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Live from Day One at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show

Bobby Jones is making adjustable putters

The Bobby Jones putter line has been in the hands of PGA Tour players for a while, but they've now made it available to all of us amateur players. The line is completely made in the USA, which is something that is becoming less and less common. They're bringing adjustability to putters by making the hosel and shaft interchangeable. There are over 20 different hosels. The best way to make sure you're using the right one is to go to a fitter. The hosel, shaft and grip are one piece that detach from the head via a screw. You can also change the lie and face angles. The putters start at $699, and if you want to replace your hosel and shaft, each costs $150. 


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A golf simulator good enough for an Olympic team 

Simulators are a growing part of the game, we're seeing them everywhere from people's basements to bars. But they're not just for recreational use. The Korean Olympic team is using this model, Golfzon's GDR (Golfzon Driving Range), in their practice sessions. It shows you all the stats you need like distance, ball speed and spin, and gives you the option of either hitting on the range, practicing short game, or playing a few holes. My favorite feature was in the putting section - You can change the position of the ball to putt uphill, downhill, or side-hill. And you can change the speed of the green anywhere form 9 to 12 on the stimp meter. 


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A golf tournament prize straight out of the WWE

Conventional trophies are an obvious prize for club championship and member-guest tournaments, but we spotted a pretty cool alternative from a company called Winner's Awards Group. The Coconut Creek, Fla.-based group makes "championship belts" -- a la professional boxing and wrestling. The belts are pretty substantial as they're made with gold-plated brass plates that can be customized club/course logos.

loop-belts-450.jpgNick Chiera, the company CEO, said he started making them about four years ago but has seen an increase in demand within the last 12 months. He has expanded the line to include silver "mini belts" as runner-up prizes for this year and is also making belts for non-golf events, such as prizes for fantasy football leagues.


Chiera says that the championship belts, which cost between $250 and $300, are popular for lower-profile events at many golf clubs, the award become a unique offering that helps distinguish the tournament from others on a club calendar. Some clubs also use it to create a year-long tournament, with the belt being passed to different players based on weekly challenge matches.

"It's big with team events too, with the victorious team winning or retaining the belt," Chiera said. "It's just meant to be fun."

There's history to it too: the before the claret jug, the R&A used to give a belt to the winner of the British Open.

-- R.H.

Watching Scotty Cameron's cult listen to its leader

Scotty Cameron was in the Titleist booth, talking to customers about what goes into building his popular custom-made putters, headcovers and other unique trinkets. The way you could tell? Well the horde of people eavesdropping on the conversation was an obvious give away. But what showed the unusual passion of Cameron fans was the number of people with their cell phones out, either taking pictures or even video of the man himself.

loop-scotty-cameron-cult-560.jpg"I'm part of the cult, I'll admit it," said Steve Bocci, a PGA of America professional who despite his willingness to "admit it" then asked to keep the name of the club he works at under wraps. "When I heard he was going to be in the booth, I had to see him in person."

Also watching and waiting for Cameron was Lucy Anderson, a 17-year-old junior golfer from the Tampa area who had a putter cover she was hoping to get signed. "All my friends want these headcovers," Anderson said, standing near a display of them. "If they knew I was here, they'd be way jealous."

The cult has spoken.

-- R.H.

Ben Hogan's prototype clubs

On display at the Ben Hogan booth (who is reemerging force in the golf club/equipment space) are a handful of prototype clubs that he used to tinker around with. Pretty cool.



Bridgestone officially unveils J815 driver

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It used to be that the PGA Merchandise Show was the place for clubs and balls to be introduced. Now, it’s the rare major equipment company that unveils a club that the public—or at least the media—hasn’t heard much about. Such is the case with Bridgestone’s J815 driver. The club, which builds off the flexible crown and power mill face technology of the recently introduced J715, features a new “Power Rib” sole, which Josh Kinchen, Bridgestone’s marketing manager for golf clubs, says allows the crown to flex more.

“Firming up the sole with the Power Rib structure gives the crown something to grip onto and flex,” says Kinchen. “We used simulator technology from Bridgestone’s tire division to prove the theory.” The additional crown flex, according to Kinchen, provides a driver that launches higher, with the additional benefit of more draw bias as weight has been shifted more toward the heel.

Another change from the J715 is that the ribs on the crown that provide an “accordion effect” are visible on the J815 whereas they were hidden on the J715.

The driver ($399) will be available at retail on April 1 in right-hand only with lofts of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees. 

-- E.M.J.

Partaayyy at Golf Digest

After Golf Digest's presentation about all the good things happening in the golf industry, of which there are many, a few high-profile guests stopped by. From left to right: Trick shot artists and pro golfers George and Wesley Bryan; Golf Digest Audience Engagement Editor Ashley Mayo; Instructor Butch Harmon; pro golfer and Golf Digest Playing Editor Jordan Spieth; Golf Digest President Pete Hunsinger; Golf Digest Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde.


Golf Pride alters its magic formula 

A grip might not seem like the sexiest of golf equipment - - especially at a gathering such as the PGA Merchandise Show. Fact is, however, that it is the only piece of equipment your hands touch on every shot. For a market leader such as Golf Pride, that means any change to one of its flagship grips is carefully considered.


“We don’t change one spec of powder or anything in the formulation without it being thoroughly thought through,” says Bruce Miller, Sales & Marketing Analyst for Golf Pride. “There is a secret sauce for grips."

Golf Pride’s New Decade Multicompound grip has been a favorite of amateurs and tour players for a number of years but now the grip has undergone a significant change. The new MCC Plus 4 now features a reduced taper where the lower portion of the grip is larger. 

“All our grips on tour were standard,” says Miller. “But tour players were routinely building up the lower portion of the grip. Some 70 percent of players were doing some form of building up using tape. We found the reason was that it helped them not grip the club so tight. So we set out to increase the size of the grip in that area, with the area 4.5 inches to 7 inches down from the butt being the key area.”

Miller also noted the grip has a slightly softer feel, the result of making a modest tweak to the formula. 

-- E. Michael Johnson

Champ predicted the Super Bowl 

Champ has a new camo pattern for their putter grips, and they only relased them in two colors: red white and blue, and navy green and white. Yep - the colors of the Patriots and the Seahawks, respectively. Champ also has a new line of spikes, the Slim-Lok, that fit every type of shoe except Q-lock and metal spikes. They're working towards standardizing spikes by making it so their spikes fit over 70% of golf shoes. That's probably the more newsworthy story here, but come on. They predicted the Super Bowl!  


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Your own personal protracer

Everybody loves protracer, and now Ernest Sports is trying to bring it to the masses. Ernest Sports makes a number of portable launch monitors, and its newest edition -- the ES14 retails for $595.99 -- is trying to become the 'trackman for the everyman.' It's pretty easy to use: you just charge it up, place it about a food from your ball and turn it on. When you sync it with your phone, it'll give you all the stats a regular launch monitor will give plus a real-time graphic of your projected ball flight.


A grip that mimics the effects of putting tape between your shaft and grip 

You're probably heard stories about the multiple layers of tape tour players put under their grips - Bubba is especially famous for this, rumored to be in the 9-10 layer range. Golf Pride looked at the benefits that this layering could have for the rest of us non-tour players. What they found was that most amateurs grip the club too tightly. So, they decided to built up the lower portion of their new grip, the MCC-4, to replicate the effect of having four layers of tape underneath it. The result: you don't hold on to your club as firmly with your right hand, which reduces tension.   The grip will be available March 15 in three colors, and retails at $9.59. 

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If you want to look like a Lamborghini on the course, you're in luck

Lamborghini is treating its new line of apparel, equipment and accessories as if it were its first, redesigned in the image of its cars after feeling its previous products were too low-end. It's all leather bag -- designed to tote your shoes and clothes to and from the golf course locker room, runs for $205, while its headcovers run anywhere between $38 to $49. Its clothes don't come much cheaper -- a Lamborghini hat is $37.50 while its polo shirts each hover around $200. They may not come at a bargain price, but with a brand like Lamborghini, that's kind of the point.


Prototype Callaway wedge has Mickelson's blessing

Only at the PGA Show can you see products unveiled that won't be available until May. One such "soft launch" came this morning from Callaway, which introduced its Mack Daddy PM Grind wedge.
The wedge, which features a very high toe, was used in its prototype stage by Phil Mickelson at last year's PGA Championship. The club has evolved since then as Lefty offered input on improvements.
loop-mack-daddy-callaway-lefty-560.jpgThe somewhat unique shape allows for aggressiveness on short game as it provides more surface area on the face, grooves that go all the way across the face, and a high toe that moves weight higher. The additional versatility provided by the extra surface area allows golfers to accelerate through the ball on shots around the green.

-- E. Michael Johnson

Brooke Pancake serves up an order of ... waffles?

A little breakfast to kick off the PGA Merchandise Show seems only appropriate, and who better to serve show attendees than Brooke Pancake. The LPGA Tour pro and former University of Alabama All-American was in the booth of her apparel partner, Chase 54, offering up grub to passersby.

loop-brooke-pancake-show-560.jpgThe choice of food, however, was different than you might expect. Pancake recently signed a endorsement deal with Waffle House -- a surprise given International House of Pancakes seemed to be favorite for her services in the breakfast-food category -- and she had samples of their waffles to give out.

"This will be the first time that the Waffle Nation will be cheering for a Pancake," president and CEO Walt Ehmer said in a release.

-- Ryan Herrington

Golf Digest's home for the week

Hello again! Day one from the PGA Merchandise Show floor starts today, so I'm about to go roam the property. But before I do that I wanted to send along a few snaps of Golf Digest's home for the week. At noon our own Ashley Mayo and Max Adler will be giving a presentation on all the good things that are happening in golf. We'll be live-tweeting it from our @GolfDigest handle, so you can follow along there if you're interested.

- Luke Kerr-Dineen

Hello and welcome to's stream of live updates from the 2015 PGA Merchandise show. We'll have our team of editors roaming the property hunting for things to catch their eye. Think of it as your own kind of private Twitter stream, except with less animals. Stay tuned for regular updates, and if you want to check out our stream from Tuesday, head over here. ... Read

Srixon's tour balls get a new skin

If there is a developing theme in golf ball technology over the last few years, it can be summarized in just one word: softer. The latest example is the release by Srixon of the next generation of its tour-level balls, the Z-Star and Z-Star XV.

The multilayer, urethane-covered entries feature efforts to make both the inside and outside softer to produce both better launch conditions with the driver and more spin control with the wedges. The new core formulation on the Z-Star continues the company’s long-established idea of “energetic gradient growth” core, which refers to the varying levels of softness within the core. The new Z-Star further increases the difference between the softness of the the inner part of the core with the relative firmness of the outer regions of the core to better promote higher launch and low spin. The new Z-Star features a softer center and a firmer outer region compared to its predecessor. This idea also is incorporated in the new Z-Star XV, which maintains the center’s softness from its predecessor but adds greater firmness to the ball’s thin ionomer mid-layer, for further reduced spin. 


The soft theme continues with an update of Srixon’s urethane cover and coating, called “Spin Skin.” According to the company, the coating is 25 percent softer than its predecessor to increase contact with the grooves on a wedge shot through greater deformation of the ball within the groove at impact. The softer coating leads to a cover that increases frictional force by 18 percent over the preceding versions.

The new balls an updated 324-dimple pattern for a slightly flatter flight than the previous models. The dimples are more uniform in size for lower aerodynamic resistance.

The new balls are currently being tested and played by Srixon staff players, including Keegan Bradley, Graeme McDowell and Hideki Matsuyama. They will be available at retail next month ($45).
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Winner's bag: What Jimmy Walker used to win the Sony Open

Scotty Cameron has a loyal -- some might say almost cult-like -- following, which has led many that use Cameron putters to hold onto them well after they have been banished from the bag. Jimmy Walker is one of those folks. In October Walker sent his 11-year-old Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter to the Scotty Cameron Custom Shop to be refurbished.


Walker had good memories with the club as he won twice with and topped the Nationwide Tour money list in 2004. In addition to a little sprucing up, Walker also had tungsten added to the sole to get the feel Walker desired. The putter was in in Walker's bag at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and stayed in for the Sony Open in Hawaii, which he won. "I got it back last month and put it back in the bag as soon as I saw it," said Walker.


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 915D2 (Aldila Rogue Tour X), 9.5 degrees
3-Wood: Titleist 915F, 15 degrees
5-Wood: Titleist 915F, 18 degrees
Irons (3): Titleist 712U; (4-9): Titleist MB 714; (PW): Titleist Vokey SM4
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 (54, 60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport2 GSS

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New Puma shoe wants you to be as cool as an astronaut

If you think docking with the International Space Station is tough, how’s your stress level hitting a 40-yard bunker shot out of a plugged lie on a desert golf course at high noon? That’s enough to raise your personal heat index a degree or two.

Cooling things down, specifically in your feet, is part of the focus of the latest shoe from Puma. The new TitanTour employs Outlast, a technology originally developed by NASA to regulate the temperature of space suits. Outlast, part of the sockliner’s top cloth, uses phase-changing materials that essentially absorb heat from the immediately surrounding environment, or in this case, the inside of your shoe.

“TitanTour provides even greater comfort for the golfer by proactively regulating heat and reacting to changes in conditions and foot temperature,” said Puma Golf Head of Footwear Grant Knudson.

Beyond the ability to keep your feet cool, the TitanTour also wants to keep your feet stable. Toward that end, there’s a thin, thermoplastic urethane outsole frame atop a cushioned EVA midsole. In addition, the TitanTour uses TPU surrounding the heel to support the back of the foot and the inside of the shoe features memory foam to enhance fit. 

TitanTour ($220) comes in seven color options and is due in golf retailers starting Feb. 1. 
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Callaway's "X" line gets its broadest launch with XR's nine new products

xr-driver-sole-b.jpgCallaway’s “X” family of products goes back to the late 1990s and the introduction of the X-12 irons 17 years ago. Back then, the story was the revolutionary thinned out cavity construction and extreme low center of gravity on the cavity back oversized iron. Big news that almost immediately set sales records for the company.

But there may never have been a broader range of new technologies in the history of the X family than there is this year.

Callaway today announced nine new products under the new XR moniker, including two drivers, three fairway woods, two hybrids and two irons. The theme consistently across each category seems to be speed. Whether it’s the lighter face in the XR drivers or the metalwood-like face cup on the traditionally-shaped, cavity XR irons, Callaway’s engineers are chasing new ways for golfers to produce both more ballspeed and, in some cases, more clubhead speed. 

But the breadth of offerings (at least two styles in the driver, fairway wood, hybrid and iron offerings) also seems focused on helping individual golfers better dial in the size and shape of head that’s going to produce the best results for them.

Evan Gibbs, Callaway's senior manager of product performance in metalwoods, was referring to the new XR fairway woods, but his summary could easily apply to the whole XR family: “We tried to understand where golfers use these clubs, how they use them and how to most effectively design a club for that situation.”

All clubs in the XR line are expected to begin to be available in shops by Feb. 20.

XR/XR Pro drivers
The natural question with Callaway introducing its fourth and fifth drivers since August is how could it be any better. But Callaway is not shy about making its case with the new XR and XR Pro drivers ($350/$400). First, there’s a move toward improved aerodynamics. The XR features a pair of distinct speed steps at the front part of the crown designed to reduce drag. It also helps boost swing speed potential through a lighter overall weight (just TK grams on the XR model). According to Gibbs, the lighter weight features draw bias to help average golfers square the face and fight a slice. 

Second, the face on the XR is 10 percent lighter, and the center of gravity (CG) is 17 percent lower than last year’s X2 Hot. Similar to this fall’s Big Bertha Alpha 815 drivers, it utilizes a ribbed structure toward the front of the crown and sole to help increase the area of the face that yields the fastest ball speeds. Third, the XR Pro uses a forged composite crown to produce the lowest CG of any Callaway driver ever. 

“The advantage of having forged composite is you can create very aerodynamic shapes, which typically means the crown apex is higher and further aft, without paying a cg penalty,” Gibbs says. “You have such a lightweight material that you can pull the crown up and shape it to be aerodynamically efficient without the cg going too high.”

Each of the four lofts in the standard model (9, 10.5, 12 and 13HT) and two in the Pro (9, 10.5) include Callaway’s eight-way adjustable loft hosel. The hosel allows the user to reduce loft by one degree or increase it by one or two degrees and then also independently alter lie angle. One further benefit of the XR driver is its lighter weight. 

XR/XR Pro fairway woods, hybrids
The distinct shape differences in both the XR fairway wood and hybrid lines grew from how players of different ability levels use the clubs. The fairway wood line includes three varieties (standard, Pro and 3Deep) and the range accommodates 10 lofts, including the only stock 11-wood from a major manufacturer ($230 for the XR, $240 for the XR Pro and XR 3Deep). 

“The standard XR was designed with an emphasis put on performance and utility from the fairway,” Gibbs said. “The Pro version was designed with more of an equal usage from the tee and fairway in mind. And the Deep version was designed with an emphasis of performance off the tee.” 

The club’s primary technology is a redesigned cupface that’s thinner and lighter to help boost ballspeeds and lower the CG. The internal weighting updates the wave-like feature toward the front of the sole, pushing more weight forward while still freeing up the area low on the face. This helps to reduce spin and improve ballspeeds for shots hit low on the face. 

The XR and XR Pro hybrids offer similar differences to the fairway woods in size and shape (the Pro is decidedly more compact to appeal to better players), and the cupface and low CG design have been updated. Gibbs says the CG on the XR is 46 percent lower than the X2 Hot, while the CG on the XR Pro is the lowest ever for a Callaway hybrid. 

XR/XR Pro irons
The problem with creating irons with face structures that attempt to flex like drivers is that they end up looking and feeling more like drivers than irons. That means hollow construction irons that often are oversized and excessively wide-soled. 

Callaway’s effort with the XR iron line is to incorporate the flexibility in the face produced by its cup face design but wrap the technology in a more traditional, cavity-back iron shape. Both the XR and XR Pro feature a two-piece construction where the face cup wraps over the entire perimeter of the face and is fused to the sole and back of the iron. This allows for more control of how thin the face can be made to improve rebound across a greater area.

“The benefits of the 360 face cup that we see in an iron are very similar to what we see in a fairway wood or a hybrid,” said Luke Williams, senior director of  product strategy in fitting and irons. 

Within the cavity is an internal wave-like structure that improves performance on low-face impacts and lowers the center of gravity. The XR ($800) features more offset, while the XR Pro ($900) uses a thinner top line and narrower sole.
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Winner's bag: What Patrick Reed used to win at Kapalua

blog-patrick-reed-bag-0113.jpgPatrick Reed's comeback win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions was completed in part due to a hole-out for eagle from 88 yards on the 16th hole on Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course. That shot was struck with Reed's 56-degree Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind wedge (with 11 degrees bounce) and Reed used that and his other wedges to rank second for the week in scrambling at 85.7 percent.


Related: 15 things to be excited about in golf in 2015

Reed's wedges, however, were not the only notable clubs in his bag. Reed was using Callaway's Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond driver for the first time in an official event and use the club to rank fourth in driving distance for the week. The 8.5-degree driver (which is designed to produce low spin), measures just 44.5 inches in length and the adjustable hosel was set to produce a draw bias.

Ball: Callaway Speed Regime 3
Driver: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond (Fujikura Fuel 75x), 8.5 degrees
3-wood: Callaway X2 Hot Pro, 13.5 degrees
Irons (3-4): Callaway X Forged '13; (5-PW): Callaway MB 1
Wedges: Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3 

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Ping boosts G30's long game, adds new short-game clubs, too

PING_Cadence_Anser2.jpgAnser2_Heavy.jpgPing enjoyed plenty of success on the professional tours and in the marketplace with long game clubs like the G30 driver this fall, but it's starting the new year off with a focus on where golfers spend the majority of their strokes: the short game. While there will be a line extension to the G30 driver family with the new G30 LS Tec, it's the Glide wedges and Cadence TR putters that are the big splash.

Glide wedges
The groove rollback’s greatest effect may have been in inspiring equipment companies to rethink every possibility when it comes to generating more spin. The latest example might be Ping’s new Glide wedges, which feature a new chrome-plated finish to improve spin potential. According to Ping engineers, the finish increases the metal’s hydrophobicity, or a substance’s tendency to repel water. A more hydrophobic wedge face is going to provide cleaner contact in wetter conditions like the rough and dew-covered fairways, and the Glide’s chrome-plated finish tests out as more hydrophobic than the dark blast finish of last year’s Tour wedges. The Glide ($130, 13 lofts, three sole options) also matches groove edges and angles to each loft to improve full-shot spin on the lower lofts and chip and pitch shot spin on the higher lofts. The new Dylawedge grip is three-quarters of an inch longer to make it easier for players to comfortably choke down on the grip on partial shots.

On the PGA Tour, Bubba Waston, Hunter Mahan and Billy Horschel have put the Glide wedges in their bags.

Cadence TR putters
With the growing enthusiasm for counterbalanced putters, it’s becoming clear that weight is a solution for balky strokes. But while the extreme weight of a counterbalanced putter may help the shakiest of moves, Ping is suggesting that finding the right weight is a real key in putter fitting for all strokes. 

To that end, it’s rolling out the new Cadence TR line of putters, which give golfers the choice of two standard head weights. Ping engineers have studied data from thousands of putting strokes submitted through its iPing putting app and determined that there are two main stroke tempos. Quicker tempos benefit from a standard to lighter head weight, while slower moves produce better results with a heavier head weight. 

Each of seven models in the Cadence TR line feature two heads (there’s also an eighth model that’s counterbalanced). The standard weight models (340-355 grams) generally feature an aluminum insert, while the heavier heads (365-388 grams) use steel inserts for a 25-33-gram difference in the two heads. 

Each also features a revised version of Ping’s TR groove pattern on the face. The new faces feature not only variable depth grooves as previously, but now add variable width to improve initial ballspeed compared to the Scottsdale TR groove. The putters are available for pre-order this week and will be in stores next month, starting at around $170. Already Mahan (Anser 2) and Angel Cabrera (the counterbalanced Anser 2 CB) have put the putters in play at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

G30 LS Tec
The new G30 driver, the LS Tec ($350), is aimed at higher-speed players looking for an even lower-spinning option. 

The driver features the same turbulator crown elements to improve aerodynamic efficiency, as well as a similar emphasis on high moment of inertia for stability on off-center hits. 

Ping engineers say the LS Tec's center of gravity is slightly forward of the standard G30 to produce less spin. It will be offered in 9- and 10.5-degree lofts, each with an adjustable hosel that can tweak loft by plus/minus 1 degree.

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A belt that self-adjusts to your waistline

LAS VEGAS -- Sometimes, a belt gets in the way. It becomes too tight when we sit down in our carts and when we bend down to grab the ball from the hole, and it gets too loose when we reach up into trees as we feebly hope to find our balls. That's where Emiota's Belty might help.
It's a pretty terrible-looking belt, but it is, without a doubt, among the most intriguing pieces of wearable technology to come out of CES. The belt has built-in motors that automatically loosen and tighten as you sit down or stand up. It also wirelessly syncs to an app that monitors your waistline and the number of steps you take throughout the day, essentially shaming you to KEEP MOVING.

It's expected to launch at the end of the year, and its price hasn't yet been announced.

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This camera will capture every moment of your golf swing

LAS VEGAS -- The easiest thing to do if you want to snap a photo on the golf course is grab your phone. And there's no doubt that cameras on smartphones these days have incredible capabilities. But if you want the highest-resolution, highest-quality image, don't give up on digital SLRs. 
Nikon's AW1 ($750), which is on display this week at CES, comes with all the bells and whistles of today's best DSLRs (it's WiFi enabled, it captures full HD video and shoots images at 60 frames per second), but two of its features really stand out from a golfer's point of view: First, it's waterproof and shockproof (oh, you submerged it under 49 feet of water? NO PROBLEM.); second, its "slow view" feature allows you to capture, say, an entire golf swing, then slow down the clip to select a perfectly timed shot. Gone are the days when you fall short of snapping a perfect photo because you pressed the shutter either too prematurely or too late.

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The best massage you'll ever give yourself

LAS VEGAS -- Golf Digest writers and editors have written about foam rollers for years. We've said that they help "soothe tight muscles" and "alleviate pain associated with common golf ailments," and we've even outlined four ways you can use foam rollers to ensure you get help where you need it most. But Brookstone has given us more reason to love them. 

The BodyForm Foam Roller ($60), which is on display at CES this week, vibrates. That's right, it VIBRATES. The mastermind behind this simple-yet-genius innovation? Dolvett Quince, the lead trainer on NBC's "The Biggest Loser." Quince says that the foam roller's 3-speed vibration helps your muscles relax so that the roller's bumps and ridges can offer a deeper tissue massage. He and Brookstone just took traditional foam roller therapy to an entirely new level.
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