Meet me at the PGA Show!
The Golf Space and sister web site Hooked On Golf Blog will be attending this year’s PGA Merchandise Show as registered media. I’ll be walking the floor, interviewing people, shooting millions of images of golf gear, capturing video interviews, talking to golf industry professionals, reporting anything newsworthy and broadcasting it live from the show media center.
I’ll be walking the floor Thursday & Friday (possibly Saturday, now that I can’t golf due to an injury). If you have a booth and would like me to stop by, contact me via email, the HOG contact page, private TGS mail, or any of the millions of other easy ways (facebook, twitter, TGS forums, comments) to get a message to me. I’ll add you to my list of booths to visit.
If you are simply walking the show and want to say hello, I’m up for it as well!
PGA Show Event Page
I’ve created a new event page for those attending the show at The Golf Space as well as on my Facebook page. Go to the TGS PGA Show event page and RSVP. By the way, the event section is one of the cool new features implemented at The Golf Space, and like everything else is made just for golf and free of charge!
New This Year
I’m doing some things differently this year. I’ve only set up scheduled appointments with the big boys like Bridgestone, Titleist, Taylormade and Nike. The rest of my appointments will be on the fly, as in years past it seems the schedule is very hard to keep for various reasons.
If I do visit your booth this year, I’ll probably take some pictures and perhaps even do a video interview. It is very casual so don’t get too nervous when I put you on camera.
I will not be collecting any paper or printed promotional materials/catalogs other than business cards this year. Every year it seems that I bring home about 100 pounds of paper and never look at it. After six months I throw it away. If I need information, images or specs about products I’ll get it online. I will be accepting digital forms of media such as flash discs or CD/DVD. I just can’t carry the paper anymore.
Virtual Show Tour in HD
I have a new toy, a GoPro HD video camera. I’m going to mount it to my head and do some virtual tours of the booths and of the show itself. Just wait until you see how cool this will be!
Let Me Know Your Interests
If you have interests about golf products or companies at the show, let me know. I’ll do my best to check them out and post back about them for you.
Here are some shots of the new TaylorMade tour van, which is making its first stop at this week’s PGA Tour event in Torrey Pines. Yes it is white.
TaylorMade Tour Van Exterior
TaylorMade Tour Van Interior
Thanks to my pals at Pin High for hooking me up with some cool golf club labels. How many clubs have been lost which may have been returned if only the person’s name was on it? Yes there are jerks who would keep the club or put it on ebay, but there are honorable people who do turn clubs in to the pro shop when they find them or attempt to find the owner.
idlabels in action!
These aren’t wimpy labels. These labels actually have six different layers in their construction. The layers have specific traits which improve the durability, reflectiveness and adhesiveness. Without the durability and adhesiveness the labels may wear out or fall off, resulting in lost clubs possibly not coming back home to your bag.
Pin High’s labels come in three colors, so matching them with shaft colors is easy. The chrome and gold backgrounds have black text, and the black background has gold text.
Pin High's labels are available in three colors to match club shafts
Pin High’s labels can be customized and created right on the Pin High web site. Each label can accommodate up to four text lines with a maximum of 20 characters per line.
Tracking down a lost golf club can be a real pain, especially if you are like me and golf a lot. A club in the bag which doesn’t get used very often may have been lost several rounds ago and contacting all the courses is a hassle.
The cost for Pin High’s labels, $9.95 for 20, is a minor insurance policy which could pay huge dividends if you forget a club somewhere.
Ever notice that Tiger Woods and many other good golfers draw a straight line on their golf ball? They do that so they can have a good visual alignment aid on the green (and sometimes from tee as well).
AimPro is a ball sized ball marker which helps players visualize lines and get their golf ball line lined up. Wow does that sound like English? The AimPro has a line which helps line up the line on the ball which is supposed to be lined up on line with the line of the putt. There, that “line” is better.
All kidding aside, if you have a line on your ball and you’re not sure you have it lined up (oh no, here I go again) correctly, the AimPro system can help. Theoretically it may be easier to get the line on the marker set correctly than a spherical ball. So you get the line on the marker set right, and then line the ball’s logo or alignment “art” up with the marker.
Once the ball line is set right and you’ve removed the marker, you can then match the alignment marks on your putter (if the putter has them) with the line on the ball to help with the stroke and putter path.
If you have issues getting your golf ball lined up and consequently missing putts, the $9.95 it would cost to buy an AimPro is not much of a risk. And if you make a few more putts as a result, you may win back the $9.95 from your betting buddies.
Click to contact me
I will be at the PGA Merchandise Show this year once again. Send me a note via email (if you know my email), or use the site contact page to send me a message and I’ll try to arrange a visit with you at the show.
I’m going to be doing things a little different this year. In analyzing the way the shows have gone for me in the past I’ve decided to try some new things.
Every year at the show I bring back about 100 pounds worth of catalogs, photos, booklets and all sorts of printed promotional materials. Honestly, when I do my research for articles, I never use those “paper” materials. I always go online and look for the information digitally. Those papers sit in my office for about six months, then I recycle them.
This year I’ll be only accepting business cards and small digital files on flash drives or CD/DVD. I will get my info all via the web.
Thursday & Friday Only
The last few years, Saturday at the show is quite a bust. So many people are hung over and tired from the show that not a lot of work gets done that day. In fact, surprisingly after all the expense and preparation that goes into the show, many people start packing their booths up half way through the day.
Because of those reasons, I’ve decided to cut my trip a day shorter and come home Saturday night instead of Sunday night. I will not be at the show Saturday. I plan on kicking ass Thursday and Friday, and kicking the asses of my fellow bloggers on some Orlando golf course Saturday.
No Set Appointment Times
I’ve gone through a lot of hard work in shows past to schedule appointments. I’d bet that 50% of those appointments never happened. Due to my going over on time with appointments, or showing up to appointments with people at their booths only to find that they are busy, I’ve decided to NOT book a set schedule. I plan on walking the whole floor and getting to everyone on my list, but not via set times. If we have a really important meeting, like if Greg Norman wants to talk to me, then I’ll set up an appointment for that.