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Garmin Approach G80 (2019 PGA Show)

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A GolfWRX staffer called the Garmin Approach G80 the “best tech I saw today,” at the 2019 PGA Show Demo Day. High praise for the combined GPS, launch monitor, and skill-building unit from the long-time GPS and navigation technology provider.

The unit features an integrated launch monitor that displays clubhead speed, ball speed, smash factor, swing tempo and estimated distance, more than 41,000 detailed color golf course maps worldwide, and practice/game mode for skill testing and improvement.

The company describes the technology as “the first all-in-one premium GPS golf handheld with integrated launch monitor.”

With the variety of modes and Garmin Golfapp integration, it’s not difficult to see how the G80 can be a huge asset both on the range and on course.

It retails for $499.99.

You can watch more in-depth overview of the technology in the video from Garmin below.

 

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  1. remon

    Feb 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    how to compare with g60 this device?

  2. CoachRaffa

    Jan 24, 2019 at 10:39 am

    If this thing puts out decent data, I ll buy it in a minute.
    Guess we have to wait for tests comparing the data with trackman/gc quad

  3. Mat

    Jan 23, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    This, plus a “GameGolf” in the same device would be absolutely awesome. Just a full companion.

  4. JasonHolmes

    Jan 23, 2019 at 7:40 am

    What is this unit actual measuring vs. what is it calculating? Most of these smaller units just measure one or two metrics and then “calculate” the rest.

    Based on where its setup, sort of looks like the Swing Speed Radar setup vs being behind the ball. I’m guessing it measures clubhead speed and maybe ballspeed as well. Then calculates the rest based on club lofts that you input – sort of like the SC200?

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Brooks Koepka’s winning WITB: 2019 PGA Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M5 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft

Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), Mizuno JPX 919 Tour (4-PW)
Shafts: Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 Raw (52-12F, 56-10S); Vokey SM4 TVD Raw (60-08M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Image c/o Vokey Wedge Rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT T10

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (Midsize) with one wrap of 2-way tape and one wrap of masking tape

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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See more pics of Koepka’s clubs and shafts here.

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Bettinardi releases military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served

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Bettinardi Golf has unveiled its limited-run military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Veteran Golfers Association.

Limited to 250 pieces worldwide, the new release from Bettinardi features a unique full tactical F.I.T. Face over Honeycomb face milling which is designed for extra soft feel at impact. The neck, bumpers, and sole of the flat-stick features engravings inspired by military insignias used in the army.

Handpainted in a military-themed “sniper” navy, gray and white color scheme, the putter is milled to 355 grams from Soft Carbon steel and comes with a matching Made in USA headcover and a red Lamkin Deep Etched Cord grip.

 

The BB8-Wide Armageddon putter costs $550 and will be available to buy at Bettinardi specialty dealers around the globe on May 23, and online in the Hive on Bettinardi.com.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jjfcpa who asks fellow members what their preferred choice of club is when their ball is in thick rough. A variety of irons and hybrids are mentioned by our members who delve into the discussion of course management.

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.

  • RainShadow: “For me, that sot would be a 7 iron, open the face a little and play a runner up to the front of the green. Open face will help a bit with getting stuck in the grass.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “Club choice depends on whether you’re willing to accept a bogey or whether you insist on making double.”
  • ChipNRun: “I would try a hinge and hold action. Take a half swing with plenty of hinge action and punch down on the ball with limited follow-through. Use the big muscles of the shoulders – you don’t want to hurt yourself trying to muscle it. Probably choose something between a PW and a 7i. You’ll need to hold firmly with L hand, so the grass doesn’t wrap around the hosel and deloft the club face.”
  • kcd38: “If it is 200 plus from the green and a decent lie, hybrid. If it is less than 200 from the green and sunk down a little, I usually go with my 8 iron and play the face slightly open knowing the grass will grab the hosel and shut the face. Definitely need some speed to get out of the thick stuff.”

Entire Thread: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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