I’m heading south in a few days to this year’s PGA Merchandise Show. My second year attending. Like every trade show, there are mobs of people all moving about the trade show floor, visiting booths, chatting up salespeople, attending conferences in side rooms and generally getting a handle on what’s new in the industry. At the PGA show there is one more element, and it is a fantastic one: Demo Day! For a full day all the best equipment in the world of golf is on display and available for everyone to try out. This is a chance for all the PGA and LPGA pros, golf course managers and instructors and members of the media (like me!) to test all the new clubs that are coming on the market this year — and do a major comparison.
If you’ve ever been to a demo day at your local club, the PGA Demo Day in Orlando, is a demo day on steroids. It’s held at the Orange County National Golf Club just north of the city. The driving range is a large circular field, over 400 yards across, and along the circumference are all the club vendors, sales people and every club you could ever want to test out. With a short course and putting green available as well, it promises to be a great day and makes the trip more than worthwhile.
My focus is on testing out some belly putters. This seems to be the coming thing. So you’ll be getting your “belly full” (sorry, couldn’t help myself!) of information about the what and how of belly putters and what to look for if you are thinking about adding one to your bag.
Also have several interviews lined up with vendors of golf fashions, GPS units, golf bags, etc. etc. etc. It’s going to be a packed couple of days. I’ll be reporting back during the week, so watch for it.
If there is any new product you want me to check out while I’m at the show, send me an email or comment below.