2017 PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW STANDOUTS
The beauty of the annual PGA Merchandise Show is that every company that attends, from the biggest in golf to the smallest, gets to share the same space to show off what they have to offer. While TGW’s trip to Orlando for the 2017 Show was certainly about investigating the newest golf products that are on everyone’s radar, it was also about finding some great products that might not get the recognition they deserve. That said, here are 10 such products that especially stood out to us during our time in Orlando.
Cleveland Smart Sole Wedges
Cleveland Smart Sole Wedges: For higher-handicap golfers, hitting chip shots and bunker shots around the green can be a source of extreme anxiety. Adding to the unease those players feel can be the way most wedges are designed, as many look like the type of blade irons that are most typically created for better players. Cleveland, however, has designed its Smart Sole wedges with high-handicap players in mind, utilizing innovative sole shapes and unique lie angle to make it easier for those golfers to enjoy more success around the greens.
Bettinardi 2017 Queen B Putters
Bettinardi Queen B Putters: For nearly three decades now, Bob Bettinardi has been one of the most respected putter designers in the world. His putters have also long been a favorite among touring professionals around the world thanks in part to an innovative milling technique and their unique and exquisite style. New for 2017, Bettinardi has unveiled two new mallet designs as part of the Queen B line. If you want to make more putts, play a putter that offers tremendous feel, and show off a sense of style, these putters deserve a closer look.
GOLF BAGS & ACCESSORIES
Ogio 2017 Cirrus Stand Bag
Ogio Cirrus Stand Bag: Ogio would be first to admit that lightweight bags haven’t been its forte in the past. That, however, is going to change with the release of the new Cirrus stand bag. At just 3.2 pounds, the Cirrus is incredibly light, but where it excels is from a technology standpoint, as Fit Disc technology will automatically adjust the bag’s straps to fit any player’s body type. It will also adjust automatically based on how the bag’s weight changes when players add or remove items. And at the end of day, that makes for a more comfortable walking experience on the golf course
FootJoy Contour FLX Golf Gloves and Fit at the 2017 PGA Show
FootJoy Contour FLX Golf Gloves: Many golfers don’t understand the importance of wearing a quality golf glove when it comes to hitting the ball solidly time and again. After all, your glove is the only thing connecting your glove hand to the club when you swing. New Contour FLX golf gloves from FootJoy were designed as a complement to the highly popular Contour shoe line, with goal No. 1 being to deliver players the ultimate in comfort through the use of premium materials. If you’re looking for a new glove for the 2017 season, Contour FLX needs to be on your list.
Oakley Golf Sunglasses at the 2017 PGA Show
Oakley Prizm Sunglasses: When it comes to golf sunglasses, Oakley is arguably the most dominant force in the market, as its products have proven highly popular with Tour players and recreational golfers alike. One reason that Oakley enjoys the market share it does is the development and use of Prizm Technology in its lenses, which is giving golfers the ability to see aspects of the golf course they might not have ever seen before. That coupled with incredible comfort and a comprehensive number of frame options are why you should be considering Oakley sunglasses this year.
Bushnell Pro X2 Rangefinder at the 2017 PGA Show
Bushnell Pro X2 Rangefinder: When it comes to laser rangefinders, Bushnell has been the industry leader in golf for years. Need more evidence? How about the fact that 95 percent of players and caddies on the PGA Tour use Bushnell rangefinders to prepare for tournaments. Enough said. New for 2017 from Bushnell is the Pro X2, which is the company’s top-of-the-line offering. Its features, including Jolt and Slope technology, are almost endless, and this is an addition you can make to your bag that will help you lower your handicap.
Garmin Approach G30 GPS from the 2017 PGA Show
Garmin Approach G30 GPS: Garmin is a relative newcomer to the golf business, but its GPS devices have made a huge splash in a short period of time. The Approach G30 is a new handheld product from Garmin that is loaded with functionality in spite of its amazingly compact size. More than 40,000 courses have been preloaded to the G30. It also allows you to see a course before you play it, archive your rounds, track stats, get emails and texts, and keep score for up to four players, all while giving you every yardage you’ll need on the course.
GOLF APPAREL & SHOES
adidas Ultimate 365 pants and shorts at the 2017 PGA Show
adidas Ultimate 365 Pants/Shorts: Ultimate 365 has been a huge success for adidas, as it has ascended to the No. 1 slot in terms of market share for golf pants and shorts. Highlighting the 365 lines are an amazing number of styles and two unique fits being offered, as well as the different fabric types that are utilized. These are also products that have been designed to fit a wide variety of golfers, so you don’t have to be built like Dustin Johnson to wear Ultimate 365. Additionally, in terms of flex and mobility, these are pants and shorts that offer players incredible comfort on the course.
Greg Norman ML 75 Polo Shirts at the 2017 PGA Show
Greg Norman ML75 Microlux Polos: Greg Norman golf shirts have long been known for their incredible comfort, both in terms of the materials used and how well they’re able to keep players cool and dry even in the hottest of conditions. Arguably the most popular of the many styles of polos offered by Greg Norman Golf is the ML75 Microlux, which features incredible hand feel, a gentlemen’s fit that will suit a wide array of golfers, and a number of eye-catching styles to choose from. If you’re going to upgrade your golf wardrobe this year, these are polos that should be on your radar.
New Balance NBG1005 Minimus Golf Shoes at the 2017 PGA Golf Show
New Balance Minimus: New Balance has long been a giant when it comes to athletic shoes and in recent years has made a successful foray into the golf industry. Leading the charge for New Balance as a serious player in the golf market has been the Minimus shoe, which amazingly weighs less than eight ounces. It has been a favorite for players because of its natural last, which features a tighter fit through the heel and midfoot while being more open in the toe. And while this is a shoe that is incredibly light and offers amazing comfort, it still comes with a two-year waterproof guarantee.