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PGA Show Report: Five Products that Should be on Your Radar

The 2013 PGA Merchandise Show is in the books and it was, again, an orgy of all things golf. More than 1,000 exhibitors showcased every golf product imaginable (and some that aren’t) to more than 40,000 attendees. What stood out stood out from pack? Here are five products that caught our eye for different reasons. OptiShot Simulators ($399-$4,000) – The words quality, affordable and golf simulator don’t often appear in the same sentence, but OptiShot delivers on all

5 Products to check out at the PGA showThe 2013 PGA Merchandise Show is in the books and it was, again, an orgy of all things golf. More than 1,000 exhibitors showcased every golf product imaginable (and some that aren’t) to more than 40,000 attendees.

What stood out stood out from pack? Here are five products that caught our eye for different reasons.

OptiShot Simulators ($399-$4,000) – The words quality, affordable and golf simulator don’t often appear in the same sentence, but OptiShot delivers on all counts. The company offers three different simulators, ranging from $399.95 to $4,000. Each simulator provides an accurate measurement of club head speed, face angle at impact, swing path, distance traveled to the pin, face contact and feedback. If you have an 8.5 foot ceiling in your house, OptiShot is a great way to fine tune your game.

OnCore ($39.95) – OnCore is the game’s first hollow, metal core golf ball. The hollow core allows for greater perimeter weighting, which reduces sidespin. Tailored for mid to high handicappers, OnCore is slated to the hit the market in April, and according to company research, flies 20 percent straighter than the average ball. OnCore is awaiting USGA approval but said it doesn’t anticipate any issues with being deemed conforming.

StrackaLine –The StrackaLine, which will soon be available via Apple’s app store, was the coolest new product on display. Using a laser that collects more than 2 million data points per green, the StrackaLine recreates putting surfaces and their various contours with accuracy down to the millimeter, allowing players to get an exact read on how a putt will break. Professionals, elite amateurs and even television and radio commentators will likely be clamoring to get the StrackaLine. If you get a chance, take a look.

the pill was one of the coolest products at the pga showThe Pill ($12) – The Pill looks like a tire on a remote controlled car, but it’s a unique and worthwhile practice tool. The Pill is designed to exaggerate your misses, whether they are on the green, in a bunker, or on a tightly mowed collar. If you don't hit The Pill squarely it will immediately roll off line. It can be used on the course or in the house. For $12, this is a must-have.

Salty Grips – Mark Button, a former attorney, has a passion for golf and fishing and the shared interests produced Salty Grips, which are made of cork. Handcrafted in Portugal with locally harvested cork, the oversized Salty Grips provide a unique feel and the lightweight allows the putter head technology to be maximized.

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