Truly Useful Products from the PGA Show in Orlando That We found and Liked and Needed to Share with You
By: Dr. Barry Lotz and Leonard Finkel.
The Callaway RAZR Fit Fairway Wood
Of all the clubs we saw at the Show and demoed, this club was one of the top three. There is something special about this fairway wood. In fact there are so many good features about this 155 cc steel headed club that the limited space allocated in this article does not do it justice.
Let me count the ways that this club outshines and outperforms the competition: It is long distance wise, it is remarkably easy to hit, it is aesthetically beautiful, it is accurate, it is adjustable through its Optifit Hosel which allows the user to set the face angle in either Open, Closed or Square positions to optimize ball flight, specifically the adjustable hosel allows you to change the loft up and down by a degree, a feature impressive in a fairway wood. Because the adjustability does change the face angle a fair amount ,the benefit is that you get the shot shape and face angle you prefer and to top it all off, the club performs remarkably well from both the tee or the fairway.
Unlike the driver, there are no adjustable weights in the RAZR Fit fairway wood. It is Callaway’s assertion and position that weights have little effect in heads of this size.
Additionally, Callaway’s VFT (Variable Face Technology) generates higher ball speeds for longer distance. This is a powerful club that together with the RAZR Fit driver discussed in Part 1 last month and Callaway’s HEX Black ball, gives the golfer a brilliant combination of distance, performance and accuracy that is second to none.
Available in a 3-Wood (15°) and a 5-Wood (18°),
Laser Link Switch Range Finder
If you are looking for a fast and accurate distance measurement to a flag or bunker , there is no product on the market currently that out performs the new Laser Link Switch Rangefinder. Instead of fiddling with a Smart Phone or GPS “tool”, just point and shoot with the Laser Link Switch. This new rangefinder has two distinct modes controlled by one switch that seamlessly switches between modes.
In the first mode, the QuickShot, is for courses that have flagstick reflectors. The second mode, called the Red Hot, is used when there are no reflectors present and takes measurements from trees, flags bunkers, etc. The unit is powered by a 9-volt battery.
The range in QuickShot QS(reflector only) Mode is 400 yards while the range in Red Hot RH(no reflector) Mode is 900+ yards to a LLG reflector, and 500+ yards to a “non-reflector” object.
Pistol-shape — the “signature shape” of Laser Link rangefinders. The shape allows you to hold the unit away from your face, should you so desire, which eliminates the need to adjust/remove hat or sunglasses to use. The Switch is a little different in that the head of the unit is flat instead of curvy like previous designs. It takes up a little less “horizontal” space in/on a golf bag.
The unit will be available in May.
MSRP: $389.00 www.laserlinkgolf.com
Golf Apps of America
Golf Minnesota and their subsidiary Golf Apps of America had a successful introduction of their Smartphone apps at the PGA Show. Versions are live on the iPhone app store and Android Market in 16 states with several more on the way. The apps function as course locators and directories with some extremely unique functions that include opening websites, photos, and for some of the top courses, a brief video overview of the course. Video instruction tips from top PGA pros, including Tom Watson, are included for the iPhone users. You’ll never again need to look for a course phone number, or get lost trying to find a golf course, and you’ll always know what courses are nearby. It’s terrific for the traveling golfer.
If you want to purchase any of their complete directory apps for AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, MA, MI, MN, NC, NM, NV, NY, OR, SC, TX, WA, it is recommended you install this FREE app first. You will then have easy access to the individual state apps through an In- App Purchase via the iTunes store.
Golf America is the introductory app and is free. This app introduces you to the functions of the comprehensive state golf apps.
Bag Boy T-2000 Travel Cover
Travelling with golf clubs through airports is tough to say the least. Do yourself a favor and lighten the load using this travel cover. The handle rotates 360 degrees and significantly reduces arm and wrist strain — what ingenuity! Now you won’t ever have to pull your golf bag with two hands and practice your latest dance move.
MSRP: $190.00 www.bagboy.com
The Boccieri Secret Grip
Most conventional golf grips weigh 52 grams each. This grip is built with a tungsten weight and clocks in at 92 grams! If you have heard of Tour Lock, this is the instant version. Both Tour Lock and the Secret Grip, by their weight, raise the balance point of the club, which is designed to promote better body mechanics and afford you the ability to drop the club “into the slot”.
It will also improve your control, distance and consistency according to the inventor, Steve Boccieri, of Heavy Putter fame.
One of many Tour Pros who subscribe to back-weighting is Sergio Garcia, who back-weights all 14 clubs in his bag.
MSRP: $18.00 per grip www.boccierigolf.com
Odyssey FLIP Putter
Callaway has either added new golf addicted scientists and engineers to their development staff, changed the water supply, or simply awakened from a deep slumber.
Their new products, especially the RAZR Fit Driver, the RAZR Fit #3 Wood, the HEX Black Ball and the Odyssey FLIP putter, have been the best to date, probably since the original Big Bertha introductions to the golf world.
This new putter, available in three different models (Odyssey 1, 5 and 9), has two face plate options to choose from – the Metal X insert and the more traditional White Ice. You can switch them by literally pulling the toe and heel apart, and flipping the face over in less than 30 seconds — there are no parts to remove whatsoever!
Why switch the face? Simply because you can, depending on the speed of the green, adjust your feel and performance of the putter to your liking or course conditions.
With regard to the Metal-X Insert: This lightweight aluminum outer layer utilizes oval depressions to maximize the Coefficient of Friction, which helps quickly generate straighter topspin for reduced skidding and the truest roll in the game. The Urethane inner layer provides soft feel and saves weight to optimize performance.
As to the White Ice Insert: This is a Multi-layer insert that has been fine-tuned to enhance responsiveness, sound, resiliency and consistency. Here the inner core enhances the feel and resiliency which in turn leads to consistent distance control. Face surface has been roughened to enhance the sound at impact with softer golf balls and increase friction to promote forward roll.
The Satin Chrome Finish provides a premium, elegant and beautiful look that is favored by Tour players.
Shown in the photo is the Flip Face 5 model. This is a rounded mallet with a single-bend shaft and full-shaft offset.
Available in April.
MSRP: $349.99 www.odysseygolf.com
For 2012 Bridgestone has introduced four new ball models (TOUR B330, TOUR B330-S, TOUR B330-RX and TOUR B330-RXS) and already has a win on Tour (Brandt Snedeker at The Farmer’s Insurance Tournament at Torrey Pines).
As a result of the dramatic cover change to Bridgestone’s proprietary Dual Dimple Technology in all four models, the new B330 family of balls will be easily distinguishable from their predecessors. This Dual Dimple Technology, in part, helped Snedeker negotiate Torrey Pines’ coastal breezes in the final round, leading to a remarkable 17 out of 18 greens in regulation.
Each of the four new B330 family of balls offer their own distinct features that have allowed Bridgestone engineers to improve upon the previous versions in terms of feel/spin, distance and durability. For specific technology info on each of the new balls, visit the company’s web site.
The new B330 balls feature a street price of $44.99 per dozen (MSRP $56.00 per dozen) and are available now at select golf courses and golf specialty and sporting goods retailers nationwide.
TaylorMade R11s Drivers
TaylorMade’s R11s driver is 20cc bigger, faster, more tunable and 4 to 10 yards longer than the original R11. With 3D Tuning, you can independently tune loft, face angle and flight path your swing. The 460cc matte-white finish head features a ±3° flight control technology sleeve, 5-way adjustable sole plate and TaylorMade’s movable weight technology, allowing the R11s Driver to be tuned for 89 different launch settings. Changing the weights alters the center of gravity by 4mm from heel to toe promoting up to 20 yards of side-to-side bias. The driver is further enhanced by TaylorMade’s Inverted Cone Technology that expands the COR zone, or the portion of the club that delivers faster ball speeds.
MSRP: $399.00. The R11s TP has 26 upgraded shaft choices and costs $499.00
TaylorMade RocketBallz Tour 3-wood
The COR or trampoline effect of TaylorMade RocketBallz woods is at the legal limit imposed by USGA. According to the company, these are the first and only steel-faced fairway woods to achieve that status. As a result, these clubs are some of the hottest in golf, featuring a carved-out channel called a Speed Pocket. Located directly behind the face, it increases ball velocity and yardage by promoting more flex in the club’s face and sole at impact. According to TaylorMade’s research, most golfers hit woods and hybrids low on the face, so TaylorMade decided to position the weight plug low and forward, where it would help players hit a higher, faster ball with less spin and more carry. This non-adjustable weight plug is located just behind the Speed Pocket.
The loft for the new TS (Tour Strong) 3-wood is 13 degrees. On Tour, most of the pros are using a 15 degree model simply because the 13-degree goes too far!
MSRP: 229.00 www.taylormadegolf.com
Ogio’s “Chamber” Cart Bag
If you are looking for less noise from the knocking of clubs emanating from your golf bag, this highly stylistic cart bag is the answer.
This well designed 9-lb bag is elegant, handsome and classic looking, but its main USP (Unique Selling Proposition) is the company’s new Silencer club protection system, which uses 14 individual compartments with teeth-like openings that center and gently hold the club shaft, keeping them from banging together like so many pots and pans.
The protective membrane top and compression fit bottom of the Chamber bag greatly minimize club movement, resulting in less clanks and dings. This added security extends both the life and look of your clubs.
The zipper less ball pocket, ergonomic handle and lift grip all assist your overall experience by adding convenience and ease. Many of the features included are a Translucent Silencer base, easy access divot and pencil sleeve pocket and a custom ergonomic 3-point handle. I like the ease of use of the snap on, zippered rain cover and the 9 pockets,8 of which are zippered.
There are weather-resistant fleece lined valuables’ pockets, a glove/putter cover velcro attachment strip, and a deluxe over-padded single shoulder strap.
The insulated cooler pocket and elastic oversized towel loop work well, as does the lift grip molded trunk handle. There are also useful integrated tee holders, an internal cell phone pocket, an umbrella containment system and a shoulder strap stash loop.
Available in Black Tech or Charcoal Burst (shown in photo).
MSRP: $250.00 www.ogio.com
STX Golf XForm Series 3 Putter
STX Golf’s Xform 3 putter pairs cutting edge aesthetics with high performance insert technology. The Tour inspired mallet features a cleanly milled alignment rail for increased accuracy. The design also features extreme perimeter weighting for ultimate forgiveness. The stylish head is complimented by a glare free, soft satin finish and distinct milling lines to create a rich texture. For golfers who prefer a softer feel, STX developed a thermoset insert that maximizes forward spin. For traditionalists who want the sound, feel and response of stainless steel, STX offers its Xform putters with a 100% stainless steel face, featuring a deep diamond mill pattern that increases friction while producing that desired feel.
There are two other Xform putters available: XForm1 and Xform2.
MSRP: $249.99 www.stxgolf.com
Antigua Golf Clothing
Antigua’s Spring ’12 performance golf fashion collection is fresh and bright, fun and new. It introduces shades like bright berry, sharp melon, rich azalea and a wash of turquoise. Paired with shades of grey, the bright colors compliment subtle neutrals in an unexpectedly pleasing palette. Features include textured drop needle horizontal and vertical fabrics, subtle piping details and incorporating a block of fabric complimenting a soft contrast stripe highlight the collection. Complementary outerwear which has expanded in both layering styles as well as sweaters, vests and wind shells enhances the color story and presentation.
Price range $55- $65 for polos www.antiqua.com
A.U.R. Golf Clothing
The Active Collection from A.U.R. boasts performance driven designs featuring polyester double-knit Dri-Max. These polo’s feature the stretch of Spandex, a soft, supple feel and a lightweight drape making it ideal for golf. Synthetic fibers create a strong, crease resistant fabric that is quick drying andmaintains its shape. The Authentic Collection is the home for a more traditional golf inspired assortment of sweaters, vests, pants and shorts which feature product in colors black, taupe, navy and charcoal.
Price range $38-$72 for Polo (Ecosmart Polo photo) www.aurgolf.com
Tour Edge Exotics XCG5 Fairway Wood
Tour Edge Exotics XCG5 fairway wood is power redefined. Featuring an innovative beta titanium cup face and heavy tungsten sole plate brazed to a titanium body, it’s the only fairway wood on the market to use a titanium cupped face and tungsten sole. Titanium offers exceptional distance while tungsten allows for a smaller, more traditional‐sized head with a lower center of gravity. This high‐octane 11.5 degree loft combination delivers driver‐like distance and remarkable forgiveness. Brazing is utilized when the highest‐quality joint is required and is performed inside a vacuum chamber over several hours, greatly reducing stress through slower heating and cooling cycles. This significantly improves the thermal and mechanical properties of the material for longer, better feeling shots. A Boomerang face design offers multiple levels of variable face thickness that maximizes the rebound effect from more points on the face that produce a hotter launch, even on off center hits.
MSRP: $299.99 www.touredgegolf.com
Tour Edge Exotics XCG5 Driver
The Tour Edge Exotics XCG5 driver’s advanced head design delivers thoroughbred power in three shaft options: a superultra‐light Graphite Design Tour AD 271‐ gram, Fujikura BLUR 306‐gram and Aldila RIP 312‐gram versions. Unique to golf, the XCG5’s special beta titanium crown material is ultra‐thin and lighter than the previous carbon crown found in the XCG4. This material dramatically improves sound while allowing weight to be added to the rear of the sole via a Six‐Point Perimeter Weighting System. This system lowers the center of gravity and moves it deeper and further back in the sole for longer, more forgiving drives. To maximize spring‐like effect, Tour Edge increased the XCG5’s face size by 12% over previous models. By thinning and thickening the face, the v‐shaped boomerangs allow for the maximum elongation of the titanium for enhanced feel and hotter launch.
Daphne’s Head Covers
Daphne’s Head covers created a head cover in honor of a founding dog – Weimaraner Head cover. Giving back has been part of the 32 year old Phoenix based company’s motto from the start. Not only will Daphne’s head covers make you smile when you see them on the golf bag, but some of their head covers are doing more than just protecting your clubs.
Jane Spicer, president of Daphne’s, created this head cover in honor of Gabriel, the founding dog of Gabriel’s Angels. A Phoenix based charity that uses therapy dogs to deliver healing pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children, nurturing their ability to love and trust, thereby helping to free them from the cycle of violence.
A portion of the proceeds are being donated to Gabriel’s Angels.
Each of the company’s head covers exhibits the “Daphne’s Difference”. From conception to completion, each and every head cover is created with an eye on quality, function, form and attention to minute detail.
Visit http://www.gabrielsangels.org/news.php#headcover for more on the creation of this head cover. Pre-orders are being taken.
SkyCaddie SGXw – Wi-Fi enabled
SkyGolf has unveiled the next generation SkyCaddie – the Wi-Fi enabled SkyCaddie SGXw. With its new wireless capabilities, the SGXw provides the convenience of “on the go” access to the most accurate and up-to-date course maps, eliminating inaccuracy issues so common with preloaded courses in other rangefinders. The SGXw connects wirelessly to SkyGolf’s vast library of precision courses via Wi-Fi at home, office, golf course or hotspot for fast, easy course downloads of the same complete and reliable course information professional golfers receive from their caddies and their yardage books. The SGXw can even utilize many smart phones to gain Internet access as a “personal hotspot.” The SGXw delivers game changing, stroke saving features, including Dynamic RangeVue, designed for smarter and easier club selection. RangeVue’s preset yardage arcs adjust dynamically over fairway landing areas and greens to allow golfers to quickly select the best club for every shot. RangeVue provides information faster and more reliably than a laser rangefinder without aiming or requiring line of sight. PinPoint Technology allows golfers to measure to the hole by adding pin positions. Combined with its IntelliGreen feature, golfers have yardages they need to the front carry, back, center and hole locations automatically, from any angle of approach. PinPoint eliminates the need for line of sight and the frustration golfers have with aiming and keeping a laser steady. The powerful combination of PinPoint and Intelligreen will help golfers avoid greenside bunkers, hit more greens and sink more birdie putts.
Sundog Eyewear continues the evolution of sunglasses designed specifically for golfers. Among new models, the 2012 LASER offers a sleek Suspended Lens Open Frame design in three choices of MaxFlex RILSAN frames, Megol temple tips and nose pads and smoke or brown lens. LASER is available in Mela-Lens, Mela-Lens Polarized, and Mela-Lens Photochromic models. “Mela” is an abbreviation for Melanin, a naturally produced pigment that acts as a sunscreen protecting the skin from High Energy Visible light or “blue” light. Sundog has developed the lines utilizing synthetic melanin to produce state-of-the-art melanin lens technology, absorbing light seamlessly over a broad spectral range while providing superior blue light filtration with minimal color distortion and 100 per cent UVA/B protection.
Both Paula Creamer and Louis Oosthuizen are Sundog aficionados.
MSRP: $66- $90 (Aura Mela Lens in photo $90) www.sundogeyewear.com
GolferAid – The World’s Most Advanced Functional Beverage For Golfers
Firstly, GolferAid is being used on Tour by such players as Vaughn Taylor, Brendon DeJonge, Marco Dawson, and the list is growing.
Secondly, as we are fully aware, golf is a unique game and now golfers have their own unique beverage.
A satisfying round of golf requires a special combination of strength, balance, dexterity, focus and mental toughness. It is only when these elements combine in perfect synergy that you are on your “A” game. Conceived by golf enthusiasts and formulated by medical professionals, GolferAid’s propriety nutraceutical blend has been scientifically formulated to AID the biochemical processes involved in every aspect of your game, from the first tee through the last.
GolferAID’s unprecedented 2,691 mg of active ingredients is designed to AID both your body and mind. Sparing no expense, every ingredient in GolferAID is of the highest quality and bioavailability. Plus, GolferAID meets the strict guidelines established by the FDA to qualify as a truly All Natural product. From the choice of natural Blue Agave as their sweetener, to each of the target agents in the GolferAid formula, you will both taste and experience the quality of this revolutionary and effective beverage.
From $2.95 to $4.95 on average per can, it can be ordered directly from GolferAid and is also sold at many golf courses.
For specific ingredients visit www.golferaid.com