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NCGA.ORG | SPRING 2019 69 6 1 Scotty Cameron by Titleist Phantom X If you're a Scotty Cameron traditionalist, this one might be a bit of a departure in the looks department, but the performance is there. Cameron calls the Phantom X line of modern mallets his most technically advanced putter to date, with streamlined head shapes, a variety of flange orientations and improved alignment cues. The Phantom X replaces the Futura line. "This product is so much faster looking, and taken to the next level, that it needed a new name," says Cameron. "It's a major leap in performance." And look. MSRP $429 | 2 Puma Ignite NXT Solelace Puma trotted out three new offerings in its Ignite spikeless footwear collection, all with distinct closure options. There's the traditional lacing style, a proprietary DISC tightening technology and SOLELACE, perhaps the brand's most innovative closure system yet. In essence, the laces are attached directly to the midsole and completely wrap around a golfer's foot, offering 360-degree support and a locked-in feel. Not only do these golf shoes have the versatility to be worn on and off the course, they've got a look that will turn some heads. MSRP $120 | 3 Sun Mountain 2Five+ Golf Bag Finding the right combination of storage, weight and durability is the eternal struggle for the perfect stand bag. Since its introduction, the Sun Mountain 2Five stand bag has been the lightest, full-featured bag on the market. Weight-saving components include carbon-fiber legs, high strength-to-weight plastics, and ultra-lightweight fabric. The new 2.5+ – available in eight different color options – has increased durability, increased comfort, and more storage while increasing weight by only three ounces. "We added the equivalent weight of two golf balls but raised durability, comfort and pocket space," said Ed Kowachek, President of Sun Mountain Sports. "We're satisfied with that trade-off and think golfers will be, too." MSRP $224.99 | 4 Callaway Epic Flash Driver While there's been buzz about the newest Callaway driver, this was the first chance for a lot of folks in the industry to see (and hit) the Flash Face Technology. The differentiator here is that Callaway's R&D team developed the club face using a super computer that cycled through 15,000 iterations of face design versus the usual eight to 10. Each time, it analyzed data to learn from each version, while taking the human influence (and conventional design application) out of the equation. It's a new approach that produces what golfers clamor for: more speed and more distance. MSRP $529.99 | 5 PING G410 Irons PING reshaped its game-improvement technology with its new G410 line, creating what might be the most forgiving iron on the market for its size. The visual appeal of the refined G410 is the byproduct of a shorter blade length and 10% less offset. There's also a more flexible, free-moving face to amplify ball speeds, resulting in greater distance and a higher ball flight. Couple that with better feel and sound, and PING delivers a winning combination. MSRP $135 per iron with steel shaft and $150 each with graphite shaft 6 The ANNIKA Collection (Cutter & Buck) How many female athletes can you name and then how many of them have started an outside business? That was the question Annika Sorenstam asked me when I sat down with her in the Cutter & Buck booth at the PGA Show. "I'm not a fashion expert and I didn't study design, but I know a lot about performance apparel," said Sorenstam, who has had her own line for 14 years now. "It's pretty unique for women's apparel to be alive so long." The 10-time major champion doesn't just put her name on the products either. She shares what she thinks is important, leans on a team for their fashion input, and then weighs in from a practicality and functionality standpoint to make sure it's authentically Annika. MSRP $50+ | 7 Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 Wedges Bridgestone was back at the PGA Show for the first time in three years and while much of the focus was on ball-fitting and its tour players like Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau and Matt Kuchar, the company also introduced its new TOUR B XW-1 line of forged wedges. What's unique is the proprietary Biting Rail Milled grooves that are designed to deliver a buttery-soft feel and enhanced spin on approach and greenside recovery shots for low-mid handicappers. MSRP $139.99 | 8 Bushnell Pro XE Laser Rangefinder Rangefinders are the most popular form of technology on the golf course today and Bushnell has gone next-level with its latest offering, the Pro XE. Previously, Bushnell's patented Slope technology delivered the most precise compensated distances. The newest model not only includes a new, more accurate Slope algorithm but now factors both temperature and altitude. The technology is called Slope with Elements and "sets a new standard" for laser rangefinders, says John DeCastro, Bushnell Golf's Global Product Director. Even at 500+ yards out, the Pro XE is accurate to within one yard. MSRP $549.99 | 7 8

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