The annual PGA Merchandise Show is the launching ground for new golf equipment, balls, accessories, apparel and more every year. With more than 1,000 vendors on the Show floor, it’s hard to cover all the latest offerings, but here are a few to watch for this spring:
Callaway: New Women’s XR16 Driver and fairway clubs – designed specifically for women to produce a faster club head speed and ball speed. The fairway clubs feature larger heads with a sole designed to move quickly through the grass. Both are designed for more spring and forgiveness.
Cleveland: While Cleveland is typically most known for their variety of wedges, they launched a new line of putters designed to help you line up correctly and avoid missed putts.
PING: New from PING for 2016 is the G Crossover club – a new club that provides the workability and control of an iron with the ball speed and forgiveness of a hybrid. The club has a higher launch for ball flight and is much more forgiving, making it a great addition to anyone’s bag.
TAYLORMADE: Due to the success of the TaylorMade M1 clubs, they have added new M2 irons to their list of latest clubs. These irons have a lower center of gravity and promote a higher ball launch, designed to help golfers get additional distance.
TITLEIST: Titleist makes enhancements to the Pro V1 golf ball line in odd-number years – so that leaves even-number years for updates to the DT, NXT and Velocity golf ball line. Titleist also launched the new Vokey SM6 wedges – with a variety of lofts to help produce shots with distance and trajectory control.
GOLF BALLS: In addition to the new updates from Titleist, look for enhanced golf balls from Bridgestone, Callaway, Nike, Volvik and Wilson. Many golf ball manufacturers make golf balls for slower swing speeds that are made to provide extra distance along with soft covers for better feel on short shots.
APPAREL: Apparel manufacturers continue to make improvements to clothing worn by golfers on the course. Look for moisture wicking fabrics, some event with sun protection capabilities for the spring 2016 line. The bright floral and tropical prints (i.e. Hawaiian prints) are making a come-back this spring as well. Bright bold colors continue to appear in almost all manufacturers spring and summer apparel lines.
SHOES: Spikeless shoes continue to be offered by more shoe manufacturers with additional design and color options. FootJoy launched the new men’s Freestyle shoe – inspired by a tree frog – to create the shoe with mobility and traction. On the women’s side, look for new shoes in the Tailored Collection, the Casual Collection and the D.N.A. (DryJoy’s Next Advancement) collection. All FootJoy shoes provide comfort, enhanced designs, waterproof capabilities and fashion styling.
As a kickoff to the PGA of America Centennial celebration for 2016, the PGA of America unveiled #ThxPGAPro, a special grassroots commemorative program, designed to pay tribute and showcase the extraordinary impact of PGA Professionals.
The #ThxPGAPro campaign shares stories from golfers – including PGA Tour professionals, amateur golfers, PGA and LPGA Professionals and junior golfers – who have shared how their PGA Professional made a difference in their golf game or in their life.
Golfers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to upload videos, photos and messages throughout the year to tell their story in support of their favorite PGA Professional at ThxPGAPro.com or via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) using #thxpgapro.