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Show Stoppers: Day 1 from the 2017 PGA Show

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The biggest news came at the start of Day 1 of the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show: Tiger Woods signed multi-year contract to play a TaylorMade driver, fairway woods, irons and wedges.

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While there’s no topping that Show Stopper, there are plenty of other items of interest at the Orange County Convention Center. We spent all day Wednesday walking the PGA Show floor in search of the coolest new stuff.

We’ve listed our 10 favorites, which we call Show Stoppers, below.

Bubba Shows Off Indoor Skills at Oakley

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Two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson was on hand at the Orlando County Convention Center in the Oakley booth, and he was putting on a clinic with his new pink Volvik S4 golf balls.

Watson described his testing process with the golf balls to the crowd of about 100 PGA Show attendees. He asked “Teddy,” his caddie Ted Scott, to test the golf balls out for him after seeing they were a sponsor of the long drive contest. After positive feedback from the looper, Watson spent three months testing the balls before finally deciding he wanted to play them in 2017; he then asked Volvik for a pink version. Watson said there’s a big-picture vision for playing the pink balls, and that’s growing the game for potential junior golfers.

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Bubba also participated in a closest to the pin contest, where he hit it to 6 feet from 123 yards on the indoor simulator — he jokingly questioned the accuracy of the simulation — and was ripping drives that topped out at 329 yards despite choking up on his driver because the ceiling was too low for full extension.

Even indoors, Watson is a shot maker who adapts nicely to his environment.

Cobra PUR Wedges

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Cobra has added a flashy new wedge to its Cobra King line. They’re called PUR wedges, and are made of 304 stainless steel. Since stainless steel doesn’t rust, the wedges don’t require plating, which causes them to spin “a few hundred rpm more,” according to a Cobra-Puma Golf representative.

Like other King wedges, the new models have Cobra’s notchback design, which makes them especially versatile on open-face shots. They’re available in lofts of 50-60 degrees and with three different sole grinds (wide low, classic and versatile).

Duo Trac Smart Ball

Gen1BallsThere’s a new player in the data-collection space: Duo Trac. Its new golf ball — the Gen i1 — has sensors in its core that provide feedback on ball rotation and face angle on your putts. After lining up the ball to your target and stroking a putt, the sensors transmit information through an algorithm and into the company’s app.

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Assuming a golfer can get his or her speed right, the goal of putting is to zero out face angle at impact, ensuring a perfectly square strike that gets the ball rotating end-over-end as fast as possible toward the intended target. One WRX editor (not throwing anyone under the bus, but his name is Andrew Tursky) may need a bit of work on his stroke, as shown by the data above.

The company is set to release the putting-only golf ball in the summer for $140, and has plans to release a golf ball that provides feedback on chipping and full swings at a later date.

Ecco Golf Shoes

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Ecco is releasing a variety of new golf shoes in 2017, everything from performance-first models to golf shoes that will play just as well on the course as they will for dinner afterward (pending a shower in between).

The Ecco Cage Pro ($210 standard, $230 with BOA) is a hybrid shoe that combines a leather upper with a polyurethane heel section, making it one that most golfers will gravitate toward because of its stability, comfort and water resistance. The shoes have “spider grip” cleats (non-removable) that are designed to reduce the amount of mud, grass and sand that can get caught in their claws, thus improving traction throughout the swing. The shoe is available in four colorways, and also offered in two colorways with the BOA closure system.

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The Ecco Cool shoes ($280) are the first ever golf shoes to use Gortex in their construction, according to Ecco, which makes them ultra waterproof. A see-through midsole also helps to whisk away moisture and heat. They have an elastic sock lining, a leather upper and are available in four colorways.

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Ecco’s LUX shoes ($300) have TPU (thermoplastic urethane) uppers and a leather lining for a classic look. They’re the most “normal” looking spikes in Ecco’s 2017 lineup, if that’s what you’re into.

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Lastly, the Ecco Casual Hybrid shoes ($180) have an antique, hand-finished design in “moonless” and “whiskey” colorways for a laid back, yet classy look.

Foresight GCQuad… and Zombie Golf

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Foresight unveiled its new GCQuad launch monitor at the PGA Show, and it has been a clear favorite among attendees.

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The new unit improves on the company’s GC2 (ball data) and HMT (club data) launch monitors by merging them into a dedicated device and improving just about every aspect of their performance (accuracy, ease of use, etc). The GCQuad sells for roughly $18,000, not bad for what a lot of people consider to be golf’s best indoor launch monitor.

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What caught our attention inside inside the Orange County Convention Center, strangely, was a bit of Foresight software in development. We were lured into a game of “Zombie Golf,” a Foresight-exclusive game that’s still in development. It involves hitting punch shots at zombies the same way you might hit shots at the range-ball-cart-picker-upper guy. The more zombies you hit (kill), the more points you get… and you’ll have to work fast to keep them away from the tee.

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This, truly, is the future of recreational golf.

GolfWRX on Golf Channel

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Set to air on Friday on the station’s Morning Drive show, GolfWRX Editor in Chief Zak Kozuchowski joined a panel of equipment experts “on the main stage.” The foursome discussed a variety of topics including Tiger Woods’ decision to sign with TaylorMade and current golf equipment trends. Also on the panel were Jonathan Wall from PGATour.com and Rick Young of Score Golf. Matt Adams of PGA Tour Radio’s Fairways of Life hosted the segment.

Make sure to tune in to Golf Channel on Friday to see what Kozuchowski had to say.

Michelle Wie signs with Callaway

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Callaway announced a multi-year equipment deal with Michelle Wie at the opening of Day 1 of the PGA Show. The 2014 U.S. Women’s Open winner will use a full bag of Callaway clubs, including a Callaway golf ball and Odyssey putter.

In the past, Wie has been one of the few LPGA Tour players to use muscleback irons. We’ll keep an eye on her bag this weekend at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

P2 Putter Grips

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P2 putter grips – short for “palms squared” – positions the shaft in the back of a putter grip to improve biomechanics throughout the stroke. With a larger topside portion, the grips keep the wrists in a more locked position during the putting stroke that’s more stable and prevents wrist breakdown.

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The original P2 Core Range putter grips were released in 2016 and weighed between 80 and 90 grams. The new P2 Tour grips were made lighter because of tour player feedback, and are now between 50 and 75 grams.

There are four different models available. Each has a unique shape and is available in four different colorways. The grips sell for $29.95 each.

Ping Sigma G Putters

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Ping’s new Sigma G putters are offered in 15 different models, and there’s something for everyone in the new line. They use a multi-material construction that combines stainless steel, aerospace-grade aluminum and a high-grade elastomer to improves forgiveness and feel. Full story.

Titleist 2017 Pro V1, Pro V1x Golf Balls2017_ProV1_ProV1x_Feat

Regardless of what Titleist golf ball you’ve been playing, the company wants you to test both of its new premium golf balls in 2017… and for good reason. Titleist changed the core design of its new Pro V1 golf ball, making it the lowest-spinning and softest-feeling ball in the line. The new Pro V1x received aerodynamics improvement. Full story.

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  1. Jeffrey

    Jan 26, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I think you have an error in GCQuad pricing. It’s 18K not 12K

  2. Ron

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    The only real innovation in this list is a launch monitor that costs $15k? Let’s assume I don’t want to get divorced this year. The $15k launch monitor is off my list.

    I guess not much is left to change in golf. Maybe they can do these things every third or fourth year. You know. Like the Olympics.

    Oh, wait. I forgot. The equipment companies have to keep selling us stuff that works as well as the stuff they sold us last year. My bad.

  3. Egor

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    FIXED :
    Regardless of what Titleist golf ball you’ve been playing, the company wants you to test both of its new premium golf balls in 2017… for their bottom line.

    If they want you to test their premium balls, can they give out free samples?

    I like playing the ProV1/V1x and B330* balls, but at my handicap, I can finish 9 with the same ball, but about every 3rd round, I come up short 4-5 balls. Adding ~$20 to my round isn’t fun so I’ll stick with pre-loved balls for now.

    I have no doubt the new ProV1/V1x is a great ball and I probably will test a sleeve or two of each, but I’ve seen that marketing slogan “the company wants you to test both of their balls” and it comes across as disingenuous.

  4. Hmm

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Cast stainless steel wedges? WRX’ers are going to pan this HARD. If they’re forged I’m intrigued…

  5. S Hitter

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:34 am

    That’s it?

  6. golfraven

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Zombie Golf – what a joke. And who is keen of playing this, psychos?

    • michael

      Jan 26, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Yes, psychos. The psycho market remains largely untapped in golf. Attracting psychos to the game will help grow the game for all psycho and non-psycho golfers.

    • Ron

      Jan 26, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      As a psycho, and a golfer, I give this game 4 straight jackets.

  7. Dill Pickleson

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    The average pro putts with face at impact 2 degrees open and misses 7fters at a rate of 50%. Andrew Tursky’s putt of .27 degrees off square was an exceptionally good putt. I bet you couldn’t do that.

  8. Ccshop

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Tried on the new Ecco Cage and Casual Hybrid. Awful shoes

  9. Dr Troy

    Jan 25, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Between the Ecco LUX and that P2 grip, Id say day 1 was not bad!

  10. StillBoard

    Jan 25, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Lol @ ProV1’s being a show stopper.

    • COGolfer

      Jan 26, 2017 at 12:08 am

      Because Kirkland aren’t around anymore…

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Justin Thomas WITB (2020 Zozo Championship)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (9 degrees, B1 setting, T1)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana TB 60 TX (44 7/8”)

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 85 TX

5-wood: Titleist 915 Fd (18 degrees @18.75, C3 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4), Titleist 620 MB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

Photo c/o Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5.5 Tour Prototype
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/23/20): Mizuno ST200G, Custom TP Mills, Raw Cleveland irons

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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 Fatrambo – Raw Cleveland 588 Forged CB

Just WOW! This is not a set you see often, and for those looking for a bit of history surrounding this set, the Forged 588 irons were the last set of forged irons produced by Cleveland before they left the “players iron” market behind.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Raw 588 CBs

Member EVandy – Custom TP Mills Putter

There’s custom, and then there is CUSTOM, and this TP Mills is a perfect example of a handmade, built-to-order beautiful putter.

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

Member bigdaddy78 – Mizuno ST200G driver

We recently spotted what looks to be the next drivers from Mizuno on the USGA conforming list, so expect to see a few more of these pop up as golfer start prepping for 2021. But if you are someone still looking for a current. model at a great price, snag this one quick.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: ST200G

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

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: Flybyublue

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of Flybyublue.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: Flybyublue

Handicap: 1.8

Flybyublue WITB

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Subzero Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Tour AD DI-6x

3-wood: TaylorMade ’16 M2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Kiyoshi Purple 75g 05

Driving iron: TaylorMade UDI Tour Preferred (19.5*)
Shaft: Tour AD AD-85 x

Irons: Srixon Z545 (4-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus3 Tour105 x

Wedges: Vokey SM8 (50-08F, 54-10S, 58T raw)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400

Putter: Odyssey O-works Black 3T (WH Insert)
Grip: Odyssey SX Black

Golf Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

Grips: Golf Pride MCC Midsize

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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