I’m happy to report that once again the Hooked On Golf Blog (HOG) World Tour will be stopping in Orlando, Florida for the PGA Merchandise Show. I’ll be at the show all day Thursday and Friday, then competing in the annual Battle of the Golf Blogs golf tournament Saturday. Can’t wait. Stay tuned for my take and angle on all the new golf equipment and golf apparel coming out, complete with lots of photos and videos!
<whine>I considered not going this year. This is a bit of a tough gig. I’ve been going to the show for years, covering all the new gear and happenings at the world’s biggest golf show, but it is hard on the pocket book. You see, us bloggers don’t have corporate credit cards we can simply charge to the “company.” I am the company. I pay for all my airfare, food, hotels, rental car and whatnot out of my own pocket, so I can report my angle from the show.</whine>
If you or your company will be at the show, I’ll try to meet up with you. Email me (if you have my email) or use the site contact form to send me a note.
I’m going to do things a little different this year. I’m not setting specific appointments. I’m never able to get away from one and to the next in time as the meetings always seem to go long. I’ll be doing interviews on video as I have for years: probably the first blogger to do the POV format I’ve done. This year I’ll have a little wrinkle in that format. Stay tuned.
At the end of each year I like to go through the previous year’s posts and do a summary of all the interesting news nuggets, happenings and such. Needless to say 2012 was amazing, from going to the Masters to shooting my lowest score EVER. Let’s look at the first third of the year. Not all of the posts are mentioned, just a few select ones. You can click the links in the descriptions or click the date headings to go to the archive of that month.
My usual January features the yearly trip to golf’s biggest worldwide trade show, the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. During the week of the show I did many interviews with top golf companies and their staff as well as showing all the new gear, apparel and accessories in the golf world.
[brag] My Dad called me yesterday to let me know he read my articles in the latest issue of Utah’s Fairways Magazine. Fairways is the official magazine of the Utah Golf Association, mailed out to 30,000+ members. My Pops told me I did a nice job on the pieces, which makes me very happy. If he likes them that is a good thing, since he was the sports editor for the Salt Lake Tribune for many years. My issue has yet to arrive in my mailbox, but I managed to get my hands on another copy.
If you receive Fairways, be sure to take a close look at my articles. Feature one covers Utah companies at the PGA Show, pages 26-28. Feature two, bottom half of page 27, covers the Utah Section PGA’s attendance of the 95th annual PGA meetings.
Thanks to Randy Dodson, Chairman of Fairways Media, for the opportunity to contribute to a fine magazine. Since he’s had me do more than one piece, I’m assuming I’m doing something right…
While at the PGA Show a few weeks ago, I was working on a freelance golf writing gig for my local golf association’s quarterly magazine (Fairways Magazine). The focus was Utah companies on display at the show. I found a very cool new company called Switch Belt. Switch is a one year old company which makes very unique plastic golf belts. Yes plastic.
Switch belts are made out of a thermoplastic resin (TPR). (Now this is starting to sound like a golf ball review. No the core of the belt doesn’t decrease spin and increase carry. Nor does the ultra thin cover of the belt produce high spin around the greens.) But, the thermoplastic resin is an Eco-friendly plastic which is biodegradable.