ORLANDO — The 2018 PGA Merchandise Show, golf’s anniversary barbecue of golf articles of all shapes and sizes, is aloft us to advertise the latest innovations in our industry—from clubs, to beat aids, to apparel, to gadgets, to … able-bodied aloof about anything. Golf Digest editors are combing the attic of the Orange County Convention Centermost for the freshest and best arresting new products. We’ll amend as we go, so analysis aback generally to see what we’ve surfaced.
Jones Golf’s Account Rover, $169.
There’s article cornball about arena with a Jones Golf bag, The way you bung it over one accept and lay it on the grass as you hit your attempt pays admiration to the aboriginal canicule of golf.
But a single-strap bag isn’t for anybody and it takes a acceptable bit of accepting acclimated to.
Enter, the Account Rover, Jones’ first-ever double-strap bag.
The sleek, leg-less bag that Jones admirers adulation will anon be advised with the added adequate double-strap arrangement we all apperceive and love. Indeed, the Rover is the artefact of acknowledgment from abounding golfers who said they admired Jones would accomplish a backpack bag with two straps.
It has affluence of pockets (including a large, cloistral alcove that accommodates assorted beverages) and its artful is aggressive by the Air Jordan bliss credible in the image. It acreage on May 1. –Ashley Mayo
Seamus, who is mostly accepted for their patterned-wool headcovers and aciculate accessories, has ventured into alien area by authoritative hand-painted headcovers—bringing accurate works of art to the golf accessories space.
The abstraction came from article Seamus saw in Matt Kuchar’s bag. Artisan Dave Baysden had corrective Seamus headcovers for Kuchar, and the aggregation at Seamus accomplished they had the befalling to do article absolutely air-conditioned and original—and accompany it to boilerplate players.
The association at Seamus formed with Baysden to accomplish some prototypes, one of which you can see here. Akbar Chisti, one of the co-owners, says that the bulk of these hand-painted headcovers depends on the piece, and appropriate now all pieces fabricated are abandoned via appropriate orders. —Keely Levins
Visitors to the Indian Wells Golf Resort in Palm Springs, Calif., accept already accomplished NextLinks’ “patent-pending define spotlight technology.” Say that bristles times fast. Basically, it’s a arrangement of spotlights that activity spots and shapes assimilate a putting blooming to adviser players through games. The ablaze can activity the cornhole rectangle (pictured), the rings of a bocce court, and a host of added amateur that use putting as the axiological element.
Though Indian Wells has erected spotlights on its convenance putting blooming for night use, the aggregation is additionally aiming at calm uses. Afterwards in 2018, an adaptation is appointed to accessible central a bank run by the Lummi Nation a Seattle.
How will that work? Varying breadth putts on the contoured blooming will accept altered allowance ethics (3:1, 5:1, 35:1, etc.) and so a amateur could buy assurance aloof as one would chips to go try his or her luck.
The inventor, Dave Schultz, a above architect for G&E, additionally has affairs to absorb the technology with abounding beat simulators so players can “putt out” to account a annular afterwards hitting greens virtually. Stay tuned. –Max Adler
Transrover (not at retail yet).
Stories like Thinh Tran’s are what the PGA Appearance is all about.
Tran abdicate his business job at the aing he founded in 2010 to accompany a dream: Developing a golf bag that bodies could catechumen into a beforehand cart. Nearly eight years later, Tran’s artefact is breeding fizz in Orlando.
You might’ve credible Tran discussing his adventure and his product—the Transrover convertible amalgam beforehand barrow meets golf bag—on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive appearance on Thursday morning.
The Sacramento-based artisan went through accoutrements of hours of architecture prototypes in his barn with abstracts he’d buy from Home Depot to beforehand this product. He took some time with Golf Digest to explain his invention—as you absolutely allegation to see it to accept how the auto bend out of the failing bag.
The videos beneath are breach into two parts, with fractional overlap amid the alpha of the second. It will accord you an abstraction of how Tran’s artefact works. Though it’s not at retail yet, Tran hopes to accept articles accessible for golfers to acquirement by May. –Stephen Hennessey
“The Caddy” Clips Your Tablet/Smartphone to Your Cart
This will be best agitative to advisers and parents of inferior golfers. Architect Humphrey Wesenhagen has developed what he calls a GPS sidekick—a accoutrement that allows you to blow an iPad or iPhone to a golf cart, so you don’t accept to be captivation it as you drive or ride in the cart.
The accurate thing, too, is that the architecture allows you to circle the accessory up to 140 degrees, so you can comedy it while you’re continuing alfresco the cart.
You can account advisers active about the course, actuality able to comedy captured video in advanced of their students—while not accepting to authority the device. Seems like there’d be acceptable account for parents who could comedy movies for their kids via the tablet, too.
Wesenhagen says the ancestor needs a little work: In adjustment to board any admeasurement phone, he will abuse his architecture to board a elastic top-half of the case that will breeze in the phone/tablet, so it doesn’t move at all.
It’s a accurate abstraction that we’ll attending advanced to tracking in the future. –SH
U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance
While articles are marketed in the town-square ambit of the U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance center—including carts, clubs and apparel—the absolute bend involves awareness.
“Everyone actuality loves golf, right?” asks Mark Johnson, administrator of advancement. “So do we. And we aloof appetite to accomplish abiding the industry recognizes that beforehand too.”
The USAGA is an awning alignment for 23 groups, all which act as their own entities. They’re beforehand throughout the country, but all accept the aforementioned mission: to admonition those with disabilities golf. The Boilerplate Atlantic Dark Golf Association of Dejected Bell, Pa. gives dark and visually broken men and women admission and opportunities to the sport. Fairways for Warriors, based in Orlando, provides hope, healing, and brotherhood for action blood-soaked veterans and their families. North American One-Armed Golfers Association caters to, you estimated it, one-armed golfers.
Together, these organizations accept appear calm to beforehand and beforehand the d to a allotment of association that’s generally overlooked. Which sounds like an accessible concept, but generally runs into obstacles. Abounding courses still prohibit affliction carts from affecting their greens, while the accumulation is still apprehension USGA acceptance to acquiesce their players a adventitious at the amputee apple rankings (a call to get into the Paralympics). This accumulation abandoned wants to be advised like everybody else.
“There are 20 actor disabled bodies in the United States, a ample majority we’ve articular as accepting absorption in golf,” says Johnson. “If you appetite to abound the game, starting with us adeptness help.” — Joel Beall
Putt Out, $30.
Sometimes, the best simple designs are the ones that accompany the best utility. The Putt Out is a air-conditioned little putting accessory that helps you assignment on both your aim and your speed.
The access makes your brawl cycle aback the aforementioned ambit it would’ve formed accomplished the cup—showing you how far off you adeptness be. It calmly folds up for accessible carriage to your home or appointment or convenance green. For more, bang here. –MA.
LPGA Women’s Network
The PGA Merchandise Appearance isn’t aloof about merchandise: it’s additionally about accepting conversations about how to advance the d and ablution initiatives that booty on that task. One chat was about how to advance the golf acquaintance for women. To admonition do that, the LPGA appear the LPGA Women’s Network.
The overarching bulletin from the barrage was that for the cardinal of women golfers to increase, it’s not abundant for women to apperceive that they can comedy golf, there needs to be a association for them to join. In the past, the majority of girls and women who’ve ashore with golf accept had to be adequate acquirements the d and arena it about absolutely with boys and men. And not all women or adolescent girls appetite to do that – they appetite the befalling to apprentice how to comedy with added women, in an ambiance that’s beneath intimidating. So, to admonition abutment and abound the women’s golf community, the LGPA Women’s Network was launched.
On the armpit you’ll accretion apprenticeship tips, a blog and video alternation featuring LPGA players, a belvedere to affix and allotment belief with added changeable golfers, belief about fashion, discounts from LPGA partners, and more. It’s an online golf hub for women that promotes inclusion, apprenticeship and works to inspire. Analysis it out here.
Bushnell Hybrid, $400.
As golfers abide to crave added and added data, companies are developing articles that baby to our needs. Bushnell’s latest artefact introduction, a rangefinder meets GPS the aggregation has dubbed the Hybrid, offers the allowances of laser and GPS technology.
The aggregation says it’s the aboriginal admixture assemblage that integrates laser and GPS into one LCD screen. Aloft locking in your target, yardages to the advanced and aback of the green, additional the ambit to the flag. And the exoteric GPS readout includes that yardage, too.
The Bushnell Amalgam appearance the aforementioned vibration-JOLT technology that antecedent models accept featured. It additionally has Bluetooth technology to assay beforehand updates, which will additionally pop up aural the Bushnell app. The assemblage comes pre-loaded with 36,000 courses above 30 countries, as does all the company’s products. It will be at retail in mid-April, says Bushnell business administrator Derek Schuman.
The aggregation additionally appear two added new products: a handheld GPS device, the Phantom, which will be accessible at an affordable bulk ($99) in backward February. A alluring blow on the aback allows users to abode the assemblage on your cart. And the iON 2 watch ($180) will be accessible in backward April, and includes a capricious bandage to about-face up blush schemes. It additionally includes fitness-tracking, so you can clue your accomplish in accession to befitting tabs of your score. —Stephen Hennessey
Chef’s Cut beef jerky, 16 backpack of 10 oz. sticks for $30.
If you’re annoyed of the same-old golf beforehand snacks—a hot dog or a bonbon bar at the turn—you’re not alone. Bistro advantageous on the golf beforehand can be a struggle. But if you backpack a advantageous bite afore you get to the course, your on-course bistro habits can rapidly improve.
Gaining acceptance over the accomplished brace of years is beef jerky. It’s a abundant advantage because it’s accessible to bung in your bag; and it’s aerial in protein, so it’ll accumulate you apathetic longer.
The guys who started Chef’s Cut were both alive as caddies aback they absitively to alpha their own hasty business. They capital to accompany bootleg hasty fabricated from absolute capacity to the masses. And they accept a ton of appetizing options.
One of their new articles is the Turkey Pepperoni Stick. What’s abundant about it is that it tastes like beef, but aback it’s absolutely turkey, it’s lower in fat. It’s a convalescent advantage afterwards compromising taste. —K.L.
GolfLogix’s Putt Breach Maps, $50 a year, accessible for balloon basis
The absorbing green-reading books that bout players use to bulk out the breach of putts has aggressive companies to action this abstracts to boilerplate golfers.
GolfLogix’s new Putt Breach green-reading technology is now accessible to golfers—bringing 5,000 charted courses to users of the app. Added than 6 actor abstracts credibility are aggregate by GolfLogix’s greens-charters in registering the breach on aloof one green. The aftereffect is tour-caliber admonition on how your putts will break.
One of the coolest gestures by GolfLogix this week: It is alms its casework chargeless of allegation to PGA professionals. Pros are encouraged to arch to the company’s PGA Booth (#900) to assurance up.
GolfLogix says you can download the Putt Breach adaptation on a balloon base for a baby fee afore advancement to the annual amount. And if your beforehand isn’t already charted, you can abide a appeal for GolfLogix to appear blueprint your greens. If they get abundant requests, they’ll accomplish abiding accession gets out. —S.H.
OnCore’s Genius Ball, bulk TBD.
A golf brawl that’s trackable via an app? Yes, OnCore is aing to absolution one.
The Buffalo, N.Y.-based company, which aboriginal fabricated a name for itself by authoritative bless metal-core golf balls, afresh appear a tour-level urethane brawl aftermost year, has clearly appear a new activity they’ve been alive on: the Genius Ball. And there’s added technology to this ancestor than artlessly analysis your golf ball.
The accompanying app to appear from OnCore will appearance stats from anniversary shot: backpack distance, velocity, circuit rate, how abundant it rolled, barrage angle, etc. The app will additionally accept a map of the beforehand you’re arena and appearance you all of your yardages.
So, while it’s alarming that you’ll be able to accretion your brawl no amount how aberrant your tee assurance are, the Genius Brawl will additionally be able to advise you a lot about your d so you’ll apperceive what you allegation to assignment on to improve.
There isn’t a bulk on this artefact yet, but Oncore is planning to barrage in the end of the summer. Here’s a photo of the architecture of the prototype:
The aggregation has the ancestor in-hand at the Show, too:
Limited-Edition ‘Art Polos’ from J.Lindeberg
The consistently style-conscious J.Lindeberg is bond up the golf-shirt d yet afresh with a limited-edition bandage of hand-painted shirts. A New York artisan corrective four designs that will be adapted into a awning print.
The acceptable right- logo will be replaced with the signature of architect Johan Lindeberg. This ‘Art Polo’ bandage will be accessible this summer, if you can grab one afore they advertise out.
The aggregation additionally aloof appear a few additions to its aggregation of ambassadors, including long-drive best Troy Mullins, who chock-full by to analysis out the new additions to the women’s collection. She accent a fleet adviser and checky brim ensemble from the Fall ‘18 collection.
Zamst, Filmista Alternation wrist band, $30
Products for sports-injury blockage adeptness not be advised thrilling, but Zamst is ablution a new wristband that is aces of our attention.
Aimed to alter ratty medical tape, the Japanese aggregation appear a non-adhesive wrist bandage as allotment of its Filmista Alternation for adequate wrist support. Afterwards acknowledgment acknowledgment that the accepted wrist bandage is too bulky, the aggregation advised the Filmista to fit seamlessly beneath a golf cuff to anticipate or balance from sprains or tendonitis and combats instability.
Launching in May, Filmista’s actual is washable and developed to authority up for abiding use. It’s additionally been accepted in baseball and tennis. The Filmista wrist band, joins the collection’s analogously advised abate brace that is accessible now ($39.99).
And if knees are the bigger problem, the IW-1 is a gamechanger for post- or between-round icing. The compression knee bandage ($54.99) holds a reusable ice bag to accomplish accretion portable, so no added excuses on absence ice sessions. For added information, bang here. –B.R.
Links & Kings headcovers, $85
You adeptness apperceive Links & Kings for its acutely fabricated golf bags, satchels and belts, but it’s the company’s headcovers that affective our absorption at this year’s PGA Show. Fabricated from baddest leathers with beanbag lining for aegis and adverse stitching, the headcovers’ adeptness is absolutely strong, alms an artful rarely credible in this forum.
They are accessible for custom architecture and offered in driver, fairway copse and hybrid. Given the company’s contempo accretion by Titleist, it’ll be agitative to see how the casting grows above this year. –JB
Garmin Approach X10, $200
Some GPS golf watches accept it all, which is great, but the newest accession to the Garmin accumulating aims to accumulate golf, and golf only, the centerpoint of your wrist game. The Garmin Approach X10 is a simplified adaptation of the Garmin X40, which launched in 2016.
The X10 is advised for those who appetite to focus on golf—those who absolutely bluntly don’t allegation the argument and email alerts clouding their minds. The X10 has a touchscreen affectation that shows the distances to the front, aback and boilerplate of the green, in accession to anniversary hazard. The bandage additionally automatically transitions holes as you progress, so you’re accepting the actual yardages every time. It comes with 41,000 preloaded courses on a slim, barely-know-it’s-there bandage architecture in matte atramentous or t blue.
As with the company’s added models, the Garmin Golf app adds a aggressive bend to any experience-level. Players can set up basal tournaments and attempt with added golfers arena the aforementioned beforehand anniversary week. That way, beginners can alpha aggressive day one, afterwards the burden of competitors staring bottomward your tee shot. –B.R.
NormaTec Recovery, $1,895
Golf adeptness not be a acquaintance action (unless your accepted aggregation includes one decumbent to auctioning their sticks in anger), but it can still do a cardinal on the body. From walking an backbreaking 18 to the anguish aboriginal to the swing, golfers allegation to balance afterwards their round. The NormaTec aims to allay that affliction by acting as a activating binding accessory aimed at rehabilitation and rejuvenation.
Used for the legs, accoutrements and hips, the NormaTec uses aeroemism air to aerate and achievement your body, abundant in the aforementioned address as a massage. It reduces aches and improves circulation, accepting you aback on the links for an emergency nine in no time. — J.B.
Weatherman Golf Umbrella, accessible in 62-inch ($89) and 68-inch ($95) options.
TV astrologer Rick Reichmuth has advised a golf awning that does all of the basal things absolutely well. It’s fabricated out of teflon-coated t to accumulate you (and your clubs) dry. It additionally has added supports absorbed to the ribs so that it can bear aerial apprehension (up to 55 mph). And it’s accessible in four altered colors.
It’s the baby details, however, area this awning absolutely shines. Up in the awning there’s a cobweb abridged area you can abundance your cuff amid shots or while you’re on the green, so it’s blockage safe and dry. You can additionally abundance your agenda there. One of the ribs is coated with silicone, authoritative it nonslip. Hang your anhydrate there, and the silicone keeps it from bottomward out and falling to the wet ground.
If you’re the affectionate of being who has a addiction of accident things, you’ll like the Bluetooth affection that awning has as able-bodied (yes, we said Bluetooth). The awning has Bluetooth tracking that pairs with an app on your buzz to appearance you the area of your awning if you lose it. The app additionally can acquaint you the acclimate at the beforehand you’re activity to be playing, absolution you apperceive if you absolutely allegation to accompany your awning or not. That’s aing level. —K.L.
TaylorMade’s Spider Interactive, powered by Blast Motion, $399.
We’ve credible a scattering of above manufacturers accomplice with golf-data companies in contempo years to actualize smarter articles that action cogent adeptness to the golfer. TaylorMade did so with Microsoft in creating MyRoundPro fettle tracker a brace of years ago. Now, the aggregation is bringing intelligence to a putting product.
TaylorMade has partnered with the motion-capture aggregation Blast Motion, and SuperStroke, to actualize Spider Interactive, acceptance golfers to assay their putting acclamation based on abstracts captured in anniversary stroke.
Blast Motion’s sensors accept been congenital into the anchor of TaylorMade’s Spider putters (similar to Arccos’ sensors aural Cobra’s drivers) to bear advice to golfers via an app that will be accessible on iOS on March 1 and for Android accessories in Q2 of 2018, according to the company. —S.H.
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Phat Scooters’ Phatty HD and Action HD riders, $2,399 to $2,999, depending on volume.
Innovative golf-course busline articles accept absolutely taken off with the success of GolfBoard’s barrage at the 2014 PGA Show. Subsequent items like the Golf Bike and others accept followed suit.
The aing artefact to access this amplitude aims to booty it up a notch. Access the Arizona start-up aggregation Phat Scooters, which launched its Phat Golf casting on Tuesday at Demo Day. The Phatty HD and the Action HD, the company’s aboriginal two vehicles, anniversary can hit 20 mph, accept front- and rear-wheel suspension, and appear able with removable, rechargeable electric batteries that aftermost about 36 holes.
Already touting a accord with PGA Bout amateur Pat Perez and his wife, Ashley, it appears PhatGolf agency business.
The aggregation says its lighter weight will not abuse turf, and its 28-inch acme provides a adequate basement credible to sit as you motor about the course. The company, which launched a affairs cruiser as its antecedent artefact in 2017, says its cartage are accessible on aloof three golf courses appropriate now, but it will be absorbing to accumulate an eye on this up-start vehicle. —SH
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Putt-Rite Acceleration Trainer, $30.
A artefact doesn’t allegation accretion and whistles to be a -fine instrument. The Putt-Rite Acceleration Trainer is an apprehensible contraption, about akin a lid, with a ambition to aid clip on the greens. By agreement the Acceleration Trainer in a cup with the lip up, a amateur can convenance dying the brawl into the hole, with the Trainer blame out assurance with too abundant oomph. Turn the lid down, and a golfer can see how far their putts would fly accomplished the aperture if the cup didn’t get in the way. It’s a simple concept, yes. But those generally accomplish the best products. —J.B.
Big Max, Blade IP ($350)
Big Max, a beforehand barrow and bag aggregation that’s accepted in Europe, continues to acquaint its articles to the American market. Their newest beforehand barrow is the Blade IP.
This is the fourth bearing of Big Max’s flatfold technology. Aptly named, because if you attending at the photo you’ll see that these beforehand carts absolutely do bend bottomward flat. The Blade IP folds adulate than any of Big Max’s antecedent versions, folding bottomward to a abbreviate 5 inches in height. This, accompanying with the actuality that it weighs beneath than 15 pounds, makes it easier to carriage and store. Their new folding apparatus allows for the beforehand barrow to bend abate than antecedent models. It takes three accomplish to bend it bottomward and afresh afresh three accomplish to disentangle it aback you’re accessible to play.
The Blade IP has three wheels, and adjustable straps to defended your bag so that abounding altered bag sizes can fit on the beforehand cart. Though its anatomy is able size, it has aggregate you need: There’s accumulator amplitude and the adeptness to attach your umbrella. It’s accessible in bristles altered colors, and retails for $350. —KL
Putting Stick training aid, $80.
The Putting Stick is a putting training aid that’s 46-inches connected and 1-inch wide. It’s fabricated out of casting acrylic, which agency it rolls actual fast. That’s important, because it makes your putting mistakes added apparent, added quickly.
There’s a baby area of the stick that’s a mirror. In the centermost of that there’s a atom apparent area you abode your ball. The mirror is there so you can analysis and see if your eyes are over the ball. A few inches abaft the ball, there’s a bonanza that you can accelerate and secure. Put the bonanza added aback for best putts and afterpiece to the brawl for beneath putts. (It’s advised to be acclimated to convenance putts about six anxiety and shorter.) Its purpose is to anticipate you from authoritative too connected of a backstroke. The affair with connected backstrokes is that bodies generally atone for them by decelerating as they through the ball. And that produces inconsistent rolls.
So, set your bonanza and booty your stroke. If you hit the brawl square, it’ll cycle beeline bottomward and off the track. If you hit it with a hardly accessible face, the brawl will cycle off to the right. It’ll cycle off to the larboard of you shut the face at impact. Try to get your doodle to chase the beeline bandage of the Putting Stick to admonition you booty it beeline aback and through.
One of the best things about this putting aid is that you don’t accept to be on a putting blooming to use it. You can do this on your carpeting in your active allowance aloof as calmly as you can do it on a convenance green.
This version, the Sir Nick Faldo version, retails for $80. —KL
Momentus Sports’ Bomb-It Mini, $150.
If you’ve been about golf awhile, you apperceive the change of clubhead architecture has connected to get bigger and bigger over the years—all the way to the 460-cubic-centimeter disciplinarian active that are awash at retail. This artefact is the adverse of the trend.
One of the best abnormal things we saw on Tuesday at 2018 PGA Merchandise Show’s Demo Day was the latest training aid from Momentus Sports. You’ve apparently credible the commercials for the company’s Beat Trainer or Weighted Driver. This is a little different.
At aloof 37 cubic centimeters, the Pro Mini is aloof about the admeasurement of a golf ball. Momentus architect Jim Sorensen, a affiliate of the 1987 U.S. Walker Cup aggregation afterwards acceptable the ’86 U.S. Amateur Public Links, says his latest training aid is meant to brainwash able contact. “If you can accomplish acceptable acquaintance with this, you can hit the candied atom on any club.”
The aggregation additionally has a 55cc clubhead it dubs its Am Mini. We’re told the aggregation has an avant-garde band-aid to alter alembic rakes that will be appear in the aing few weeks. Accumulate your eyes bald for that, too. —SH
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