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U-try brings the “try-and-buy” model to online golf retail

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Global Value Commerce has rolled out U-try, the golf industry’s first exclusively online club trial program.

Golfers can test new drivers and fairway woods from Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, TaylorMade, and Titleist. After selecting up to two clubs via the Global Golf website, paying a $25 trial fee per item, participants receive the club(s).

Within 14 days, customers either keep the club(s) and pay the current list price–less the trial fee–or return them with a prepaid shipping label. The program is currently limited to drivers and fairway woods, but hybrids, iron sets and additional brands will be offered by late spring.

“Buying golf equipment is a significant investment…with U-try we’ve created a risk-free opportunity for our customers to spend time with new clubs and determine what is right for them,” says Ed Byman, CEO of GVC.

As a bonus, each U-try driver includes a complimentary Arccos Driver unit.

Based on some questions in this the forum thread about the U-try Program, GVC have put together these answers to GolfWRX members’ most frequent questions.

Brands Currently Available:

Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, TaylorMade, Titleist, XXIO

Are these clubs new or demo clubs?

Every club in the U-try program is new. Once a club is trialed as part of the program, it is taken out of the rotation. No club is sent to multiple customers as part of the U-try program.

Can you test different shaft options?

If you’d like to test different shafts for a particular model, you would need to order two U-try clubs, and select the different shafts (if available) when you configure your selections.

What is the cost for damaged clubs?

U-Try clubs are meant to be used; however, if clubs are returned with damage beyond normal wear and tear, but are still capable of being repaired by our in-house repair team, we will notify you via email and we will charge your credit card for these repairs according to the repair charge structure below:

Damage Description Repair Required Charge per 
Damaged Club
Excessive wear or damage to grips Grip Replacement $2
Damaged shaft Shaft Replacement $30
Shaft separated from clubhead Shaft Repair $10
Ferrule damaged/replacement Shaft Repair $10
Incorrect shaft and/or shaft adapter Shaft Repair $10
Rattle in clubhead Clubhead Rattle Repair $10

Do I have to return the Arccos Driver Sensor that come with my trial club?

Customers can keep the Arccos Driver sensor free of charge, even if they choose to return the club it was sent with. (Arccos Driver retails for $29.99, so this covers the $25 trial fee and then some).

See what GolfWRX members are saying about U-try in the forums.

 

 

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  1. Carol Cardinale

    Apr 20, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Wish you had more available for women. I need a Taylor Made M4 high loft, at least 12.

  2. Rich Douglas

    Mar 11, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I clicked “like,” but I think it’s a silly idea. Not from the company’s perspective–I hope they make a mint. But the worst clubfitter in the world is you. Yes, you.

    Go to a professional and get fit. All this trial-and-error–all that club-chasing–gets you nowhere. (Except off to Golf Galaxy to buy the latest thing–that doesn’t fit you either.)

    It’s not the bow-and-arrow, it’s the archer. Still, a great archer needs equipment fit for his/her particular game. Go get fit.

  3. bill

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:38 am

    So desperate now they are trying to give them away… but at MRSP.

  4. Birdswing Golfer

    Mar 10, 2018 at 4:39 am

    Woohoo! all new drivers $25 each all mysteriously go missing in return shipping

    Wonder if you can U-try some aftermarket shafts too!

    Ha, great Idea but it won’t work

  5. Birdswing Golfer

    Mar 10, 2018 at 4:38 am

    Woohoo! all new drivers $25 each all mysteriously go missing in return shipping

    Wonder if you can U-try some aftermarket shafts too!

    Ha, great Idea but it won’t work

  6. Mr. Replier Guy

    Mar 9, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    What about skymarks and/or dents?
    Where will the discounted, already hit drivers show up?

  7. cinch bugs

    Mar 9, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    and where’s the catch…

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Jon Rahm WITB (October 2020)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @10 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

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3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 @14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

jon-rahm-witb-2020Utility iron: TaylorMade RSI TP UDI (4)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (52-09), TaylorMade MG2 (56-12SB, 60-11)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X (Chalk)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (#10)

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The most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now (Fall 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf shoes on Amazon as of October 2020.

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoes

From the listing:Mesh/synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Thintech, adituff, thintech cleat, traxion, adiwear. Lightweight mesh and synthetic upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. Soft eva insole for lightweight comfort and cushioning. 6-spike configuration with thintech low-profile technology for improved traction and stability.”

Price: $59.99

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2. Skechers Go Golf Men’s Torque Waterproof Golf Shoe

From the listing:Synthetic. Imported. lace-up. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Replaceable soft spikes. Waterproof.”

Price: $59.99

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3. FootJoy Men’s Fj Flex Golf Shoes

 

From the listing:100% Textile. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Performance Mesh – lightweight performance mesh delivers incredible comfort, breathability and all-day comfort. Complete support – a soft EVA midsole provides increased underfoot cushioning, enhanced comfort and exceptional stability.”

Price: $89.99

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4. PUMA Men’s Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe

From the listing:100% Textile and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Sole shield. Performance Mesh +TPU. Ignite Foam.”

Price: $99.99

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5. Skechers GO GOLF Men’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Skechers Goga Max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning for all day comfort. Durable grip tpu outsole with a spikeless bottom. Lightweight. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $74.97

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6. Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt Spikeless Golf Shoe

From the listing: Leather and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Leather and microfiber synthetic upper. Spikeless Puremotion outsole for enhanced flexibility and grip with X-Traxion primary lugs for grip and balance.”

Price: $135.59

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7. FootJoy Men’s Fj Originals Golf Shoes

From the listing: Built on the Austin Last, this last offers the fullest rounded toe character, fullest fit across forefoot, standard instep and heel. EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) Fit-Beds provide lightweight cushioning underfoot. EVA does not take a set, so the cushioning will remain the same for the life of the shoe. This easy care synthetic upper offers outstanding 1 year waterproof comfort, breathability, and durability.”

Price: $89.95

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8. Skechers Women’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Spikeless, durable grip tpu outsole. Ultra-lightweight, responsive ULTRA Flight cushioning. Goga max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $57.55

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9. FootJoy Women’s Sport Retro-Previous Season Style Golf Shoes

From the listing: ” Lightweight – the linen-textured synthetic uppers offer lightweight comfort and durability. Cushioned rubber – the gum rubber outsole is a soft rubber compound which provides flexibility and comfort. Enhanced traction – This molded rubber outsole provides turf gripping performance and durability.”

Price: $59.95

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10. New Balance Men’s Sweeper Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe

From the listing: Synthetic. Imported.Rubber sole.Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Waterproof microfiber leather upper. REVlite 10mm drop* midsole provides lightweight cushioning & premium responsiveness. NDurance rubber outsole with removable FTS 3.0 Pulsar spikes.”

Price: $59.99

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Justin Thomas: What makes him an elite wedge player

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It might be easy to say that a player like Justin Thomas is near the top of the leaderboard because

  1. He hits it the best
  2. He drives it long and relatively straight
  3. He is having a good putting week

I would agree and disagree with all three. Yes, they are definitely factors, but in my opinion, it’s his wedge play that has been the most notable part of his game—especially in 2020.

If you look at the stats, you will find a player who is not only damn-near deadly from 150 yards and in, but also a player who gets out of trouble about as well as anyone in the top 10 in the world.

We are talking about 2020 as a whole FYI.

(Stats via PGATour.com)

Now strokes gained wedge stats have multiple variables affecting the ultimate stat, fairways hit, where a player misses it, out of the rough vs out of the fairway, putting, yada, yada, yada….

At this point, if I had to pick a player to get it done around the greens it would JT or Jon Rahm. True artists. Go back and watch some of the shots from the FedEx at TPC Southwind or even Kapalua this year, it was the reliance on his wedges that became the secret sauce. Like the putter, good wedge play can be an equalizer when anything else is falling short. And when the rest of the bag is decent, for a player like JT, good wedge play equals wins.

I wanted to dig in a little deeper, so I asked my old friend, Vokey’s Aaron Dill a few questions on what makes JT unique with a wedge in his hands…

JW: As far as technique, what in his action makes JT so good? And if you could compare him to someone who would it be?

AD: Justin’s technique is really something to watch. His ability to stay loose, calm, and maintain effortless speed while delivering the wedge accurately really shows his comfort with a wedge in his hands. Justin keeps the club out in front of him and he has mastered the ability to control his golf ball’s flight and spin.  I could compare him to many, but I sometimes feel he is in a league of his own.  

JW: Beyond the great shots we see on highlight reels, where does JT really get it done from an SG perspective? What do you see that the average person wouldn’t? 

AD: Justin does it all very well. You know this because he is 9th in SG around the green and this is partly due to his spotless technique but his ability to scramble in difficult situations. Something he does that amazes me is his creative vision of shots. There are times when he is in a situation where he hits a shot we don’t expect or think of. His comfort with a wedge is fun to watch, he makes all short game shots seem like they are no big deal and you can see this by his free-flowing, loose and speedy wedge action. You can tell he feels at peace with his wedge technique.

JW: He has an interesting set up for his wedges that has been well covered, but since you first met him, how has his understanding and approach to his wedges and wedge play evolved?

AD: Justin’s wedge set is unique, however, a lot of thought and intelligence has gone into crafting this matrix. Since the first time I met him, he has worked hard and he has always had the desire to want to improve and push himself. You can see it in his strength training, his increase in ball speed, and his general approach to competitive golf. His knowledge of his short game has improved over the years and it shows in his success. You can see how comfortable he feels when a wedge is pulled from the bag, you can bet he will be landing the ball close to the hole setting himself up for a makable putt.

Justin Thomas’ wedge specs 

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)

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