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PGA Show 2019: Day 1 recap



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.


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 Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito



  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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Top 10 most iconic driver and fairway wood shafts of all time



fujikura golf shaft

If there is one thing we love as golf gear junkies, it’s driver (and fairway wood) shafts!

From the early years to today’s modern designs, materials, and profiles, there are some shafts that have maintained steady popularity—like a Ping Eye 2 lob wedge. There are a lot of graphite shafts that have stood the test of time, and they bring back memories of great driver combos gone by.

This is my top 10 list (in no particular order) of the most iconic driver shafts of all time.

Fujikura 757 Speeder

Fujikura golf shaft

Launched more than two decades ago, you could arguably say it’s the shaft that started the shaft craze. Built from advanced materials in a profile that was designed to work for stabilizing larger driver heads of the time—you know when 300cc was HUGE. The Speeder 757 was an instant hit among PGA Tour players, most notably Fred Couples, who used the shaft for over a decade and was said to have at one point remove all the remaining stock from one of the equipment vans for his personal use.

Aldila NV

Aldila NV Green golf shaft

One of the very first “low-spin monsters,” the Aldila NV took the PGA Tour and retail by storm when it was introduced. The unique green paint made it easily recognizable, and thanks to the many weights it was offered in, it was just as popular in fairway woods as it was in drivers. Honorable mention goes to its cousin the NVS (orange version) that was softer in profile and easier to launch. At a time when most off the rack drivers had three shaft options (low, medium, and high flight-promoting shafts), the NV was the staple as the low-launch option in many OEM offerings.

Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board

Diamana Blue Board - Tiger shaft

Originally very hard to find, the Diamana Blue Board was a shaft that fit a large variety of golfers. Its name was derived from the blue oval that surrounded the “Diamana” on the all silver/ion painted shaft. Just like others on the list, the Blue Board came in a variety of weight options and was made particularly popular by Tiger Woods. Best known by most shaft junkies as being extremely smooth, it is one of the first sought after shafts in the aftermarket.

True Temper EI-70

True temper graphite EI70

It’s hard to picture a classic 900 series Titleist Driver without an EI-70 shaft in it. The EI-70 was lower torque—when that was a big talking point in shaft design—and it had a fairly stout profile, which in turn made it very stable. Unlike others on the list, it was much more subdued as far as its paint and graphics, but the green shaft was a mainstay for many years on tour and in the bags or recreational golfers.

Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6/7

Tour AD Di7 Tiger orange shaft

It’s hard to figure out if it was the design and performance of the shaft or the performance of a certain golfer (a certain Mr. Woods) that to this day makes the Tour AD DI-7 so popular. Painted BRIGHT orange with a bend profile that offered a lot of stability and playability for a variety of player types, it can still be spotted on tour every week. You could call the DI-7 the grandchild of the YS6/7, which should also get an honorable mention for its well documented smooth feel.

UST ProForce

UST golf shaft gold graphite

The aptly nicknamed “Lakers Shaft” because of its original gold and purple paint job, this was another shaft that was just as popular at the retail level as it was on the PGA Tour. As driver head sizes were going up (400cc ), players were looking for stability and this offered it. The most notable player to use it was Jim Furyk, who won the 2003 U.S. Open with one in the bag.

Grafalloy Blue

Blue graphite shaft stenson

Henrik Stenson and the Grafalloy Blue in his 3-wood. Name a more iconic duo…(I’ll wait). An updated and stiffer version of the Prolite, the Blue stood out for a couple reasons—its color, and its extremely low torque. Most golfers wouldn’t consider the Blue a very smooth feeling shaft, because it took a lot of speed and a quick tempo to maximize its performance, but it did birth another shaft for average player: the Prolaunch Blue, which is still available to this day.

Matrix Ozik TP7HD

1000 golf shaft Matrix

$1,100 bucks! That was the original asking price for the Martix Ozik TP7HD. Matrix thought of this design as a concept car of shafts and threw everything they had at it including exotic materials like Zylon, and the fact that it was wrapped on a 16-sided hexadecagon mandrel. Some golfers said it had a fluid-like feel (we golfers can sure be weirdly descriptive) but it still had a LOT of stability thanks to the materials. Although never as popular as many on the list, if you did spot one of these in the wild you knew its owner was VERY serious about golf gear.

True Temper Bi-Matrix

bimatrix Bubba golf shaft

Bi (two) matrix (a surrounding medium or structure). The first and only truly notable shaft to be made from putting two very different and distinct pieces together. The bottom portion of the shaft utilizes a steel tip section that serves to add stability and additional weight. This shaft is quirky, which is something that could also be said about Bubba Watson, who has used this shaft for over a decade now in MANY different Ping drivers (although Tiger did give it a go for a short period).

Accra SE-80

ryan palmer accra 5 wood shaft

This shaft might seem like the underdog of the bunch, but if you talk to any longtime club builder and get into “vintage” aftermarket shafts, undoubtedly the Accra SE-80 is going to come up at some point. Originally launched in 2006, the SE-80 combined a very low torque rating with an active tip section to help increase launch—yet feel extremely stable. Even though this shaft design is officially a teenager now, you can still find it in the bag of PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer, who uses it in a TaylorMade R15 5-wood.


Editor’s Note: Let us know any shafts you think should be included in the comment section, WRXers!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “TaylorMade Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases TaylorMade’s Albertsons Boise Open putter covers. The covers have impressed our members, who are hoping that the new additions will now come to retail.

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

  • Green In Reg: “Name your price TM!”
  • chrisokeefe12: “Those are super cool. Would be sweet if they did one for every major college.”
  • Titletown: “Those are great.”

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Whats in the Bag

Justin Thomas’ winning WITB: 2019 BMW Championship




Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX


3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

5-wood: Titleist 915Fd (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-iron), Titleist 718 MB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 (46, 52, 56 degrees), Vokey Design SM6 (60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Photo via Vokey Wedge Rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5

Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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