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Show Stoppers: Day 1 of the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show

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The GolfWRX team is live from this year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. The “Show Stoppers” segment will highlight our favorite clubs, gear, and training aids at the show.

At the PGA Merchandise Show, golf companies show off their latest equipment on Tuesday at the PGA Demo Day at Orange County National, and at the PGA Show inside the Orange County Convention Center on Wednesday through Friday. Follow along as we bring you inside the ropes of this year’s events.

Click here to follow along as we update live from the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show.

Bridgestone “True Balance” putters

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Bridgestone is releasing a line of True Balance putters, which are “counter” counter-balanced putters, if you will. Instead of having additional weight located in the shaft and grip-section of the putters, the True Balance putters have lighter shafts and grips that the company says adds more feel to the putter head during the stroke, allowing it to square up more easily at impact.

The True Balance Putters ($199) have 360-gram heads made from 304 SS with dual-layered polymer inserts. Their graphite shafts weigh only 35 grams, and their EVA rubber grips are even lighter: 20 grams. And yes, the putter heads are so much heavier than the shaft and the grip that the putters can stand on their own.

Steel-shafted versions of the putters ($149) are also available, including the TD-02, a double-bend mallet version. They’ll be available in March.

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Bridgestone putters in the forums

Callaway X2 Hot “5Deep”

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Callaway’s “Deep” fairway woods made news in 2013, when Phil Mickelson used the company’s “3Deep” fairway wood as his driver in route to a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open and back-to-back wins at the Scottish Open and Open Championship.

Callaway’s new X2 Hot 5Deep is the next logical step in the deep fairway wood progression. The deep-faced 5 woods target golfers who have downward angle of attacks or tend to contact their fairway woods on the upper part of the face. The 5Deep will give those players more consistent ball speeds because of their larger faces, regulating carry distances

The 5Deep, a refreshed 3Deep and a new 2Deep will be available later this spring for $239 with a “real-deal” version of Aldila’s Tour Green shaft.

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Callaway 5Deep in the forums

Golf Pride CP2 Wrap and CP2 Pro Golf Grips

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Golf Pride’s new CP2 Wrap and CP2 Pro grips are the softest performance grips in Golf Pride history. The CP2 Wrap (pictured above in blue) is for golfers who look for a soft feel with the classic wrap-around design. The CP2 Pro (pictured above in red) offers a more parallel design and flatter grip textures. The inner core stabilizer, which measures 2.5 inches in length, is much firmer than the rest of the grip works to stabilize the grip during the downswing. The CP2 Wrap and CP2 Pro will be available in March for $6.99 per club for standard size, $7.49 for midsize and $7.99 for jumbo.

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the new Golf Pride grips in the forums

FlightScope Xi

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FlightScope’s new Xi is a small, portable, wireless Doppler-radar launch monitor that connects to an iPhone/iPad via WiFi to deliver ball data. No power source, cables, or laptops required. It starts at $2500.

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Flightscope in the forums

Ping nFlight

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The Ping nFlight Motion fitting process utilizes an attachment that clips onto any golf shaft, which sends information from the swing to an app on the iPhone or iPod touch through Bluetooth. The nFlight software models and digitally analyzes each swing and measures swing speed, path and angle of attack to fit the golfer into a combination of the proper shaft, loft and Ping club head. Only three swings per club are necessary to acquire enough information to fit the golfer properly, and the app provides additional shaft recommendations based on the fitting. Ping also offers an nFlight Mobile that works through an iPad.

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Ping photos in the forums

UST Mamiya Elements Chrome Graphite Shafts

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The UST Mamiya Elements Chrome shaft relies on a stiffer mid-flex and torque-specific weights that were previously utilized in the ProForce VTS models of recent years. The butt section of the shaft also has a larger diameter with a softer hoop strength that improves energy transfer and stability throughout the swing.

The mid-launch shaft is available for $285 in 12 different flex/weight combinations: 55 grams (A, R, S), 65 grams (R, S, X), 75 grams (S, X), 85 grams (S, X) and 95 grams (S, X).

 Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the UST Mamiya Elements Chrome shaft in the forums

Vokey SM5 Wedges

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Vokey’s new SM5 wedges feature the third generation of the company’s grooves, which have a 7 percent larger groove volume than previous models.

The grooves are deeper and narrower on the 46-to-54 degree wedges to deliver better distance and trajectory control, reducing the chance of flyers from the rough. On the 56-to-62 degree SM5 wedges, the grooves are the same width as the previous generation, but they have a greater depth that adds roughly 400 rpm more spin on full shots from the rough.

The SM5 wedges are cast from 8620 carbon steel, and are available in lofts from 46 degrees to 62 degrees in two-degree increments. They come in six tour-inspired sole grinds (L, T, S, M, F and K), with each model sorted into low-, mid- and high-bounce categories. That creates a selection of 21 different loft, bounce and grind combinations.

The wedges are available in stores on March 14 in three different finishes — Tour Chrome, Gold Nickel and Raw Black — and will sell for $129. The Tour Chrome and Gold Nickel are plated finishes, while the Raw Black finish will rust over time.

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Titleist SM5 wedges in the forums

Footjoy D.N.A. Golf Shoes

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FootJoy recently unveiled D.N.A. (Dryjoys Next Advancement), the shoe that had golf apparel/equipment enthusiasts abuzz since Adam Scott wore them at the Presidents’ Cup. The shoes feature a 3D foam collar that molds to the foot and ankle, a Snugfit tongue, Microvent technology, a “Nitrothin” TPC (thermoplastic urethane) outsole, an “Xtra-thick” Fine-Tuned Foam (FTF) Fitbed and a Chromoskin Leather System making it waterproof. D.N.A is highly advanced, technology sound, stable and lightweight, with an added splash of color options.

They will be available in six colors on Feb. 15 for $220, with the BOA closure system available on the D.N.A.’s for $240.

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Footjoy D.N.A.’s in the forums

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Sean

    Jan 23, 2014 at 10:04 am

    WRX – Thanks for being there for us, we appreciate all the coverage

  2. Scott

    Jan 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Did you check out the True’s?? They look awesome?

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  4. Henry

    Jan 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Have you guys checked out ‘ game golf’. They are introducing a digital tracking system for you clubs.

  5. David W

    Jan 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Ping is missing a TON of customers by not creating an Android app for their fitting and swing analyzers.

    • Nick Pincket

      Jan 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • Stephen

      Jan 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      since market share for android in smartphone market is 80%,shouldnt say ping is missing out on TON of customers, they are losing Mega TONs! even if we let golfers prefer iphone over android phones and lets say half of golf population uses iphone. Ping is leaving out rest of the golf population which is half of them. i know it could be pain in the neck for them to create cradle for all the different android smartphones but i know there would be a clever way to solve this problem. come on ping! since i’ve moved from iphone to google nexus, i couldnt practice my putting with iping and now the cradle is sitting alone unused 🙁

    • gunmetal

      Jan 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Amen to that. Flightscope has both Apple and Android. If they’re worried so much about Android, they should look at making one for Windows.

  6. Callaway X Hot

    Jan 22, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Any word on new Bridgestone clubs?

  7. Mike

    Jan 22, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Great looking wedges by Titleist. Grips are cool. Bridgestone with putters I’d gotta check that out.

    Great post

  8. Need One!

    Jan 21, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Wonder how accurate that Flightscope is…

    • P

      Jan 22, 2014 at 2:49 am

      Don’t get Henri started. He will tell you it’s the best, most accurate launch monitor on the planet!

      • Jody

        Jan 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm

        I’m interested in the Flightscope also. I’ve always wanted one but the price tag was a turn off. If I can get one in the $2500 to $3000 range that is actually accurate I may not be able to resist.

        • Stu

          Jan 23, 2014 at 8:48 am

          Flightscope, no club path or face angle measurements. NO thanks.

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Bettinardi is celebrating its 25th anniversary with limited putters runs. First up: BB1 MS

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25 years! Bettinardi is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a limited run of putters (one model per month in 2023, 250 putters in each run). The Tinley Park, Illinois, company is kicking off the collection with the BB1 MS. The design was one of Robert J. Bettinardi’s first when the manufacturer, designer, and engineer struck out on his own after milling putters for major OEMs through the 90s.

Bettinardi pioneered milling a putter from a solid block of steel sans forgings, castings, or welds, and the BB1 MS was an early example of his efforts.

Check out the putter specs and additional details below.

Model: BB1 MS
Material: 303 stainless steel
Face insert: Gold-plated 303SS
Neck: Mid-style plumbers
Face milling: Mini honeycomb
Weight: 352 grams
Finish: Tour blast/High polish
Grip: Black leather perforated Gripmaster

The heel features an open Hex milling with Roman numerals “XXV” to emphasize the significance of this silver anniversary putter, while the sole showcases a “1/250” engraving to mark its limited quantity.

“I am so proud of this huge milestone for Bettinardi, and all that we have accomplished over the last 25 years,” said Robert Bettinard. “From the 100 professional wins to the cult-like following in The Hive of our bespoke offerings, and with distribution in over 45 countries around the world, Bettinardi’s future has never been brighter.”

The limited run kick-off putter will be available on January 31st at 10 a.m. CST in the Hive online at Bettinardi.com.

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Satoshi Kodaira WITB 2023 (January)

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Driver: Titleist TSR2 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD Quattro Tech

3-wood: Titleist TSR2+ (14.5 degrees), TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD Quattro Tech, Graphite Design TOur AD Quattro Tech 75 X

Hybrid: Nabla Black iD (18 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD

Irons: Mitsubishi Yonex, Callaway 620 CB Forged
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue EX Weight & Lock

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (52-12F, 56-10S, 60-08M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300

Putter: Scotty Cameron T7.5, Scotty Cameron Proto
Grip: Scotty Cameron

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Grips: Palma X

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Rickie Fowler WITB 2023 (January)

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Driver: Cobra Aerojet (9 degrees @ 8)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 70

3-wood: Cobra Aerojet LS (14.5 degrees @ 13)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Lin-Q M40X 7F5

5-wood: Cobra King LTDxLS (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Synergy Prototype

Irons: Cobra King Tour Forged
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: Cobra King Versatile (54-10 @ 52, 56-08, 58-08)
Shafts: KBS 610 120S, KBS 610 Wedge 125

Putter: Odyssey O-Works Proto
Grip: SuperStroke Tour

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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