The 2016 PGA Show
In part 1 of our Best New Products of the 63rd PGA Merchandise Show, we presented our picks for the best Clubs, Golf Balls and Tech/GPS items. In Part 2 we’ll give you our take on latest golf footwear, apparel, eyewear, and accessories.
Puma’s new Ignite golf shoes launched in December, retaining some of the style and technology from of the previous TitanTour, but with some serious upgrades. The TitanTour Ignite premium has a new platform, and along with the infusion of Ignite foam, the new treads are built for extreme comfort and all day play. The upper features full grain aniline leather and pigskin lining.
Puma’s premium model is for the golfer who wants a more sophisticated style, and comes in 3 colors, brown, gray, and white. This was probably the shoe I most desired at the show (everyone knows you can never have enough stylish/comfortable golf shoes). Shoe Maestro Grant Knudson who creates all of these innovative golf shoes for Puma, described the demo-graphic for this shoe as: “for the progressive tradionalist”. Couldn’t agree more, sign me up for an 11.5 med width.
The TitanTour Ignite gives the consumer more of what they expect from Puma – sporty with bright colorways. All Ignite golf shoes feature a sleeker more rounded toe down look, but actually have a slightly wider last in the forefoot. Rickie’s Ignite high top will be a limited edition run in 2016. PWRCOOL technology by Outlast, increases ventilation to keep you playing at an optimum temperature. http://us.puma.com/en_US/men/shoes/golf
Adidas introduces 360Tour Boost, as their top of the line flagship premium model for 2016. If you’ve never worn a BOOST model golf shoe, you’re missing out on the most responsive heel/sole area of any golf shoe on the market. Adidas spent 10 years creating this shoe, so you know it’s worthy.
360TOUR Boost comes in 6 different color ways (including the official USA 2016 Olympic golf shoe). http://adidasgolf.com/
In the casual spikeless golf shoe market, Skechers GoGolf Drive 2 are new for 2016 – featuring soft RESAMAX material insole technology for ultimate comfort. We’ve already started testing these, and an early thumbs up is definitely in order. https://www.skechers.com/en-us/men/styles/shoes/performance/go-golf
Footjoy introduced Freestyle at the show as their new sporty casual golf shoe model.
A closer look shows FootJoys traction system inspired by Tree Frogs superior grip, called F.R.O.G.S (FootJoys – Revolutionary – Outsole – Grip – System), it incorporates a super – flexible new SoftMax translucent outsole that offers both softer feel and extra grip. Footjoy Freestyle comes in choice of BOA and standard lace. http://www.footjoy.com/
Nobody gives your feet a better day – on or off the links than Kentwool. Their famous Tour Series socks feature superfine Merino wool (a natural Smart Fiber w/Windspun technology. No more blisters. Kentwool is now available in nearly every color and in different profiles, from the Tour Profile, Low profile, Standard and now in the Game Day Collection (that comes in your favorite team colors combinations). http://www.kentwool.com/collections.php#golf
We’ve talked about the latest in golf shoes and socks, so why are these sandals in our golf show feature? Well, after a day at work on your feet all day or walking the links, your feet need recovery – enter Oofos. As John McMahon explained, “Traditional athletic shoes made of EVA deliver rebound and energy return benefits to propel you forward during your fitness activities. Oofoam does the opposite, absorbing 37% more of the impact to reduce the stress on your feet and body to help you recover.”
We started testing Oofos (Ooahh Sport model) about 10 days ago, wearing them everyday after work and golf . . . I have no idea how my feet made it this long without them. Recovery Technology for your feet – http://www.oofos.com/
This is obviously not a new product, in fact it is the oldest trophy in Golf – The Claret Jug. The booth for Scottish Golf Tourism had it briefly on display. In a place where there is over 100 thousand new items being shown, the oldest item in the place is still the beauty. Open Champion – Zach Johnson currently is the holder of the Jug.
Scotty Cameron was mobbed at the show in the Titleist booth, posing with his fans from the industry like a celebrity or rock star.On display was his latest putter designs, custom – one of a kind works and these very creative putter covers that have become collectors items. For everything Scotty Cameron: http://www.scottycameron.com/custom-shop/
KLVN golf bags offered up futuristic clad models in their booth that moved in a robot like sequence all week. KLVN brought the message that the future of golf cart bags will offer a modular type system where the carry bag detaches like a shuttle from the mothership – not sure if it will catch on, but KLVN wins the award for Best new golf bag innovation.
Nexbelt was by far the busiest booth at the show, people love belts, especially those with no holes. http://www.nexbelt.com
Under Armour Eyewear – UA GAMEDAY color enhancer lens by ZEISS illuminates moving objects, delivers superior visual contrast and object illumination. Stylish too. https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/mens/accessories/sunglasses
Oakley is still the market leader of sports shades, their new Prizm lenses are the ultimate in contrasting colors (especially for golf). The demo on these had me wanting an upgrade of my old radars.
The guys at Rival and Revel have created this small device called Silo. Silo holds 6 clubs for the golfer who likes to practice or play a short course without needing to carry the entire golf bag or a bunch of loose clubs. Keep watching for the review of Silo coming soon.
Silo comes in assorted colors
The boys at Rival and Revel are working on this carry strap for the Silo. Modeling the strap in the photo is world famous club builder to the pros (and some hacks)- Dirck Storm.
Sunice – The weather is rough out there, but you still want to get out there as soon as possible and tee it up – wherever you are. The Sullivan jacket, or as one of my famous caddie friends loves to say, “The Sully” is the perfect piece of an early spring performance layering system.
If the weather puts up a brutish test, the Albany jacket and Narooma pant combo offer the ultimate in lifetime weather proofing. Featuring Gore-Tex, cinch waist, inner sleeve layer and ball cleaner. Be prepared for it all with Sunice. http://www.sunice.com/us/golf
Maide Golf, a division of Bonobos Apparel has been producing the Highland golf pant for several years now. In 2016, there are more colors, patterns, and a lighter performance fabric that only makes the best pants in the biz even better. https://bonobos.com/shop/golf
Devereux Golf and their “Proper Threads” can be seen on your flat screen this year – they’re form fitting style is being displayed by 2015 Greenbrier Classic Champion Danny Lee. The new line looks fantastic with tons of new designs and colors. Aristotle shown above in Apricot/Steel/White. http://www.dvrxgolf.com/
Oakley had the scripting attire for Bubba Watson for this years Open Championship (shown above) and the PGA Championship on display.
Longtime golf enthusiast, fashion icon and Carnoustie President/founder Marshall Mancillas has created some really classy links threads coming up for 2016. Look for more from us on Carnoustie golf apparel this spring.
To learn more about Carnoustie: http://www.carnoustiesportswearonline.com/
Antigua’s new 2016 spring line incorporates a textured look with the use of heather themed designs, this multi-striped jersey knit performance polo is called Vision. http://antigua.com/index.php
Miami Beach based Whet Golf design offers apparel with a sophistication and tailored look that is all its own. Love the “W” logo on the self collar. Their motto is look great, play great, stay Whet. http://whet-design.com/
The folks at Golf Pride have come out with a new putter grip called Tour SNSR (obviously short for Sensor), tour players have described feel as their #1 reason for choosing a putter grip. According to Golf Pride Retail Product Manager Bruce Miller, the new grip gives players feedback in the lower hand and a 40% softer compound in the upper hand for feel – combining the two, all in one grip. The lighter the grip pressure, the better the feel on the greens. Two shapes: the straight profile is the same diameter from top to bottom, and then there’s the more traditional pistol contour. Both styles come in different sizes, 140cc and 104cc in volume. http://www.golfpride.com/
Our Friends over at Zero Friction have teamed up with a golf legend to create the new Motion-Fit system glove. Zero Friction President John Iacono welcomed Johnny Miller into the fold as part owner in the company, and Miller seems quite passionate about the product line. The Motion-Fit glove offers the same universal fit as with past models, but the new spandex glove body offers a perfect compression fit – combined with cabretta leather in the fingers and palm for the best glove we’ve EVER tested. http://www.zerofriction.com/
Imperial broke new ground with their CoolCore hat technology in 2015, in 2016 they offer up the same innovation in their Instant Cooling Towel. CoolCore is 30% cooler when it’s wet. Summer will be here before you know it. Stay Cool . . https://www.imperialsports.com/product/coolcore-towel/
Look for these and other great products to be tested and reviewed by us in 2016.