Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 PGA Merchandise Show - Demo Day Recap (Part 2): KBS Shafts, TaylorMade, Odyssey, Callaway, and Bryson DeChambeau

Moving along now with new gear from TaylorMade, Odyssey, Callaway, and a little goofing around with Bryson DeChambeau. DeChambeau is a really enjoyable person to be around. 


And I have to remind you, I did tell you in a post prior to The Masters last year that DeChambeau would have his Tour card by the end of 2016, be ranked in the Top-50 in the World by the end of 2017, and win his first major by the end of 2018.  To put it simply, his time is coming. 

Also the first of my PGA Show giveaways starts here with a DeChambeau signed Bridgestone B330 golf ball.  Check it out on twitter.  Winner will be announced Sunday evening when I get home.As with all the pics posted in my recap, any equipment you see is equipment I hit, and will have full impressions on them all in the Demo Day final wrap-up. 

KBS Golf Shafts 
New KBS Tour Hybrid prototype shafts are engineered specifically for players seeking a shaft that will achieve optimal dispersion and the ease of swinging an iron shaft, and come in four different weight options

TaylorMade Golf 
The Spider Limited Red and Tour Black putters now feature short slant neck hosels with no sightlines just like the ones used by Jason Day and Dustin Johnson.  The Black has a firmer sound and feel than the Red. 

The chiseled lines of TaylorMade's new P750 and P770 irons. 

TaylorMade's game-improvement M1 and M2 irons feature an undercut cavity for higher launch and more forgiveness.  Reminds me of the Burner 2.0 irons, but just with everything better. 

Grabbing a bag (or two), and ready to test the M1 & M2 woods family. 

The M1 woods emphasize adjustability with 25 gram weights, while the M2 woods incorporate a variable thickness face (for the first time) for greater spring-like effect across more of the face. 

The M1 drivers feature improved adjustability, lighter titanium, and a lighter carbon crown to lower CG, increase launch, decrease spin, and improve energy transfer.  The M2 drivers feature a new sole slot that promises better ball speeds and reduced spin, especially on shots hit lower on the face. 

Odyssey Golf O-Works Putters 
Odyssey's new O-Works putter inserts could go down as one of the most significant insert breakthroughs in Odyssey history, right alongside White Hot. 

A MicroHinge surface made up of steel hinges that flex on impact creates more topspin and a smoother roll.  And the thermoplastic elastomer layer behind the hinges still deliver the benefits of an insert (more feel and more stability), but without sacrificing crisp feel or clear sound. 

The roll was truly spectacular.  And oh by the way, Phil used a murdered out version at the Ryder Cup. 

Hashtag Chad doing the dirty work. 

Callaway Golf
I hit the EPIC and EPIC Sub Zero drivers and fairway woods and will have lots more on them in my Show Wrap Up.  For now I'll just say I waited 15 minutes to hit them, would have waited 15 hours. 

Hands down, Callaway's best woods to date.  And absolutely in my top-3 best new drivers of the year.  (I even made time to come back at the end of the day to hit them a second time). 

Bryson DeChambeau: The Professor
Talked a bit with Bryson DeChambeau and he's incredibly likable.  He even gave me this ridiculously awesome hashtag I'll be using when he dazzles us throughout the year and beyond.  His time is coming.  Very soon.

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