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The 2002 PGA Fall Show at Reno&&

    Small, Cozy and Successful to a Point.

By: Dr. Barry Lotz

This year’s show in Reno was approximately one third the size that Las Vegas used to be; yet the majority of both exhibitors (320) and attendees (no official attendance figures available at date of publication) apparently felt their hard earned dollars spent on the event were justified. This show could actually be covered in depth in one day as it took just an hour to walk the aisles. The outdoor demo facilities at two golf courses were well attended and beneficial to both the retailers and exhibitors.

Though only NIKE Golf, one of the larger equipment makers was in attendance, there were numerous smaller manufacturers such as Tour Edge, Golf Gear, Srixon and Dunlop.

Apparel makers such as Tommy Bahama, Izod Club, Roche and Imperial Headwear felt that there were a steady stream of serious and qualified buyers and most importantly, orders were being written over the two-day exposition. What was missing were that the non-involved people who walk around with buyers, who were not at this event.

While not delving into the pros and cons of having a regional golf show, next years event in San Diego is going ahead and rest assured, with the proliferation of golf companies in San Diego, this show will definitely produce a significantly larger audience.

There were many interesting, new and innovative products that are worth mentioning amongst the many booths stocked with the usual complement of novelties, gift items, putters, golf bags, magazine publishers, massage machines and booths, course management software, really ugly shoes, memorabilia and national tourist boards.

So what was new, exciting and innovative?

Nike had a field day with their introduction of their new fairway woods, the stainless steel T-40 featuring a 40-gram plug in the sole to achieve proper trajectory. The woods are available in three tour models, which feature small heads (13 and 15 degree 3-woods, together with a 4- wood) and five regular fairway woods (3,5, 7 and 9).

Nike also introduced its new collection of apparel, bags, eyewear, gloves and footwear in addition to their new and excellently designed junior golf system. The highlight was their softer EZ Distance ball that really caught the attention of many attendees. www.nikegolf.com

Opti-Putt is a new company devoted to putting aids. Their premier products are the Putting Scope and the Putt Ranger, both of which calculate the distance to the hole on putts. The former is a hand held mini telescope and the latter a coated card, that accurately measure distances from five to sixty feet, on and around the greens. I was amazed by their accuracy. www.optiputt.com

Clarus Products Inc, makers of the QLink, debuted their new gold pendant, to compliment their current sport and silver models which are extremely popular on all the Tours. www.QLinkGolf.com

C-Thru Grips, made famous by John Daly and Annika Sorenstam had a continuous stream of buyers for their putter grips. The grips are manufactured by Precise Grips of Riverside, California; use a variety of proprietary and special order bumper stickers as the underlying wrap. This is covered with a clear tack and water repellent grip made of vulcathane that has exceptional feel and texture. The grip sells for about $10. www.c-trugrips.com

Roche Golf had really exceptionally well-designed vests and insulated full zip jackets in wind resistant microfiber that sell for less than $85. www.rochegolf.com

For the young at heart, SPL has created a wide array of brightly colored golf accessories. Iridescent tees (in multiple lengths), divot tools and ball markers as well as unique towels and umbrellas with a distinctive tee pattern design, highlight the collection. www.golfcool.com

Scientific Golfers AB of Sweden, introduced their short 28 inch one-handed putter named The One which is designed to be used with a one-arm stroke with the ball being positioned sidesaddle outside the golfers shoe. www.scientificgolfers.com

Golf Gear introduced their new line of forged faced insert technology Tsunami drivers, fairway woods and irons. The set is visually attractive and their driver has been ranked by RankMark as being the longest. www.golfgearint.com

Euro Socks introduced their new golf sock that is most definitely going to challenge DeFeet as makers of the best and most comfortable golf socks available. These socks feature breathability, padded heel and arch supports. Great colors are available and the quality is excellent.

La Jolla Club, the countrys premier junior golf club manufacturer and producers of the hottest driver of 2002, introduced their steel and Tungsteel fairway woods to complement their driver. The company is having major success with their driver, which is available with 13-shaft options. www.lajollaclub.com

KineSys Sports oil and alcohol free spray-on sunscreen was in big demand. This sunscreen is water and sweat resistant thereby enabling it to dry quickly and leave no residue to affect you grip and it is not sticky or messy. www.kinesys.com

Tee-Zel makes a pretzel snack in the shape of a golf tee. A new cheese cracker munchie in the tee shape was just released at the show, although the packaging was not yet ready. The new cheese tees should be available in the next few months. www.tte-zel.com

Toon Art, featured a local hero, the Phillies Jay Johnstone at their booth. The company promotes a line of licensed images including golf cartoons. They are heavily involved in working with charity tournaments, which is where Johnstone fits in. On his own, Jay works with dozens of events per year. www.toonartinc.com & www.sporthings.com (Jay)

Also extremely popular with all attendees were two booths in particular, that of ClubGlove and Skins Clothing Company.

ClubGlove makes arguably the very best golf bags and travel bags in the golf industry. They also produce the Scheyden line of eyewear that is extremely popular especially on the Major golf tours. www.clubglove.com

Skins Clothing Company of San Diego was consistently the busiest booth. Their small booth and their small line of mens shirts and Callaway licensed slip-on shoes generated many compliments and orders. Watch this company grow! 888.2375467


Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the California Golf Writers Association, and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers” and his current book, “How to Build Business Relationships Through Golf” is in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s best seller list.

He can be reached at www.pgtaa.com or drlotz@cbsgolf.net

 

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Golf Equipment Reviews Sheets & Eats

PING

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Last year PING had the best-selling driver in the G30 model. This year, their new PING G has attracted a new set of devotees to the PING clan.
What the G driver offers is what every golfer desires – faster club head and ball speed. Using proprietary Turbulator Technology, VorTec and face/crown transition to combine for more efficient air flow, there is definitely a noticeable difference over the G30 version – all good.
The T9S Titanium face is thinner and hotter for maximum distance and deflection. The club’s adjustability with its 5-lobe hosel sleeve, allows ±1 degree of loft adjustment.
Another improvement is the DragonFly Technology –

$429.99 www.pinggolf.com

 

Make Winter time Productive For Your Golf Game

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If you live in an area where winter means cold temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and wind, your golf game may be tucked safely in the back of your mind.

While that’s understandable it is still a time to prepare for when the weather takes a turn for the better.

Here are some suggestions on how to make your winter productive for your game...

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This Month’s Featured Web Site Featured Golf School

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If you thought the Orient Express was high class, then you will love Rovos Rail. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era as you step aboard our reconditioned wood-paneled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury. Golf safaris are also available

www.rovos.com

Professional Golf Teachers Association

PGTAA graduates have access to positions as golf teaching professionals including head professionals at

both private and public country clubs, golf schools, driving ranges, golf learning centers, indoor facilities, high schools and college coaches. Custom club makers have added golf teaching as a new dimension to their businesses. Graduates can also expect to hold positions as managers of both public and private golf facilities within the US and internationally.

A magazine’s review of the PGTAA

 

Instruction Area Gof Tips and Tricks

Having problems with your swing? – Fix your slice! by Johnny Miller

I recently was examining swing sequences of some of the greatest players in history. Knowing that some of these players favored a draw as their standard shot while others preferred a fade, I sought to identify swing features within each group that would explain their respective ball-flight tendencies. Something profound emerged that I think will benefit all golfers, especially those cursed with a wicked slice.

What I found was this: Virtually every accomplished fader of the ball–from Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods–displayed a straight left arm at the top of the backswing. Conversely, those who preferred a draw–players like Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones–maintained a slight bend at the elbow.

This discovery is great news for most slicers, as they tend to do by accident what intentional faders do on purpose. In this article I’ll explain why the dynamic works, and how a simple swing change will make a powerful draw your standard shot.

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