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NO GOLF SEASON is complete without new products coming on the market, right in the middle of golf season. So if your ready to make some changes on the fly, now might be the time.

A chance to look at some of these products will be this Saturday at Cog Hill when there is a last minute Fathers-Day demo day.

In the mean time here is some of whats coming out right now.

It’s starts with the folks at Callaway Golf, who are already having a great year with the launch of the HOT new Epic Driver. Now from Callaway with their purchase of OGIO Products earlier this year, OGIO is now fully connected into the Callaway family, so check out the line of golf bags, travel products and coolers.

Titleist Players Collection Stand Bags

TITLEIST has introduced a new line of stand bags that are now available for purchase.

The new designs are lightweight with an advanced stand and strap systems. The new collection of bags includes the Players 4 bag, Players 5 bag, Players 14 stand bags. There is now a Players 5 StaDry model for golfers not afraid to play in the rain. A new valuables pocket completely waterproof will add even more to the Stay Dry bag.

The Players 4 bag ($195) comes in 12 color combinations, Players 5 bag ($220) comes in nine colors. Players 5 StaDry ($225) comes in four color combinations, Players 14 is available in seven color combinations ($325). For more details see

SCOTTY CAMERON/TITLEIST has expanded his list of Cameron and Crown new four new models for 2017, available this Friday. The putter are designed and cut to 33 inches, perfect for the golfer requiring or comfortable with a short putter. The four new models include the Select Newport, Select Mallet, Futura 5MB and the Futura 6M.

“Our initial Cameron and Crown release was very well received, and we continue to hear great feedback from golfers who are benefiting from the 33 inch set up,” said Cameron. “I’ve always said that the length sets the eyes, and the eyes set the path. FOr those men, women, and juniors who need a shorter putter, it gets their eyes in the right position to make a proper stroke while maintaining good posture and balance.”

Cameron and Crown costs are US MSRO $410 and MAP $379.

John Daly wins the Champions Tour Insperity Invitational with the new Vertical Groove Driver. See

Champions Tour player John Daly won his first Champions Tour event, winning the Insperity Invitational, with the new Vertical Groove Driver. It was Daly’s first win in America since 2004.

The driver on the market since late 2016, was first played on the Champions Tour by Rocco Mediate. While Mediate didn’t win the tournament he did lead the field in driving accuracy at more than 90%.

Daly said that he didn’t hit his irons very good in rounds 2&3, so he left his week be decided by his driver and putter. Daly said his win was “not pretty” but in the end he got it done and that is what matters.

The Vertical Groove driver claims up to 40% straighter ball flight, and 10 yards longer off the tee.

The club is now available in both left and right handed models, and has lofts of 8, 9.5, 10.5 and 12. It’s standard shaft is an Aldila NV2K, options in shafts include the Fujikura and Mitsubishi shafts. Suggested retail is $399.00 See more for more details.

THE BIG “A” in apparel Antigua has announced it’s Spring 2017 Windwear Collection. Starting with the “Adavnce” a long-sleeve, half zip pullover, that works as windshirt but includes a waterproof fabric that keep one dry from light rainy weather. It’s style and lining allows for great flexibility. Another part of the collection, includes the stylish “Tour” design, which is short-sleeve pullover windshirt with a half-zip placket, and multiple pockets. It’s lightweight mesh fabric, allows for that breathe of fresh-air when you need it. Want less !, yes how about “Conquer” a sleeveless model with comparisons to Tour, and like Tour has a fabric and style that allows for wear on and off the course, and looks fashionable in any setting.

TO FIND ANTIGUA online see, or To visit Antigua on social media see facebook, twitter or youtube.

The new Hayate (hi-yaw-tay) Miura Driver $639.00 MAP

Miura Golf has launched a new driver called “Hayate” that does translate to “the sound of the wind”, says Bill Holowaty, COO or Miura Golf.

Holowaty says that Miura has worked hard to create a forged excellence for golfers who don’t have consistent ball striking in their game.

Shinei Muira, son of clubmaker Katsuhiro Miura (the company founder and legendary designer since 1957) has now created a driver and and family of fairway woods that the Muira family is proud have it’s name on. This new driver will increase ball speed and provide launch characteristics for golfers of every level. Now complete with a floating weight structure, that allows for up to 8 grams of movable head weight. The clubhead’s style is a matte black crown finish, and can be purchased in a 9.5 or 10.5 degree of loft. It’s price will vary depending on the shaft of your choice.

The Hayate fairway woods have been created for use off both the tee and fairway. The clubs low center of gravity provides maximum ball flight. Variable heel and toe weighting allow for more draw and fade. MAP is $539.00

Miura CB 2008 Irons for all levels of golfers.

The new Miura CB 2008 Irons, are forged Irons that all levels of golfers can play, as the concept being introduced by Miura is that improvements in technology can help golfers of all skill levels.

Holowaty says that,” the midsize clubhead combines a soft carbon forged face and neck with a composite pocket cavityback. The design creates a wider sole, lower center of gravity, larger sweet spot and more forgiveness.”

The process now being used at Miura’s Himeji factory in Japan, is one where soft carbon steel integrates into a forged face. As a result the sweet spot power bridge is integral to the process. The 5-8 Irons have one form of pocket cavity, while the 9-Iron and PW are one piece forged. The Cb 2008 creates a deeper center of gravity, that gives the player more forgiveness, an option all golfers will enjoy. Each Iron is $339.00 MAP.

NEED MORE, well Miura didn’t stop there. How about two new Irons to the Miura Golf (MG) collection. First is the CB-1008 cavityback, and the MB-5005.

MIURA CB-1008 Cavityback Iron $279.00 MAP.

The CB-1008 has been created from a billet of soft carbon steel. It’s wider sole (19mm) on the 7-Iron will add to the clubs playability and it’s forgiveness.

The new weight distribution in the sole, combined with a lower center of gravity, will allow for forgiveness and increased launch angle, found especially in the mid to long Irons. The CB-1008 is MAP $279.00 per club.

Miura has taken 15 grams of weight, and redistributed it on the club so the design looks more like a blade Iron. The design was to create an iron that looks like a blade but performs more like a cavityback. The movement of weight has created a larger sweetspot and a lower center of gravity. The 5005 is slightly longer from heel to toe, that should add more confidence for all golfers when they stand over the ball. The MB-5005 has MAP of $329.00

For more information on Miura the staple of golf equipment in Japan for 60 years, please visit or on social media follow Miura on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.