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PGA Show 2018: Demo Day recap

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GolfWRX has spikes on the ground in the Sunshine State for the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show. We’re also producing a buffet of content–particularly photos–that would put Golden Corral to shame.

Here’s a look at some of our coverage from the main page, forums, Twitter, and Instagram.

Starting with the front page, we ran stories on some new TaylorMade releases, including a P-790 UDI 2-iron and several new Spider putters (see the full article here).

Also on the flaststick front: We covered the launch of new Scotty Cameron Select Putters and Odyssey EXO Indianapolis, Seven, and Rossie putters.

Speaking of Callaway, we also profiled the launch of new Chrome Soft, Chrome Soft X, and Superhot balls. Plenty of buzz about the Chrome Soft’s graphene (the hardest substance in the world) core!

We also got a look at the new FootJoy Tour S shoes. Check out our writeup to learn about FJ’s new approach to stability in the golf shoe.

Returning to the equipment front, we got a look at vaunted Japanese clubmaker Miura’s full range of new offerings, including the MC (muscle cavity) irons. Check out our article for all the details.

GolfWRX also chatted with long-driver-turned-tour-pro Jamie Sadlowski (and new Cleveland-Srixon staffer) about what’s in his bag. See what Jamie had to say.

On the forum front, we have eight overflowing galleries from Demo Day.

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 1 – Mitsubishi, Wilson

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 2 – Various including Training Aids, Carts, Rangefinders

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 3 – Cobra, Honma, Graphite Design, Epon, TPT

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 4 – SuperStroke, Miura, Yonex, Nippon, Vokey, Golf Pride, FootJoy

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 5 – Wilson, Flat Cat, Golf Board

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 6 – Various including Oban, carts, bikes and others

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt. 7 – TaylorMade, Odyssey, Footjoy, Miura, Cleveland/Srixon

2018 PGA Show Demo Day Pt 8

You can thank the intrepid crew below for the photo feast fit for a king.

From the Twitterverse: GolfWRX had a ton of great Demo Day content.

From a Golf Swing Shirt you can actually wear on course…

…to this electric push cart doing donuts.

…to this glorious contraption

…to Vertical Groove’s expansion into the woods space…

…to some savage SM7s.

…GolfWRX had all the bases covered.

The team will be live for Day 1 and Day 2, so stay tuned for more great content from the Major of the Golf Business.

 

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  1. justin

    Jan 29, 2018 at 10:43 am

    sloppy job. never told us the brand name of the red wood. focus boys. cmon.

    • Mr. Divot

      Feb 9, 2018 at 12:31 am

      RED club is called the Bomb-It Mini Driver. It’s a training club to teach you how to hit the ball closer the center.

  2. Tom Duckworth

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Could you guys take a look at Srixon and see if anybody is talking about new irons for 2018? I want to but a set but would be bummed if I did and they came out with new ones later this year.

  3. rz

    Jan 24, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Love that lil’ red fairway metal with a target grooved into the face!
    Just hit the ball on the target…. soooo obvious…. sooooo simple..!!

    • Robert Parsons

      Jan 24, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Looks like a training aid, not a real club.

      • Kurt

        Jan 24, 2018 at 4:53 pm

        Which brand is that red fairway? I would love to bag her ūüėõ

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Scottie Scheffler’s winning WITB: 2024 Masters

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 (8 degrees @8.25) Buy here.
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X (45 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (15 degrees) Buy here.
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

Irons: Srixon ZU85 (3, 4) Buy here, TaylorMade P7TW (5-PW) Buy here.
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Hybrid Prototype 10 X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-12F, 56-14F) Buy here, Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-T) Buy here.
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X Buy here.
Grip: Golf Pride Pro Only Cord

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 Buy here.

Check out more in-hand photos of Scottie Scheffler’s clubs here.

 

The winning WITB is presented by 2nd Swing Golf. 2nd Swing has more than 100,000 new and pre-swung golf clubs available in six store locations and online. Check them out here.

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WITB Time Machine: Danny Willett’s winning WITB, 2016 Masters

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Driver: Callaway XR 16 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana W-Series 60 X
Length: 45.5 inches

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3-wood: Callaway XR 16 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana W-Series 70X

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5-wood: Callaway XR 16 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana W-Series 80X

Irons: Callaway Apex UT (2, 4), Callaway Apex Pro (5-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Superlite

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Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (47-11 S-Grind) Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind (54-11, 58-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Superlite

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Putter: Odyssey Versa #1 Wide (WBW)
Lie angle: 71 degrees

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Ball: Callaway Speed Regime SR-3

Check out more photos of Willett’s equipment from 2016 here.

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Project X Denali Blue, Black shaft Review – Club Junkie Review

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Originally, Project X was known for low-spin steel iron shafts. However, the company might now be known for wood shafts. Denali is the newest line of graphite shafts from Project X. With the Denali line, the company focuses on feel as well as performance.

There are two profiles in the Denali line, Blue and Black, to fit different launch windows. Denali Blue is the mid-launch and mid-spin profile for players who are looking for a little added launch and Denali Black is designed for low-launch and low-spin. Both models are going to offer you a smooth feel and accuracy.

For a full in-depth review check out the Club Junkie podcast on all podcast streaming platforms and on YouTube.

Project X Denali Blue

I typically fit better into mid-launch shafts, as I don’t hit a very high ball so the Denali Blue was the model I was more excited to try. Out of the box, the shaft looks great and from a distance, it is almost hard to tell the dark blue from the Denali Black. With a logo down install of the shaft, you don’t have anything to distract your eyes, just a clean look with the transition from the white and silver handle section to the dark navy mid and tip.

Out on the course, the Blue offers a very smooth feel that gives you a good kick at impact. The shaft loads easily and you can feel the slightly softer handle section compared to the HZRDUS lineup. This gives the shaft a really good feel of it loading on the transition to the downswing, and as your hands get to impact, the Denali Blue keeps going for a nice, strong kick.

Denali Blue is easy to square up at impact and even turn over to hit it straight or just little draws and most of the flex of the shaft feels like it happens right around where the paint changes from silver to blue. The Blue launches easily and produces what I consider a true mid-flight with the driver. While it is listed as mid-spin, I never noticed any type of rise in my drives. Drives that I didn’t hit perfectly were met with good stability and a ball that stayed online well.

Project X Denali Black

When you hold the Denali Black in your hands you can tell it is a more stout shaft compared to its Blue sibling by just trying to bend it. While the handle feels close to the Blue in terms of stiffness, you can tell the tip is much stiffer when you swing it.

Denali Black definitely takes a little more power to load it but the shaft is still smooth and doesn’t give you any harsh vibrations. Where the Blue kicks hard at impact, the Black holds on a little and feels like keeps you in control even on swings that you try and put a little extra effort into. The stiff tip section also makes it a little harder to square up at impact and for some players could take away a little of the draw from their shot.

Launch is lower and more penetrating compared to the Blue and produces a boring, flat trajectory. Shots into the wind don’t rise or spin up, proving that the spin stays down. Like its mid-launch sibling, the Black is very stable and mishits and keeps the ball on a straighter line. Shots low off the face don’t get very high up in the air, but the low spin properties get the ball out there farther than you would expect. For being such a stout shaft, the feel is very good, and the Denali Black does keep harsh vibrations from your hands.

Overall the Project X Denali Blue and Black are great additions to the line of popular wood shafts. If you are looking for good feel and solid performance the Denali line is worth trying out with your swing. Choose Blue for mid-launch and mid-spin or Black for lower launch and low spin.

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