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The garish outfits in the Loud Mouth Golf were one of the most popular items on display this year. (Photo: The PGA of America)

Saturday Blog: Golf's grandest and gaudiest really stand out

PGA.com's John Kim just couldn't help himself. After spending three days checking out millions of items, he just had to compile his short list of the most unforgettable items that caught his eye -- and that he couldn't get out of his head.

By John Kim, PGA.com Coordinating Producer

ORLANDO, Fla. -- In this, the final day of the 2009 PGA Merchandise Show, many of the meetings, orders and demonstrations have been accomplished. With so many great products to peruse, it will be difficult to recall what items stood above the others in terms of ingenuity, innovation and contribution to the golf community.

But I certainly came across some items that I'll remember -- and possibly order -- when I return to the office or the golf course. Here are my Saturday awards for the most unusual, creative and/or memorable items.

The "Where Has This Been For the Last Three Years?" Award: I have a ton of golf shirts, maybe literally a ton. Just zillions. But half are unwearable because, as you all know, the collars can get kind of jacked up after a few washes. Well, that's not an issue any more with Golf Collar Stays. This simple but effective weighted strip has an adhesive on one side that sticks to your collar and keeps it straight down. Simple. Brilliant. GolfCollarStays.com

The "Obnoxious in the Best Way Possible" Award: There's one small booth in the apparel area that has some of the brightest, tackiest -- dare I say ugliest? -- clothes imaginable. There's also some boisterous men wearing said outfits and barroom music blaring from a speaker.

And they were one of the busiest booths at the entire Show. Loud Mouth Golf is the Rodney Dangerfield "CaddyShack" guy come to clothes -- and don't be surprised if it ends up on your course. Horribly out of place -- and you can't help but love it. LoudMouthGolf.com

The "Better Than Batman's Belt" Award: Green Friendly Golf has it all covered in multiple ways. Their belts are sharp looking, great quality and come in a variety of styles and colors. Even more, they carry a ball marker built into the buckle and a divot repair tool that snaps inside of the buckle. Ingenious. GreenFriendlyGolf.com

The "Fix Your Game With a Can" Award: Mark-It Golf has a special spray that you can put on your club that will not only show you where you are striking the ball with your club, but what part of the ball is being struck first (showing club position and spin imparted). Seems so simple. Can it really be this easy? MarkItGolf.com

The "Most Popular Ryder Cup Hero Hat" Award: Firethorn has some great clothes for every golfer, but they most famously outfit one Mr. Boo Weekley. The camouflage hat with the bright "Boo" inscription that a few fortunate people were sporting were requested by everyone who walked by their booth. BooWeekley.com and FirethornGolf.com

Obviously, with more than 1,100 exhibitors showing off more than 1 million different items, this is just a very small representation of what this Show was like. But every year, the creativity and innovation of the golf community just seems to grow, and there will always be a few products that this writer encounters that make him appreciate the smart people of golf more and more.

You might never get a chance to experience this wonderland of the golf world, but you will see the residual effects throughout the entire year no matter where you play. Here's hoping that this year is your best golf year ever. I can tell you now that it's already off to a great start.

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