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PGA Show 2019: Demo Day recap



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.


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 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 Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag



  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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Accessory Reviews

WRX Spotlight: AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones



AfterShokz Trekz Air Wireless Open Ear Headphones

Honestly, this is not a review we intended on doing. Wireless headphones were not on our radar for 2019, and certainly not on our list of “golf essential” equipment. But an ad for Aftershokz headphones caught our eye. Sleek. Lightweight and “Open Ear”? We needed to check them out in person. With that, here we are.

Product: AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless open air headphones

Basically, this is a wireless headset with bluetooth connectivity with and open ear design. You can still hear your music AND the world around you at the same time. It’s a bit of genius. If you like sports but are one of those “one earbud in, one out so you can hear your surroundings” people, AfterShokz is marketing to you.

Pitch: From AfterShokz: “The next generation of bone conduction technology is what’s inside our lightest and most organically designed open ear headphones to date. We cut the bulk and used titanium everywhere possible to ensure they not only fit more securely but sound better too. Trekz Air are inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes motivated by their music and their world.”

Our take on the AfterShokz Trekz

While the AfterShokz Trekz Air are not golf specific, they are a nearly perfect accessory for your range practice time. They are comfortable, sweat and water resistant and have very good sound. The open air nature is a huge plus, so you can still hear the world around you while listening to music, a recorded lesson, or a golf tempo trainer. Aftershokz claims up to a 6-hours of continuous use on a single charge. We found that to be fairly accurate.

While the $149 price point is not small change, these are not golf specific and can be worn daily. We found them to be plenty comfortable jogging, biking and just running errands. Some reviewers on the internet claim they weren’t as comfortable on the ears over a long period of time, but we didn’t experience it. We were able to wear them comfortably for extended periods with and without glasses or with or without a hat or helmet.

Very impressed.

One criticism is we felt the mic functionality was a little spotty. The users on the other end had some difficulty hearing us on the phone. It works in a pinch, but for longer conversations, we thought it was just easier to disconnect the device and put the phone to our ear.

While AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones won’t make your golf game better, their one of our favorite golf accessories of 2019 so far.

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WRX Spotlight Review: Miura KM-009 putter



Product: Miura KM-009 putter

Pitch: From Miura: “A rolled top line and a tapered heel help to deliver a putter head which is both pleasing to the eye and easy to square to your putting line. As is the case with our other putters, the milled face is extremely forgiving and produces a strike which transmits to the feel, distance control and in achieving the truest of rolls from reduced skid. This classic putter design goes through the same forging process as our irons.”

Our take on the Miura KM-009 putter

When you hear the name Miura, you think of forged irons, forged wedges, and tales of Tiger’s old clubs. Rarely do we think of putters when we hear that legendary name. Like the classic, legendary name’s wares, the KM-009 putter has a classic shape and great lines.

The Miura KM-009 is a chunky looking version of the classic Anser blade putter in a brushed white chrome. From address, it has a thick top line and looks a little shorter heel to toe, with slightly rounded bumpers. Almost like a Newport and Newport 2 had a child!

The flange seems to be a standard length with a single thin sight line. From behind the flange and bumpers are thick and hefty, giving you the look of being really solid. I am typically not a blade putter guy, but I like the thicker look of the KM-009, as other blades can get to small and thin for my eye. The face milling looks great going from shallow at the top of the putter to deeper near the bottom.

On the green the white chrome color contrasts well and I personally like the shape. I know shape is personal and how it looks to your eye could be drastically different. With the thicker top line I think the heavier bumpers help frame the ball well and focus your eyes more towards the sightline. Again, putter feel and sound really depends on the player and to me the KM-009 is a great feeling and sounding flatstick. The thicker face provides a really solid feel, responsive but without any unnecessary vibration.

Even putts off the heel and toe have a solid feel with just a slight bit more vibration to them. The distance on those mishits was actually better than I thought. For a putter that doesn’t have touted technology in the face the rollout was really good. Now those same mishit shots did travel farther offline, missing the cup by more than a couple inches each way.

The sound of the putter to me was perfect, with just the light click on impact.

The only negative to the putter is that the milling on my head wasn’t flawless. Inside the logo on the sole and near the model number you could see some milling that shouldn’t be there, something that shouldn’t be an issue on a $400 putter. From images on the web I haven’t seen other heads with similar issues, so it is probably just this one.

Overall, the KM-009 is for the player who wants great feel and sound, without caring about tech. Miura club users will find themselves in familiar territory with the KM-009: phenomenal feel and sound in a traditional package.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from keithrichards, who is looking to add a 5-wood to his bag. Good elevation off the deck is a crucial requirement in his search, and ignoring the latest lines, our members discuss what 5-wood they believe is the best option.

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.

  • uwhockey14: “Sonartec, 19* is an awesome club with the right shaft in it. Excellent off the deck! Only 5-Wood I’ve been able to be somewhat consistent with as I played 2-Iron for years and years and struggle with hybrids!”
  • mwink822: “I like my Titleist 917 F2 from all areas (tee, fairway and rough).  The Ping G400 was also a good performer, but I hated the way it looked behind the ball.  The Callaway Steelhead XR is also a good option, but I elected not to go that avenue myself as the 5-wood has a slightly closed (to my eyes anyway) appearance at address.”
  • mowakebum: “G400 5 wood, easy to hit, put it in the bag last year and it’s in no danger of being replaced. Point and shoot full send.”
  • Mitchell: “In a 5-wood, still very difficult to beat a V steel with the appropriate shaft for your stated needs in a non-adjustable.In adjustable, the various Cobra clubs with baffler rail system would be a great place to start, f6 baffler is phenomenal out of rough.”

Entire Thread: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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