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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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PXG launches new 0311 Gen4 driving iron

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PXG has just released its newest club: The PXG 0311 Gen4 driving iron.

With a tour-inspired clubhead design, the new driving iron is designed to deliver accuracy and distance to keep shots in play on narrow fairways and in adverse weather conditions.

“Our Gen4 driving iron is engineered to deliver outstanding performance in the most challenging environments. A slick replacement for a wood when the course calls for it, this driving iron will help you go long and keep it in play.” – PXG Founder and CEO Bob Parsons

PXG LPGA Tour Professional Linnea Strom has been using the club and emphasized the advantages of using it in windy conditions: “When playing in wind it is a great option for me instead of my hybrid. The ball contact and flight are very consistent. It has the height and spin that I want, and it is easy to hit both off the fairway and the tee.”

There is an abundance of new technology being incorporated into the PXG 0311 Gen4 driving iron including it being five times forged from 8620 soft carbon steel, creating a tight grain structure that increases the material’s strength and enhances feel.

The back surface of the club is milled – a high-precision process that helps create a high-performance body design.

A proprietary, highly compressible polymer material developed for use in PXG 0311 Gen4 irons, supports significant face movement in design for added ball speed, increased forgiveness, and a soft feel at impact.

The PXG 0311 X Gen4 driving iron also features PXG’s high-strength ultra-thin face – the thinnest club face in golf, measuring a mere 0.058-inch thickness. Combined with the company’s XCOR Technology, the face aims to deliver maximum forgiveness and fast speeds.

Precision Weighting Technology in the form of a large weight located near the center-of-gravity on the back of the clubhead enables golfers to experience different swing weights during a fitting for optimal personalized performance.

In addition, the clubhead is slightly larger with a thin top rail, and minimal offset. It’s designed to promote a low, penetrating ball flight and deliver more control off the tee.

PXG 0311 X Gen4 driving irons are available in left and right-handed configurations, as well as a Chrome or Xtreme Dark finishes. To learn more about PXG’s full lineup of golf clubs and schedule a fitting near you, visit www.PXG.com.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (12/1/21): Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 1.5

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of 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 we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 1.5

From the seller (@rcolwell7): Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 1.5 – $360 OBO. 34″ in length.  Refinished by the Putter Spa in May 2021.  Has seen 5 rounds since refinish. Comes with custom shop turbo blue headcover and black matador grip.  I would rate the Velcro 5/10.  The headcover itself is in good shape.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 1.5

This is the most impressive current listing 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

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Jonas Blixt WITB 2021 (November)

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  • Jonas Blixt what’s in the bag accurate as of the Sanderson Farms Championship. 

Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Orange 65 TX

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Fairway wood: Cobra King F6 (3-4)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD TP 7 X

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Fairway wood: Cobra King F8+ (3-4) (15.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD TP 8 TX

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Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

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Irons: Cobra S3 Pro (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

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Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F, 50-12F, 54-14F)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

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Putter: Yes! C-Groove Donna Putter
Putter grip: Scotty Cameron Titleist
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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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