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The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Happy to say that I was one of the 2800 golf professionals and 35000 other industry people for the “Major of Golf Business” at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, from Jan 20 to 23.

Record attendance at the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit.  Plus at the PGA Show Outdoor demo day proved that many people are investing their intelligence and skills in keeping this game alive and relevant.

Personally, I was very inspired by the seminars on coaching, teaching, leadership, and Sales & Marketing.  Headed up by luminaries such as LPGA teacher Nancy Quarcelino, Dr. Jim Suttie, Dr. Paul Schempff, Stan Utley (short game), and Todd Anderson from Sea Island Academy.

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

Bubba Watson entertained the crowd, Greg Norman and Lexi Thompson appeared on behalf of Cobra Puma. A panel consisted of the President of the International Golf Federation, Suzanne Petersen, Graham Mc Dowell, and more brought us up to speed on the 2016 Olympic Games. We will see golf as part of the games for the first time in 111 years.

There were also impressive discussions about recruiting and retaining women in the game, headed up by Suzy Whaley,  PGA of America. And other prominent women inside and outside the golf business.

Read more about the world’s largest global summit for the business of golf as described by pga.com.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A lengthy list of golf industry leaders and luminaries joined 1,000 leading companies and attendees from all 50 states and 78 countries on a busy Day One of the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show.  The Major of Golf Business.  At the Orange County Convention Center on Wednesday.

With Golf Channel providing “Morning Drive” coverage from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Bubba Watson was on hand to officially welcome attendees and open the PGA Show from the Main Lobby.  While PGA President Derek Sprague – as well as thousands of enthusiastic PGA Show attendees – looked on.

“The first day of the PGA Show has been exciting, fun and very crowded. It’s busy, busy, busy,” said PGA Professional Tara McKenna of Fort Myers, Florida.  Who has attended every PGA Show since 1991. “For those in the golf industry, this is like Christmas morning.”

Wednesday also marked the first of three days of the PGA Education Conference.  Featuring dozens of seminars on Leadership, Teaching & Coaching, Retail & Merchandising, and Sales & Marketing.

Greg Norman and Lexi Thompson appeared on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA on behalf of Cobra Puma. 

While an update on golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016 was another first-day highlight. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and women’s golf initiatives were highlighted in a special presentation in the same location, and a new website for women’s golfers, GolfForHer.com, was also unveiled.

Panelists bring PGA Show attendees up to speed on the 2016 Olympic Games
It has been 111 years since golf was last a part of the Olympics. But the return of golf to the Games is well under way, and the golf course where the competition will be held is in the final stages of construction.

As the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, near, a panel met yesterday morning on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA to discuss the state of construction on the golf course and the excitement for potential Olympic golfers. On the panel were Peter Dawson, president of the International Golf Federation (IGF); Ty Votaw, vice president of the IGF; LPGA Tour player Suzann Pettersen; PGA Tour player Graeme McDowell; former LPGA Tour player Amy Alcott, who is part of the Rio course design team, and Gil Hanse, president of Hanse Golf Course Design, the architectural firm in charge of course construction.

“Golf in the Olympics is the biggest grow-the-game opportunity we have,” said Dawson, referring to the golf industry as a whole. “The growth of the game is worldwide. Golf in the Olympics will lead to extra exposure and extra government support for the game.”

Bubba Watson thrills crowd on PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA.

The 2012 Masters produced one of the most memorable golf shots in recent history. Facing Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff, Bubba Watson pulled his tee shot at the 10th deep into the towering trees, where it came to rest on the pine straw. The left-hander proceeded to pull a 52-degree wedge, hit a 50-yard draw, and land it 15 feet from the cup on his way to winning the Masters.

On Wednesday afternoon, Watson took to the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA to talk to PGA Show attendees about how he works the golf ball like he did at Augusta, his social media usage and what it’s like to win the Masters.

“Whether you’re 92 or 35, like I was, when you have the green jacket on you’re 12 years old,” said Watson, describing the setting of the Champions Dinner at Augusta. “When we wear the green jacket it turns us all into kids. It’s great to see because it reminds me of why I play golf.”

The reason he plays: Because golf is fun. Another fun thing for Watson is “doing weird stuff on social media.” When he’s not posting hip-hop golf videos, Watson uses his social channels to interact with fans. “If it’s the golf course, baseball field, football field or the doctor’s office, it’s tough to really see who a person is,” said Watson. “Social media is a way to interact with fans and show them who I am as a person.”

Watson closed by taking questions from the audience and amazing a young golfer when he confirmed that he uses 10 wraps on his grips.

About the PGA Merchandise Show.

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 20-23, 2015, in Orlando, Fla., will welcome some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to the industry’s annual global summit for the business of golf. The PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Orange County National Golf Center.

During PGA Show days, Jan. 21-23 at the Orange County Convention Center, PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders will uncover the latest trends, source the newest golf merchandise, test the latest equipment, learn proven business best practices, network among peers and move forward the business of the game. The PGA Merchandise Show is organized in partnership with The PGA of America as a trade-only event.

Source: Nancy Quarcelino  Dr. Jim Suttie   Dr. Paul Schempp  Stan Utley  Todd Anderson  Golfweek.com

Pictures: Steven Newton   Keith Allison

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How to Pack Your Golf Clubs So They Arrive "Unbroken."

How to Pack Your Golf Clubs So They Arrive “Unbroken.”

How to Pack Your Golf Clubs, So They Arrive “Unbroken.”

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

If Louis Zamperini, the subject of a movie called “Unbroken,” was a golfer, he would travel just like Craig Better of golfvacationinsider.com

Craig describes how to pack your golf clubs, so they arrive without shafts being bent, or worse still, club heads snapped off.  This has happened to me, and I wish I had read this article before I traveled.

You might think I am obsessive after reading how I pack my golf clubs, but I’ve flown with them on a lot of golf trips and never once opened my travel bag to find a damaged club.

Here are my tips on protective packing, and, of course, I’d love to hear yours, too.

The Theory:

If a club breaks in transit, it usually happens where the clubhead meets the shaft.

Think about it: the rest of the club is protected by the “shell” of the golf bag, but the head sticks out and bears the weight of anything placed on top of it.

So, my entire approach revolves around protecting that point — where the clubheads meets the shafts.

The Approach:

In the old days, I would turn my woods upside down so the heads were inside the bag with the shafts sticking up, but with today’s narrower dividers and oversize heads (particularly on drivers) that’s usually impossible.

Instead, I go with a “strength in numbers,” approach.

For example, a single wooden chopstick is pretty easy to break, right? But bundle 10 chopsticks together and even Dustin Johnson can’t break them.

How to Pack Your Golf Clubs So They Arrive "Unbroken." Same idea here: I simply group all the clubs as closely together as possible, preferably will all the shafts in a single section of the bag. It helps to throw a sock over your irons (and putter) to keep them together, and may reduce scratches, too.

Note, too, that I place my tallest club, my driver, in between my other woods/hybrids. The club that sticks up the most is usually going to be the most susceptible to breakage, so I try to insulate it as much as possible.

Once that’s done, I throw my rain hood over the whole thing to keep everything in place and as a precaution against rain or leaking engine oil (although if the latter is happening, ruined golf clubs don’t seem like such a big deal).

Finally, I put this setup into my golf travel bag.

Once inside, I try to fill up any space above and below the clubheads to further reduce any stress/flex put on them.

How to Pack Your Golf Clubs So They Arrive "Unbroken." In this photo (on my driveway so you could more easily see what I mean), I’ve placed my shoe bag under the clubheads.

On top, I’ll usually put a rolled up golf towel or two.

By the way, there’s a product you can buy that largely achieves the same effect as all this.

It’s called the Stiff Arm.  And one of my colleagues never travels without it.

todays photoMade by the same company that makes the Club Glove, it’s basically a telescoping closet rod with a small frisbee on one end.

Placed down the center of your golf bag and extended up to the top of the inside of your travel bag.  It becomes the tallest “club” in your bag and takes the brunt of any weight placed on your gear.

(By the way, if you have those nifty, adjustable clubs that easily pop on and off their shafts.  I’d recommend toting the clubheads in your carry-on bag.)

I hope these tips on packing your golf clubs will be useful for your next golf vacation.

If you have other methods that you use, I’d love to hear about them.

Drop me a line at editor@golfvacationinsider.com.

Source: Craig Better    golfvacationinsider.com

Pictures: Craig Better    meridican

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Tom Wishon - The Father of American Club Fitting.

Tom Wishon – The Father of American Club Fitting.

Tom Wishon – The Father of American Club Fitting.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

After I had read Tom Wishon’s book “In search of the perfect club.”  I finally understood how complicated clubfitting is. 

In the years I was a club pro in South Africa ( from 1966 to 1983), clubfitting was taking a student out on the range, letting him hit a few balls and saying, “You need an “R” Shaft and a D2 Swingweight.  If the student was very tall, I would say, “Let’s add an inch.”  That was as technical as I ever got.  Today club fitters use sophisticated technology to measure clubhead speed, toe down, kick factor, smash factor, ball spin, and launch angle.  Just to name a few of the measurements. Here is an insight into the Father of American Clubfitting, Tom Wishon, did by golfdashblog.com.

Tom Wishon - The Father of American Club Fitting.

This month’s not so “Quick 9″ is with master clubmaker Tom Wishon.

Tom discusses club design.  Golf club myths, getting properly fitted. Future technology and much more. You’ll learn a ton. I promise. I’m so thankful to Tom for agreeing to do is and put this important (and often VERY misunderstood) information out there for you. First: Who exactly is Tom Wishon? With more than 35 years of experience in the field, Tom Wishon Golf Technology is recognized as one of the industry leaders in the research of golf club design, performance and clubfitting technology.

Our R&D has been at the forefront of the golf industry.  Including the development of more than 50 golf club design technology firsts.  As well as countless discoveries in the science of golf club performance for golfers. Having begun his golf equipment career in 1972, Tom Wishon has designed over 300 original and innovative clubhead models.  More than any other single person in the 500 year history of the game.

His clubhead designs represent more than 50 different technology firsts.

Tom Wishon is the only designer from the custom clubmaking side of the golf industry whose clubhead designs have been used to win on the PGA Tour, the Champions Senior Tour and in Ryder Cup competition. He has designed and custom built the golf clubs used in competition by Scott Verplank, Bruce Lietzke, Ben Crenshaw, as well as the last set of clubs played by Payne Stewart before his tragic accident in 1999. Tom is the also the author of 9 books within the field of golf club design, performance and clubfitting.  In addition to hundreds of equipment related articles written for virtually every golf publication in the golf industry.

As Terry McSweeney, Director of Communications for the PGA of America, states, “Tom has the unique ability to communicate technical issues about golf equipment.  So non-technically minded people can easily understand and follow the subject.”

Two of Wishon’s books, The Search for the Perfect Golf Club and The Search for the Perfect Driver qualified for best-selling status.  And won successive Book of the Year awards in 2006 and 2007 from the International Network of Golf.  The oldest and largest organization of golf industry media professionals in the world. 

He is considered the ‘go-to guy’ by the equipment editors for many of the major consumer golf publications.  Searching for honest, marketing-free explanations about the technical performance of golf clubs.

Jim Achenbach, equipment editory for Golf Week magazine has said, “Tom is the smartest person in the golf industry when it comes to golf clubs.” As Tom stated in making his decision to establish his own company in 2003: “I completely respect the product design work of the large golf equipment companies. But my three decades in golf club R&D has proven without question that the best set of golf clubs any golfer will ever play will be a set of professionally custom fit golf clubs.  And not a set of standard made clubs simply bought off the shelf. Because I know this is the only way any golfer can hope to play to the best of their ability and benefit the most from swing instruction.”

Click here for the rest of the interview.

Source: golfdashblog.com

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Bettinardi Putters - are they worth the money?

Bettinardi Putters – are they worth the money?

Bettinardi Putters – are they worth the money?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

My own thoughts are that if a putter works, it is priceless. 

Almost all Gary Players Major Championships were won with a putter he paid $5 for in a “Sale” barrel in a golf shop while playing in Japan with Arnold Palmer.

Bobby Locke, who is still regarded as one of the best putters who ever lived, played with hickory shafted banged up blade putter and won 4 British Opens with it.

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Bettinardi Putters - are they worth the money?

Bettinardi Signature 10.

 

We all look forward to different things around the holidays. Some look forward to seeing family and friends. Many impatiently await the return of egg nog, while others revel in the rebroadcasting of Rudolph, Bumbles, and the other animated holiday favorites. I too look forward to that cadre of holiday returnees, but my true anticipation lies not for yule and airing of grievances. For me, the frosty season is not about the cheer, it’s about the gear.

While we have seen a good portion of the 2015 drivers, and a few sets of irons, we have not yet seen any of the new year’s putters. Today we change that. We get the putter lover in on the 2015 golf gear anticipation. Today, we get to see what 2015 holds forBettinardi Golf.

We are not going to check out just one of the putters or even one of the lines.

Instead, we have all of them. We will show you the new Studio Stocks, the Queen B’s, a new Kuchar Model, a pair of DASS Signature Models, and something brand new, andinnovative from them that is unique enough that it needs it’s own new product line.

We’ll let you read what Bettinardi says about the new putters, see in-hand photos from all angles, and give you a touch of inside the ropes play testing. We’ve got all you need to know about what Bettinardi has in store for the coming year.

Let’s get it started with the new 2015 Studio Stocks.

Check out the rest of this article and see these Studio Stocks right here!

Post your comments below on your thoughts on this matter once you have read the article on these very popular putters.

Source – mygolfspy.com

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