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GolfWRX Live at the 2020 PGA Show: Top 10 things we loved

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As the 2020 PGA Show comes to a close for the crew at WRX. We went through the experience and all the pics and are now giving you the top 10 things we loved at the show.

G/FORE MG4+ Golf Shoe

If you were a fan of the look and feel of the popular knit MG4, then you’ll love the stability and more “golf feel” of the +.

Dormie Workshop “Tigers Woods” Crew Neck Knit Sweater

What else is there to say about this Canadian high-end accessory company, everything they do is on fire.

Criquet “Masters” shirts

What’s better than the Masters? The folks at the Austin-based Criquet gave a nod to the week we all love and the line flows from Monday to Sunday. There is even the “86” which is a nod to the Golden Bear’s final triumph.

Melin A-Frame Hydro Hat

Melin’s hat will be worn by Phil in 2020 is basically the only headwear packed with serious technology:  a water-resistant exterior, and sweat-wicking interior lining, as well as Thermoflex snapback closure, and an anti-microbial sweatband.

Bobby Headcovers

Fresh, creative headcovers made of premium leather that’s both water and stain-resistant.

TRUE Linkswear Shoes

The all-new TRUE Linkswear line goes from slip-ons to weather battling shoes including knit materials to keep you comfy and dry.

MacKenzie Walker Golf Bags

The design is simple and classic, that’s the beauty of them. Made from high-quality materials including fine leather they are the perfect walking bag.

FlightScope MEVO+ 

This was the buzz product before the show started and judging by the people lined up to try it out the buzz was real. As of now, it is the most affordable radar launch monitor to offer ball and club data to the consumer.

Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

These wedges looked great with the iconic Bettinardi Honeycomb milling pattern on the back and offered in a satin chrome or black finish. The sole is milled into its final shape and the overall shape is more rounded but with a straighter leading edge. Forged out of soft carbon steel, these should offer a great solid feel with great responsiveness.

Swannies Golf “Goat” polo

Hailing from the northern state of Minnesota, this polo is creative in its design along with being subtle. Swannies Golf is making clothing that you can wear to the office and then still take out to the course for a twilight nine. Made from REPREVE polyester, the polo will keep you dry and cool in even the hot northern summers. The dancing pattern of goats, tigers, and trophies is a nod to one of the greatest to ever play the game.

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  2. Luke Varner

    Jan 25, 2020 at 11:50 am

    What’s the website for the beer headcover

  3. bobby

    Jan 24, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    hats, shirts, headcovers, designer wedge…….no irons, drivers, putters made the list….nothing new out there really that good ?

  4. JD

    Jan 24, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Yeah we’re gonna need a review on that Mevo+. I’ve been complaining about a $2k price-point for years.

    • DCullen

      Jan 24, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      Completely agree! Plus can the other guys get in this end of the market too please. Where are you Foresight and TrackMan

      • Billable Hour

        Jan 25, 2020 at 8:38 am

        Sorry the high-end golf technology companies of the world don’t cater to the lower end of the market. Build a product for sale at your price point or spend more money.

        Always easier to complain

        • JP

          Feb 5, 2020 at 12:59 am

          I’m surprised good tech doesn’t drop in price year after year like other electronics. Computers, televisions, tablets, etc… They all plummet in price and the newest one has a little more to offer. But these high end rigs just never drop a significant amount or ever become affordable.

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Lucas Glover’s winning WITB: 2021 John Deere Classic

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Driver: Srixon Z 785 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

3-wood: Ping G425 Max (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: TPT 14 Hi

Irons: Titleist U500 (3), Mizuno JPX919 Tour (4-PW)
Shafts: Fujikura Ventus Hybrid Blue 10 X (3), Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 120 TX (3-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52-12F, 56-10S), Vokey SM5 (60-08M)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 125 TX

Putter: Scotty Cameron Select Squareback 2

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Victory 2000 Full Cord

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Rory McIlroy WITB 2021 (July)

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Rory McIlroy WITB accurate as of the abrdn Scottish Open. 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX (43.25 inches, 58 lie, D4)

Irons: TaylorMade P760 (3), TaylorMade Rors Proto (3-9)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 7.0

Wedges: TaylorMade MG (48), MG2 TW (56 and 60-11)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Hydro Blast

Ball: 2021 TaylorMade TP5x (#22)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

*Photos via @sms_on_tour

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How defending John Deere Classic champ Dylan Frittelli gained nearly 20 yards

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Editor’s Note: We filed this piece for PGATOUR.com’s Equipment Report.

Let’s begin with some trivia: Looking at the past 10 years, which PGA TOUR golfer has made the biggest distance gain year over year? “That’s an easy one,” you say. “Bryson DeChambeau.” Correct. But who’s right behind Bryson and his 19.8-yard increase in distance from 2019 to 2020?

Who picked up 18 yards off the tee from 2020 to 2021, increasing his average drive from 291 yards to 309?

Here’s a clue: He’s the defending at this week’s John Deere Classic.

While the riddle would have been much more difficult without a headline and image atop this story, it takes nothing away from Frittelli, whose driver clubhead speed is now an impressive 118.7 mph.

“If you hit it 10 yards longer, you increase your prize money by $1 million,” Frittelli said earlier this year, citing statistics. “Things like that are non-negotiable in my mind. It’s fun for me. It’s re-invigorated my game. I’m excited to hit tee shots and see how I can play holes on golf courses differently. Not going full bore, just adding a little speed training in certain situations.”

After doubling down on his fitness — “two solid years of lifting,” according to Frittelli — he wasn’t seeing his increased strength translate to a boost in distance.

“Basically July last year, I looked at my trainer and I said why am I not hitting it any longer? I’ve been doing all these power workouts, strength workouts in the gym, and I’m getting stronger for sure because I can see my PRs moving up in each exercise. I then figured out that he said to me you actually want to hit it further? I didn’t realize that. Yeah, so we switched that up had a little more speed in the workout, so instead of just power and strength, trying to lift heavy and lots of reps, went down to fewer reps and lighter weight.”

In addition, the South African has made some interesting adjustments to his driver setup. And as this is the Equipment Report, we wanted to get more information on the artillery the bomber-come-lately is employing.

We spoke with Callaway’s PGA TOUR manager, Jacob Davidson, to learn more.

GolfWRX: When did the discussion about switching to a longer driver shaft begin, and what was that process like to get him into his current setup?

JD: It started last year. His driver cracked and he put the same model with a new shaft in play at THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK. We did some more work the next week at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD, and we moved him into a Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero D head that was a little bit wider. We did a bunch of testing at that point with different shafts, tipping. He played the Mavrik Sub Zero D through the fall. Around the Farmers Insurance Open, he did some new testing with the Epic Speed and did some more testing at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and ended up putting the Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS in play for the PGA Championship with a 46-inch Mitsubishi Tensei AV White AV 65 X tipped 1.5 inches.

The head was a natural fit. His misses had been a little right. With this head, he got lower spin with a more neutral start line. It has a little weight back so it’s more forgiving. 7.6 degrees of actual loft. N-1 hosel setting.

Read the rest of the piece here. 

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