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PING G400 IRONS T hese new irons are contenders for the title of hottest irons in golf. They are rocketships, providing superb d istance because of faces that flex like a trampoline. As if that weren't enough, Ping also offers a G400 Power S pec version with stronger lofts and decreased spin. MSRP $875 (7 irons, steel shaft), $962.50 (7 irons, g raphite shaft) | E Q U I P M E N T F O R U M hen I first attended the PGA Merchandise Show in 1971, it was held outdoors in a park- ing lot. The site was PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Today, almost 50 years later, the PGA Show is held in the massive Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. For those who are bullish on golf, there is nothing more captivating than this blockbuster event. Companies with even the slightest connection to golf are here. The total number of exhibitors exceeded 1,100 in 2018. Talk about the proverbial kid in a candy store. I've poked my head into hundreds of exhibition booths and taken many items for a test drive so you don't have to. Here's an assortment of the best products I found that might make a difference in your game. NANCY LOPEZ APPAREL The apparel line from Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez is achieving new heights in both the U.S. and Canada. "Everybody loves Nancy," said Gary Pollock, vice president of sales for Canada-based Tournament Sports. "Her apparel is amazingly popular." And stylish, too. MSRP $69.95 short sleeve, $74.95 plus size | A Kid in a Candy Store COBRA F-MAX SINGLE- LENGTH IRONS Under Cobra's single-length banner, every iron is exactly the same length as a 7-iron. This is intended to promote consistency and repeatability among all irons. The F-Max is earmarked for both men and women with moderate swing speeds. MSRP $699 for seven graphite- shafted irons | 58 SPRING 2018 | NCGA.ORG BY JIM ACHENBACH That's how our equipment insider describes his annual trip to the PGA Merchandise Show . Here's a look at all the goodies he found for your game. W

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