura Graphite Design Aerotech 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 17 – Super Stroke, Lynx, Miura, Switch Grips, PRGR 

2019 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 18 –  Cobra 

Twitter & Instagram

In the Twittersphere, our team hopped on board Bridgestone Golf’s trailer…

…before getting up close and personal (not in a weird way) with Callaway’s new Epic Flash and Epic Flash Sub-Zero…

…our crew then got a close-up of Daiwa’s new GIII Driver, which features a COR of 0.88…

…before delving deep into the latest shafts. Here is Aldila’s Rogue 130 MSI…

…Mitsubishi Chemical’s Diamana X, Diamana DF, and Bassara CD 53…

…Nippon Shaft’s new Regio series Wood shafts..

…and Graphite Design Tour’s AD VR series shafts…

…the crew also snapped SuperStrokes new Traxion grips…

…while over on Instagram, our guys took a look at Patrick Reed’s new Honma 4-iron…

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New 4 iron.

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..before checking out the sounds of professional long driver, Jamie Sadlowski…

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The sounds of @jamiesadlowski.ca SOUND UP!!!!

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…and snapping this sweet shot of the new Mizuno 919 Hot Metal Pro Irons.

GolfWRX had all the bases covered on Demo Day at the PGA Merchandise Show, and the team will be live for the rest of the week’s action, so stay tuned for more great content from the Major of the Golf Business.

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. UEejit

    Jan 24, 2019 at 3:07 am

    You wrote “PRGR gold faced woods” when it should have been DAIWA GIII

  2. 2putttom

    Jan 23, 2019 at 10:57 am

    those Srixon irons look sexy

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WRX Spotlight: GolfBalls.com’s AlignXL personalized golf balls

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Product: GolfBalls.com’s AlignXL personalized golf balls

Pitch: From GolfBalls.com: “Featuring a durable, Tour-Proven golf ball alignment aid printed halfway around the golf ball with your personalization, AlignXL will take your game to the next level by giving you ultimate visibility to your ball alignment both on the green and the tee.”

Our take on GolfBalls.com’s AlignXL personalized golf balls

Beyond drawn-on designs with your own Sharpie, golf ball custom printing is nearly ubiquitous in the year 2019—and that’s not a bad thing. GolfBalls.com, for example, offers a full range of text and graphics printing. So do plenty of other sites. Heck, Titleist itself offers a myriad of custom options for your Pro V1.

All that by way of saying, it takes something unique to catch our eye in the custom ball space. Enter GolfBall.com’s AlignXL printing blends two concepts: drawing a line on your ball for alignment and adding personalized text. Plus, the font is pretty cool too.

Check it out below.

 

 

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Tour Edge launches 3 new HL4 iron sets: HL4 Iron, HL4 Iron-Wood, and HL4 Triple Combo

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Three new Tour Edge Hot Launch iron sets are hitting the market: Tour Edge’s HL4 Iron set, the HL4 Iron-Wood set and the HL4 Triple Combo set. This is the fourth edition of the Hot Launch series from Tour Edge founder and master club designer, David Glod.

Tour Edge promises “the best technology and performance at a mid-tier price point,” per a release, with national availability of the irons beginning August 1. Also notable: the company promises all custom fit orders will ship within an incredible 48 hours.

Tour Edge HL4 Iron Set

Tour Edge crafts HL4 irons from 431 stainless steel, and all irons feature an expanded undercut cavity for maximum forgiveness. The cavity allows engineers to position more weight away from the club face, thus elevating both MOI and CT. The company also credits the cavity with elevating launches and ball speeds, in combination with a shallower face and wider sole. In brief: easier to hit and hit high.

“The HL4 Irons are traditional in looks only,” said David Glod. “Their advanced game improvement tech and design techniques make them beautiful performers at a price well below the majority of irons available on the market.”

Additional HL4 features include advanced toe weighting technology for enhanced stability and Variable Face Thickness for better performance on off-center strikes.

The HL4 Iron set is a 7-piece set with options from 4-iron to 9-iron, as well as a pitching wedge, approach wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge. Right- and left-handed availability.

Tour Edge HL4 Iron-Wood Set

“The iron-wood is a best-seller for Tour Edge and this revolutionary set has become famous for vastly improving countless numbers of golf games,” said Executive Vice President of Tour Edge John Craig. “We were one of the first to ever make a hollow body iron and we have been able to perfect it over the years to the point where this set provides the very best in launch, distance and forgiveness. Every golfer can benefit greatly from this club and from this set.”

The seven-piece set is available in 12 different individual lofts and is designed to fill the space between 2-iron and lob wedge in a set.

Tour Edge HL4 Triple Combo Set

“The Triple Combo set combines three different HL4 models in a perfect seven-club blend,” according to Tour Edge. “The set earns classification as a maximum game improvement set due to the ease of use and added distance it provides, but it really stands out as a set that will bring added distance, efficiency and control to your golf game.”

The HL4 Triple Combo includes two HL4 hybrids (22 and 25 degrees), two HL4 Iron-Woods (29 and 32 degrees) and three HL4 Irons (35, 40 and 44 degrees.)

HL4 Custom Fitting

“We see HL4 as being the best value available in the custom fitting market,” said Glod. “That is why we created our 48-hour custom fitting delivery guarantee and why we are making a significant commitment to advertise HL4 heavily on the Golf Channel and elsewhere with the message of Get Fit. Spend Less. Play Better. We want to open up custom fitting to thousands of new golfers who are looking for innovation and performance at logical prices.”

“We are aggressively marketing the message that every golfer should be getting custom fit, and that it is especially mid to high handicap players who have the most to gain by getting fit,” “Our goal is to open the flood gates on custom fitting and HL4 has proven to be the perfect product to accomplish this goal with its advanced technology, top-tier performance and amazing price structure.” —Tour Edge Vice President of Marketing Jon Claffey.

The company plans to have 750-plus custom fitting centers across the country. All custom fit orders received by Tour Edge by 2:30 PM Central standard time will be built at Tour Edge headquarters in Batavia, IL and shipped to any continental U.S. state in 48-hours (either back to the Tour Edge fitting location or directly to the end consumer).

HL4 Iron Specs

The HL4 Iron set: $419.99 in steel. $489.99 in graphite. The entire set will be available in right and left-handed models.

7-piece HL4 Iron-Wood set: $529.99 in steel. $599.99 in graphite. The entire set will be available in right and left-handed models.

HL4 Triple Combo set: $569.99 in steel. $599.99 in graphite. The entire set will be available in right and left-handed models.

Stock shafts: UST Mamiya. Also available: KBS Tour 90 steel shafts.

 

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “If you could get one thing from any tour truck, what would it be, and which truck?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from NYCGolfNut who has created an interesting discussion which our members have got stuck into in our forums. NYCGolfNut has asked, “If you could get one thing from any tour truck, what would it be, and which truck?”.

Our members have shown a diverse taste in their answers to NYCGolfNut’s question, even if they have found it difficult to pick just one item!

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • bodhi555: “I’d go back in time to the Nike truck and get another set of Satin VR Pros, 1 inch longer with S400 Tour Issues fitted. Failing that a new set of Engage Wedges.”
  • sharkiesj: “Confirming groove set of i3 Blades from the Ping Tour van. And a freakin’ Tour finish PLD putter. Then I’d take the putter and smash the inside of the van to smithereens. I’d throw the putter back and say, Yo, I’ll see you next week at the next tour stop. This van better be fixed, and my putter fixed too. JC, that outta get them to release the PLD.”
  • cmagnusson: “Cobra truck, CB/MBs in a custom made One-Length set. Either that or go to the Odyssey truck and get a custom made White Hot Pro #1 arm-lock with a Stroke-lab shaft.”
  • golfingguru11: “Callaway lefty tour only stuff. Diamond epic flash, apex dots and one of Phil’s backup putters.”
  • martinritch1: “I have a specific shopping list. 1. Callaway 10.5 triple diamond head. 2. Taylormade GAPR lo bonded head with a Nippon Modus GOST shaft. 3. Vokey Raw 60 low bounce K. 4. Taylormade Hi-Toe 60 low bounce. 5. Scotty Cameron Circle T X5 flow neck.”

Entire Thread: “If you could get one thing from any tour truck, what would it be, and which truck?”

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