Fear of missing out AKA FOMO, is what a golf industry professional experiences when it’s a week until the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and said golf industry professional doesn’t have PGA Merchandise Show plans. Visions of golf geeks chumming it up over cocktails at the Hyatt is the straw that buys a flight to Orlando and books an International Drive hotel room.
More than 40,000 PGA Professionals, inventors, fashion designers, golf trip organizers and marketing pros are at the Orange County Convention Center. A few celebs are in the building which is about the size of 20 Walmarts. The hilarious John O’Hurley is there, Greg Norman is in the Cobra booth talking about the new F9 Speedback driver, Brodie Smith is preaching social media, Chelsea Pezzola is interviewing everyone, John Daly is looking Loudmouth and former world No. 1 Luke Donald is hyping the new Mizuno irons. Callaway has a big presence with their new Epic Flash Driver, TaylorMade is a no-show and our friends at Miura proudly present new CB-301 irons for high-handicap players. Ireland, Scotland, France and Australia explain why golfers should come eat, drink and tee it up in their neck of the woods.
Here are our PGA Merchandise Show highlights:
Play Golf Australia
We had a nice chat with Mike Sidgreaves – he has an Atralian accent and everything — he certainly seems like the guy to talk to if a trip down under is a goal. On his website it reads, “You can tee it up at the World’s 11th Best Course outside of America – Barnbougle Dunes – for little more than a box of premium golf balls. Seriously!” The narrative on Australia is that they have links courses as good as Ireland with weather like Miami. And it’s well documented that the Aussies know how to have a good time. Package the weather, food, drink and amazing people – Australia is a must.
Jack Grace Premium Golf Shoes
FootJoy and Nike make fine golf shoes, but we’re big fans of the smaller brands. We’re always rooting for the underdog. Jack Grace is making quality golf shoes with a very cool swappable design. Their saddle-swap technology allows the same shoes to go with the black belt on Saturday and brown belt on Sunday. Style options are infinite – nice work, Jack!
Was not familiar with this fashion brand until we stumbled into their booth. Imagine a progressive Milan approach to golf apparel. It’s Versace meets the golf course and we love it — this is our conversation: here.
Not confirmed, but certainly the royals are wearing these London-designed golf shoes. Imagine premium leather, fine stitching with progressive, yet classic deigns. Made for men and women – anyone wearing these certainly has the finest golf shoes at the club.
Everyone on Tour wears really cool woven belts these days. Daniel Bruce held down the fort for DIBI at the PGA Show. He enlightened us on what’s happening in the belt game. These belts are quality and come in all kinds of color combinations. And the good news is that they’re less than $50 — it’s a couture look for not a lot of money.
Until the 2020 edition, thanks for the memories.