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2021 Virtual PGA Show: More things we loved

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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.

Check out a few notable items below—and you can find our first-day favorites here, and our second-day favorites here.

(More on the 2021 Virtual PGA Show here)

Colour Path Golf

Sometimes, the best ideas are the simplest.

Product description: Colour Path “provides visual training aids complimented by online coaching programs to ultimately simplify the learning process of golf. The unique learning process takes the form of following an easy to understand colour-coded system to influence the sequence of movement in the golf swing.”

“What the team at Colour Path Golf have developed is essentially a concept, which at its heart allows the coach and student to communicate through an externally focused learning environment, that has been proven in over 80 studies worldwide to outperform the more traditionally internally focused teaching methods.”

Website: www.colourpathgolf.com

Johnston & Murphy: XC4 shoes

When a major dress shoe manufacturer steps into the golf footwear space, we take notice.

Product description: “Heritage craftsmanship meets modern technology designed to perform on and off the course with our waterproof, XC4® golf shoes. Advanced cushioning and J&M Smart Degree Technology® that delivers effective temperature control (cooling when hot, warming when cold) ensures ideal comfort all day long. A hybrid lug sole provides excellent stability on the greens and comfort on the street.”

U.S. Kids: Ultralight

Something new from the leader in kids clubs.

Product description: “Ultralight is engineered to develop a proper and lifelong golf swing. It is a progressive system spanning nine height ranges. Each size has a unique length, weight, shaft flex, lie angle, and grip size.”

Altwell: CBD Gummies

If you’re taking the CBD plunge, this is a good way to go. 

Product description: “Meet your new morning routine must-have. These delicious gummies deliver 25 mg of broad spectrum hemp extract to soothe stress and bring peace and calm to your body and mind.”

Percentage Play Golf

An interesting application of analytics!

Product description: “Gambling on golf is now legal and is being embraced by the PGA Tour and Television Networks that cover golf tournaments! Our proprietary PercentageGolf Prediction Model™ is able to statistically calculate the likely result of any shot and is able to run a simulation on every tournament to pick the likely winner (or players who should perform better than their odds). PercentageGolf will add excitement, drama, and suspense for all telecasts!”

Areso

60,000 custom putter combinations? 

Product description:

ARESO Golf is the custom-fit putter company focusing on science fitting combined with putter engineering.

ARESO Golf putters are milled with high precision with specifications from the fitting protocol.
1. Head Type – blade, mallet, square to hyper.
2. Loft angle – 1.5d, 2.5d, 3.5d (also offers 0.5d, 5.5d for some models).
3. Lie angle – 68d, 70d, 72d (also offer 65d and 75d for some models).
4. Hosel type – center shaft, plumber,, slant neck and double bend.
5. Weighting – min 4g up to 60g of adjustability.
6. Balance (Toe-hang) – 0d to 70d
7. Length option
7. Shaft option & weighting
8. Grip option & weighting

Shinola Watches: Detrola collection

As a company from the Detroit area, we were thrilled to see Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola exhibiting at this year’s show!

Product description: “Detrola, a new watch collection from Shinola, brings to the table what the world needs a little more of these days. Fun. It’s for the ones who live freely, laugh often and eat dessert first. These watches strike the perfect balance between strength and style–engineered with durable TR90 resin, a stainless steel core and laid-back attitude. Each watch adds its own personality to the mix. Many styles are produced in extremely limited numbers and may not be around for long.”

 

 

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  1. Ardbegger

    Jan 31, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Went to the Areso golf site. Pretty interesting to have look-see around at the different combination. The plug-and play concept (sort of) reminds me of those old Machine putters.

  2. Maskz Dontwerk

    Jan 30, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    They invented something near about the time fire was discovered. I think they called it patience. So put your masks on Jordy and relax. Facebook and Netflix will be there when you get home.

  3. Jordan

    Jan 30, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    Can someone invent something for all these new people playing golf because of COVID that makes them play faster?

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Photos from the 2021 Palmetto Championship at Congaree

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GolfWRX is live from Congaree Golf Club for the Palmetto Championship. This one-time replacement for the RBC Canadian Open is the third PGA Tour event contested in South Carolina this season.

Palmetto State native Dustin Johnson headlines the field (and has been doing plenty of putter testing). Brooks Koepka and Jason Dufner will be teeing it up as well. John Pak and Davis Thompson will both be making their professional debuts.

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John Pak, college golf’s top player, signs with TaylorMade

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report.

With a buddy on the bag and fresh off receiving the Jack Nicklaus Award in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, celebrated amateur and Florida State standout John Pak is making his professional debut at this week’s Palmetto Championship at Congaree — and he’ll do so as a TaylorMade staffer, the company announced today.

College golf’s top player, Pak has played TaylorMade gear and a Titleist ball since his amateur days. And as we found out from Ryan Ressa, TaylorMade’s player development manager, who has worked with Pak since he was in his early teens, it’s not surprising Pak will continue with the same bag setup and ball combination as he joins the professional ranks.

The Scotch Plains, New Jersey, native is an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of guy when it comes to his equipment, which is a trait Ressa sees among many of the game’s best. (Another TaylorMade staffer Tiger Woods, for one, comes to mind).

Ressa and TaylorMade have had a relationship with Pak for nearly a decade, and it’s Ressa’s job to not only make sure Pak is in the right equipment for his game but is also navigating the matrix of amateur competitions, college, and the decision to turn pro successfully.

According to Ressa, Pak, and other junior standouts, need new equipment, or at least a fitting, roughly every six months as their bodies and swings change.

Even so, while he’s transitioned into new fairway wood models as they’ve become available, the DNA of Pak’s bag has stayed largely the same.

“Jon is a very simple guy when it comes to equipment, and he doesn’t do a lot of tinkering outside of driver shafts,” Ressa said. “Deep down, he’s a great competitor. He just loves to compete and is focused on getting the ball in the hole. He’s stayed really, really consistent with the look of his irons, the loft of his wedges, and his bag setup. He’s been easy to work with and only needs one or two visits per year to get squared away.”

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Morning 9: Fowler’s U.S. Open qualifying bid | Qualifying scores | Bryson: Rivalries good for golf

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Good Tuesday morning, golf fans.
1. Fowler’s U.S. Open qualifying bid
AP report…”Already facing a long day, Rickie Fowler found the road even tougher Monday in 36-hole qualifying as he tried to avoid missing the U.S. Open for the first time in 11 years.”
  • “Fowler was among 685 players seeking 54 spots in nine qualifiers across eight states to fill the field for the U.S. Open, which starts June 17 at Torrey Pines in San Diego.”
  • “He played his opening round at Brookside in 1-over 73, which was halted for three hours because of heavy rain and thunder, meaning he likely would need at least a 65 at The Lakes to have any chance.”
  • “Fowler wasn’t going down without a fight. He was 4 under for his round — 3 under for the qualifier — through 13 holes when it was too dark to continue because of the rain delay.”
Full scores, qualifiers here...other notables include Patrick Rodgers, Branden Grace, Bo Hoag, Troy Merritt, John Huh, Sam Ryder, and Akshay Bhatia
2. Premier Golf League slated for 2023?
The BBC’s Ian Carter with the report on the UK-based upstart’s plants to, well, start up…”Detailed plans for a £250m Premier Golf League aimed at revolutionising the professional game are to be revealed later this week.”
  • “BBC Sport has learned that the Formula 1 style global competition is scheduled to begin in January 2023 and would include 18 tournaments targeting the top 48 male players in the world.”
  • “A dozen of those events would be staged in the United States with the others “chasing the sun” around the world. Each competition would be worth $20m (£14m) with $4m going to the winner and last place picking up $150,000.”
  • “By way of comparison, the biggest purse on the PGA Tour for a single event is $2.7m from a $15m prize fund at the Players Championship.”
3. Bryson: Rivalries good for golf
Carlos Monarrez reporting from Rocket Mortgage Classic media day for the Detroit Free Press…”Bryson DeChambeau, at the center of the golf world because of his white-hot rivalry with Brooks Koepka, didn’t want to spend too much time discussing that rivalry Monday when he returned to speak about defending his title at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, July 1-4, at Detroit Golf Club.”
  • “DeChambeau, who will defend his U.S. Open title next week at Torrey Pines in San Diego, said the feud is good for the sport.”
  • “I think a good jesting rivalry is good for the game of golf, nothing too extreme,” he told reporters on media day at Detroit Golf Club. “But at the same point and time that’s all outside of the spectrum of what we’re here for today, and I think the most important thing is to be talking about what Rocket Mortgage is doing for the 313 area and I think the change the course initiative is something that’s bigger than the game of golf, compared to a rivalry.”
4. Armitage!
EuropeanTour.com report…”An emotional Marcus Armitage claimed his maiden European Tour title at the Porsche European Open after a sensational final round at Green Eagle Golf Courses.”
  • “The 33-year-old from England made six birdies and an eagle to race to eight under for the day and nine under for the week.”
  • “At that stage Armitage was four shots clear but he bogeyed the 16th after a misjudged putt from over 100 feet and needed a remarkable chip to save par on the 17th following an overly cautious tee shot”
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5. Costly
Rob Oller voices his opinion for the Columbus Dispatch…”If Rahm had been vaccinated ASAP after his home state of Arizona opened eligibility to all adults on March 24, the 26-year-old Spaniard almost certainly would have avoided testing positive for COVID-19 Saturday at the Memorial Tournament.”
  • “And had he not tested positive, he would not have withdrawn from the Memorial, which he led by six shots with 18 left to play.”
  • “And if he had not withdrawn, Rahm stood a strong chance of leaving Muirfield Village Golf Club with a crystal trophy and $1.675 million.”
  • “It does not take a Fortune 500 company accountant to connect those dots. Get a tiny prick in the arm, avoid the huge hole in the pocket that allowed a cool million-and-a-half to slip through.”
6. Big things ahead for Megha Ganne after impressive U.S. Open showing
Emilia Migliaccio for Golf Channel…”A true class act. Ganne didn’t get frustrated for shooting a higher score than she wanted. She knew the course was bound to get her like it did everyone, but she was composed and motivated to fight the entire day for some birdies, which she finally got on the par-5 17th. She also knew that regardless of the final round results, it would be the week of a lifetime.”
  • “I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life. It’s everything I’ve wanted since I was little, so it’s just the best feeling.”
  • “…I can’t thank all these fans enough. They’ve made my week so much better than it could have been. I just felt like there was so much love and so much support, and all of them are really excited to be out here, which is so great to see because I feel like in a small way, I’m making an impact on the game, which is really cool.”
7. The first major champion from the Philippines
Kent Paisley for Golf Digest…”It was 8 a.m. local time on Monday in the Philippines when Saso won the playoff to claim the title, her first LPGA Tour victory. You can rightfully say that Saso raised a new dawn for the game of golf in her home country. “I’m just thankful that there’s so many people in the Philippines cheering for me,” Saso said. “I don’t know how to thank them. They gave me so much energy. I want to say thank you to everyone.”
  • “Interestingly, too, San Francisco has one of the largest Filipina populations of any city in the U.S., with Saso attracting an impressive following during her week at Olympic Club.”
  • “Pagdanganan wasn’t in the field at Olympic Club but is playing in next week’s LPGA stop in San Francisco and arrived at Olympic Club on Sunday to watch Saso starting on the fifth hole.”
  • “I think it’s not only good for her, but I think it’s good for the Philippines,” Pagdanganan said. “She put us on the radar. What she did was absolutely a great thing, not only for golf but for our country.”
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