I met with Titleist this weekend and had a talk with my buddy Michael who is the Director of Golf Ball Product Management. Wow, quite a title to have when you are at Titleist.
Michael and I talked about the new and big changes for 2011 in both the ProV1 and ProV1x series. Both golf balls feature different dimple patterns with the ProV1 being reduced from 392 dimples to 352. The “X” was reduced from 332 to 328 dimples. There’s more about these new balls, so just enjoy the video interview below.
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.
Now that my arm is in a sling, I’m sitting here on my couch looking out the window at the green grass wishing I could play golf. Normally the local courses would be closed right now, but we’ve had some warm weather and they’re open. I guess the closest I can get mentally to playing, is reliving a great round of golf I had a few weeks ago. That round featured the Bridgestone xFIXx golf ball.
About the xFIXx
The Bridgestone xFIXx ball is designed for “recreational golfers.” My interpretation of that is a golfer who plays occasionally and is about an 18 handicap. So perhaps it isn’t the best ball for me, a low handicap who plays 100+ times per year. Or is it?
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.