PGA Merchandise Show week tees off with the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, January 25, at Orange County National Golf Center with a full schedule of special events and celebrity appearances including:
• 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Jay Golden - Golf Comedy Clinic, Tee 3
• 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Frankly Golf - Approach to Teaching, Tee 3
• 10:30 a.m. Celebrity Appearance - Mike Dobbyn, JumboMax Golf Grips Tent
• 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Peter Johncke - Trick Shot Master, Tee 3
• 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Brian Crowell - Slice Free Golf, Tee 3
• 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Celebrity Appeareance - Lexi Thompson, Cobra PUMA GOLF Cube
• 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Michael Breed - Three Degree Putting Solution, Tee 3
• 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Nike Golf Athlete Exhibition TBA
• 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Celebrity Appearance - Ronnie Renner, Cobra PUMA GOLF Cube
• 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Dennis Walters - Golf Lessons and Life Lessons, Tee 3
• 2:00 p.m. Celebrity Appearance - Mike Dobbyn, JumboMax Golf Grips Tent
• 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. PX3 Athletics, Tee 3
• 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Celebrity Appearance - Blair O'Neal, Cobra PUMA GOLF Cube
PGA World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Nicklaus will open the PGA Merchandise Show on Thursday morning, January 26, during the event's Opening Ceremony and lead the industry's keynote address on Golf 2.0 ~ an industry-wide initiative to grow participation in golf, on the PGA Forum Stage. Ken Griffey Jr., representing the U.S. Boys and Girls Club, joins Nicklaus and PGA officials to announce an exciting new program targeting junior golfers.
Throughout the three-day PGA Merchandise Show, January 26-28, at the Orange County Convention Center, PGA & LPGA stars such as Tom Kite, Lee Trevino, Chip Beck, Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Diego Velasquez will be joined by top PGA teachers such as Hank Haney and Michael Breed, along with a host of trick-shot artists, long-drive champions, fashion designers, inventors, actors and authors.
The celebrity and special events schedule is updated daily at www.pgashow.com. Currently, appearances include:
Ken Griffey Jr.
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February 3, 2008 -- RoboCup™ by Fine Tune Golf was selected as the "Best New Product" at the 56th Annual PGA Merchandise Show that concluded Saturday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
"We have had an overwhelming response throughout the show about RoboCup™," says company founder Keith Foley. "It was quite a feat to design something that would work when placed in a cup on the practice green. I'm very relieved that after two years of hard work, attendees at the show appreciate the engineering that went into making RoboCup™ an amazing training tool. "
RoboCup™ is an automatic ball return robot that fits in any standard or practice-depth cup. It is designed to work on any putting surface, indoors or outdoors. Balls that drop in the cup are returned up to 14 feet or more, depending on green speed. It runs on 4 AA batteries, which lasts for an incredible 15,000 putt returns. Missed putts are also returned with the use of a flexible cord that redirects wayward putts into the hole.
"We introduced RoboCup™ to Tour Pros a week before the PGA Merchandise Show," says Foley. "I was ecstatic to learn that all of them wanted to get their hands on one and practice with it. RoboCup™ makes more sense than walking back and forth and bending down to retrieve balls out of the hole. RoboCup™ saves both your time and your back."
For custom logo opportunities, a metal medallion can be placed on the top cover of a RoboCup™.
RoboCup™ was one of three product winners at the 2009 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. The event drew over 1100 exhibitors.
The PGA Merchandise Show brings together PGA professionals, golf industry leaders, manufacturers, retailers, and media from 90 countries to preview the latest in equipment, technology, apparel and accessories.
RoboCup™ will be available in April 2009
at www.finetunegolf.com and soon followed in retail stores worldwide
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New Callaway FT-iQ
Hyperbolic Face Technology in a Titanium Face Cup for more ball speed robustness. The longest driver Callaway ever developed. CG position between FT-I and FT-I Low CG. External weighting accounts for over 15% of the total club mass.
New Callaway FT-9
Hyperbolic Face Technology in a Titanium Face Cup for ball speed robustness. Sleeker body shape moves weight further back. Draw and Neutral cg positions. Longer than FT-5, More forgiving than FT-i
New Titleist D2 and D3 Drivers
D2 is a full pear profile, 460cc, high performance titanium driver that produces mid launch with low to mid spin.
D3 is a classic pear profile, deep face, 440cc, high performance titanium driver that produces mid launch with low spin.
Ping Rapture V2 Driver- The mass properties of tungsten and titanium are optimized in the Rapture V2 Driver to create a high launching, lower spinning driver that delivers the performance expected from a multi-metal design. The visible, dense tungsten weight pads in the back of the lightweight titanium head expand the perimeter weighting and position the center-of-gravity low and away from the face.
TaylorMade New Burner- Next generation Dual Crown Technology incorporates a dual crown and large powerbase to lower CG in the clubhead, and promote high launch and low spin for more distance.
TaylorMade R7 Limited- Movable Weight Technology with three ports promotes changes in trajectory up to 35 yards from right-to-left or left-to-right for optimized shot shape and distance.
Bridgestonecoming out with a new Driver? Here is a spy pic of a prototype being tested out on tour called "X-Drive"
Best of the 2007 PGA Show
Twelve hundred and fifty vendors, 500,000 square feet of exhibition space and just 3 days to see it all - a guaranteed mission impossible!
Of all the years attending "The Show", this was by far the best. There were so many excellent and innovative products, both in hard goods and soft goods, that a whole magazine issue could be devoted to cover all these products. The magnitude of the show and products is simply mind boggling.
TaylorMade, Nike and Callaway took center stage in every category. Their products are so technologically advanced. Yet, there were many of the lesser known companies that also had excellent products.
Technology again was ubiquitous from Ahead clothing to Zelocity Flight monitors and everything else in between, most especially in the use of GPS systems and performance fabrics.
In attending and identifying the best products at a PGA Show, one faces a major hurdle – time to visit and talk with the inventors and sales teams. This year the Show organizers scheduled both a demo day for retailers and club manufacturers, as well as an indoor testing area. Both were extremely well attended.
The Show was alive and the "vibe" was palpable. Top participating golf manufacturers included: adidas, Fairway and Greene, Callaway Golf, Club Car, Full Swing Golf, Nike Golf, Sport-Haley, Orlimar, TaylorMade Golf, Tour Edge, Wilson Golf, Nickent and Yonex, to name just a few.
Upcoming articles will feature specific categories in detail – drivers, irons, shafts, wedges, balls, teaching and training aids, accessories and clothing. This year, to try and present a glimpse of all the fine products exhibited, we have created a Top Product quintuple matrix that sums up the best of the best.
The Top Hard Goods
Adams Insight BUL 5000 Driver www.adamsgolf.com
Callaway FT-I and FTt-5 Drivers www.callawaygolf.com
Callaway's X20 irons www.callawaygolf.com
E21 Scandium Alloy Shafts www.e21Golf.com
True Temper's Epic Golf Shaft www.epicshaft.com
Nickent DX4 Driver www.nickentgolf.com
TaylorMade's Burner Driver www.taylormadegolf.com
TaylorMade’s r7 Super Quad Driver www.taylormadegolf.com
Tour Edge Exotic Hybrids www.touredge.com
MacGregor NGV2 Draw Fairways www.macgregorgolf.com
Accu Length Pink 1000 Series www.acculength.com
Aldila NVS Proto www.aldila.com
Orlimar Fury QB Driver www.Orlimar.com
Nike SUMO² 460 cc Driver www.nikegolf.com
Maruman Metabio Driver www.marumanglobal.com
The Top Putters
Mizuno Bettinardi C-06-HX www.MizunoUSA.com
Guerin Rife Barbados www.rifeputters.com
F2 Hamilton www.f2golf.com
Heavy Putter B-1 Series www.heavyputter.com
Odyssey’s Marxman www.odysseygolf.com
Odyssey’s Black Series www.odysseygolf.com
SeeMore M1 Putter www.seemore.com
TaylorMade’s Rossa Inza & Corzina Putters www.rossaputters.com
Yes! Golf’s Forged Abbie Putter www.yesgolf.com
Q-Roll Classic IV www.qroll.com
The Top Teaching & Training Aids
Adam’s DIXX Training Putter www.adamsgolf.com
About Golf Indoor Golf Simulator www.aboutgolf.com
Aragon Laser Putter www.argonputter.com
Balance Certified Golf Driver & Putter System www.balance-certified.com
Jim Hardy’s Plane Truth Video Collection www.jimhardygolf.com
Maximus Swing Trainer www.medicus.com
P3Pro Swing Golf Swing Analyzer www.p3proswing.com
Perfect Spoon 134 by Perfect Club Company www.theperfectclub.com
Leaderboard Swing Trainer www.Proleaderboard.com
Birdie Ball www.birdieball.com
Glideball Portable Driving Range www.glideball.com
Qolf ChipShot www.qolf.com
Bob Burns Grip Lock Glove www.bobburnsgolf.com
The Top Accessories
Aline’s Shoe Inserts www.aline.com
SkyGolf’s SG4 GPS Range Finder www.skygolfgps.com
Daphne’s Head Covers www.free-release.com
Bag Boy Navigator www.bagboycompany.com
Nikon’s 500G Laser Caddy www.nikonsportoptics.com
Pragma "Associate" Cigar Lighter www.pragma-accessories.com
Peak Vision Eyeglasses www.peakvisionsports.com
Q-Link SRT-3 Bracelet www.qlinkgolf.com
Trion: Z bracelet www.TrionZ.com
Vic Vegas Cigars www.vicvegacigars.com
SunBuster Eyeglasses www.sunbuster.info
Pride Sports Rounds of Tees www.pridesports.com
Champ Stinger www.champgolf.com
The Top Soft Goods
adidas Climacool Apparel www.adidasgolf.com
Ahead’s HybridWear Performance Fabrics www.aheadweb.com
Free Release Shoe www.free-release.com
Keri Ladies Golf Bags & Accessories www.kerigolf.com
Lija Ladies Apparel www.lijastyle.com
Nike Storm - FIT Soft Shell Pullover Jacket www.nikegolf.com
Sun Mountain’s HUG Carry System Golf Bag www.sunmountain.com
Sunderland’s Ladies SOS Windwear www.dwhbrands.com
TaylorMade’s TMAX Gear Golf Bags www.tmaxgear.com
Zero Restriction’s M3 Outerwear Line www.zerorestriction.com
ProQuip Silk Touch Jacket www.ProQuip.com
HiTec CDT Power Shoe www.hi-tec.com
These were some the Show stoppers:
“It’s about the Geometry”, “It’s about MOI”, “Hip to be Square” and “Chiclet” shaped square drivers with flashy color schemes, were the most often used phrases heard at the Show.
In a nutshell, this technology for square shaped drivers works by moving the weight further back on the driver and more towards the heel and toe--hence the square shape. This way, it creates a more forgiving driver. To understand this driver, it's important to understand Moment of Inertia (MOI). MOI is the term applied to how resistant the clubhead is to twisting when a ball is struck. For example, if your swing is a little off and you hit the ball on the toe of the clubhead, a clubhead with a higher MOI will twist less as a result of the mis-hit. This creates a better chance that the ball will still go where you intended and with less loss of distance. Testing has shown 8-10 percent improvement with regards to accuracy on mis-hit shots.
Though we will cover all the new drivers in our next article, the following is a brief synopsis of the “hot” drivers.
Though these square drivers are the current favored product, there will also be square hybrids and fairway woods hitting the market in the next few months.
The USP (unique selling proposition) for the new square shape is simple – straighter drives, less dispersion rate, but not necessarily longer! All these drivers tend to have closed faces and duplicate a driver with a draw basis. They do look cute though, but they are rather expensive!
TaylorMade’s 460 cc Burner Driver
Already in use on the PGA Tour, TaylorMade's new Burner driver is engineered to promote greater distance through faster speed. Though not as radical as a square-back driver, the bullet-shaped Burner extreme central back weight redistribution technology is designed to increase forgiveness across the face of the club. Because of this unique forgiveness, the Burner maintains a level of ball speed on mis-hits that most other drivers just cannot match.
TaylorMade uses “eMOI” (effective Moment of Inertia) in its club measurements. This term is used to account for the combined benefits of high MOI and Inverted Cone Technology. Inverted Cone Technology provides a larger area of the clubface to deliver higher ball velocity and greater distance, even on mis-hits. The Burner driver has an eMOI that exceeds 5800 and is very close to the USGA’s limit of 5900.
With its high eMOI, the driver is very responsive, forgiving and is designed for those players that prefer to “grip it and rip it”. Its aesthetics and color scheme are eye-catching, making it a very handsome piece of equipment that performs extremely well.
Adding to Burner's distance advantage is the fact that it's also engineered to naturally promote a high and slight penetrating draw, thanks to the combination of its 1° closed clubface and the flex, flex-point and torque of its .350-tip shaft. Additionally, a permanent weight cartridge located in the middle-back of the sole pulls the CG deep and low into the head, making Burner easy to launch high and long. The cartridge also allows TaylorMade to cleanly and precisely adjust the club's swing weight at the factory.
The Burner ($299.99) is also available in the TP version $399.99 www.taylormadegolf.com
TaylorMade r7 SuperQuad
Building on the success of the r7 family, comes the best r7 driver to date. The control players are the target audience of the SuperQuad, which allows golfers to shape their shot in six different ways thanks to four movable weight screws. Like the 460cc Burner, the “eMOI” (effective Moment of Inertia) is close to the USGA limit of 5900. “eMOI” is used to account for the combined benefits of high MOI and Inverted Cone Technology. Inverted Cone Technology provides a larger area of the clubface to deliver higher ball velocity and greater distance, even on mis-hits.
The r7 SuperQuad combines the power and forgiveness of a 460 cc clubhead – the maximum size allowed by the USGA – with the ability to promote changes to the launch angle, spin-rate and trajectory. The contemporarily shaped clubhead is finished entirely in a deep, rich black, including the clubface. Yellow accents on the sole, similar to those on the r7 425 and r7 460, offer a dramatic contrast. It's a safe bet that the SuperQuad's appearance alone gives it "stand-out" status in the crowded driver marketplace.
The r7 SuperQuad is $499 and is also available in the TP version $725 www.taylormadegolf.com
DiXX Digital Instruction/Training Putter
Adams Golf has teamed up with the Korean inventor, Dr. Ci Moo Song of Seoul, South Korea, whose company, Infinics, Inc., initially introduced the putter in Japan, to become the North American distributor for the DiXX Digital Instruction putter. People were lining up to gawk and test this VERY EXPENSIVE high tech marvel.
The DiXX is a putter with a unique patented motion sensor called an "Inertial Navigation System" and a color LCD screen built into a module that fits in its mallet-shaped head.
What's remarkable is that the sensor provides feedback data on the five key factors of the putting stroke - swing path, impact position, tempo, face angle, and speed balance. It also allows a golfer to choose either a straight-line putting path or arc path.
Not only does it give you instant feedback on a stroke, it also compiles data on a number of putts to give you a statistical profile, so you can identify your tendencies, and eventually, your progress toward improving your action. Available in lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches for $1,000.00 - rather expensive but there are those that just need to have the latest and greatest!
Callaway FT-i 460 cc Driver
Of the square faced drivers arriving weekly on the market, Callaway’s FT-I has great lines and colors, making it definitely the best looking driver available.
Aside from its good looks, the driver performs admirably and was favored by our testing group as their favorite of the “square-faced” drivers tested (Orlimar, Nike SUMO², Hippo HEX2, Integra’s SooLong, Perfect Club Squared and Simpac Golf).
The Callaway FT-i driver features a square head employing full carbon body technology resulting in extra weight savings over that of a titanium head. By using a lightweight carbon body that weighs only 42g, Callaway has been able to push as much weight as possible into the far corners of the head, thereby dramatically increasing the club’s ability to resist twisting on off-centre hits, thus increasing MOI for straighter drives.
The sound of the club upon ball striking is somewhat louder than the normal 460 cc driver, but not ear-splitting, as some of the other square shaped drivers tested. It has great feel and its looks at address are not overly disturbing. $499.99 www.callawaygolf.com
Taylormade Rescue TP
The Rescue TP features include a smaller, more compact steel clubhead designed to appeal visually to tour professionals by virtue of its clean and compact appearance. A lower, more forward CG and less offset promotes a low, penetrating, tour-caliber trajectory, and works in conjunction with the compact head size to promote greater workability for on-command draws and fades. Premium shaft options include TaylorMade RE*AX 85 TP by Fujikura and True Temper Dynamic Gold.
Available in 1 (15°), 2 (17°), 3 (19°) and 4 (21°). Suggested retail price is $245 in graphite shaft and $220 in steel. www.taylormadegolf.com
Nike Storm – FIT (Functional Innovative Technology) Soft Shell Pullover Jacket
This is a marvelous jacket to fight off the elements. It is seamed sealed, unlined, waterproof, windproof and breathable. The jacket comes with a rain-off collar for a comfortable fit and additional weather protection.
There's no over the shoulder seam allowing you to carry your bag without the shoulder seam rubbing. The 3-layer soft shell comfort technology eliminates bulk, weight and provides maximum weather protection.
The four-way stretch material allows for a greater range of motion. Articulated seams in the elbow provide more freedom of movement where it's most needed. An open hem gives you more ease of movement.
Tour Edge Bazooka GeoMax Driver
Long recognized as one of golf’s better manufacturers offering excellent value, Tour Edge has introduced the GeoMax driver. As with the Burner, the GeoMax offers a superb level of control through its design. A fixed 20-gram tungsten rear sole weight repositions the GeoMax's center of gravity deeper and lower in the head raising the club’s MOI to 5,000.
The GeoMax’s center of gravity is lower and deeper by pushing the legal limits of the breadth-to-face-length ratio to .974. Superior to traditional design specifications, this ratio delivers beefed up accuracy and forgiveness for heart-pounding drives.
The addition of a 20-gram tungsten sole weight places the center of gravity low and deep into the driver's head for a higher launch and an unprecedented level of control.
The GeoMax has also followed with a color scheme designed to appeal to golfers. On top of this, its price of $199.99, makes it one of golf’s best driver buys available. www.touredge.com
Nike SUMO² 460 cc Driver
The first of the square drivers to appear on the market, Nike’s SUMO² offers a MOI of 5300.
This extremely eye-catching designed driver is flying off retailers’ shelves since its introduction last month, and is offered at a price of $399.99.
Our testers and many other golfers at the demo day at the Show, all had similar responses and comments - "weird shape, weird sound, but the ball definitely goes straighter."
Nike utilizes a multi-material construction with a composite crown to save weight vs. a conventional titanium crown. The SUMO² driver is also the widest driver on the field for early 2007 at 4.9 inches in front-to-back depth (US Golf Association's limit is 5 inches).
Orlimar Fury QB Titanium Driver
The FURY QB incorporates new revolutionary technology that utilizes a high MOI (Moment of Inertia) providing longer straighter shots every time. The 460cc square head produces exceptional distance, control and forgiveness. The Fury is a titanium driver with graphite inserts.
E21 Scandium Irons and Shaft
From Wood to metal to Titanium ….now Scandium.
At the demo day and on the show floor, people could not believe what they are feeling (or not feeling) when hitting golf shots with these new Scandium Alloy Shafts.
This Toronto-based company is leading the way into a new frontier of golf club manufacturing, thanks to its patented E21 Alloy made with Scandium, a material that outperforms steel, graphite, and titanium in every way. Taking its name from Scandium, the 21st element on the Periodic Table, Element 21 Golf Company is introducing new advancements to the United States from Russian aerospace research programs. The result is a material which provides the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any material used in golf equipment today. That strength-to-weight ratio has a 36% advantage over titanium and a 40% advantage over graphite.
This might explain why notable Tour Players put the Eagle One Scandium Alloy shafts into play without any endorsement contracts.
Rife Barbados Putter
Like all putters from Rife the Barbados is Tour driven. This oversized mallet putter has found its way into the bag of three of the top 50 players on the PGA Tour whom have enjoyed immediate success (winner of the 2006 Australian Masters). The Barbados is designed to have a pleasing shape wrapped around a three line center cavity section creating a strong alignment aid. By moving the mass to the outer edges of the putter, the Barbados is extremely stable. It also features both RollGroove and LieAline technologies. As with all Rife putters the Barbados is 100% milled and made of mild 304 stainless steel. www.rifeputters.com
Nikon 500G Laser Caddy
This small and compact hand-held range finder has terrific optics (6x20) and ranges targets as small as the pin stick out to 500 yards with ½ yard accuracy. It is definitely the leader in range finders surpassing other brands such as Bushnell, TourTrek and Gear for Golf.
The Caddy is water resistant, fits very comfortably in one’s hand and offers a scan mode as well.
adidas ClimaCool Motion Color Block Polo
This rib-knit collar and open hem mesh sleeve shirt featuring UV protection with an anti-microbial finish are indicative of the new rage in golf shirts.
adidas is one of the forerunners in this field of performance fabrics and has introduced lines of shirts and pants for ladies and m
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Golf News, Source, Golfkartkaddy.com.- Las Vegas, NV - September 19, 2006 - Golf Kart Kaddy won the prestigious "Best New Product Award" at the 2006 Fall PGA Expo held September 13th & 14th at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
The Golf Kart Kaddy is one of the most innovative products ever to be introduced to the golf industry. It makes your golf bag act like a stand bag on the back of your cart. Simply attach the product to your golf bag, tighten the Velcro strap and head off to the golf course…it's that easy!
With The Golf Kart Kaddy:
• Your golf bag acts like a stand bag on the back of the golf cart.
• Your golf bag is slightly angled which allows the golf clubs to be removed and replaced with greater ease.
• Your golf clubs are easier to view and select and remain organized during the round.
• You won't have to remove your golf bag from the cart to get to your bag pockets. The angle allows easy access. A BIG PLUS FOR STAFF BAGS AND CART BAGS! Provides easier access to golf balls, golf gloves, golf tees, scorecards, etc.
• You won't have to stretch and strain overhead to remove or replace your golf clubs.
The Golf Kart Kaddy is available in six different colors and can be used with virtually any stand or staff bag. The Golf Kart Kaddy is available at golf retailers nationwide or can be purchased online at www.golfkartkaddy.com
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