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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 @giancarlomag



  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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Whats in the Bag

Brooks Koepka’s winning WITB: 2019 PGA Championship



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


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



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


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



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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