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Equipment Report
  • EQUIPMENT

    PGA Merchandise Show: Thursday roundup

  • The Cobra wedge comes with a sensor in the grip which allows golfers to log stats and data during the course of a round. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR) The Cobra wedge comes with a sensor in the grip which allows golfers to log stats and data during the course of a round. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Having already established themselves as one of the most popular steel iron shafts on the PGA TOUR, KBS is eyeing the graphite iron shaft market with a new TGI (Tour Graphite Iron) model designed after its popular Tour platform.

For the moment, TGI, which features a similar E.I. curve and mid-launch profile at KBS Tour, is offered in a parallel tip version at 50, 60, 70 and 80 grams with plans to expand to taper tip (90 and 110 grams) in the coming months.

The shaft comes in two finishes (silver and black) and retails for $50 per shaft.

 

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PuttOUT Pressure Putt Trainer

Creating a repeatable stroke with the proper pace typically increases one's chances of making putts. Realizing most golfers don't have the time to spend countless hours on the putting green, PuttOUT created the Pressure Putt trainer to make it easier to work on your game.

Made from elastomer and translucent polycarbonate, PuttOut features a parabolic return ramp that sends good putts back to the golfer and rejects those that trail off line. It's also possible to tell how far the ball would've gone past the hole — if it had missed — depending on where each successful putt stops once it has been returned, thereby improving pace.

For the better player, a micro target in the center of the ramp can be used and holds the ball in place when the correct speed and distance is achieved.

PuttOUT's Pressure Putt trainer is collapsible and weighs just 7.2 ounces for on-the-go use.

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SuperStroke Soft Wrap TC grip

SuperStroke is expanding its line of club grips that offer a tacky feel. Last year, the company unveiled a Cross Comfort grip that utilized a firm rubber inner layer for torsional performance with a tacky polyurethane outer layer that offers improved comfort.

Hoping to capitalize on the success of Cross Comfort, SuperStroke rolled out Soft Wrap TC at the PGA Merchandise Show. The new club grip is designed after the popular wrap model that's been around for years and is made with a proprietary rubber that gives it a soft, tacky feel.

The lower hand on the grip was also built up to give it the sensation of having two additional wraps.

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Cobra King Black wedge

Not every golfer likes the look of a chrome finish. Cobra seems to understand the need for options, which is partly the reason why they decided to add a black finish to the King wedge.

Made from 8620 carbon steel, the King Black has a DBM finish that was developed at one of Cobra's forging foundries. The proprietary finish has been used on Rickie Fowler's irons for the past few years and results in a dark satin look that reduces glare and takes longer to wear off.

The wedge comes with a Cobra Connect sensor in the grip for the first time. Once the sensor is paired with Arccos' app, golfers are able to log short game stats and data during the course of a round.

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Putt Breaks by GolfLogix

It's fairly common to see a player and caddie pouring over the yardage book during a round, especially on the putting green. Inside nearly every yardage book on the PGA TOUR is a highly detailed map of each green that reveals subtle differences in height and how putts will break from every conceivable angle.

Until recently, this valuable intel was only available to a select group, but with the help of apps like GolfLogix, recreational golfers can now benefit from the same green reading maps as the pros.

The data from each green is gathered using an optical scanning laser — the device is used on the PGA TOUR and was originally designed to take impressions of oil rigs and industrial areas — placed on or near the green. The unit shoots a laser beam at a rapidly spinning mirror that reflects millions of smaller beams off the mirror and onto the landscape. Those beams continuously scan the surface and reveal every break and elevation change on the green in the span of roughly 10 minutes. Close to four million data points are collected during that time.

Once the data has been collected, it's uploaded to GolfLogix and turned into a digital green reading map. From the fairway, the Putt Break app allows you to get a birds-eye view of the green — slope and direction can be seen — to determine the best spot for an approach shot. Once on the putting surface, speed, direction and breaks are visible no matter where the ball winds up.

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