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Top 5 coolest things at the PGA Fashion & Demo 2019 in Las Vegas

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If you are doing an apples to apples comparison, the Orlando PGA Merchandise Show and The Vegas PGA show are on two different planets. It would be like comparing the Death Star to Marty McFlys’s hoverboard in “Back to The Future.”

However, the best thing about the PGA Fashion & Demo in Las Vegas is the laid back nature and quality time you get with the brands that show up. So, as I made my way around the Sands Expo at The Venetian, I did find some seriously awesome swag that will be coming out in the next six months…and oh yeah, Sherry Major, the woman who runs both shows, is a unicorn and deserves a street in her name.

OK, here we go.

DORMIE WORKSHOP MASTERS-INSPIRED HEADCOVER

The title says it all, the Nova Scotia, Canada-based creators do amazing custom pieces for not only individual clients but also for some of the most exclusive clubs in the country.

Cost: $100-$300

Check em out here.

G/FORE MG 4.1  

Let’s be honest G/Fore doesn’t miss much. I own a pair of the original release of the MG 4.1, and I get asked about them on the street allll the time. This new color and the rest of the new line will be quite the must-haves, I reckon. And yes they are REALLY comfortable on the course and in the street.

Cost: $185

Check em out here.

VINEYARD VINES MENS BELT

I’m not super familiar with VV, but these ridiculously well-crafted belts are not only awesome with the Shinnecock and Oakmont themes, but they remind me of the belts my old man used to rock. I’m all for the modern gear making its way into the market, but who doesn’t want an Oakmont belt?

Cost: $58

Check em out here.

DUNNING GOLF “PURE” ACCESSORIES

This is a cross-collaboration between Dunning, Imperial Headwear, Dormie, and others to promote golf as it is…PURE. The name represents so much and the simple high-end hats, head covers, etc. express the word that we say when something in golf is better than most and represents the essence of the game: It’s pure.

Cost: $35

Check em out here.

TOUR STRIKER PLANEMATE

Lots of buzz about the brainchild of David Woods and Tour Striker’s Martin Chuck. I have tried it, and I can honestly say it helps in multiple ways. Once you follow the protocol that they send, once you become an owner, you have a swing device that builds in the sensation of “shallowing” the golf club and you don’t need a teacher there yanking the club down to show you how to do it. I love working on things at home and this thing is a gem.

Cost $162.99

Check em out here.

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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons. @johnny_wunder on IG

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  1. Jeffrey22

    Aug 16, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Love those Vineyard Vines belts but they are not on the website.

  2. carl

    Aug 15, 2019 at 9:19 am

    no belts on VV site

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Precision Pro Golf launches new R1 Smart Rangefinder

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Precision Pro Golf has launched its new R1 Smart Rangefinder, which is available for pre-order today at www.precisionprogolf.com.

Billed as the company’s most-advanced model to date, the R1 Smart Rangefinder features MYSLOPE technology, which is the first-ever personalized slope calculation that creates an adjusted distance specific to a player and their environment.

The patented MYSLOPE algorithm is designed to combine a player’s unique ball data (launch angle, ball speed, spin rate) with environmental variables (temperature, altitude, humidity, etc.) for ultimate accuracy over each shot.

The R1 ($319.99) does not require players to look at or use their phones during a round of golf. Instead, data is seamlessly relayed via Bluetooth from the Precision Pro Golf app (available for iOS and Android) to the unit, where all figures and measurements are displayed through the viewfinder.

Beyond providing actual and MYSLOPE adjusted distances, with a push of a button, the R1 will display yardages to the front, middle and back of the green, with the functions able to quickly disengage for USGA-conforming play via a toggle on the side of the rangefinder.

Speaking on the new addition, Clay Hood, CEO of Precision Pro Golf, said

“Just over seven years ago we started Precision Pro with the goal of bringing budget-friendly rangefinders to the masses; now we are helping golfers in new, innovative ways. The R1 Smart Rangefinder doesn’t just provide distances, it changes the definition of accuracy. It brings a level of insight the everyday golfer has never before had access to.”

As with Precision Pro Golf’s other rangefinders, clarity is achieved through the enhanced LCD display, which provides 6x magnification to help golfers always find their target. Additional features of the R1 rangefinder include:

  • Wind Assist – Lets the golfer know how wind might potentially impact the distance of each shot.
  • Find My Precision Pro – Notifies the golfer when their rangefinder is missing and reminds them to secure it when the round is over.
  • GPS Distances – Slope-adjusted distances to the front, center, and back of the green
  • Target Acquisition Technology – Makes it simple to lock on a target, even with shaky hands.
  • Pulse Vibration – Delivers a short burst to ensure players are shooting the flag and not at another target.
  • Magnetic Cart Grip – Easily sticks to the cart, clubs or any other metal object.

The new R1 Rangefinder costs $319.99 and is available for pre-order now through www.precisonprogolf.com.

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Sergio Garcia re-joins TaylorMade; 2021 PGA Championship WITB

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Two days before the year’s second major, Sergio Garcia has announced that he is re-joining TaylorMade four years after the Spaniard parted ways with the company.

Garcia left TaylorMade for Callaway in a partnership that lasted two years before becoming a free agent until this week.

The new multi-year agreement with TaylorMade will see the 41-year-old use the brand’s clubs, golf ball, staff bag and represent the company with a logo on the side of his hat.

On his social media accounts, Garcia announced the news by saying:

“Excited to re-join TaylorMade Golf. I’ve always been comfortable with their team, their approach to the game and their equipment, especially their TP5X golf ball. Happy to be back.”

 

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Though he is reportedly testing TaylorMade’s SIM2 Max driver and a new Spider Ex putter, Garcia will play the original SIM and a Scotty Cameron flat-stick at Kiawah Island.

Sergio Garcia 2021 PGA Championship WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Rocket 3 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM (19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (3-PW)
Shaft: Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (52), Vokey Wedge Works BV Proto 2020 (58-T)
Shafts: Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5

Ball: TaylorMade 2021 TP5x (#85)

 

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‘What club/loft do you use inside 100 yards?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing their choice of club from 100 yards and in. WRXer ‘JCray33’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“I’ve usually used my 60 degree, which is my 100 yard on full swing but doing some research, I’ve heard 60 degree can be inconsistent on the half and 3/4 shots, and I’ve definitely found that to be true! So now I’m hitting my 56 degree (110-115 full) on everything inside of 100…what do y’all play for the feel, inside 100 yard shots??”

And our members have been discussing their strategy in the forums.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Chadwickog: “56 degree from 100 and in typically. All other clubs are full swing clubs unless it’s a specific situation.”
  • Shipwreck: “I practice hitting a variety of distances with each of my wedges. I feel comfortable hitting a variety of shots with each of my clubs based off of either going waist-high, shaft vertical, 3/4 swing and full. I can cover anything from 40 yards to 135 yards with this.”
  • lefthack: “PW from 100 yards to about 50. 52/8 or 56/12 based on lie. Really don’t full swing my wedges.”
  • KevCannon: “Have been using my 54 degree more often for partial swings inside 100yds. It would depend on conditions and pin placement if I need to use 58 degree.”

Entire Thread: “What club/loft do you use inside 100 yards?”

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