So the PGA Show recently wrapped up in Orlando, and while it’s still way too early to name anything a “best product,” there’s some Putter-focused stuff worth highlighting.
Odyssey, Scotty Cameron, and TaylorMade all hit the ground running and debuted some new putters during the PGA Show Demo Day.
Scotty Cameron’s release consisted of various blades and mallets that we’re familiar with, all sporting the standard milled faces. As for TaylorMade, they Released a few new colors and sightline variations (made popular by Dustin Johnson) for the popular Tour Spider, in addition to a few copper-colored TP Collection putters.
However, TM did release 2 more noteworthy Spider variations. First, the Spider ARC, which, thanks to a steel ring hanging off the back, has the highest MOI (i.e., forgiveness) of all the Spider variants. Second, the Spider Interactive, which incorporates Blast Motion’s putter sensor (located in the end of the grip). After pairing the sensor with Blast Motion app, golfers can get feedback on their swing technique and some drills to help improve their swing.
Finally, Odyssey released its new EXO putters: the Indianapolis, Seven, and Rossie. The idea behind the EXO’s scaffolding-like appearance is that the weight has been redistributed to outside, resulting in increased MOI. Add in Odyssey’s new White Hot Microhinge insert, and you’ve got a face that’ll promote some great feedback and a quality roll.
But arguably, the “craziest” putter released so far came from Evnroll.
Best known for their industry-exclusive milled face grooves, Evnroll released the new ER9 mallet. The brag worthy feature here is that the ER9 has an MOI value of 10,000. While 10,000 might be as well be a number in the sky, most “high MOI” putters hover around the 5,000 mark. So now that you’ve got a reference point, the ER9 basically has double the MOI of most other high MOI putters.
On the downside, you can no longer blame the putter when you miss that 3 footer.
New Putter Tech
There’s probably thousands of different golf swing aides and training devices out there, but there really isn’t much for putters. Well, two companies decided to provide consumers with some much needed technology.
Foresight Sports released an update to the GCQuad that will provide instructors with putting information that’s already available for every other club in the bag (e.g., face angle). Unfortunately, the GCQuad’s price point essentially means that it’s limited to golf instructors, club fitters, and people who’d can afford to purchase a simulator than costs as much as a smaller car.
OptiShot to the rescue. While OptiShot is best known for its very affordable simulator system, they recently released the PURE—a camera-based putting golf simulator that will capture ball distance and direction and club and face angle. Plus, you can use the OptiShot PURE indoors on a putting mat or outdoors on an actual green.
That said, the PURE is a standalone system and does not work in tandem with the OptiShot 2 and, therefore, the $625 price for a strictly-putter simulator may be a bit steep. Although, $625 is pennies when you compare it to the cost of a GCQuad (~$20,000).
And finally, Golf Logix, which every golfer has probably tried at one point in time. It was one of the original smartphone apps that not only kept score, but also provided an overhead depiction of the hole with GPS distance information.
Unfortunately, the market quickly became saturated and competitors started to move in on the action. Well, Golf Logix is looking to become the golfer’s “go-to” mobile app with its new Putt Breaks Maps.
Hi @MiccosukeeR_G faculty! We released new green mapping technology, Putt Breaks, at your course. It gives precise details like slopes, elevation, and distance to pin. Test it on iPhone->https://t.co/C21wrgZ9Sh (Android coming soon). We’d love to get your feedback! – Golflogix pic.twitter.com/zShLN1jewA
— GolfLogix GPS (@GolfLogix) December 23, 2017
Although the Putts Breaks Maps feature requires you sign-up for one of the subscription services ($5 per month or $30 per year), this extra information will provide golfers with that additional green reading insight on more than 5,000 courses.
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