PGA Show 2014: Demo Day Live Blog

Demo Day at Orange County National on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2013 in Orlando, Fla.

Demo Day at Orange County National on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2013 in Orlando, Fla.

We will be running down the latest and greatest golf equipment news from Orange County National as the 2014 Demo Day gets underway in Orlando, Fla.

Senior writers David Dusek and James Achenbach will be filing updates all day long, as well as other digital and senior staffers on the ground in central Florida. Follow Dusek on Twitter here.

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Ping nFlight Motion

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Ping nFlight Motion

ORLANDO -- Ping has teamed with SkyPro Golf, the maker of a swing analyzer and training aid that snaps onto a golf club shaft, to create a new tool called nFlight Motion that helps custom-fitters find the ideal wood and shaft combination for golfers.

After hitting three shots with a driver, fairway wood or hybrid, an App that runs on iOS devices shows the golfer's average clubhead speed, transition and impact hand lean. The App then recommends to the fitter which Ping club and shaft best matches the player's needs.

"It's kind of like bringing the iPing application to the full swing," said Marty Jertson, Ping's director of product development. The iPing is a fitting tool for putters that utilizes a smart phone that fits in a cradle on the putter shaft, then provides information that helps choose a putter.

"We studied how much a player's swing changes and we learned that a person's swing signature doesn't change all that much,” Jertson said of the nFlight. “That's why we can do the recommendation based on only three swings."

Jerston said the nFlight Motion's software package creates recommendations by matching the data it gathers from the player's swings with thousands of fittings Ping has conducted and analyzed.

"Basically, we are packaging all that computer horsepower into three swings," Jertson said.

- David Dusek

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Yes! True Alignment putters

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Yes! True Alignment putters

ORLANDO – Much of the initial reaction to the Yes! True Alignment putters has focused on the bright yellow section on the crown that makes the black alignment line stand out, but the real action on this flatstick is in the sole.

Both the Milly (a mid-size mallet) and the Donna (a heel-toe weighted blade) feature a bar that runs along the bottom of the club from the heel to the toe area. As the bar nears the toe section, it gets thicker and then curves upward slightly.

According to Justin Honea, the director of research and development at Adams Golf (the sister brand of Yes!), this True Alignment bar ensures that no matter how a player sets the club down at address, the putter's face will be square.

"It doesn't matter how you set it down," he said. 'It always balances and becomes perfectly square. So we're taking the alignment variable out of the equation on putting."

Like other Yes! putters, the Milly and Donna have grooves in the hitting area to help get the ball rolling faster. The Milly also features tungsten in the heel and toe areas to increase MOI and help the club resist twisting on off-center hits.

Both True Alignment putters will be in stores March 15 for $179.

- David Dusek

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Transition lenses

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Transitions lenses with Callaway, Oakley and Nike frames on display at the PGA Show Demo Day at Orange County National.

ORLANDO – Transitions broke into the golf scene about five years ago, producing the first - and only - photochromic lenses to darken and polarize outdoors. The lens conveniently darkens, adapting to changing light to reduce glare and help protect from damaging UV radiation.

Transitions has partnered with Callaway, Oakley and Nike to feature a line of adaptive sunglasses.

Callaway’s comes in a yellow/green tint called the “G22,” which captures bright colors on the golf course, such as the golf ball. It is easy to track a ball as it goes up in the sky, and the glasses boost depth perception.

Nike Golf has a tint called the ‘Golf Tint’ in a shade of purple. It is designed for golf performance and helps a player see the undulation of the fairway or green.

Oakley’s tint is called the “G40,” which adapts to the weather in neutral tints. It enhances contrast and increases brightness.

Callaway and Oakley allow players to get prescription lenses in the sunglasses.

Callaway is the only company – using Transitions lenses – to come in men's and women’s styles.

It depends on the frame – Flak, Flak Jacket or Half Jacket – but Transitions costs on average $180.

- Cassie Stein

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Firecracker tees

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Firecracker tees

Kiwi golf has an original-looking tee, the Firecracker, that promises to add length to tee shots while helping tighten dispersion of shots.

The tee features a tripod top, which the company said adds 4-10 yards to tee shots. Instead of the ball compressing into a tee’s wooden cup, as happens with traditional tees, the ball essentially rests on a cushion of air. The company says the Firecracker decreases launch dispersion and reduces spin.

The company also said the polymer tee is more durable than a wood tee. Firecracker tees cost $1.50 each.

– Andy Zunz

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Mantis Golf

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Mantis Golf

Mantis Golf had designed a set of putters with one vision - keeping an eye on the ball.

The putters, which are priced at $159.99 and come in mallet and blade styles, have a patented color and surface. The green putter is designed to reduce visual distractions so the putter's eyes can remain quiet.

The putter also features a non-reflective face.

- Andy Zunz

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The Putter Wheel

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The Putter Wheel

The Putter Wheel is a golf training ball that helps with line of sight, setup and stroke on the green.

Its patent-pending wheel design encourages players to correctly line up putts and hit solid strokes. If the wheel wobbles, the player knows a correct stroke wasn't made. Red lines along the side edge of the wheel teach players to get their eyes directly over the ball, too.

The MSRP information – single ball ($17.95), two-pack ($26.95) and three-pack ($39.95).

- Brentley Romine

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SKLZ Golf

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SKLZ Golf's Quickster nets

SKLZ Golf is looking to take the range to your home with its Quickster nets and Glide Pad.

The nets include targets and are designed for quick setup and tear down. The 6-foot model is $99.99, and the 8-foot model is $129.99.

The Glide Pad is a hitting surface that allows players to hit balls with the feel of real turf. The pad slides forward with the strike of a ball, giving the feel of turf movement. It is priced at $99.99.

- Andy Zunz

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Swing Caddie SC100

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The Swing Caddie system displayed at Demo Day.

The Swing Caddie SC100 by Voice Caddie is a portable launch monitor that can fit in your pocket.

A standalone device that comes with a remote, it gives players instant feedback on carry distance, swing speed, ball speed and smash factor for each club via an LCD display.

The Swing Caddie SC100 features three modes – a practice mode, target mode and random mode. The random mode gives the user different yardages to hit, and points are awarded depending on how close the shot comes to the given yardage.

The product is expected to become available for purchase next month, with an MSRP of $269.

- Brentley Romine

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Jamie Sadlowski at the Callaway Golf booth

Our Deputy Director of print content Steve Harmon stopped by the Callaway Golf booth as long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski started to put on a show. Here are a couple of videos from the experience.

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Exsite golf towels

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Exsite Golf offers a 41-inch ($25) and 29-inch ($15) size and touts the Original Tour Towel's hourglass shape as the only one that conforms to your shoulder.

Exsite Golf wants to "clean up your game" with its line of microfiber towels.

The company offers 41-inch ($25) and 29-inch ($15) models of the Original Tour Towel while touting the hourglass shape as the only one that conforms to a player’s shoulder.

The company offers four texture styles: small waffle, large waffle, pineapple and 600 weight. Each texture provides a different feel.

– Andy Zunz

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Tour Striker Golf Academy

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Tour Striker Golf Academy is displaying its training tools on the range at the PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day.

Tour Striker Golf Academy is displaying its training tools on the range at Demo Day. The company offers several tools, including Training Clubs, the Educator and Smart Ball.

The Training Clubs are designed with a small sweet spot focused near the top of the clubface. The clubs have an elevated leading edge, which encourages a forward shaft lean at impact, forcing a player to strike down on the ball. Training clubs cost $79.99 and come in various lofts.

The Educator is a training mechanism that hooks up to the bottom of a club’s grip and helps a player develop proper hand motion during the swing. It is designed to encourage a correct swing path and can be used in a short game or full swing setting. It costs $34.99.

The Smart Ball is a lightweight, inflatable swing aid that is worn between a player's arms to teach arm and body connection. It costs $34.99.

- Andy Zunz

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TaylorMade Tour Preferred Wedges

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TalyorMade released the new Tour Preferred line of irons in December, and now at PGA Show Demo Day, the company has unveiled two Tour Preferred wedges.

ORLANDO – TaylorMade released the new Tour Preferred line of irons in December, and now at PGA Show Demo Day the company unveiled two Tour Preferred wedges.

Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade's director of product creation for irons, said the standard Tour Preferred wedge was given relief in the heel and toe areas to match the sole grind the company makes for the majority of its PGA Tour players.

The updated Tour Preferred ATV wedge also has relieved heel and toe areas, as well as a scalloped area in the middle of the sole that delays the bounce from activating. TaylorMade says that allows the leading edge to get under the ball more easily from tight lies and still flow easily flow through sand.

Both wedges are made from 304-stainless steel and feature a surface roughening treatment to enhance spin. They will be available starting April 15 for $129 and come standard with KBS Tour V shafts.

- David Dusek

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FlightScope Xi

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The FlightScope Xi provides real-time information about your shot's distance, ball speed, launch angle and more.

ORLANDO – Walk the range at any PGA Tour event and you'll see pros using launch monitors not just for fitting purposes, they also monitor the quality of their shots. Flight Scope is trying to bring that experience to the masses with the launch of the FlightScope Xi, a $2,500 device that uses Doppler radar to show golfers information about their shots.

The FlightScope Xi provides real-time information about a shot's distance, ball speed, launch angle and more. Instead of using a cable to connect to a computer, the FlightScope Xi works with an App (iOS and Android), so players can view data on either a tablet or smartphone.

For more information, go to flightscope.com.

- David Dusek

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