The Best New Products 2018 - Part 2 (Soft Goods, Tech, Training Aids, etc) PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno


PART 2:

It's been 3 weeks since the golf industry parted ways from Orlando

and went back to their respective headquarters getting ready to crank

out what you'll see in retail shops this spring and summer. In Part 1 of

"Our Best New Products" (from the 2018 PGA Show) feature we showed

off the latest innovations in golf clubs and golf balls, in Part 2 we feature

our picks for the best in the categories of Apparel, Footwear, Eyewear,

Tech items, Training Aids, Grips, accessories etc.

Enjoy . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Footwear

 

 

PUMA

There's a very shortlist of golf shoe creators in the upper tier, and right

at the top is Puma's Grant Knudson. There's a reason why we open every

PGA Show with some shoe talk with G.K - year after year, his fresh ideas

and innovation lead to more comfort and fresh styles. In 2018, PUMA

introduces IGNITE PWRADAPT. The Leather version (shown above) provides

a sophisticated and sporty style combined with a mesh hybrid lining for

excellent fit.

 

 

The style always pulls you in, but it's the comfort and performance that

determines what shoe you wear when it's time for that special round of

golf. PWRADAPT sole technology features tornado cleats with pivoting

capability, allowing flexibility of movement for the ultimate in traction

and comfort.

 

 


Different color ways and styles including uppers made from a breathable

mesh include lace or disc option. The lace up version is available in White,

Black, Quiet Shade (Gray) and Peacoat Blue (shown above). $150

 

 

 

 

The PUMA IGNITE Spikeless has been so popular (I still own two pairs),

that Knudson couldn't resist the urge to create a revved up newer version

of this iconic shoe. The new PWRSPORT looks even better and provides

more stability featuring PWRCAGE (a lightweight TPU saddle). $120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECCO

 

Ecco Biom Hybrid 3 GTX is the company's latest in comfort and performance

golf footwear. GORE-TEX waterproof technology provides protection from the

elements. YAK premium upper is strong and lightweight. BIOM NATURAL

MOTION technology brings the golfer closer to the ground. Ortholite inlay sole

provides long-term cushoning. Concrete/Scarlet colorway shown above. $200

 

 

 

Black/Buffed Silver and print is a new colorway option available for 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adidas

Adidas introduces the next generation of their flagship tour shoe - Tour

360 2.0 with BOOST technology. Slight refinements from the previous

model, like a seamless leather toe panel, more BOOST in the sole and

refined 3 stripe design. $200

 

 

 

The latest in spikeless, AdiPower S BOOST3. Lightweight and sporty might just

be the ideal setup for walking the links. Comfort is key here. $130

 

 

 

 

 

We got a sneak preview from Adi's Joel Monson on these Special Edition

models you just may see World No.1 Dustin Johnson wearing during the

U.S Open and Ryder Cup. The sock collar Tour 360 is a cool look, more

from these coming soon in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALLAWAY

The new Callaway LaGrange is the company's tour offering featuring the

POWERdrive platform. POWERdrive has a DUO-Max midsole offering comfort

via a top layer of EVA foam. Their Fusionlite TPU outsole provides the stability

and Silver Tornado removable cleats provide the traction. The new outsole

provides improved flexibility for superior foot movement throughout the swing.

The upper is full grain leather with Opti-dri waterproof protection that carries

a 2 year warranty. $199

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOOTJOY

FootJoy introduced their new Tour-S shoe featuring a new Powerstrap

structure for medial and lateral support, nine LaunchPods on the sole

for tour-caliber stability and traction. Premium leather upper. $250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW BALANCE

New Balance Minimus Tour features Champ Slim-Lok Zarma Tour cleats,

ultra flexible NDurance rubber outsole and Ortholite insole for cool dry

comfort. Ultra light weight (11.7 oz). $140

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPAREL

The big theme in Men's golfwear for 2018 is something that I heard over

and over again from virtually every apparel company - LIFESTYLE WEAR

(focused on a more versatile style that ISN'T golf specific). The look has

gravitated away from bright neons and towards more contemporary colors

and earth tones. GRAY was the overwhelming favorite of designers in their

presentations. Clothing that will just as easily be suitable for an evening

of dinner and a movie as much as it is styled for the first tee. The days

of the stretch tight super hero look that replaced the baggy 90's golf look

are now on their way out, and a big bravo to that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arnold Palmer Apparel

Arnold Palmer Apparel really impressed us with their collection of quality

fabrics, endless styles and an infinite palette of colorways that are all

value priced.

Inspired by many of Mr.Palmer's favorite courses he claimed victory on,

and others that were his own original designs like Tralee and Adios, the

garments are all traced back to Arnie's treasured destinations or a person

that was a fixture in "A Life Well Played". Easily on our short list of links

wear you should be considering in 2018, and The King would have it no

other way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUMA

Puma's new FUSION-YARN brings the Rickie inspired collection into a

slightly more versatile and mature vibe. The EVOknit seemless polos

are especially worthy ($75).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREG NORMAN

Greg Norman's Collection really covers the spectrum from casual island

sunshine inspired vibes . . .

 

 

 

 

. . . to more traditional golf styles like this classy polo.

 

 

 

 

 

Shark's booth always inspires many styles with such a comprehensive

line. Price point wise, Greg Norman is easily among the absolute best

value in the world of Golf Apparel. Lots more coming from us on new

GN line in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antigua

 

Their Desert Dry line might be the most popular collection sold in

the USA, featuring 90/10 poly/spandex Xtra-Lite (2DXL) moisture

wicking, self fabric collars, open cuff sleeves. This new Covert style

in Boysenberry, is already a favorite of ours.


 

 

 

Antigua apparel continues to do what they do best, create premium

golf apparel at a price point that is right up there at the top in value.

When you wear Antigua you'll know why it's so popular among diehard

golfers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BERMUDA SANDS

Bermuda Sands booth display this year was vast, and with the phasing

out of their XP line, Bermuda Sands has brought that lifestyle vibe into

their performance pieces. The 2018 line, features even more REPRIEVE -

a process that uses recycled plastic technology to the fabric industry.

This quarter zip Storm Dri gray long sleeve pullover just screamed out

"MUST HAVE". $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GALVIN GREEN

 

When it comes to outer wear of the storm protection variety, Galvin Green

is the industry standard, once again they will be the official outfitter of the

2018 European Ryder Cup Team in Paris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OXFORD


Oxford apparel has

always been in the

lifestyle lane instead

of in the golf specific

type of look. The long

lasting benefits to this

approach are obvious,

no need to keep re-

inventing the brand

or what to be known

for. This Ottley quilted

vest ($159) and plaid

buttondown are timeless

examples of the Oxford

vibe.

Originality like this Oxford button down long sleeve knit polo look like

the prefect Monterey Peninsula or Kiawah Island spring garment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accessories

 

 

 


SLIDEBELTS

There's a few items when it comes to golf fashion that you can never have

enough of - shoes and belts. In the latter of the two, Slidebelts has taken

what other well known ratchet belts have created, and kicked it up a notch

with their dual ratchet buckle design. With their easy to release mechanism

you simply hinge out the buckle and tighten, loosen or release the strap. It's

as simple as that. Our Animal friendly Vegan strap/classic buckle combo

retails for $40. Full grain premium models can run as much as $125.

 

 

 

 

 

Custom logos are available to order on all Slidebelts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRIP6

Grip6 is a company that I came to know through a colleague, who saw

their belts in the New Product Showcase. After meeting with Kevin Rogers

and the guys from GRIP6 - I agreed, these ultra-light, super sleek belts

are convenient, versatile, stylish and perhaps the simplest of any belt

possibly ever created. No holes, ratchets or flaps exist here with GRIP6,

the buckles are interchangable in seconds and prices start at just $35.

There are so many choices to mix and match. Here's a link to their video:

https://grip6.com/pages/how-to

 

 

 

Our Favorite GRIP6 is the Carbon Fiber buckle and gray strap combo.

This belt just happens to be perfect for airport travel, the Carbon Fiber

is completely non-metallic, so zero issues with metal detectors. This

model is the highest price setup at $90 (The 9 layer carbon fiber buckle

costs $75 and can be purchased separately).

 

 

 

 

More cool styles from GRIP6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZERO FRICTION

Zero Friction golf gloves known for a one size fits all compression fit

are now available in their top of the line Cabretta Elite in an assortment

of colors. We've been searching for a premium golf glove in gray for quite

sometime, and ZF's John Iacono has brought it to the marketplace.

 

 

 

Zero Friction has earned a reputation for creating innovative products,

and now, they introduce SuperTube to retail golf shops. SuperTube

includes one performance universal compression fit glove, 3 Spectre

matte finish golf balls and 10 ZFT Maxx 2 3/4" tees  “More and more

golfers are adding color to their game, and our new product line

addresses that trend,” said Iacono. “Our Supertube provides an

attractive, affordable and simple method for golfers to purchase

products they need.” $24.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EYEWEAR

 

 

UNDER ARMOUR

  • See It Better. Read it Better. play Better.
  • NEW UA Tuned Golf lenses provide contrast enhancement
  • ArmourSight® lens tech provides enhanced, distortion-free vision
  • All UA Eyewear defends against 100% of harmful UVA/B/C rays

 

TUNED is the new story at Under Armour Eyewear. New for 2018, is UA's

two lens system, one for action and light engagement and one for recovery

to give the eyes a break from everyday harmful blue light. (BIG SHOT

TUNED model shown above). $114.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OAKLEY

Oakley's new golf specific shades for 2018 feature an additional layer

of light protection now launched as Prizm Dark Golf.

 

 

 

 

The new lens is better suited for all forms of light conditions than the

original Prizm golf lens. Oakley found that if you play golf in places like

California, Arizona or Florida, you often encounter super-bright days

that require a bit more filter . The new Prizm Dark Golf lens dulls down

the intense light while still providing top notch Prizm performance.

$130 and up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOLLE

 

Bolle continues to be a force in the golf eyewear industry. Along

with their staple golf model - Bolt (top), the Bolle Anaconda (shown

in Tortoise frame), featuring Bolle's amber V3 photochromic lens that

boasts 40% less distorsion than your typical polycarbonate lens.

With V3, every experience is revealed with glass like clarity so

you can be laser focused on your target.

 

 

 

 


TRAINING AIDS

 

 

 

 

INPUTT

Inputt is a simple and portable device that quite simply will help you

make more putts. That very make-able and very miss-able 4 to 10

foot range is often the difference in your score, and Inputt is a

remarkable tool to help build a repeatable and consistent motion.

Inputt can be used for either right hand or left handed players by

just flipping around the device. We tried Inputt at the show and was

very impressed by the results. A more indepth future review may be

in order for this training aid. $89.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PIN HIGH PRO

Pocket Pin High Pro is a training aid that is geared to get you onto

your lead leg at impact. Perfect for golfers who tend to hang back

and suffer from inconsistent contact. Simply place the non-slip tape

portion of the disc under your front foot, when you get to impact the

lead foot will compress the PHP disc down and a distinct click sound

will occur at impact. If you remain with your weight back the disc

will not click. Carl Papa and the guys at PPHP have created something

really useful for instructors and golfers to create a better impact

position. We have just begun testing the Pocket Pin High Pro with

excellent results, with a full review coming soon. $34.95

(https://pinhighpro.com/products/pocket-pin-high-pro)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPERSPEED GOLF

Everybody wants to hit the ball longer, and in order to do that two things

must happen - square impact and faster clubhead speed. SuperSpeed golf

training system was created to amp up your clubhead speed.

Taking the professional golf tours by storm, each color indicates a certain

weight. You start by swinging the Green model (which is the lightest)

several reps both right handed and left handed, then the Blue (Medium),

and then you make a series of super fast swings using the Red (heaviest).

You also do a set from your knees (both right and left handed), finally you

finish going hyper speed back with the Green. Within weeks of using the

system, the company says that you will gain a noticeable increase in

clubhead speed. $199

 

Stay tuned for our results, as we have just begun the program . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PULL CARTS/TROLLEYS/BAGS

 

 


BIGMAX Golf

 

BIGMAX Golf had an impressive booth display at the show, known

for their ultra compact push trolleys like this Blade+ ($329), but

their collection of carry and cart bags are equally as impressive.


AQUA OCEAN is an ultra-light weight bag that features a waterproof

shell, large top for more club space, bottle cooler and valuables

pocket. $179.99

 


 

 

 

Aqua Sport2 cart bag $299.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TaylorMade FlexTech Lifestyle Bags

TaylorMade's FlexTech Lifestyle carry bags had us at hello (especially

the Scottish tartan plaid). FlexTech Lifestyle pays tribute to TM’s legacy

featuring the classic 1979 TaylorMade logo. $219


5-way organizational top

·         Water-resistant valuables pocket with micro-suede lining

·         Easily accessible insulated water bottle pocket

·         Full-length dividers to eliminate club crowding

·       Zip-off ball pocket for embroidery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Mountain C130

Sun Mountain's Supercharged 4.5 carry bag $249 and C-130 cart bag

(pictured) offers golfer-friendly features including a 14-way top with

a putter well, an abundance of pocket space, Smart Straps, an easy-

access range finder pocket, and now the elegantly integrated portable

power pack. $279

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

TECH GEAR

 

 

GEN i1

Gen i1 is the World's first smart golf ball that measures putting data:

tempo, clubface at impact, ball speed, skid, ball rotation and overall

distance. Kit includes 1 - Gen i1 ball with embedded sensor, 1 - putter

sensor and USB cord. Connects with the free Geni1 app for both Android

and IOS systems. $139

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


AFTERSHOKZ

AFTERSHOKZ. Headphones like you've never seen or heard . . .

 

 

 

Flexible Titanium Wireless Headphones are ideal for joggers, cyclists and

others who like to hear music but not block out ambient noise. Instead

of covering your ears, these premium Bluetooth headphones transmit

sound vibrations through your cheekbones to your inner ears, so you

can enjoy your music and still hear the ambient sound around you.

Compatible with all iPhones, Samsung Galaxies and other Android

devices. Operates up to 6 hours on a full charge. Available in Slate

Gray, Ocean Blue and Lime Green. $129.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SelfieGOLF

SelfieGOLF, easily one of our favorite accessories. No longer do you need

a friend to film your golf swing, simply attach your alignment rod, phone

device and SelfieGolf clip to your golf bag and you're ready to go.

 

The same afternoon the SelfieGOLF package arrived in the office, I was able

to hit the range and film the swing - immediately analyzing a few fundamentals

that need some work. For under $40 you can have the SelfieGOLF set -

two alignment sticks and a SelfieGOLF clip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TecTecTec ULT-X

TecTecTec known for their quality laser rangefinders at a value price

point (in fact, TecTecTec has been the leading seller of rangefinders

on Amazon for 2 straight years now). In the spring of 2018, they will

introduces their latest, the ULT-X. Featuring 600 yd range, a removable

slope feature, and long awaited vibration mode. Look for the ULT-X to

reside somewhere in the $200-$250 range, or about half the price of

what the industry leader charges for their unit with the same options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OnCore GENIUS

One of the products that gained the most attention in Orlando at the Tour

Edge Media Day was OnCore's soon to be released GENIUS ball. Still in the

development stage, this ball with a micro-chip in the core is designed

specifically to collect data on full shots. It won't be inexpensive, but it will

be interesting to see if they can perfect this innovation to the point where

it has merit. More on the GENIUS ball when a launch date is announced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOTSCOPE V2

At Lake Nona during show week we had the pleasure of meeting the guys

from ShotScope, having never been a huge fan of wearing watches while

playing, I was curious to see what might be different about the V2. The

system includes twenty tags that screw into each club (to identify each

club in your bag for shot tracking). The V2 watch communicates with the

tags, gathering performance data that can be analyzed after play. The V2

is fully waterproof and adjusts to 11 wrist sizes (and much to my surprise,

is very comfortable while hitting shots). 3 modes: GPS, PRO and GPS +

Tracking. $250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLIGHTSCOPE

Flightscope a global high tech leader in sports technology introduces Mevo,

a pocket sized device that features many of the key data points of it's full

sized X3 unit.

 

FlightScope Mevo is the portable launch monitor that changes everything.

Now you can get instant data on your mobile device. Whether you're a

swing coach, clubfitter, product tester or just a golfer looking to improve -

you can now access carry distance, club head speed, ball speed, smash,

vertical launch angle, spin, height and flight time. To watch the video on

FlightScope Mevo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ouy0PBxkkA

$499

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRIPS

 


 

LAMKIN

Lamkins new Players cord was developed by Bob Lamkin and Hall of

Famer Nick Price. Who really wanted a center line and slightly softer

feeling cord grip with very little pattern. Price uses the line as reference

for hand position when shaping shots.

 

 

 

Lamkin's new line features a shallow micro texture process allows for

improved feel and tackiness. Reduced taper in the bottom hand is a

big part of the new line up for 2018. Priced from 7.99 to 9.99.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOLF PRIDE

Golf's best selling grip - Golf Pride's Tour Velvet is now available with

ALIGN. According to Golf Pride's resident expert Bruce Miller, about

50% of PGA Tour players still game the traditional Tour Velvet. A third

of those tour players play with an old traditional reminder rib grip, that

isn't available to retail. With ALIGN now you can feel exactly where your

hands belong on the grip everytime. After sampling the ALIGN, I

wondered why I'm still playing round grips. Available this spring in

standard $8.99 and mid-size $9.49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


HEALTH & RECOVERY

 

 

ALINE - INSOLE SYSTEM

ALINE foot suspension system is a game changer for those who prefer

to walk the links and also the many who suffer from foot ailments.

Presently I'm wearing the Active+ model and it has greatly helped

relieve my chronic heel spur pain by changing the orientation of

how my feet are angled as I stand and how that effects the knees,

hips and spine during each step. It takes a few days to get used to

the insoles, but it's so worth it. Golf model $99, Active+ $109.95

 

 

 


Many of these products featured here will be tested/reviewed and

featured throughout 2018, if there is a certain product you'd like

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