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Show Stoppers: Day 3 from 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.

Axis 1 Joey C Putter

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Axis 1 introduced its new Joey-C putter at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show. It features a traditional blade look, similar to the Axis1 Joey, and adds a copper insert for softer feel.

Axis 1 putters have a center of gravity that is balanced in the center of the club head. That translates into hitting putts on-line more consistently. The design also promotes a stroke that stays more square to the target, limiting face rotation during the stroke.

Axis 1 putter cost between $199 and $299, depending on the model. The Joey-C sells for $229.

Club Crown by Vive

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Club Crown by Vive is a company that makes a high-tech film that allows golfers to customize the crowns of their drivers. The film weighs just 2 grams, increasing the heft of your driver head by a mere one percent.

They cost around $50 each, and are available in a variety of stock styles and custom options. Installation is quick and easy, proved by the lovely Tovah (above) in this photo slideshow.

Edel Golf’s Custom Irons, Wedges and Putters

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Edel Golf’s wedges are some of the most drool-worthy wedges in golf. They’re offered in eight different stock grinds, and a near-limitless amount of custom options that have caused many a golfer to spend more than they intended on new short-game sticks.

Click here to see more custom Edel Golf irons, wedges and putters from the PGA Merchandise Show.

New Balance Golf Shoes

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New Balance, a company that is best known for its walking and running shoes, launched its first line of golf shoes at the 2014 PGA Merchandise show. Six styles for men and women offer both cleated and spikeless options, which are available in both waterproof and breathable fabrics.

The Minimus Sport Golf and the Minimus LX Golf shoes utilize the One-Lok cleat system that puts golfers’ feet close to the ground while providing added stability. Men’s shoes are offered in D, 2E and 4E widths, and women’s are offered in B and D widths. Prices range from $119.99 to $159.99.

Click here to see more New Balance golf shoes from the PGA Merchandise Show

Odyssey Putters

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Odyssey released several new putter models at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, including its high-end Metal-X Versa putters.

The Metal-X Versa putters combine two of Odyssey’s latest technologies: its acid-etched Metal-X face pattern that improves face friction for a better roll and its Versa technology, which uses white-and-black lines that are layered perpendicular to the target line to help golfers increase their awareness of face angle throughout the stroke.

Odyssey also unveiled its “Tank Cruiser” putters, which have removable weights in the sole and grip to allow golfers to fine tune swing weight and total weight. The putters are available in the four models: #1, #7, 330M and 2-Ball in 35- and 38-inch lengths. They’ll sell for $249 each when they hit stores on April 1.

The Metal-X Milled putters will hit stores on Jan. 17 in six model. The #1, #6, #9HT and 330 Mallet will cost $299, while the #7 and Rossie, which have aluminum sole plates, will cost $349.

Click here to see more Odyssey putters from the PGA Merchandise Show.

Rife Switchback Putter

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The Rife “Switchback” is an adjustable putter with four interchangeable bumper weights that change the head weight from 350-to-380 grams.They have a clean, high-tech look, and will be a hot commodity for tinkerers at the reasonable price point of $199.

Also new from Rife is the company’s Maven putter, a design that was inspired by new Rife Brand Ambassador Mike Shannon, one of Golf Digest’s Top-50 best teachers in America. The Zebra-shaped putter (see the photos in our forum) will come with five different hosel configuration to help golfers dial in their alignment and toe-hang needs. The first model, which has a plumber’s neck, will be available in May and sell for $235.

Click here to see more photos of Rife putters from the PGA Merchandise Show.

True Temper Project X LZ

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True Temper’s prototype Project X LV graphite shafts are hand rolled to exact specifications at the company’s headquarters in San Diego. They have the stiff butt and tip sections that characterize the original Project X graphite shafts, but the mid-sections are much softer.

According to Don Brown, product development manager for True Temper, the softer mid sections act as “loading zones,”  helping golfers release more energy into the golf ball at impact. Click here to read more about True Temper’s prototype Project X LV shafts.

True Temper’s Project X PXv 39 shaft also caught golfers’ attention at the PGA Merchandise Show. It’s the first of the company’s shafts to weigh less than 40 grams at a length of 46 inches. Originally, it was intended for recreational players, but it has been tested and put in play by professionals in Europe and the U.S.

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  1. 78Staff

    Jan 25, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    $50 for a driver head wrap? PT Barnum would be proud…sheesh.

  2. Neal Gregory

    Feb 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I purchased a 34inch 350g Axis1 Umbra putter. The zero balance helped with not pulling putts. I played with it for a couple rounds that had very challenging greens. My only complaint was that it felt too light, so I returned it. The owner was great about the return. Once Ohio thaws out, I will def. be purchasing the Umbra 400g and putting a slightly larger grip on it.

    Looks of a putter builds confidence? No, my friend, sinking putts you wouldn’t normally make builds confidence. Anyone who putts for dough knows that!

    Neal

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  4. Really!?!?!

    Jan 24, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Okay, I have to call BS on this one. These are supposed to be “showstoppers” and the axis 1 putters are a joke. I would be willing to bet that if they weren’t a golfwrx sponsor they never would have made this post. You cannot tell me for one second that there wasn’t something better to cover than those hideous things. Sorry to vent a little but that is a lame sponsor plug…nothing more, nothing less.

    • Phil Long

      Jan 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      A joke? Lol!

      I usually don’t respond to posts like this but I will.

      Tell you what….please shoot me an email and next time I am in your area, I will personally meet you and let you roll the putters. You can even bring yours too and we can do some testing. I’m confident enough in our product to do so. Doubt I will hear from you but hope I do.

      Thanks,
      Phil Long
      Vice President
      Axis1 Golf
      [email protected]

      • Really!?!?!

        Jan 26, 2014 at 11:23 am

        The gauntlet has been thrown and I gladly accept the challenge Mr. Long. I shot you an email, I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Joel

      • Michael K

        Jan 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        Mr. Long….I live in Maryland and would love to try one of your putters if you are ever in the area…I also play at Andrews Air Force Base and you are welcome to be my guest. r/Mike

        • Phil Long

          Jan 26, 2014 at 12:41 pm

          Michael,

          Thanks for the offer. Would love to. I know its 5 months away but I am coming up for the AT&T National. We could get together then if not before. Shoot me an email!!

          Thanks,
          Phil

    • Mike

      Jan 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Who cares if they roll the ball better. Those things are hideous and after a month of playing it, you’ll go back to trusty. Bottom line is that confidence starts by looking down at something that is pleasing to the eye. Not that thing. Just saying.

      • Charlie

        Jan 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm

        Seriously? what one person deems hideous another thinks is the perfect look.

        There are a million different putter designs. You go find one that you think is pretty, meanwhile I’ll find one that best rolls the ball in the cup.

    • Charlie

      Jan 30, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      What a lame post from someone who has never seen an Axis in person let alone actually tried one out. The Odyssey Sabertooth was pretty hideous until people realized how good of a putter it is.

      I’ll bet you’re the type who discounts a putter until a pga player wins with it, then you rush out to buy.

  5. JCorona

    Jan 24, 2014 at 9:47 am

    My name is Joey C…. would I be a narcissist if I got that putter??? That being said, how can I NOT buy a putting that is actually named after me…. then again, I don’t drink Corona beer….

  6. Homer Simpson

    Jan 24, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Booth girl showdown! Booth girl showdown! Booth girl showdown!

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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best irons of 2021

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What are the best irons in 2021? At GolfWRX, we take great pride in our online community and the cumulative knowledge and experience of our members. Needless to say, that extends to their GolfWRXers views on the best irons of 2021.

The bedrock of GolfWRX.com is the community of passionate and knowledgable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX members—the most knowledgeable community of golfers on the internet. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, nor is armed with such in-depth information about the latest technology.

You can see the full results for the best irons of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

Best irons of 2021: The top 5

1. Srixon ZX7

What Srixon says: “A compact blade shape, narrow topline, single-piece forging, and narrow sole give ZX7 the workability, feel, and aesthetics of a world-class players iron.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @Carolina Golfer 2: “ZX7 (my vote as well) with a large early lead. I expect it to only increase from here. They are truly a great iron. For the record, my 2nd best would be the ZX5!”
  • @CobraGolfFan96: “Absolutely love my ZX7’s!”
  • @JStang: “I have had my ZX7’s for a while now and am comfortable sharing a quick review. One thing that has been noticeable is how forgiving these are. I am constantly surprised at how far these fly when mishit. They feel outstanding when centered, and while they are a bit larger than I typically play, they don’t bother me one bit anymore. For the first time in years, I am not even considering another set of irons. These might be in the bag for years to come.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about ZX7 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

2. Titleist T100

What Titleist says: “Titleist T100 irons are forged to suit the player’s eye. The T100 inspires daring, imaginative play with precise distance, Tour-level shaping and signature Titleist feel. This iron is designed to help the best players score lower.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @sherlockgolfer: “Had my T100s for about 6 rounds now and can say they’re probably the best irons I’ve hit. Coming from 3 straight sets of 712, 716, 718 CBs, and there is definitely more of a clicky feel compared to those irons, but it is quite satisfying, and the ball does go further and higher. I was looking for more launch in the long irons from CB’s, and that’s exactly what I got.”
  • @Matty01984: “Superb set of irons. I must admit when I changed from my 714 AP2’s I was a little sceptical. I worried that there might be a little trade off going into a better looking, smaller iron as opposed to a slightly bigger one with more forgiveness. I simply cannot see there being any difference. The T100 goes just as far as the AP2, has just as much forgiveness and is in a better looking package.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about T100 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

3. Srixon ZX5

What Srixon says: “Srixon’s ZX5 Irons combine pioneering ball speed technology with premium forged feel, and deliver all of it in a forgiving yet workable chassis that’s razor sharp at address.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @potuna: “ZX5 for me best irons ever, and I’ve tried a bunch over the years.”
  • @EastTNGolfer: “Well, got the ZX5s on the course today. I saw ball flights I have never seen before, and terrible struck shots that still managed to find the green.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about ZX5 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

4. TaylorMade P770

What TaylorMade says: “We took everything that makes P•790 such a beast and put it into a more compact players shape with P•770. They share the same DNA, each built for dominating distance and premium performance. It’s impossible to choose your favorite child.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @ASN21: “Came to these from the OG P790’s and haven’t missed a beat. They simply check all the boxes. Can’t wait to use them again on Friday.”
  • @ScottHutch2: “Playing the best golf of my life with the P770s. I recently made a switch from ctaper 120 —> $taper HT 120, and the results have been phenomenal. Feel/consistency/control are outstanding compared to the Srixon Z585s I was playing previously, but they still give you a little pop distance wise. Great iron and I think fitting is very important with these.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about P770 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

5. Callaway Apex Pro

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What Callaway says: “We’ve redesigned this iron from the ground up, with an innovative A.I. face architecture and all new forged hollow body construction. Any scratch or single digit handicapper who wants speed and forgiveness in a players performance iron needs to try the Apex Pro 21.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @Whipitgood13: “I recently got the Apex Pro 21’s with the MMT 95 shaft, and I am blown away with how good these irons are. I’ve never had dispersion this tight. And the MMT shaft is just amazing. Like firm butter. And you can lean into any shot, and the control is just there. Super impressed and happy.”
  • @avidswampthing66: “Coming from a set of Miura’s…..these new Apex Pro 21 irons are simply the best irons I’ve ever played. 7-4 iron lots of straight high shots with plenty of pop but no crazy flyers. 8-PW are softer feeling and easily workable. Honestly, I’m kind of wowed.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about Apex Pro irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

You can see the full results for the best irons of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

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Nasa Hataoka dominates LPGA Marathon Classic with new Bettinardi putter

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Nasa Hataoka recorded her third title on the LPGA Tour at the Marathon Classic, having put a new Bettinardi gamer in the bag for the first time.

The 22-year-old won the rain-affected event by six strokes, having fired a career-low round of 61 that included ten birdies and no bogeys on the opening day.

Hataoka was playing a Bettinardi Studio Stock 3 with the brand’s all-new Roll Control Face for the victory. The Japanese player received the putter on Monday of the tournament and wisely decided to put the flat-stick in play after some testing during the week.

Putter Specs

  • Model: Studio Stock 3
  • Length: 32”
  • Lie: 70
  • Loft: 2.5
  • Face Milling: Roll Control

Hataoka finished runner-up at this year’s U.S. Open, and along with her exceptional ballstriking this week, the 22-year-old credited a ball marker from Olympic Club for keeping her in the zone mentally at the Marathon Classic, saying: “Every time I look at it, it reminds me to just keep going and go for a win. That’s what I use it for.”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about TaylorMade’s SIM Max fairway woods

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In our forums, our members have been discussing TaylorMade’s SIM 2 Max fairway woods. WRXer ‘platgolf’ has been blown away by his SIM 5-wood, saying

“I have bought a lot of fairway woods looking for the goat, and that includes the latest offerings. The Sim Max 5 wood kills the ball. Par three today was out there, and no way I thought I could reach it at 190 yards. I went 20 yards past it.

This is beyond anything I have ever played before. That is as long as my driver, insane. I have gone and ordered the 7 wood, and they are hard to find.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the clubs, with many having the same positive experience with the woods as ‘platgolf’.

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.

  • jmc1313: “I’ve had the same experience with the hybrids. High and long. Really an eye-opener for me. You just convinced me to get a new 5 wood.”
  • EDT501: “They are definitely very, very hot. Great shape and feel too. I actually found the SIM fairways too hot and wouldn’t mind 500-1000 RPMs more spin in exchange for several yards, but that’s just my need. Great clubs.”
  • platgolf: “Getting the 7 wood is tough as most were sold out. I went ahead and paid full price to get it. The shaft in these are very good shafts, lots of control. My vision is messed up right now, but hopefully get that fixed so I can enjoy these even more. WRX’ers were talking about how good they are, and I didn’t believe it. Now I know it’s real.”
  • Nixhex524: “It’s long, I had the Sim Max 15*, and it looks and feels great, but honestly, I don’t think it’s any better than my G425 Max 3w, and that thing seems to be easier off the deck. I can see why people love the Sim woods, strong contenders.”

Entire Thread: “What GolfWRXers are saying about TaylorMade’s SIM Max fairway woods”

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