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2021 Virtual PGA Show: Things we loved, Day 1

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As promised, we’re checking out all the digital booths at the 2021 Virtual PGA Show for items of intrigue and note, and we’ve found no shortage of interesting items.

Here are a few of our favorites from our first day of browsing.

(More on the 2021 Virtual PGA Show here)

Altaz rangefinder

That’s not a flip screen video camera—it’s an alternative to playing pirate with a telescope to acquire distances. 

Product description: Our rangefinder adds an external 3″ LCD screen which makes it much easier to search the target. No more twitching eye, sunglass in the way, or shakey hand, our rangefinder eliminates all the problems that many golfers experience. It is simple as using similar to digital camcorders, just point, and press. Golf will get the right distance to help them select the right club to improve their scores.

Website: www.altaz.golf

Sik Component Bag

We like this presentation of the buffet of options for Sik putters both for the fitting capabilities and the minimal use of shop square footage for retailers…and of course, if you’re a real gearhead, you just buy the thing for personal use. 

Product description: Become a SIK Golf retailer with SIK Golf’s Component Bag, a complete matrix of interchangeable heads, hosels, and gripped shafts that are ready to assemble into every possible SIK putter combination. The Component Bag also includes multiple standard shaft lengths and Armlock setups for your customers to test drive. Displayed and stored in a classic SIK Golf Staff Bag, featuring organized and compartmentalized drawers.

Website: www.sikgolf.com

Custom Golf Bag Hoods

We’ve seen specialty bag hoods before, but nothing on the level that Custom Golf Bag Hoods is doing.

Company info: Custom Golf Bag Hoods was created so that golfers around the world could dress their bag up from the ugly black rain hood you get when you buy the golf bag which eventually you’ll end up losing or miss placing it. CGBH are made of water-resistant nylon fabric with a 24-inch zipper and vinyl leather piping to keep the hood upright and sturdy, velcro straps to secure it to the bag, and DIY button snaps to make your own buttons in the position of your existing snaps on your bag.

Website: customgolfbaghoods.com

Areso Golf: RW Design Wedge

While we can’t speak to the feel or performance, the materials story is compelling and the aesthetics would definitely earn these wedges a test at a traditional PGA Show Demo Day!

Product info: RW Design Wedges are made from forging carbon steel and milled face for maximum spin around the greens. Grooves and face are machined for spin and face variable thickness controlled for performance.

Ecco: Biom H4 shoe

An enhanced, improved, and even more stylish version of one of the most popular designs on the market. What’s not to love?

Product description: The ECCO BIOM H4 is made in durable ECCO leather with a slick, micro-perforated embossing and GORE-TEX waterproof technology to keep your feet dry even in wet conditions. The new ECCO MTN GRIP outsole features our signature FLUIDFORM™ Technology, as well as an eye-catching PU midsole with TPU inserts on either side that securely hug your foot and offer added stability and support while you’re on the green.

Website: www.us.ecco.com

Puttist Putting Meter 

We may be biased, as our James Chang covered the Puttist back in November, but this is one of the most unique training aids on the market. 

Product description: Puttist Inc. was established in 2009 for “PUTTIST”, the first putting meter in the world. Don’t practice, just have fun with distance-metering game up to 50ft. Your score will go up so naturally and no more suffering from 3-putt. That is why people call “PUTTIST” 3-putt Killer! Rechargeable and Plug-in model available for meter and feet. Just Putt & Win!

Website: www.puttist.com

PuttView: The Book

There are plenty of green book vendors, but Puttview’s stylish presentation of the maximum amount of information allowed under USGA rules definitely caught our eye. 

Product description: PuttView’s “The Book” is the component that brings your indoor and outdoor experience together. Every detail of “The Book” was designed to help you save a shot under the most critical tournament situations. PuttView’s technology and attention to detail results in the most accurate book allowable under the Rules of Golf.

Website: www.puttviewbooks.com

Stay tuned tomorrow for more products from the 2021 Virtual PGA Merchandise Show!

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  3. Jim

    Jan 27, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Looks like a bunch of nothing on day one. A flip screen range finder is bound to break quickly and I would not spend coin on that. The rest of the items are blah……

  4. Brandon

    Jan 26, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Looks like day one was a dud.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about carrying two identically lofted wedges

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the merit of carrying two wedges of the same loft. WRXer ‘The Full Monte’ is considering the strategy to account for a variety of turf conditions and kicks off the thread saying

“So I’ve played a higher variety of courses this year and noticed a new trend. My current setup is a 48, 54 and 60. I’ve noticed that my typical 60 degree flop shot on courses where there’s a significant increase in long rough….has a tendency to be really bad. 

From short rough to fairway…it’s pretty money….but when it gets long….I’ve had way too many just awful shots. So I’m toying with the idea of carrying (2) 60 degree wedges with different soles to account for the variety of grass lengths and what I play easily out of each.”

And our members have been having their say in our 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.

  • Mudguard: “Probably a waste of a club. Better having a 56* with more or less bounce than your 60*.”
  • DeCuchi: “If you have room for 2 60’s, why not go 48/52/56/60? Vary the soles of the 56 and 60 to your liking. For me, I’d just find the sole that works in both situations or work on my technique.”
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  • mootrail: “Another wedge may be the right answer but in replacement of your old 60°. High toe wedges are flop machines from the rough. You’ll be amazed how often that extra toe real estate can save you from the deep stuff.”

Entire Thread: “What GolfWRXers are saying about carrying two identically lofted wedges”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (09/7/21): Scotty Cameron Phantom X

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

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 – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Scotty Cameron Phantom X

From the seller (@bosgolfer): “Scotty Cameron 2021 Phantom X 11.5 putter 34” with headcover. Putter is in mint condition with no nicks or dings. All standard specs. Putter will ship USPS Priority Insured. $369 shipped.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Scotty Cameron Phantom X

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What’s your 7-wood setup? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been detailing their 7-wood setup. WRXer ‘Columbuslinks’ is on the hunt for a new 7-wood and kicks off the thread looking for the following details from others:

“I am looking for a new 7 wood. I am interested in your setups.

  • Head model
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What is working for you?”

And our members have been sharing their 7-wood setups in our forum.

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.

  • Cactus Jack: “ing G425 with a Ventus Blue 8X playing at 42”. This is my 250 club, and I use it almost exclusively off the deck into par 5. I don’t recall driver swing speed, but my ball speed averages around 170mph.”
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