PGA Merchandise Show 2015

PGA Merch Show 2015 LogoEvery year this time about 1000 plus exhibitors set up in over 400,000 square feet of exhibition space at the Orange Country Convention Center in Orlando to put on the biggest golf trade show of the year. The exhibitors include Titleist, TaylorMade, Ping, Club Car, Peter Millar, Ralph Lauren Golf, Footjoy, Ecco and everyone in between. It is a smorgasbord of equipment, clothing, shoes, performance drinks, fancy golf carts, swing improvement contraptions, portable swing analysis apps, indoor putting surfaces, and so much more.

PGA Mechandise ShowThe week begins Tuesday with Demo Day sprawling across the wrap around practice range at Orange County National. This is like a lawn party of new equipment offerings and swing clinics.

Demo Day Sign

Feels like a circus....

Feels like a circus….without elephants…plenty of clowns though.

Demo stations for every brand...every new offering.

Demo stations for every brand…every new offering.

Including the latest sales pitch.

Including the latest sales pitch.

Some tips from short game guru Dave Pelz.

Some tips from short game guru Dave Pelz.

A little pick-me-up late in the day?

A little pick-me-up late in the day?

(All Demo Day photos provided by our Cub Reporter on the scene A. Blitz)

Wednesday through Friday the exposition moves to the convention center in town. We were among legions of people pouring through the aisles every day. For the retailers of golf merchandise this is a major work week, for those lucky enough to tag along and just peek in the show window it is a giddy week of wonder.

Latest technology does not pass notice.

Latest on course technology does not pass notice.

Name brand folk are there…big and small….some of their digs look more like retail stores than exposition booths

You might as well be shopping at Nordstroms.

You might as well be shopping at Nordstroms.

Go right from the putting green to the croquet green.

Go right from the putting green to the croquet green.

Way more than just shoes...

Way more than just shoes…

Golf and lifestyle.....all at one stop.

Golf and lifestyle…..all at one stop.

Latest product offerings…..

Ecco suede wing tips....for guys and gals.

Ecco suede wing tips….for guys and gals.

These pants, shorts, and skirts speak volumes.

These Loudmouth pants, shorts, and skirts speak volumes.

Creative Covers have licensed and original characters.

Creative Covers have licensed and original characters.

T.M.N.T. Donatello up close and personal.

T.M.N.T. Donatello up close and personal.

New Superstroke Grips counter-balance weighted version.

New Superstroke Grips counter-balance weighted version.

Ogio "freezes" that iron clicking sound out of your bag.

Ogio “freezes” that iron clicking sound out of your bag.

Then there are the niche items…….

Hanging ten...how about this for your next nine.

Hanging ten…how about this for your next nine.

A golf bedtime story...you can never start them too young.

A golf bedtime story…early intervention….you can never start their golf education too soon.

Stitch leather covers are terrifying or simply cute.

Stitch leather covers are terrifying or simply cute.

The old traditional look in all colors and sizes.

The old traditional look in all colors and sizes.

Need help marking that ball?

Need help marking that ball?

Or a major pimped out set of wheels for the ride from the condo to the clubhouse.

A major pimped out set of wheels for the ride from the condo to the clubhouse.

There were celebrity appearances….some live….some Memorex

Butch Harmon...the grand master of instruction...signing lids.

Butch Harmon…the grand master of instruction…signing lids.

Jordan Spieth made a female fan's day.

Jordan Spieth made a young fan’s day.

Jesper and A. Blitz sharing war stories.

Jesper and A. Blitz sharing war stories.

A time-phased appearance by the greatest of them all.

A time-phased appearance by the greatest of them all.

Some people cannot stay out of the public notice.

Some folks cannot stay out of the public eye.

Some tips from a more current "Master".

Some tips from a more current “Master”.

And there there were new concepts….some you would never dream of.

Fling golf kind of a cross between lacrosse and golf.

Fling golf kind of a cross between lacrosse and golf.

Telic Golf Recovery Footwear....Crocs rediscovered (Made In America).

Telic Golf Recovery Footwear….Crocs rediscovered (Made In America).

Reunion.....twin brothers from different mothers.

Reunion…..twin brothers from different mothers.

Outing an age old problem...we all know who they are.

Outing an age old problem…we all know who they are.

As you can see all bases are covered, no stones left unturned…..it is quite a show!

January, 2015

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