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Show Stoppers from Day One: 2016 PGA Merchandise Show

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After Demo Day on Tuesday, The PGA Merchandise Show moves inside the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando for its remaining three days. Enjoy the “Show Stoppers” we spotted on Day One, as well as our general galleries below.

RoboGolfPro

A golfer tries Sergio Garcia's swing.

A golfer tries Sergio Garcia’s swing.

This may hurt to hear, but you’ll probably never hit a golf ball like a major champion. But with RoboGolfPro, you can feel what it’s like to swing like one.

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At the PGA Show, RoboGolfPro teamed up with TaylorMade to bring you the ultimate experience. While waiting in line to try the experience, PGA Show attendees could feel what it’s like to hold grips that were molded by the hands of Jason Day (pictured above), Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Fabian Gomez. Then, they could swing like them, too.

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The patented system uses robot arms to guide the club (to height scale) on the exact swing path of golf pros, but can also be used in an instructional setting to help golfers feel a certain path, which is determined by the instructor.

RoboGolfPro is in golf academies and instruction centers across the country and the world, and has recently opened two new locations; one in London, and another at the Mike Schy Academy in Madera, Calif. They’re available for personal purchase also, but will run you approximately $150,000.

SeeMore expands Giant putter line

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Most golfers know a SeeMore putter when they see it, thanks to the company’s Rifle Scope Technology (RST). The gun-sight alignment system uses a red dot on the top rail of the putter, which golfers “hide” with the putter’s shaft at address to achieve a square clubface and consistent shaft lean.

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From left: Original FGP, Giant M1t, Mini Giant, Giant FGPt, Giant FGP

In recent years, the company has expanded its lineup to include more traditional Anser and mallet-style putters that also have RST Technology, but the original FGP, used by Zach Johnson to win the 2015 Open Championship, has remained the company’s crown jewel.

Last year, the SeeMore expanded its FGP line with a new Giant FGP putter, which took the original FGP shape and enlarged it to improve the effectiveness of the alignment aid. Its lighter, milled aluminum body (the original is made from steel) also allowed for the addition of two copper sole weights, which increase the putter’s moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of a forgiveness.

This year, the company has expanded the Giant line with three new styles that will be available in February. See photos of each putter below.

The Giant FGPt ($295) is slightly smaller than the original Giant.

The Giant mt1 ($295) has a more classic heel-toe shape than the original.

The Mini Giant ($395) is the smallest of the Giant models. It offers the best size-to-MOI ratio, according to the company, through the use four copper weights.

Arccos Driver

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There’s no question that golf clubs will get “smarter” in the years to come. What isn’t so certain is how fast the golfing majority will adopt systems such as Arccos, which uses lightweight sensors that are secured to the grip of a golfer’s clubs to track shot distances and tendencies through Bluetooth and GPS.

The company’s first launch included 14 sensors that allowed golfers to track their performance from driver to putter. Its latest product, Arccos Driver, focuses exclusively on a golfer’s tee game through a new app, which also doubles as a golf GPS.

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Like the original system, Drive is installed on the top of a golfer’s grip.

Company CEO Sal Syed says the majority of golfers are interested in “capturing that one awesome shot,” which more often than not is the one awesome drive golfers hit. Arccos Driver not only measures every drive a golfer hits in real time, but like the original system, offers game-improvement analytics. It’s also more affordable, selling for $79.99 (the original system sold for $399.99).

Within 20 drives, golfers will know how far their hit their drives, as well as their “Driving Handicap,” Syed said. For the competitive crowd, Driver also creates challenges based on skill level and tendencies to help golfers improve their games. Points can be tracked for both head-to-head competitions, as well as for the company’s Global Leaderboard.

Arccos Driver is available for iOS and Android devices. The company is currently taking pre-orders.

Adidas Tour360 Boost Olympic shoes

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To commemorate the 2016 Olympics in Rio – the first games in the modern era to include golf – Adidas launched three new Olympic-inspired Tour360 Boost shoes. The three offerings, which are NOT limited releases, will sell for between $200 and $230 when they’re released, depending on the model.

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TaylorMade-Adidas golf athletes representing the United States – we’re looking at you Dustin – are expected to wear these patriotic Tour360 Boost shoes along with the USA’s team uniform.

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Also, the dual-material uppers on the black and tri-color striped models (above, $230) have a bottom-half made from thermoplastic urethane (TPU) that’s waterproof, and an upper half that’s made from prime knit; a stretchable fabric designed for more comfort around the top of the foot.

Odyssey’s new putters… and there’s a lot

At the PGA Show, Odyssey released a slew of new putters.

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White Hot RX: The White Hot RX putters have a new insert that combines two different kinds of elastomers to make them feel softer than the original White Hot inserts. Like Odyssey’s Metal-X milled putters, the new inserts have an oval-pattern – with a paint texture added to the edges – to grab the ball and make it roll faster.

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They will be available in models #1, #2, #7, #9, Rossie, 2-Ball V-Line, and a new V-Line Fang, and will sell at $159.99 ($179.99 with Superstroke grips).

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Works Versa extension line: The Works Versa extension line uses the familiar Fusion RX face – a White Hot insert covered with a metal mesh cover to improve ball roll — and Odyssey’s Versa color schemes.

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The extension line includes Odyssey Works Versa Marxman Fang, Odyssey Works Versa #7H, Odyssey Works Versa Sabertooth and Odyssey Works Versa Tank Sabertooth. The new offerings start at $179.99.

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Toe Up: Most putters are either face balanced or have a toe-down design. Odyssey’s new Toe Up putter, fittingly, has a toe-up design, which is said to reduce torque throughout the stroke, thus stabilizing the putter path and face angle.

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They putters are offered in Odyssey’s slightly tweaked #1 and #9 models. They come stock with SuperStroke Flatso grips and will sell for $199.99 starting April 15. Like Odyssey’s Metal-X Milled putters, the putter faces are chemically etched with tiny ovals that improve ball roll.

Gears Golf 

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Blair O’Neal hitting drives on the Gears Golf system.

Gears Golf is only a few years old, but is already considered one of the most comprehensive club and body analyzers on the current market. It uses 6-8 high-speed cameras, which capture 360 frames per second, and works by finding the center of spherical probes attached to a golfer’s club and body to identify location. Unlike other systems, it does not use algorithms to determine its data parameters. It sells for about $40,000 per unit.

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Gears gives golfers detailed information about their angle of attack, clubhead speed, club path and face angle during different parts of the swing, as well as face impact location, grip speed, shaft torque, deflection, shaft droop and much more.

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Jesper Parnevik learning more about his swing on the system.

Cobra-Puma has partnered with Gears Golf, and its R&D department used the system to develop its new line of King clubs.

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7 Comments

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  1. BriBri

    Jan 31, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Golf was last an Olympic sport in 1904. This is not the first time golf is being played in the Olympics.

  2. David

    Jan 28, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Check out RoboSwing at booth #800. 100% better product for 50% the cost.

  3. KJ

    Jan 28, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Where in the world is Under Armour ? You have the best player on the planet right now and you cant produce shoes for the masses? What horrible mismanagement of a brand.

  4. Ryan

    Jan 28, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Seems like Odyssey is coming into Edel’s torque balanced putter territory. I would definitely try it seeing the price point will be less than Edel’s.

  5. Chuck D

    Jan 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Yeah, a wee bit much holding the molded rubba donga of PGA pros! Where’s Steve Elkington for comment when you need him?

  6. steve

    Jan 28, 2016 at 11:50 am

    nice

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GolfWRX Classifieds (12/1/20): TaylorMade SIM “Rocket”, Custom Olson, Callaway Apex MB raw

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member Bomber_11 – Raw Callaway Apex MB irons

Classic simple and classy blades are only made better without chrome plating and if rust is your thing, don’t rest on this set.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Raw Apex MB

Member darrickpe – TaylorMade SIM “Rocket” fairway

“Rocket” really is the best way to describe the strong-lofted TaylorMade SIM fairway wood. Whether it be off the tee or from the deck, if you catch this thing on the screws it launches rockets!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TaylorMade SIM fairway

Member Puma74 – Custom Olson putter

Mamma Mia!!! This putter has everything a custom putter lover could ever want – mint condition, weld neck, lovely milled face… the only other thing you could possibly want would be to get it at a lower price, but good luck!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Olson Putter

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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No tape, no solvent: New Golf Pride Concept Helix grip makes installation hassle-free

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If you have ever wanted to regrip your clubs but didn’t want to deal with the hassle of tape or solvent, Golf Pride has developed a revolutionary system to make regripping easier than ever before with the all-new Golf Pride Concept Helix.

The Concept Helix grip and the simple system used to install it removes the fear factor of installing grips and also brings a new level of accessibility to those that are looking to benefit from the performance advantage of new grips—it also requires zero drying time, meaning you can go from gripping clubs to hitting shots instantly.

To see how it works, check out the video from Golf Pride below.

Golf Pride Concept Helix grip: More details

Golf Pride’s new Concept Helix grip system uses a friction and torque-based installation method that ensures the grips are secure and are installed using a proprietary ‘horn’ device that is included with every order.

“Golf Pride stands at the forefront of innovation in grips, and Concept Helix builds on that legacy as the first-ever twist-on grip technology system. This is the first major new advanced concept to come out of the lab at our new Global Innovation Center in Pinehurst and innovates the installation process, requiring no tape, no solvent, and no drying time. Getting fresh grips on your clubs will be more seamless than ever.”
Greg Cavill – Global Project Engineer / Golf Pride

The other interesting note is that without the need for solvents or tape, the new Concept Helix grips and more environmentally friendly.

“We continue to explore new technologies that benefit golfers, both on and off the course. Concept Helix, in this regard, is this next step in the exploration of best practices for grip installation.”- Brandon Sowell, global director of sales and marketing for Golf Pride

For more information on the Concept Helix Grip-System, visit www.concepthelix.com, and to purchase, check out Golfpride.com/shop

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Emily Kristine Pedersen WITB (Winningest golfer on Ladies European Tour in 2020)

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When it comes to winning, Emily Kristine Pedersen has made it look pretty easy recently with three straight wins on the Ladies European Tour to close out the 2020 season. Her most recent win was the Andalucia Open De Espana, and before that is was a pair of wins in Saudi Arabia with The Saudi Ladies Team International.

This is only the second time a player has won three straight events on the LET, and the last time it happened was in 1989 by Marie-Laure de Lorenzi.

This stellar play was not just out of nowhere either, she had five top 10s, including another win at the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open in August and also recorded an 11th place finish at the Women’s British Open. One of the last events on her schedule is the upcoming U.S. Open.

This is her WITB.

Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Limited B+ 60

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD GP

Hybrid: Titleist 818H1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-9 iron)
Shaft: KBS Tour Stiff

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46, 52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour

Putter: Scotty Cameron Select Fastback 1.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

 

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