Equipment & Product Reviews

Rival & Revel Silo PDF Print E-mail



By Jason Bruno

Rival and Revel Silo. Looking at this photo you likely have no idea what this device is,

but If you like to practice, or walk a short course - you'll want to read on . . .




Perhaps the most unique accessory at this year's PGA Show, Rival Revel's Silo

is a perfect item for the golf enthusiast who has everything. The Silo golf club

carrier conveniently holds 6 clubs, eliminating the need to carry your entire bag

for a practice session or when walking a short course. One end of the Silo holds

3 tees (as shown), the other end has a magnetic ball marker.





Master club builder Dirck Storm who is a serious range rat and gadget lover - demonstrates

proper form with Silo and sticks in tow (walking from the range to the short course at John

Prince Learning Center in West Palm Beach).




- Silo can easily fit and be stored into your golf bag

- reduces club chatter

- great for cart path only rounds, stands on it's own with only 3 clubs inserted




John Prince Park's short course sits right beside the driving range at the learning center.

On the first tee, the Silo holds the clubs in standing position. No need for the carry bag.

In the prototype stage is an attachable strap for the Silo. Stay tuned on future attachments.



The Silo is lightweight, and the center section is contoured for a comfortable fit for any size

hands. Rival and Revel call the Silo a simplified product for a sophisticated person, we couldn't

agree more. A serious thumbs up with all of our testers.


Silo is available in nearly every color combination and retails for $25.



For more info on the Silo:










Under Armour Eyewear - GAME DAY Collection PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno


I'm one of those who spends most of my days in the South Florida sun. My occupation

and passion for the game requires high quality UV eye protection. Over 20 years ago

I was diagnosed with what is known by optometrists as a pinguecula (a small growth

on the eye next to the cornea). I was in my mid-20's at the time of the diagnosis and

thought - damn, I'm not even 30 yet, probably going to need these eyes for many more

years. I was ordered to wear sunglasses wherever and whenever outside - From that day

forward, I've worn premium eyewear everyday


So when I was contacted by Under Armour to review they're new GAME DAY Lens Collection,

I jumped at the opportunity. Under Armour Eyewear's GAMEDAY Lens was made specifically

to enhance any visual where moving targets are set against sky or turf. According to the folks

at UA, the Game Day lens has been engineered in collaboration with optics industry leader

ZEISS to deliver superior visual contrast and object illumination. Appearance wise, they're

sharp and sporty. The frame is superlight and flexible - constructed with a combination of

titanium and Grilamid.



Our test model - BIG SHOT came in satin black/charcoal. BIG SHOT comes in seven different

styles and colors. Retail $89.99 and is also available in polarized for $144.99.




I started testing the UA Bigshot during a recent round, and immediately the sky became a

more brilliant blue, the grass a more vivid green, and the golf ball a brighter white. It was so

much easier to see drives land, iron shots settle, grain direction and subtle contours on the

putting surfaces all came into focus - literally a beautiful thing. All this while wearing a cool

pair of shades . . . and considering how much performance these lenses provide, that just

seems like a bonus.


Under Armour Sport Performance Eyewear comes in 7 different models: RIVAL, BIG SHOT,





Technical Features

  • Ultra-light ArmourFusion® frames are built from a combination of titanium & Grilamid for superior strength & flexibility
  • Adjustable nose pad
  • Three-Point Grip ensures a comfortable & secure fit
  • UA Flex Temple Technology delivers a secure, self-articulating fit designed to fit comfortably under a cap
  • All Under Armour® Performance Eyewear lenses block 100% of UVA, UVB & UVC rays
  • Fit: Large-XL
  • Lens: 65 mm
  • Nose Bridge: 18 mm
  • Temple: 129 mm


Under Armour Eyewear Game Day Collection can be seen on the PGA Tour by world No.1 Jordan

Spieth, his caddie Michael Greller and Hunter Mahan.



To learn more about UA Eyewear:













Nike Vapor Fly Metalwoods PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno



Vapor Fly Pro Driver

Are you wondering where the bright blue/yellow lime color scheme came from for the new Nike Vapor

Fly?  I have two words for you - Rio & Olympics. Yep, Golf returns to the summer games after over

a 100 year hiatus, and Nike is not one to sit back and be a spectator . . . with Rory being front and

center as one of the favorites to medal, it only makes sense to have the Ulsterman's tee launcher

stand from the rest of his competitors during telecasts in 2016.





Nike's new Vapor Fly, Vapor Fly Pro, and Vapor Flex are the latest evolution in Swoosh metalwood

technology. We tested the Vapor Fly Pro, which is the same model that World No.3 Rory McIlroy

currently has in his bag.




What we found was that most either loved the bright blue look or were put off by it. I personally

prefer to see my drivers in black, silver, or even a touch of white is fine . . . but this driver is

so well put together in both shape and style, that I actually started to like the look as testing

went on.



Stock Shaft

The standard stock engine in the Vapor Fly Pro is no slouch - Mitsubishi Rayon's Diamana Blue Board.

Specs (stiff flex) - 61 grams, 4.4 torque, mid launch.




The smoked finish on the Vapor Fly Pro is clean, a nice contrast to the blue crown and shows an

impression upon impact - which is a good way to get feedback on each strike.






According to Nike

engineers, The new

compression channel

increases performance on


The Flex/Loft sleeve allows

for precise adjustability, but

we found the stock setting

of 10.5 neutral was our

preferred setup during

our testing.






As for actual #'s, before heading out to the course to put the VFP through some actual game time

conditions, we did a fair amount of testing on a Foresight launch monitor. Here was the average

of all the swings, (minus the two best and worst - because sometimes you get a funky read off the

monitor that shows a mirage of Dustin Johnson like proportions, or the that you never played the

game in your life . . . therefore skewing the data).


SS: 104 Ball Speed: 151 Launch 13.4 Carry: 249.6 Total Distance: 266.1 Proximity to center: 11R


Pretty typical #'s for me, nothing to rave about or be disappointed by. When I took the Vapor Fly

Pro out to the course, I paid much closer attention to detail. Setting up on tee box on a tight driving

hole will do that to you. You can tell that Rory had some influence on this design, The pear shaped

crown doesn't look so big at address. . . and although it's a disco blue, it still somehow conveys

to the player that it's a serious stick . . .




The Golf Pride Z grip comes standard on Vapor Fly models



One thing I did find was that ball flight with the Vapor Fly Pro (in the stock neutral setting)

had a slight right bias. My usual push draw, was just a push. Since I like to see the clubface

slightly open to square at address, changing the setting on the sleeve to a slightly closed face

wasn't an option I normally prefer. I found myself wanting another level of adjustability. I've

gamed drivers the last few years that have an adjustable weight component as another way

to dial in the desired shot shape. When I did adjust the face angle to a more left bias, ball

flight started left of target, stayed left of target. After continuing to fiddle around with the

sleeve, I settled back to the stock setting (10.5/neutral). Once I knew that the ball would push

10 yds I just aimed accordingly. The Diamana Blue was as smooth and predictable as I hoped,

and impact felt exactly how it should - just a subtle thwack was a welcome sound. The Vapor Fly

Pro is not the most forgiving of the new line, but for a players driver it's fairly lenient on the

occasional heel/toe hit. Overall, I'd give the VFP a thumbs up from the previous years model,

and for those better players fighting the hard right to left shot, that 10 yard push would be a

welcome sight.




Vapor Fly 3 Fairway

Nike's Vapor Fly 3 Fairway looks so clean at address. In fact, more than a few Tour players

have called it their favorite club in the bag including World No.18 Brooks Koepka. The extremely

light crown allows for a lower center of gravity for higher launch and less spin, making the Vapor

Fly fairways really long.




Featuring the HyperFlight face for super fast ball speeds, even on slight mishits.





If Drivers probably have the

shortest life span in a

players bag, then 3 woods

usually have the longest.

Why so?


Well, Drivers are all

about distance, so most will

give up a bit of accuracy if

they can gain significant


A good 3 wood is all about

accuracy, dependability and

versatility. It must perform

both on the tee and off the

deck . . .




Performance from a fairway club is usually a little more subjective because of what we stated

previously, the many demands placed upon a particular players choice of 3 wood. It has to start

from the tee, so we tested out just some raw flight #'s from our Vapor Fly 3. Once we get to the

course and start hitting shots off the deck, and trying to shape shots into tight fairways - then we'll

know if this particular club has a shot to un-root old faithful from the bag.

The launch #'s were solid, infact slightly better than average for me.

SS: 100  Ball Speed: 148  launch: 13.9  BackSpin: 3010  Carry: 232  Total Distance: 251

Sidespin: 186L

Barely a hint of a draw, most shots flew on line and fell just left of center. Fading it was a

piece of cake without touching a setting on the loft sleeve.



Stock shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 65 or Diamana Blue.

Off the deck, it launches exactly how you hope it would . . . but without ballooning.

The Vapor Fly 3 wood still manages to flight the ball even in South Florida's windy

conditions. There wasn't a shot this club couldn't handle . . . looks like their might be

a new stick in the bag this spring.


To check out Nike Vapor Fly products:












Best New Products - Part 2 (Apparel/Shoes & Accessories) PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno


In part 1 of our Best New Products of the 63rd PGA Merchandise Show, we presented our

picks for the best Clubs, Golf Balls and Tech/GPS items. In Part 2 we'll give you our take on

latest golf footwear, apparel, eyewear, and accessories.

Puma's new Ignite golf shoes launched in December, retaining some of the style and technology

from of the previous TitanTour, but with some serious upgrades. The TitanTour Ignite premium

has a new platform, and along with the infusion of Ignite foam, the new treads are built for

extreme comfort and all day play. The upper features full grain aniline leather and pigskin



Puma's premium model is for the golfer who wants a more sophisticated style, and comes

in 3 colors, brown, gray, and white. This was probably the shoe I most desired at the show

(everyone knows you can never have enough stylish/comfortable golf shoes).  Shoe Maestro

Grant Knudson who creates all of these innovative golf shoes for Puma, described the demo-

graphic for this shoe as: "for the progressive tradionalist". Couldn't agree more, sign me up

for an 11.5 med width.



The TitanTour Ignite gives the consumer more of what they expect from Puma - sporty with

bright colorways. All Ignite golf shoes feature a sleeker more rounded toe down look, but

actually have a slightly wider last in the forefoot. Rickie's Ignite high top will be a limited

edition run in 2016. PWRCOOL technology by Outlast, increases ventilation to keep you

playing at an optimum temperature.





Adidas introduces 360Tour Boost, as their top of the line flagship premium

model for 2016. If you've never worn a BOOST model golf shoe, you're missing

out on the most responsive heel/sole area of any golf shoe on the market. Adidas

spent 10 years creating this shoe, so you know it's worthy.



360TOUR Boost comes in 6 different color ways (including the official USA 2016 Olympic golf





In the casual spikeless golf shoe market, Skechers GoGolf Drive 2 are new for 2016 -

featuring soft RESAMAX material insole technology for ultimate comfort. We've already

started testing these, and an early thumbs up is definitely in order.




Footjoy introduced Freestyle at the show as their new sporty casual golf shoe model.




A closer look shows FootJoys traction system inspired by Tree Frogs superior grip, called

F.R.O.G.S (FootJoys - Revolutionary - Outsole - Grip - System), it incorporates a super -

flexible new SoftMax translucent outsole that offers both softer feel and extra grip. Footjoy

Freestyle comes in choice of BOA and standard lace.



Nobody gives your feet a better day - on or off the links than Kentwool. Their famous Tour

Series socks feature superfine Merino wool (a natural Smart Fiber w/Windspun technology.

No more blisters. Kentwool is now available in nearly every color and in different profiles,

from the Tour Profile, Low profile, Standard and now in the Game Day Collection (that comes

in your favorite team colors combinations).




We've talked about the latest in golf shoes and socks, so why are these sandals in our golf show

feature? Well, after a day at work on your feet all day or walking the links, your feet need

recovery - enter Oofos. As John McMahon explained, "Traditional athletic shoes made of EVA

deliver rebound and energy return benefits to propel you forward during your fitness activities.

Oofoam does the opposite, absorbing 37% more of the impact to reduce the stress on your feet

and body to help you recover."



We started testing Oofos (Ooahh Sport model) about 10 days ago, wearing them everyday

after work and golf . . . I have no idea how my feet made it this long without them. Recovery

Technology for your feet -





This is


not a new

product, in fact

it is the oldest

trophy in Golf -

The Claret Jug.

The booth for

Scottish Golf

Tourism had it

briefly on


In a place where

there is over

100 thousand

new items being

shown, the

oldest item in

the place is still

the beauty.

Open Champion

- Zach Johnson

currently is the

holder of the








Scotty Cameron was mobbed at the

show in the Titleist booth, posing with

his fans from the industry like a

celebrity or rock star.


On display was his latest putter

designs, custom - one of a kind works

and these very creative putter

covers that have become collectors



For everything Scotty Cameron:





KLVN golf bags offered up futuristic clad models in their booth that moved in a

robot like sequence all week. KLVN brought the message that the future of golf cart bags

will offer a modular type system where the carry bag detaches like a shuttle from the

mothership - not sure if it will catch on, but KLVN wins the award for Best new golf bag






Nexbelt was by far the busiest booth at the show, people love belts, especially those

with no holes.





Under Armour Eyewear - UA GAMEDAY color enhancer lens by ZEISS illuminates moving

objects, delivers superior visual contrast and object illumination. Stylish too.




Oakley is still the market leader of sports shades, their new Prizm lenses are the ultimate

in contrasting colors (especially for golf). The demo on these had me wanting an upgrade

of my old Radars.




The guys at Rival and Revel have created this small device called Silo. Silo holds

6 clubs for the golfer who likes to practice or play a short course without needing

to carry the entire golf bag or a bunch of loose clubs. Keep watching for the review

of Silo coming soon.

Silo comes in assorted colors

The boys at Rival and

Revel are working on this

carry strap for the Silo.

Modeling the strap

in the photo is world

famous club builder to

the pros (and some

hacks)- Dirck Storm.






Sunice - The weather is rough out there, but you still want to get out there as soon as

possible and tee it up - wherever you are. The Sullivan jacket, or as one of my famous

caddie friends loves to say, "The Sully" is the perfect piece of an early spring performance

layering system.



If the weather puts up a brutish test, the Albany jacket and Narooma pant

combo offer the ultimate in lifetime weather proofing. Featuring Gore-Tex,

cinch waist, inner sleeve layer and ball cleaner. Be prepared for it all with





Maide Golf, a division of Bonobos Apparel has been producing the Highland golf

pant for several years now. In 2016, there are more colors, patterns, and a lighter

performance fabric that only makes the best pants in the biz even better.





Devereux Golf and their "Proper Threads" can be seen on your flat screen this year -

they're form fitting style is being displayed by 2015 Greenbrier Classic Champion Danny

Lee. The new line looks fantastic with tons of new designs and colors. Aristotle shown

above in Apricot/Steel/White.





Oakley had the scripting attire for Bubba Watson for this years Open Championship (shown

above) and the PGA Championship on display.




Longtime golf enthusiast, fashion icon and Carnoustie President/founder Marshall Mancillas has

created some really classy links threads coming up for 2016. Look for more from us on Carnoustie

golf apparel this spring.


To learn more about Carnoustie:




Antigua's new 2016 spring line incorporates a textured look with the use of heather

themed designs, this multi-striped jersey knit performance polo is called Vision.




Miami Beach based

Whet Golf design

offers apparel with a

sophistication and

tailored look that is

all its own. Love the

"W" logo on the self

collar. Their motto

is look great, play

great, stay Whet.




The folks at Golf Pride have come out with a new putter grip called Tour SNSR (obviously short

for Sensor), tour players have described feel as their #1 reason for choosing a putter grip.

According to Golf Pride Retail Product Manager Bruce Miller, the new grip gives players feedback

in the lower hand and a 40% softer compound in the upper hand for feel - combining the two,

all in one grip. The lighter the grip pressure, the better the feel on the greens. Two shapes: the

straight profile is the same diameter from top to bottom, and then there's the more traditional

pistol contour. Both styles come in different sizes, 140cc and 104cc in volume.




Our Friends over at Zero Friction have teamed up with a golf legend to create the new

Motion-Fit system glove. Zero Friction President John Iacono welcomed Johnny

Miller into the fold as part owner in the company, and Miller seems quite passionate

about the product line. The Motion-Fit glove offers the same universal fit as with past

models, but the new spandex glove body offers a perfect compression fit - combined

with cabretta leather in the fingers and palm for the best glove we've EVER tested.





Imperial broke new ground with their CoolCore hat technology in 2015, in 2016 they

offer up the same innovation in their Instant Cooling Towel. CoolCore is 30% cooler

when it's wet. Summer will be here before you know it. Stay Cool . . .





Look for these and other great products to be tested and reviewed by us in 2016.









Best New Products of the 63rd PGA Show - Part 1 PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno

The 63rd edition of the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando had a bit of everything.

The annual get together of 42,000 golf industry professionals from around the globe

converging into Central Florida (for Demo Day, new product launches, filling orders,

charitable causes, and even and some time on the golf course) for a week that I

always look forward to. It's a celebration of the game unlike any other in the world.

Over 1000 companies (284 new) were on hand to show their wares.


Truthfully, there are some really nice new clubs coming out in 2016, most notably

from Cobra, Exotics, TaylorMade, Nike (who wasn't present at this years show) and

Sentio Putters, but the biggest leap in the industry continues to come from the Tech

sector. Companies like VPAR, GAMEgolf, GolfBuddy, SkyGolf, Zepp and Blast are

advancing the ways you can analyze and improve your game in every way. Great,

we'll finally have all of the latest gadgets . . . now all we need is to find the time put

them to good use. Because the show has become so large in terms of product

launches, we've decided that in order to give you comprehensive coverage

of everything - we will break the feature into two parts. In Part 1 of our

"Best New Products" we'll focus on clubs, balls and GPS/Tech devices. Part

2, (coming soon) will feature Apparel/Belts/Shoes and accessories such as

grips, gloves, eyewear etc.



TaylorMade kicked off their own event days before the show by introducing their

new M2 line, essentially a max distance oriented product line that will sit beside

M1 (essentially replacing the AeroBurner).


Tour Edge/Exotics annually hosts their own Media pre-show event, and did so this

year at the Golden Bear Club at Keene's Pointe in Windermere (just a stones throw

or so from Isleworth and Bayhill). This is Perhaps the best pre-show media event

each year. They gather a group of other OEMs to present their new product lines -

this year on hand were Bridgestone, GolfBuddy, Golf Pride, Kentwool, Sketchers,

Chase 54 Apparel, Sun Mountain and more.




Tuesday at Dubsdread Golf Course we were introduced to an innovative app called

VPAR by two of the company's finest - Charlie Cooke and Rowan Northcott, both

brilliant lads from the UK. VPAR is a live scoring system that keeps tabs on the

group or groups that you are competing against in any type of format. In our two

foursome competition, our team was behind the entire match as we kept track hole

by hole on the VPAR mobile app. By the time we reached the 18th tee (a reachable

par 5), we checked the VPAR app and saw that we trailed by just a stroke.


What followed was tons of excitement and energy in our group knowing that we

still had a chance. I was fortunate enough to hit my best two of the day to reach the

green in two. The tap in birdie tied the match, and now we had two other putts in our

group for the win. Neither dropped, leaving us in a tie, but the real story was the buzz

the VPAR app created down the stretch - by simply giving us the knowledge of our

position. The tournament like excitement for us on the 18th was a feeling that most

amateurs rarely get to experience.


It's not only a real time leaderboard, there's also GPS feature, a course planner and

performance tracking. Check out VPAR, it's available on Apple or Android devices.



In the equipment/ball category these products were our picks as the best at the show:



Vokey's SM6 wedges available in vitually every loft, bounce, grind and finish. The

fine tradition of the master wedge creator keeps rolling on.



Scotty Cameron's new M2 Select Newport. There are new sole plates and different

face millings, but the quality craftmanship still remains. Flatstick eye candy is how

they roll at Scotty.




Cobra's entire new line is moving up the ladder in both innovation and appearance.

The King LTD (shown above) and King F6 drives are worthy. According to Mike

Yagley Director of R&D for Cobra "The spaceport in the LTD is 16 grams and is

strategically located just below the CG and back slightly, the poly-carbonate window

was a joint idea from both marketing and R&D. Combined with an internal weight

that's positioned all the way in the back, this creates an incredibly high MOI and

Zero CG (or neutral)." LTD is adjustable from in 9-12 degrees, Pro version 7-10





The new Cobra King forged Cavityback and Muscleback irons are as impressive as

any of the new sticks we saw at the show. Available also as a combo set, tungsten

weight ports in the toe moves CG and in turn gets the sweetspot away from the

hosel. The satin black finish looks sharp. Cobra's King Forged Tec model offers a

combination of feel and forgiveness in a slightly larger head. I'm really looking

forward to testing both of these models in 2016.




Taylormade M2 - Naming

the new line M2 creates the

perception that it replaces

M1, it doesn't. M2 was

created with less adjust-

ability and max HP. Think of

the M1 as the 4 door

touring sedan with 320 hp

and all of the bells and

whistles . . . M2 as the

roadster with 400 hp and

with no AC or power

accessories. One gives

you best of everything,

the other just goes fast,

real fast. The M2 fairway is

a club that I'm eagerly

looking forward to testing

in 2016.





M2 irons, say hello to crazy trampoline like trajectory and distance. Check the

fluted hosel (engineers will do anything to save a gram or two, they salivate

anytime they can move weight for performance gain). Also available in a leaner

Tour version.




TaylorMade's new OS CB Daytona Putter is an oversized anser style blade that

features a red anodized aluminum site line and trailing edge that also acts as a

sealer for the foam filled cavity. The face insert is milled vertically to create a

pure roll. Designed by the famed clubmaker - Clay Long (who created the

McGregor Response putter that helped the Golden Bear win his sixth Green Jacket

30 yrs ago this spring). The OS series comes in two sizes and three styles.




Exotics, Long known by serious golfers for their fairway woods and hybrids, the EX9

hybrid (shown below) features a maraging steel cup face and slipstream sole. The EX9

hybrid comes stock with a UST recoil graphite shaft. The EX9 driver and fairways will

make noise this year, David Glod's standard of innovation and performance can't stay

underrated for much longer.




For Callaway loyalists, the new XR16 Driver driver features aerodynamics in a joint

venture with Boeing Aerospace engineers.





If you haven't noticed recently, Brandt Snedeker is "En Fuego" at start of 2016 and

his new driver certainly has to get a bit of the credit. After playing his old trusty 2007

Burner TP for the last decade, Bridgestone finally was able to get him into one of their

own - JGR Driver.



The JGR features F.A.S.T (Flex Action Speed Technology) Crown design for increased

ball speed & higher launch angles and a power milled face design. Available in 9.5,

10.5, & 12 degrees. Aldila NV 2KXV Orange is the stock shaft.




The Hogan company has been

reborn and is starting to get

noticed in the premium forged

iron marketplace. The PTx

(shown to the right) gives a bit

more forgivness than the

typical Hogan blade in a

moderately sized cavityback


The Hawk might have played

blades throughout his career

but he would be proud of these


AlsoLook for the new sleek

VKTR hybrids, they come in

every loft - so you get the

exact club gapping for your






As far as innovation goes, it's been forever since we've seen anything significant

since the face insert was created eons ago - until now. Enter the guys at Sentio.

This two piece flatstick design features a third element that is the game changer -

a polymer core between each component of stainless. There are three variances of

polymer, which dictates feel. Each is color coded and delivers a significant change

in the feel. If you know what a hard cast iron feels like at impact, as opposed to soft

premium forging - this is just as big a difference in feel. Green is buttery soft for

players who prefer the feel of an insert and/or usually putt on superfast greens, Red

is medium feel and is the most versatile of the three models, the Blue polymer model

is firm and has the feel of your typical milled putter.

I was so impressed with the feel and performance (just rolling 10 footers

in the booth), that Sentio President Jim Varney had to issue me a citation

for loitering. Just kidding, but quite honestly this was our favorite new

product of the entire show. The only question is do I want the 33" Green or Red

model? Look for a Full review of Sentio Putters coming soon.



L2 Putters


Many industry folks walked past the L2 display all week at the show probably

because it's way outside the box. Yes it's way too big. Yes it's way too heavy.

Yes it doesn't look like a Scotty, a Bettinardi, or even an Odyssey for that matter,

but for those who are searching for an answer to the new USGA anchoring ban,

or are just struggling to make a consistent stroke, John Ambrose might have

created your solution. The L2 has a 600 gram head and 200 gram 16" elongated

grip that creates incredible stability. The enormous sweetspot is enhanced by a 4"

acrylic face insert that provides soft feel.




PING Anser




Ping celebrates the

50th anniversary of

the original Anser

putter. Today it's still

the most played and

copied putter style in

the world. Today

there are hundreds

of different versions

of the Anser style.

Ping put up this Ode

to their founder

Karsten, and the

design that changed

golf forever.





Tech items:



GAMEGolf the original shot tracking device and data system for consumers that

launched two years ago, now raises the bar with their collaboration with Golf Pride.

Game tags will soon be incorporated into your tour velvet grips. A really cool feature

will be a sensor within the tag that will alert the golfer to when his or her grips are

due to be changed. An "oil change" like reminder for your clubs . . . you say who needs

to be told when they need new grips? Believe it or not, this could benefit many golfers

who discount the significance of a fresh set of grips. The new Golf Pride grips will be

available to GAME users this spring.





GolfBuddy's compact LR5 laser with its 1 click scan feature and 6x magnification

got our attention. Although it's been on the market for months now, it's our first

glimpse. At only 4" in total length and less than 8oz, ($249) this unit will fit in the

hands and budgets of all.










Bluetooth with

their mobile


HoleVue tech -

in conjunction

with SkyGolf

Smart Tags

you can track all

of your shots.

The LINX GT also

functions as a

watch and fitness




Blast Motion

Blast Motion Golf Swing analyzer was created by golf professionals for players of all

ability levels, focusing on the mechanics and performance of your full swing all the

way thru your bag to the putting stroke. The device easily attaches to the end of the

grip and instantly sends data to your device on the last shot played. After witnessing

the live putting demo We're excited to review Blast Motion, look for our feature this

Spring $149.





Ojee Golf

The best teachers all agree that a proper setup is essential to any level of

consistency. Ojee Golf was created by Matt Hulbert from the Uk, as a device

that monitors all of your set up poitions - including face angle, address lie

angle and posture angle . . . and gives that data to you instantly via the Talon

digital display at the end of the grip. The more often you can get setup with

the proper angles, the more consistent your swing will be.


The Ojee system includes clubface angle sensors , grip caps and the digital Talon

read out screen. The adjustable belt is designed to fit comfortably and securely

around the waist to accurately measure spine angle. Many great instructors agree

that most golf swings go wrong before the club ever moves, if this is true than

probably every teaching professional should have an Ojee system for their students.





When it comes to new golf balls, the industry leader (Titlist PoV1) is in the middle

of a two year cycle, so we'll have to wait till next year . . . but there are three other

brands whose premium urethane ball gained our attention, and the first of those is

Bridgestone who introduced their new B-Series ball with SlipRes cover at the show.

According to Adam Rehberg with Bridgestone, the new balls were over 4 years in

the making, and are so different that the company considered changing the name,

but after some research they found that brand loyalty was strong and identifiable

with the "B330" nameplate.


The new RX versions which are for players who swing under 105 mph (Testing has

shown that 75% of all players fit into this category) have a 28% softer core. The

new SlipRes cover reduces driver spin, and increases spin around the greens - all

while providing superior durabilty. Bridgestone is calling this ball "The Best Ball

Ever". Sounds like somebody is challenging the script over there in Fairhaven,





The original Kick X Tour Z ball has been a huge success for Medicus Golf. The new

version called A.i.1 is softer and features the SmartMap putting system sidestamp.

SmartMap is a group of angled lines to aide golfers on where they should aim after

accounting for the slope of that particular green . . . interesting idea. Also keep an

eye out for the new Kick X Blackout wedge, also available this spring.



The other brand mentioned is Nike, (who wasn't at the PGA Show - but they were nice

enough to send us the new RZN Tour Platinum & Black before we even left for Orlando)

to read our review of Nike's new premium models just click the link below:




Coming soon as mentioned - Part 2 of our "Best New Products" from the

63rd PGA Show. Apparel, shoes and accessories (such as belts, gloves,

grips, tees etc.)


This feature like many others works by Jason Bruno can also be found on our affiliate site - Golf Life

(A division of Action Media):











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