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Magna is back and bringing oversized with it!

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Are you a hardcore golfer looking for multi-piece ball offering tour-level distance and spin around the greens? Well this ball isn’t for YOU, and thats ok.

BUT…

If you’re a casual, fair-weather, lower-swing-speed, higher-handicap, out-for-some-fun kind of golfer, who is looking to hit more fairways, and greens, or if you want something that feels nice and soft, along with being a great value from a premium ball company…

Callaway might have just created your new favorite ball: the Callaway Supersoft Magna!

Many people might remember the Magna name thank to TopFlite, but other than sharing a name (Callaway purchased TopFlite and Spalding  brands years ago) this Magna is a whole new beast.

Built from the ground up, utilizing technology and materials from the SuperSoft line, the New Magna is soft-feeling, low-compression, low-spin, two-piece ball thats easier to get airborne, thanks to its large size (1.72″ vs a standard 1.68″) and higher center of gravity.

Similar to the way more people get enjoyment playing softball than “hardball” baseball, since that larger ball instills a bit more confidence to make contact, has a higher moment of inertia, and is inherently easier to hit.

BUT a larger ball means it’s worse in the wind right?

Callaway looked to solve that problem by re-engineering the Magna’s HEX Aerodynamics cover design, to help eliminate the extra drag created by the larger surface. They by no means claim that it has the wind piercing capabilities of a ChromeSoft, but the “Magna Player” should actually seeing improved distance thanks to the lower spin and straighter flight.

Available in both white and yellow (sorry, no Truvis yet) the Magna comes in at a very reasonable $22.99 a dozen, and could be a big (shall we say, “oversized”) hit (couldn’t resist) with the target golfer.

 

 

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He is a club fitter and master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. Safe Hans

    Feb 12, 2019 at 7:56 am

    How can a sphere have a higher centre of gravity??

  2. Steve Cantwell

    Feb 11, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Being a traditionalist, I don’t much care for the idea of a larger golf ball. However, being a realist, this seems like a pretty good idea. It’s not as if another player is taking money out of my pocket.

  3. Joey5Picks

    Feb 11, 2019 at 12:18 am

    “…easier to get airborne, thanks to its large size (1.72? vs a standard 1.68?) and higher center of gravity.”

    So the center of gravity is .02″ higher (half the difference in the diameter, about 1/2mm)? I don’t see how that will make it easier to get airborne.

  4. Shank Haney

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    My hosels will be definitely be seeing more action.

  5. Bruce

    Feb 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    I bought some yesterday and I’m excited about trying them whenever the weather clears up. They’re noticeably bigger even my girlfriend that doesn’t play could tell they were much larger than a typical golf ball. When I addressed the ball with a wedge it just gave you confidence. I’m only worried that you might loose some distance cause they also feel much lighter than a standard ball. I can see how hitting a fairway wood off the deck would give you huge benefits it’s almost as the ball is teed up.

    • john

      Feb 11, 2019 at 11:44 am

      I’m opposed to these. I get a lot of free beers betting that I can get four golf balls in my mouth at one time. I’ll only be able to manage three with these even with my teeth out.

      • Charlie

        Feb 11, 2019 at 12:41 pm

        Tears are pouring down my face from laughing at this too hard.

  6. Wes B

    Feb 10, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I think this is awesome. I’ll use these to help my little brother gain some confidence hitting the ball!! I’m not switching from my TP5X anytime soon but they might be fun to mess around with. Really good for the game here.

  7. Seth Riser

    Feb 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Wow. Congrats Callaway. You just dumbed down golf.

    • Craig

      Feb 12, 2019 at 5:27 am

      That’s what they have been doing since the original Big Bertha.

  8. Simms

    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Anything golf companies can do to help speed/enjoyment of the game is super important…here in California we have golf courses closing all the time because of lack of play and cost of maintenance. And the courses still open are being held on by the play of senior golfers during the week…so anything to improve their enjoyment is a must,

  9. Magna

    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    It’s easier to find!

  10. Chip

    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Where the USGA/RA at on this?

    • USGA/RA

      Feb 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      1.68″ is the minimum size of a golf ball. There is no maximum.

  11. Joseph D

    Feb 10, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Oh so, 460 cc drivers and oversized putting grips are ok?

  12. Sandhills Golf

    Feb 10, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    What’s the big deal? If it makes a few sr’s, jr’s and lady golfers enjoy the game more or keep up better? Why not? Lot’s of baseball players use aluminum bats. I suspect with it’s intro the haters came out at that time as well.

  13. Bob

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Why dont we just use rubber balls so we can all hit it 400 yards and just putt .think of the money we could save on irons . Lets get real about the game .

    • JP

      Feb 10, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      In what way does this ball hurt the game? It’s tailored to a small minority that can’t hit it very far either way, so where do you see the problem?

    • Funkaholic

      Feb 11, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      If they aren’t competing with you, why do you get your panties in a wad over how another person chooses to enjoy the game?

  14. X

    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:35 am

    So sad.
    Everybody wants to play away from the rules. And we’re selling them the drugs to fuel it.
    And they wonder why there is rampant bad behavior all over the game

    • scratchgolfer48069

      Feb 10, 2019 at 5:40 am

      Unless something changed this year, the rules govern a minimum size and maximum weight, so I don’t think the stretches or breaks any rules.

    • Rich Douglas

      Feb 10, 2019 at 11:10 am

      The ball breaks no rules. The rules say how SMALL the ball can be, not how large. They also dictate how heavy the ball can be, but not how light.

      This ball conforms.

    • USGA/RA

      Feb 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      So sad.
      Everybody wants to whinge about the rules, but yet doesn’t know them.

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WRX Spotlight: AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones

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AfterShokz Trekz Air Wireless Open Ear Headphones

Honestly, this is not a review we intended on doing. Wireless headphones were not on our radar for 2019, and certainly not on our list of “golf essential” equipment. But an ad for Aftershokz headphones caught our eye. Sleek. Lightweight and “Open Ear”? We needed to check them out in person. With that, here we are.

Product: AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless open air headphones

Basically, this is a wireless headset with bluetooth connectivity with and open ear design. You can still hear your music AND the world around you at the same time. It’s a bit of genius. If you like sports but are one of those “one earbud in, one out so you can hear your surroundings” people, AfterShokz is marketing to you.

Pitch: From AfterShokz: “The next generation of bone conduction technology is what’s inside our lightest and most organically designed open ear headphones to date. We cut the bulk and used titanium everywhere possible to ensure they not only fit more securely but sound better too. Trekz Air are inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes motivated by their music and their world.”

Our take on the AfterShokz Trekz

While the AfterShokz Trekz Air are not golf specific, they are a nearly perfect accessory for your range practice time. They are comfortable, sweat and water resistant and have very good sound. The open air nature is a huge plus, so you can still hear the world around you while listening to music, a recorded lesson, or a golf tempo trainer. Aftershokz claims up to a 6-hours of continuous use on a single charge. We found that to be fairly accurate.

While the $149 price point is not small change, these are not golf specific and can be worn daily. We found them to be plenty comfortable jogging, biking and just running errands. Some reviewers on the internet claim they weren’t as comfortable on the ears over a long period of time, but we didn’t experience it. We were able to wear them comfortably for extended periods with and without glasses or with or without a hat or helmet.

Very impressed.

One criticism is we felt the mic functionality was a little spotty. The users on the other end had some difficulty hearing us on the phone. It works in a pinch, but for longer conversations, we thought it was just easier to disconnect the device and put the phone to our ear.

While AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones won’t make your golf game better, their one of our favorite golf accessories of 2019 so far.

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WRX Spotlight Review: Miura KM-009 putter

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Product: Miura KM-009 putter

Pitch: From Miura: “A rolled top line and a tapered heel help to deliver a putter head which is both pleasing to the eye and easy to square to your putting line. As is the case with our other putters, the milled face is extremely forgiving and produces a strike which transmits to the feel, distance control and in achieving the truest of rolls from reduced skid. This classic putter design goes through the same forging process as our irons.”

Our take on the Miura KM-009 putter

When you hear the name Miura, you think of forged irons, forged wedges, and tales of Tiger’s old clubs. Rarely do we think of putters when we hear that legendary name. Like the classic, legendary name’s wares, the KM-009 putter has a classic shape and great lines.

The Miura KM-009 is a chunky looking version of the classic Anser blade putter in a brushed white chrome. From address, it has a thick top line and looks a little shorter heel to toe, with slightly rounded bumpers. Almost like a Newport and Newport 2 had a child!

The flange seems to be a standard length with a single thin sight line. From behind the flange and bumpers are thick and hefty, giving you the look of being really solid. I am typically not a blade putter guy, but I like the thicker look of the KM-009, as other blades can get to small and thin for my eye. The face milling looks great going from shallow at the top of the putter to deeper near the bottom.

On the green the white chrome color contrasts well and I personally like the shape. I know shape is personal and how it looks to your eye could be drastically different. With the thicker top line I think the heavier bumpers help frame the ball well and focus your eyes more towards the sightline. Again, putter feel and sound really depends on the player and to me the KM-009 is a great feeling and sounding flatstick. The thicker face provides a really solid feel, responsive but without any unnecessary vibration.

Even putts off the heel and toe have a solid feel with just a slight bit more vibration to them. The distance on those mishits was actually better than I thought. For a putter that doesn’t have touted technology in the face the rollout was really good. Now those same mishit shots did travel farther offline, missing the cup by more than a couple inches each way.

The sound of the putter to me was perfect, with just the light click on impact.

The only negative to the putter is that the milling on my head wasn’t flawless. Inside the logo on the sole and near the model number you could see some milling that shouldn’t be there, something that shouldn’t be an issue on a $400 putter. From images on the web I haven’t seen other heads with similar issues, so it is probably just this one.

Overall, the KM-009 is for the player who wants great feel and sound, without caring about tech. Miura club users will find themselves in familiar territory with the KM-009: phenomenal feel and sound in a traditional package.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from keithrichards, who is looking to add a 5-wood to his bag. Good elevation off the deck is a crucial requirement in his search, and ignoring the latest lines, our members discuss what 5-wood they believe is the best option.

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.

  • uwhockey14: “Sonartec, 19* is an awesome club with the right shaft in it. Excellent off the deck! Only 5-Wood I’ve been able to be somewhat consistent with as I played 2-Iron for years and years and struggle with hybrids!”
  • mwink822: “I like my Titleist 917 F2 from all areas (tee, fairway and rough).  The Ping G400 was also a good performer, but I hated the way it looked behind the ball.  The Callaway Steelhead XR is also a good option, but I elected not to go that avenue myself as the 5-wood has a slightly closed (to my eyes anyway) appearance at address.”
  • mowakebum: “G400 5 wood, easy to hit, put it in the bag last year and it’s in no danger of being replaced. Point and shoot full send.”
  • Mitchell: “In a 5-wood, still very difficult to beat a V steel with the appropriate shaft for your stated needs in a non-adjustable.In adjustable, the various Cobra clubs with baffler rail system would be a great place to start, f6 baffler is phenomenal out of rough.”

Entire Thread: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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