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TaylorMade golf bags: 2019 lineup includes 5 models, new self-adjusting strap system

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TaylorMade has launched its latest lineup of golf bags for 2019, which feature the company’s FlexTech technology and an all-new self-adjusting strap system.

The FlexTech base system consists of a multi-piece collapsible base that which aims to provide for easy deployment with additional space that negates club crowding.

As well as TaylorMade’s FlexTech technology, all of the latest bag additions from the company include an all-new self-adjusting strap system. The self-adjusting strap system is designed to provide players with a balanced bag without having to adjust large and awkward straps. According to the company, with no back pads, the straps on each bag are more effective when utilized as a single or double configuration.

TaylorMade FlexTech & FlexTech Lifestyle Stand Bags

Headlining TaylorMade’s bag releases for 2019, the FlexTech and FlexTech Lifestyle Stand Bags feature a design which sees each main side pockets built into the center of the golf bag to create a single piece construction which seeks to allow for more storage without adding weight.

TaylorMade’s Lifestyle Stand Bags are aimed at customers seeking a more casual, lifestyle-focused bag with the same performance features as the FlexTech bag.

Both new bags weigh 4.5 pounds and come in six different colorway options.

Specs & Features:

  • 5-way organizational top
  • Water-resistant, seam-sealed valuables pocket with micro suede lining
  • Anti-split stand system
  • Full length dividers to eliminate club crowding
  • 11 pockets
  • FlexTech colorways: titanium/blood orange, black, charcoal, silver/gray/navy, navy/red/white & blue/white
  • FlexTech Lifestyle colorways: tweed, gray canvas, plaster, cosmic & checks
  • MSRP $215 USD

TaylorMade FlexTech Crossover & FlexTech Crossover Lifestyle Stand Bags 

TaylorMade’s best-selling bag of 2018, the FlexTech Crossover, features a new design for 2019. Designers straddled the line of a cart & stand bag when designing the Crossover. The latest model allows for a cart strap passthrough that aims to make loading the bag on carts more efficient while also allowing the golfer access to the two oversized apparel pockets on the side of the bag, made possible by the design built into the center ball pocket.

The bags feature three large front-facing pockets (including a cooler pocket with a drain port) and weigh 5.5 pounds each. The Crossover comes in six different colorways, while the Crossover Lifestyle Stand Bag arrives in two.

Specs & Features:

  • 14-way top
  • 10 pockets
  • Cart strap passthrough for easy access to all pockets
  • Large internal insulated cooler pocket
  • Easily accessible insulated water bottle pocket
  • Full-length dividers to eliminate club crowding
  • 6 colorways: silver gray/blood orange, navy/red/white, black/blood orange, black, titanium/blue & navy/white
  • MSRP $235 USD

TaylorMade FlexTech Lite

The FlexTech Lite is the lightest bag in TaylorMade’s Flextech family, weighing in at 4.1 pounds.

Designers saved weight in this bag by moving to a single stay construction versus 3 or 4 stays previously used, and the main stay in the Lite bag that runs along the spine of the bag has been modified with the goal of keeping the bag lightweight while also adding durability.

The bag also features a rangefinder pocket/capsule which has been integrated into the side accessory pocket to allow golfers to have easy access to their rangefinder before taking the bag off their back.

The FlexTech Lite is available in five different colorways.

Specs & Features:

  • 4-way organizational top
  • New no-zip rangefinder capsule
  • Micro-suede lined valuables pocket
  • Anti-split stand system
  • Full-length dividers to eliminate club crowding
  • 8 pockets
  • colorways: blue/gray, black/white, gray/lime, orange/black & navy/blood orange
  • MSRP $200 USD

TaylorMade LiteTech 3.0 Stand Bag 

Completing their 2019 bag line, TaylorMade’s  LiteTech 3.0 Stand Bag weighs in at just 3 pounds and marks the companies first venture into the ultra-life category of golf bags.

Designers of the LiteTech 3.0 Stand Bag utilized bag body materials three times lighter than the FlexTech Lite with an ultra-lightweight and durable stand system that features carbon fiber legs and a lightweight collapsible base system.

The new bag from TaylorMade also looks to provide players with maximum club storage through its 4-way top that includes three grab handles. The LiteTech 3.0 StandBag contains six pockets that include a large apparel pocket, big enough to store a rain suit.

Specs & Features:

  • Ultra-lightweight design
  • 5-way top
  • 6 pockets
  • Full-length club dividers
  • Full-size side pockets
  • All-new self-adjusting strap system
  • 5 colorways: blue/gray, black/white, gray/green, orange/black & navy/blood orange
  • MSRP $220
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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. mario

    Feb 4, 2019 at 1:06 am

    TaylorMade LiteTech 3 is the best lightweight and stylish. much easy to use.

  2. Cdub

    Jan 31, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    What in the world does this mean?

    “TaylorMade’s Lifestyle Stand Bags are aimed at customers seeking a more casual, lifestyle-focused bag with the same performance features as the FlexTech bag”.

    What is a casual lifestyle focused bag?

    I want a bag that is not fugly.

  3. Tom

    Jan 31, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Boy, this brand is in a free fall!!!

    • Actually knows what he's talking about

      Feb 1, 2019 at 1:16 am

      Yeah, that’s usually what a bag line release means.

  4. Tom

    Jan 31, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    WOW, stand golf bags….sooooooo new and exciting!

  5. Rofl

    Jan 31, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    To heavy! Sun Mountain got a 2.5 three years ago?!?

  6. Speedy

    Jan 31, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    FlexTech technology. $100 is all I’ll pay.

  7. Chip

    Jan 31, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Bags look really nice, except they say TaylorMade on them. Gross

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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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WRX Spotlight: Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

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Product: Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

Pitch: From Nikon: “This state-of-the art golfing laser rangefinder packs the stability of the Coolshot 80’s vibration reduction into an even more streamlined body. The red Oled internal display’s automatic brightness adjustment makes viewing easy in any light, while Hyper Read measurement response time is a speedy 0.3 seconds (approximately) over a range of 7.5-1,090 m. Locked On technology quickly defines overlapping subjects so you’ll be sure of an accurate reading to the flagstick, plus ID Technology gives a guide distance for uphill and downhill courses.”

Our take on the Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

Nikon has packed the Coolshot Pro Stabilized full of innovative features with a hugely beneficial streamlined profile. But we’ll get around to that a little later, as at the core of this laser rangefinder is its Stabilized Technology.

Whether it’s the conditions, or an inability to keep your hand perfectly steady when shooting your target, the issue of vibration is usually the main problem when it comes to rangefinders. However, with Nikon’s Stabilized Technology, that vibration is reduced by approximately 80 percent. The steadiness of the rangefinder may need to be seen to be believed, but with the Coolshot Pro Stabilized, any issues golfers have with taking a steady shot of their target can expect them to vanish with this rangefinder. More accurate results and likely speedier rounds (yay), what’s not to love?

This lessening of the vibration works in conjunction with Locked On technology, and it’s a powerful combination that creates a premium rangefinder. The Locked On technology in the Coolshot Pro Stabilized allows golfers to home in on their target, without the fear of the rangefinder locking onto the wrong target in the background. A small green circle frames your desired target, making sure that it is giving you the correct distance for your shot, and it’s not only extremely accurate but quick too. The Hyper Read Tech allows users to find the distance they want according to the company in “0.3 seconds – regardless of distance.” A claim that is difficult to dispute.

Another great feature of the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is its ID Technology. This technology takes care of all the incline, slope etc. The rangefinder from Nikon accurately reads the yardage taking into account the downhill or uphill nature of the pin, while the product also lets other competitors know when the ID Technology is off. If you’re competing in an event, a green flashing light indicates that the ID Technology is turned off, making it clear that actual distance is what you’re measuring, and that you’re abiding by all the rules.

Now let’s get down to the size, which makes all of the features we’ve talked about even more impressive. As you can see from our in-hand photos, the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is tiny and weighs just 180g. The advantages of having a small rangefinder are obvious as it can be carried or kept in even the smallest pocket of your bag easily, and the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is also both waterproof and nitrogen-purged to make it fog-proof. The range finder also features six different brightness levels and comes with a sweet 5-year warranty.

At around $450 the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is high-end and not cheap. But with the impressive features and high performance, it’s a product which combined with Nikon’s 5-year warranty justifies that price-tag. If you’re looking for a top-shelf rangefinder, then the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is very unlikely to disappoint.

 

 

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TXG: Ping G410 Plus driver review

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Our initial review of the Ping G410 Plus driver! In this video we use a stock shaft and a 10.5-degree head to see what improvements have been made over last year’s G400. Stay tuned for future videos where we will properly fit and dial in this driver for the correct loft, settings and shaft to unlock its full potential!

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