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Equipment Report
  • PGA Merchandise Show: Thursday Roundup

  • Champ worked with Under Armour and Jordan Spieth to create a hybrid spike. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)Champ worked with Under Armour and Jordan Spieth to create a hybrid spike. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Not all golf spikes are created equal, especially when it comes to what's currently found on the sole of Under Armour's Spieth One shoe. Champ worked with Under Armour and Jordan Spieth to create a hybrid spike that's shaped like a disc on one side, and a normal spike on the other. 

Four hybrid spikes are positioned on each shoe to keep Spieth locked in place during the swing. By positioning the half moon portion of the spike to the outside of the shoe, Spieth is able to get a more stable base with added surface area when his feet roll through impact. Champ's Zarma Tour RST makes up the other five spikes on each shoe. 

SuperSpeed

SuperSpeed Golf

Generating Tour-level swing speed is something that can't be achieved overnight. However, with the help of SuperSpeed Golf's training aid, it's possible to pick up speed and distance with every club in the bag after working with the device for 8-10 minutes, approximately three days per week.

Used by a number of PGA TOUR players, including Billy Horschel and Webb Simpson, the system is comprised of three club-like training aids with stainless steel weights attached at the tip end. The weights range from 10 percent lighter than a driver, 20 percent lighter and 5 percent heavier. 

A training session begins by hitting golf balls with a driver, and then working through the three weighted training aids from lightest to heaviest. The session then ends with more full driver swings. 

According to Marty Evan, SuperSpeed's sales manager, golfers will start to see longterm results in 4-8 weeks. Most golfers will see 5 mph of clubhead speed with their driver, but Evans noted that it could be higher. 

"The biggest gain I've ever seen was a guy going from 113 miles per hour to 126 miles to hour and picking up 40 yards," Evans said. "That's on the extreme side, but it's possible in some cases."

SuperSpeed Golf's training clubs come in sets of three and retail for $199.

Epon-AF

Epon AF-705 irons

Epon's best-selling AF-703 is getting an upgrade. The super game-improvement iron forged by Endo, Epon's parent company, is designed for golfers who need ample forgiveness and as much distance as possible.

The latest version, called AF-705, has a similar design with more mass placed low in the head to increase launch, reduce spin and boost forgiveness. Refinements were made to the head with a thinner, better player topline that gives it a very playable look at address. The new iron also has less offset than its predecessor.

Epon's AF-705 (5-SW) is made from S20C carbon steel and retails for $325 per club.

Virtual Green

Virtual Green

With a price tag starting at $38,500, the Virtual Green isn't for everyone. But if you have the coin or a PGA TOUR card, the green has the ability to make you a better putter. Using the company's patented technology, the green can change slope and undulation to mimic any putting contour in golf. 

Underneath the green turf, that was running 12 on the Stimpmeter at the PGA Merchandise Show, are thousands of pinpoints that shift and mold the course design with the press of a button. 

It's possible to practice everything from uphill and downhill putts to slippery left-to-right breakers. In other words, if there's a putt at your local course that always gives you trouble, the green can give you an exact replica of the putt to work on at home.

Edel SLS

Edel SLS-01 irons

Bryson DeChambeau's success with a set of custom single-length Edel irons in college turned him into one of the hottest topics in equipment circles. While DeChambeau has moved on to Cobra-Puma since turning pro last season, Edel has continued to produce single-length irons that are ahead of the curve. 

The company's new SLS-01 is made from carbon steel with a five-step forging process that allows for a better grain structure and softer feel. 

The hollow head has a thinner, stronger face that delivers more distance in a compact profile. Each head is filled with a soft thermoplastic polymer insert that provides improved sound, feel and energy transfer. The polymer also allows for more weight to be positioned to the perimeter to increase the size of the sweet spot. 

All of the irons feature a progressive face design that gets thinner going from the wedges to the long irons to dial-in distance gapping. Progressive internal cavities that decrease in size as the loft increases control ball speed to help with gapping as well. 

Head weight can also be altered via an adjustable port in the back of the head. Depending on the weight that's inserted into the port — the weights range from 2-16 grams in two-gram increments — head weight can range from 262-276 grams. 

Edel also worked with Paderson to develop a shaft specifically for the single-length irons. According to Edel, the shaft "counteracts the negative effect of playing all irons the same length with a traditional shaft." 

The design produces a higher launch and more distance in the long irons transitioning to a lower launch in the scoring irons, while maintaining the same weight and feel.