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PGA Show 2019: Day 1 recap

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Our crew are on deck all week at the PGA Show in Orlando, and on Wednesday, the annual gearhead festival officially got underway. Whether it was through our front page, forums, or social media platforms, GolfWRX had you covered on Day One of the event.

Here’s a look at all of the content our team provided from the Major of the Golf Business on Wednesday.

Front Page

Day One of the event kicked off with our Johnny Wunder speaking to Bridgestone Golf Marketing Manager Eliot Mellow to discuss the new e12 golf balls and more. Check out the chat in full here.

We covered Daiwa’s latest GIII Driver which features a gold-plated face, high COR, and $2,400 price tag. Here is the lowdown on this bad boy.

Then it was Mizuno’s turn for a big announcement, and they didn’t disappoint. The company are set to release their latest RB Tour and RB Tour X golf balls stateside, the first time a ball from the company will hit the U.S. market. Find out all you need to know about Mizuno’s latest release here.

We took a look at the new Golf Pride grips for 2019. The Z Grip Align, Tour Velvet Plus4, and Tour SNSR are to hit the shelves in March, and you can check out all the details on the companies new grips here.

On Demo Day, long drive professional Jamie Sadlowski gave us a demonstration of his power, and on Day One of the show, the Canadian talked us through the clubs in his bag. Check it out here.

Forums

As always, our crew grabbed a bucket load of photos from Day One of the PGA Show for our members to enjoy. Here are 13 galleries bursting with pictures from the official opening day.

2019 PGA Show Day One Pt. 1 – Cobra, Winston Headcovers, T Squared Putters 

2019 PGA Show, Day One Pt. 2 – Mizuno, Tru Golf, Golden Tee, Lamkin, Uther Supply, etc. 

2019 PGA Show Day One Pt. 3 – Titleist Booth 

2019 PGA Show Day One Pt. 4 – FootJoy, Simulators, Sketchers, etc 

2019 PGA Show Day One Pt. 5 – Callaway, Ogio, Lynx & More 

2019 PGA Show Day One Pt. 6 – SWAG, Super Stroke, Malbon cart!!! 

2019 PGA Show Day One Pt. 7 – Puma, Dormie Workshop, Links & Kings, etc 

2019 PGA Show Day One Pt. 8 Misc. Fashion Pt. 1 

2019 PGA Show Day One Pt. 9 Misc. Fashion Pt. 2 

2019 PGA Show Day One Pt.10 Misc. Fashion Pt. 3 

2019 PGA Show Day One Pt. 11 G-Fore 

2019 PGA Show Day One Pt. 12 Table Rock, Swag, Footjoy and more 

2019 PGA Show Day One Pt. 13 Bettinardi, Footjoy, Etonic, Oban & Wilson 

Twitter & Instagram

In the Twittersphere, our guys took a close look at the latest Tour Edge Exotics CBX 119 and EXS 3-woods…

…before checking out the new latest designs and waterproof bags from OUUL Bags…

…and then snapping some great shots of the new TS-1106 mallet putter from T Squared Putters…

…and our boys also grabbed an interview with Fling Golf Founder and CEO Alex Van Alen that’s been added to our original story here…

…while on Instagram, our team captured Bettinardi’s BB8 TRI putter with its Rainbow PVD Finish and twisty neck…

…before snapping this contraption which, well, remains a mystery to me.

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Stay tuned for more goodies, as we’ll be delivering plenty more from now until the end of the week, as the Major of the Golf Business enters Day Two.

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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. Tim

    Jan 24, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Does anyone know where that Chinese take-out looking putter cover comes from? The one for the thumbnail of the article? Don’t see it mentioned anywhere or in the pictures. That thing looks sweet.

  2. The Procurist

    Jan 24, 2019 at 8:33 am

    If your Day 2 recap doesn’t include a stop at Club Pro Guy’s booth, you’re dead to me.

  3. Brendan

    Jan 24, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Just saying but Jamie Sadlowski is a good old Canadian boy not American ????

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Tyrrell Hatton’s custom Ping PLD putters”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Tyrrell Hatton’s 2019 custom Ping PLD putters. Our crew were on-hand to snap the two putters in the Englishman’s bag last month, and the general feedback on the custom Ping PLD flat-sticks from our members has been positive.

For plenty more photos, check out the full thread here.

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.

  • konklifer: “The second one is awesome. Why oh why aren’t there more minimal offset shafts like that?”
  • nova6868: “These PLD putters are so nice. Also, this appears to be a new face groove option.”
  • Titletown: “That would be awesome if they brought these all black PLD’s to retail.”

Entire Thread: “Tyrrell Hatton’s custom Ping PLD putters – 2019”

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Tiger Woods’ personally used 1997 Masters prototype Scotty Cameron putter sells for big bucks

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How much would you be willing to pay for a Scotty Cameron putter personally used by Tiger Woods? Well, for someone out there the answer was just short of $23k.

As Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall first reported this week, the putter in question is the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3, and although it didn’t play a role in 13 of Woods’ 14 major victories, it is a putter associated with his very first Masters triumph back in 1997.

The putter sold via Green Jacket Auctions, and according to their description, the flat-stick was not just used by Woods, but it was the prototype version of the Newport TeI3 which he used on his way to dominating Augusta National for his first major victory.

Per the report, this particular putter has a teryllium insert which features 32 vibration-dampening dots that sought to soften the feel of the putter and offset the five screws that were used in the back cavity during the milling process.

As the description on Green Jacket Auctions states, Callaway’s director of fitting and instruction, Randy Peterson was the recipient of the putter before the 1997 golf season, and the flat-stick has “Tiger” stamped in dancing letters on the toe, while “Proto” and “XXX” are stamped on the back bumpers. The last five digits of the Certificate of Authenticity from Cameron (84437) also spells out “Tiger” on the phone keypad.

While $22,784.40 may seem like an inordinate amount to pay for a putter, there is reason to believe that the new owner of the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3 may have got themselves an excellent deal. Two previous Tiger Woods Newport 2 GSS backups (the same model he used on his way to winning 13 of his 14 majors) have been sold via Green Jacket Auctions in the past three years, for totals of $53,146 and $44,401, and comparing this Scotty Cameron putter to those previous models, the auction company states

“With all due respect to those fine putters, perhaps no privately owned Tiger Woods putter holds a candle to the collecting appeal of this specimen.”

 

 

 

 

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Brendan Steele shows off prototype Wilson Staff driving iron on Instagram

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Wilson Staff has been making waves recently with a lot of high profile activity including the signing of Gary Woodland and the new Staff blade iron prototypes he has in the bag. It appears that the R&D team at Wilson has just gotten started for 2019, considering another new prototype driving iron has popped up thanks to Brendan Steele posting some very nice pictures on his Twitter and Instagram.

We don’t have a ton of information except for the caption from Brendan’s own post

“Check out this sweet new toy! @wilsongolf was awesome enough to let me create a new prototype driving iron and it couldn’t have turned out better!” 

It has some similarities to the previous V4 Driving Iron from Wilson by the looks of both the screw and the knurling around the hosel

 

but the cosmetics and certainly more inline with the new Staff Blades pictured below along with also appearing to have a shorter heel to toe length and a higher overall toe profile:

Whether or not this new driving iron will show up at retail like the Staff blades, it is definitely something to keep an eye out for.

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