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What was New for 2016 at the PGA Merchandise Show?

What was New for 2016 at the PGA Merchandise Show?

What was New for 2016 at the PGA Merchandise Show?

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Having just returned from the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL, I have to say this was the best one ever!  I attended the “Top 100 Teachers Summit”, which preceded the Show.  There I heard the best minds in the teaching business discuss the latest idea and technologies in coaching, both mental and physical, and even extended to innovations in shoes and clothing.  It is a really exciting time in our industry right now! Tim Gavrich of Golf Vacation Insider gives you a unique look into this extravaganza from Demo Day to walking the floor at the Orange County Convention Center and seeing all the latest golf stuff!

What was New for 2016 at the PGA Merchandise Show?

Here at Golf Vacation Insider, we know what you’re looking for: honest, effective golf travel advice.

But we also know that if you’re a golfer who likes to travel, chances are travel isn’t the only thing to catch your interest.

That’s why we make the trip every January to the massive PGA Merchandise Show.

In short, if you’re a golfer, it’s the place to find the newest in golf equipment, products and services.

You loved our coverage of last year’s Show, so here’s our 2016 edition of the “PGA Show in Pictures.”

Demo Day

PGA Show Week kicks off in style at Orange County National Golf Club just west of Orlando, Florida. The facility is home not just to two acclaimed golf courses but an immense, 40-plus acre practice facility that includes a 360-decree grass driving range. This year, the entire circle was occupied by exhibiting companies.

What was New for 2016 at the PGA Merchandise Show?

This view across the range at Orange County national captures only a sliver of the exhibitors at Demo Day.

 

Demo Day serves as an outdoor version of the three indoor exhibition days that follow. Companies from major equipment manufacturers…

What was New for 2016 at the PGA Merchandise Show?

Calloway at the Demo Day of the PGA Merchandise Show.

…to minor training aid makers…

…to the folks from Golf Beer all set up shop in order to create some early PGA Show Week buzz.

We got a chance to get up-close looks at a bunch of the major equipment makers’ new clubs, but what was an eye catcher was a little bit of a throwback: PING’s TR 1966 line, which paid tribute to the Anser and Anser 2 putters that put them on the map as a company.

What was New for 2016 at the PGA Merchandise Show?

Ping’s TR 1966 putters combine the company’s traditional putter shapes with their recently developed True-Roll face technology.

Given the large setup of Demo Day, spending all those hours trying new clubs can be exhausting:

By far, the most entertaining sight we came accross at Demo Day was not made by a golf club, but an…interesting fitness related machine, which can only be done justice in video:

The Show Floor

This is where the main PGA Show action takes place. And as in the past, more than 10 miles of carpet alleys were set up at Orlando’s massive Orange County Convention Center, weaving between more than 1,000 exhibitors. Once again, two massive rooms brought together a who’s-who of golf, from TaylorMade…

What was New for 2016 at the PGA Merchandise Show?

Known as a company that makes bold statements, TaylorMade followed their marketing playbook at the PGA Show.

 

…to Team Tables, which strike us as golf’s answer to the famous “leg lamp” from the movie “A Christmas Story.

As usual, underdog companies tended towards eye-catching displays in order to generate buzz. The runaway winner for inventive booth design this year was KLVN (pronounced “kolven”), which makes a plastic cart bag with a pop-out carry bag for taking a few clubs to your ball. Check out the “robot” demonstration model:

Conversely, we’re compelled to give the award for “Biggest Head-Scratcher” award to the US Postal Service, whose booth was completely empty every time we went walking by.

What was New for 2016 at the PGA Merchandise Show?

It seemed to us that the USPS should have saved their money and declined to exhibit at the year’s PGA SHow.

And the “Saddest Exhibit” award goes to the G-Trike, an alternative to golf carts that is so futuristic, its exhibitor didn’t even bother to bring a prototype to the Show:

What was New for 2016 at the PGA Merchandise Show?

G-Trike – No Model, only pictures.

Source: Tim Gavrich of Golf Vacation Insider

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