It seems so long ago that I was prepping to head down to Florida for the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show. I headed out from the Niagara Falls, Ontario area the 19th of January and after an eventful trip I just got home at 7:30 this morning. Already the planning has begun for 2019. Too soon?
There were a lot of cool things that happened on this trip with much of the focus being on different things that I saw or encountered at the PGA Merchandise Show. While I’ve touched on some of those things through various posts it’s just now as I go through my pictures where I realize… “Oh yeah… I forgot about that!”. Recently, I announced that I was going to announce an “awards presentation” being the first annual “Teezy Awards” (PGA Show Edition). There’s going to be awards presented for many different things. Of course there are the usual suspects. Best driver, best fairway woods, best irons but I’m also going to focus on some gadgetry, gizmos and apparel as well. I’m even going to give an award for the best finish on a driver (metalwood). I admit that just recently I skimmed quickly through the “Hot List” and while I agree with some there are several that made me laugh out loud…. based on my findings.
This trip also saw me get skunked as far as fly fishing goes. That has never happened and to not catch a fish over 2 weeks is more humbling than the game of golf. I was an outdoors guy long before I was a golfer. Out of all of my times that I’ve spent in Florida I had never seen a space launch. That changed this time when I was on hand to view the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket from Kennedy Space Center. It was amazing to be a part of history.
I played golf while I was in Florida that took place on three different and new courses (to me). I’ve already written a review on the disappointment that was Apollo Beach Golf Club. What a shame! But I would also play golf at two other courses. The first was just outside of Lakeland called Schalamar Creek. What a beautiful course!!! The day that I departed I would play a quick nine at Bartow Country Club. I played well but the real focus of golfing was to do product testing and use a reconstructed swing. My time with LPGA T&CP Hall of Famer Kay McMahon and learning about EduKAYtion Golf (8.5 Golf) is going to be the focus of a feature article. Her methods make learning the golf swing… easy! No joke!! Testing of the new TaylorMade Golf Project (s) golf ball was amazing and the new Stick-It Magnetic Golf Towel from Monument Golf is as great as an accessory that I’ve come across. Have you heard of UFM? You will and the new kicks from TRUE Linkswear are better than ever.
I’ve been a little less active lately but that is going to be changing in a real hurry. Look for all kinds of articles, reviews and more in the very near future. This is going to be a very fun 2018. #seeuonthenexttee #fightandgrind
Until The Next Tee!!
As many of you know the process has begun for the “2018 PGA Show Edition” of the Teezy Awards. Before I really delve into that I have to point out that there are almost too many great products that were introduced last week at the PGA Show. It’s a great thing for the industry but it could also be a curse as well because it really makes it difficult to whittle the nominees in the field down.
However, as the year progresses and I test and review more products there will inevitably be a year end version of the Teezy Awards. That process has officially begun as of this afternoon. While I’m in Florida the plan was to play golf and start testing products while doing a couple of golf course reviews along the way for good measure. Products that I begun to test on the course today included the new TaylorMade Golf Project (a) and Project (s) golf balls. The immediate first impression of both golf ball models were that they were very impressive. I drew one conclusion of the two balls head to head and that conclusion was that I really preferred the overall performance of the matte finished Project (s). Special thanks go out to Eric Loper of TaylorMade Golf for spotting me these yet to be released golf balls.
Another product that I started testing already is a line of men’s underwear from UFM (Underwear For Men). While the brand offers several styles and lengths of men’s undergarments I opted to try their 3″ trunk version. Comfort, performance and a real sense of security for the parts in the southern hemisphere. Their drawstring is a stroke of genius that gathers all of the parts together making them different that other brands on the market. By the way, UFM held up real well throughout the golf swing today.
TRUE Linkswear. The brand has returned to the Pacific Northwest where they belong and moreover they’ve returned to their trademark comfort. Today, I wore my TRUE Original “kicks” during my round at Apollo Beach Golf Club and these shoes are actually more comfortable than I recollect from the past. A huge improvement that they’ve made is the spikeless pattern and the liner that keeps the foot secured in the upper. They were absolutely amazing today in wet conditions. I may have rode a cart but it was cart path only and my legs and feet feel fresh. Jason and company what a course debut.
Other products that’ll be getting reviewed while in Florida include Bolle Eyewear King sunglasses and the Monument Golf Stick-It Towel. Stay tuned for more great insights of some truly fantastic products.
Until The Next Tee!!
For 2018 I’m going to try to do a couple of new things that I really haven’t done. While I am considering doing a VLOG the one thing that I will be doing is an exciting yet not very prestigious awards announcement.
I am very proud the introduce the inaugural “Teezy Awards”. The Teezy Awards are my version of The Oscar’s dedicated to the golf industry. I’ll be doing a “PGA Show Edition” and a year-end version as well.
This honor will be awarded to companies that I feel delivered the best products. The awards will be awarded to but not limited to golf clubs, technology, apparel, accessories, most-improved booth, best booth etc. Stay tuned!!! #SeeUOnTheNextTee
Until The Next Tee!!