2019 PGA Show -“Best of The Rest” Nominations

With the 2019 PGA Show Equipment Edition Teezy Awards in the books, it’s time to focus on the “Best of the Rest”. These are products ranging from apparel to footwear and everything else in between. Of course, for the most part, these are awards that aren’t given points for performance but what I look at are things like style, price point and even in some cases backstories. How did a company come to be, what drove them to get involved in the industry.

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Here are the nominees.

 

Top Men’s Apparel

  1. Swannies
  2. Original Penguin
  3. Columbia Sportswear
  4. Bald Head Blues
  5. AndersonOrd

 

Top Women’s Apparel

  1. Jane 1530
  2. Golftini
  3. Katherine Way
  4. StarBorn Skirts
  5. MotherPutter

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Top Accessories

  1. Beltology
  2. Zero Friction
  3. Oliver Miller
  4. C4 Belts
  5. Evolve Golf

 

Top Electronics (including Rangefinders and GPS)

  1. aboutGolf
  2. GolfBuddy
  3. ScoreBand
  4. Optishokz
  5. Guided Knowledge

 

Top Footwear

  1. TRUE Linkswear
  2. Skecher’s Performance
  3. Jack Grace USA
  4. New Balance Golf
  5. PUMA Golf

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Top Training Aids

  1. Acu-Strike
  2. Total Golf-Trainer
  3. Colour Path Golf
  4. Power Package Golf
  5. PuttOUT

 

Top Health and Wellness

  1. Bobo’s
  2. 1st Tee Nutrition Bars
  3. HempMe
  4. Iso-Sport
  5. Gelliflex

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Top New Product

The winner had already been decided on Friday that the show ended.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

 

 

2019 PGA Merchandise Show – Teezy Award Nominees

It’s that time of the year. With the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in the rearview mirror I’ve been giving lots of thought to nominees for the 2nd Annual Teezy Awards – PGA Show Edition.

Deciding on nominees and winners for this prestigious title isn’t an exact science however there are certain parameters taken into account. Below are some of the considerations that I look at in deciding who gets the nod (in no particular order).

  • Aesthetics
  • Feel/Sound
  • Performance
  • Innovation
  • Value (Price Point/Consumer “Bang For Buck”)

In some cases there are companies who will not or get consideration. Think of it as a DNQ. An example of this would be in the “Top Driver” category. Unfortunately, I was unable to swing the PING G410 (Plus or SFT) driver. I simply ran out of time. The same goes for Miura golf who was so busy that I never had the opportunity to swing their products. For the irons categories… there is no separation between GI or Player’s clubs.

The nominees are the Top 5 products in each category that we found at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show. Let me just say that the strength of the 2019 product cycle is the strongest that I’ve seen out of the 7 shows that I have been to.

Top Driver

  • Callaway Golf Epic Flash
  • Cobra Golf KING F9 SPEEDBACK
  • Mizuno Golf ST-190
  • Tour Edge Exotics EXS
  • Wilson Staff D7

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Top Fairway Wood

  • Callaway Golf Epic Flash
  • Bridgestone Golf Tour B JGR
  • Tour Edge Exotics EXS
  • Cobra Golf KING F9 SPEEDBACK
  • PING G410

Top Hybrid

  • PING G410
  • Wilson Staff D7
  • Eagle Rebirth Golf X-1
  • Bridgestone Golf Tour B JGR
  • XXIO Prime

Top Irons (Forged)

  • Srixon Golf Z 585
  • Epon AF-Tour CB
  • Bridgestone Golf Tour B JGR HF2
  • Callaway Golf Apex 19
  • Eagle Rebirth Golf X3

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Top Irons (Cast ***includes 2-piece construction heads)

  • Wilson Golf D7
  • Cobra Golf KING F9 ONE Length
  • Tour Edge Exotics EXS
  • Lynx Golf Black Cat
  • PRGR RS

Top Wedges

  • Cleveland Golf RTX 4
  • Bridgestone Golf Tour B XW-1
  • Indi Golf ATK Grind
  • Eagle Rebirth Golf W5
  • Mizuno Golf S18 Blue Ion

Top Putter

  • ARGOLF Mordred
  • EVNROLL Murdered Out ER5
  • Sacks Parente Series 39 Blade
  • SeeMore Putters Platinum M5 HT Mallet
  • MLA Putters Tour Mallet

Top Innovation

  • Lynx Golf Prowler VT driver (Switch Face)
  • Sack Parente (ULBP)
  • XXIO Prime (Harmony in head, shaft and grip)
  • Tour Edge Exotics EXS (Changing the industry)
  • PING Fetch putter (Adjustable from the inside)

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Top Men’s Apparel

  • Greg Norman Collection
  • CHASE 54
  • Original Penguin
  • Bald Head Blues
  • Callaway Apparel

Top Women’s Apparel

  • MotherPutter
  • Golftini
  • Jane 1530
  • Katherine Way
  • CHASE 54

Top Footwear

  • TRUE Linkswear
  • Skechers Performance
  • Jack Grace USA
  • New Balance Golf
  • PUMA Golf

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Top Accessories

  • Zero Friction (Gloves and Tees)
  • Nexbelt (Belts and Caps)
  • Oliver Thomas (Hand Bags)
  • Evolve Golf (Tees, markers)
  • C4 Belts

Top Health And Wellness

  • Iso-Sport (CBD lotion, tincture)
  • HempME (CBD Lotion)
  • First Tee (Cereal Bars)
  • Gelliflex (Self-Massaging Device)
  • Bobo’s (Gluten-free, Certified Vegan bars)

 

Time to deliberate… so stay tuned right here to see who gets the honors.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

 

2019 PGA Merchandise Show Day Three – Highlights

Friday January 25th marked the last day of the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show. As the show winds up for another 361 days… plans are already underway for 2020. A year that might bring perfect vision to the golf industry. The convention center staff in nearly a symbolic way turn out the lights to signal that the show is over… it’s time to take a look back at the final day of the 2019 PGA Show.

One of the areas of golf that I want to start focusing on more is health and wellness. While I’m no doctor or expert in the field I want to share with my readers methods or products that may help in the area of well-being. I started this trend in my Day One recap when I talked about Hemp Me. Today, I visited a booth that also develops CBD products. This company is called Iso-Sport. Iso-Sport produces a variety of CBD products that ranges from sublingual spray (under the tongue), patches that you wear on your back and even water enhancer. I tried a sample of their roll-on version of their pain relief product. Applying some to my neck (sore after our Lynx Transit bus rear-ended a car on I-Drive Thursday night) and my wrist. The cooling of the menthol was immediate and to be totally frank… I think it really worked. However, I’m sometimes cautious of using products like this because “Placebo Effect” is in the back of my mind. The product from Iso-Sport eased the pain in both my wrist and neck. This is definitely a product worth exploring further. Meanwhile, my partner in crime (Crystal) tried the sub-lingual spray (Guard). When asked about her thoughts she reported that she was not only able to focus better but she was able to have conversations with exhibitors without becoming tongue-tied.

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Just prior to the PGA Show I received and shared a press release within these very pages. That release was regarding a new set of irons from legendary manufacturer Miura Golf. Recently, the Himeji, Japan based company released the CB-301. This is a forged iron set that appeals to many skill levels because of it’s head shape, level of forgiveness and the fact that it comes in a forged body (as one might come to expect from Miura Golf). These irons are everything that I think of when I think of the Miura name. Clean and elegant. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to swing these irons at Demo Day because their booth was really busy. I even stalled for time at other booths waiting for a “quieter” time or a slight lull in the action to swing their products and it never came. When I looked at these clubs in the address position the look is one that will appeal to a huge majority of golfers. Looking down in the address position that topline is moderate and when people generally think of Miura irons they think about the Baby Blades. These CB-301 irons have a bit of a flange that moves the center of gravity low and back helping the golfer launch the ball. In the address position you cannot see the slight flange as it just seemlessly blends together. Truly a remarkable iron.

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The final product that I want to discuss in this segment is an apparel brand that comes from North Carolina. Specifically, Bald Head Island. From the vision of owner Claude Hope comes Bald Head Blues. “Clothing For Coasting”. Bald Head Blues is all about living the island lifestyle whether you’re actually on an island or simply wishing that you were (I’m the latter). The range of products goes from t-shirts, performance shirts (think fly-fishing) to polos and sweaters. The color palette features fun, playful and vibrant colors whilst the hand (feel) is very soft. I’m just in the process of testing and reviewing one of their Clubhouse 1/4 Zip pieces and this sweater is so comfortable. There’s almost a sensation of feeling relaxed when I wear it and in a way I feel like I’m at the beach soaking up some coastal Carolinian vibes.

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I hope that you’ve enjoyed my coverage of the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show. These are just some of the highlights and products that I covered and/or discovered over the 4 days (Demo Day). I have a lot of content to share so keep coming to UTNT for reviews, stories and lots more.

So long Orlando!!

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOntheNextTee