Mizuno Golf North America – Returns to the PGA Merchandise Show

One of the things that I’m most excited about attending the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show is the fact that it sees a return. Even though Mizuno Golf North America was in attendance for my first couple of shows their presence was limited to a meeting room in the Orange County Convention Center’s concourse (hallway area).

Mizuno Golf had a very nice 2018 with Tour Staff like Stacy Lewis from the LPGA Tour, Eddie Pepperell, Jhonnotan Vegas and Brooks Koepka leading the way playing their irons. For the first time since 2005 Mizuno Golf North America will be on the show floor.


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I’m looking very forward to visiting their booth at Demo Day and on the show floor. It’s been a long time since I made swings with Mizuno Golf products. If it wasn’t the JPX EZ (2015) then it was definitely the JPX EZ range from 2014.

Please see the press release below for more information.


NORCROSS, Ga. – (November 14, 2018) – Mizuno, a global leader in golf equipment who is renowned for its expertise in irons, announced the company’s plans to participate in the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 22-25, in Orlando. Mizuno will offer hands-on product testing at the PGA Show Demo Day and showcase a comprehensive lineup of its newest golf equipment, bags and accessories on the PGA Show Floor to more than 40,000 attending PGA professionals, golf retailers and industry leaders from around the world.


“The golf industry is changing at high speed. A critical piece to Mizuno’s success has been our relationship with golf professionals – the club fitters and PGA Professionals who are engaged in the industry every day. The PGA Merchandise Show is a valuable opportunity to connect and foster important relationships that impact our business,” said Jeremy Galbreth, Director of Golf, Mizuno USA. “Mizuno has had great momentum and this was the right time for us to present ourselves again to the largest gathering of PGA Professionals in the world.”



Photo Credit: Mizuno Golf Europe


The return to the PGA Show will layout a new vision for Mizuno in golf with focused attention around the JPX irons which have had a stand-out season on tour with two major wins. In addition, Mizuno has plans to headline highly anticipated new product releases leading up to and at the show.


“We are excited to welcome back Mizuno to the PGA Merchandise Show,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions Event Vice President, Marc Simon. “Attending PGA Professionals and retailers value the opportunity to experience their newest products in person while interacting with their company leadership. Their presence on the PGA Show Floor and at the PGA Show Demo Day helps to build a dynamic marketplace and a valuable forum for our industry to collaborate and drive forward the business of the game.”



Photo Credit: Mizuno Golf USA


The PGA Merchandise Show is the global golf industry’s annual summit for the business of golf hosting some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 golf industry professionals. PGA Show Week begins with PGA Show Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Orange County National Golf Center. During PGA Show days, Jan. 23-25, the latest equipment, technology and trends are uncovered within nearly 1 million square feet of exhibit, demonstration and meeting space of the Orange County Convention Center.


About Mizuno USA


Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufacturers and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running and volleyball equipment, apparel and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in greater Atlanta, GA.

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Feeling Blessed – The Road to Recovery (#FightAndGrind)

First of all, I just wanted to say that regardless of the title I’m not really a man of religion. I believe in something but I just don’t know what. That said, I don’t think that you necessarily need to be a religious person to feel blessed. But after the events of the last couple of months (or 20 years for that matter) I truly and honestly do.

The evening of September 15th is a night that I’ll never forget even though some portions of it I have no recollection of. The day itself was hot and while I was working on the brakes of my Ford F-150. At one point while working on the front brakes I was straining to loosen up a bolt that was holding on the brake calipers. I had a bit of a fall and after collecting myself I was hunched over the front end of my truck. My neighbor Debbie asked if I was okay and being the stubborn person that I am I said I was fine. I wasn’t.

After being helped up onto the front porch I was told to have a seat on one of the chairs and I sat down. My daughter Tiffany came outside and suddenly I had the worst, unimaginable headache come from out of nowhere. It was like I was stabbed in the brain with an ice-pick just over my left ear. After a few moments I decided to go lay down in my bed… my daughter helping me to get there. As I rested, I started feeling even more odd. I had weakness extend down my entire left side. Something wasn’t right. Shortly after, the left side of my face started to feel weird. Numbness, tingling and it felt like my face was drooping. I called my daughter into my room and asked her if my face looked right. It didn’t… and she immediately called 9-1-1.


I was taken to the nearest hospital and underwent a bunch of tests… bloodwork, ultrasounds, C.T Scans, and M.R.I’s. Unfortunately, at this time even though everything presented itself as a stroke they had found nothing conclusive. I would spend 6 days in Greater Niagara General Hospital before getting transferred from Niagara Falls to Hamilton General Hospital. It was then that I was informed after more testing that I had suffered a stroke that originated on my brainstem. The cause was lesions on my brainstem. The cause of the lesions remains a bit of a mystery as the reasons for them are numerous. In all likelihood… infection in my case.

I know that I was lucky with this stroke as it was minor in nature. But it still caused many problems. Paralysis down the left side, slurred speech, stuttering, loss of short-term memory and loss of words. I shake my head thinking if this was minor than what is mild or severe stroke like? I shudder to think. Anyways, since then I’ve undergone all sorts of therapy to get me back to where I want to be. I just want to golf again and have a sense of normalcy again. Speech therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy to name a few. There have been ups and downs with my recovery. I remember how great it was to get out of bed for the first time to work with the physiotherapist. I couldn’t go 3 steps but then it became 5, 10 and eventually with the use of a walker I was able to walk down the hallway. After more hard work I was able to start using my left arm more and eventually I was able to start going up and down stairs. All of this while being in the hospital still. But then I graduated again.. being allowed to walk the hospital floor with assistance.


I would be discharged eventually and would continue all of the therapy at home. With assistance from my wife I would go for walks with the walker gradually building up my endurance and strength. It took a while but I was able to lose the walker and for the first time I was able to walk my dog again. It felt like such a success. I was happy… excited.

Then it happened. Dayna (my physiotherapist) and I were talking and I asked her about returning to the gym. She gave me her blessings and recommended it. Since then I’ve been back to the gym commencing a new regimen seemingly from the beginning all over again. I never realized until now how much strength I lost from atrophy. I asked about golf half jokingly. I was so happy when she said that golfing would be good for me and recommended that as well. First, in the backyard or driving range. Then 9-holes and finally 18- holes. While I still haven’t been on a golf course or driving range since September I have taken swings and it feels so good. I can’t even express it in words how good it feels.


Unfortunately, since the stroke and all of my recovery efforts I made a boneheaded mistake. I was writing a blog entry in my room. As I was sitting on my bed I wanted to look out the window while I wrote. Our apartment is heated with baseboard heaters and as I was typing I had no idea that my right foot was resting on the baseboard heater. Because of poor circulation in my feet and legs (diabetic peripheral neuropathy) I had no idea that my feet were in harm’s way. Until my foot blistered from burns. The result. A long and tough road similar to 2014 when I developed gangrene and nearly lost my leg. I’m wearing an “offloader” on my right foot which prevents weight from placing pressure onto the wound.

Nothing will hold me down from golf. Nor will this stop me from attending the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show. I’m simply too excited to go. Not to mention that even with a bit of a wound I’m making swings like today as the snow flies.

Folks, always remember to #FightAndGrind and know what the acronym F.A.S.T. means. you could save a life. I am truly blessed that my daughter did.


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Thanks go out to Stuart Goldstein of marketing firm RG Narrative for sharing this press release. REKS is an innovator when it comes to sunglass technology. From their unbreakable frames to their lens technology which includes their new “Trivex Color Boosting Lenses” REKS has a model of sunglass for everyone. Whether their primary purpose is for golf or you hit the slopes during the winter and take advantage of their snow lenses… REKS has a model for you.

As not only a golfer but an avid angler these sunglasses from REKS have my curiosity piqued. For more details, please see the press release below.


Built-in Color Equalizer Improves Contrast Between Colors,
Making them Brighter and More Distinctive


 These Sunglasses are also available With Prescription


(Boca Raton, FLORIDA; November 19, 2018) REKS, an innovative sunglass manufacturer featuring the finest in performance lenses matched with unbreakable frames, is pleased to introduce four new high performance Trivex color-boosting sun lenses. These Trivex lenses come with a built-in color equalizer that improves the contrast between colors making them seem brighter.

“Many of our customers have asked us to provide specific lenses for some of their most popular activities,” stated George Granoff CEO of REKS. “We listened to their feedback and are pleased to introduce four new Trivex Color-Boosting Sun Lenses, each with unique features to enhance your visual experience.”


  • GOLF lens features a rose amber tinted lens enhanced with a multi-layer silver mirror. Designed to have a lighter tint than a full sunglass lens, this golf performance lens allows more light into the eye resulting in a more precise visual experience. Whether looking down the fairway or reading the undulations of a green, this lens provides great optical clarity under a variety of sun conditions. The color-boosting lens technology improves contrast delivering brighter, more distinctive colors and includes anti-reflective and oleophobic coatings that reduce glare and help keep them free of smudges and dust. This lens has a light transmission of 30% designed for medium light conditions.


  • FISHING lens is a newly designed polarized lens that helps eliminate unwanted glare so important for fishermen or others on the beach, in the car or pursuing any outdoor activities where glare can be eliminated providing optimum clarity and color enhancement. This lens is designed for bright light, features a blue/gray tint, a sea green mirror and includes anti-reflective and oleophobic coatings to improve performance. The fishing lens has a light transmission of 13% designed for bright sun conditions.


  • BIKING lens features a photochromic lens that darkens in the sun and lightens in the shade. Perfect for bikers out for a long ride during mixed light conditions, this lens will adapt to changing light conditions providing a consistent high-quality visual experience. Under any light conditions, this photochromic lens will increase the contrast between colors making them seem brighter. This lens has anti-reflective and oleophobic coatings to improve performance. The biking lens will darken to a light transmission of 12% in full sun but will lighten to 47% in the shade.


  • SNOW lens helps distinguish between snow and ice. The built-in color equalizer increases the contrast between colors making them seem brighter and more distinct. This full sun lens provides exceptionable vision on sunny days. The anti-reflective coating on the back of the lens and oleophobic on both sides improves performance and helps provide smudge free performance. This blue/gray lens with a hint of violet features a blue/red plasma mirror that greatly enhances appearance. This full sun lens has a light transmission of 13% providing exceptionable vision on sunny days.


Every REKS optical frame is manufactured using an unbreakable polymer material and is paired with a shatter-resistant lens. These shatter-resistant lenses are manufactured using either polycarbonate or Trivex materials. Polycarbonate is the industry standard and REKS offers its polycarbonate polarized lens in any choice of frame for $50.  Trivex lenses are manufactured using optically clear polyurethane and are usually much more expensive than polycarbonate. Capitalizing on the benefits of being a direct to consumer customer company, REKS is the first to offer trivex sun lenses with color-boosting technology for only $75.

These Trivex lens designs are also available for prescription wearers starting at  $225.

All REKS eyewear carries a 30 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee.

In addition, all prescriptions lenses are covered by a 1-year scratch protection warranty and a 2-year warranty on the frame against breakage.

About REKS
Founded in 2015, REKS is a performance and fashion brand that emphasizes high-quality polycarbonate and trivex lenses delivered in unbreakable frames. These lenses are available as regular sunglasses or High Definition prescription lenses. With in-house designed unbreakable frames and lenses that are shatter-resistant, lightweight and offer 100% UV 400 protection, REKS eyewear is suited for the consumer who demands top quality visual experiences. REKS sunglasses and performance lenses provide comfort and stability in all conditions…all at affordable prices. REKS prescription lenses are manufactured with the latest freeform digital technology that produces high definition lenses with greater field of vision and improved clarity over traditional manufacturing techniques. REKS offers seven iconic frame styles, creating a collectible line of eyewear to suit every sport, style and mood.

See the world through superior optical quality with REKS. Your journey starts here. Visit reks.com to learn more. #BeUnbreakable

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