The pandemic didn't stop industry leaders from unveiling the latest and greatest in the world of golf equipment at the annual PGA Merchandise Show. The global trade show, usually held in Orlando, Florida, was virtual this year, but some of its most impressive products will offer real-world results for golfers. Here's a roundup of seven new products from this week.
Mizuno ST Line of Drivers and Metal Woods
Mizuno Golf is known primarily for their irons, but their woods lineup has been improving each year. PGA Tour player Keith Mitchell won in 2019 with a Mizuno driver in the bag - the first Mizuno driver to win on the Tour in roughly 15 years.
"The new ST-Z and ST-X further deploy Mizuno’s new Forged SAT2041 Beta Ti face and complex carbon construction to deliver both potent ball speeds and a dense, satisfying sensation at impact.
With 17% more tensile strength and 8% more flexibility than traditional 6-4Ti, SAT2041 has a fine grain structure inherently resistant to fatigue. As a high strength Beta Ti, SAT2041 maintains its characteristics and resists micro fractures for longer than the commonly used 6-4, Alpha Beta Ti."
That’s a lot of numbers, but there’s one you should really care about: 326. That was the average driving distance by Keith Mitchell at the 2021 Sony Open. There’s a lot of buzz around this latest Mizuno offering, and it’s priced nicely. You can read GolfLink's full review here.
OGIO WOODE Hybrid Bag
Perhaps nothing was more interesting this year than the bagmaker veterans at OGIO bringing back the iconic WOODE organizer system for 2021. This system keeps your woods and irons organized in a tried-and-true stacked pattern. Many golfers remember it fondly, and now OGIO has brought it back with a more modern twist.
"The WOODE Hybrid bag delivers a better way to organize your clubs and everything else you bring to the golf course. By separating your woods from your irons, it’s not only easier to find the club you are looking for, but also it protects your woods. And with the innovative Ball Silo and Rapid Access Snap Pockets, it has never been easier and faster to access another golf ball or your belongings when you need them."
Altaz Rangefinder With External LCD Viewfinder
There are plenty of rangefinder options in the marketplace today, but newcomer Altaz USA has added a very convenient feature to their new entry. The Altaz Rangefinder introduces a convenient flip-out LCD panel on the side to make it easier to use, especially if you're wearing glasses or sunglasses. Why didn’t someone else think of this sooner?
"Altaz USA’s new rangefinder is the first of its kind, with an external flip-out LED screen designed to be held like a digital camcorder. With the consumer’s comfort in mind, its 3” LED screen allows any golfer to easily determine the distance to a target without removing eyeglasses or squinting, unlike most rangefinders on the market."
Odyssey White Hot OG Putters
Technically, this is not a PGA Merchandise Show release, but it deserves to be included. Continuing the retro trend, Odyssey Golf has brought back its iconic original White Hot insert with the new White Hot OG line. While Odyssey’s inserts have gone through many iterations over the years, many Tour Pros still request the original. Now, you can play it as well. Many different head shapes are available to best suit your stroke.
"This two-part urethane insert formulation creates the feel, sound and performance that has set the standard in the industry for over 20 years. It’s an innovation that helped propel Odyssey to its position as the #1 Putter across major worldwide Tours."
New Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x Golf Balls
The perennial #1 ball on Tours Worldwide refreshes the line in 2021. Incremental improvements have been made to both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x to help keep these as the most revered golf balls in the world.
"The 2021 Pro V1x features a fast, high flight and delivers spin when and where a golfer wants it. Pro V1x is designed for players who want a higher trajectory and increased spin relative to Pro V1, with a slightly firmer feel. Pro V1 and Pro V1x both offer exceptional Drop-and-Stop greenside control, softer feel and long-lasting durability."
Price: $50 per dozen
Shot Scope V3 GPS + Track Watch
Technology is hot in the golf arena, and maybe none is hotter than the Shot Scope V3. This is a GPS device with built-in tracking to help your round go smoothly without the need to enter stats into an app. It’s very clever.
"The new Power-Sense strap and GPS accuracy ensures every shot is recorded automatically while you play. Upload to the mobile app to understand statistics on your game and reduce your handicap. Naturally, V3 comes with all the features of a standard GPS watch, such as green and hazard yardages and 36,000 preloaded courses for your convenience."
Bobby Golf Headcovers and Accessories
Bobby Golf’s website states “It’s all about having fun and enjoying the game.” Their headcovers reflect it. If you chose to ditch your standard club headcovers for something with more style, there are dozens of unique designs in stock on their site to choose from. If you can’t find something you like, they’ll even make a custom one-off design for you.
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