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PGA Show 2019: Day 2 recap

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GolfWRX are live all week from the PGA Show in Orlando, and on Thursday, our team were hard at work capturing all that was on display at the annual gearhead festival. Through our front page, forums, and social media platforms, GolfWRX had you covered as the PGA Show rolled into its second day.

Here, we take a look at all of the content our team provided on Day Two of the Major of the Golf Business.

Front Page

On Day Two, GolfWRX’s Johnny Wunder spoke to the wedge-making wizard Roger Cleveland and got the lowdown on everything you need to know about Callaway’s new PM Grind. Check out the chat here.

We covered Bushnell’s latest laser rangefinder, the Pro XE, which contains the companies new “Slope with Elements” feature. All you need to know about the Pro XE can be found here.

Johnny talked about Srixon’s new Z Forged line with Cleveland/Srixon staffer William McGirt, and VP of R&D Jeff Brunski. Check out the discussion in full here.

Bridgestone’s Tour B XW-1 wedges are hitting the retail market in March, with the company calling the new additions “the softest and highest spinning wedges ever designed for better players”. Find out everything you need to know about the new Bridgestone wedges here.

Forums

Our guys captured a boatload of photos once again on Thursday. Here are eight galleries filled to the brim with pictures of all the gear displayed on Day Two of the event.

2019 PGA Show, Day Two Pt. 1 – Smathers & Branson Headcovers, OUUL Bags 

2019 PGA Show Day Two Pt. 2 – Sunfish, FJ 1857, Tonal 

2019 PGA Show Day Two Pt. 3 – About Golf, AM&E, Evnroll, Bettinardi 

2019 PGA Show Day Two Pt. 4 – Eson, Big Max, Chippo, Clicgear, MacKenzie 

2019 PGA Show Day Two Pt. 5 – Adidas, Galvin Green, 2 UNDR, Linksoul, Mizuno, Bridgestone 

2019 PGA Show Day Two Pt. 6 – Golf Pride, Precision Pro, Callaway Clothing 

2019 PGA Show Day Two Pt. 7 Lynx, Adidas, Criquet 

2019 PGA Show Day Two Pt. 8 Stitch, Puma, Ecco 

Twitter & Instagram

While in the Twittersphere, our guys had a chat with Mizuno club-designer Chris Voshall which we’ve added to our piece on the companies new JPX 919 Hot Metal Pro irons

…the team then snapped some photos of Sky Caddies new rangefinder, the SX500 GPS…

…before checking out some cool needlework at the Winston Collection…

…and the crew also showcased Oban Golf’s latest shafts…

…before getting up-close with Epon Golf’s new AF-155i driver…

…and the guys then captured this amazingly detailed driver head cover from Sunfish…

…while on Instagram, Johnny caught up with Kaitlyn Petrando, of Youth On Course, who gave us the lowdown on this awesome grow-the-game initiative.

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This is RAD!!! @yocgolf

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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. I am become death.

    Jan 25, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Anyone think we’ve hit peak Golf? Listening to yet another grind description, the same old same old. The Golf gear story seems to have run out of steam about 5 years ago.
    More weight Low and back, more heel relief! Time for someone to really pull some innovation. The market is stale.

  2. 2putttom

    Jan 25, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    thnx Gianni

  3. Rich Douglas

    Jan 25, 2019 at 11:12 am

    No new single-length irons. I was hoping a major OEM would jump in. Perhaps it will always be a niche product, lasting as long as BCD does.

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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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