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2012 PGA Show wrap up from the GolfWRX staff

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2012 PGA Show Update.

Before I get rolling we have so much to post. All weekend and into next week we will be posting and loading video, photos and opinions of all the great things we captured.

Before I get rolling we have so much to post. All weekend and into next week we will be posting and loading video, photos and opinions of all the great things we captured.

Click here to see the discussion in the forums… http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/578903-2012-pga-show-wrap-up-and-comment-from-the-golfwrx-staff/

Tuesday afternoon to Friday night six gearheads from GolfWRX armed with a digital armory went to Orlando for the PGA Merchandise Show with one objective… to cover the show for our readers. Not sure if we did a good job but certainly we tried our hardest. Here is a summary of the trip and I am sure the crew will add some of their thoughts.

Every year the guys that go down change. This year we had a final number of 6 guys and this is the roles they took…

Zack (KascoPro) to help out with Instruction and security 😉
Zak to Manage of the writers and help look out for special products. Also did a lot of interviews
Rob (HipCheck) to help manage this circus, do interviews, take photos and much more
Greg (PGA43) to take 17,893 photos and 79 videos (i wish) and talk for 21.5 hours a day like the iron man of media
Ryan (Gxgolfer) to keep the video running, gears turning, driving like crap and break the site on Tuesday to allow us to not be able to serve pages.
Myself Richard to sit in meetings most of the time and them escape to try to do what I love to do… walk the floor and see gear, companies and members.

Along with the 6 guys we took we must have had half or more of the attendees that are members and sudo reporters there. So many now are more than aware but active members. I will not single them out in fear of missing some but I must have met 300 guys and some gals that are active posting members here. It is always the best part of going down to the show to shake hands and say hello no matter how and where I am being pulled to and from.

We met with the CEO’s, Presidents, executives, managers and most importantly the designers and engineers of most of the OEM’s. We interviewed many of them and we are working to post up a lot of them now. As we always do we look to develop relationships and content that will lead to our readers excitement. We look to be inspired and are motivated by you our readers to provide more and more of things you want to see and hear. To connect golfers to the game.

Tuesday afternoon four of the six go tin earlier and headed to the convention center to get the credentials. Then we looked in the convention center to see the place a few days before it opened. WOW… 50% of the booths were ready and it was cool to see it before it was ready.

I will add some pics and description of what we did along the way…

Here is a pic of the before from Tuesday

Then we we went to lunch and Ryan broke the freaking site. We couldn’t serve pages all afternoon Tuesday. Real big time huh?

Checked in to the hotel and then we went to the Nike speed event. Sterling Sharpe (217 yd VR_S 6-iron). Suzann Pettersen looking on.

Got home and crashed. Then Wednesday was the all day at Demo day. All six of us got in the cherry mini van and got lost cause Ryan (Gxgolfer cant drive or do two things at the same time. Like listen to directions and drive I guess. Real sad stuff.

We had a great time at demo day. Here are some cool things we saw…

Great weather and a full house of companies…

Ran into Jeff McCoy of Scratch Golf. He is the lead grinder next to Don White. He showed us a burn mark from a putter head that whipped through a buffing wheel in an accident. The head was 400 plus degrees and landed on his forearm. Took some skin on impact…

Here is a shot of Greg taking one of so many videos you will see with the industries best…

The new and could be a best in show Adams sick Hybrid…

Tom Stites, Cindy Davis, Beth Gast and the whole Nike crew were great. Speed baby. Here is the video and the buzzz… http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/577573-nike-vr-s-forged-irons-from-demo-day-at-the-pga-show/

Click here to see the discussion in the forums… http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/578903-2012-pga-show-wrap-up-and-comment-from-the-golfwrx-staff/

True Tempers new Satin PXi shaft. Here is the video to… http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/577563-2012-true-temper-project-x-pxi/

Fourteen beauty…

TaylorMade Madness!!! There was a line that had to be 50 people long at one point just to hit the equipment on launch monitors. They were killing it. So crazy they had bleachers to house the watchers. Rocketballz 3 wood and hybrid killed it an dthe drivers are well fan favorites all the time. Wedge buzz also.

The Mighty MP-59 form Mizuno had a glow cast over it. Just AWSOME! An the wedges along with the other iron sets made Mizzy very crowded. We will have full video up for that… http://www.golfwrx.c…m-the-pga-show/

Other great sights…

Crazy Yonex. Fresh looks from them. Lots of pop and excitement… We will have a lot of video to explain the brand and equipment…

Tour Edge love. They have some serious buzzz with this 2 wood they have out… We will have some great video live today

Odyssey Sickness. They had their new tour truck that will travel to clubs and tour stops to give us consumers the same treatment the tour gets…

Cleveland style…

Oakley sickness also. Killer truck…

Cobra gone crazy. Puma lost their mind and ran a sport bar with a DJ at the range…

After Demo day I went back showered and met with some big shot at some big huge gigantic company and had an awesome hour long drill down into equipment trends, social media and building things that our members want to see. Had dinner at Texas De Brazil and went back to work into 2:00 am to wake at 6:30 to go to the show in the convention center.

THURSDAY

Thursday morning and all day was awesome. Here are some random shots of some exciting things I saw and the other 5 saw different things…

Here is a $16,000 Cameron twisty that was being sold at Table Rock Golf. Here is the thread for all the pics… http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/579031-2012-pga-show-table-rock-golf-with-scotty-cameron-pics/

Ping in da house. We got close up pics of the ping i20 woods line and more irons Pics…

Click here to see the discussion in the forums… http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/578903-2012-pga-show-wrap-up-and-comment-from-the-golfwrx-staff/

I didnt know there was a Mercedes AMG Golf brand till last week…

Or an Austin Martin…

We will cover this in detail. This is Scratch losing their minds. I love Ari. Ari is th eowner of Scratch and he is more than like us. Gearhead to the core. He made a personal set of irons that are Don While grinds that he sent the heads to England were some crazy itching, engraving, and silver fill treatment like they do for shotguns. Some famous guy did them and he named all the iron heads a different name for the old historical names at the turn of the century. Freaking off the hook. Could be the best looking piece of jewelry I have ever seen. He is going to game them to. I love that. No iron headcovers here.

New Footjoys with some cool (I mean really cool) designs to give better performance. Grippers under you heel to prevent slip. gel tech in the structure around ankle to feel good and a wider base to aid stability…

Hundreds of Pics to be loaded today and then this crazy party it TMag. They had a booth that was almost 25% of the whole show at the opposite side of the contention center. It was bizarre. Awesome bizarre but it needs to be seen to believe it.
Here you go… http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/578559-2012-pga-show-taylormade-adidas-ashworth-pictures/

And there was a party with a George Thorogood concert? Yes there was…

Dinner and then

FRIDAY

Did I show anyone this? Ohh yea baby…

Jones…

Vega pics coming…

Click here to see the discussion in the forums… http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/578903-2012-pga-show-wrap-up-and-comment-from-the-golfwrx-staff/

Garmin

Swingbite… Not sure it is any good yet but looked cool. Small enough not to look like a bird at the range…

Greg Norman was wearing these. Last week we were wondering and hear we go…

V1 software with Annika…

More great views and better people…

Great stuff. After a 10 year sabbatical from the show Traditional (Japan Forged and USA owned) is make. With his son to help..

So we will be hard at work to try to get it all up ASAP. I have to get off this computer. My Daughter wants me to set up the sewing machine. Wish me luck guys. I will be sewing for the next 3 hours. She wants to make a hat for our dog. That is going to be interesting.

Click here to see the discussion in the forums… http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/578903-2012-pga-show-wrap-up-and-comment-from-the-golfwrx-staff/

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I tried the great Golfboarding experiment… here’s how it went

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Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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Titleist AVX golf balls passed the test, are now available across the United States

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Titleist’s AVX golf balls first came to retail as an experiment in three markets — Arizona, California and Florida — from October 2017 to January 2018. AVX (which stands for “Alternative to the V and X”) are three-piece golf balls made with urethane covers, and they’re made with a softer feel for more distance than the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

After proving their worth to consumers, Titleist’s AVX golf balls are now available across the U.S. as of April 23, and they will sell for 47.99 per dozen (the same as Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls) in both white and optic yellow.

According to Michael Mahoney, the Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing for Titleist, the AVX is a member of the Pro V1 family. Here’s a basic understanding of the lineup:

  • AVX: Softest, lowest trajectory, lowest spinning, less greenside spin and longest
  • Pro V1x: Firmer than the Pro V1, highest spinning and highest trajectory
  • Pro V1: Sits between the V1x and the AVX in terms of feel, spin and trajectory, and will appeal to most golfers

Different from the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, the AVX golf balls have a new GRN41 thermoset cast urethane cover to help the golf balls achieve the softer feel. Also, they have high speed, low compression cores, a new high-flex casing layer, and a new dimple design/pattern.

For in-depth tech info on the new AVX golf balls, how they performed in the test markets, and who should play the AVX golf balls, listen to our podcast below with Michael Mahoney, or click here to listen on iTunes.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the AVX golf balls

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Andrew Landry’s Winning WITB: 2018 Valero Texas Open

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Driver: Ping G30 (9 degrees at 8.8 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue ATX65 TX
Length: 45.25 inches, tipped at 1 inch
Swing Weight: D3

3 Wood: Ping G (14.5 degrees at 15.15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75
Length: 43 inches, tipped 1 inch
Swing Weight: D2

5 Wood: Ping G (17.5 degrees at 17.75 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 85
Length: 42 inches
Swing Weight: D2

Irons: Ping iBlade (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 105X
Swing Weight: D2

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F and 60-10S)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping PLD ZB-S
Grip: Ping Pistol
Length, loft, lie: 33 inches, 3 degrees, 3 degrees flat

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Lamkin Crossline Full Cord

WITB Notes: Landry tweaked his iron lofts before the Valero; 1 degree weak in his 4 and 5 iron, and 0.5 degrees weak in his 6-PW.

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