Golf fitness. It’s increasingly becoming a massive part of the golf industry. Quite frankly it has to be a part of the conversation when the distance debate rears its ugly head. With the technology that’s been developed for personal fitness it’s no doubt golfers (or athletes in general) have gotten faster… notice I never said bigger.

On top of the technology you have to look at the amount of R&D that’s been poured into physical fitness. Thousands of hours spent in university labs and so on looking for breakthroughs in kinesiology.

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At the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show world renowned experts in their field will assemble at the Orange County Convention Center in the Fitness Pavilion. It is here where they will be putting on demonstrations that focus on everything from the core to the mental side and yes… more power. Please see the press release below for more information.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2019) — The Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction area of the PGA Show Floor, presented in partnership with TPI, will feature a full schedule of complimentary education sessions and more than 75 related exhibits during the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 23-25, in Orlando, Florida.

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Three days of fitness, medical, health, wellness and instructional presentations build a robust programming schedule at the PGA Show Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction Stage, positioned adjacent to the TPI and Life Fitness booths in the #1000 aisle. Expert speakers, such as Trevor Anderson, Milo Bryant, KC Craichy, Dave Herman, Lynn Marriott, Dr. Bhrett McCabe, Pia Nilsson and many more, will cover a variety of subjects to help golf instructors better integrate health, wellness and fitness into their grassroots programs.

Additionally, more than 75 golf fitness, sports performance and instruction companies will exhibit in the expanded area, to showcase the newest products and services related to both the golf and resort fitness industries. View full education session descriptions and the directory of Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction pavilion companies at


The PGA Show Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction area is one of several interactive PGA Show Floor destinations among the exciting exhibits offered by more than 1,000 top golf companies and brands at the 66th PGA Merchandise Show in the Orange County Convention Center.

PGA Show Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction Presentation Schedule
(As of Jan. 8, 2019 – Subject to Change)
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Functional Core Training Anywhere – Powered by SuperFlex Bands – by Dave Herman
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Truth about Metabolism, Hormones & Golf – by Ali Gilbert
10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Fitness Demonstration Series, Simple Power Drills – by Greg Johnson
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Elongate Your Spine to Elongate Your Golf Career – by Janet Alexander and Dan Helman
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Blocked and Random Practice: Which One Should I Use? – by Trillium Rose, PGA/LPGA
12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Golf Specific Dynamic Warm-Ups – by Greg Johnson
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Be A Player, Learn about the Game’s Hidden Fundamentals – by Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott, PGA
1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Pulley/Cable-based Workouts – by Greg Johnson
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Increasing Swing Speed – by Michael Napoleon, PGA
2:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Improving Thoracic Spine Rotation – by Greg Johnson
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Move Better – Play Better, Golf Mobility Training – by Blaine Seitz, PGA
3:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series – Medicine Ball Workouts – by Greg Johnson
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. BIG Training in Small Spaces – by Greg Johnson
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Multi-Sport Training for Junior Golfers:  The Biomechanics of Fun & Safety – by Dr. Steven Lorick
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Operation Mobility Restoration – by Nick Mueller
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Breaking Free of “Suckville” – The Space between Reality and Potential – by Dr Bhrett McCabe
10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Mini-Bands Drills & Exercises – by Greg Johnson
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The Numbers Behind College Golf – by Brendan Ryan
11:40 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, LATS – The Forgotten Core Muscle – by Greg Johnson
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Driving Efficient Power in Golfers through Proper Foot Function, Ground Reaction Forces, and the Kinematic Sequence – by Katherine Roberts
12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Glute Training from Beginner to Advanced – by Greg Johnson
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. “SPA” (Stability, Power, and Athleticism) Training with Practical Tools for BETTER Performance – by Trevor Anderson
1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Shoulder Training & Integrity – by Greg Johnson
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 5 Things You Need to Know About Hemp Oil – by Steve Patterson, PGA
2:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Setup Pelvic Posture – by Greg Johnson
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Dangers of O-T-C Medicines and Alternatives That Won’t Compromise Your Health – by KC Craichy
3:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Cervical Stability – by Greg Johnson
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Strength Revival PGA Professionals Need – by Kevin Duffy, PGA
4:40 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Balancing Act – by Greg Johnson
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. All Systems Firing to Increase Clubhead Speed and Hit the Ball Further – by Dan Kleckner
Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Bridging the Performance Gap from Assessment of Dysfunction – by Mitch Sadowski
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Checks and Balances for Older Golfers, the Diminishing Balance Ability – by John D’Amico
10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Sitting Syndrome by Greg Johnson
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Motivating Young Minds – by Milo Bryant
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Peg Leg: Evaluation and Correction for the Golfer – by James Spencer
12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Perfect Plank/Core Training – by Greg Johnson
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 6-Step System to Golf Fit as a Golf Professional – by Kaitlyn Pimental
1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Retraining for Thoracic Spine Extension – by Greg Johnson
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Training Under Pressure to Yield World-Class Performance – by Charles Pan

About the PGA Merchandise Show
The 66th PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 22-25, 2019, in Orlando, 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 Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Orange County National Golf Center. During PGA Show days, Jan. 23-25, 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, “the MAJOR of Golf Business,” is a trade-only event, not open to the public.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee


Maybe I’ve missed the mark but I have to admit that I have limited using either the TP5 of TP5x golf ball from TaylorMade Golf. The chosen golf ball of their Tour Staff has received accolades from those that have used it. From Tour Staff to mid-handicap players. Most of which say the ball is long and performs great.

In the limited experience that I refer to I have to say a couple of things. First, as memory serves me the ball felt great off of the face of driver and irons. Was it longer than my typical golf ball? In my honest opinion, I don’t think it was longer but it did get a nod as far as short game goes. It performed great on and around the greens. There was however one issue that I had with it. The cover seemed too soft and didn’t seem to be very durable. A sacrifice for feel? Perhaps.


TaylorMade Golf is introducing new versions of the TP5 and TP5X for 2019. I hope that they address this issue unless it was some sort of anomaly. I fully intend on using both golf balls for the purposes of conducting a more thorough testing process and review this year. So stay tuned. In the meantime, find out all that you need to learn about the latest iteration of these golf balls from the press release below.

Industry-Leading 5-Layer Construction Has Been Reengineered with an Innovative New Speed-Layer System to Deliver Noticeably More Speed in the Most Complete Tour Ball

CARLSBAD, CALIF. (January 3, 2019) – TaylorMade Golf Company, an industry leader in product innovation and technology, today announced the release of its significantly enhanced 2019 TP5 and TP5x golf ball models. Highlighted by its new High-Flex Material (HFM) TaylorMade has taken the 2019 TP5 & TP5x to a new level of performance.

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With the new TP5 and TP5x golf balls, we knew there was an opportunity to make them even faster. Our research into the driver and ball interaction at the moment of impact along with the development of a new material (HFM) has given us the ability to more efficiently convert compression into speed, at any swing speed. The new Speed-Layer System (SLS) controls spin rates that is critical for driver, iron and wedge performance.

Eric Loper, Director of Golf Ball R&D 

The key to achieving enhanced speed without impacting other areas of performance comes down to the ability to weave the new High-Flex Material (HFM) within TaylorMade’s proprietary 5-layer ball construction. In traditional golf balls with 3 or 4 layers, manufacturers are unable to utilize a soft core AND maintain high ball velocities.


With the 2019 TP5 and TP5x, speed and spin are effectively decoupled—which enables an incredibly soft core to be “wrapped” by increasingly stiff materials, creating a Speed-Layer System with each outer layer getting progressively faster.


Based on initial player testing with the 2019 TP5 and TP5x, the top athletes in the world are experiencing speeds they’ve never seen before. During a recent testing session, Jon Rahm (who averages 177-179 MPH ball speed with driver) was seeing numbers upward of 186 MPH with an average of around 182.5 MPH. Additional TaylorMade staff professionals also experienced noticeable gains in ballspeed at a recent testing session across high, mid and lower swing speeds.


New Speed-Layer System with HFM 

The new Speed-Layer System is comprised of four increasingly stiff layers, featuring a new material called HFM. HFM is the fastest material TaylorMade has ever used and is essentially a tightly wound spring and when compressed generates more rebound energy for more ball speed. The tightly wound spring characteristic of HFM also increases the force on the driver face, further increasing the speed of the golf ball when it leaves the driver face.


Tri-Fast Core 

The Tri-Fast Core consists of an extra-large, low-compression inner core (16 compression in TP5 & 25 compression in TP5x) and a progressively stiffer outer core and mantle. The combination of these three layers work in conjunction to create lower drag and increased carry—the primary reason TP5 and TP5x have become the hottest Tour balls in golf. The Tri-Fast Core delivers breakthrough iron performance by achieving maximum carry, giving golfers of nearly every swing speed (over 60 MPH) choosing less clubs into the green.


Dual-Spin Cover 

The Dual-Spin Cover boasts an ultra-soft cast urethane cover and a 30% more rigid inner cover. This system creates a condition that is ideal for greenside control, as the rigid inner cover forces the soft urethane cover into wedge grooves for maximum spin generation.


Additional enhancements in the 2019 TP5 and TP5x models includes a new Soft-Tough cast urethane cover. In order to achieve improved scuff resistance, shear resistance, and overall durability, the new cover features a cast urethane compound and new paint formulation to help each ball feel better and last longer.

With the improved cover durability, new HFM material, and TaylorMade’s proprietary 5-layer design, TP5 and TP5x are able to produce optimal flight, velocity, and control regardless of which model golfers prefer to play.

How to Choose Between the ’19 TP5 & TP5x 


The 2019 TP5 and TP5x offer complete tee-to-green performance thanks to TaylorMade’s patented 5-layer construction. While both deliver significant distance off the tee, the TP5 has a softer feel (85 compression), launches lower on iron shots and has more spin around the greens (+300 compared to TP5x at 100 yards & +200 at 30 yards) while the TP5x has a firmer feel (97 compression) and will generate higher launching iron shots. TaylorMade staffers anticipated to play the TP5 are Rory McIlroy & Beau Hossler, while Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Jason Day will expectedly gravitate toward the TP5x model.


Pricing & Availability 


The 2019 TP5 and TP5x will be available at retail on 2/15/2019 at an MSRP of $44.99 USD per dozen. To learn more about TP5 and TP5x golf balls, visit

Fitting the ’19 TP5 & TP5x 
To properly fit golfers around the world, TaylorMade has brought on 55 dedicated golf ball fitters who will perform over 100,000 fittings in 2019. To book a golf ball fitting and experience the 2019 TP5 and TP5x, visit
Until The Next Tee!!
#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee