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PGA Merchandise Show: Special Report

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Here’s the links to the thousands of photos we’ve snapped from the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show. Check out everything from Demo Day, as well as the mega displays inside the Show from Callaway, Cobra-Puma, TaylorMade, Titleist and Nike.

The PGA Merchandise Show is the ultimate place to see the latest, greatest golf gear, and some of the biggest stars and personalities in golf and sports. We took photos of all the clubs, gadgets, apparel, accessories, training aids, launch monitors grips, shafts, operation equipment and much more from the biggest week in golf in the world.

Click here to see all the links in the sub forum together by clicking here, or below to dive into the individual threads.

PGA Merchandise Show Photos: Day 1 — Demo Day

Grips – new colors, textures and styles

Jamie Sadlowski – 400 yard carry at Demo Day

Archive: Updates from PGA Demo Day 2013

The Hottest Shafts from Demo Day

Fourteen irons and wedges

Titleist and FootJoy: The new woods and M Project shoes

Accessories Photos (mats, sunglasses, tees & push carts)

Nike Golf Demo Day

Cleveland Golf: New drivers, irons and wedges

Tour Edge — Exotics and Bazooka

Putters Part 1: TaylorMade, Wilson, Kronos, etc

Mizuno Photos: Woods and Irons

Launch Monitors: FlightScope, Foresight

Cobra-Puma’s Demo Day Display

Bridgestone Golf

Callaway at Demo Day

Oakley Demo Day — shades, shoes and apparel

Wilson Staff Demo Day

PING Demo Day — the G25 woods and irons

Range Finders –Bushnell, Leopold

Homna and Olimar

Yonex Photos

PGA Merchandise Show Photos: Day 2

Rare Scotty Cameron putters: Table Rock Golf

Callaway Social Wall and Odyssey Versa Putters

Oakley from Day 2

TaylorMade: Day 2

Training Aids — Part 1

Training Aids — Part 2

SCOR and Edel Day 2 Photos

Shoes — Part 2

SeeMore Putters

Rife and Bobby Grace Putters

Piretti Fine Putters Photos

Odds and Ends Photos – Part 1

Odds and Ends Photos – Part 2

Odds and Ends Photos – Part 3

Grips from Day 2

Apparel Photos – Part 1

Apparel Photos – Part 2

Apparel Photos – Part 3

Apparel Photos – Part 4

Various OEM Photos

PGA Merchandise Show Photos: Day 3

Vokey: Day 3

Club Building and Simulators Day 3

Odds & Ends — Paula Creamer, Flair Hair, Training Aid, 60-year PGA Aniv. Day 3

Accessories & Misc — Gloves, Headcovers, Towels Day 3

Shoes Day 3

Sun Mountain and V1 Software

Golf Operations (Part 1)

Golf Operations (Part 2)

Golf Operations (Part 3)

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  1. Biff

    Jan 30, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Wheres the info. on “YOUR” new Encompass enclosure….LOL…..JK, will get back with you as soon as I can get something to send you….Very nice meeting and speaking with you….Biff

  2. G

    Jan 27, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I gotta say, I am truly disappointed with the showing. I can’t believe that this was it. Did the smaller companies not get the space? Did they get squeezed out by those bigger manufacturers? Probably.

  3. Troy Vayanos

    Jan 27, 2013 at 12:22 am

    I love the look of the Skechers golf shoes. They look really comfortable and lightweight.

    Be interested to read some reviews of them and their performance on the golf course.

  4. JP

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Could you guys take some pictures of all the other club head manufacturers? Where is Hireko: Acer and etc. Along with all the other accepted alternatives to the big box brands?

  5. Vi Golf

    Jan 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

    So what’s your take on the new wood putters hitting the market in February? They have either a 3 wood or hybrid head. They felt good in my hands, and my junior golfers thought the same thing. However, they’re not ready to give up their Ghost putters.

  6. G

    Jan 26, 2013 at 1:37 am

    THAT’s it? Where’s all the rest of it? What happened to all the smaller club & component companies? And it looks like somebody has the case of ADHD! LOL. Who took these photos? Somebody doesn’t know how to PLAN, BEFORE they start taking photos! What about a whole separate category for the people, players, and celebrities?

  7. Troy Vayanos

    Jan 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for the photos Zak,

    It’s great to see all the latest technology in golfing aids coming out. I really like the look of the ‘putting alley’ and ‘swing perfect’.

    Cheers

  8. Eric

    Jan 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Did anyone take pictures of Bettinardi putters?
    If so, please post.

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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