2019 PGA Show Demo Day Features Latest Equipment, Technology and Accessories Plus Top Instructors, Jan. 22, in Orlando

The PGA Show Demo Day in my humble opinion is the proverbial “Crown Jewel” of the annual PGA Merchandise Show. Packed with all of the latest equipment and newest technology from golf’s manufacturers. Everything is there. The latest clubs, grips, golf shafts and more.

I’m always excited for this part of the show because it gives me the chance to swing as many products as humanly possible and report back on them. the list is complete and while the usual suspects  are there (Callaway Golf, Cobra Golf, PING Golf, Wilson Golf, Srixon/Cleveland Golf /XXIO) it’s the less than obvious companies that stick out for me. This year there are brands like ERG (Eagle Rebirth), Knuth Golf, Fourteen, PRGR that I will be swinging. Brands that I’ve never made passes with.

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For more information on PGA Show Demo Day please see the press release below as shared by Sherry Major. Ms. Major is a Media Consultant for PGA Exhibitions Worldwide.

World’s Largest Professional Golf Demo Event Offers
Exclusive Testing of Latest Game Technology

 

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 13, 2018) — The 17th Annual PGA Show Demo Day will feature an exclusive preview and hands-on testing of the latest golf equipment, technology, training aids and accessories at the 42-acre practice facility of Orange County National Golf Center (OCN) in Winter Garden, Fla., on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. More than 100 companies will be demonstrating their newest products to thousands of PGA Professionals and golf industry leaders, creating the world’s largest professional golf demo event. Throughout the day, golf teachers also will be able to learn from the best in their field at multiple range-side golf instruction workshops.

“The PGA Show Demo Day is a perfect beginning to PGA Show Week and traditionally energizes an already enthusiastic crowd,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions Event Vice President Marc Simon. “Testing the newest game technology from the top names in golf side-by-side on the range and speaking with equipment innovators headline a long list of popular Demo Day programming – including a packed schedule of demonstrations, numerous teaching workshops, fun skill contests and meeting some of the game’s best professional players making special appearances throughout the event. It all adds up to an exciting day for all involved in the business of golf.”

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PGA Show Demo Day is open exclusively to PGA Professionals and media from 9 a.m. to noon, with golf industry professionals joining the event until closing at 5 p.m. All PGA Show Demo Day attendees must be qualified industry professionals and registered for the PGA Merchandise Show. Additional Education Conference registration is required for instructional workshops. Visit PGAShow.com for additional details and registration. PGA Professionals will receive four MSR credits for attending the PGA Show Demo Day.

Top Golf Brands Participating
The 2019 PGA Show Demo Day will feature more than 100 top golf companies showcasing equipment, training aids, performance wear and golf accessories within more than 200 hitting bays of the massive OCN circular range, at multiple range-side practice greens, on the golf cart test track and in the Demo Day vendor village. Current participating companies (as of 12/13/18, updated regularly at PGAShow.com) are:

Adaptive Golf
Aerotech Golf
AfterShokz
Allied Powers LLC
Big Max Golf
Blast Motion
BodiTrak Sports
Bridgestone Golf Inc
Bushnell Golf
Callaway Golf
Certifresh Cigar
Cheesebrough Corp.
Chip Putt Max
Clicgear USA
Club Car Inc
Cobra Puma Golf
Double Eagle/Players Turf
EPON Golf
Ernest Sports
Fiberbuilt Manufacturing Inc.
Flat Cat Golf
FlightScope
FlingGolf
Foresight Sports
FOURTEEN/PRGR/ DAIWA-ON-OFF/
YAMAHA GOLF/MU Sports
FST Shafts
Fujikura Composites America Inc
Garmin USA
Golf Pride Grips, a division of Eaton
Golf Stix
Graphite Design/ Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts
International Clubmakers Guild
Knuth Golf
Links Choice
Lynx Golf
Maui Jim Inc
MCA Golf Inc
Miura Golf
Mizuno USA Inc
Nikon Inc.
Nippon Shaft
o2 Tampa
Otto Trading Inc.
P2 Putter Grips Ltd
Phat Scooters, LLC
PING
Pitchfix
Power Tee
PrideSports
Pukka Inc
Pure Grips
QUICK-UP GOLF RANGE
Sacks Parente Golf Co., Inc.
Salted Venture
SKIN Sunscreen
SKYiGOLF
Southern Tide
Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO
Strike Spray
Sun Mountain Motor Sports, Inc
SuperSpeed Golf, LLC.
SuperStroke Golf
SwingU
Switch Grips International
Synthetic Turf International LLC
The Perfect Putter LLC
The Putting Stroke Teacher
Titleist
Topgolf International
ToughLie 360
Tour Edge Golf
TPI
TPK Inc
Under Armour
U.S. Kids Golf LLC
Wilson Golf
Wittek Golf Supply
Yamaha Golf-Car Company
Yonex Corp

Outdoor Instructional Workshops
Hands-on instructional workshops return to PGA Show Demo Day at a range-side classroom of OCN (Tee #3), beginning at 10 a.m., and running through 4:30 p.m. The workshops are part of a comprehensive PGA Show Education Conference. Single-session, single-day, full-conference and an all-access pass, providing unlimited access to all PGA Show Demo Day Workshops and the full PGA Show Education Conference are available. Registration and details regarding savings for early registration through Dec. 14, 2018, for multiple same-facility registrations and for PGA Assistant Professionals are available at PGAShow2019.com/Education.

Workshops Schedule:

  • What are the Concepts, Skills & Steps to Teach and/or Learn the Swing? 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    • Mike Malaska, PGA, 2011 PGA Teacher of the Year
  • Upper Extremity & Wrist Function for High-Performance Golf, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Lance Gill, Performance Director, Titleist Performance Institute Fitness Advisory Board; President, Lance Gill Performance
    • Mark Blackburn, PGA, Director of Instruction, Greystone Country Club
  • The Equipment Instruction Fit, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Sean Hogan, Director of Instruction, Leadbetter Golf Academy
    • Brett Meyer, Leadbetter Master Club Fitter & Certified Coach, Leadbetter Golf Academy
  • Increasing Power & Distance in the Female Golfer, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • David Donatucci, M.ED. C.S.C.S., Owner, Florida Institute of Performance

The PGA Show Demo Day is produced by PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions and PGA Magazine and presented by AfterShokz, Fujikura, Insane Impact,Toptracer, ToughLie 360, Wittek Golf Supply and Yamaha Golf Car Company. Exclusive product partners include Flightscope (Registration Tent Sponsor), Pukka Inc (headwear) and Under Armour (Apparel Partner).

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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!!

The Apex Predators in the Golf Foodchain Showing Their Wares (Drivers)

It’s silly season. But silly season is also a time for excitement. Little by little the top golf manufacturers are slowly leaking their latest golf clubs headed out for the 2019 golf season. While I love all equipment (fairway woods, hybrids, irons and wedges) everyone is enamored with drivers. The “big dog”.

Tour Edge Golf was one of the first golf companies to display their latest and greatest in anticipation of the 2019 season. With a very affordable price tag of $299 USD (I’ve been digging for their prices in CAD) the Exotics EXS driver has shown to pack a lot of punch and tech into a fair price point. Great materials and premium golf shafts (a norm for nearly everyone now) headline what the EXS is going to offer golfers. I think that this will be a driver that will be the bonafide sleeper of 2019. I hope golfers find the time to swing it and based on my testing of the Exotics EXS hybrid thus far… look out!!

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Srixon Golf was involved in the release party fairly early on as well. Perhaps a little earlier than TEE. Srixon Golf has released two drivers as a part of their Z 85 product range. The Z 585 features a lightweight carbon fiber crown, a new Ti51AF Cup Face that’s said to produce “exceptional ball speed for greater distance”. Sounds intriguing and has a price tag of $399.99 USD. It’s stablemate the Z 785 enters the fray at $499.99 USD. The Z 785 driver is 460cc with a tour preferred look and profile. The Z 785 promotes the low-spin, penetrating trajectory that better players demand off the tee.

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Wilson Golf. It’s no surprise to anybody that watches golf or in particular the Golf Channel that their release is the new Cortex driver. The winning design from the reality show “Driver vs Driver 2” was designed by Evan Hoffman. It was fun watching the entire process unfold from the pitches to the prototypes until the announcement of the winning design. I didn’t miss an episode. The design itself looks safe and familiar and according to a sales rep at a local golf store the Cortex has pleasantly surprised. When I first looked at it on the rack and in hand the first thing that I thought was that this is the nicest, most legit design that Wilson Golf has released (as far as a driver goes). While their irons have been fantastic they could almost have the moniker of “proverbial underdog” year-in and year-out. Simply put, their irons have been amazing! Unfortunately, their driver releases (and to a lesser extent hybrids and fairway woods/metals) have lagged well behind in my opinion. After all, what do their Tour Staff play? The Cortex is retailing for $499.99 USD or $569.99 CAD. Hope I get to swing this club in January.

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Cobra Golf. A week or so ago I shared a press release about the soon to be launched KING F9 SPEEDBACK driver. Cobra Golf touts the KING F9 SPEEDBACK driver as “the first of its kind to achieve true optimization of aerodynamics combined with a low center of gravity, making it the fastest and longest COBRA driver ever”. Every year (except for the KING F7) I’ve been very impressed with the drivers from Cobra Golf ever since I started my websites (Alexander Toth Golf was the predecessor). I think the KING F9 SPEEDBACK could carry on this trend. With victories worldwide already… the KING F9 SPEEDBACK is already letting it’s presence be known ($449 USD).

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Yesterday was sort of a big deal. Well, maybe not in the grand scheme of things as far as life goes but as far as golf industry news. The “apex predators” of the golf industry. The massive marketing machines known as Callaway Golf and TaylorMade Golf (respectively) officially have released sneak peeks of their entries for 2019.

Seen officially on the USGA Conforming clubs list (other images have been leaked previously) Callaway Golf has shown the public the upcoming Callaway Golf Epic Flash. While details aren’t available on pricing or specs I will say this. Making its way back into the design fold is the sliding track seen prior to 2018’s Rogue. The Epic Flash is being offered in (at least) the standard and Sub Zero versions. The sole of the club looks intriguing and I heard from a follower on Twitter last evening that it’s going to be a “sock knocker-offer”. Epic Flash piques my curiosity. I will say this. If they (Callaway Golf R&D) took the control/performance of Rogue and blended that with the acoustics/feel of the Epic they will have themselves a serious driver. I still prefer the Epic over Rogue.

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In the meantime, TaylorMade Golf just happened to release a little teaser of their latest entrant into the driver category for 2019. While we don’t know much about this offering here’s what we do know. There’s a saying that originated in golf. “Hit right on the screws”. The saying dates back to persimmon woods and according to my research it was Sam Snead who coined the phrase. In order to protect the wood against repeated impacts with the ball, wooden woods were equipped with face inserts made from many different materials. It goes to show that multi-material construction is not new. To keep the insert in place, some were fastened with ‘screws’ which were located in a small area in the center of the face. Well in the teaser video below released by the marketing team at TaylorMade Golf you’ll notice two red screws on the face (towards the heel and toe). The second thing that we know is that TaylorMade Golf is saying that “Everybody Gets Faster”. Oh how I wish TaylorMade Golf would be in attendance at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.  Again, I don’t know any specifics at this time as far as price or specs. The first chance that I get to see or swing this golf club… you’ll know.

No doubt there will be others to enter the fray. If all goes well I’ll be swinging them all… or at least the majority and I’ll be giving you my first hand observations of each of them. At the very least. Stay tuned.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

Until The Next Tee’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

As I sit here watching fresh snow fall I am reminded that the holiday season is upon us. For all of my friends, family and loved ones in the United States I hope that each and every one of you have a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

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With American Thanksgiving here means that Black Friday and the Holiday Season is upon us. As usual, I release a holiday gift guide based on products that I’ve personally used and recommend. In the past, this gift guide has focused on products that are under $100. However, I thought that I would change it up this year simply because there are too many gadgets that are more than $100 that I’d like to recommend.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the offing maybe now is the time to take advantage of some sales. So without further delay here we go.

Gift Under $25

Believe it or not, there are a myriad of great gifts for under $25. Among these options are gifts like the Tee Claw. It’s a multi-purpose tool that allows golfers to practice without using those annoying rubber tees when you’re at the driving range. Tee Claw allows users to employ real golf tees. Not only that you can use Tee Claw as a very effective training aid whether it’s putting doing the “gate drill” or the full swing working on club path. A terrific stocking stuffer. Tee Claw is currently offering a sale. 2 3-pack kits including lanyards for $21.95. Visit the Tee Claw website for more information.

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Also in this gift category is the Stick-It Magnetic Golf Towel. Stick-It utilizes a a high-strength magnet (25 pounds of pull) and a high-quality micro-fiber golf towel which absorbs water quickly and dries fast. You can use this towel tee to green and requires no bending to pick it up after use. You simply “stick it and pick it”. It’s a great alternative to traditional towels, transports easily from tee to green and stays on the bag without falling off. Not to mention you simply un-clip the magnet and throw easily into the washing machine to wash it. My review of the Stick-It  Magnetic Golf Towel is coming out and it’s worth the $24.95. For more information or to order please visit Monument Golf.

Gifts Under $50

Alright, there’s a plethora of options at this price point. One of the most obvious things to purchase at this price point is golf balls. Name a manufacturer and they all have one to satisfy your needs. If it were me looking for a golf ball in this price point I’d either look at the Srixon Q Star Tour, Vice Golf Pro Soft, or the Tour B range from Bridgestone Golf. There are others out there for less money but these are the top golf balls that I’ve tested where the budget leaves you a little extra for something else… or a little bit to get yourself something nice. After all, you’ve been good all year right?

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There is no way that I could mention gifts under $50 without mentioning 2UNDR. 2UNDR is known for a couple of things. First, they are the most comfortable undergarments that I’ve worn in my life. Secondly, the “Joey Pouch” which goes a long way in aiding the comfort of these undergarments. Featuring creature comforts like their “No Drip Tip” the boys are happy all day and night long. They have several cuts of boxer briefs, long underwear, shirts, caps and more all for under $50. Go to the 2UNDR website for more details and pricing.

Gifts Under $100

So now we’re starting to get into gift suggestions for under $100. As will be the case for every category there’s a proverbial cornucopia of ideas at this price point. Among the better one’s from my experiences include any of the product range from Arnold Palmer Apparel. Every piece is of the highest quality and extremely stylish. All of the pieces are under $100 and a 100% from the profits goes towards Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. For more information please visit Arnold Palmer Apparel for more information.

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While I cannot comment on their most recent wedges I can comment on their initial foray. Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company released their TK wedges in January of 2015. These are wedges that feature a ton of loft options. They offer great feel, forged heads, premium shaft options and a gentle price tag of $75 each (plus shipping). For more information please visit benhogangolf.com. Help your loved ones short game. They’ll love you forever.

Gifts Under $200

Be Original. Enjoy the walk. My favorite brand of golf shoes is without question TRUE Linkswear. I credit their shoes with saving my leg in 2014 after I developed gangrene leading me to fight to keep my right leg. Since then they’re the shoe that I swear by on and off of the course. Give your feet a break with their all-world comfort and versatility. In 2018, they launched the TRUE Original $149 and their TRUE Outsider $169. These shoes have been phenomenal and the TRUE Outsider is great for literally any function.

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It’s early in the testing process but I’m going to make a point of mentioning the Tour Edge Golf Exotics EXS Hybrid. This is a piece of equipment for the 2019 product cycle. It features a premium Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Blue shaft in many flex and loft options. The face is hot, light and responsive and sets up beautifully in the address position. Boasting Cup Face Technology with Variable Face Thickness (VFT Technology) the sweet spot is expanded.  You get a golf club with a ton of tech for $199.99.

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One of my favourite products discovered at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show and a product that tested extremely well was Aftershokz Trekz Air headphones. These received a very complimentary review and won the Teezy Award for Top Accessory at the 2018 PGA Show. These open concept headphones use Bone Conduction Technology to deliver great sound. Not only are they wireless and employ Bluetooth but they are very safe. For more information please visit the Aftershokz website for more details.

Gifts Under $350

Even though I haven’t had it in hand or made passes with it yet I just want to float the idea of the Exotics EXS driver again from Tour Edge Golf. For $299.99 and offering a ton of tech this driver is at least worth a mention and a look.

At any rate, this gift suggestion is going to be one of the last reviews for 2018 and one that will be released real soon. What do you get when you have a GPS Watch, sensors for the end of your golf clubs and an in-depth performance tracking system? The answer is the ShotScope V2. Wearable GPS Technology that helps golfer improve by letting them know their tendencies. Important analytics like average distance, putts per round, fairways and greens hit in regulation and so much more. The best part.. unlike other similar versions out there in the marketplace this one involves no tagging clubs. Just get up to your golf ball and fire away. The Scotland-based company retails them for 225 GBP which translates to roughly $288 USD however by visiting ShotScope.com you’ll see that they have some holiday season pricing.

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If you’re about making New Year’s Resolutions and your goal is to lose weight and get into better shape than maybe trading the riding cart for a push cart is an idea. If there is one that I recommend it would be the Clicgear 3.5+. With features like maintenance-free tires, smooth movement, a large storage net, ease of folding/unfolding and a wide variety of accessories available you can let your imagination run wild. With a multitude of color options there is an option for everyone. It might have launched in 2007 but there have been several enhancements to improve on an award-winning design. Approximately $300 CAD.

Gifts Under $500

I won’t list more than one in this category. But the one I am going to list for under $500 is a product that I would invest that kind of money into long before buying a new driver for the same money. The gift suggestion is the FlightScope mevo. Practice with a purpose. Know exactly how far you hit each golf club and know the particulars. With data recorded like clubhead speed, ball speed, smash factor, back spin you’ll have all of the data (or nearly) that you could ever need. In my review I had a wishlist for this product for them to include AoA and Club Path but at $499 this is quite a lot of bang for the buck. Especially, when comparing to other launch monitors worth thousands more. Great for practicing indoors or outdoors. If you’re stuck in a dome during the winter then this is a gift for you. Visit my review or flightscopemevo.com for more details. They are offering $50 off for Black Friday pricing.

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I hope that this guide has helped you find a gift for your loved ones or perhaps yourself. There are great gifts available at every price point. From my family to yours please be safe this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

Until The Next Tee!!