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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 @giancarlomag

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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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The top-5 longest drivers on the PGA Tour and their driver/shaft combos

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Let’s take a look at what the PGA Tour’s biggest bombers thus far in 2018-2019 are using to launch their rockets.

1. Cameron Champ

Average drive: 315.6 yards


Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees @ 7.9)


Shaft: Fujikura Pro 63 TS (44.75 inches, tipped 1.5 inches)

T2. Luke List

Average drive: 314.4 yards
Driver: TaylorMade M6 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ 80TX

T2. Rory McIlroy

Average drive: 314.4 yards


Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 degrees)


Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK White 70TX

4. Tony Finau

Average drive: 311.5 yards


Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees @ 8)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana RF 70-TX (45.25 inches, tipped 1 inch)

5. Wyndham Clark

Average drive: 311.4 yards


Driver: PXG 0811 XF GEN2 (10 degrees)


Shaft: Accra Prototype (45.25 inches)

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WRX Spotlight Review: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

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Product: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

Pitch: The TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3 is a stronger-lofted version of the standard TaylorMade M5 3-wood. The Rocket is 14 degrees. The standard M5 is 15.

Our take on the TaylorMade M5 Rocket 3

“WOW, you really hit that 3-wood like a rocket!”

” Not like a rocket… an actual Rocket!”

The beloved 3-wood. A favorite club of both average golfers and pros alike, a club that many will hold onto well after what some might consider their “best before” date. But with new options and improved technology, these old faithfuls are getting the boot quicker for a lot of reasons including the ability to better dial in a fit and help minimizing misses.

Since making a club faster off the middle is becoming more and more difficult thanks to the limits set forth but the USGA, OEMs are changing the way we think about clubs and putting a greater focus on decreasing dispersion and optimizing misses. TaylorMade is doing this with TwistFace, which was originally introduced in drivers a generation ago, and has now been included in the M5 and M6 fairway woods.

I got to spend some time with the knowledgeable crew at TaylorMade Canada in their new indoor facility just north of Toronto (lets call it Kingdom North) In that time, we went through a driver fitting, and then to the new M5 fairway woods to try and replace one of my oldest faithfuls: a 14-degree SLDR Tour Spoon. To say I have a unique ability to elevate a fairway wood is something that even my fitter was a little surprised by. My numbers with my cranked down to 12 degree (measured) fairway off the deck were good but could be improved. I can hit it both ways (as much as a 6-handicap can actually claim that) but my trusted go-to shot is a slight fade with some heel bias contact because of my swing. I am willing to sacrifice some distance but usually hit it where I want.

What I saw at the end of the fitting was a club that produced longer shots along with a tighter dispersion without having to make or to try and make any changes to my swing. The final fit was a 14-degree “Rocket” M5 fairway set to 12 degrees. It beat out my SLDR by a total of nine yards, which is an increase of just over a total of three percent, including an additional six yards of carry.

To say I was honestly surprised would be an understatement. The SLDR TS is a club that the first time I hit it I went WHOA! Low spin, workable, looks exactly how I want that club to look (small and compact). You can see from the numbers below when it works it works.

Why does TwistFace work?

Let’s explain and get a little deep in the technology weeds for a second. Bulge and roll is not a new concept. In fact, it would be a lie to claim that all OEMs haven’t done something similar to this is the past or played with these two variables to help golfers hit better shots. Fact: Every OEM optimizes the bulge and roll on their clubs to increase speed and maximize performance. Tom Wishon actually had a line of woods at one point that went the other way had VERY limited roll from the top tine to the sole. With this design, more loft on the bottom of the head helped players who miss low or need help elevating the ball off the deck increase launch and spin. It worked. Cobra also has what it calls E9 technology to tweak bulge and roll to help maximize the speed and forgiveness of their woods. It also works.

What makes TaylorMade’s TwistFace different is that it is the most aggressive iteration of this bulge and roll tweaking yet, and by introducing it into the fairway woods and hybrids, it’s proving to be a winner — even for this now-proven wrong skeptic.

At the end of the day, the M5 Ti “Rocket” was a measurable improvement over my previous 3-wood. Now it would be disingenuous to say “if you aren’t using TwistFace in your fairway woods you’re not maximized,” but if you are someone that struggles with fairway wood dispersion and looking to find some extra distance for taking on par-5s, taking a look at the new M5 and M6 fairway woods as part of your next fitting should be very high on your list.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Low handicapper switching to game improvement irons”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jasonTel3 – a low handicap player who plays blades but who has had his head turned by game improvement irons. According to jasonTel3, every ball was hit straight when testing out a set of Ping G400’s at a simulator, and he’s been asking fellow members for advice on whether he should make the move to GI’s.

Here are a few posts from the thread discussing jasonTel3’s conundrum, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • balls_deep: “My first thought is to say don’t do it.. but then if you’ve hit them, liked them, and the numbers were right, it could be a good option. A friend I play with uses G400 and they have too much offset for my liking. I also don’t like that you can see the cavity on the 4 and 5 iron. Top line is actually very nice for a SGI iron. I just read the Ping Blueprint article on Golf Digest where they were talking about how some players hit small heads better. I definitely fall into that category. That said, I just ordered a set of i210 to try as I had really good luck with the i200 and should never have sold them. Have you tried the newer I series? IMO it’s GI help in a players look with an acceptable sole width. Long story short though – if you felt comfortable and the fit was right, why not try them? If you don’t work the ball a ton, I don’t see any issue with it. High and straight is a good way to go!”
  • hammergolf: “I’ve been playing Ping G25’s for 6 years. Still can’t find anything I like better. I can hit any shot I need to whether it’s my stock draw, fade, high, or low. And when I hit it a little thin, or on the toe, it still lands on the green. My thought is why play golf with a club that will punish you for mishit when you can play one that will help you.”
  • azone: “Everyone has an opinion, and here is mine. If you are/have been a good ball striker with a sound mental game, your mind will keep writing checks your body may not be able to cash as you get older or don’t practice enough. Those “ugly” forgiving irons look beautiful when a miss ends up on the green, and you are putting– not in rough or deep in a short side bunker. Those irons won’t be AS ACCURATE as, say, a blade, BUT if you aren’t as dependable as in the past, your results will be better. I used to keep two sets of blueprinted irons; blades for practice and CB for play. I play with guys that have cashed checks playing…and they don’t care how ugly the iron is.”
  • Jut: “As a decent player (and ball striker) and a sweeper/picker (I could hit off of a green and not take any landscape with me), I’ve found much success with the F9s (which, with the wide sole, are very similar to the G410 irons). In the past 4 years I’ve gone from Mizuno MP-68 to Callaway Apex CF16 to Ping i500 (a brief and bad experience) to the Cobra F9’s. For what it’s worth, the Cobras have been the best of the bunch by far.”

Entire Thread: “Low handicap going to game improvement irons”

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