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PGA Show 2019: Day 2 recap



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.


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 Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito



  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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GolfWRX Spotlight: Evalu18 – ‘Evaluating golf architecturally’



When it comes to course directories with an emphasis on past and present architects, Evalu18 is likely to be one of the most in-depth—for UK and Ireland golf courses—you’re ever likely to see—highlighted by the site’s wealth of information and user-friendly navigation.

Jasper Miners, a Canadian now living in London, is the brains behind Evalu18. He explained to me how the concept began as a map with courses that he wanted to play based on his extensive research, which was then added to based on the recommendations of others. Frustrated by the lack of an easy way to access the information in a modern format – he created Evalu18.

“After some time I shared a map with a good friend, an American from New York whom I worked with who was a very keen golfer. The map and my notes allowed him to find great golf wherever he was and to plan a trip easily. 

Everyone has heard of the Open rota courses and perhaps some of the courses which are intimately linked to the history and origins of the game. However, for every well-known course, there are 10-20 that may be just as good that we and even locals may never have even heard of. Evalu18 exists for those – sound golf is the criteria for being listed.” – Jasper Miners, founder of Evalu18

Beginning with the site’s interactive map the depth of research and information available is striking. The filter option, which has been crafted down to the minutest detail, puts the directory in a league of its own and allows golfers to plan for the perfect day out or golfing trip.

Whether you are looking for a particular golf course from a specific architect or consultant, to whether the track is dog-friendly. or is suited to trolleys or buggies, Evalu18 has you covered. The directory allows you to filter courses based on the level of difficulty their walkability is, what is available practice facility wise or if you’re looking for a course which has ever hosted a specific event as well as much more.

Another cool feature of Evalu18 is its “Collections” element. With taste and preference regarding golf courses being so vast amongst golfers, the site doesn’t separate courses by ranking but lets you home in on that ideal course in a simple fashion.

The Collection section showcases courses that are grouped according to identifiable characteristics. Featured in this area of the site are nine-hole courses, truly unique courses, bunker-less courses, hidden gems, bang-for-your-buck courses as well as so many more cool categories.

Each course on the site contains information that a typical guest would want to know, with plenty also featuring full reviews written to enhance the experience.

Additionally, a “discover” section of the site allows golf-enthusiasts to explore golf course architecture books, magazines and pertinent works with the company confidently claiming to have “the most thorough collection of GCA book reviews anywhere online.”


As for what’s next for Evalu18, international growth along with a unique travel guide, says Jasper

“We are working on improvements to the site and a unique travel section that will have substantial guides. Every course can also have included recommended accommodation, food and drink venues and tourist sites. We engage with the clubs and have them help us tell their story – what makes them unique and worth your time, attention and $.”

Whether you are already in the UK and Ireland or planning that dream golfing trip abroad, Evalu18 is a site that is a must for any golfer to check out. Once you do, it will likely place you on your ideal course—which before you may not have even known existed.

Check out Evalu18 here.





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Today from the Forums: “New LA Golf Shafts at the 2020 Honda Classic”



Today from the Forums shines the spotlight on new LA Golf Shafts featured at this week’s Honda Classic. The new shafts have gone down well with our members, who are excited about what the company has in store for 2020.

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.

  • QuigleyDU: “Nice! The mentioned during the discussion they did here that new stuff was coming. I have heard the TRONO is straight up rebar stout.”
  • AdamStoutjesdyk: “I am so intrigued by the Trono since I saw it on one of TXG’s Videos.”
  • bfizzy: “I like how they are taking their time to bring out new products to retail and consumer-oriented channels. Will be cool to see what they come out with!”

Entire Thread: “New LA Golf Shafts at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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Top 5 modern glued-hosel drivers



Modern adjustable drivers are a marvel of engineering and something we now take for granted—considering every OEM utilizes some type of adjustable system to assist with fitting and dialing in launch conditions.

However, as every WRXer knows, before we had these tools to our disposal, we had to rely on the good old-fashion glued-in shaft drivers.

These five models are among the best from the recent past.

TaylorMade Burner SuperFast TP

Released in the fall of 2010, the Burner SuperFast TP was the undisputed king of ball speed for a very long time. Many will default to thinking the R510 TP was one of TaylorMade’s best, but for both the average golfer and for tour pros, this 460cc driver offered a lot more forgiveness than the R510 thanks to its size and aerodynamics. For those who had one, it stayed in the bag for a long time if you got the shaft right.

Adams Insight Tech a4 Prototype 9015D

Adams. Really?

It was a question a lot of people asked when these started showing up in golfer’s bags.

The 9015D was the brother to the original Adams 9016D, which was specifically built for the long drive circuit when Adams Golf was the official sponsor. It had a high toe profile and sat open at address—something that was often hard to come by in the glued hosel era of driver design.

One fun thing to consider when looking back at this driver is the protruding mass towards the back of the head to lower the center of gravity—vaguely similar to the TaylorMade SIM’s Inertia Generator and Cobra’s SpeedBack—minus the multi-material construction. Those Adams engineers were onto something!

Titleist 905R

Titleist’s very first 460cc driver was introduced not long after the 400cc 905S and the 905T (made famous by the notorious old-club using Steve Stricker) hit the scene.

The 905R stayed in some player’s bag for an extended period of time, including the bag of Adam Scott, who didn’t switch until the 910 came along. Many golfers referred to the 905R as a big version of the famous 975J, and from address it’s hard to argue.

Callaway FT Tour

One of Callaway’s first “tour” style drivers. The original version of the FT Tour was called the FT-9 Tour Authentic and was Callaway’s attempt to compete with the popular Tour Preferred line from TaylorMade. The price tag was high but so was the performance.

The FT Tour was a workable low spin driver and the grandchild of the FT-5 TH—a tour only driver that offered Callaway’s very first traditional-style hosel and got them away from the S2H2 designs that built the brand in the 90s. At 460cc’s, it still looks small by today’s standards, but if you can find one give it a hit.

Bridgestone J33R 460

The J33R 460 will go down as one of the all-time best drivers of its era. Its popularity even made trying to find one more difficult than it should have been at the time because Bridgestone struggled to find brick and mortar stores to carry their hard goods (beyond golf balls) at a time when big-box was the king of golf retail. The J33R was the third generation of the J33 driver line that included the J33P (375cc) and the original J33R (420cc).

Stuart Appleby famously hit a 426-yard tee shot at the 2006 Mercedes Championships (Tournament of Champions in Hawaii) that nearly went over the green of the par-4 12th hole with the J33P—now imagine the punch of the 460 version!

What do you think of these selections, WRXers? Any drivers you’d add?

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