Every year hundreds, nay thousands, of products are on display at the PGA Show in Orlando, Fla. A percentage of those can be found inside the dwindling (in both scale and number) booths of the big equipment manufacturers but there’s plenty that’s new and intriguing to be found in the booths of smaller companies. And with each passing year, more of those companies exist inside the digital wing of the golf equipment industry.
With that in mind, it isn’t any particular surprise that our “Best in Show” list is filled with entries from golf’s burgeoning technical age—though we did find a pair of putters with potential.
The gear on this list is largely innovative and each, in its own way, has the potential to reshape the how the game is accessed, studied and enjoyed.
Here are our picks for the best new golf products from the 2023 PGA Show.
PuttView X from Putt View
In simple terms, the PuttView X takes the company’s advanced green visualization technology and brings it to any hole on any golf course anywhere in the world.
Or, as the company says, PuttView X allows you to “turn any green into an interactive learning experience”.
Using AR (Augmented Reality), Microsoft’s Holo Lens 2 technology and a headset that falls somewhere between Oculus and Daft Punk, PuttView X allows you to see the ideal path of the putt and your aiming line as well as multiple speed variations that ultimately result in the ball going into the hole.
At $14,800 (introductory price of $13,890), the target audience is professional golfers and coaches but even if your coach doesn’t spring for a PuttView X, it strikes us as the kind of technology that will eventually trickle down into more affordable packages.
CaddyTalk’s CUBE offers the features you’d expect from a rangefinder. It has a slope feature, it can adjust distances based on environmental factors and it will buzz to let you know it’s locked onto the target. It also offers an external LCD screen that displays the distance to the flag.
What the CaddyTalk CUBE offers that others don’t is its unique CADDY mode. With CADDY mode, you don’t need to be at your ball to calculate the distance to the flag. While your partner is hitting, you can sip your beer and shoot your ball and the flag, all without leaving the cart.
The $349 rangefinder uses the Pythagorean theorem and the rangefinder does the rest. Be ready to play before you get to your ball.
NEXT Golf Tour Powered by Trackman
Officially launched Jan. 4, the NEXT Golf Tour allows professional golfers to compete virtually on any Trackman simulator worldwide.
The entry fee is only $100 with purses guaranteed to be at least $100,000. Initially fields are capped at 250, the top 30 percent get paid and there are divisions for both men and women.
As competitive golf pushes into the indoor space, it should open the doors for average golfers to compete as well.
Pro tip: If you’re going to play for money, use the RCT ball.
Rapsodo MLM2Pro Launch Monitor
The MLM2Pro is the next-generation mobile (or personal) launch monitor from Rapsodo. It brings a list of compelling new features including more camera angles, simulator play, spin capture, and … wait for it … Android support.
While the original relied on your phone, the Pro features a new dual-camera system. Impact Vision captures impact at 240 frames per second while Shot Vision provides down-the-line view and shot-tracing functionality.
While you no longer need your phone for video, your mobile device can be used to capture a simultaneous face-on view.
Spin capture is made possible by specially marked “RPT” (Rapsodo Precision Technology) Callaway Chrome Soft X golf balls.
Out-of-box simulator functionality comes stock with 30,000 courses (free for first year). You can project to a hitting screen using Airplay.
Rapsodo was already one to beat in the budget mobile launch monitor category. Priced at $699.99, the MLM2Pro is a compelling option for budget-minded golfers looking for accurate data and a little bit of fun, too.
A relative newcomer among a rapidly growing number of sophisticated putting simulators, the strength of TOURPUTT AR is its ability assess your putting tendencies—direction, speed and other habits—and then recommend drills to correct problems and improve your skills.
The TOURPUTT AR System projects things like a tempo guide and break of the putt while tracking the ball over the length of the putt. The TOURPUTT green features a fixed three-degree slope so you can practice the type of putts you’re likely to experience on the course.
During every session, data is collected so it can be accessed and analyzed within the TOURPUTT App.
Positioned as an enterprise-class teaching tool, TOURPUTT AR won’t come cheap but it is something we’ll be taking a long look at as we begin to outfit MyGolfSpy’s new testing facility.
Uneekor Eye Mini Launch Monitor
Uneekor is a rising star in the simulator world and, given the increasing interest in the consumer launch monitor space, it was only a matter of time before the company developed a mobile launch monitor.
Enter the Eye Mini.
Uneekor’s two-camera device can be connected to a PC for indoor simulator play. It also works outdoors where, in addition to what you can see with your eyes, ball flight and related data are sent to Uneekor’s mobile app.
Head data is limited but the Eye Mini gives you the stuff that’s most important: swing speed, attack angle, path.
At $4,500, the Uneekor Eye Mini is built to compete at the higher end of the mobile launch monitor market.
Pins & Aces
Think golf’s a little too stiff? Khakis and crisp blue polos not your thing? Pins & Aces is for the player who has a little edge and embraces a good custom piece. From Girl Scout Cookie ball markers, your state’s license plate and even a disguised liquor dispenser for your bag, P&A is speaking to the golfer who embraces the “game” part of the game. Let’s start with headcovers.
“Golf headcovers today are stale, boring and expensive” is right on the company’s website and they didn’t hold back at the 2023 PGA Show.
It doesn’t stop at headcovers for Pins & Aces. We’re talking about beanies, T-shirts, ball markers and more.
If you can’t find something from Pins & Aces, you just aren’t looking hard enough.
Bushnell Wingman View Bluetooth Speaker (and golf GPS)
Debuting at the 2023 PGA Show, the View is the second generation of Bushnell’s Wingman speaker. Unlike the original, the Wingman View offers an LCD display that allows golfers to see distances, not just hear them.
At its core, the Wingman View is still a speaker (and a damned good one at that). It offers full music controls, it still plays first-tee intros and other custom messages and you can still make and receive phone calls.
A BITE magnet allows you to mount it on the side of cart or any other magnetic-friendly surface.
At $199.99, the Wingman View packs a lot of punch at an affordable price.
LA Bel Air and Malibu Putters
At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss the LA Golf Bel-Air (blade) and Malibu (mallet) putters as just the latest in an overcrowded market.
Don’t do it.
LA Golf’s new putters feature a multi-material body and, while that’s not unusual, the use of 50 gram of carbon paired with 310 grams of titanium is.
In addition to high MOI and outstanding feel, LA Golf uses a SIK face with descending-loft technology to provide a consistent roll across the face.
If nothing else, the Bel-Air and Malibu serve as reminders that even within the confines of a familiar shape, it’s possible to create a putter that’s both unique and compelling.
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Michael1 month ago
The CaddyTalk CUBE released in Japan in November 2022. While this video is in Japanese, you can see some on course pics of graphics through the scope.
I hope the triangulation is accurate when tested as this can be a game changer especially on the after rain rounds when its cart path only.
tscdave1 month ago
Looks fun and dazzling at the same time! The Cube looked interesting, Mizuno drivers, Sixron irons, LA putters…..all grabbed my attention. I like Bushnell stuff, and those speakers are rad, but I prefer the quiet. Don’t practice enough for a launch monitor, prefer to play.
Cody2 months ago
Good stuff Tony!
I’ll be sure to turn the music up a little if I ever see someone wearing MGS gear on the course. Judging by these comments, I’ll either make a new friend or really upset someone who takes himself way too seriously. Either way, win-win!
Mike2 months ago
Appreciate the article bud. Many of these things are “nice to have but out of my price range” accessories. As for all the music comments, I personally don’t want or need music on the course. But if others want it & they keep it low, I have no issues with it. I walk all my rounds so I’m usually not that near others so that the music would bother me. If it did, I just asked them to turn it down. Unfortunately folks, music is here to stay whether you like it or not.
Jerome2 months ago
Regarding Rapsodo MLM2 “for the budget minded”, the $200 a year subscription is not budget. It is very unclear what features will shut off past the trial year. It may just become a MLM1.. the cost over 3 years is $1.1k assuming the subscription remains unchanged (I have my doubts. Ask Netflix user).
anyway, that’s my rant on subscription models. Give me an option to buy everything outright and I’ll be happy. Charge me for NEW content if you’d like.
mizuno292 months ago
We don’t want to hear music on the course, if we want to hear it we will go to a bar or in our car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s the golf course for fucks sake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JJ2 months ago
Who is we? I’d rather hear music than the F word any day. What does a golf course have to do with no music? Think we see why courses are closing and dead fish are floating down river. I’ll check on ya in your car doing whatever you do in there to music.
Mike2 months ago
You might not, but we do. Try to be a little less concerned with what people 300 yards away from you are doing. We all know you don’t have the length to drive it into us anyway.
rlowe2 months ago
I am one of the “we” that really don’t appreciate the rudeness of other’s excessive noise while on the golf course. Have the decency of respecting other’s rights to play the game without being interrupted by your noise, be it music, yelling, or other boorish behavior. (We also don’t need or appreciate your foul language…) Chance are, your particular type of music will not be liked by everyone else either. So try to put aside your personal selfishness and show more respect for all the rest of us.
JJ2 months ago
Take your own advice. Have the decency of respecting other’s rights to play the game with music. Put away your selfishness to try and push your biased opinions on others. Playing music does not equal rudeness. Some are offended by alcohol and people being drunk on the course (the biggest social issue at many courses) don’t see many throwing a fit about that.. A gas golf cart is louder than my music and most of us are mature enough to be situationally aware. Trying to make a major point based on a small minority is pretty petty and I think Callaway signing Good Good and Bob Does Sports pretty much says times are a changing…I assume jogging pants, basketball shoes and hats turned around backwards bothers you too?
Dan Zimmerman2 months ago
I’m with Joann 100%. Would consider CaddyTalk’s CUBE, except for a total dismissal of ergonomics in its design. WTH are they thinking?
Max R2 months ago
What ever happened to Odyssey WHITE HOT VERSA #9? Why didn’t Callaway keep the Number 9 in its stable?
lilith a2 months ago
All manufacturers are moving away from toe balanced and heel shafted putters. I also hate to see it, but was it really that surprising when the 1st gen toulon in the #9 shape (san francisco) didn’t sell very well. Kind of the same reason the old school “flange” putter isn’t used very much anymore.. It’s not that the putters are bad but rather there’s newer technology (anser and mallet style) that doesn’t require as much skill to use.. overall the industy trend seems to be catering to straighter putting strokes and us players with a strong arc are forgotten by the wayside like lefties.
Jerry2 months ago
Leave the music off the golf course.
Art Springsteen2 months ago
Totally agree. If you want music, sit in your car. Yes, I’m an old fahrt.
Tom2 months ago
EXACTLY. Music playing in any public setting is a big time selfish move and everyone hates the person do it.
If you are so desperate to need music, put headphones on.
JJ2 months ago
You imposing your views on others by trying to say “everyone “ is pretty much the highlight of being selfish. If you truly hate a person for playing music in any public setting…ya need help and probably are the person who gets annoyed anytime something doesn’t go your way. Instead of speaking for everyone, how about just take your toys and go home. Rest of us like to laugh and have fun and no way in hell you can hear my music a group away. Gas golf carts are louder…going to ban those?
NC2 months ago
We have a group of probably 20 people who play in teams 2-3 times a week and at a private club. We are ages 35-70ish. We play music, we trash talk, we drink, we bet, we are respectful of others who don’t. I’ve heard many of that group ask if the music is too loud. Respect.
I think any of those items mentioned can be issues, but no one posts about taking away alcohol for example because some abuse it on the course enough to be an obnoxious loud mouth, damage courses, golf carts, pace of play, risk life after leaving.. Might even be the reason music gets too loud?
I love music and our group is very well respected at our club seeing how the current president and several board members play in our groups. Cheers.
heathmanuk2 months ago
“Quite a large and economically diverse crowd here at the Michelob Invitational.”
Handicap Police2 months ago
They can all quit golf and leave us alone if they need music that much
JB2 months ago
It might actually be you who is the problem. Top Golf is hugely successful for a reason. And if you can’t golf because you overhear music…you must really suck at golf. Meanwhile Tiger makes a hole in one at a stadium course full of drunks and hecklers. I pay my dues to be a member of my course who allows music. Let me guess you don’t like a speaker that announces the yardage either? Gees, some people.
Cody2 months ago
Nothing is funnier than the impotent rage on this site about music on the course.
You’re not going to do anything about it, and people are going to keep playing music. Take a breath. May as well be screaming at the clouds about the rain for all the good it will do you.
Joann2 months ago
RAPSODO MLM2PRO LAUNCH MONITOR and Pins and Aces is about the only things I would be interested in. The rest I either Don’t need or are way out of my pay grade.. Lets make golf affordable what a laugh.